Category 1 and 2 - change to youth landscape

Discussion in 'Youth Leagues & Cups' started by TKBC, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. TKBC

    TKBC Established Member

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    Hey all,

    Am hearing about a change to the youth landscape.

    But, I wonder what others have heard?

    My understanding is all clubs and academies will be placed into Category 1 and Category 2 (don't know if there will be Cat 3, 4 etc). This includes BCSPL, academies, rec clubs etc. I don't know if there will be tiers within each category.

    Letting academies into the system can only help the kids IMO. I can see it creating the Wild West of soccer in the Abbotsford-Vancouver corridor though! :)

    This is apparently nationwide, not just BC. I googled "canada soccer category 1" and "canada soccer youth club designation." No results returned. I saw nothing on the CSA site (cursory glance) and nothing on BCSA (cursory glance). My guess is they aren't ready to announce.

    If the CSA is directing a change nationwide my only response is "finally!" Our leaders being leaders. Will it be the right plan? Tough to say. But those countries that have a unified approach to their youth development programs are thriving these days - Belgium, Germany, Iceland to name 3.
     
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  2. LauraH

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    I've heard this as well, that BCPL in its current format will not be around any longer, that academies will be permitted into leagues, that Metro won't be a separate league. It will all be run together, just different levels.
    I agree, "finally!". Especially about the academies. It will give families much more choice than just their local club, which can be monopolies in some smaller districts.



     
  3. TKBC

    TKBC Established Member

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    Letting academies in is a great step, but the next has to be to eliminate district boundary rule re: registrations.

    Good luck to the city officials that allocate field time to many more user groups ;) Same number of practices (registrations not likely to increase) but more people to communicate with.
     
  4. Nate

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    So a silly question but at what age group would this organization shift affect? U12 and older? Grassroots?
     
  5. LosBlancos

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    If all this was to happen, I would think that it was a positive change and would be perhaps from the workings of DeVos in his new position.

    Why do I feel so doubtful that it's going to happen in my kids youth soccer days?

    He's just about to go into U13 and we have to consider BCSPL or Metro, cost vs quality, and all the other things discussed here. Some of these things mentioned can't happen soon enough.
     
  6. TKBC

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    Equally silly question - why only make changes u12 and up? Genuinely though, this ridiculous amount of focus we put on kids u13 and up was very misguided (coming from a guy who was very excited about BCSPL).

    I assume they'll begin the changes from the first year soccer is offered.
     
  7. TKBC

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    I saw a mention of 2019.....have seen various BCSPL appointments for 2018, so my guess is the remark of 2019 makes sense.
     

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