Grayslake AYSO #396: About Us


The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) was established in the Los Angeles area in 1964 with nine teams. It was the dream of a group of devoted soccer enthusiasts who started the organization in a garage. Today, AYSO has more than 50,000 teams and more than 650,000 players. It also employs 50 people at its National Support and Training Center in Hawthorne, California.

Over the years, AYSO has created many valuable programs and concepts. Most notably, AYSO revolutionized youth sports with its "Everyone Plays" and "Balanced Teams" philosophies. In AYSO, each child who registers is guaranteed to play at least half of every game. To help create evenly matched games, all AYSO players are placed on new and "balanced" teams each year. Teams are organized based on each player's skill level and the overall ability of the team.

AYSO is supported by more than 250,000 volunteers. Parents donate their time as coaches, referees, team parents, administrators or sponsors. In 1998, AYSO unveiled its new Coach Certification and Safe Haven programs. Each was designed to strengthen the organization's role in child protection. Although AYSO is primarily a youth sports organization, it realizes the importance of providing a safe and healthy atmosphere for children. AYSO is continually working to improve the education of its volunteers in the fields of child development, human behavior, and sports psychology. A strong emphasis is placed on ethics and sportsmanship and the development of the whole child.

AYSO has been the leader in establishing groundbreaking youth soccer programs in the United States. The organization is proud to have paved the road for youth soccer and looks forward to meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

Grayslake AYSO started as a pilot program back in 1983 and was chartered in 3/23/1985. We like to say we were the first soccer program in Grayslake.

Board Members
The following table lists the board members that each volunteer a significant portion of their time to keep AYSO Region 396 in Grayslake a vibrant and trusted organization for the community.

Position Name  
Regional Commissioner Lisa Rusch  
Asst. Regional Commissioner OPEN
Regional Treasurer OPEN  
Regional Registrar OPEN  
Regional Safety Director OPEN  
Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate Lisa DeLaMar  
Field Director OPEN
Equipment Coordinator Steve Rusch  
Uniform Coordinator OPEN  
Regional Coach Administrators OPEN  
Regional Referee Administrator OPEN  
Regional EXP Program Director OPEN  
VIP Program Director Jay Goldsmith  
Webmaster OPEN