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Soccer Snacks and Kincardine Minor Soccer
Submitted By John Adams on Friday, June 19, 2015
It has recently been brought to the attention of the Executive that a number of posts on pages on sites such as Facebook have appeared criticizing Kincardine Minor Soccer and the executive in regards to snacks being provided by team parents and/or coaches to players during and after their games. We would like to take a moment to address some misinformation that has been erroneously passed on as coming 'from the executive'.


First of all, there is no MANDATED snack requirement for any team at any level of our club. It has been a long standing TRADITION to provide a post game snack to our Timbit age players, and then once players have moved up into the U8 and above levels many teams choose to provide a half time snack of fresh fruit, and the older teams often choose to continue the tradition of a post game snack. This activity is not done, as some have indicated, as a Club requirement, but is in fact something done by team parents--THIS IS NOT AN EXECUTIVE DECISION--IT IS A TEAM PARENTS/COACHES DECISION.
Two years ago, in 2013, a few parents approached the Executive expressing a concern that all too often the post game snacks provided actually contained more calories than the children would typically burn off during their active participation in the preceding game. As a result of those concerns the executive passed on to all our coaches some basic snack guidelines which were the following: Fresh fruit for halftime (orange quarters, apple slices, melon slices) and for the post game snack a nut free snack (no chips, candy or chocolate coated granola bars) and a juice box. These guidelines were in direct response to the concerns expressed as children were being provided bags of chips, chocolate bars, ice cream sundaes and cans of pop in some cases. This was applicable to ALL AGE GROUPS. 
We were also approached in 2014 BY A SINGLE PARENT that expressed their view that snacks should be removed completely from Kincardine Minor Soccer--again citing issues with the type and quantity of snacks being provided. The executive pointed out, again, that snacks are NOT AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVE, and further that the decision of whether or not to provide snacks is made by individual parents and coaches, but that we did ask when snacks were being provided, that they try to honour the guidelines we had indicated which is all we can do--parents have the ability to choose what snacks they bring during their turn, or to refuse to participate in the snack provision simply by letting their team know they wish to have their family opt out of participation, but again--that is between the team parents and coaches--the executive has no authority to tell parents to participate, follow the guidelines, or not participate in the tradition--that is up to you as individuals.
IF YOU AS A PARENT DO NOT WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN A SNACK PROGRAM FOR YOUR TEAM PLEASE ADVISE YOUR COACH AND OTHER PARENTS AS THIS IS NOT AN EXECUTIVE RESPONSIBILITY.
You as our soccer parents have the ultimate say as to whether or not your child will A) participate in any team snack responsibilities and B) Partake of any snacks provided by other parents on the team for the players.
YOUR EXECUTIVE COUNCIL DOES NOT AND WILL NOT MANDATE PARTICIPATION IN A TEAM SNACK PROVISION PROGRAM ONE WAY OR THE OTHER--IT IS YOUR DECISION AS PARENTS. 
In regards to the postings indicating that the executive should take a vote during registration or during the annual general meeting--you are more than welcome to attend the AGM in October and express your opinion regarding snacks and present any ideas on moving forward, but please keep in mind that in the same way you have a right to opt out of what is viewed by many as a summertime soccer tradition, other parents also have the right to continue to carry on that tradition.
One final note--the Facebook page 'Kincardine Soccer' is not directly connected to Kincardine Minor Soccer, nor is it an authorized page of Kincardine Minor Soccer Club or its executive. There are a number of executive members who follow the page, and have responded to inquiries through that page to assist parents and to help get information out that is readily available here on our own website. The Kincardine Soccer Facebook page is simply a resource page that was started by parents, players, and participants involved with our club--IT IS NOT A KINCARDINE MINOR SOCCER PAGE.
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