Is the North Shore Sharks Soccer Club a Non-Profit
Yes we're a registered non-profit, none of the executive are paid. The club constitution explicitly forbids paying the executives. This does not prevent paying other staff such as coaches or field maintenance.
Do we pay our coaches / have we tried hiring coaches
We've tried to hire post-secondary students with soccer experience to coach, we've even applied for grants to help pay them. None were interested.
We've tried a reimbursement program to encourage parents to coach, but both years we tried it we found it was difficult to track their participation and neither year resulted in parents volunteering in following years.
Do we offer courses for coaches / referees
Coaching and referee courses are available independently and through PEI Soccer, in person and online. The club will pay for courses and certifications (with some limits).
Some club executives have coaching certifications and can offer basic training to new coaches. Combined with the club's standard directions for coaches and free drills available online, this is often enough to coach teams in the minis program.
Is the club making a profit from the player fees
The club doesn't turn a profit (see FAQ about non-profit status). Club financials, reports and AGM minutes are available to paid members on written request. Since 2017 the club has run a balanced budget. See Club Information > Fee Breakdown for an overview of how the player fee is spent.
Are there vacancies in the executive / who runs the club
The club executive currently consists of a President (Rick Townsend), a Vice President (Jennifer Bryson), a Treasurer (Bonnie Murley) and a Secretary (Adina White). There are vacancies for Minis Coordinator, Youth Coordinator, Coach Coordinator, and Equipment Coordinator. The coordinator positions are not voting members of the board but are included in all relevant meetings and decision making.
Does it take much time to run the club
Yes it takes a significant amount of time to administer the club, about 6 hours a week from March through May, 10 hours per week in June and July, and then maybe 6 hours a month from late August through February. Those hours include planning the season, taking registrations, processing payments and refunds, organizing coaches and administering the club website. Those hours do not include practices and games (coaching, refereeing and setting up/cleaning up).
Does the club have a COVID-19 policy / plan
Yes the club has a COVID-19 operational plan developed in conjunction with PEI Soccer and approved in 2020 and 2021 by PEI Health. This plan includes contact tracing (via sign in sheets), social distancing rules, facility cleaning (courtesy of the North Shore) and equipment cleaning (sanitizing balls, cones and pinnies after each practice or game if they may be in use within the following 48 hours.)
The full approved plan is available upon request.
Note that the plan is currently inactive as all COVID-10 restrictions have been lifted.
When is the club AGM / election of executives
Our club AGM and elections are in February. An announcement is sent out a minimum of 7 days prior, via the club website, email to all registered members, the club Facebook page and when possible re-posted by the North Shore on their social media and monthly newsletter.
The AGM is open to the public but only members who have paid in full that year may vote on motions and elections. The club's year runs April 1st to March 31st.
Are the club Constitution and Bylaws available online
Yes, please see the Club Information > About Us page.
Do the U9 teams play in a league
Yes, however this isn't guaranteed from one year to the next.
The U9 league is a new program introduced by Sherwood in approx 2019. It's run by volunteers, not PEI Soccer, which is why we don't get the game schedule until a few days before. 2021 is the first year the North Shore was invited to join - previously it only included clubs in Charlottetown (Sherwood, Winsloe and sometimes Stratford.) Clubs outside the central PEI area aren't included at this point and don't have this opportunity.