Parents Corner

Soccersaurus Parent

The Canterbury Soccer Club has been providing non-competitive, developmental, recreational spring soccer programs for youth in the Alta Vista area for over 40 years. We typically have over 300 children registered who enjoy the spring evenings, have lots of fun and get tons of exercise!

The Canterbury Soccer Club is run entirely by volunteers. Over 70 volunteer coaches, assistant coaches, equipment managers, division convenors and executive members give generously of their time to ensure that all the children have an opportunity to explore the Beautiful Game of soccer every year.

We always need volunteers, and train anyone who wants to help, so please let us know if you want to help your community.

Canterbury Soccer: Community Made, Community Played.

Parent's Conduct

At the CSC we like to play soccer and have fun! Because we work with children, we take their safety very seriously. Please take the time to read about the parents code of conduct below. These are pointers to make sure everyone has a good time!

Canterbury Soccer Club Parent's Code of Conduct

Canterbury Soccer Club’s Philosophy is:

  1. That the children are on the field to have FUN!
  2. That coaches teach soccer fundamentals & teamwork and parents, guardians and guests are on the sidelines to provide encouragement and support to the players.</li>
  3. We always strive to provide equal opportunity to all players to play on the fields, and in every position, regardless of skill level.
  4. We provide a safe environment on and around the field of play.
  5. Success is measured by the above & by individual improvement, not by wins & losses.

All you can expect the players to do is their best!

In light of our philosophy we ask that all our parents, guardians and guests follow a code of conduct as described below:

As an integral part of the Canterbury Soccer Club (CSC) team I understand that:

  1. I will help foster a positive environment during practices and games. I will use positive reinforcement and language and will refrain from belittling or negative statements to players on my or any team.
  2. I will try, within the best of my abilities, to ensure that my child is on time and properly equipped for soccer.
  3. I will respect that all players have equal play and practice time, regardless of ability.
  4. I will respect all players, parents, coaches, referees, spectators and ensure my player(s) do(es) so as well. I will respect all referee decisions, and in keeping with the laws of soccer, as a spectator, I will not directly dispute referee decisions on the field or after the game. In case of serious disagreement, I will bring the situation to the attention of the CSC Executive through email
  5. I will not use profane or vulgar language while on the field or interacting with any member of CSC.
  6. I will refrain from smoking while on city and school property, in compliance with City of Ottawa By-Laws.
  7. I will abide by City By-Laws and club rules in regard to parking. Parking in the St. Gemma Catholic School parking lot is NOT permitted before 6 pm, as the school has an after school program and children are being picked up. Parking is not permitted in front of the double gates leading into the back of the school: this area must remain clear for Emergency Vehicles. CSC does not assume liability for any parking violations, and/or damage to property/vehicles.
  8. I understand that a busy soccer field can be overwhelming for dogs and so if I chose to bring my dog it must be leashed, under control and is not allowed within 5 m of sandy play areas. Owners assume all liability for dogs.
  9. I will not use or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances while attending CSC events.

I understand that the above Code of Conduct is required to ensure the smooth delivery of Canterbury Soccer Club’s programs. I understand that serious violation of the Code of Conduct may result in being banned from CSC events.


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If you have any questions, please read below, or feel free to contact us at

Parents' FAQ

Do I have to stay with my child?

YES! We do not assume responsibility for unsupervised children. Our coaches are parents with their own children to look after, they cannot supervise children when they are not playing as they must focus on the field. STAY! RELAX! WATCH THE FUN!

Can my child be put on a team with their best friend/classmates/cousins etc?

Teams are organized so that there is an equal distribution of ages and genders throughout the division. As such, it is very difficult to allow groups of children to play together on any given team. However, we do understand that some children will only play if they are with their friends. CSC policy is:

  • Parents who wish to coach together can do so and of course have their children on the team together.
  • Siblings can be put together, or kept apart, according to parental wishes.
  • You may request ONE other friend to play with your child providing that child requests your child. There is only ONE friend request per child and it must be entered in the space provided (on the waiver page, near the medical concerns box) on the registration website. We will try our best to honour those requests but due to the need to balance the teams, they may not be possible.
  • Requests received in writing, with cheques, via email, in person, via social media, or those given to coaches on the first day of play WILL NOT be considered valid.

How will I know what team my child is on?

Parents will be contacted by team coaches who will provide information such as what team your child is playing on. If you do not get an email or call, just present yourself on the first night, at the designated park and look for one of our volunteers.

What do I need to bring?

  • Ages 5-8 need:
    • A sturdy pair of sneakers (no sandals, clogs, crocs) OR a pair of soccer cleats (these can be purchased at stores like Canadian Tire, Walmart etc for 20-40$). Soccer cleats are recommended for ages 7-8.
    • Shinguards are very strongly recommended at all levels. With shinguards your child is safer and will have more confidence to challenge for the ball. Shinguards can be purchased at stores like Canadian Tire, Walmart etc.
    • LONG socks (i.e. soccer socks) are highly recommended. Shinguards should be mostly, if not all, covered by socks. If children do not have shinguards, they should wear long socks pulled up. Soccer socks can be purchased at Canadian Tire and other specialty soccer stores.
    • A water bottle, with water (not sport drinks).
    • A team shirt will be distributed at the first game.
    • Children should wear shorts for warm evenings, but, as it can sometimes be cold in May, please monitor the weather and dress them appropriately.
    • Sunscreen and bugspray may be needed.
  • Ages 9-15:
    • Highly recommended: a pair of soccer cleats (these can be purchased at stores like Canadian Tire, Walmart, Sportchek etc for 20-40$). This provides safe traction and the foot protection needed to kick the ball properly.
    • Shinguards: can be purchased at Canadian Tire, Walmart, Sportchek etc.
    • Long soccer socks are recommended.
    • A team shirt will be distributed at the first game.
    • Shorts or track pants according to the weather.
    • Water bottle with water, not sports drinks.
    • A light snack for half time (orange slices are the best).
    • Sunscreen and bugspray as needed.

What about snacks for the team?

Due to the high prevalence of allergies, we do not provide snacks at the end of games with the exception of “Treat Day” which is often the last or second last evening of the season. Parents may wish to bring something like freezies to share with the team, but be aware that they should obtain permission from the parents of the children in question before sharing, and that children should receive the freezies off the field so that the next division can play.

Coaches will NOT organize a snack rotation for higher levels.

Where can I park?

Parking is very limited around the school during Monday and Wednesday nights particularly. You may only park in St. Gemma Catholic School parking lot AFTER 6pm. You may NOT park in front of the double gates to the schoolyard at ANY time (this area must remain clear for Emergency Vehicles). Parking can be found on McMaster and Aster Drives, on Fairmeadow Ave (there is a path that leads to the school fields) and on other surrounding streets.

Please obey all parking and traffic rules. Do not block the driveways of residents around the school. Do not park on the lawn or grass of McMaster Catholic School.

We encourage you to walk, bike or take the bus if at all possible.

For the 2016 Season, we have arranged parking for Monday and Wednesday evenings ONLY at Congregation Machzikei Haddas on Virgina Ave. Please use this facility with respect and display the parking pass sent out by club email. Parking is at your own risk and first come, first served. Parking is NOT available on June 13th due to Congregation activities.

What about rain cancellations?

We play in the rain. The season is too short to cancel for simple, light rain. We will cancel for very heavy rain, if the fields are unsafe to play on (or the city has asked us to remain off them), and if there is an active thunderstorm in our area. You will be informed of cancelations on this website, by Twitter, by Facebook and by email.

Can I let my child play on the Play Structure?

Many children love to play on the Play Structure behind McMaster Catholic school after their games and while siblings are playing in other divisions. Be aware that you must ensure adequate supervision for children while they are on the play structure. CSC does not assume any responsibility for children using the play structure. Children should NOT wear soccer cleats on the structure as they do not provide adequate grip on metal, plastic or wooden surfaces. CSC is not responsible for the play structure. Any issues with the structure should be reported to the City of Ottawa or McMaster Catholic School.

I am looking for a garbage can…

Please take your garbage and recycling home. Do not litter the fields. Extra points for picking up garbage you see lying around.

My child lost his/her water bottle, soccer cleats, glasses, sweater etc….and/or I found something else…

Lost & Found can be brought to the Canterbury Community Centre. Also check for lost items with the nearby schools (that is, McMaster School), during regular school hours. If you find or lose anything valuable please contact us, or post a notice on our Facebook page.

My child is not certain if they want to play…

Our program is designed for children that are entering the area of team sports for the first time. There are lots of ways to encourage children gently to have fun playing soccer. First, let them see real soccer (i.e. watch it on TV, watch clips on YouTube), and kick a ball around a bit at home. Then, when they start to play, reassure them that you will be with them on the side lines. Many shy children will join in for the practice, but would rather watch the game from the sidelines: that is OKAY! Most skill development occurs during the practice, so they can observe a game and maybe, in a little bit, they will join in. You can volunteer as a coach/assistant coach if you are really worried.


Any unpaid registration will be CANCELLED as of May 15th to allow children on the waitlist to be accommodated. Cancellations for other reasons must be received (via email) by May 15th to allow children on the waitlist to be accommodated. Refunds will be issued for cancellations received before May 15th. After May 15thth there are no refunds.