Teams travel and eat together during tournaments.
For non-overnight tournaments, it's typically expected that each player bring her own lunch. Each team will have 2-3 parents assigned to provide shared snacks and water for the team. Coach lunches or dinner (depending upon wave) is provided by parents.
For overnight tournaments, other than for the drive there and back, teams eat group meals together. Coaches, chaperones, and other parent helpers are included in these meals.
- When budgeting and planning for a travel tournament, the guidelines are: $7 for breakfast, $10 for lunch and $15 for dinner for each player, coach and chaperones; plus $10/player for shared snacks throughout the day. These amounts are guidelines and will vary by team and location of tournament.
- The team fund is used to provide meals during tournaments for all of the players, coaches and chaperones. Any parent that is not "officially on-duty" may join the team but is responsible for their share of the meal.
- Alcohol may not be consumed by the chaperones while on-duty. Coaches are asked not to consume alcohol during in front of the players.
For hotels offering breakfast, this can be a decent solution, but there should be some research done prior to using this as the primary option. Many hotels have a continental breakfast that will not offer the proper substance the players need to perform at their best. Those that offer a buffet-style breakfast can be a good (but expensive) option, and if there are other teams staying at the hotel, the logistics can get tricky (finding tables/space, waiting in lines).
TEAM ROOM BREAKFASTS
If hotels don't offer a hot breakfast buffet option, the chaperones may opt to provide breakfast in one of the chaperone or hotel-meeting rooms. While this requires more planning on the part of the chaperones, this allows more flexibility in terms of timing and logistics. Additionally, this is the most economical and fastest option.
Since schedules are so varied, the best recommendation is to provide food at the site that can be eaten during short breaks (i.e. reffing) and throughout the day. Teams should have a sandwich list on TeamSnap or other central location to make things easier.
The club discourages dining in restaurants due to added expense, time, and coordination challenges for large groups.
The best option for teams is generally take out and eating at the hotel. While this requires more planning on the part of the chaperones, this allows for more variety (can order from multiple places) and much more flexibility in terms of timing and logistics. Additionally, this is the most economical and fastest option. Players can return to the hotel and shower and change while the chaperones or other parents pick up the food or arrange for delivery.