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We organize house league soccer for children and adults. "House league" means that whoever pays, plays.
THE PARENT IS WHOLLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DECISION TO ALLOW THEIR CHILDREN TO PLAY OR TO EAT THE SNACKS. THE COACH OR ASSISTANT IS AN UNPAID VOLUNTEER. THEY ARE NOT PART OF THE PARKS & RECREATION NOR PART OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. THEY ARE PARENTS, JUST LIKE YOURSELF. ALL PARENTS SHOULD HELP OUT WITH THE TEAM TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITIES.The Club's responsibility is to receive registrations, order uniforms, arrange teams, make schedules, organize referees and perform all the necessary paperwork to ensure that the clubs runs smoothly.
Unlike the adult league, children need a hand in organizing their teams. Call it whatever you want: coaching, arranging, facilitating. The Club assumes that the parents will take on this responsibility. That is why in the Registration Form, it is noted that parents are essential in the running of the Club.
The parent coach is expected to take charge when they are at the game; should that coach not be there, for whatever reason, the other parents should fill in.
The Club is not an extension of the City's Parks & Recreation; nor is it an elite Club, where parents sign up their children to learn. What the children learn is done through play.
A great many parents in our area never played soccer as children. They do not necessarily understand the rules; and are unsure as to how to show the skills. These difficulties can be overcome with study and persistence. However, it is not a prerequisite that the parents learn these things in order for them to sign up their children or to coach a team.
There are many reasons to keep the parent coach- it is a way we can ensure that the running of the teams is in accord with community values; it avoids the liability associated with non parental control; it maintains a spirit of equality and not elitism. The problems of the parent coach are that the person does not necessarily know the game nor how to teach the skills to others. For those parents looking for that teaching, there are many excellent soccer academies around Toronto to look for.
Each year is a struggle to get enough willing and able parents to coach. The rewards far exceed the work involved; the understandings and sense of contribution are well known to people who volunteer. Not everyone is in a position to be a coach. Whatever role you can provide is appreciated.