Before we get into any details, let's look at how to define "House League" sports:
House league should be a fun place where kids learn a sport; where both winning and losing are acceptable; where sportsmanship and fair play are paramount; where teamwork is encouraged; where skill development is age and ability appropriate; and above all, it should be FUN for Kids! Kids should want to come back and participate.
Let's also look at what is not consider to be "House League" sports:
House league should never be a place where competition and winning are promoted over all else; where playing time is associated with effort during games and practice; where goals/points for and against decide anything - if it's results-oriented, it's considered "Representative" or "Competitive" or "All Star" or "Travel" team.
Over the next few articles, I'll weigh in with my interpretation and supporting rationale for each of the above points.