Bob Hayes is an inspiration and role model to many! As Regional Commissioner for AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization), he has contributed countless hours of work and dedication throughout the local community. Bob understands the importance of teaching young athletes the values of sportsmanship and respect, while also honing their skills on the field. As a leader in his position, he has gone above and beyond what is expected, and it truly shows through the accomplishments that have been reached. We would like to give a warm round of applause to Bob Hayes, for being an exemplary Regional Commissioner for AYSO and shine a spotlight on the work he does in the Community!
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Community Spotlight: Bob Hayes – Regional Commissioner for AYSO
Tell us a little about you:
‘My wife and I have lived in Redondo Beach for 27 years. We have 2 kids in college.“
How long have you held this position?
“I have been the Regional Commissioner for AYSO Region 34 for the past 5 years.”
Tell us more about the AYSO program and why it’s so special?
“AYSO builds strong communities through youth soccer programs. Families get involved together as players, coaches, referees, and mentors. AYSO is an all-volunteer organization, which keeps player fees affordable for all families. Kids make new friends, while getting exercise, building coordination, learning teamwork and sportsmanship. It really builds their self-confidence.“
What inspired you to get involved with AYSO?
“Our kids started in AYSO when they were small, and I really enjoyed the sense of community and wanted to get more involved. I started helping with field maintenance, then coaching, and refereeing. My kids started refereeing when they were old enough, and my wife volunteered as uniform coordinator, then as Treasurer. It really was a family commitment. After being Assistant Regional Commissioner for a couple of years, I became Regional Commissioner. I just stepped down as RC, but I continue volunteering as a Board Member, National Referee, coach instructor, and field manager.“
How can the community support your efforts?
“AYSO is all about developing kids into responsible adults. AYSO needs volunteers in every area. We need coaches, referees, help with fields, fundraising, and so on. The best part is that AYSO provides training courses at no cost for anyone who would like to volunteer and learn some new skills. Since you will be working with kids, AYSO follows SafeSport guidelines and completes background checks on every volunteer to ensure safety.“
Player registration for Fall season can be found at AYSO34.org. Players are placed on teams in their own age group. Games are on weekends from Labor Day until Thanksgiving.