Permits&Movement

Permits & Permanent Player Movement

The Club strongly encourages its team coaches at all levels to use the Intra-Club Permit to move players between teams. The Intra-Club Permit is used during in-season play and to extend invitations for exhibition games or tournaments. The Intra-Club Permit system is designed to help coaches to evaluate and identify potential prospects to move up to the next level of play either during the season or at the end-of-season evaluation process.

The Club expects player movement/sharing under the Intra-Club Permit system to occur in a cooperative manner at the coach-to-coach level. The Club’s guidelines and other factors to consider are set out in the paragraphs below.

Guidelines/Factors

Before asking any player to play in a game or practice, the requesting coach should contact the team coach first to discuss the player. Both coaches should have input into which player(s) receives an invitation to move up for a game to ensure the appropriate players are being asked. Coaches can also discuss the possibility of the player being made available for practicing with the higher level team leading up to the game(s).

At this point, an invitation can be extended to the player, and all arrangements for player ID card and signing of permits should be made.  

Sometimes players on permit will be able to play two games on a weekend (i.e. not miss their regular team game). However, a game conflict should not necessarily mean a player couldn’t be called up. Coaches from the lower level team should be open to players getting a chance to play up, even if it means having one less player available to them on a weekend. At the same time, coaches making the request should consider requesting from teams where a conflict does not exist. For instance, if a Gold team is pulling from Silver, and there are two Silver 1 teams below them, a request should be placed for a player from the team without a conflict that weekend.

Additional factors to consider include the numbers on the team a coach is requesting from. A permit situation should not result in a team playing short so that the higher-level team can have an extra body.

Again, it is expected this discussion will occur at the coach-to-coach level first. The goal is to have coaches at both levels working collaboratively for the benefit of the player(s) in question who are developing and looking to move up a level over time.

Permanent Player Movement

As with the permit process, the Club expects permanent player movement to occur in a cooperative manner at the coach-to-coach level. Any discussions about player movement should be done at the coach-to-coach level first. Players should not be approached about moving teams until after this has occurred. However, there should not be permanent player movement just for the sake of change. Development opportunities can be achieved through ongoing invitations to games and practices. Permanent moves can have a ripple down effect and end up being disruptive to an age group.

In many instances, player movement at the Club will begin at the Metro to BC Soccer Premier League level (Mountain FC in particular). Mountain United FC does not have an official evaluation/team formation timeframe. Rather, players may be coming to or being pulled from the Club at any time between April and December. As such, the Club will populate its Metro and Gold teams in a manner designed to allow the Club to take back players from BCSPL or to move up players to BCSPL with minimum disruption to the age group. For this reason, during team formation we will consider leaving a few roster spots open at the Metro team level to accept players. At the same time we will lean towards Gold teams having bigger roster sizes with 2 or 3 players per team identified as training players for the Metro Team in the age group. These players would participate in some off-season training/games with the Metro team as well as approximately 2 training sessions a month with the Metro team during the season. As players develop during the season, other players may be identified as Metro training players. If a Metro player is pulled up to BCSPL, this will allow for a seamless, timely, and appropriate call up from the Gold team. This strategy is intended to ensure Metro teams do not play a significant portion of the season short; Gold teams remain healthy numbers-wise when a player is moved up; and that one call up from Metro to BCSPL does not have a ripple down effect on the age group resulting in 3 to 4 permanent player moves.

Finally, if teams are in need of players from the level below (e.g. an 11-a-side team with 14/15 players), coaches should be open and cooperative to identifying and promoting the appropriate player(s) to the coach requesting. Once the player(s) have been agreed on, they should be looked at a few times in games/training sessions to ensure they are an appropriate fit for the new team. Once this is confirmed, the requesting coach should let the coach of the level below know before making an official invitation to the player.