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VIP Program 2019

2023 VIP Registration is Open

For more information about our VIP Program, contact the VIP Coordinator at
[email protected]

The National office recently renamed VIP to EPIC - Everyone Plays in Our Community.  The name of the program will change effective with our next membership year in 2024.

What is the AYSO VIP Program?

The  AYSO VIP Program provides a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. VIP teams may include: 

-  Blind or visually impaired  
 - Conditions that impair mobility 
-  Mentally or emotionally challenged 
 - Autistic
 - Down syndrome 
 - Cerebral Palsy 

These players are Very Important Players (VIP) in AYSO. We recognize that all people need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The VIP program offers that acceptance and carries our philosophy of Everyone Plays® to new heights - giving everyone a chance to play. 



Goal: Players will have fun playing soccer


  • To introduce all skills by using games
  • To allow players to set the pace
  • To relax and be flexible
  • To keep everything positive

Goal: Players will understand the fundamentals of the game


  • To give each player plenty of opportunities to play the ball
  • To build skills on the success of previously learned skills
  • To involve family members in learning soccer fundamentals

Goals: Players will learn teamwork and fair play


  • To build teamwork and fair play into practice sessions
  • To encourage team identity by wearing uniforms and participating in team get-togethers
  • To reward positive effort when teamwork and fair play are observed

Goal: Players will increase their self-esteem


  • To establish individual, realistic goals with players
  • To encourage effort toward goals, no matter how small
  • To recognize player effort and achievement

Goal: Players will become more physically fit


  • To encourage maximum participation in physical movement for each player at his or her level
  • To facilitate player participation in off-season physical activities or sports

Goal: Players will meet and be comfortable with new people


  • To encourage parents to play a supportive, not active, role during games
  • To facilitate the development of positive player relationships with buddies and other volunteers
  • To utilize community helpers


Kids with special needs are estimated to make up approximately 10% of the school-aged population and approximately 20% of the United States population has special needs.  Special schools and programs can isolate these persons, so the VIP Program has been structured to integrate our players into the rest of AYSO by providing a soccer season, and in some cases, using "buddies" - able bodied helpers - to assist players who need assistance, both on and off the field. Our goals for every participating player are:
 VIP helps more than just the players. Buddies and other volunteers increase their appreciation and understanding of individuals with special needs. They find their lives greatly enriched by their involvement with their new VIP friends. For parents thinking they would never see their children playing a sport or making new friends, VIP gives them joy and hope. They are able to relax and enjoy watching their children having fun like other kids, perhaps for the first time. 

Teams can have as few as three players and may be co-ed. VIP teams can be put together with the players who register based on mobility or ability. Older and younger players can also be separated onto different teams when numbers allow. 

The Kailua AYSO VIP program begins each Spring at the Kailua High School.  For more information about our VIP Program, contact the VIP Coordinator at [email protected]



The AYSO volunteer position of VIP (Very Important Player) Buddy is a non-disabled person intended to guide the VIP player on the field of play and, when, if no longer needed to assist physically, continues to be part of the player support system from the sideline.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The VIP buddy is expected to:
  • Treat all VIP players with respect
  • Guide the VIP player physically, if necessary, on the field
  • Encourage the VIP player verbally, may “guide” the ball but do not “play” the ball
  • Work with the VIP coach to determine the use of the buddy on the field for a particular individual or situation
  • Understand involvement of the buddy could start with being full-time on the field, progress to fewer than four quarters and then progress to cheering from the sidelines
  • Decrease his/her role, except for consistent cheering, throughout the season as dictated by the player’s progress
  • Work toward the goal of player independence
  • Have FUN!
If you are interested in being a VIP BUDDY, please contact the VIP Coordinator at [email protected]

Kailua AYSO VIP Program FAQ

Q: Hold old does my child have to be to join the VIP program?
A: Children must be at least 4 years old to join VIP.

Q: What sports equipment should my child have?
A: The registration fee includes a full uniform (socks, shorts, jersey). Players should have their own shin guards and sneakers or cleats. 

Q: May I drop off my child and pick them up when the VIP session is over? 
A: No. A parent or guardian must be present during each VIP session.  

Q: I don't live in the Kailua/Waimanalo/Kaneohe region. Can I still sign my child up for your VIP season?
A: Yes. We welcome anyone regardless of region.

Q: My child would like to become a VIP Buddy. Does he have to know how to play soccer?
  A: No soccer experience is required. 

Q: How old do I have to be to become a VIP Buddy?
A: Buddies must be at least 12 years old.

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