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Seating is an important aspect of every PCT meeting. Seating conveys important messaging about roles. Some roles are more committed to the team. Coaches for example have the highest level of commitment. Parents may choose to pull a Player from a team, but the Head Coach remains, committed to picking up the pieces. Likewise Parents are next in terms of commitment level to the team. Parents have Kids who are Players, while Observers have no stake in the team or the outcome of the PCT meeting. All of these Roles come with associated levels of commitment. Because of this, seating is assigned by Role. Anyone in a specific Role sits in a specific zone. The zones are:

Coaching Zone, Team Captains Zone, Parents Zone, Observer Zone.

The typical venue for a recurring PCT meeting is a locker room with benches, but it may be a more comfortable, traditional space. The main thing with the seating is that is clearly signals the level of commitment to the team held by each participant.


Coaching Zone

Coaches as a group sit as deep into the room as they possibly can while sitting square to and facing the door. The Head Coach or his delegate sits in the middle of the Coaching staff. Assistants sit to his right and left.

If a Facilitator is participating he or she sits in the Coaching Zone to the right of the person acting as Head Coach.

Captains Zone

If Team Captains attend, they sit to the right of the Coaching staff.

Parents Zone

Parents sit in close proximity to Coaches, rather than away. Any gaps between the Coaching Zone and the Parent Zone need to closed. Parents need to sit as deep in the room as possible.

Observer Zone

Observers sit by the door, consistent with being close enough to Coaches and Parents to observe. If the room is small, they sit by the door. If the room is large, they sit somewhat closer to Parents and somewhat further away from the door. A gap between Observers and Parents is maintained.

Observers have no stake in the meeting, are not committed to the team, and therefore have no authority to speak during the meeting. For this reason, they need to sit separate from the Parent group and as close to the door as possible. If the room permits it, a gap in seating between Parents and Observers is always to be maintained.

PCT Seating Zones Illustration:


Essential Gaps in Seating between Observers and Parents

Regardless of venue or room type, a gap in seating needs to be maintained between Parents and Observers. Observers seating is not to be mixed with Parent seating in any case. If the room has traditional seating, set aside some seats, designated by the door, for Observers.


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