District News

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

UISA Annual General Meeting May 27, 2017

UISA Annual General Meeting  Saturday May 27, 2017 , 11:00 AM, Quality Inn Bayside in Parksville
UISA General meeting to follow, Saturday May 27, 2016, 12:30 PM, Quality Inn Bayside in Parksville
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The draft minutes of the last UISA GM January 21, and the last AGM on April 23, 2016 are  posted on the Minutes page, under the About UISA menu.
Updated call for board candidates:
Three sitting board members will stand for re-election to a two year term.
One 1-year term is open.
One year remaining in a two-year term is open.

UISA is now accepting candidates for the 2017-18 Executive Board

UISA is now accepting candidates for its Executive Board for terms commencing in June 2017 (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 are due by May 16.
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 15.
 There are three (3) two-year director terms and two (1) one-year director terms up for election.
Three current UISA directors (Kevin Cowie, Sean Arbour and Carl Neibel) 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.

2017 Mini World Cup May 13 and 14 - check out the event website!

Dealing with Severe Weather

Please follow the UISA severe weather protocol – get in touch with your opposing team and have a plan in place to 1) check the home clubs’ posted field status to monitor field closures (links to all club websites on the Members page under the About UISA menu); 2) do an early morning check Sunday (before your opposing team leaves home) for standing water or snow on the fields if needed; 3) monitor the Environment Canada website for updates to their Wind/Storm warnings or Special Weather Statements and 4) check for interruptions to the Powell River ferry service if appropriate.

Remember, the severe weather protocol allows for cancellations on game day, not on spec.

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.