Teams in Youth Divisions range in age from 11 years (U12) to 17 years (U18). Teams compete in inter-club play in the Lower Island district throughout the season. Teams are tiered into VIPL, Gold, Silver and Bronze depending on registration and player skill levels. Skill level of players on these teams are reviewed at the close of the prior season (April/May timeframe).
Teams are tiered based on skill level and competitiveness into VIPL (Vancouver Island Premier League), Gold, Silver and Bronze. U12 teams play 8-a-side, while all teams in U13-U18 Divisions play 11-a-side.
Teams play under full FIFA/BCSA rules for regular season and Cup matches.
Typically there are one to two practices during the week, then match on Saturday or Sunday (depending on the team). Gold teams usually have two practices per week, plus additional soccer educational requirements, depending on the coach.
With U12 being such an important transition year, Bays provides free additional training to all U12 players. Sessions are led by our Technical Staff, but with Team Coaches in attendance so that materials and concepts have the best chance of being instilled into their regular training sessions.
Prior to the start of the season, player try-outs/assessments and coach selections are conducted. Assessments for Youth teams typically occur in April/May. Coach selection for Youth teams happens in conjunction with assignment of players to teams.
The regular season for all teams starts in September, though the actual date of the first matches depends on the age group and tier (i.e. VIPL, Gold, Silver, Bronze) or Division. See the Youth League Play page for more information on our current and past league standings.
Teams in these divisions also participate in one or more knock-out format competitions between teams in the Lower Island Soccer Association. See the Youth Cup Play page for more information, and to see a list of some of our trophies and accolades.
End of Season Celebration
For teams in Divisions U12 to U18, our season formally closes with the annual End of Season Celebration and awards night. At this event, medals are given to players by the Club, and awards given to specific players, coaches, match officials and volunteers in recognition to their efforts and achievements over the past season. Coaches may optionally also take this opportunity to present awards to teams given as part of District, Region or Provincial play.
See Youth Contacts.
Read more about our Youth Division
- Welcome to U12
- Welcome to U13
- Youth Assessment Schedule
- Youth Team Formation
- Technical Director’s Corner
- Youth Cup Play