The Mars Area Soccer Club is an entirely volunteer-run organization. And as a volunteer run organization, there’s just no way we could give 500 kids the chance to play soccer every season if it weren’t for so many great parents willing to lend a hand each season.
THANK YOU! To help encourage that much-needed volunteerism, and as a way of saying "Thank You!", volunteers who complete at least one hour minimum of volunteer service in one of the many areas listed below will be eligible for a refund of their Family Service Fee. You can read more about the Family Service Fee here.
A description of our Volunteer Positions are listed below. You can let us know which of these positions you are interested during the registration process for your player(s).
Volunteers will be contacted by the MASC Board with opportunities to fulfill those volunteer roles. Generally, volunteers who fulfill the position during the FIRST HALF of the season (in the first 4-weeks) will refunded electronically or by mail after the fourth week of the season. Likewise, volunteers fulfilling the position during the SECOND HALF of season will generally receive their refund electronically or by mail following the close of the season.
Not all positions listed on the Volunteer Page are available every season. Additionally, there are occassional special opportunities for volunteering that may become available during a season such as manning the Mars Area Soccer Club tent during Adams Township Community Day, the MHY Harvest Fest, Mars Apple Fest, or the Mars New Year. In such cases, members will receive notice of such opportunities by email.
All volunteer must be approved by an authorized Board member for their Family Registration Fee to be refunded.
Service as a Board Member, Coach, or Team Manager represents the most trusted positions within the Mars Area Soccer Club, and these positions have limited availability. As such, not everyone who volunteers for these positions will necessarily be selected.
Positions that include voting rights are governed by rules outlined by PA-West and the Mars Area Soccer Club and can be further reviewed in the Club By-Laws. If there is ANY category below in which you have some first-hand knowledge or experience, please help us out to make this club a stronger one for our players & community!
TEAM CONCESSION STAND DUTY: Every team MUST provide ONE (1) representative each week for Concession Stand Duty by helping to prepare and sell concession items. This representative will serve for one half of that week's game. Serving in this capacity is not considered eligible for the Family Service Fee Refund as it only requires half a game's time (22-24 minutes.) However, Concession Stand Openers & Closers positions, as they require more time and effort, ARE eligible for the refund.
Board Members -- [ELECTED POSITIONS - reserve the right to vote.] Positions include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, In-House Registrar, Travel Registrar, In-House Commissioner, Travel Commissioner/Field Assignor. TIME REQUIREMENT: These positions require a minimum of several hours per week throughout the year. Special clearances are also required.
Volunteer Coordinator -- [APPOINTED POSITION - reserves the right to vote.] Communicates to club for all volunteer needs, arranges days/times for specific volunteer group days (ie, Field Maintenance Day), informs any needs/changes to be made by Board on behalf of volunteers. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires several hours per week before and during the season.
In-House Age Group Commissioner -- [APPOINTED POSITIION - reserves the right to vote.] Determines number of teams per age group with In-House Coordinator, forms team rosters, recruits players and coaches if necessary, communicates and works with In-House Coordinator for any situation involving that age group. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires several hours per week before and during the initial weeks of the season. Special clearances are also required.
Travel Age Group Commissioner -- [APPOINTED POSITION - reserves the right to vote.] Determines number of teams per age group with Travel Coordinator, determines skill division per team within that age group, forms team rosters, recruits players and coaches if necessary, communicates and works with Travel Coordinator for any situation involving that particular age group. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires several hours per week before and during the initial weeks of the season. Special clearances are also required.
Referee Assignor -- [APPOINTED POSITION - reserves the right to vote.] Coordinates and schedules referees for In-House and Travel games, helps to determine ref payment rates, determines the need for additional referees, schedules or informs of classes for any entry level certification, re-certification or "bridge" classes for referees to move into higher levels of reffing. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires several hours per week before and during the season. Special clearances and certifications are also required.
Risk Management Coordinator -- [ELECTED POSITION - reserves the right to vote.] Ensures that all persons within the club who are interacting with players have taken and cleared the PA-West "Act 33/34" Security Background Check, reviews and informs the Board of any situation that may prevent a volunteer from having player interaction. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires several hours per week before and during the initial weeks of the season.
Concession STAND Manager -- Manages the operation of the Concession Stand including recommending items to be sold, recommending sale prices, coordinating the purchase and supply of Concession items and supplies, and coordinating and scheduling Concession Stand Openers and Closers. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires several hours per week before and during the season.
CONCESSION STAND OPENER / CLOSER - Prepares the Concession Stand to be opened or closed for games on Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons, and manages the Concession Stand volunteers for half of the day. Duties include preparing the Concession Stand to open or close, preparing equipment and inital food for the day, cleaning up equipment and food at the end of the day, providing direction to parent volunteers throughout the day, releasing money to the change trays at the beginning of the day, collecting counting and recording money at the end of the day, documenting food losses during the day. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires two hours one day out of the season.
Field Maintenance Manager -- Determines all needs for preparation of fields, from volunteer maintenance days, assessing line painting & hiring line painters, communicates seasonal needs for field rejuvenation and needs to ensure safety for the players. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires several hours per week before and during the season.
Field Maintenance Volunteer -- Assists in preparing the fields before and during the season including: inital measuring and marking of the fields, maintenance and repair of field equipment, maintenance and repair of the Concession Stand and storage faciliaties, periodic weed trimming, etc. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires 4-to-5 hours one day before the start of the season.
FIELD SETUP VOLUNTEER - Assists in the preparation of the fields on Friday nights for In-House Games on Saturday morning including: placement of goals, benches, and sandbags on all fields, placement of field marker flags, etc. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires a minimum of one hour, one night each season.
Photo Day Assistant - Assist photographer crew with Photo Day logistics including: helping parents prepare their Photo Day Order Forms, helping coordinate teams and players through the Photo Stations, etc. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires a minimum of two hours one day during the Fall Season.
Coaching -- Head Coach & Assistant Coach positions. Duties include planning and preparing practice sessions, conducting practice sessions, communicating with parents and players, coordinating parent volunteers to cover team responsibilities in the Concession Stand, coordinating player availability for games, coaching during games, etc. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires a mimimum of several hours a week before and during the season. Special clearances and certifications are required.
Team Manager -- Handles all game info for team and communicates weekly game times, directions for AWAY games in Travel Program, etc. to the team. May determine concession stand schedule for parents of players. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires a mimimum of several hours a week before and during the season. Special clearances are required.
Community Contract Negotiation -- Can be more than one volunteer. Works with Mars Home for Youth to negotiate annual lease contract, or work with Mars Area Schools to secure stadium or other facility usage, etc. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires a mimimum of several hours a week before and during the season.
Committee Member -- committees include club merchandising, business marketing, clean-up crew (weekly garbage on field or even a clean-out of the sheds!), Lost 'n Found (the stuff at the concession stand is getting out of hand). TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires a mimimum of several hours a week before and during the season.
Trainer Housing -- One of the most fulfilling & generous offers. The trainers we bring in are semi-pro or college players, usually from England and here on an "internship" program if they qualify through their colleges. They have security background checks through the program. Any family offering to house them can do so for as few or as many weeks as they choose during the 8-week season. Trainers are already provided with transportation and some allowance for food.... but a home cooked meal and a home atmosphere is highly coveted & appreciated by the trainers who are basically students themselves. TIME REQUIREMENT: This position requires a mimimum of several hours a week before and during the season.
If you have any questions about volunteering with MASC, please contact
Thank you so much for your volunteer time! MASC is only as good as its volunteer effort. Your time given serves our most important member -- the player!