All of Little League regular season games will take place on the North Shore. BC Minor can not guarantee this and while they intend to keep travel to a minimum for the younger ages, their limited enrolment will mean that travel to games will definitely be an issue to consider with older age groups. Teams will be required to play regular season games against other BC Minor Associations within the lower mainland (closest BC Minor associates are Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam and Chilliwack).
BC Minor promotes that they have better development and coaches than Little League as they have paid coaches. The fact that they have paid coaches is correct but only at the age 11 and older and only for the AAA team (of which there will likely be one team per age group) and possibly for the AA team (which might be two per age group). Parents pay extra for these paid coaches. Highlands Little League coaches are volunteers and parents as is a tradition for all coaches for every one of the thousands of Little League teams throughout Canada and the US.
Tiered System vs Post Season All Stars
One of the biggest differences between the leagues that is that BC Minor plays a tiered regular season at the older ages vs Little League which plays a non-tiered regular season where skilled players are mixed equally with new players. Little League then has a highly competitive tiered post season. (For 11/12 year olds, this culminates at the Little League World Series in Williamsport,PA)
The Boards of those two associations felt that BC Minor was going to give their children a better baseball experience than what they currently had within their Little League associations, and a small contingent of their membership voted in favour of the move. Highlands has always had one of the largest enrolments of players in North Vancouver and takes great pride in its regular season and post season programs. Both continue to produce rewarding experiences for coaches, parents and especially players at all skill levels. Little League has been good to Highlands and we will continue to be proud members.