Senior Tigers Update: October 10, 2019

Our Senior Volleyball Team placed 4th out of 40 teams at the Douglas College Tournament on October 4-5. While our Tigers season started a little slow, last week YHS defeated West Point Grey Academy 3 sets to 2, Notre Dame 3 sets to 1, St Thomas More 3 sets to 1 and then went on to have a great tournament. This week, YHS defeated Crofton House 3 sets to 1 raising their league record to 4 wins and 2 losses. Our Tigers are currently in first place in our Lower Mainland Independent School league and ranked 6th in BC among all ‘AA’ sized schools. We expect that ranking to move up next week.

Next week, our Senior Tigers travel to Rundle College in Calgary for the Western Canadian Independent Schools Volleyball Championships (WCISVC). YHS has attended this event every year since 1972 and YHS will be the host location for the 2020 WCISVC Championships next October.

On Thursday, October 10, our Tigers swimmers face their first big test of the season by competing at the ISA Swim Championships at Watermania. YHS is the defending ISA Girl’s Champions. Results will be shared next week. Go Tigers!

While all of our teams have been competing in weekly games and weekend tournaments, our Cross-Country Team has been quietly running along, literally. The Tigers compete at weekly cross-country meets against all other schools in our Lower Mainland Independent School league and have been enjoying some terrific results. The girls will be competing at our Zone Championships on October 22 at Jericho Park.

Our Varsity Team defeated Crofton House 3-1 in a recent league game while our Junior and Senior Teams have been competing hard and doing well in their respective league games.

All three field hockey teams will compete in an ISA competition on October 19-20. Our Junior and Senior Teams will travel to Shawnigan Lake School while our Varsity Team competes at the ISA Tier 1 Championships at Crofton House (CHS). Come cheer on the Tigers at CHS on October 18 at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm and on October 19 at 10:00 am and following playoff game.


Many may wonder about the organizational structure of high school sport in BC and where York House fits into it. I often get asked questions such as: 

  • Why does YHS not play Vancouver public schools? 
  • At BC Championships does YHS compete against all public and independent schools?
  • Why are we a ‘AA’ school?

This 2019-20 school year there are some brand new changes. Here is an overview of the organizational structure of sport:

Lower Mainland Independent School Athletic Association:
YHS is a member of the LMISSAA. This is our local league where we play our league games/meets against other teams in our LMISSAA league. During the season, YHS athletes/teams also compete in various invitational tournaments where we could play any school in BC (public or independent). We also set up friendly exhibition games against other schools.

Also, ISABC Schools (Independent Schools Association of BC) organize ISA events. These ISA Championships are simply for bragging rights among the ISA schools. It is also an opportunity for our teams to compete against schools like Southridge, Brentwood College, or St. Michaels University School. These are schools we may not normally meet over the course of a season.

LMISSAA Playoffs:
At the end of the regular season, we have LMISSAA playoffs to determine the final placings in our league. If YHS places high enough in our LMISSAA Championships, our teams will advance to the Zone Championships.

Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Championships:
This is the first year for new zones in BC School Sports. YHS has always been in the Lower Mainland Zone, however, our new zone is the Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone (VS2S). This new zone includes the Lower Mainland Independent league schools, all Vancouver public schools, and all schools (public and independent) in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound up to Whistler.  All senior YHS teams will now have to attend a VS2S Zone Championship event in order to qualify for BCs. The top athletes/teams at the VS2S Zone Championships earn a spot in the Provincial Championships. 

  • October 22: Cross-Country at Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Championship Meet at Jericho
  • October 24-25: Varsity Field Hockey at Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Championship Meet at Crofton House/Eric Hamber
  • October 29: Swim Team at Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Championship Meet at Watermania
  • November 13-14: Senior Volleyball Team at Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Championship Meet at St. Thomas Aquinas in North Vancouver

Provincial Championships:
BC School Sports (BCSS) runs BC Championships for almost all high school sports at the senior level. Some sports that do not have BCSS sanctioned championships are table tennis, water polo, rowing, and ice hockey. Grade 8 and Junior Provincial Championships are invitational events and not official BC Championships. BCSS Provincial Championships include all schools in BC (public and independent). However, some schools have large student populations while other schools are very small. 

How do we differentiate between these schools? BCSS has a tiering system based on student population. Large schools are ‘AAAA’ or ‘AAA’ and smaller schools are AA or A. It can be confusing as different sports have different tiering. For example, Crofton House and Little Flower are ‘AA’ in field hockey but are ‘AAA’  in volleyball as both have a larger student population than YHS. A larger student population does not always mean a stronger team. It is not uncommon for ‘AA’ to be stronger than ‘AAA’ in some sports.  

York House is a relatively small ‘AA’ sized school for all sports.

Our fall season athletes are working hard to qualify for the following BC Championships:

  • November 2: Cross-Country BC Championships in Abbotsford (Clearbrook Park)
  • November 6-8Varsity Field Hockey BC Championships in Victoria (Lambrick Park Secondary)
  • November 15-16: Swim BC Championships in Richmond (Watermania)
  • November 28-30: Senior Volleyball Team BC Championships in Vernon (Kalamalka Secondary School)

David Prissinotti
Senior Athletics Director

Junior Tigers Update: October 10, 2019

The Grade 7A team hopped on board the winning train, and has reeled off three consecutive league wins over Mulgrave, Collingwood, and West Point Grey Academy (WPGA). Coach Marcotte and Coach Young are cautiously optimistic though, as the Tigers are still working to find a more ferocious consistency. It will be lights out for the competition if they do! Next week the 7A team will be traveling with the 7B team to Southridge School for their final league match of the season.

Our Grade 7B team is also working towards developing a more consistent game. They posted a good battle against St. John’s School last week, and came up a bit short. They have played very good volleyball in some stretches, with great spirit, energy and communication. When they do play this way they look like one of the strongest teams in their league. Their final league match will take place next week at Southridge School.

Our Grade 6 team made a trip to East Vancouver to take on the Stratford Hall Sabres. The team is playing well these days, and continues to have a lot of fun. We are hosting Mulgrave School next Thursday before heading off to the Harry Jerome Sports Centre for the ISEA Grade 6 Volleyball Playday.

This week, our Grade 5 team took a short ride over to St. John’s School to play the Eagles. As always, Grade 5 Atomic Tripleball is full of action, and our young Tigers’ volleyball skills are always improving. Next week, the Grade 5 team will be playing at Crofton House School. This will be the girls’ final game before the ISEA Grade 5 Volleyball Playday at St. John’s School on October 22.

The Cross-Country Tigers are flying! Last week the team traveled to WPGA with 58 athletes to participate in the WPGA Cross-Country Festival. The team is performing very well and the Tigers are gearing up for the Frank Reynolds Memorial Race in North Vancouver on October 19. This will be the team’s final race before the ISEA Cross-Country Championships on October 23. In the meantime, the girls will have several practices to continue building those amazing strides!

Please join David Prissinotti, Senior School Athletics Director and Brent Jackson, Junior School Athletics Coordinator, for an opportunity to ask any questions you might have regarding extra-curricular athletics at York House School.

Gr. 3-12 Athletics Coffee Morning
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
8:30-9:30 am
YHS Cafeteria
RSVP here

Head Coach Christine Lee (‘16), has arranged for Team Aquatics to come to York House School on Tuesday, October 15 at 3:15 pm for a team swimsuit fitting. Suits will cost approximately $65 and payment can be made once the season starts in mid-November. All swimmers are expected to purchase a suit.