The AYSO Very Important Player (VIP) program was started in 1990 by Region 84 in Mission Viejo to serve the Orange County community, and presently there are VIP programs in AYSO regions nationwide. VIP was established to meet the needs and abilities of physically and mentally challenged persons of all ages. Region 13 is honored to be among the regions offering this program. VIP registration is open and remains open throughout the season. As our other programs, the VIP program is based on the five guiding principles of AYSO: Everyone Plays, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Balanced Teams, and Good Sportsmanship.
Our VIP program pairs each special needs player with a player from our regular program (called a “buddy”) to play soccer. The role of the buddy is to facilitate the special needs player’s involvement. We modify the rules if necessary to account for any issues of mobility or comprehension. In this way, both the special needs players and the buddies benefit from the program. Additionally, the players wear uniforms and are presented with trophies at the end of the season.