Districts split by genders

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  1. Regs

    Regs Liverpool 24/7 Staff Member

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    Anyone know the reasoning behind having separate 'district' associations split along gender lines?

    For example, is there a purpose for Surrey to have the SMSA represent boys and the SDGSA represent the girls?
     
  2. easoccer

    easoccer Established Member

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    I would assume it has to do with the amount of players on the boys and girls side.

    More boys = Smaller catchment areas. SMSA is within Surrey. DYSA is within Delta.

    Less Girls = Larger catchment area. SDGSA is Surrey/Delta.
     
  3. Regs

    Regs Liverpool 24/7 Staff Member

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    Thanks @easoccer seems unnecessarily convoluted to me.

    Surely there must be a better system where clubs belong to a single district, regardless of gender sizes and 'catchment' areas.

    Do you know any of the history on how the current system came to be?

    Cheers,

    Regs.
     
  4. easoccer

    easoccer Established Member

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    Maybe, but in the end the interests of the female players are probably better served this way.
     
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    You piqued my interest about Surrey Delta girls soccer so poked around, to see that the SurDel Girls Soccer is 40 years old! Formed in 1974, they are much older than the Burnaby Girls Soccer Club (BGSC) that my girls play with (formed in 1991). In the relatively short time my girls have played soccer, the numerous clubs, associations, districts, etc just in the lower mainland, for different age groups, genders, tiers & so on, has certainly been puzzling. Suffice to say there must be a lot of interesting stories behind many of these divisions, and no doubt they will continue to change.

    Maybe there might be someone from SDGSA who can shed light on why they formed originally, and opine why there is a gender division. It probably isn't a simple answer to the question either.
     
  6. Regs

    Regs Liverpool 24/7 Staff Member

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    What interests would those be that are so different from the boys this day and age?
     
  7. easoccer

    easoccer Established Member

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    Maybe if we looked at it a different way. You have one group with 75% of the players, and another group with 25% of the players. Who's to say that the concerns of the smaller group can be heard as easily as those of the much larger group? Not to mention the boys and girls play within different leagues with different guidelines. It make sense to have an association within that league created to handle those issues.

    And, really I am offering my opinion based on specualtion and what I could think may be the case. I am in no postion to provide the exact reasononing behind this. I have no idea how things may have been 40 years ago.
     
  8. Regs

    Regs Liverpool 24/7 Staff Member

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    That would make sense in years gone past but other than SurDel and Burnaby Girls, I can't think of any other female only clubs.

    So if females are getting a 'raw deal' these days, that's a club issue I would think, no?

    In the case of different guidelines for different leagues based on gender, I'm at a loss as to the need for the differences... Does BC Soccer govern the genders differently?
     
  9. southsloper

    southsloper Member

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    Please add the very large club North Shore Girls Soccer Club (NSGSC) to your list of female only clubs! I'm sure most clubs are making effort to provide the same level of service to their girl's teams nowadays....

     
  10. Regs

    Regs Liverpool 24/7 Staff Member

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    OK, added to my list but that's still only 3!

    :)
     
  11. southsloper

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    Make that 5, for lower mainland at least (courtesy of the BCCGSL "Participating Districts & Clubs")

    Besides the 3 already mentioned: SurDel Girls, BGSC & NSGSC, add 2 more...

    - Richmond Girls Soccer Association (RGSA)
    - Ladner Girls Soccer Club (LGSC,part of SDGSA)

    Cheers!
     
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    Milhouse New Member

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    I remember discussions about combining Surdel with NDSC to improve buying power for equipment/jerseys etc but I believe a stumbling block was SurDel has access to fields in both Surrey and North Delta. If they were to join with SFC or NDSC they would lose access to either the Surrey or ND fields. I could be wrong...
     
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