1. BYSI Studies Volunteer Issues

The Boston Youth Sports Initiative is currently conducting a research project to better understand the challenges groups face in recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers and to develop recommendations for ways to strengthen volunteerism for youth sports in Boston. Please help us get your perspective!

* 1. We understand that many people play multiple roles in youth sports programs. For the purposes of this survey, please answer these questions from only one perspective.

* 2. What roles do volunteers play in your youth sports program? Check all that apply.

* 3. Tell us which tasks are your biggest volunteer challenges. Please rank order all that apply from 1 to 5 with 1 being the most challenging and 5 being the least challenging.

* 4. If you need more volunteers, for what types of jobs? Please rank all that apply in order of importance with 1 being the most important and 11 being the least important.

* 5. What percentage of volunteers return?

* 6. Is training for coaches:

* 7. If training is offered, what is the focus of the training and the frequency of the training? Check all that apply.

* 8. If training were offered for your volunteers, coaches would be likely to attend if: (check all that apply.)

* 9. Please respond to each of the following questions regarding ongoing coach support and volunteer recruitment.

  strongly agree agree neutral disagree strongly disagree
Coaches in our program would be likely to participate in an email group or listserv for coaches to post questions, share techniques and drills, and get advice from other coaches.
Our coaches would find it useful if there was an experienced coach who would visit practices and give coaches follow up advice.
Coaches in our program would be likely to participate in periodic roundtable discussions among coaches in our area.
Our program would like to work with other organizations to centralize volunteer recruitment and management to help us recruit more volunteers.
We would like to join with other sports programs in a public relations effort that creates excitement about volunteering in youth sports and helps us recruit more volunteers.
We would likely use a centralized website to post our volunteer opportunities and to find volunteers who might be interested in our programs.

* 10. We would like help in recruiting more volunteers from the following types of populations. Check all that apply.