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Volunteers are an essential part of the Niskayuna Soccer Club. As a non-profit organization, the NSC relies on your assistance in order to keep fees low, run the organization smoothly, and build the development of our players. This commitment is critical for the club to function, and promotes a sense of fellowship, sportsmanship, and enjoyment.
At a mininimum, all families are expected to volunteer at the annual tournament. Beyond that, families are also asked to sign up for other non-tournament volunteer positions which require varying degrees of time, effort, enthusiasm and experience during the season. Each parent who offers his or her time and effort to support Niskayuna Soccer sets an example of leadership and sends a message to his or her child that Club soccer is not just a game, but rather a family-involved community organization.
Non-Tournament Volunteering Opportunities
⚽ NSC Board Positions: Interested in assisting with NSC operations? Volunteer to be a team representative (description below), an officer on NSC's Board of Directors, or a contributor on one of the Board Committees.
⚽ Assistant Coach: Assist the head coach at practices, games, and tournaments and occasionally coach the team if the head coach is unavailable. Assistant coaches are required to complete the USSF Grassroots licensing course and must follow the CDYSL's Risk Management Policy which includes completing a background check, Concussion Awareness Training, and Sexual Abuse Awareness Training (all course expenses are reimbursed by the NSC). Positons are limited and the coach will select the individual(s) if there are multiple individuals interested, with preference is given to individuals with a soccer and/or coaching background. Serving in this position provides a 50% refund of the registration fee of the child/children for the particular team coached (refund is applied in April) and also satisfies the family volunteer contribution for the Niskayuna Soccer Classic tournament. The NSC Board, with the coach's input, will determine whether responsibilities were met in regards to providing the refund and satisfying the tournament contribution.
⚽ Tournament Representative: Attend tournament meetings and assist in the planning and running of the Niskayuna Soccer Classic. Serving in this position satisfies the family volunteer contribution for the Niskayuna Soccer Classic tournament. The NSC Board, with the Tournament Director's input, will determine whether responsibilities were met in regards to satisfying the tournament contribution.
⚽ Team Manager: Work with the head coach to schedule/reschedule all team events (games, practices, etc.). Requires timely and clear communications with parents and coaches. Managers are required to follow to the CDYSL's Risk Management Policy which includes completing a background check, Concussion Awareness Training, and Sexual Abuse Awareness Training (all course expenses are reimbursed by the NSC).
⚽ Team Treasurer: Accept, deposit, and track and payment of team fees. Work with the head coach on paying fees for team activities (e.g. indoor sessions, tournaments). Reconcile payments and expenses for each player and calculate the amount owed/due at the end of the season. Requires timely actions and organization of finances.
⚽ Team Board Representative/Alternate: Liaise with parents and bring any team or club issues to the NSC Board. Represent the team at monthly NSC board meetings and participate in decisions as a voting member. The Alternate Team Representative serves in the event that the designated representative cannot attend the meeting.
⚽ Team Registrar: Coordinate with the NSC Registrar to ensure that all players’ registrations are up to date (e.g. photos, medical releases, proof of birth date)
⚽ Field Day Representative: Participate in spring and fall field days to prepare and close down the playing fields.