I'm interested in getting a discussion going about coaches thoughts regarding TD of clubs basically picking teams with little to no input from the head coach. It seems the trend is that the head coach has no say in who he wants for the team HE, not the TD will be coaching. I knew someone who's been coaching for a while & he was new to the club & got given a team he didn't know too much about..was a gold team. He has no kids on the team, just coaching for the love of the game.The year went ok, good not great, different approach & style from the previous year & coach, I think gains were made as the year came to a close but with a few tweaks to the coaches delight, plus adding a few more players, the team could really be something good the following season. Coach gives his evaluations to the TD pointing out the necessary changes that should be made thinking he'd once again get the same team next season only to find out he didn't get the team, which went to a parent coach which I assume the team stayed completely intact from the last year. This will be the 3rd year in a row with this team having a new coach. Where's the consistency? This leads to my next point, should coaches be given more than one year with a certain team to really judge success? In the example above, the new coach each year has had to change the previous coaches tactics, formation & basically start from scratch again. Can that be good for a team? This teams style will be changed for a third year in a row. To the original point though, I truly believe for all gold level teams, the TD & head coach should have a meeting discussing the formation of the team opposed to just having the TD make the team & sending an email giving an attachment of the final team roster. How is this process for most clubs?? Silver , Bronze, Div 2-3 , I don't think matters too much for formal meetings, but definitely gold. I think the only negative for a coach getting all the power to pick his own team is he might play favouritism with a few players, but a coach in it for the right reasons won't play those games. Same can be said with the TD though if he picks the team because he has certain parents on the board or coordinators etc that the trade off is the kid has to play high level to keep the parents happy even if the player is not a high caliber one.