The Washington Youth Soccer Board of Directors has focused on five major strategic initiatives over the past three seasonal years, including defining the roles of Member Associations and Clubs through the “Healthy WA Youth Soccer” project. Coming out of January’s 2016 Annual Player Fee Meeting, the “Healthy WA Youth Soccer” project brought renewed attention to one of the structural changes WA Youth Soccer first discussed in its 2009 strategic plan – reducing redundant levels of administration by removing Districts from the WA Youth Soccer structure.
Initially, Districts were created by WA Youth Soccer to coordinate across designated Member Associations to run leagues and to facilitate communication between WA Youth Soccer and Member Associations. The role of Districts within WA Youth Soccer has changed dramatically since their inception and in 2016, only 4 of the original 7 Districts continue to exist as legal entities, with only two Districts continuing to run their own WA Youth Soccer-sanctioned league.
In order to align WA Youth Soccer administration to its legal structure (which defines Member Associations as the direct member of WA Youth Soccer), the WA Youth Soccer Board of Directors approved the following motion at its March 19, 2016 meeting:
For those Districts that are currently operating WA Youth Soccer-sanctioned leagues or other WA Youth Soccer member programming, WA Youth Soccer will no longer recognize such Districts as member organizations within the structure of WA Youth Soccer as of January 1, 2017.
For those Districts that are not currently operating WA Youth Soccer-sanctioned leagues or other WA Youth Soccer member programming, WA Youth Soccer will no longer recognize such Districts as member organizations within the structure of WA Youth Soccer immediately as of March 19, 2016.
This change will require amendments to the WA Youth Soccer bylaws, posted for thirty days for member comment prior to the Board’s approval at the May 13, 2016 meeting. The bylaws amendments will be posted at WashingtonYouthSoccer.org and Member Associations will be notified when the amendments are posted.
“Firstly, we want to bring uniformity across the state. Secondly, and most importantly, we want to strengthen the relationship with every Association as we partner with them relentlessly to deliver a full, rich and safe program of soccer to their membership,” says Washington Youth Soccer President Daren Mancini.
WA Youth Soccer’s focus moving forward is to work more closely with each Member Association to implement US Youth Soccer programming, drive membership growth, and to increase the value proposition at every level of WA Youth Soccer. WA Youth Soccer staff and Board of Directors are committed to partnering with those Districts that currently operate WA Youth Soccer-sanctioned leagues or other direct member programming to facilitate the transfer of programming administration to Member Associations.
WA Youth Soccer has already reached out to each District to inform their leadership of the changes. The District 6 structure is set aside immediately. WA Youth Soccer staff will continue to work with Districts 1, 2 and 4 over the next nine months on successfully simplifying the WA Youth Soccer organization.
WA Youth Soccer appreciates everyone working together to make the family soccer experience better. It takes a TEAM!
For more information, please contact WA Youth Soccer CEO Terry Fisher at email@example.com or (253) 944-1601.