Volunteer

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.

Team Volunteer Positions

Team 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). Positions 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.

Team Board Representative: 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. 

Team Manager: Liaise with parents and the head coach or NSC on administrative matters such as scheduling/rescheduling games/practices, registering indoor session participation, and ensuring player registration is complete (e.g. photos, medical releases, proof of birth date). 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 Snacks and Supplies Coordinator: Coordinate snacks, tents, coolers, etc. with families for games and tournaments.

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.

Club Volunteer Positions

Communications Committee:  Attend NSC Board Communications Committee meetings and help organize and facilitate communications via email, website, and social media regarding recruitment, club events, surveys, and other club activities.

Facilities and Equipment Committee: Assist in Field Day (the preparation of outdoor playing fields, assembling/disassembling goals, cleanup, etc.) and the storage of the equipment in the clubhouse.

Finance & Fundraising Committee:  Attend NSC Board Finance Committee meetings and help organize and facilitate fundraising and other finance-related activities.

Tournament Committee: 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.

Uniform Committee:  Attend NSC Uniform Committee Meetings.  Help solicit feedback on uniforms throughout the year from parents and help decide on the future direction of uniform ordering.

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