Burnaby Girls Soccer Club
 
Box 1221
#234-4820 Kingsway Avenue
Burnaby BC V5H 4P1
Canada
604-432-1976
info@burnabygirlssoccerclub.com

Frequently Asked Questions

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Coach
 What type of experience will the coach have?
 
Equipment
 What about eyeglasses and hearing aids?
 Who do I contact for the Club Lost and Found?
 Why can't I keep my earrings on?
 What sort of hair clip can my child wear?
 What type of equipment do I need to buy?
 
Fields
 What are the guidelines for using artificial turf fields?
 Where will the games be held?
 
Games
 How are injuries handled during a match?
 When are games played?
 
Player
 What age can my daughter begin playing at?
 How can my daughter advance to a higher level?
 
Practices
 How often will practices be held?
 
Season
 How long is the season?
 
Club
 How much do the Executive Board Members and Coaches get paid?
 
Coach
What type of experience will the coach have?
 All of our Coaches are volunteers and have varying levels of experience. The Coach will have an understanding of the game and the ability to teach and lead others. BGSC has a very specific code of conduct, by which all Coaches are expected to abide. All the Coaches are encouraged to take part in training to upgrade their coaching skills. Coaches have the opportunity to achieve certification in Levels:

- Community Coach Mini
- Community Coach Youth
- Community Coach Senior
- Provincial B Licence Prep.

 
Equipment
What about eyeglasses and hearing aids?
 Glasses, hearing aids, and med-alerts may be worn to practices and games. The use of a eyeglass holder or sports-glasses is recommended.
Who do I contact for the Club Lost and Found?
 If you have lost or found something email us, the following information and we will post it for 30 days: * Date lost or found * A description of the lost or found item * Where you lost or found the item * your email address and/or phone number where you can be reached Use the Ask a question link on the FAQ page
Why can't I keep my earrings on?
 Safety on the field is the first responsibility of every coach, referee, and all other club officials. Players may not wear any earrings, bracelets, watches, barrettes, or any object that could possibly cause injury to him/herself or another player to practice or to a soccer game. Pierced earrings will not be allowed, and covering them with tape will not be allowed. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please encourage your daughter to defer piercing her ears until after the season has concluded.
What sort of hair clip can my child wear?
 Players may wear soft hair ties. The referee shall decide if an article of clothing is unsafe
What type of equipment do I need to buy?
 Your registration fee includes a complete uniform (use of jersey & shorts that will be returned at season end and BGSC socks to keep) so you need only purchase the following:

- Shin guards
- Soccer cleats (removable studs are permitted, although referees have the option of baring a player from participation dependant on the state of the removable studs)

Beyond the items noted above, there are no other required pieces of equipment. However, given the cool temperatures in which we play, a warm track-suit is recommended. Additional shorts or socks for practice are always useful, and left to player discretion. Other items such as equipment bags & water bottles are also commonly seen items on the soccer pitch.

 
Fields
What are the guidelines for using artificial turf fields?
 ARTIFICIAL TURF GUIDELINES To ensure that all participants are following the same guidelines with respect to conditions of use for the all artificial turf fields, please ensure every team official, player and parent are aware of the following terms. Coaches will be responsible for the conduct and behaviour of players and spectators on the field. * Clean footwear before entering the fields on mats at player’s entrance. * No screw-in stud footwear allowed. This includes metal and plastic studs. This rule will be strictly enforced. Home teams must inform away teams of this rule and make sure referees enforce rule. Players found with screw-in stud footwear on the synthetic field will be assessed damages and home teams and referees will be liable for suspension of field privileges. * Spectators must remain outside fenced area - Players and Coaching Staff only on the field. * No beverages (other than water in plastic bottles) * No gum * No sunflower seeds * No pets * No food * No tents with spikes. Tents should be set up off to the side so spectator views are not blocked. No Tents on the Synthetic Turfs, cement only, poles will cause damage to the turf surface. * Please take all equipment, water bottles and sock tape with you when you leave to help keep our park clean. * Absolutely no warm ups or practicing on grass, prior to using the synthetic turf. Organic material transferred onto the synthetic surface must be avoided at all times.
Where will the games be held?
 Home games are always held within the confines of Burnaby. Away games can be held anywhere within the Lower Mainland. The majority of the clubs against whom we compete are located as close as New Westminister or as far as Chilliwack. For a listing of Fields, visit our Fields Info page. BGSC has the good fortune of having alternate all-weather fields on which to play in the event that our grass fields are closed, so home games are rarely cancelled.
 
Games
How are injuries handled during a match?
 The referee shall decide when to stop play to take care of an injury. At the younger ages (U7 and U8) the referees are encouraged to stop play immediately. Older players may attempt to feign an injury as a tactical move, or may "bounce back" from a minor fall. As a courtesy, a team is encouraged to kick the ball out of play, as the referee can most easily deal with the injury at that time. If a serious injury occurs, the referee will stop play as soon as he / she is aware of the injury.
When are games played?
 Home games are always played on Sundays between 9:00AM and 6:00 PM. However, there are some clubs within our system that have varying time slots. Start times set by other organizations at their facilities are beyond the control of our club. In the event that a game has to be made up due to cancellation, the teams have the option of mutually agreeing to make up that game at their convenience. often this involves a weeknight or Saturday game time.

Mini games are played a little closer to home and are played at several parks throughout Burnaby, New Westminister and Coquitlam.

Games are NOT played on statutory Holidays or weekends that include them. However, many teams participate in tournaments that are traditionally held on most Holidays, with the exception of Christmas and Boxing Day.

 
Player
What age can my daughter begin playing at?
 Girls in our club compete from the U-6 level all the way up to the U-18 level. If you are unfamiliar with how your daughters age relates to the U-system, the following breakdown will assist you in selecting the appropriate age group. For the 2016/2017 Season the ages are as follows:

- U6 (2011)
- U7 (2010)
- U8 (2009)
- U9 (2008)
- U10 (2007)
- U11 (2006)
- U12 (2005)
- U13 (2004)
- U14 (2003)
- U15 (2002)
- U16 (2001)
- U17 (2000)
- U18 (1999)
- U21 (<1996)

All players must play within their appropriate age level. In some circumstances, players have the option of playing up a level, but under no circumstances is an older player to play on a younger team.

* Year of birth changes annually...this breakdown is updated each season.

How can my daughter advance to a higher level?
 The opportunity to advance to higher levels of play is realized once a player reaches the U-11 year. At this stage, the levels of play are as follows: Select and House level teams. Tryouts will be held for any Select level teams, all other players are assigned to House teams and no tryout is necessary. Beginning in U13, players will play on Divisional teams from Div 1 to Div 3. Evaluations will be held in the Spring for Division 1 and 2 teams once Cup play has concluded. All players are encouraged to tryout for any level they feel best suits them. No tryouts are necessary for our Division 3 level teams. All Evaluation information is posted on our website.
 
Practices
How often will practices be held?
 Practice are held a minimum of once per week. Minis (U6 and U7)are allocated indoor gym time and traditionally practice only once per week. When players reach the U8 and up level , they can expect to be practicing outdoors on an all-weather field. It is up to coaches to decide if practicing more than once is in the best interests of his/her team. Practice times range from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Minis traditionally are given the earliest start times, whereas older players are scheduled later. All practice fields are lit. Prior to the season, teams may begin practicing whenever a coach deems it prudent. Most teams commence their pre-season practices in the second half of August.
 
Season
How long is the season?
 Our season runs from late August to the following March. The precise length of the season is dependant on a number of factors, such as age group, involvement in Cup play, post season tournaments. Provincial and Inter-District Cup playoffs take place toward the end of February and can take a team all the way through April depending on their success. Other teams have been known to play all the way to June, having extended their regular season with tournaments. Extending a season beyond the schedule is up to individual teams.
 
Club
How much do the Executive Board Members and Coaches get paid?
 Board members gets the lowest pay, $0. Coaches and managers are more important so they get paid double, $00. We are an all volunteer organization. We do not receive any monetary incentives for being a board member, or a coach. Working with children and seeing them develop is our reward. The club does pay for the services of our Technical Director, Technical Staff, Club Manager and Referee Coordinator. These very important positions are "non voting" for all club policies.