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Field Marshall Program

Background:

Referee retention has been a troubling issue over the past few years in Victoria.  This shortage  has many causes, but the most worrisome is the abuse from team officials, parents and spectators towards the youth referees. This abuse can come in many forms but in particular, it is the personal, provocative and public verbal abuse regarding the referee’s on-field performance that causes many referees to quit.

This unacceptable behavior towards all game officials but in particular towards our youth must be addressed if soccer is to have an adequate supply of referees. The Field Marshall (FM) Program is intended to empower one individual to speak up on behalf of the officials amongst their fellow spectators.

Specifics:

  • Role of the FM is to be a friendly, in-person reminder that soccer is just a game and that every participant deserves our respect

  • All U9-U18 teams participating in Lakehill Soccer Association (LSA) play must designate an individual at each game (home and away) to act as FM

  • The FM will be identified with a fluorescent safety vest provided by Lakehill Soccer.

  • Potential problems that the FM will be on the lookout for may include:  inappropriate comments, gestures and/or general unsporting behavior directed at referees, players or any other individual by your team's parents/spectator

Field Marshall Responsibilities:

  • Wear the FM vest provided to clearly identify yourself.

  • At the beginning of each game, remind Lakehill parents/spectators to please keep their comments to themselves and to refrain from vocalizing complaints during the game (it is not expected that the FM will engage with the opposing team’s spectators).

  • Position yourself in the middle of your team's spectators’ area (move between groups of spectators if they are spread out)

  • Monitor the behavior of your team’s parents/spectators

  • Act to quickly diffuse potential problems by either being visible or calmly speaking with the individual(s) involved.   Avoid getting into a confrontation. This role is one of supporting the officials, not policing the supporters.

  • Support the game officials if they request help. .

  • If a spectator’s behaviour continues or escalates, advise him/her that a report will be filed with the club.

  • As soon as possible following the game, submit a report to the Lakehill Director of Conflict Resolution

  • Any concerns/complaints/compliments about game officials at away games should be directed to Lower Island Soccer

All Lakehill youth teams are expected to participate in the FM Program

​Do: Your best to ensure respect and sportsmanship is shown by Lakehill parents towards everyone at the field

Do: Try to calmly diffuse any tense situations using words and non-threatening gestures (such as smiling), while striving to maintain a neutral and diplomatic demeanour.

Do: Try to make note of any significant untoward behaviour, the individual responsible, and report it using the Field Marshall report form on the Lakehill website.

Do not: Physically engage individuals or put yourself in a dangerous position.

Do not: Make accusations towards or allegations against any individuals.

Do not: Engage in any behaviour that could escalate the situation.

Remember - the role of the Field Marshall is to be a friendly, in-person reminder that soccer is just a game and that every participant deserves our respect.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2016 21:15
 

LAKEHILL FC 60th ANNIVERSARY

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Sunday, October 30th @ 1:00-2:30pm
Braefoot Turf

SNACKS, BEVERAGES & SOCCER FUN TO CELEBRATE 60 YEARS!

Wear your Lakehill colours, bring your family and join in the celebration.  Watch some of Lakehill FC top players in an intramural competitive co-ed game.  The action starts at 1PM with a half time celebratory ceremony involving many Lakehill FC generations.  You will feel the Lakehill FC spirit.  In fact you’ll want to stick around and kick a ball with your friends or reminisce about the good ole days!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 09:49
 

Photo Day This Saturday

Photo day is here...and perhaps a little bit sooner than anyone was expecting - sorry! It is scheduled for this Saturday at Braefoot, outdoors on the grass. In the event of cancellation due to high winds the back-up date is November 5th. Retakes are scheduled for Sunday January 15th. The club has pulled together a schedule for Saturday based on team playing schedules.

Revised Schedule

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 09:49
 

Lakehill fields another "Footballer" of the Week!

Congrats to Coach Kevin Slagboom and his U15 Girls for being an inspiration to everyone!

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Lakehill/Gorge U15 girls silver AND Bays U15 girls silver

Coached by Kevin Slagboom (LK/G) and Domingo Martinez (Bays)

 This week’s original Footballers of the Week were rained out as field conditions and concern for our youngest player’s enjoyment saw the 186 team U8-U10 MiniFestival get cancelled for all of Saturday.  But not to worry there were still games played this weekend and Footballers of the Week were found on Oak Bay High turf on Saturday afternoon.

Parking was a breeze as the majority of fans waited until kick-off to arrive with their wet weather gear and warm drinks.  The players and coaches were positively delightful and seemed completely unaware of the approaching storm.  I believe both teams said storm, what storm? We’ve got a LISA Cup Game to play!

The weather was a mix of everything from wind, rain and even a small amount of sunshine.  When the wind did pick up it was blowing directly into the west end goal.  While the corner flags could not stand up to the wind the girls played tall and did not disappoint the fans.

Anticipating a Bays attack aided by the wind,  Lakehill in the downwind side in the first half setup a 4-4-2 defensive shell to help keep the ball out of their net. Predictably, the majority of the play was in the downwind side of the field as Lakehill players struggled to move the ball against the wind.

At the 35 minute mark in the first half Bays opened the scoring by winning a scramble in front of the goal area, knocking the ball off the post before being slotted into the net.

In the second half, Lakehill changed their formation and went on the attack.   Bays now were forced to defend the windy end and Lakehill pressured Bays in their end for the first 20 minutes.   Bays rallied and managed to find players up field and move the play into striking distance of the Lakehill goal.  Bays scored a second with a cross that was a well finished ball into the back of the net.    Finally, with another attack, a Bays midfielder outside the 18yrd box and against the wind struck a long ball that sailed into the back corner of the net.    Lakehill rallied and had some opportunities including some great corner kicks however could not find the back of the net.

A big thanks to the coaches who suggested the joint picture; the parents for supporting their kids; and the weather for not being so bad that the game couldn’t be played!  The Bays 3-0 win moves them into the quarter finals of the LISA Cup.

Well played both teams.  Three cheers for fall soccer!!!

 

Al Moir Named Footballer of the Week

Lakehilll Soccer is incredibly proud to announce that our own Al Moir has been named Footballer of the Week! This is a joint project between the VISL (men’s league), the LIWSA (women’s league) and LISA to recognize individuals in the soccer community. Congratulations Al! Read all about Al in his Footballer of the Week profile, stolen straight from the Lower Island Soccer website!

Footballer of the Week

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Al Moir

BC Soccer Referee Development Officer & Assessor
Lakehill Head Referee and Field Coordinator

BC Soccer Referee Development Officer and Assessor Al Moir is this week’s Footballer of the Week.

Al is not only involved in the development of BC’s referees but is also Lakehill’s Head Referee and Field Coordinator.  He is a friend to all!  He is a friend to BCSPL (and Metro before that) with field and referee scheduling assistance.   He is a friend to LISA with referee mentorship whether it be for League, Cup Games or Festivals and he is just a great person to know when you need an objective opinion.  LIWSA and VISL also have nothing but great things to say about this gentleman with a whistle.

Now what would we do without Al?  As Lakehill President Jeremy Mannall-Fretwell says, “I live in fear of the day Al says he is going to retire! Words cannot do justice to how much effort he puts into refereeing, teaching, mentoring, and assessing. Our referee program is strong, vibrant and growing and it is all because of Al. His contribution to Lakehill and to Lower Island Soccer is immeasurable!”

Those of us in the know love to see Al at a field with a notepad in hand knowing he is mentoring or assessing an official, young or old, so they can achieve their referee goals.  Colleagues say, “It’s because of people like him that the standard of refereeing in Victoria is continually improving.  His position with BC Soccer helps strengthen our refereeing community.”

Al Moir is one of a kind and we hope the Victoria community joins us in recognizing the contributions Al makes to the local game, we hope to have him for years and years and years to come!

 


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