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Lakehill News - Spring Break Edition 2019

Submitted by watchdog on Tue, 03/26/2019 - 17:23

Mini's Jamboree, Awards Night, Spring Soccer

For all but a precious few, the fall/winter season is over. Congrats to the Lakehill/Gorge U16 Boys VIPL team who have qualified for the Provincial A Cup finals in July and the Lakehill/Gorge U14 Boys Gold team who qualified for the Provincial B Cup finals in Prince George. Congrats also to the U16 Girls Gold and U17/18 Girls Silver who are in their respective District Cup finals in Sooke! And of course, congrats to every player and coach at Lakehill for another great soccer season. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything going on around Braefoot and around the club though…read on!

  • Graham Branton Mini’s Jamboree
  • Lakehill Awards Night
  • Spring Soccer/EPIC
  • World Cups Festival
  • Tier 3 (Gold) Assessments
  • Pacific FC-Lakehill Night
  • BC & Lower Island Soccer Scholarships
  • Coach Training for Students
  • Soccerworld End of Season Sale
  • And Finally…

Graham Branton Mini’s Jamboree

On Saturday March 30th, the mini’s season will conclude with the Annual Graham Branton Mini’s Jamboree. Graham Branton was a longtime Lakehill member, coach and referee who tragically passed away while refereeing a game at Braefoot in 1995. Graham was known for his fairness, judgement and hard work, qualities that we can agree that we would like to see in our children. The Mini’s Jamboree is held annually in his memory, and for those of us who knew Graham, the sounds of joy and laughter that echo through the park every time this event is held are a wonderful and fitting remembrance of him. And in an example of how life really does travel in a circle, this year we are honoured to welcome Graham’s granddaughter Ivy, who is in U5/U6 and will be taking part in the jamboree, cheered on by his daughter Nicole and his widow Gail.

There will be a bouncy castle (10 AM to 1 PM), a soccer shootout (or two!), face painting, a 50:50 draw, pizza and goody bags for the kids, and loads of soccer fun for everyone. The forecast is for sun so plan on coming out and enjoying a fun day at Braefoot to celebrate a great year of soccer!

Awards Night

The Annual Lakehill Awards Night will be held on Sunday, April 14th. Doors open at 6:30, and the ceremony starts at 7:00. All U11 and above teams are invited to attend, as someone from each team will be receiving an award! The Awards ceremony will be held in the gym at St Margaret’s School, 1080 Lucas Ave. In addition to the Team Player award given to one player from every team, there will also be longtime club awards like Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Most Inspirational Player and Team of the Year. And of course, everyone who attends will get a reward at the end of the ceremony! Please come out and help us celebrate another great year for Lakehill Soccer.

Spring Soccer/USS/EPIC

It doesn’t have to be over. Really, now that spring is back, shouldn’t we be pushing the kids out the door to the field? It’s more fun to play soccer on warm springtime evenings! So… we have a recreational soccer program for everyone age to 3 to 13. Starting April 16th and running for 9 weeks, this is a great chance to get out and enjoy the sun and have a great time just kicking the ball around. Details and registration are on the Lakehill website. And for those teenagers 14 and up just looking for some casual play, we are happy to recommend USS Spring Soccer at Hampton Park. Recreational soccer for everyone!

For those looking for something a little more our friends at EPIC are running their annual spring academy out of Braefoot. As always, we have negotiated a special 20% discount for Lakehill members:

  • U8-12 – please email,
  • U13-U18 – please email,
  • Once per week Program – please email

Lakehill and EPIC programming are based on the same methodology and philosophy so we highly recommend the EPIC Academy. It runs until mid-June and includes academy training sessions as well as opportunities to play games against other academy teams from around the Island. You can read more details on the EPIC website.

World Cups Youth Soccer Festival

It’s a Victoria Easter tradition! The World Cups Festival takes place on April 19th and 20th. This fun event brings together kids of all ages (born 2001 to 2014) from all around the Greater Victoria area for a celebration of soccer. Proceeds from the event help support sports-related charities and soccer teams travelling outside of BC. For more information, and to register, visit the World Cups website.

Tier 3 (Gold) Team Assessments

Speaking of fall (really? It’s barely spring!) we’ve been receiving a few questions about assessments for Gold teams. Mark your calendar now… for mid-August - except for those going into U11(2009 born). And keep an eye on the Lakehill website as we will post official assessment dates closer to the date.

Pacific FC Lakehill Night

There’s a new professional soccer league and they are all ours! The Canadian Premier League starts play this year, and Victoria has it’s very own franchise: Pacific FC. They play their first home game at Westhills Stadium on April 28th, and we would love to help them start their season with a bang. They are partnering with us to make April 28th “Lakehill Night” at Westhills. Team managers will be getting the details about discount tickets sent to them in the next few days – be on the lookout for the email from them. Let’s paint Westhills red and white for the teal and purple!

BC Soccer/Lower Island Soccer Association Scholarships

It’s the time of year where our graduating players start applying for post-secondary education, and of course, that education costs money! BC Soccer has 18 scholarships that have been generously sponsored by various organizations and member associations. The scholarship amounts vary from $1000-$1500. The scholarship application is not specific to any one scholarship, and applicants may be considered for any of the 18 scholarships. The application can be found on the BC Soccer website – no time to wait as applications are due by March 31st!

The Lower Island Soccer Association (LISA) provides four $1000 scholarships annually to selected players who meet the eligibility criteria. A Lakehill player has won one of these scholarships in two of the last three years. The deadline for applications is April 30th. See the form on the Lower Island website for eligibility requirements and further details.

Coach Training for Teens

U14 to U18 players – we need you! Have you ever wanted to try coaching? Or maybe just wondered what it would be like? We would like to give you an opportunity to find out. On Monday April 1st (no joke!), from 5:30-7:00pm we are putting on a special Coach Training session just for teens. Our sport needs more young coaches and there is no better time than now for us to start developing them. There is absolutely no obligation to become a coach after this session, however, anybody that attends and wants to take the next step will be given an opportunity to work with some of Lakehill's younger players next season, or possibly even with an upcoming spring program…for pay!

You'll also be sure to learn something that will help your own play, and for those that need to fulfill volunteer or community service hours, this is a great way to get them while participating in soccer. Pizza and refreshments will be provided for all attendees.

Please RSVP to Technical Director Joshua Hart to indicate your interest in attending (so we make sure we have the right amount of pizza!) Participants do not need to be registered players with Lakehill Soccer, so feel free to bring a friend (make sure to RSVP for them as well). We hope that you will give serious consideration to attending this training session. Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for soccer, as the training will include an interactive session as well.

Soccerworld End of Season Sale

We don’t do a lot of advertising to our members, but this one is a special case. Soccerworld has been great to the club over the years, ensuring that we have the equipment we need on a timely basis, turning around uniforms on tight timelines, and always stepping up and donating to the club’s causes. They are holding their end of season sale next month, and there will be great deals to be had! Plus it gives me another chance to try my image insertion skills…so if this email is wider than your computer screen, you know I am still working on it!


And Finally…

I struggled to find something to fill this space. I could have gone on a rant about BC Soccer and their weak response to some heinous allegations that surfaced last month. Or about how they are increasing per player fees next season, despite having a more-than-healthy $3.8 million dollars in reserve and an annual surplus last year of over a quarter of a million dollars. But it is spring break, and that’s all so HEAVY when spring is here (finally) and everyone is a more buoyant mood. So I did what every good President does when faced with a problem – I turned to the TD for advice. And in true fashion, he presented a solution – enjoy!

U14 Regional VIPL Assessments (2006 born)

Submitted by Technical Director on Thu, 03/21/2019 - 16:20

VIPL(Vancouver Island Premier League) is the the highest competitive soccer tier in the Lower Island district - above Gold and below the BCSPL Wave - and it begins at U14. Assessments for the regional VIPL 2006 group will take place on April 5th and 13th at Hampton and UVic turfs respectively. A third assessment will be scheduled for a later date. Players are expected to attend all assessments if possible, and further details can be found in the 'levels of play' and "VIPL FAQ" documents. Players must register prior to attending the assessments. There is a $10 registration fee that is charged at the time of registration. To register follow these links:

GIRLS - Register here.

BOYS - Register here.

Assessment #1: Friday, April 5th at Hampton turf.

Girls: 6:00-7:30pm.

Boys: 7:30-9:00pm.

Assessment #2: Saturday, April 13th at UVic #2 turf.

Girls: 1:30-2:45pm 

Boys: 2:45-4:00pm.

Assessment # 3: Date and Location TBD

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the Technical Director.

U11 Gold Assessments (2009 born)

Submitted by Technical Director on Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:57

At Under 11(U11) there are two tiers: Gold and Silver(officially they are actually "Blue" and "White"), which are meant to place players at their appropriate physical and mental level - which may be "competitive" or "recreational". These spring assessments are a means of evaluating the available and interested pool of players that wish to play at the U11 Gold level, and are not mandatory for those who wish to play at the Silver/recreational level.

Any interested players that are unable to attend these spring assessments will have a chance to do so again in August, as the rosters will not be confirmed until then. All of the assessments will be at Braefoot turf. 

U11 Girls Schedule:

1) Wednesday, April 3rd 5:30-6:30pm. 2) Saturday, April 6th 12:00-1:00pm. 

U11 Boys Schedule:

1) Wednesday, April 3rd 6:30-7:30pm. 2) Saturday, April 6th 1:00-2:00pm.

*If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Technical Director.

Fields Update

Submitted by President on Thu, 02/21/2019 - 13:20

The turf is open - finally! However, at this point the grass STILL has snow on it at all Lakehill Parks. Saanich has advised us that they will assess all grass fields by Friday and have a decision for us midday. While we are not holding out hope for this weekend, we can't definitively say that all grass will be closed either...stay tuned! 

Lakehill News – February 2019

Submitted by President on Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:26

In this edition:

  • Field Status?
  • Coach/Player Appreciation Night
  • Spring Soccer Registration Open
  • EPIC Academy
  • Mini’s Jamboree
  • Registrar Retirement
  • U13 Full Field Festival
  • Photo’s Follow-up
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  • Dogs
  • And Lastly


Not a lot of soccer on the field, so that means you must have time for a Lakehill newsletter! It’s a bit of a long one, so once you have read it, you can also print it off and burn it to help to keep warm.


Weather to Open the Fields…

Everyone wants to know about this weekend…me too! But with turf under a blanket of snow, it’s going to take some serious melting before any games can be played this weekend. It is probably safe to say that the grass will be closed: even if the snow melts or is washed away by rain, there is almost no chance that the grass will be fit for play. And the turf? Well the forecast over the next few days calls for mixed precipitation leading to rain, but the temperatures will also stay unseasonably low. And that means? In short, we just don’t know. Pretty safe to say that nothing will be open BEFORE Saturday, but we will continue to monitor and update the website daily. When will we know about the weekend? Maybe Saturday…?


Coach/Player Appreciation Night

It’s not just the on-field stuff that’s been postponed. Appreciation night has had to be called off twice now. We’ll try again for the coming week…assuming that Mother Nature cooperates that is.


Really, It’s Almost Spring

It must be, because registration for spring soccer is already open! Even though it is white outside, we know that soon we will be enjoying the smell of fresh cut grass while wearing t-shirts and shorts to the field. We’re offering a once-a-week recreational program on Tuesday evenings for players U6 to U14 and our Blaster Buddies Parent & Tot program on Saturday mornings for 3 to 5 year olds. Programming starts the second week of April. See the Spring Soccer page for more information, and to register.


EPIC Academy Early Bird – Extended!

Speaking of spring programming, EPIC has had such tremendous uptake on the early bird discount for their Spring Academy that they have decided to extend it until March 1st. The early bird discount is “stackable” with the discount they already give to all Lakehill families! Register before March 1st and you will get 20% off EPIC spring fees AND:

We highly encourage all Lakehill players who are interested in bettering their game to give EPIC a try. Their programming and terminology are a perfect match with Lakehill technical programming and we highly endorse their academy. Remember, this deal expires on March 1st, 2019, so don’t waste any time – get registered now!


Graham Branton Mini’s Jamboree

It’s hard to believe it right now, but on March 2nd the fields will be covered in kids instead of white stuff! The annual Mini’s Jamboree is a grand club tradition and the unofficial end of the mini’s soccer season. All U5-U10 players will get to take part: there will be food and goodies, a bouncy castle, and fun for everyone! What we really need now though is a coordinator! It’s a pretty easy task, with most of the planning already done. But we’d love to develop some bench strength in this area, so if you’re a mini’s parent who likes to organize and get stuff done, we’d love to get you involved. Please contact the mini’s coordinator to find out more.


Registrar Required

Speaking of developing some bench strength…our current registrar David Andersen has advised us that he will be stepping back when his term expires in May. David has done a fabulous job for the club, and I know everyone will offer him thanks for a job well done. One of his major accomplishments has been moving us to a new, more robust registration system – one that actually includes training modules! Now we are looking for an individual to step up and help fill the shoes that David is vacating. If you have an interest in the position of Lakehill Registrar, please let me know. I’d be happy to buy you a coffee and have a conversation….


U13 Full Field Transition Festival

The last stop for small-sided players before moving to 11-aside play is the full-field transition festival. Lakehill will be hosting the festival at Braefoot this year, on the weekend of March 9/10. All participating teams will play 2 or 3 full-field exhibition games. The club will be looking for teams of volunteers to help with basic tasks like field set-up and takedown, garbage and parking. If you can spare an hour or two that weekend to help with the festival, we’d really appreciate it. We’re collecting names.


Photos Follow-up

We are expecting the photos to be available in the next week or so. Once they are, we will contact team managers to arrange distribution to each team.


Respect In Sports

When play does resume, teams U14 and up will be right back in the thick of Cup play. Competing for Cup is exciting, as teams develop a sense of urgency to their play, and the outcome of the games seemingly takes on added importance. Unfortunately, the additional emphasis on getting a “result” often results in inappropriate and unacceptable words and behaviours on and off the field of play. In response to such behaviours, the Presidents of all Lower Island Soccer Clubs have come together to release a joint statement on Respect in Sports. I encourage everyone at Lakehill Soccer to take the time to read it, and embrace it.


Dogs In The Park

In the past few weeks we have received more than one complaint about dogs in the park during soccer games. In one recent incident, an off leash dog ran back and forth through two mini’s games; other dogs (on leash) have lunged and barked at players. And while many of us love our four-legged companions, there are many children that do not. To steal a line from the great Robin Williams “When you are a little kid, Mickey Mouse is just a giant $&#%& rat!” and Pluto could just as easily be Cujo. Dogs also have an annoying habit of leaving “presents” on the fields, sometimes while kids are playing on it. More than one coach has had to deal with emergency clean up this season. Please – do us all a favour and keep Rover at home during soccer times. Your attention to this is appreciated.


And Lastly…

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with some of the executives from the new Canadian Professional League team, Pacific FC. They are excited about being part of the Victoria soccer community and about supporting Lakehill, and vice-versa. I am looking forward to announcing some exciting opportunities for Lakehill members with regards to Pacific FC in the coming weeks. Incentive for everyone to read to the end of these newsletters!

OK, that’s it. Everyone start doing a rain dance. Or maybe just turn on some music and dance along to “I’ll Melt With You”….


Jeremy Mannall-Fretwell, President
Lakehill Soccer Association