This policy applies to all travel players in VYS and is issued by the VYS Board of Directors with the intent of allowing those experiencing financial hardship an opportunity to play soccer with VYS. Subject to the availability of funds, VYS will offer financial aid made on a defined set of factors. All award decisions are made at the sole direction of VYS. The application and aid information will be kept confidential.
The following are the guidelines for the amount of aid which eligible travel players may receive:
- Level 1- Free Lunch (FARMS) form, SNAP (food stamps) form, TANF form, or documented income at 130% of the federal poverty level for the household.
- Level 2- Reduced Lunch (FARMS) form, Medicaid form or documented income at 185% of the federal poverty level for the household.
- Level 3- No FARMS forms, SNAP form, TANF form, or Medicaid form but with documented income at 250% of the federal poverty level for the household.
- Level 4- No FARMS forms, SNAP form, TANF form, or Medicaid form but with a documented income at 300% of the federal poverty level for the household.
Amount of Aid Award
For Club Fees and VPL Club Fees
VYS will reduce the amount the player pays to the Club by the appropriate amount. For Team Fees, VYS will pay the financial aid amount directly to the Age Group Treasurer. Players are responsible for paying for any team fees in excess of the covered amount.
Travel Uniform Fees are not covered by financial aid and must be purchased by the players.
Additional Expenses and Equipment Vouchers
For Travel, additional expenses could include, but are not limited to certain equipment necessary for program participation, such as shin guards, soccer socks, and soccer cleats. The financial aid assistance for shin guards, soccer socks and soccer cleats is provided in the form of an equipment voucher to the player’s parent/guardian. The amount of the voucher varies based on age and may not cover 100% of the equipment cost.
Families of applicants receiving VYS awards maybe requested to provide up to 8 hours of volunteer service to VYS each season. Those applicants asked to volunteer and do not complete service maybe ineligible for future aid awards.
If you have questions, please contact Christina Pisani at CPisani@vys.org.