EVERYONE INVITED

In the year, 1969-70, the Torrance - South Bay region with 8 new District commissioners, it was determined that in addition to region income going forward for out-of-State growth in the formation of new regions under the direction of the AYSO National Office, resources should also be expended in growing from within each region. The consensus of the 8 commissioners was to "invite every elementary school youth in the entirety of the South Bay to play in AYSO."  First, the boys were invited and within a few years all the girls would be invited.  The task was unbelievable if everyone joined AYSO but the eight commissioners were adventureous. Thousands of flyers were prepared, first for the City of Torrance to test the invitation system and then each region of the newly formed. 
 
Ron Littlefair was stationed at the Torrance site of Riviera Elementary School and Joe Bonchonskly at the Torrance site of Jefferson Elementary School. Each newly registered youth had to be accompanied by a parent who was interviewed to determine how they would volunteer as a coach, ref, field maintenance, fund raiser, and/or one of the many administrative or labor positions. If the parent had a foreign accent, they were rerquested to coach. If not a coach then a referee. If the parent's vocation limited their time, other positions were offered. If the parent had only a negative response, the parent was advised that their son may be assigned to a team without a coach and the possibility of the entire team being dropped was noted. An oversupply of volunteers was noted on the registration sheets. The parents soon recognized that AYSO was to be their program for participation with their youth. 
 
The procedures of the Torrance registration were then followed in all eight districts and the year found the new eight regions with extensive growth. The 1969-70 year tasks of adding fields and providing goal posts, increasing the supply of uniforms and quality soccer balls, implementing coaching and referee schools, etc., was successfully met by the cooperation of all eight commissioners who met weekly at Garrett-AiResearch Company were seven of the eight were occupied on the Apollo Space Program. All eight were engineers working on the Apollo Life Support System. Of the eight commissioners, four were foreign-born and four American- born which offered the experience of "old traditionalists" and four American born which offered "new enthusiasts." It was at the weekly meetings between the 1968-69 and 1969-70 AYSO playing seasons that the "growth from within" potential for each region was truly exercised.         
 
For many years thereafter, AYSO National Office suggested the above procedure especailly when Ron Littlefair joined the National Office as Vice-president for Growth and visited many nerw States as they multiplied in AYSO.
 
The eight commissioners would proceed to expand their individual regions in the South Bay of Los Angeles and the eight would spend many years thereafter within AYSO as key members with additional duties to assist the AYSO Graduates as they ventured forth into the local high schools of each region and the colleges thereafter. AYSO not only formed the foundation for their energies locally but also the foundation that resulted in the spread of AYSO Nationally. 
 
EVERYONE IS INVITED not only to be players but also leaders in each region and together the youth of the Americas will be the prime beneficiary as it should be. This example of local regions working together and within themselves to solve growth pains is classic in the hearts of all AYSO regions. The success of AYSO is based solidly on the "togetherness" of regions nationally. AYSO regions together will overcome all challenges. Our first 50 years is just a beginning.  
   
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