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Middleville AYSO Region 277

Volunteer Information

AYSO is an all-volunteer organization. The coaches who guide teams through practices and during games, the referees who tirelessly officiate games going from one field to the next, the board members who organize the region’s events all the way from planning registrations to setting the schedule and making sure game days run smoothly, are all volunteers. Nobody gets paid one dime to participate in AYSO. Nationwide, more than 220,000 parents, relatives and friends sacrifice their time and effort to make sure that all of the children receive a great AYSO experience.

Because of this volunteer foundation, AYSO ensures that the costs are as low as possible.

AYSO has developed special job-specific training that helps volunteers who may have little to no soccer experience familiarize themselves with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective coaches and referees, as well as offering unique administrative and management training.

All this ensures that each program abides by AYSO’s Six Philosophies, offers a great AYSO experience and continues to grow and offer AYSO to more children.

It only takes a few hours to become a qualified introductory-level coach or referee. If you are willing to commit to even more time, there are many small but important jobs you can help with. Even a few hours here or there can make a big difference not only to your team but to the entire region.

Next Step

Thank you for volunteering! It is a fun and rewarding experience! There are also some steps to take before that happens.

AYSO Volunteer Application Form in Sports Connect
Any person wishing to volunteer in AYSO must complete an AYSO Volunteer Application Form each year and submit an e-signed copy to the region. Instructions are below.

Complete Background Check with Sterling Volunteers
Every volunteer must complete and pass a criminal background check with Sterling Volunteers. All requested information must be provided by the applicant. Criminal background checks ensure the safety of our children. After you complete your Volunteer Application you will receive an email from Sterling Volunteers with instructions for completing your background check.
AYSO’s Background Check Policy

Complete AYSO's Save Haven Course
Safe Haven is a training session that focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children. This course is taken online at AYSOU. Instructions are below.

CDC HEADS UP Concussion Training
All on field volunteers must complete the CDC Concussion Awareness course on AYSOU.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Online Course
All on field volunteers must complete this course.

AYSO’s Summary of the Laws of the Game
Found on AYSOU this course is required for all Referee Volunteers. It is highly recommended for all Coach Volunteers.

Referee Volunteers
Each Referee is required to attend a live in person training session with one of our Referee Trainers. Before every season we hold referee training for all of our new referees. Instructions for registering for in person training is below.

Coach Volunteers
All Coaches, including Assistant Coaches, must be age appropriately certified. Refer to the chart below to verify which training courses you need to complete in order to coach in each division. Some coaches may be able to complete this certification online. Other coaches will be required to participate in an in person training. This training camp is held every August. Registration instructions are below.

DivisionRequired CourseFormatPrerequisites
4U PlaygroundPlayground and Schoolyard Soccer Program LeaderOnline Safe Haven, Concussion, SCA
5U SchoolyardPlayground and Schoolyard Soccer Program LeaderOnline Safe Haven, Concussion, SCA
6U6U Coaching TrainingOnline and/or In Person Safe Haven, Concussion, SCA
8U8U Coaching TrainingOnline and/or In Person Safe Haven, Concussion, SCA
10U10U Coaching Training & Field SessionCombined Online & In Person Safe Haven, Concussion, SCA
12U12U Coaching Training Pre Course & Field SessionCombined Online & In Person Safe Haven, Concussion, SCA, 10U Coach
14UIntermediate Coach Pre-Course & Field SessionCombined Online & In Person Safe Haven, Concussion, SCA, 12U Coach

Youth Referee

Youth referees need to follow very specific and detailed instructions to volunteer.

Visit Becoming a Referee for instructions.

Volunteer Links

AYSO's Online Learning Resources
Take Safe Haven and
CDC Concussion training

How does AYSO protect its volunteers and athletes?

Safe Haven™ is a program designed to address a growing need for child and volunteer protection. There are four elements in the Safe Haven™ intervention cycle: Create Policies, Screen Volunteers, Train Volunteers, and Promote Education and Awareness. These are intended to stop child abuse and its agents before they get into the program.  In AYSO, children play in a friendly and safe environment.

The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 
This law grants immunity from certain types of prosecution for volunteers who meet its requirements. In order to receive full protection under the law, AYSO volunteers need must: 1. be properly trained and certified; 2. be performing duties as laid out in a position description; 3. act within the scope of AYSO's Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.

Thank you for volunteering for Middleville AYSO Region 277.  Feel free to contact our Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate with any questions or assistance you may need.

  1. Kids are No. 1.
  2. Fun, not winning is everything.
  3. Fans only cheer, and only coaches coach.
  4. No yelling in anger.
  5. Respect the volunteer referees.
  6. No swearing or abusive behavior.
  7. No alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
  8. No weapons.
  9. Leave no trash behind.
  10. Set a proper example of sportsmanship.

How to register as a new adult volunteer in Sports Connect

Want these instructions in PDF version? AYSO Volunteer Registration

These instructions are for volunteers that already have an account on our site. If you are going to volunteer and do not have an account you are able to volunteer during Player Registration.


Steps to complete Volunteer Registration with a pre-existing account are as follows: 
1.  Log into your AYSO Sports Connect account 
2.  Access the My Account page 
3.  Click on the Volunteer button on the left-hand side of the screen

4.  Click the Find Volunteer Roles button on the upper right-hand side of the screen

If the account holder has registered a player prior to this step, skip to step #5. If not, continue with 4a – 4c.

4a. If the account holder does not have a player registered and the division is currently accepting volunteer registration, the user is presented with an additional position selection screen shown below.

4b. Volunteer opportunities for the current season will appear on the next screen. All available 
options will be available if you toggle the accordion icon.

4c. Once you expand the accordion, you’ll be able to view any available opportunities. You may 
also select division/s you would like to volunteer in. Once done, select View Selected 

5.  All available Open Positions are listed here. Select the opportunity you’d like to sign up for.

6.  Click on your name under the selected position.

7.  Next, fill out all required detail fields to complete the registration.

8.  When you arrive at the Waivers portion, view/accept all three.

9.  While viewing each waiver, read and scroll down the waiver page. It will ask you to type in your first and last name as an “E-signature.” When ready, hit I Accept.

10. Once all waivers have been e-signed, select the Continue button.

11. Your Volunteer Application is now complete!

Verify Your Compliance

Verify Your Compliance

After you have completed your Volunteer Application it is important for you to verify your compliance with the AYSO background check, safety courses, and training courses.

Background Check
You may receive an email from Sterling Volunteers to start your background check. If you do, click the link in their email. However, it will prompt you to create a new account. DO NOT CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A STERLING VOLUNTEERS ACCOUNT. Instead, open a new tab and visit: to log in and continue your background check.

AYSO Safety & Training Courses
To verify that you are up to date with your courses visit your My Account page then click Volunteer Opportunities. You will be presented with your My Roles & Certificates page. Under your role a module with your compliance status.

Need to get compliant?
You must be compliant with all five items before the season starts.
If you have misplaced your welcome email from Sterling Volunteers click the check box next to Risk Status, then click the Renew & Update button to be sent a new link.
The Concussion Awareness, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and AYSOs Safe Haven courses are all on There are instructions below for accessing those courses.
Your Coaching License must be at or above the level of coach you are volunteering for. The license for Playground, Schoolyard, 6U, and 8U can all be obtained online via The license for 10U and above has online and in person courses. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Finding Courses on AYSOU

Follow these steps to locate online courses on AYSOU

If you are new volunteer it will take 1-2 business days before your AYSOU access will be available.

Once you register as a volunteer you will need to access AYSOU from your Region web portal to access the online training. You will be able to take AYSO Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, and other training using AYSOU.

Here is how to access AYSOU:

  1. Log into
  2. Navigate to the HOME page
  3. Click on AYSOU
  4. Click on Online Courses in the tool bar
  5. Click Open next to Safe Haven Courses
  6. Complete all three courses if needed
Coach License courses are found under Coaching Courses.
Coaches should also take the AYSO’s Summary of the Laws of the Game course and Annual Referee Update in order to be well informed of the rules.

Go to: and click Login 

Log in using your Sports Connect ( username and password.

Click Online Courses

Here you will find all online courses

Click the Open button next to a course to launch that course

Coach/Referee Training Camp

Every new Referee is required to attend an in person training session. Some coaches are required, all coaches are encouraged to attend an in person training session.

There will be a Training Camp, "Super Camp" held twice this fall year, July 31, and August 7.
The July 31 camp is h
osted at the Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, 2500 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 Check in is from 8:15 AM - 9 AM and classes are from 9 AM - 4 PM (Lunch Provided).
The August 7 camp is hosted at Soccer Zone in Portage, 7187 S Sprinkle Rd, Portage, MI 49002. Check in is from 8:15 AM - 9 AM and classes are from 9 AM - 4 PM (Lunch Provided).

There is a field portion of this training so please bring a soccer ball, tennis shoes, and wear clothing for working out.

Referee Courses being offeredBasic (Regional) Referee, Intermediate Referee, Advanced Referee
Coach Courses offered; 10U Field Session, 12U Coach, Advanced Coach

Volunteers MUST PREREGISTER online at for these courses, and meet the necessary prerequisites for some courses. If there are not enough volunteers registered for a course; the course may be cancelled.

How to find Super Camp on AYSOU
Go to and login using your Blue Sombrero username and password

Click 'In Person Training'

Click Open next to either Coach Instructor Led Courses or Referee Instructor Led Courses depending on which course you are looking to join.

Find the course you are looking to attend and click the 'Sessions' button next to it

Find the course that has the name of the course you selected followed by Area 8J Super Camp - 8/J/

Click the 'Plus' icon to expand the course for more information. Click the 'Register' button to register for the course

There is a cost to attending Training Camp, but it is covered by Middleville AYSO.

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Middleville AYSO Region 277

P.O. Box 426 
Middleville, Michigan 49333

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 269-804-3629
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