- Club Info
- Long Term Player Development
- Health & Safety
Welcome to Harbour City FC! We are delighted that you have chosen to develop your child's soccer skills at HCFC. As practices and games get underway for the new season it is important to keep in mind a few key points about our volunteer coach's responsibilities and those of the parent or guardian responsible for each player. When the parents and coaches have realistic expectations of each other it creates the best learning environment possible for the most important people of all... the players!
Coaches Are Volunteers
Coaches take on the responsibility for delivering valuable, BC Soccer / HCFC mandated course curriculum in a positive, encouraging, and supportive way. Coaches run practices and games with the individual and team in mind, and communicate with parents about their child's progress or needs on the pitch, when appropriate.
It is so important to remember that all of our house level coaches are parent volunteers who have invested a great deal of time and energy into preparing the best soccer experience possible for your player. When a parent steps forward to coach they do not become Pep Guardiola or Alex Ferguson overnight!
Parents Must Be Present
As per BC Soccer's requirements, all HCFC 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 or guardians are responsible for their children's behaviour.
Please remember players at U13 and younger must have a parent or other designated adult present at the pitch at all times to assist with bathroom breaks, minor injuries, upsets or other behavioural challenges.
Parents, if you notice your player is having a hard time listening to the coach or managing his or her energy, please be present to receive your player on the coach's instructions and stay with him or her until he or she is ready to rejoin the play. This helps your player feel supported and safe, and allows coaches the time and mind space to focus on the whole team's development and maintaining a fun, inclusive environment for your player to return to once having regrouped.
All players must wear cleats and shinpads to practise and games. This is mandated by BC soccer and unfortunately any player that doesn't wear both their cleats and shinpads 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.
Thank you for choosing HCFC as the home of your child's soccer development. To all of our amazing coaches who have stepped forward this season we greatly appreciate the time and effort you give to our great club.
Harbour City FC
2300 Bowen Road