Chess Club continues to grow, and the group of non-chess-playing siblings also expands. Hancock Recreation Center is a fairly large facility, with meeting rooms, a playground, and a golf course…plenty of space for play. The Recreation Center’s rule (not just a Chess Club rule) is that ALL children need to be attended by an adult while at the facility. Chess Club’s rule is that children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or other adult designated by the parent at all times while at club meetings. In order to prevent accidents and disagreements and to continue our long-standing positive relationship with center staff, please remember the following while at Chess Club:
Inside the center:
- TD’s and volunteers supervise only the children playing chess. Children who are finished with their games and non-chess-playing siblings must be directly supervised by a parent or by an adult specifically designated by the parent while in any room in the center. Keep children out of the office area and any meeting rooms where other activities are taking place.
- Food is permitted outside at the picnic tables only. This is part of our agreement with the Recreation Center for the use of their facility. Bottled water is allowed in the playing room with a secured cap. No open containers of sticky beverages are allowed in the playing room. This includes soda, juice, sports drinks etc.
- The stairs and the basement are off limits at all times. The back room is off limits.
- Be extremely quiet when passing through the chess room. Be reasonably quiet in all other indoor areas. Remind your children to use inside voices, and to walk, not run, in the building. The Rec. Center staff members have work to do. If our children are too noisy, they cannot make phone calls or concentrate on their work. Please do not send your small children through the chess room alone if they need to go to the restroom or the water fountain. They need supervision so they will be quiet and not disturb the chess games.
- ALL children under 13 must be supervised by a parent or by an adult specifically designated by the parent while in any outdoor area, including the playground, at all times. If a parent is not outside with his/her own children, that parent must make arrangements with another adult (not a sibling or other child) to watch the children! It is not enough to see that other adults are outside…a parent must make certain that an adult has agreed to actively supervise each child allowed outside. Adults and children must stay off all areas of the golf course; stay in the playground area or basketball court.
- Children may not be in the parking lot at any time unless accompanied by an adult. Please DO NOT send your children to the car alone or with an older sibling for any reason, either during or after the meeting. Children may not play in the front of the building. Due to safety concerns, center staff strictly enforce these Recreation Center rules.
- Remind children of safety rules and playground etiquette. Do not throw sand, rocks, or sticks. Do not wave around or play-fight with the larger sticks found in the tree area behind the playground (these sticks are very popular for some reason). Watch out for broken branches and poison ivy when climbing in or around the trees. Older children should be mindful of younger ones when running, climbing, throwing, or swinging. No “this is my spot and you can’t come in,” “girls/boys not allowed,” or other rude games…save the competition for the chess board!
Both inside and outside, ANY parent is authorized to tell ANY child when he/she is doing something dangerous or rude. This does not mean that certain parents are “in charge,” but the adults need to be attentive to the safety of ALL the children, and the children need to know that they must pay attention to the adults. Each child should be reminded to seek help from his/her parent or supervising adult FIRST when needing help to resolve a conflict. When a child asks for help, adults need to ACTIVELY intervene with some problem-solving assistance. Of course, serious or ongoing incidents/supervision issues, as well as situations which parents are unable to resolve, need to be brought to the attention of both the child’s parent and the TD’s. The time between chess rounds is a great opportunity for a little physical exercise, chess talk, and socialization. Be safe and have fun!