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VanU's philosophy for the Active Start Program is to develop PASSION FOR THE GAME and LOVE OF THE BALL.
 
To achieve this, we need to create as many opportunities as possible for every player to touch the ball as often as possible. This is one of the primary reasons that the Active Start Program is focused on fun, physical literacy (learning fundamental momvement skills) and soccer skill development (particularly ball manipulation and game play).
 
Formal scrimmages may not be part of every session, however, players will participate in a variety of fun and interactive games with and without the ball. It is important for both players and parents to learn the value of balancing training and game ratios - this program is designed to teach these principles.
 
A key component of the program is the social and emotional development of the players, also known as ethical literacy. This will include aligning the Active Start program with the True Sport Principles - Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Keep It Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone & Give Back. These principles are the foundation of the Active Start program.
 
Skills development, as well as physical and ethical literacy should be the ABCs of any program for children of this age. More information about physical literacy and the Long Term Player Development plan can be found below. For more information on ethical literacy, please review the True Sport LTAD Matrix .
 
Long Term Player Development (LTPD) describes the Active Start stage as the following:
 
Players should participate in stimulating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a FUN atmosphere. The emphasis should be movement exercises and games that promote a feel for the ball while teaching basic principles of play within a fun but structured setting. Informal games can be set up at the end of practices or as a part of a jamboree mixing exercise and games. Play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeper. Equal time should be allotted to practices and games.
 
The goal of this program is to encourage child activity and develop basic motor skills. These skills, also known as physical literacy, will help your child in any sport they may choose to play in the future and serve as the foundation for developing soccer skills. This is achieved by following the parameters: 
 
  • Technical: introduce individual skills. Dribbling with all parts of the foot, combined with simple techniques for changing direction (turns, drag backs); basic shooting where players experience success and the thrill of a goal. 
  • Tactical: no tactical instruction. Emphasis on the individual.
  • Physical: provide a fun setting and simple mode of play that develops basic movement skills in running, jumping, kicking, throwing and catching. 
  • Mental: fun and passion for play. Experience success and build confidence by receiving positive recognition. 
  • Lifestyle: enjoy a variety of sports and physical activities
  • Personal: positive attitude and self-esteem.

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For any questions about the Active Start program please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
NOTE: Volunteer reimbursement codes for Active Start coaches/managers for our 2015-2016 season (AS Fall 2015, AS Winter 2016, AS Spring 2016) will be sent out in May 2016 and these codes can be applied for the 2016-2017 season (this season begins September 2016).

Any prospective coaches interested in coaching for our Spring 2016 session please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Registration

Active Start Spring 2016 registration will open on Thursday, February 18th at 10:00am. We have new registration procedures for Active Start that we hope will provide more certainty to parents on when and where your child will be playing soccer. Please read all the information so that you are aware of the changes to our registration process and other changes for the fall and winter sessions. 

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. This will allow all parents to have equal opportunity to sign up for the time/day that they would prefer. We are expecting another full season so be sure to sign up as soon as you can after registration opens!

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Waitlist spots will open when registration is full. The waitlist will only be available for those players who have not received a spot in a regular registration package. Waitlist players will not have a choice of day or time. We will not be able to confirm a waitlist team until we register enough players and have at least two volunteer coaches. If you are on the waitlist, please expect confirmation of your situation a week before the program opens.

REGISTRATION INFO SPRING 2016:

You will now be signing up for a specific weekday and time as well as a specific Saturday time. Each specific group will have a limited number of spots – U5 has a max of 25 players while U6, U7, and U8 have a max of 12 players. When the spots have been filled, the package will automatically close and that group will be considered full.  If we must change your group’s timeslot, we will do our best to add players to a group with a similar time. If we are not able to offer you an acceptable alternative, we will provide a full refund minus a $10 admin fee. Registration for Active Start Spring 2016 opens Thursday February 18th at 10:00am.

SPRING 2016 SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS:

All Saturday session locations are at University Hill Secondary School turf field (3228 Ross Drive). Weekday sessions will be held on Tuesdays or Thursdays at Jericho turf field (1515 Discovery Street). The spring season will include a total of 16 sessions for U6-U8 players and 8 sessions (Saturdays only) for U5 players: 

  • Session 1 and 2: April 23 and April 26 or 28
  • Session 3 and 4: April 30 and May 3 or 5
  • Session 5 and 6: May 7 and May 10 or 12
  • Session 7 and 8: May 14 and May 17 or 19
  • * NO SESSION MAY 21
  • Session 9: May 24 or 26
  • Session 10 and 11: May 28 and May 31 or June 2
  • Session 12 and 13: June 4 and June 7 or 9
  • Session 14 and 15: June 11 and June 14 or 16
  • Session 16: June 18

 

POLICIES: PLEASE READ

1.     First come, first served on all registration spots
2.     There will be NO group switch accommodation – sign up for the time slot that you are able to attend|
3.     Groups from the fall are not guaranteed to be kept together for the winter session – you must register for both fall and winter if you would like to remain on the same team
4.     The waitlist option will be kept open until the end of the first Saturday session – September 19 or January 9
5.     Parents, please remain off off the turf fields and behind the fences. For indoor sessions please remain off of the gym floor. 
6.     For indoor sessions, please bring proper footwear (i.e. running shoes, flat bottomed indoor soccer shoes)

UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT:

1.     Our uniform includes a jersey, shorts and socks. These will be handed out to your coach or manager on the first day. You can pick it up from them on that day.
2.     Equipment including balls, cones and pinnies will be given to your coach to manage for the season.

VOLUNTEERING WITH VANU:

Vancouver United FC depends heavily on volunteers to be able to provide the quality and quantity of our programming. We are very appreciative of all of our volunteers and do offer a volunteer reimbursement towards the next year’s registration fee.
We will be looking for coaches and assistant coaches for all of the U6-U8 groups. We will also be recruiting managers for all groups this year. Please read the volunteer role descriptions here. If you are interested in volunteering for these positions and have not been a coach or manager before, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Additionally, we have new volunteer roles including equipment and uniform coordinators and field set-up assistants. Please indicate on your registration if you would like to volunteer for these roles.

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All requests for refunds must use the Player Withdrawal Form available on the VanU FC website here, and be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Once approved in accordance with the policies outlined below, refunds will be issued on a timely basis to the credit card used for the initial registration, or a cheque will be issued to the address provided on the Player Withdrawal Form.

The refund policy for Active Start (U4-U8) players is as follows:

• Refund requests submitted up to the day before the start of each season for which the player is registered will be refunded in full, less the applicable non-refundable administration fee based on the length of the season (i.e., $25 for a full season, and $10 for a half season).
• Refund requests submitted between the day the season starts and October 31st for a full season or the third session for a half season will be refunded 50% of the applicable registration fee, less the applicable non-refundable administration fee.
• No refunds will be issued after October 31st for a full season or the third session for a half season.
• Requests to withdraw for medical reasons that are accompanied by a doctor's note will be considered throughout the season and are subject to the following conditions:

‐ Refund requests submitted up to the day before the start of the season for which the player is registered will be refunded in full, less the applicable non-refundable administration fee.
‐ Refund requests submitted by November 30th for a full season or the third session for a half season will be refunded 50% of the applicable registration fee, less the applicable non-refundable administration fee.
‐ Refund requests submitted by before January 31st for a full season or the fifth session for a half season will be refunded 25% of the applicable registration fee, less the applicable non-refundable administration fee.
‐ No refunds will be issued after January 31st for a full season or the fifth session for a half season.