As a new parent to NSGSC you will have many questions. This info sheet is an attempt to answer some of those questions for you.|
The club is largely run by volunteers and relies upon parents to step up and help out wherever possible. The main volunteer positions are of course team coaches and team managers. I have included a brief description of each job so you get a sense of the time commitments and responsibilities. Generally speaking, the soccer experienced is enhanced for the girls whose parents are actively involved with their teams. Please let me know if you think you will be able to take on one of these roles for your daughter’s team!
Team Manager: (approximately 1 hour per week)
Note – it is not mandatory that team managers attend all the practice sessions but it is helpful to have them there.
- act as the liason between team parents and the club
- assist in recruiting team parents for coaching positions
- assist coaches with team issues and decision making
Team Coaches: (weekly practices are 1 hour)
Note – NSGSC coaches will be certified by BC soccer. For the U6 level, the required course is “Active Start”. The fee for this course will be paid by NSGSC and there will be a few sessions offered throughout the season. The certification course is only a few hours in duration.
- manage the practices – warm ups, drills, mini games, cool down
- provide training support to players and information to parents
- communicate regularly with parents regarding their girls and how the season is progressing
There will be a season start up meeting before the practices get underway and all team mangers and coaches need to attend. More information on this meeting will be sent out in the summer, but it will be on a weekday evening in early September. This meeting will provide an opportunity for each team’s management to meet the club coaches, club management and of course each other!
2. The Teams
Since U6 girls register for soccer before they start Kindergarten, many parents request that their daughters be placed on teams with friends they already know from the neighbourhood or other parts of the North Shore. Please keep in mind that once the girls start Kindergarten, they usually want to be on teams with their classmates. Unless a special request is made to place certain girls together, we usually strive to place the girls according to the schools they will be attending.
Teams typically have between 10 and 12 girls. If the teams are any larger they become difficult to manage for the coaches. Priority for team placement is done by registration date. The teams are usually confirmed in late July when most of the registrations have been received and we have an idea of how many teams there will be. An e-mail will go out at that time to parents notifying them of their team placement and team manager info.
U6 girls practice once a week. There are no weekday sessions at this level. The girls will practice at the NSGSC Soccer Bubble, which is located behind Windsor Secondary School. U6 practice times are on Sunday mornings for 1 hour. The practice times for teams will be assigned closer to the beginning of the season. Unfortunately we cannot accept team requests for certain practice times; they will remain as assigned.
The season begins in early September, 2016 and ends in early March, 2017. There are usually no practices on holiday weekends and there will be a break at Christmas that coincides with school closures. The confirmed calendar will be distributed during the summer.
The U6 teams will receive complete uniforms, consisting of a jersey, shorts and socks. Girls who decide to continue into U7 will keep their uniforms. New socks will be given out each year. Each team will also be given soccer balls and bags at the beginning of the season. The club coaches will provide the cones and nets for practices. There will be a uniform/equipment pick up night organized close to the start of the season. At that time the team managers will arrange to pick up all the gear and uniforms for their team. They will be distributed prior to the first practice. For footwear, girls can wear cleats or runners.
Safety is of course a priority for NSGSC. There are a few things to note: First, all coaches and team managers will obtain and submit a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to the club. If you are considering being a coach or team manager, CRCs are easy to obtain and are required by most children’s sport volunteers. They are typically valid for 3 years. Information on obtaining CRCs will be sent out to volunteers when they sign up. Second, it is highly recommended that girls wear shin guards. Third, girls with pierced ears need to remove their earrings for practices. Taping ears with earrings will not be allowed.
Thank you for this opportunity to give you some preliminary information on the upcoming soccer season. There will be more information sent out during the summer months. Should you have any questions, please contact the U6 AGC at U6AGC2011@gmail.com.
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