Governing body for youth soccer in the nation.
Thanks to all who registered to play with us this year.
Hopefully everyone had fun!
Time to start planning for next year!
We are in desperate need of operational staff volunteers.
Adults, working together behind the scenes to pull it all together for the children.
There are many jobs to do, and for the past few years, we've had folks doing multiple jobs, because we didn't have a person for each seat.
We cannot continue like that. We must secure additional volunteers!
Job and incentive details can be provided upon request.
Please consider volunteering.
Before I began as President of the Hilton Sparks, we worked on paper. We collected checks for enrollment alongside paper registration forms, had bank ledgers to track our pluses and minuses and used bank statement printouts to do budget planning. We had a mail client, a web hosting service, a domain and had manual input of player data to insure registrants. We used to use spray paint cans to stripe our fields...
As I have been President, we have established working relations with Heat. After using database exports/imports for a while, we purchased an integrated web hosting solution with digital player data stores. We have moved ourselves to a digital wallet starting with Paypal to Cash App to a direct deposit to our bank accounts with SportsEngine. We now have a common cloud folder where we keep all of our documents in a versioned fashion. We cleared the air with our Apparel vendor after the issues back in 2015 and have stabilized our uniform selections (omitting 2020's effect on 2021). We purchased a striping machine and to date we have had 4 field stripers learn it and use it. We purchased a "company laptop" to enable our secretary to take digital notes and assist in person presentations during board meetings.
Being in this role was always a challenge, on time, patience, creativity, social networking, leading by example and lots of times using logic over reason. I think this role was mostly gratifying because of the challenges of people. As I stated before, people are all different and tough to keep around for the sake of being around. We are just volunteers, but we are the Hilton Sparks. Without our volunteers, there would be no Hilton Sparks and children would have only competitive soccer or some other sport to play, soccer would not be as present in Hilton without us. I encourage everyone after me, accept the challenge of people and do your best to embrace what each person is best at. We could not have made it this far if we didn't have necessary strengths to communicate, create, foresee and much more, that coverage only comes from a variety of people.
Thank you to everyone that I have had the gratification of working with, we have truly been through some thick and thin. Thank you to the public in the greater Hilton area who have continued to participate in the game of soccer and make all that we do worth it. Thank you, the Sparks Board, for letting me lead, listen and learn from you.
Bob Rosso has been officially voted in to the President seat, Godspeed to Bob going forward! I will see you around town.
Shaun D. DeVos
President - Hilton Parma Youth Soccer League, The Hilton Sparks