INSERT COACH HERE: Hartford Parks & Rec Looking for Volunteers
With one more week of summer break, as many families get their last vacation hurrahs or otherwise prepare for the start of school, the Hartford soccer fields may be looking empty.
A combination of this timing and the low turnout of volunteer coaches so far forced the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department to postpone pre-season soccer practices. Hartford’s fall athletic programs rely on about 40 volunteer coaches, without whom the programs could not operate.
But director Scott Hausler assures us there’s no reason to worry yet to worry that they won’t find those volunteers by the soccer program’s official start on September 5.
The hope, too, is to reschedule the pre-season practices for next week, possibly August 28 and 30.
“The pre-season practices are usually a chance for the kids and coaches to learn some of the basic techniques and get familiar with the game, especially if they’re new to it,” Hausler says.
And it’s new families and parents that he hopes will take advantage of the opportunity to volunteer. The new blood is important to sustaining any athletic program. “It has become more challenging in recent years, with both working parents and kids playing multiple sports,” Hausler says, “but I’m confident we’ll get the volunteers. It usually pans out.”
If you are interested in becoming a coach this season, reach out to Jay McDonough with your interest (firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-295-5036).