News and Announcements

Please - No Fans

Submitted by President on Fri, 10/16/2020 - 11:28

While we all like to watch a game or two on the weekend - particularly if it's our child playing (no matter what their age) - this fall you have an excuse to seek cover in your car or in your home while soccer is on the filed. That's because we don't have the room for you in our parks and around our fields. If we are going to keep soccer going - and that's what we all want - we need your help to keep everyone safe. And in this case, your help is easy: just stay away! Our permits allow us to have 50 people per field. Once you count players, officials and coaches, we are usually right up against that limit. No matter how open it looks, we need everyone to respect our rules this year and stay away. 

So please, if you are bringing children to the field, adopt the old firefighters adage: stop, drop and roll. We'll all be safer for it. THANKS! 

And now a message from your local municipality:

For Saanich at present the gathering limit of 50 is all in per the Public Health Officer order – In the context of the health order this would include “event” and “patrons” making up the total. This is what is in each club’s COVID-19 safety plans and return to sport plans and they must follow their plans as a condition of permits. Saanich will continue to review as new information becomes available. If there is an opportunity in future to loosen restrictions or make changes in protocols Parks will ask the clubs to submit updated COVID-19 safety plans and then amend their permits.

We are asking people to support all our partner clubs in following their current plans. Sports are different right now in these unusual times. Supporting the clubs' plans is what will keep kids, teens and adults playing and staying active on the fields until there are further changes. Thank you for your patience. Please be confident that Saanich Parks is working closely with soccer clubs, and other sports, during COVID-19 to help with a smooth and safe season.

Saanich Parks

And just in case none of the above resonated, maybe you'll listen to Dr. Bonnie!

Dr. Bonnie Henry addressed a lot of this in her October 13, 2020 update. She talks about sports and spectators, and specifically mentions soccer! This really puts into perspective of where we are in this pandemic and risk of exposures still being high. Please watch

2020 Fall Start Dates

Submitted by Technical Director on Mon, 09/21/2020 - 13:43

The following days are the first practice times and games for the noted age groups - unless you have been contacted by the Technical Director stating otherwise. We appreciate your patience as we continue to confirm the relevant information for each age group.

  • U5/6 - U11 In-House Games: September 26th
  • U7/8 - U11 Practices:                 September 28th-October 1st
  • U12 - U18 Practices:                   September 28th-October 1st
  • U12 - U18 Games:                        October 3rd/4th

 

Fall Registration Is Open!

Submitted by Technical Director on Sat, 09/05/2020 - 10:51

Fall registration is finally here, and we will be offering our usual U5-U18 youth programming! REGISTER NOW. A few things you might want to know before registering are listed below.

  • Our planned program is from mid-September to end of November (about 10 weeks). We do not have an official start date yet but are targeting the week of September 21st, especially for those U11+.
  • We have a flat rate fee of $200 for all except U5/6. Everyone else will get two sessions (one practice/one game) per week (one weeknight, one weekend). Additional sessions may be scheduled once we have a better idea of our space needs. There are no transfer fees or out-of-boundary restrictions this year. Spaces may be limited due to the "Cohort Size" restrictions.
  • We do not have a practice scheduled confirmed as of yet, but we will endeavor to stick as much as possible to boys Tuesday or Thursday, girls Monday or Wednesday. Games on Saturdays & Sundays. There will be some exceptions to this as we are limited to 50 participants on the field at a time.
  • There will be games and they will include most of the usual soccer rules (throw-ins being the biggest exception). Players must stay within their cohorts so what that looks like is still to be determined. There will likely not be a league like previous seasons – at least not in the fall. We are in discussions about partnering with another club or clubs to allow for more robust cohorts and competition.
  • Players can only belong to one cohort. You cannot be registered at Lakehill and be part of a separate soccer club or academy (paid or not). School Academies are excluded from this rule.
  • Every player who registers will receive a cloth Lakehill mask. Additional masks will be available for purchase.
  • For those who are not comfortable with games and contact, we will have a socially distant option for players under the age of ten based on our summer Blaster Buddies program.

BC Soccer Online Coaching Courses

Submitted by Technical Director on Mon, 08/17/2020 - 14:00

In light of the current situation with the suspension of on-field soccer activity, in conjunction with Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is pleased to introduce online delivery of the classroom/theory for all community coaching courses at no charge. The current offering provides online access to the theory component (part 1) for coaches wanting to start their certification process in the Community Stream. Coaches taking the online theory are able to register for the practical on-field component (part 2) when on-field soccer activity resumes to obtain their full certification. Courses are available for the following age groups:

  • U4-U6 - Active Start.
  • U7-U8 - FUNdamentals.
  • U9-U12 - Learn To Train.
  • U13+ - Soccer For Life.

To access these courses, visit Coach Centre. Further information is available here.