District News

   Island Team Successes at BC Summer Games

From July 19-22 2018, Cowichan played host the BC Summer Games where Zone 6 (Vancouver Island-Central Coast) fielded one U15 Boys team and one U15 Girls team, with head coaches Riley Murray for Boys and Patrick Ryan for Girls.

On the Boys side, our athletes were part of an extremely competitive pool in the round robin, where their excellent record of one draw and two wins left them tied on points for top spot.  They finished the tourney fourth after a really tough final match against Vancouver Coastal.  

Our Girls finished their round robin with a record of one tie and one win, and went on to play a really strong final match, taking home the first Gold medal for Island girls since 2002!!!

 

Congratulations to all our Upper Island players who competed:
Boys – Sam Borrie, Menoa Brennan, Spencer Brown, Nolan Chow, Thomas Greze-Kozuki, Victor Le, Evan Louden, Tristan Plater, Logan Williams, Cameron Basara
Girls –  Anabella Charley, Abby Duncan, Jami Hartwich, Courtney Ingram, Olivia Jean, Aleeya Middleton, Keelin Nixon, Julia Noon, Sydney Sunderland, Danika Vogels

On June 9, 2018 BC Soccer honoured one Upper Island player and one Upper Island Coach at their awards luncheon

 

Sarah Zuccaro, an accomplished student and a member of the U18G Storm team, who also played with VI Wave, Harbour City FC, Whitecaps Academy and BC Summer Games as she grew up,  won the TD scholarship.  Congratulations Sarah – we are proud of you!   Wishing you all the best as you head off to varsity soccer at university!

 

Coach Ash Mohtadi was recognized with  a BC Soccer Award of Merit. 

Congratulations Ash- well deserved!

Ash served for many years as the VP of Development at the Comox Valley United Soccer Club, where he was responsible for many of their great programming initiatives.  He established a Bambinos program that brought U4 and U5 players into the cub for fun-focussed sessions with their parents at the pitch, a program that is still going strong 15 years later.  Ash also ran the District Development Centre at CVUSC. So many local families have happy memories of Ash at DDC!  Ash has been an enthusiastic and positive coach for all these years too, whose commitment to coaching goes well beyond supporting his own family’s interest:  a highly-certified coach himself, he has become a BC Soccer learning facilitator and now provides grassroots coaching courses in the Comox Valley.  Ash also continues to contribute to our youth as part of the Riptide technical team, and to women’s soccer as the assistant coach of the Vancouver Island University women’s team.

The Storm steering committee are pleased to announce our program coaches for 2018-19: 

 

U14 girls – Suzanne Beauchesne (head coach), Owen David (assistant coach)

U14 boys – Man-Lok Yeung (head coach), Derek Walker (assistant coach)

U15 girls – Rob Jakobsen (head coach), Dallas Vogels (assistant coach)

U15 boys – Marc Paris (head coach), Michael Brown (assistant coach)

U16 girls – Carl Neibel (head coach), Brad Nixon (assistant coach)

U16 boys – Paul Brockhurst (head coach), Chris Barasa (assistant coach)

U18 girls – David Reid (head coach), Anup Kang (assistant coach)

U18 boys – Bobbie Taylor (head coach), Rob Houtman (assistant coach)

The Riptide steering committee are pleased to announce our program coaches for 2018-2019:

 

U14 boys – Shel Brodsgaard (head coach), Tony Leach and Henry Nelson (assistant coaches)

U15 girls – Shawn Fiddick (head coach), Jerret Dickinson and Savannah Biernes (assistant coaches)

U15 boys – Bodo Von Shilling (head coach), Brent Blackmun and  Jamie Barnie (assistant coaches)

U17 boys – Riley Murray (head coach)

U18 girls – Scott Harris (head coach), Darrin McLeod (assistant coach)

U18 boys – Stephen Hall (head coach), Sean Arbour and Scott Fisher (assistant coaches)

UISA AGM/SGM 2018

A  reminder of the Upper Island district general meetings coming up May 26
11AM – Special General Meeting to discuss Constitution and Bylaw changes required by the new Societies Act
Noon – AGM
1:30  UISA Quarterly General meeting
Special GM:  to  revise our constitution and bylaws to comply with the new BC Societies Act.  Documents have been circulated to all clubs.  Anyone who would like a copy should contact UISA at UpperIslandSoccerOffice@gmail.com
AGM:  board candidates declared to date 

There are three (3) two-year director terms and one (1) one-year director term up for election.

Two current UISA directors -Brad Berry and Brad Nixon- will stand for re-election.  Brad Berry bio – here.  Brad Nixon bio – here.

Any other interested candidates should provide written notice of their intent to stand via email to UpperIslandSoccerOffice@gmail.com.  UISA will then update member clubs with their information.

Mini World Cup May 5-6, 2018

The Mini-World Cup is an annual Vancouver Island soccer tournament for U8-U11 players from the Island, the Lower Mainland, and across BC. The host community changes every year – and this year, it’s Ladysmith’s turn!

The Mid-Isle Soccer Club is pleased to invite all BCSA affiliated soccer players to enter this years’ Mini World Cup: May 5th & 6th, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday) in Ladysmith, BC. Each registered team will represent a specific country, and countries will be organized into geographic regions, with all players from each region wearing the same colour jersey – if your team wins, your points go towards your region, and all age groups are in each region!

In addition to the actual soccer games, the event will also feature opening ceremonies with a Parade of Nations, and there will be food trucks and other vendors at game venues. We’re also planning a pool party, a spaghetti dinner, and a pancake breakfast – and of course, we haven’t forgotten the Fun Zone!

Get all the info here: MWC 2018 Invitation

2018-2019 Storm player evaluations

Its that time of year again! Player assessments for the 2018-19 Storm teams are coming up soon – starting Tuesday April 3, through to Sunday April 29.  Exact dates/times depend on age group and gender- full list here.  All U14 and U17/18 sessions at Second turf in Nanaimo (next to Merle Logan).
Click here for our Introduction to VIPL document
Here’s all the details – please be careful to follow the online registration link for your age group:
U14 players (born 2005): Open evaluations Friday April 6 and Friday April 13.  Possible third evaluation session by invitation only Monday April 16.  Online signup now closed.  Underage players will need to submit a recommendation from their club technical director/technical lead with their online form.  Click here for U14 Session and fee information document
U15 and U16 new players (born 2004 or 2003 and not currently on a Storm team):  Please complete the Storm online expression of interest form, including a recommendation from your club technical director/technical lead. Deadline March 31.   Players may be invited to attend a training session Tuesday April 3.
U15 and U16 continuing players (currently on the Storm 2017-18 U14 or U15 teams):  Please complete the Storm online declaration of intent sent to you by your team before the deadline of March 31.
U17 and U18 players (born 2002, 2001):  open evaluation Friday April 27.   Possible second evaluation session by invitation only Sunday April 29.  Online signup now closed.
New coaches interested in coaching for Storm can also apply online – click here.

Click here for our Storm VIPL fees information document

Click here for an explanation of the Storm evaluation process

2018-2019 Riptide player evaluations

 Its that time of year again! Player assessments for the 2018-19 Riptide teams are coming up soon – starting  April 14  through to May .  Exact dates/times depend on age group and gender – see below.  All sessions at Upper and Lower Mark Isfeld in Courtenay.

Click here for our Introduction to VIPL document

Here’s all the details – please be careful to follow the online registration link for your age group:

U14 players (born 2005): Open evaluations Saturday April 14th and Saturday April 21st.  Boys will be 12:30-2pm and Girls 3pm-4:30pm. Possible third evaluation session by invitation only. Online signup now closed. Underage players will need to submit a recommendation from their club technical director/technical lead with their online form.  Click here for the U14 session info and fees document.  Click here for the Riptide 10 month program information document.

U15 and U16 new players (born 2004 or 2003 and not currently on a Riptide team):  Must complete the Riptide online expression of interest form, including a recommendation from your club technical director/technical lead. Deadline April 14th.   New players may be invited to attend an academy session and be evaluated.

U15 and U16 continuing players (currently on the Riptide 2017-18 U14 or U15 teams):  Please complete the Riptide online declaration of intent sent to you by your coach/team manager before the deadline of April 14th 2018.

U17 and U18 players (born 2002, 2001):  open evaluation Saturday April 28th.  Girls from noon to 2 PM, Boys from 2-4 PM.   Possible second evaluation session by invitation only.  Online signup now closed.  Click here for the U17-18 session info and fees document.

New coaches interested in coaching for Riptide can also apply online – click HERE.

Click here for our Riptide VIPL fees information document

Click here for an explanation of the Riptide evaluation process.

UISA Executive: Call for Board Candidates

UISA is now accepting candidates for its Executive Board for terms commencing in June 2018 (following the UISA Annual General Meeting).
 
In order for UISA member clubs to evaluate prospective board members, Club Presidents have requested that candidates provide written notice of their intent to stand via email to UpperIslandSoccerOffice@gmail.com.  
Candidate declarations were due by April 30.  Candidates who come forward after May 1 should contact UISA at UpperIslandSoccerOffice@gmail.com.
Candidates are encouraged to provide a brief summary outlining their soccer experience/knowledge, governance experience, and skills and attributes relevant to a board position.
UISA will then update member clubs with the information gathered from all declared candidates by May 5.
There are three (3) two-year director terms and one (1) one-year director terms up for election.
Two current UISA directors (Brad Berry, Brad Nixon) will stand for re-election.
UISA encourages all candidates to honour this request from our member clubs. Please note though, that an individual may still declare their candidacy from the floor at the Annual General Meeting.
See you all at our AGM on Saturday May 26, 2018 at the Quality Resort, Parksville at 11 AM!

UISA Special Event - Club Governance Seminar with Paul Varian

Upper Island Soccer was excited to host a Club Governance Seminar with Paul Varian, a leading expert on sport governance (with deep roots in soccer) on Saturday April 21 2018.
Paul Varian also worked with the UISA board on strategic planning all day Saturday, and then conduct a session especially for our clubs on Saturday evening, aimed at club leadership to help them understand the core role of their Board of Directors as it pertains to the running of their clubs. His presentation included: The pyramid of club excellence, What goes wrong with soccer club Boards?, What is governance and why is it important?,  An overview of the role of the Board and duties of Board members.
Upper Island is so pleased to have Paul visit our district!

Nanaimo Soccer History recognized in BC “Stop of Interest” Sign

A  British Columbia “Stop of Interest” sign in Deverill Square Park commemorating Nanaimo soccer history was unveiled on December 18.

The story of Harry Manson, whose traditional name Xul’si’malt means “One Who Left His Mark,” tells of the early relationship between First Nations and European settlers on the east coast of Vancouver Island, and shows us how that relationship has grown over time.

Mr. Manson was a Snuneymuxw soccer player who competed in the late 1800s & early 1900s. Over the past 2 years, Harry has been recognized for his outstanding achievements on the soccer pitch and his exemplary outlook on life by being inducted into the following 4 sports halls of fame:

2014 – The Soccer Hall of Fame, in Vaughan, Ontario
2015 – Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, in Calgary, Alberta
2015 – The Nanaimo Museum Sports Hall of Fame, in Nanaimo, British Columbia
2016 – The BC Sports Hall of Fame, in Vancouver, British Columbia

Deverill Square was the field where, on November 12, 1892, the first-ever Aboriginal versus non-Aboriginal soccer match in British Columbia was played. Thus, 2017 marks the 125th anniversary of this historic match, in which Harry Manson played.

See more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz9_upfCZN4 and https://www.cheknews.ca/snuneymuxw-soccer-star-honoured-a-century-after-his-death-399394/

Also covered in print in the Salish Sea Sentinel: https://issuu.com/salishseasentinel/docs/salish_sea_sentinel_february_2018_w

Men's CCAA Nationals in Nanaimo Nov 8-12, 2017

The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s Men’s National finals will be hosted by Vancouver Island University Mariners this fall, from November 8-12 at Merle Logan field in Nanaimo.  Come out and support the Mariners!

Good luck to all our former youth players in the competition!  

Link to schedule and more info here

BC Soccer Award of Merit for Upper Island Coach Mike Oldale

UISA is pleased to announce that Mike Oldale received an Award of Merit from BC Soccer at their AGM in Burnaby on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Congratulations Mike!

Mike grew up in Powell River in a soccer family and began his coaching his eldest daughter Victoria’s house soccer team in 2004 in the Comox Valley.  Since then, he has been involved in soccer – non-stop! – as a coach, volunteer, and recreational player. Mike coached both his daughters through their youth soccer years with CVUSC and Riptide.  When he wasn’t coaching his own kids, he was coaching other youth in Spring League soccer, at the DDC, and on the 2014 U18G Riptide team.  To highlight his dedication: for two consecutive years he was on the field seven days a week coaching.   Mike does an outstanding job of creating an accepting and supportive environment for his players, and they credit him with being a great role model in soccer and in life.  His passion for soccer is not only on the field; both CVUSC (where he served as Equipment Manager) and the Upper Island Soccer Association (where he was an integral member of the group involved in the creation of the VIPL, and a founding member of the Riptide Steering committee) have benefited from Mike’s dedication, strong work ethic and humour.

“Mike has an incredible passion for the game of soccer. He is passionate not only about coaching, but about improving the leagues and the organization that we play within.” – Darrin McLeod, Past Chair of Upper Island Soccer Association and the VIPL Riptide Steering Committee.

Call for UISA league team declarations for 2017-18

All teams U12 to U18 wishing to play in the UISA League (Tier 3/Select/Rep League) in 2017-18 must declare their intentions through their Club Administrator or Club President, to the UISA Executive Director (at UpperIslandSoccerOffice@gmail.com) by Friday June 30, 2017.

For 2017-18, UISA will offer a mixed-age Super 8 division for U12s and U13s where teams are pooled based on ability, and U14-U18 divisions playing 11 –aside. (Note – team age division is determined by the oldest player on the team)

Clubs will be expected to confirm UISA league teams at the August 26, 2017 UISA GM.

Download all the team declaration info here

MARCH 4 – ONE-DAY JAMBOREE IN COMOX FOR GIRLS! 

Your hosts at CVUSC came up with a fun new format for this final Jamboree, mixing players at the start of the day, and playing mini-games and soccer challenges. 

MARCH 4 AND 5 – TWO DAY JAMBOREE IN CAMPBELL RIVER FOR BOYS!

The unique format of this jamboree was that Players and Coaches from one community team were divided into balanced teams with players and coaches from other communities.  Our goal for the following season is that these players return to their Club excited to compete against their new friends in a fun, friendly, but still very competitive environment.

Thanks for filling out the Jamboree feedback survey!

BC Soccer Award of Merit for UISA Director Sean Arbour

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UISA is pleased to announce that district Vice Chair Sean Arbour received an Award of Merit from BC Soccer at their AGM in Burnaby on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  Provincial Awards of Merit recognize individuals who make outstanding contributions to soccer, during a period of ten or more years, as a player, manager, coach, official, or administrator at the club/league or district level.

Congratulations, Sean – well deserved!

Sean Arbour has been an outstanding contributor to Youth Soccer in the Upper Island for many years; a true champion of community sport for all in the Upper Island. A father of four, all of whom are soccer kids, Sean has coached at all ages as his children grew up in the soccer system. Sean and his family are members of Campbell River Youth Soccer, where Sean has played a leading role since 1998. Sean has also applied his considerable talents to the Upper Island District as a member of the UISA Executive Board, most recently as Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer. In the district, Sean was a co-founder of the Vancouver Island Premier League and has played a leading role in establishing and running the UISA Riptide regional teams that allow players from Campbell River, Comox Valley, Powell River and Port Hardy a chance to compete at the Provincial A-cup level.
Sean dedicates an amazing amount of time to youth soccer, but it is his personal qualities and approach that make him an outstanding leader. For Sean, it is all about the kids. He is a model of honesty, integrity and resourcefulness, a truly proactive and caring people person. Sean gets things done – quickly and well. He is a patient man, with a great ability to see the big picture. He brings his calm, cool, collected and wise voice on problems, programs and direction to all his soccer jobs.