Frequently Asked Questions
North Shore Football runs from late August with pre-season practices (or “training camp”) through to the playoffs in late November. New players to the league may be asked to attend a brief evaluation clinic earlier in the summer.
Can boys and girls play in the GSL?
Absolutely! We encourage ALL players interested in flag or tackle to register. Our players are treated as equals on and off the field at all times.
What are the Divisions?
The ultimate goal with flag is to split players into 2 divisions based on ages: U8 (ages 6 & 7, grade 1 and 2) and U10 (ages 8 & 9, grades 3 and 4). However if our registration numbers are low, we will merge all players together.
The flag division is fun, safe and non-contact. Expect one practice per week (time/date TBA by coach) and one game per week (Sunday mornings at Norgate Park).
Tackle begins with Peewee for 10 & 11 year olds and continues in Minor for 12 & 13 year olds.
Most teams in tackle divisions practice two or three times per week.
No previous football experience is required for any division. Every year we have lots of players register at all levels with no previous experience.
What are the Fees?
Fees for U8 Flag are $100.00
Fees for U10 Flag are $135.00
Pee Wee and Minor are $300.00
Where are the games played and on what days?
Most games are played at Norgate Park in North Vancouver or at Brennan Park in Squamish on Sundays except for some holidays. In the past couple of years we have been fortunate to have other associations register teams in our league. Teams will have one game at each of their home fields throughout the season. The Championship games are played on artificial turf at Confederation Park in North Vancouver on a Saturday or a Sunday at the end of the season – towards the end of November.
Where do I find information on clinics, camps and forms?
You can find it from this link: http://gsl.techsys.tv/events
How can parents help with this GSL Football project which allows players throughout the North Shore from North Vancouver to Whistler to play football?
Parents can obtain certification to coach in the League or help with all the activities in support of the teams on the field such as game day field lining, field yardsticks, statistics for the coach, detailed game summaries, concession help, off game activities such as team management, end of season jersey washing, web-site photo submissions, web-site game summary submissions, and many other ways.
Where do players register and where do players pick up their equipment?
Players register online. All players are responsible for their own football shoes/cleats and players in the tackle divisions need commercially available football pants with pads. We supply jerseys, mouthguards and use of helmets and shoulder pads. Equipment pick up and fittings will be scheduled several times prior to the start of the season.
How many players are on each team?
Flag teams have 12 players optimum and play 9 on the field if possible; tackle teams have 16 to 20 with 11 players on the field if the registration numbers support this. Many players get a wide experience playing both ways, offensive and defensive.
What are the rules used for play?
The Flag Division uses a modified set of rules which prepares players for later play in the contact divisions. These rules are specifically developed for GSL North Shore Football. The tackle divisions use the Football Rules Book published by the National Federation of State High School Associations. GSL North Shore Football plays 4-down American football.
Can I register my child in an older age division?
No; please register your child in the age appropriate division. Playing up or down for weight/safety reasons in a division is not allowed. Studies show that age & experience are determining factors with regards to safety in football.
Can I select where my child plays?
You can make a friend request but we are moving to a catchment based team assignment. With 5 high school football programs on the North Shore we are trying to work with the high school programs to develop players to be able to feed into their programs. Our main goal is to have balanced teams to ensure a great playing experience for all players. The registrar/board will ultimately make the team assignment decisions.