Get Involved


Our coaches are some of the most important people in our organization. The success of the Eastside Blaze football program is directly tied to the ability of our coaches to help players improve their skills, perform their best, develop strong character and gain confidence.

To become a coach for Eastside Blaze start by visting City of St. Paul Youth Coaches Corner, then contact and let us know you are interested. 

Eastside Youth Athletic Association is a certified USA Football Heads Up organization. In order to maintain our certification, all EYAA coaches must also complete additional training to become a USA Football Level 1 certified coach. 

Beginning with the 2019 football season, EYAA will provide coaching manuals for each certified coach to aid in practice planning and development of player skills during a mandatory coaches meeting conducted by Eastside Blaze board members.


The Eastside Youth Athletic Association (EYAA) is made up of many individuals dedicated to ensuring the best youth programs for the community. One way to help our kids is by giving of your time and energy as a volunteer with EYAA. We have a number of areas where individuals can get involved and absolutely no experience is required!

We can’t field a team without a coach. Many parents in EYAA started their volunteer careers as a coach. If you’re not trained to coach or have never played the sport, EYAA can provide training to help you get started. Please let your child’s coach know if you’d like to help, or contact a Director.

Team Parent
The job description for this position is up to the team’s Head Coach. Some coaches utilize their team parent for managing and emailing the roster, others for managing the “juice/snack” list, etc. Talk to your coach at the first practice or team meeting to see if and what he/she wants help with.

Special Events
Helping out with a special event could be coordinating tickets and transportation to a high school, college or pro game, to selling concessions at a fundraiser. Inquire with the sport’s director or your child’s coach to find out what special events they are considering and see if you can pitch in.

Volunteering for equipment involves coordinating with the Equipment Director for the hand out and turn in of the program’s sports equipment. Typically, this is done at the rec center after the first week of practice, and then again at the end of the season. The Equipment Director might also ask for assistance with equipment inventory, or cleaning and repair of equipment.

Volunteering is a great way to be involved in the community. For more information on volunteering, please send an email to We look forward to hearing from you!


EYAA sports programs depend on donations and corporate sponsorships to offset costs associated with running the association and the individual sports programs. These donations allow EYAA to minimize registration fees, and allow individuals or companies to support our community’s youth.

If you’re interested in making a donation, please contact the EYAA President, James Maldonado or  Treasurer, Jack LaBrasseur.

We appreciate your contribution to Eastside Youth Athletic Association.


James Maldonado


Jack LaBrasseur

Phone: 651-497-4604