The Club and Season
The Ottawa Gloucester Soccer Club (OGSC) is a large club divided into recreational and competitive divisions, which operate as distinct entities with their own Executive Committees for the purpose of planning, organizing and running their own leagues. Teams exist for girls and boys, men and women, based on age categories as set out by the Ontario Soccer Association.
The Dragons (Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer or GDRS) is responsible for the summer outdoor recreational (or house league) operations for young people between 5 and 18 years of age. After team selection in April-May, the teams compete in pre-season and regular season play from May to August, with Soccer Days held for all participants in late August. Our coaches and referees do an outstanding job, and our athletes have developed over the years as a reflection of their work and dedication. We have a lot to be proud of.
What's the Dragons philosophy?
We teach individual and team skills in a recreational and fun environment, and always in the best interests of your child's development, not only as an athlete but also a well-rounded person. We emphasize fair play and respect for teammates, opponents and referees. Our coaches use a club curriculum to ensure that skill development, throughout all age groups, flows soundly and logically. In general, all players get equal playing time.
Parents - please note: Let the coaches coach. If you have any concerns please talk to the coach privately after the game. Don't contradict coaches in front of players. Be a positive parent on the sidelines. No negativity. If you have any issues with the coach, please talk to the executive, or the respective Division Soccer Director.
GDRS has a Code of Conduct and a Harassment Policy which apply to parents and spectators, players, coaches and referees. There is an expectation that all GDRS participants will respect these codes and policies for the sake of all others who contribute to the sport of soccer, the development of our youth and the well-being of our community.
The New Member
For the parent of the new soccer athlete, the volunteer roles do not all come at once. We hope that you will grow in the organization and find some time to lend to making your child's experience a better one. Outlined below are some of the roles that parents take on and, depending on the team, you may be 'required' to take on at least one of these. Please note that at all times, you are welcome to watch practices and games, and we encourage you to take an active part in your child's involvement in the sport of soccer.
Team Roles for Parents
Parents are often called upon to act in one or several of these roles. Some require an evening's commitment, others are for the season. All of these roles can be fun, and certainly are important for the kids and coaches - so they can focus on their training and performance. We want the teams to have fun, and we also want the parents to have fun, so help out where you can.
Note: Not all teams require all of these positions, the coaches will outline their needs and expectations at the beginning of the year.
Each team must provide a linesman (calling the ball out when it crosses the line), for each league game. Ensure a linesman is identified for each game - Act as the linesman for league games or co-ordinate the team parents (or team member's siblings can be used in some cases).
Orange duty/Refreshment Coordinator
Coordinates the teams half-time refreshments for league games and tournaments. Prepares 'orange duty' list for parents (where applicable). This may also include coordinating extra water for tournaments (especially if there is a significant heat wave).
Corner Flag Coordinator
For all games, the coordinator places the flags in the corners, and is responsible for picking up and returning the flags at the end of the game.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Club Executive - see Volunteer Opportunities page
Soccer Day Organizing Committee
5510 Canotek Road, #1
Ottawa, ON K1J 9J4