Parent and Player,
There are two new additions to the soccer stream that could
affect you as you move to U13. Each of
these pathways involves only those players who choose to pursue a higher level
of play than Divisional Level competition and training, meaning Divisional 1-5
soccer or, in the past, Gold – Bronze level soccer. In keeping with the Canadian Soccer
Association’s and the British Columbia Soccer Association’s strategic plan to
strengthen the highest level of soccer across our province and country, players
who show elite level potential are being encouraged to participate in the
British Columbia Soccer Premier League, BCSPL or HPL , which are the same
entity. This is the highest competitive
league in BC, and WVSC’s partner club is Mountain United Football Club,
MUFC. MUFC supports players from
Burnaby, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver; however, because the BCSPL has no
boundaries, unlike most soccer clubs that have district boundaries, they have
the ability to take an unlimited number of players from anywhere within the
province. The goal of MUFC is to promote
players to the Whitecaps and Provincial programs. The WVSC Technical Department works very
closely with MUFC in putting forth the names of players who stand out in
combined areas of athleticism, skills and the commitment to the sport of soccer
in regard to training and focus. Only players
who show the most skill and potential are invited to join MUFC. Some seasons WVSC will have only one or two players invited to play
with MUFC, and in other years the club could have as many as seven or
eight. Despite our club’s size, we have
done very well in the ability to advance players to the BCSPL.
The second soccer stream that begins at U13 is Metro League
Soccer. This is the highest level of
soccer at district level. Districts
within the Lower Mainland are responsible for putting forth the most
competitive teams possible, as this is the program that feeds into BCSPL. Most districts are allotted one team per age
group. The North Shore District, because
of our population and history of having very competitive Divisional teams, has
been allotted two teams in most age groups.
It is very important to note that all MSL teams are district based. Despite the fact that North Shore clubs host
MSL teams, the teams do not belong to the clubs. It is the responsibility of the participating
clubs and the North Shore Youth Soccer Association to make sure that the most
competitive teams are created to represent our district.
The North Shore District includes the Sunshine Coast Youth
Soccer Club, Whistler Youth Soccer Club, Bowen Island Football Club and
Squamish Youth Soccer Club. The top
players from those clubs are encouraged to join in with the North Shore
District players in order to create highly competitive teams. Additionally, MSL teams are allowed to take
up to five out-of-district players in order to strengthen teams. It is imperative to create the most
competitive teams possible because teams that show the inability to compete in
league play are relegated and dropped from the league.
WVSC’s Technical Department assesses players throughout the
season. Watching players during
practices and at games, club coaches are able to determine a player’s ability
level. Team coaches are asked to assess
players at the winter break and then also at the end of the season, so with the
combined evaluations of team and club coaches, much is known about the skill
set and commitment level of each player.
In order to make an MSL team, interested players must attend North Shore
District tryouts. At that time players
are objectively assessed by club coaches and out-of-club coaches as they are
evaluated on the field with other players.
At the end of the tryouts, the technical departments from each main club
must determine if there are enough talented players to create one or two North
Scores are tabulated at the end of tryouts, and along with
the tryout results, the player’s season long assessments are also considered
when teams are selected. The very best
players from the entire pool of tryout participants are then placed onto a
team. If it has been decided that there
is enough talent for two teams then it is possible that one team will be
comprised of primarily North Van players, and the other team West Van; however,
there can be a mixing of the groups if those selecting the teams believe it
will create for stronger teams. There is
nearly four to five times the number of players in North Vancouver compared to
West Vancouver, and that can impact the team makeup for the district teams.
Only players who are dedicated and committed to improving
their soccer skills should try out for BCSPL or MSL teams. Also, because of the speed of the play at the
MSL level, athleticism is a major benefit to players being successful. There is
training three times per week, and games are every weekend. The cost to register for MUFC is
approximately $2,400, and the registration fee for the MSL program at WVSC is
$705 currently. The reason for the higher fees is increased
artificial field time and the implementation of professional coaches. BCSPL and MSL are not meant for all players,
and the majority of club players find high quality training and competition in
Tryouts for MUFC’s U12 Input - Information can be found at: http://mufc.ca/tryouts/evaluations-tryouts
Tryouts for the North
Shore District MSL Program will begin in February for the boys and the first
week in March for the girls. Once dates
are established an email will be sent to all U12’s, and dates will be posted at
westvansoccer.com. Should you have any questions about either of these
programs, please feel free to contact Betty Dodson, WVSC MSL Administrator.
WVSC MSL Administrator
The Metro Soccer LeagueProgram on the North Shore is NSYSA district based. |
This is the same for all of the other metro programs in the Lower Mainland, with only one exception. Tryouts will combine interested players from North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Sea to Sky (Squamish, Whistler, Sunshine Coast and Bowen), and 'out of district' players. At the end of tryouts, the assessors and involved Technical Directors will look at tryout results and player's coach's evaluations to determine whether or not a player ranks highly enough to be placed onto a team. It is anticipated that there will be two teams for all age groups, and if there are, then one team will be hosted by a North Van club and the other will be hosted by WVSC. Just because a team is based in North Vancouver or in West Vancouver does not mean that players must live in those communities. District based teams are defined by being open to all players within the North Shore Youth Soccer Association District, and there is also the opportunity to include up to 5 "out of district" players to each team.
WVSC will be looking for "soccer first" players who are committed and dedicated to becoming better players. Attendance at practices and games will be expected. School priorities are taken into consideration, but the club will expect each player and family to understand that skipping practices or games for other activities will be frowned upon. It requires the commitment and dedication of each player to allow for the improvement and advancement of a team. WVSC believes that every player is important and is expected to contribute to the overall success of his or her team. There are other very competitive teams in WVSC for those who want to play soccer but are not placed onto an MSL team. Gold and Silver levels are very competitive and require high levels of commitment and dedication from players, but not to the same degree.
The MSL registration fee includes two practices per week of 1.5 hours, each of which is on field D or E. The program also includes a number of opportunities that are not part of Divisional soccer.
1. WVSC promotes and supports the permitting and transferring of players between MSL teams and those teams that are at other levels from within WVSC. It is required that a player's coach and either the Club's Technical Director or MSL Director is also informed whenever a player is invited to participate in a practice or a game with an MSL team. In order for WVSC to provide the opportunity for as many players as possible to experience the highest levels of training and competition, it is imperative that we are respectful of each coach and player involved in any transfer. At all times, a player's "number one" priority will be his or her own team.
2. WVSC supports the ability for an MSL coach to invite a Sea to Sky player to attend a training session with his or her team as long as the following people have been notified and approval has been granted from: The WVSC Technical Director or MSL Administrator, Club official from the Sea to Sky club, The Sea to Sky player's coach. At no time should a player be requested to put his or her own team second to a WVSC MSL team.
3. MSL teams are District Teams. The District Clubs include NVFC, NSGSC, Squamish, Bowen, WVSC, Whistler, Sunshine Coast and Pemberton. "Out of District" players who are tied to another District should never be approached by one of our clubâ€™s coaches and invited to attend a WVSC practice or game.
4. "Out of Club" players - Coaches should not contact players from another Club within the District. "Out-of-club" players who are already tied to a team should only be contacted through the Club's Technical Director, MSL Director, or MSL Administrator. They will contact their opposite Director in the relevant Club.