Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about the soccer season? Maybe what gear your child requires for the season? How about additional training? Or how about volunteering? Check out our Frequently Asked "Parent" Questions below. If you have a question, that has not been answered here, please send a note here, or use the form provided on this page.
- What is Kick Start?
Kick Start is Port Moody Soccer Club’s U7 and under program for boys and girls.
- Who runs the Port Moody Soccer Club?
The Port Moody Soccer Club is predominantly run and managed by volunteers. Our club is run by our Board of Directors who provide long-term strategic vision as well as oversight for the day to day operations. We also have part-time paid staff including an Executive Director, Administrator, Webmaster, and our Technical Staff – but we minimize our paid positions to keep our registration costs low. Volunteers do everything from fundraising, to team photos, to hanging nets, to organizing equipment. For this reason, all families are asked to volunteer in some capacity. Individual teams need a Coach, Assistant Coach or Manager and help with providing oranges, planning events, etc. Please step forward when your coach asks for help!
- Who coaches the teams?
Teams are generally coached by parent volunteers, and in some cases our technical staff also volunteer their time to coach a team. The Club provides all coaches with training and resources – we have a committee dedicated to coach development. Each coach is required to submit a Criminal Record Check (no charge to the coach) to the Club at the start of the season. For our Kick Start program a parent or guardian is expected to be with their child at all practices and games (no drop offs allowed), and as such parents are encouraged (at the direction of the coaches) to help out and participate. For our older teams, the coach will advise what is expected in terms of parent participation.
- What do I need to do to become a coach or assistant coach?
Parents interested in coaching can indicate this during registration or by contacting one of the co-ordinators. No experience is necessary, and we welcome experienced and brand new coaches. The Club provides resources and training opportunities for our coaches.
- I am looking for information about the 4v4 program, where do I look?
Information about the PMSC 4v4 program can be found on the following pages (note, schedules are the same on these pages):
- Training Schedules - a listing of all training schedules including 4v4 training schedules.
- Information about the 4v4 programs, click here.
If you have any further questions about the 4v4 program, please contact coach.
- How do I receive communication from the club?
Most of the Club communication will come direct to from the Administrator via our Power Up Registration software. It is important that you indicate that you are willing to receive communications and to ensure that your email stays up to date on your registration account. If you have a question that your team coach or manager is unable to answer, please contact your Division Coordinator for assistance. We encourage all parents to sign up to receive the Port Moody Soccer Club’s newsletter (sent via email).
- How are players assigned onto teams?
For our younger (U6 through U10) age groups, we try to keep children from the same area on the same team, and try to honour special requests where we can. However, teams need to also be balanced as best as possible in numbers and by age and experience. Coaches are confirmed mid summer and players are assigned on teams shortly after. Once players have been assigned to teams, special requests cannot be accommodated.
For our U11 and older teams, players will be placed onto teams via an evaluation process to determine the team division options, and subsequent appropriate division for each child’s ability.
For more information on the evaluation process, balancing of teams and placement of players on teams, visit our 'Evaluations' page and scroll down to your child's age division.
- Are there separate boys and girls teams?
There is a separate girls’ league, but girls are permitted to play in the boys’ league. Girls who play in the boys’ league will be spread out onto various teams.
- Are U6 - U7 practices and games indoors or outdoors?
Practices for U6 and U7 teams are held in school gyms (or potentially the covered lacrosse box at Westhill). Games and 4v4 sessions are held outdoors.
- Are practices or games cancelled if the weather is bad?
Outdoor games may be cancelled in severe weather if the playing field is closed. Field closures will be indicated on the Field Status link of the Port Moody Soccer website under field status.
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