About Halifax PLAYS
The Ideology behind our Organization
With a large community of 2,000+ players behind us, our league was created with certain key goals:
1 – To minimize playing costs by having most of the work organizing leagues done by volunteers
– A) Having the chief organizers of the league be players themselves
– B) Ensuring players have opportunities to voice concerns directly to organizers
– C) Giving players occasional opportunities to democratically vote on some key issues
3 – To foster a playing environment that welcomes players of all abilities, backgrounds, and gender
4 – And to promote a spirit of fun above competitiveness on and off the field
The WHY is the core purpose, cause, or belief that drives any individual or organization. Over our years of operation the WHY of Halifax PLAYS has shifted, transformed, and developed. Fundamentally Halifax PLAYS serves to help the community bring recreational sports to themselves. We aim to generate greater access to decentralized sports by offering the tools and support that help sport communities launch and prosper. By reducing the common barrier to engage in and create organized sports we can indirectly generate personal growth, community development, and life long relationships.
Successful Beginnings: The Summer of 2012
We also had countless kind volunteers helping us along the way to make everything run smoothly, and for them, we are ever grateful (visit the “Recognizing Key Volunteers” fore more). With their efforts, costs for our leagues were just 20-30% of our competitors, despite us providing superior service, a more fun experience & even better equipment than most similar Halifax leagues, at least according to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we got from our many players!
How the Success Continued...
Hopes, Dreams & Sports
It has been a long road since Halifax PLAYS’ inception in 2012. Throughout this time we have faced many challenges and learnt many lessons through the hard work of our volunteers, board members, employees, and players. One of the lessons we have learnt as an organization is that of our role. In the early days of Halifax PLAYS we used to try to oversee and influence all leagues to be managed in our vision. Our volunteer managers felt otherwise and showed us by leaving our organization. We now know that it is our responsibility not to control leagues but to simply support our fantastic volunteers. Our volunteer league managers know their community, how it can most successfully be organized, and the individual players and teams that comprise the league. By stepping back and giving volunteers more creative freedom they are able to create personalized and quality leagues beyond our capabilities. Volunteers may make mistakes along the way but we are all able to learn from this as a community and continue to expand and improve our recreation offerings.