Sunday, September 24, 2017

 

The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others…DeAnn Hollis

Gulf Coast Soccer provides playing opportunities for approximately 1500 players each year. As a result, we have hundreds of teams and thousands of parents and extended family members who visit and enjoy our 34 acre complex each year. We are not a small club. Managing a club this size is a major endeavor and just too much for an 11 member board of directors to handle alone. We need coaches, we need referees and we need people to serve on committees to help in high manpower areas such as field maintenance, fundraising and community engagement. Like coaches, committees are vital to our success as a club and to provide quality services and facilities for our children and families to enjoy. We form committees for areas of need where more people are needed to complete the task or event. However, we also have single task, single person volunteer needs if that is your preference. There is something that everyone can do to contribute, regardless of your experience and available time to commit.     

Committee List

Field Maintenance Committee - Time commitment: light to moderate. Maintaining the 34 acre Gulf Coast complex is a big job and requires many man-hours each year. During the preseason and season the work is focused on preparing and maintaining the fields for training and games. This work includes leveling, filling holes, mowing, weadeating, marking lines and general landscaping around the complex. In addition, during the offseason we do field renovation revitalization work, drainage improvements, capital projects or any work that cannot be done during the playing season. The committee goal is have 40-50 people on a standby list, but typical work days may require from 5-20 people depending on the time of year with peak time being March-April and July-September. For more information about volunteering for the Field Maintenance Committee, please contact Mario Gamez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Registration Committee - Time commitment: light. The registration committee is active during the spring and fall registration periods and supports the club by attending registration events, helping to register players, entering data into the database, etc. Committee members also help promote registration by placing signs and flyers around the community including at schools, business, etc. The committee goal is to have 5-10 people on a standby list to help out during spring and/or fall registration peak periods (Jan-Feb & April-May). For more information about volunteering for the Registration Committee, please contact Kim Riggs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marketing & Communications Committee - Time committment: light. The Marketing & Publicity Committee works to improve and maintain the club's visibility in the community through community engagement activities, maintaining the club's webpage, social media, You Tube channel, etc. The committee also maintains the clubs documentation, manuals and handbooks. Most of these positions are 1 volunteer for each task, but all support each other as needed. The committee goal is to have 5-6 people with each one serving a single function, but backing each other up during community engagement events. For more information about volunteering for the Marketing and Publicity Committee, please contact Daryl Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Fundraising Committee - Time commitment: light to moderate during peak times of the year. The Fundraising Committee manages and supports the club's fundraising efforts. Since all fundraising income is set aside to make improvements to the complex (such as adding new fields, lights, improving existing turf, parking lots, walking trails, landscaping, etc.), this committee is great for people who like to see physical results from their efforts. None of these improvements are possible without the generous fundraising commitment and efforts of our membership and this committee. The Fundraising Committee not only makes it work, but also tries to keep it fun and rewarding for the participating kids and families, and recognizing them at an annual fundraising event recognizing the top fundraisers. The committee goal is to have 2-3 people year-round to plan and organize fundraisers and another 3-5 people to help manage them during peak fundraising times of April-May in the spring and August-September in the fall. For more information about volunteering for the Fundraising Committee, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..      

Sponsorship Committee - Time Commitment: Light with brief seasonal peaks. The Sponsorship Committee is tasked with reaching out to area businesses who may be interested in becoming a sponsor for our club. The club offers a host of sponsorship opportunities and platforms depending on the potential sponsor's needs and investment level. The committee goal is to have 2-3 people planning, organizing and executing our sponsorship initiatives with brief seasonal peaks during March-April (spring) and August-September (fall). For more information about volunteering for the Sponsorship Committee, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Uniform and Spirit Gear Committee - Time Commitment: Light with brief seasonal peaks. The Uniform and Spirit Gear Committee help to manage the club's uniform distributions and our club-branded spirit wear and spirit gear. Our spirit gear supports the club's vision and mission to be a full-service club offering recreational, academy and select levels in a unified, community-oriented organization.The committee goal is to have 2-3 people planning and organizing the spirt gear offerings for the current and future seasons. For more information about volunteering for the Uniform and Spirit Gear Committee, please contact Carol Beard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FAQ About Committees

What are committees? Committees are focused workgroups assigned a specific function or responsibility by the board of directors to support our operations.  

What is the time commitment? Light to moderate depending on the committee. These are important positions, but they do not require a set schedule or commitment. You will have the flexibility to schedule your volunteer hours around your work, family and other commitments. Each committee will have a coordinator to schedule the meetings or workdays well in advance. We strive to have enough committee members that 100% attendance is not needed.  

Do committee members have to attend board meetings? No. All Gulf Coast board meetings are open to our membership, but you do not have to attend regular board meetings to serve on a committee. Each committee will have a board member chair or sponsor to act as a liaison with the board who will keep you informed of any relevant information or requests from the board meetings.