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The South Orlando Soccer Club (SOSC), located in the Conway area of Orlando, is handing out out Red Cards to some of its players causing the Club’s President to resign from office. But before jumping to conclusions, keep reading on what’s behind the sudden departure.

According to one of the club’s parents, it seems that there was a physical fight with three of the players. The players were reprimanded and given a suspension. Two of the three players stood out and complied with the ruling. The issue involves the third child whose father happens to be one of the club’s coaches and a board member.

The coaches child has continued attending practices and tournaments – regardless of the suspension – causing many parents to throw the “Daddy Ball” card. (Daddy Ball is an informal sports term to describe players whose parents are involved on a team or league get preferential treatment. Whether that means more playing time, more flexible schedules or even operating under a different set of rules and guidelines than other players.)

The lack of regard and follow through with the suspension has caused the President, Ross Allman, to resign his post. One parent commented that the behaviour from this child’s dad is “typical”. “This coach is always making up his own rules without regard for what is right for any of the other kids or the Club, it’s shameful-but then again it is allowed.”

Although the Club has published codes of ethics for coaches and volunteers, they are meaningless if they only apply to some and not others.

Below are a few ot the guidelines.

  • I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, game officials, and administrators. at all times.
  • I will place the emotional and physical well being of all players ahead of any personal desire to win.
  • I will support the coaches, officials, and administrators working with my child, in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.
  • I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, game officials, administrators, and fans with respect.

And what lesson does that teach the child? A coach who lets his child play by his rules is failing in his primary mission as a father – which is to prepare a child for choices and consequences.

The next SOSC board meeting is March 5, it is open to all parents. If you have any opinion on Ross’s resignation, player rules, coaches accountability or anything else please call 407-895-0108 or email to get details.