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Discussion in 'Youth Leagues & Cups' started by 20/20, Nov 18, 2015.
The solution is simple. Move Div 1-MSL-BCSPL to spring-fall and keep Div 2 and down to Fall-spring.
Admittedly I am in the District 5 area but I am hard pressed to think of more than 2 soccer pitches that would be impacted by baseball for any level above Div 2.....
I can't think of any soccer pitches in Vancouver that are shared with baseball. Our grass pitches are unplayable in soccer season and unused by league soccer players when they're in good shape.
Hillcrest, Moberly, Kensington, Oak Park, Memorial, etc. So many fields in Vancouver are in conflict with baseball during the summer, and turf fields are in conflict with Ultimate and field hockey.
I grew up playing soccer and football, and both were played in the fall!
so you grew up playing in the Fall...how many world cups did kids you grew up playing with qualify for? Honestly, we are spinning our wheels here. Will changing the season for our top 3 divs (or all the divs) get us to the WC? Course not. But training in March is obviously going to be more effective than training in November.
You grew up playing soccer in fall and winter, yet you'd put your kids through the same thing?
My kids played baseball only on little league fields that are strictly off-limits to soccer. Soccer games all played on soccer (and ultimate) only turf fields that go largely unused in spring.
The point is that many kids are turned off soccer early on. Yes, most kids eventually have to choose one or two sports over others. Why force them to choose between soccer and hockey so young, and make it so easy to choose hockey by ensuring a miserable soccer experience?
The south coast produces world-class athletes in hockey, baseball, basketball, athletics, etc.
Not so much in soccer in a long time.
We lose weeks of soccer to bad weather every year.
The single most important thing we can do for soccer here is ensure young kids have an opportunity to get hooked on an equal footing with other sports. That they get to play organized soccer without fear of frostbite would be a bare minimum expectation.
Off the top of my head, I recall 4 of the strongest players I've coached all chose hockey over soccer. Three of them continued to play Britannia Microfootie (6 aside spring league) where they shine against even the HPL level kids who stayed with soccer. These kids obviously still love soccer and would still be playing given the chance.
I'm an old hockey player, but watching my kids grow up playing soccer has made me a convert. Given a choice between soccer, hockey, baseball, rugby, football, tennis or you name it, I think kids will choose soccer every time. It has the easiest point of entry, and is endlessly challenging.
The fact that so many kids continue to play despite the barriers we put up is a testament to the game.
But that so few of our elite young athletes choose soccer is an indictment of the way the game is run here.
Sorry for hijacking the discussion here. Maybe not the most appropriate forum.
To be truthful, I think your contributions have tied in with the thread topic anyways!