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Development Program

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2023 Development Program

(Born between 2012 to 2005)

The BVSS Development Program is our competitive program for players born 2012 and older.  The program provides an opportunity for players who want to participate in a higher level of training, competition, and commitment.  Players are placed on gender specific teams.  There will be some travel expectations, see below under ‘Tournaments’.

The Development program is open to players in Smithers, Telkwa, Hazelton and Houston.  Practices will be held in Smithers. 

*Players registering for the Development program should not sign up for House.

Roster Size

·        Max team size: 18 players

Player Evaluations

Player evaluations may be necessary depending on registration numbers.  Evaluations will occur in April/early May.  Players will be selected based on skill level, tournament availability, commitment level, position, attitude, and overall fitness.  Player selection will be at the coach’s discretion and will include outside observers.

Players not selected in April will be placed on a House team and invited to re-join Development after the mid-season break. 

2023 Season Plan
  • April: Indoor practice
  • May 1 to July 15: Outdoor practice and games; 2 to 3 sessions per week.  Day/time TBD
  • July 15 to Aug 8: Summer break.  No scheduled practices or games
  • Aug 9 to mid-Sept: Outdoor practice and games; 2 to 3 sessions per week.  Day/time TBD

*Exact schedules will be at the discretion of the coach


It is the expectation that all development players are able and willing to travel to the following tournaments.

  • Boys/Girls Northern Cup (U13 to U18 teams)
    • Date: mid-June (exact date TBD)
    • Location: TBD (will be within Northern BC)
  • Boys Provincials (U13 to U18 teams)
    • Date: July 13 to 16
    • Location: Langley, BC
    • Qualification is not guaranteed but players/families should be prepared to attend
  • Girls Provincials (U13 to U18 teams)
    • Date: July 6 to 9
    • Location: Kamloops, BC
    • Qualification is not guaranteed but players/families should be prepared to attend
  • Possible away tournament end of Aug/beg of Sept (all teams)
  • BV United FC Fall Invitational (all teams)
    • Date: Early to mid September
    • Location: Smithers, BC
Inclusion in BVSS House Program

To maintain the strength of our House Program, some players will be placed on a House team during the regular House season.  This will be applicable to those born 2012, 2011 (possibly), 2007, 2006 and  2005.  All development teams will be included in the House game schedule and tournaments.   

What does this mean?  

For example, a player born in 2012 will have: 

  • May/June - 1 practice and 1 game per week with a House team as well as 1 additional practice per week with their Development team.  

  • July to Sept - 2 Development team practices per week plus exhibition games and possible tournaments.  Some travel may be required. 


Please ensure players have black shorts and white socks.  A jersey will be provided.  Cleats and shin guards are mandatory.     

Volunteer Expectations:

Minimum 5 hours per player plus 1 field lining summer session.  All families are expected to volunteer during tournaments. 

Additional parent support may be required for individual teams' fundraiser efforts to alleviate tournament travel costs. 


All interested coaches are required to complete a Coaching Application Form that will be emailed to interested individuals.  Coaches will be selected based on the following qualifications: training completed, coaching experience, player experience, valid CRC


Due to the rising cost of referee fees, insurance, equipment, and administration fees, BVSS has increased fees for the 2023 season.  While we aim to keep soccer affordable for everyone, we need to ensure costs are covered.

The development fees cover your child’s soccer programming from April into September and include items such as:

  • Field costs
  • Referee costs
  • Equipment
  • Administration costs
  • Tournament fees
  • Coaching courses
  • Some travel costs are covered but note that players are responsible for the majority of travel costs

We offer a two-part payment structure and have access to financial aid if needed.  Contact for more information. 

  • Early Bird: $240
  • Regular: $255 (after March 1st) 
  • Late fees may be applied