Perhaps naively, I assumed that most of those pursuing HPL franchises would want to promote their bid by publicizing their application and highlighting its strengths. It’s a very tight timeline and when the winning applicants are announced they will have very little time to win over players and build strong, competitive teams. I also, even more naively, thought that even if some applicants didn’t want to broadcast their applications that BCSA would publish them on their website regardless in the name of transparency.
Instead, in response to that question, posed by one of the applicants, over whether applications would be published or not, BCSA took the opposite tact and assured applicants that their submissions would, literally, be kept under lock and key and the strictest confidentiality would apply.
Why is it felt that people who are soon going to be asked to commit to a whole new season at some of the highest fees imposed on youth soccer players ever in this province should not have access to crucial information that would help them decide which HPL franchise is best for their son or daughter? HPL is supposed to be a break from the past years of protectionism and lack of accountability. But by keeping these applications confidential, BCSA is forcing the consumers of this league to feel their way through the process in darkness. It makes no sense.
So then Colin Elmes* calls me earlier this evening and says, “We’re going full disclosure. Will you put it up on your site and facilitate a discussion so that people can ask any question they want of our application and we will answer it.”
I was pleased and the only condition I had, one that Colin immediately responded to positively, was that I would encourage other applicants to do the same and offer them the same (small) platform to interact with people who have questions about their application.
So here it is. The Sportstown FC HPL bid. I hope it’s the first of many applications we get the chance to evaluate and provide feedback on either here or on other sites (I will of course link to whatever site any of the other entities choose to publish their application on if they prefer not to put it here).
Home highlights from Sportstown FC’s application:
- Colin, Rob Dattilo, Brendan Quarry and Steve Weston will each coach two teams
- Cost would be $1800
- Fairly complete curriculum outline
If any other group would like to follow Colin’s lead and provide full disclosure of their bid details so parents are able to make the most informed decision possible in the very short time they’ll have between franchises being awarded and teams being formed, please contact me and I’ll get it up.
For now, you can download the PDF of the Sportstown FC application and Colin has pledged to be responsive to any questions left here in the comments section.
* Full disclosure: I’ve known Colin for 27 years and I worked for TSS for about three years starting around late 1999.