With almost 3,000 soccer players in our outdoor House League program, making up teams can be a challenge. Many parents have asked who makes up the teams and whether the Club balance the teams.
The simple answer is "Yes".
Registration for the 2014 outdoor season is now open. Registration can be done online throughout the season (unless where indicated) and the summer outdoor season will start in late May. Most age divisions will be assigned a Conveyner who refers to the player evaluation forms from the previous season, and apply that rating to this year's registration form. After all the known ratings are applied, we will then begin with process of making up the teams.
Each team is given an equal number of 'A', 'B' and 'C' players and assigned a volunteer coach, assistant coach, and a sponsor. Sometimes we do not have enough volunteer coaches. When this happens, the Club makes every effort to recruit parents from the team to take on this role. For safety and insurance reasons, the Club cannot field a team without a coach.
The Club only guarantees that the coach, assistant coach and sponsor's children will be on the same team. Everyone is made aware of this policy at the beginning of the season. However, it doesn't seem to prevent parents from requesting their child play with friends on the same team. While the Club understands this desire (who hasn't had to juggle conflicting schedules, jobs, etc.?), we always stress the need to make teams balanced so everyone has a good soccer experience.
All HL teams are subject to balancing before team pictures are taken. If there is skill disparity in a particular division, the coaches will participate in the movement of players for the purpose of balancing the teams. Please be aware of this before the season starts and talk with your children in order to make any such moves as smooth as possible.