Welcome to U14! This year there won’t be quite as many changes as U13, but there is the possibility to play VIPL, which affects Gold and Silver team formation.
When do I register?
As early as possible please! A note will be sent sometime in late March or early April to register for the upcoming season. You must register before assessments. If you wait until late August to register, your child may be put on a wait list. If you play VIPL, you will still register with Bays United at the normal time.
How are teams formed?
Similar to U13, assessments typically start in April and run through until late May. There are generally 2-3 assessments for each age group. Assessments for regional based VIPL teams will take place in March and well before the Bays Gold assessments. Those players wishing to play in the Silver division do not need to attend assessments.
Are there different divisions?
Yes. There are Gold and Silver divisions, similar to U13; however, there is also the possibility to play on a regional based VIPL team. VIPL is one level above the Gold division and plays local VIPL teams and VIPL teams from Comox and Nanaimo. Read more about VIPL here.
How many teams will there be?
The number of teams will be determined by the number of children who register. In addition to the VIPL teams, there will be one (or more) Gold boys team and one (or more) Gold girls team. The remaining players will play in the Silver division.
Do the Spring assessments determine what team each player is on?
Yes – but there is also an in-season evaluation done by the previous season’s coach that helps form a true picture of a player’s ability. Taken together, the Spring assessment and coach evaluation will determine team structure for the following year. Additional input from next year’s coach(es) may also be required. Goalkeepers are usually assessed separately.
Assessments for the VIPL teams will be conducted by the Technical Director’s of all Lower Island Clubs. They will determine which Bays players will make Victoria Surge (aka the South team). Players who tryout for the VIPL team, and are not selected, may not be required to attend Bays Gold team assessments (depending on skills and abilities). These players will be notified.
Who does U14 play against?
U14 teams continue to play against other Lower Island clubs (including Cowichan) and the VIPL teams will play against one or two other Lower Island teams as well as teams from Nanaimo and Comox.
When are the games?
Matches for Gold and Silver teams are played Saturday afternoons. VIPL girls play on Saturdays and VIPL boys play on Sundays.
What is a cup game?
A cup competition is one where all the games must end with a winner (no draws), and if you lose a game you are out of the competition. At the Silver level, each team competes in the LISA Cup, which runs through the season. At the Gold level, teams compete in B Cup. If you are the Island B Cup representative, you are automatically entered into Coastal Cup (April) and Provincials (July). Both Gold and Silver (with some exceptions) compete in District Cup which takes place at the end of the season. See a chart here.
VIPL teams compete in A Cup. The winner of the VIPL A Cup competition will represent the Island in Coastal Cup and Provincials.
Further questions can be directed to:
- John Bentley, VP Youth: email@example.com
- Randy Jones, Director of Teams, Coaches & Players: firstname.lastname@example.org