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Member Toolkit

This toolkit is a collection of documents, articles and information designed to provide individual programs with the resources necessary for building and managing a soccer program in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  To assist both our current and future member organizations we have created this resource, The Member Toolkit.    We invite you to implement any of the information contained here if they are missing or could be improved upon in the structure of your organization.

We recognize that our member organizations need to manage a wide range of functions and without good programs many players and coaches may leave or perhaps never consider even playing the sport.   Our member organizations have a tremendous responsibility to create the best possible environment for their players, parents, officials and coaches.   Some of these tasks may include handling money, hiring or firing personnel, understanding how to file taxes, and ensuring that practices and games are carried out with safe fields and appropriately registered players and coaches.  We realize that this can be an overwhelming endeavor and have put together this information to assist you with your operations.

Below you will find a links to several websites, and documents that will aid with your organizations administration. Utilizing these tools will help you meet the challenges of starting and/or operation your soccer organization in Massachusetts.

Governance Principles
The document linked directly below (Governance Principles)is essential for all organizations revisiting their governance documentation in addition to all new organizations must to review as it contains required content to be included in organization constitution and bylaws.
Governance Principles (Constitution and Bylaws) 


Board of Director Training Videos - Provided by Ruth Nicholson (GO!) 

State Resources
Creating an Organization Name

Massachusetts Secretary State Non- Profit Corporation Forms (Articles of Organization, Annual Report, Change of Directors or Officers)

IRS Resources
Applying for Tax Exempt Status  (Instructions and Forms 1023 & 1023 EZ)
Annual Filing and Forms  (IRS Form 990)

Financial Policies(From Iowa Youth Soccer)
Codes of Conduct 
Board of Directors
Developing Board Policies (From Indiana Youth Soccer)
Board Member Contract(Example From Iowa Youth Soccer)
All Hands on Board - Guide for an all-volunteer Board
Board Meetings

Waiver Languages

The player registration language linked below must be used as provided for all member organizations.

Mass Youth Soccer Player Registration Waiver (Updated 11.3.23)

The adult registration language linked below should be used as provided for all member organizations. If a member organization uses a method for registering adults that does not provide for use of such waivers, the state level Adult Registration waiver sign off by the adult will cover all levels (state, league, town, club) of soccer participation.

Mass Youth Soccer Adult Registration Waiver (Updated 1.26.23)


Additional Resources

Blue Avocado - Online Magazine for Non Profit Leaders


The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal, tax or accounting advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.  Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal, tax, accounting or other information.  This website contains links to other third-party websites.  Such links are only for the convenience of the reader, user or browser; Massachusetts Youth Soccer and its members do not recommend or endorse the contents of the third-party sites.

Readers of this website should contact their attorney and/or accountant to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal, tax and/or accounting matter.  No reader, user, or browser of this site should act or refrain from acting on the basis of information on this site without first seeking  legal, tax and/or accounting advice from professionals in the relevant jurisdiction.  Only your organization's attorney and/or accountant can provide assurances that the information contained herein – and your interpretation of it – is applicable or appropriate to your particular situation.

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