We are a volunteer organization whose primary goal is “To promote the enjoyment of, and participation in, the sport of soccer.” By fostering players and coaches through teaching and governing the game of soccer among all club members. To encourage good sportsmanship and fair play by respecting the laws of the game, officials and players.
Our club is volunteer driven – the two largest groups your player will contact, coaches and managers are all volunteers. As our season begins it is important to keep in mind a few key points about our volunteer coaches' responsibilities and those of the parents and guardians responsible for each player. When parents and coaches have reasonable expectations of each other it creates the best learning environment possible for the most important people - the players!
Your role and responsibility as a parent creating the best learning environment include the following:
Remember that your sons/daughters are involved in organized soccer for their enjoyment, not yours. Encourage your son/daughter to always play by the rules. Please remember that if your son/daughter has been chosen to participate in a High Performance Program, this does not necessarily include equal playing time for all participants.
Teach your son/daughter that an honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment. Turn defeat to victory by helping your son/daughter to work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship. Never ridicule or yell at your son/daughter for making a mistake. Provide your son/daughter with plenty of encouragement because that is the best way they learn. Show respect and appreciation for the volunteer coaches who give their time to provide sport activities for your son/daughter. Do not publicly question the coaches or manager’s judgment and never question their honesty. Under no circumstances is it permissible to communicate any information to the players during games or practices except through the coach or assistant coach. (There is a difference between coaching and cheering). That is why we are here.
Remain outside the field of play and behind the Designated Spectator Area (where provided). On turf fields, I will not step into the turf field playing area. Never openly criticize the performance of a referee or an assistant referee. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s sporting activities. Please let your son/daughter speak on their behalf. The coaching staff is encouraging them to be responsible for their own experiences whilst involved in our program. Celebrate effort and good play from both sides.
Referees Are Vital
Our game at the competitive level cannot be played without Referees. Respect for our Referees should always be foremost in our actions. Most importantly with your youngest referees. All will have completed an introductory course; many will be experiencing refereeing for the first time. Most don’t continue because of negative experiences. Never openly criticize their performance and accept they may get the call wrong. Encourage them to make calls and support their decisions.
Coaches Are Volunteers
Coaches run practices and games with both the individual and the team in mind and communicate with parents about their child's progress or needs on the pitch when appropriate. The vast majority are volunteers who have invested a great deal of time and energy into preparing the best soccer experience possible for your child.
Parents Must Be Present
As per BC Soccer's requirements, all GAC coaches have or are in the process of obtaining age-specific coaching certifications. These courses are a great way to touch lightly on behaviour management techniques, but ultimately parents and guardians are responsible for their children's behaviour.
All players must wear cleats and shin pads to practices and games. This is mandated by BC Soccer and unfortunately any player that doesn't wear both their cleats and shin pads will not be able to participate as they will not be insured in the event of an accident. As well, please ensure shin guards are covered by socks in accordance with safety practices and game rules.
Guildford Athletic Club respectively acknowledges the indigenous communities on whose traditional and unceded territories we live, work and play on.