Field Usage Guidelines

Bays United is committed to being a ‘good neighbour’ to residents living near playing fields. It is a Coach’s responsibility to adhere to the Field Use Guidelines, so please be familiar with the following. Teams in contravention may be subject to disciplinary action.

Field Assignments For Games and Practices
  • Teams may only use the field assigned to them by the field scheduler for all practices and games. Any change in day, time and field must first be approved by the field scheduler.
  • Teams are permitted to use the field only during their assigned time. Do not show up and expect to practice during another team’s time. Practices are allocated in one-hour segments and start/finish on the hour. Please start and finish your practices on time.
Daily Field Status Reports – Field Open or Closed For Practice or Games
  • Throughout the active soccer season, the current field status (whether a field is open or closed due to weather) is posted by 3:45 PM, Monday through Friday, and by 8:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday.
  • If there is standing water on the grass field when you arrive for practice – cancel it. It takes just one usage on a rain soaked field to ruin it for the rest of the season.
Field Parking

Please adhere to local parking signage.

  • If playing at Lafayette Field, do not park on Lafayette Road.
  • If playing at the Oak Bay High School Turf field, please park only in appropriate areas.
  • If playing at Henderson Field, do not park, drop-off/pick-up on Henderson or Avondale Road (see Henderson Park Policy).
  • If playing at GNS, park in the lots off Madison or Richmond Roads only.
  • If playing at Carnarvon Park, please abide by this parking mapTeams are not to park, pick-up or drop-off within the cul-de-sac located off Newton Street. 
Respecting Neighbours
  • After each practice and game, make sure no garbage has been left behind by your team. If it is a game situation then this duty includes the area used by your opposition.
  • Lower portable goal frames down after each practice or game if no other team follows yours. DO NOT Drop the frames as this will break them. Lowering frames while not in use will reduce the chance of an accident happening.
  • Respect the privacy of neighbors by keeping your team’s noise to a respectable level – no screaming or foul language.
Reducing Wear On Grass Fields
  • When practicing on any grass field do not run your drills inside the 6-yard box as it is the first part of the field to deteriorate. If portable goals are available, move them out of the 18-yard box.
  • Run practices over your entire practice area so as to distribute the overall wear and tear. This is best accomplished by running drills across the field and using the corners and sideline areas.
Practices and Games At Henderson
  • All teams using Henderson Park must abide by the Henderson Park Policy. Failure to comply with this policy may result in penalties being levied against the Bays team up to an including revocation of the team’s access to Henderson Park.
  • Please adhere to parking, pick-up and drop-off rules, which are restricted to the parking lots of the Henderson Park Recreation Centre and Uplands Elementary School.
  • Teams wishing to warm-up prior to games/practices may do so in the area at south end of the field leading to Uplands Elementary.
Practices Windsor Park (Lighted Field)
  • Teams assigned to this practice area must dial in a combination on the padlock to unlock the light panel (obtained via field scheduler). Once the panel is open flick on the marked light switch.
  • If you are the last team to leave the field, please turn the lights off and lock the padlock.
Practices At Carnarvon Park (Lighted Field)
  • Teams assigned to this practice area must dial in a combination on the padlock to unlock the light panel (obtained via field scheduler). Once the panel is open flick on the marked light switch.
  • If you are the last team to leave the field, please turn the lights off and lock the padlock.
  • The practice area is located between the soccer and rugby fields off Henderson Road (see map). 
  • Teams are not to park, pick-up or drop-off within the cul-de-sac located off Newton Street. 
  • Teams are not to practice on the main soccer or rugby fields as these are preserved for games only.