Illinois Youth Soccer Recognizes Demosphere Administrator Of The Year

Admin of the YearDemosphere has teamed up with Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) once again to sponsor the Demosphere Administrator Of The Year Award.

In addition to receiving recognition for an outstanding year, the winning administrator’s organization also receives a grant to further their objectives.

This year, Illinois Youth Soccer Association honored Bob Franklin of Illinois Women’s Soccer League.

For more than 35 years, Franklin has served the Illinois Women’s Soccer League administration with an overwhelming commitment to the game of soccer and the latest technological advances.  His work in the business management sector of the League has been a driving force in the club’s long-running success.

Standing out for his efforts, Bob was also recognized this year by U.S. Youth Soccer as the Administrator Of The Year for Region II.

Congratulations Bob – keep up the great work!


Organizational Checks and Balances are as Important as Ever

Checks and Balances

Within non-profit organizations, especially those dedicated to youth sports that Demosphere encounters on a daily basis, it’s incredibly important to have a system of checks and balances in place.

At least once each year, we see a story of a club facing difficult times following the actions of dishonest individuals. Yesterday in Yuma, AZ, two former board members were accused of stealing nearly $50,000 from Yuma Youth Soccer Association. The accused served as President and Treasurer respectively and there’s no telling whether the club will see those funds again.

To help protect your organization from similar situations, consider the following precautions:

  • Require Two Signatures on Checks. For any club expenses, require two authorized club administrators to sign the check to ensure the payment is for a legitimate expense.
  • Invest in a yearly audit. Although this is an additional expense, it’s likely that few administrators are experts at analyzing balance sheets, income statements, and other financial reports. Bringing in an outside company to review these figures will raise any potential red flags that require further analysis.
  • Term Limits. If possible, aim for certain term limits within your organization so an individual cannot remain in the same position indefinitely. In addition, structure position durations such that they aren’t up for vote in the same year … think about half in even-numbered years and half in odd-numbered years.

These tips can probably go a long way towards preventing situations like we saw in Yuma this week. What other tactics have proven effective in your organization?