Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the assessment schedule for youth (U12 – U18)?

A: Youth assessments (U12-U18) take place in April-May each year. All REGISTERED players are invited to attend to help us build strong, balanced teams. Players assessing for Gold and Silver teams MUST attend all 3 sessions for their divisions. REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE For this year’s schedule, look under the U12-U18 tab on the left-hand side of the website.


Q: When are House League Assessments (U6-U11)?

A: House League players are assessed at the beginning of September. Player registrations must be complete in order to participate. For this year’s schedule, please see the U6-U11 tab (left-hand side of website).


Q: What is the uniform? Is it provided?

A: All players are issued one pair of Bays socks at the beginning of the season. You are welcome to purchase extras. Shorts are part of the uniform and are sold at the beginning of the season. Players will also need a pair of soccer cleats and shin pads (purchase elsewhere). T-shirts (to keep) are provided for all players in U6, U7 and U8. Older players must provide a post-dated uniform deposit cheque at the time of registration and will, in turn, be loaned a jersey at the beginning of the season. Jerseys are to be returned in good condition at the end of the season, at which point the uniform deposit cheque is shredded.


Q: What age group does my child fall into? What does the “U” mean?

A: The age groupings are based on the year of birth of the player. Please see detailed chart below to determine the age category of your player. The “U” stands for “under”. For example, U7 is players who are under 7 years old at the beginning of the season in the fall.



Q: Who should I make my cheque payable to? Where should I send it?

A: Please make all cheques payable to Bays United Football Club and mail to : Bays United Football Club P.O. Box 5358, Unit B Victoria, BC V8R 6S4



Q: How much are registration fees? Are there other fees in addition to registration fees?

A: Please see our Online Registration section for a list of current fees for each division and age group. In addition to these fees, a Uniform Deposit cheque is required for Girls U8 – U18 and Boys U9 – U18. This post-dated cheque is held until the player’s uniform is returned at the end of the season. Cheques are shredded once uniforms are returned in good condition. The only additional fees would be the Transfer Fee ($25) if you live outside of Bays catchment.


Q: What is the Uniform Deposit?

A: A post-dated uniform deposit cheque ($75, dated April 15, 2014) is required for all players playing in U9-U18. This cheque is required in order for registrations to be considered complete and players placed on a team. Once the uniform is returned in good condition, the cheque is shredded.


Q: How can I get funding assistance?

A: There are two key organizations that provide funding to several Bays families: Kidsport of Greater Victoria and Canadian Tire Jumpstart. Please look in our Links section for links to the websites of these organizations in order to apply. If you still need assistance, please contact the Director of Registrations to discuss your case:


Q: How big is a typical soccer field?

A: It depends. Younger players play on a smaller field (or pitch). Depending on the age, it will be between 1/4 to 1/2 the size of a full-sized pitch. Older players (from U13 and up) will play on a full-sized pitch ranging from 75-100 yards wide and 100-130 yards long.


Q: How long is the average match?

A: It all depends. Younger players play shorter matches while older youth players play the same length of match as senior players. U12 play 2-30 minute halves. U13 and U14 play 2-35 minute halves. U15 and U16 play 2-40 minute halves. U17 and U18 play 2-45 minute halves.


Q: When does the season start?

A: It depends: For Gold teams, the season start is commonly on the second weekend of September. For Silver teams, the season start is commonly on the third weekend of September. For Bronze and House League teams, the season start is commonly on the fourth weekend of September. The specific dates can be confirmed by checking out the Club’s Calendar. Dates for the 2015/16 season have not yet been posted.