In The Meantime…

2012 March 31

It’s been a while since the last post. Halloween. Christmas. New Years. March Break. And all the good stuff and the crazy stuff that happens in between.

Corbin and Jeremy attend weekly practices for their respective soccer teams and both still have a strong desire to play soccer.

Corbin has triumphantly returned to horseback riding through WETRA. He no longer needs a lead and is able to guide the horse to where he wants the horse to go; Corbin can even get the horse to walk backwards. So lots of success here.

With an incentive program in place at home, school has also been a limited success. We would have like it if the school increased his time by another 30 minutes but that’s like unlikely to happen this late in the school year – just like every school year in the past. Why does it have to be so hard to work together?

Jeremy has his own issues at school, especially with math, but continues to plug away with the aid of an Educational Assistant.

Tina and I are dreaming ways to fix or improve both the inside and outside of the house. Just need to save some money and get on with it.

That’s life in a nutshell. Just motoring along.


Avoid the Windsor Soccer Club

2009 October 7

Tina and I have decided to abandon our appeal of Corbin’s suspension by the Windsor Soccer Club. See No More Soccer For Corbin for the details.

It was becoming clearer by the day, that the WSC had no intention of taking this situation. When Corbin was suspended we were never told how long the suspension was for. Basic information, correct? I emailed the Mr. Docherty, President, many times and received no answer.

I questioned Mr. Docherty’s authority to unilaterally suspend a player asking him to cite the relevant sections in the WSC Constitution or WSC Rules and Regulations that granted such authority. Nothing.

One of the players verbally threatened Corbin and we never heard back from Mr. Docherty or other WSC Board members about our complaint.

With a suspension based on flimsy third-hand hearsay evidence and a president who has been stonewalling us from day one, how does one put up a defence? How do you provide evidence to counter the claim when the original ‘evidence’ was non-existent?

After withdrawing our appeal yesterday, Mr. Docherty had the gall to respond and state the WSC takes all appeals seriously. His lack of response over seven weeks says otherwise. But I didn’t lay the blame solely on him. The Board of the Windsor Soccer Club is just culpable.

I will be stringing the various emails we received and our response to them in the coming days and will post them for all to see.

In discussing Corbin’s suspension with people involved with the local soccer scene, it soon became clear that the Windsor Soccer Club is in disarray. Several board members resigned, not too impressed with the person in charge, Mr. Docherty.

Despite knowing that a municipal workers strike was imminent, WSC was left scrambling at the last minute for a place to play and practise. The season started late by about a month and didn’t finish until the end of August. The season usually ends at the end of June, beginning of July. Plenty of Jeremy’s games had no referee and the rules were changed after a few games.

So, if you are looking to sign up your child for soccer avoid the Windsor Soccer Club. They aren’t the only game in town. Check out the Essex County Soccer Association for more information.

And a big thanks for those who supported us and provided us with valuable feedback.


No More Soccer For Corbin

2009 August 15

Corbin has been suspended from the Windsor Soccer Club (WSC).

The decision to suspend Corbin was based on hearsay evidence via email to a friend of Corbin’s now former coach. The friend is the Secretary of the WSC. He forwarded the email to the President of the WSC, who decided unilaterally and without hearing from us, to suspend Corbin.

No formal protest or complaint was filed. No hearing of the Discipline Committee was held. We were never asked for our side of the story. The Constitution and Rules and Regulations of the Windsor Soccer Club have been completely ignored.

We have not been told how long the suspension is for or the nature of the allegations that lead to the suspension. We have asked the President to provide evidence that he has authority to suspend any member of the WSC without holding a hearing of the discipline committee. We have yet to be provided any of this information.

We are appealing this ‘decision’ if only for our voice to be finally heard.

If you have children who wish to play recreational or competitive soccer, we recommend that you avoid the Windsor Soccer Club.


Rain? Humidity? Heat? Must Be Summer Finally

2009 August 9

Saturday began with rain, as promised by the various weather experts. It rained from about 8 am to mid afternoon.

With Bev and Gerry coming for the weekend, I decided to tidy the garage so that one of the vehicles could be put inside to free up room on the driveway. It took about an hour, but the garage was tidied and swept. It needs a good cleaning though.

Tina had “fun” sitting in the rain watching Jeremy play soccer. No thunder means the game must go on. Jeremy commented to Tina about “it’s not right having five year-olds play soccer in the rain”.  I’m not sure what Tina’s answer was, but mine would have been “Suck it up”.

In the meantime, Bev & Gerry arrived for a visit. Jeremy and Tina arrived not too much later.

Jeremy was soaked. Tina took off his soccer uniform and wrapped him up in a blanket. Arriving home, he quickly ran to the bathroom for a ‘hot shower’.

Tina went out and grabbed a family fish deal from Pat & Hanks. Ten pieces of Cod, a bunch of fries, two coleslaws, lemon wedges, vinegar and tartar sauce for a grand total of $34 tax included. Not bad.

I was happy that it rained. The flowers (and flower beds) desperately needed it. I also wanted the ground to soften up so that I could dig some of the grass up to relocate the patio.

Sunday began with sun, humidity and heat. The AC rain most of the day. Even the breeze was hot. This was going to be an inside day.

Jerry left mid-morning.  Bev was spending the week with us.

I took Corbin to his soccer game. I was able to find a spot in the shade. Wasn’t too bad. Corbin played the entire game. He played forward, defence, and finally, goalie. He enjoyed himself and played a good game. He just needs to pay attention to where the ball is and keep up with his line mates. I took him to McDonald’s for a much-deserved lunch.

The rest of day was spent doing various things around the house. I did load after load after load of laundry. Tina cleaned up the kitchen and made fresh meatballs and played some games with the boys and her mom. The boys chilled out by playing on the computer and getting some time on the PS2.