Field Information

Practice Fields

New Westminster Soccer Club has a limited amount of lighted practice fields. All teams are given a time and venue to practice. Boys practice Mondays and Wednesdays, Girls practice Tuesday and Thursdays. Coaches must adhere to their allocated practice slots. There will be zero tolerance for encroaching on other practice times.

For Divisional teams, 3 teams are slotted in each time slot. It is imperative the coaches work together to share the field during their practice time. It is recommended you rotate your practice spot each night, e.g. all teams move from north to south each practice so everyone has opportunity to work with a goal. The first team there does not get their choice. It is also common courtesy to move off the field 5 minutes before your practice time is over so following teams have the space to move onto the field. Coaches working together will eliminate potential problems

For grass practice venues it is recommended that you do NOT practice in the same spot each week. Please move your practice around so that the field does not develop worn spots. If there are goalposts, please move them away from the goalmouth for your practice. These small measures will ensure our fields stay in the best condition possible for the soccer season.

Field changes/issues should be communicated to your coordinators who will resolve them with the Field Allocator.

Field Lighting

Field lights are activated by the user groups. Groups will activate the turning on and off of the field lights by a PIN pad at each field. Each user group will be issued their own 5-digit PIN number that is attached only to their group. New West Soccer Club – PIN # 20005

This number will only work on fields where the Club is booked by the field scheduler through our Parks, Culture and Recreation office. Unless NWSC is booked on the field at that day and time, you cannot activate the lights!

PIN Pad locations:

  1. MERCER OVAL – on the outside of the electrical utilities box at south end of the stands. SAPPERTON Park – outside the washroom between the men’s & ladies washroom doors CGP AllWeather/ Anne Monk Field – attached to the light pole left of the entrance to the field.
  2. QUEEN’S PARK STADIUM – outside wall beside the door into the 3rd base dressing room. MOODY PARK#1 Ball Diamond – on the wall of the scorekeepers building at the main entrance
  3. QUEEN’S EAST TURF – right side of main stairs on the control box.

Field Closures

During times of poor weather, the city will close fields to adult users and post this information on the New Westminster Parks, Culture & Recreation field phone line. City allows NWSC to use its judgment as to the playability of a field. The Club has the last call. NWSC Field Scheduler or your Coordinator will alert you if your field is closed.

City’s Field Hotline is for Adults groups ONLY – do not call

As a guideline for coaches, games should not be played if the field has snow, ice, frost or standing water. In most cases this decision should be done with the agreement of both coaches and the referee. There may be occasions when the Field Manager or your Coordinator will close fields due to weather conditions.

This does not preclude two coaches agreeing at least 24 hours before a game to postpone for weather related reasons. If this happens, then please notify the Referee Coordinator as soon as possible so that we do not get charged for the referees.

Grass Field Maintenance Required by Teams

Teams using grass fields can also help maintain them by replacing divots at the end of each practice or game, and by keeping parents off the fields. The last point is very important for U5 – U7 teams at Terry Hughes. Since we extensively use Terry Hughes, it will be ruined before the season is over if we do not discourage parents from standing in the same spots on the field. So please move your game fields around on the pitch.

It is important for teams to get parents to assist as follows:

  1. First team of the day to set up the field: nets, cones, visual check for field safety
  2. Last team of the day to put equipment away

Field Lining

The first team of the weekend is responsible for lining the grass fields if it needs fresh lining. Please assign parents to take on this task. All lining equipment is in the NWSC lockbox with the game equipment. The City burns the lines on the field at the beginning of the season to be used as a guideline.

Field Lockboxes

Our Equipment & Field Managers would like a parent responsible at each field to maintain our boxes. The paint cans are recyclable at the recycling depot in New Westminster. If you are nearby to a grass field, or willing to check the box when you have a HOME Game, please contact the Field Manager at field-manager@rcysc.com. This should be done about once a month.

Artificial Turf Use Regulations

NWSC asks that all Players, Coaches, and Parents adhere to the following rules set forth by New Westminster Parks, Culture & Recreation when using the turf field.

The Mercer Oval Synthetic Turf Field & Queens East are specialized field sport facilities designed specifically for the needs of community sport organizations. As compared to traditional grass turf fields, the use, care and maintenance of this new field require a different approach to ensure user safety and optimal field performance.

It is critical that all community sport teams and organizations inform their respective members of the conditions of use for the synthetic turf field as outlined below. Failure to comply with the specified conditions of use will negatively impact the condition of the field for all users and may result in loss of the organization’s field use privileges.

Conditions of Use:

  1. Footwear
    Soccer shoes, multi-cleats, turf shoes and running shoes are all effective on synthetic turf fields. Metal cleats and spikes, and shoes with plastic cleats longer than ¾” are not permitted. Track users with spiked track shoes should avoid walking/running on the field. Please clean footwear using the designated shoe brush stations prior to entering the field.
  2. Food and Beverages
    Only water in plastic containers is permitted on the field. Teams using water jugs and cups are requested to use paper cups only. No other beverages or food (especially sunflower seeds, gum or tobacco products) are permitted on the field at any time.
  3. Smoking
    Smoking is not permitted on the field or track. Please set an example for our youth.
  4. Pets
    Dogs and other pets are not permitted on the field under any circumstances.
  5. Vehicles and Bicycles
    Only authorized service vehicles equipped with turf tires are permitted on the field. Emergency vehicles (i.e. ambulances) should be encouraged not to drive on the field. When it is absolutely necessary to drive on the field, emergency vehicles must use care when stopping, starting and turning (wide turns only). Bicycles are not permitted on the field.
  6. Field Inspection and Clean-up
    Each organization is responsible for conducting a preliminary field check for any obvious hazards or unsafe conditions prior to use. At the end of each session, users are requested to remove all refuse from the field and dispose in garbage cans.
  7. Spectators
    In order to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on the field sidelines, only players, coaches and officials should be on the field. Spectators are requested to view games and practices from the stadium grandstand.
  8. Field Markings
    All required games lines have been permanently installed in the field. No other line markings (temporary or permanent) are to be applied without prior authorization by the Parks, Culture & Recreation Department.
  9. Sport Goals
    All sport goals must be suitable for use on synthetic turf and not have any sharp edges or corners. Goals for football, soccer and field lacrosse are supplied by the Parks, Culture & Recreation Department. It is the user’s responsibility to properly secure/store goals at the end of each field use session.
  10. Furnishings
    The use of tables, chairs and tents on the field should be avoided. When it is necessary to place such furniture or other objects with point loads, the field should be protected from possible puncture by covering the turf with plywood or other load disbursing materials.
  11. Sport Shoe Information
    Sport shoe technology is constantly being updated and the interaction between turf (natural and synthetic) and footwear is complex. However, some general principles should be considered when selecting footwear for use on synthetic turf. To reduce the risk of injury due to foot lock, avoid using shoes with long cleats (11 mm or longer) or shoes with dense cleats. Footwear with flat soles (no cleats) is adequate only under dry conditions. For wet or dry conditions, the best footwear is cleats with low profile studs (5 mm to 8 mm). Under no circumstances are shoes with metal cleats shoes appropriate for use on synthetic turf fields.
  12. Reporting Problems
    If teams from outside of New Westminster are using City fields, NWSC endorses you requesting the group to leave the field. Please report any serious concerns or observed problems to the Parks, Culture & Recreation Department at 604.527.4567 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm). Report any minor field issues to our Field Scheduler and Field Manager.
    Should field conditions ever be deemed to be unsafe for sport use, it is the field user’s responsibility to cease using the field and report the problem as soon as it is practical to the Field Manager or Scheduler. Notice a problem evenings or weekends? Call Canada Games Pool (CGP) 604.526.4281 or #911 if it is a serious offence.