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Posted 8/30/2021 Ref # 101

McGavin Cup Semi Finals

McGavin Cup Semi Finals featuring Vic West, Bays, Gorge, Nanaimo...........4 long standing Clubs on the Island.



 
Posted 7/20/2021 Ref # 100

VISL AGM Tuesday July 27

Located at the end of Ambassador Ave, where Ambassador meets Morris Drive.
Have a seat in the bleachers (Non smoking seating only) or bring a lawn chair.

All Team Admin - check your inbox for agenda.
 
Posted 6/11/2021 Ref # 98

Early June Update

The 2021/2022 Season has been confirmed by the VISL Board of Directors, and the plan is to start Friday Sept 10/2021.

Team Registration will open up on Friday June 18/2021. 
We look forward to the next phases as they are announced by the Province and our Parent Organizations.
Deadline to register is July 15, and that cost is $300.00
Applications submitted after July 15 will be $350.00 and may require further Board discussion for acceptance.
If the 2021/2022 season is unable to start, all registration deposits will be returned.

There will not be any VISL Cups from the 2020/2021 season carrying over and competed for over this summer.
The VISL Board is excited at the possibility of having an early start to the McGavin Cup. This will be dictated by registration numbers at the July 15 deadline. 
Stay tuned for further discussion and possibilities for a potential August 1 start for McGavin.

There is a date set for the Annual General Meeting for the 2020/2021 season. 
It will take place on Tuesday July 27, at 6:30 pm, location TBA, and it will be outside.
All teams south of the Malahat must have 1 representative in attendance, teams north of the Malahat are encouraged to attend if possible. 
If any voting member would like to submit an amendment for consideration, please do so right away. Refer to ARTICLE VI of the VISL BYLAWS for specific process. Please note we are required to send any considerations out to membership 30 days prior to the AGM.
We will also have some positions available come AGM. The Treasurer position will definitely need a replacement as current Director David Lawes will not be seeking re-election. (Knowledge of Quickbooks would be great) The term of President is also up. Current President Jake Nemec has allowed his name to go forward for consideration. We will also have a Director at Large position(s) available. More details to follow, but if you would like to put your name forward or know of somebody that is willing to step forward, please contact Nomination Chair Kjeld Brodsgaard at kjeldb@gmail.com

Stay safe, support BC Soccer sanctioned return to play activity, and hope to see everybody on the pitch soon.

On behalf of the VISL Board of Directors,

Vince Greco
VISL Executive Director
(M)250-889-1213
(T)@vincenzo25
(I)vancouver_island_soccer_league


 
Posted 5/17/2021 Ref # 97

Larry DeCosta

Larry De Costa, a well renowned soccer coach in the 1960’s passed away on May 1st   2021 in Victoria.

Larry came from a soccer family as his Dad Lou and Uncle Ed both played Senior Soccer in Victoria , the Outstanding Division 1 Goalkeeper Trophy in the  VISL is named after Larry’s Dad, Lou De Costa .

 




Larry was a excellent goalkeeper himself having played juvenile soccer for Frank Grealy .He played in the old Victoria District League for Canadian Scottish and Gorge Hotel , he also played in the Pacific Coast League for the Victoria United . His playing career ended early as he suffered some serious injuries .

 

He turned to coaching in the early 60’s ; Larry took 5 juvenile teams to the Sun Tournament of Champions Finals with numerous of his Gorge players receiving All Star Awards , a Most Sportsmanlike Team Trophy plus one Championship . Larry then coached Gorge Molsons for 3 years in the District League plus coached  the Gorge in the last 2 years of the Pacific Coast League finishing in 1973 . He later returned to coach juvenile teams and finished coaching the Gorge Over 30 Women in 2003 .

 

Larry’s greatest contribution to Vancouver Island Soccer were the coaching and player clinics he put on for the Lower Island and in Victoria . He would take some of his juvenile players to these clinics to show new organizations the modern coaching techniques to inspire the new coaches and players. He also helped develop the player feeder system at the Gorge which transitioned juvenile players to the senior program when the player was ready to advance . This system is used by many of the clubs in the VISL today.

 

From the early 60’s to the early 70’s Larry was the top developmental coach in the Lower Island Region as he set the coaching bar through his Gorge teams , he inspired other clubs to develop their own coaches and players and the whole area became more competitive .

 

Many coaches and players were influenced by what Larry taught them through his teams or the clinics

he put on and went on to the Canadian National team and a few became Professionals . Anyone in the 60’s who learned their soccer from Larry De Costa either directly or indirectly should pay tribute to him and say thank you for what he did for soccer in this area.

 

Condolences to his wife Pat , son Ross , daughter Heather and their families ....

 

Times Colonist Obituary - https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?n=lawrence-william-de-costa&pid=198665627



 
Posted 5/10/2021 Ref # 96

May 2021 Update

All VISL Membership;

Just a little update on behalf on the Board of Directors.

-All teams have been issued a generous refund for the past season. 
Funds went back to the team or club that paid the original invoice fees.
Extra individual player spots and transfers were included in this refund where at least 50% of applicable registration fees were returned. If you have any questions, please see your team contact or your club administration. 
Teams that played less than 7 games also received additional funds in the refund.
Banquet fees from the previous or current year were also refunded.

-We are wrapping up the fiscal year, so please make sure all individual $ owed are paid.
Having all funds paid will keep individuals, teams, and clubs in a position of good standing.
You might see a separate email notification soon.

-BC Soccer has asked that we send out a Provincial Cup survey. This survey is intended for team officials of teams who compete for spots in Provincial Cup. Here is that note/link:

Hello Coaches/Managers,

 

BC Soccer has developed a short survey to find out what participating teams value in regards to the Provincial Cup so they can work to improve the experience. Please take a couple moments to complete the short survey before the close date of Friday, May 14thThe link to the survey is below:

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CFVSGZQ


-Hoping all members and families are staying safe and are healthy.

We look forward to restrictions loosening, if possible, and start the process of getting ready for a new season.



Vince Greco
VISL Executive Director
(M)250-889-1213
(T)@vincenzo25
(I)vancouver_island_soccer_league