Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
April 2012 | Issue #133  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Football BC announces players invite for Team BC mini-camp in May; Major partnership announcement to be made next week

Football BC would like to apologize for the delay in communication regarding the status and direction of the provincial under-18 tackle program, better known as Team BC.

Football BC has released the list of approximately 120 players who have been extended an invitation to the mini-camp to be held over the May long weekend at Simon Fraser University. The list of players can be found here.

Details on the mini-camp and information on how to register will be made available shortly to all invited players.

Early next week, Football BC will make a major announcement regarding a new partnership that will further the Football BC Long-Term Athlete Development model and our goal of ensuring that our athletes gain the best possible training, exposure and competition so that they can work towards their goal of pursuing high-level football at the College, University or Junior levels.

With this pending new partnership, Football BC will not field a team at the Football Canada Cup tournament in 2012.

Register now for the 2012 Football BC Provincial Conference - May 25-26, 2012 in Vancouver; Confirmed speakers include former NFL coaches Thurmond Moore and Bill Laveroni

Registration is now open for the 2012 Football BC Provincial Conference slated to be held on May 25-26, 2012 at Notre Dame Regional Secondary in Vancouver.

To sign up as an individual, please click here. If you are a team looking to register multiple coaches, please contact communications@playfootball.bc.ca or Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia at dinogeremia@shaw.ca.

The cost to attend this year's Conference is $85 for an individual coach or $340 for a team (up to five coaches). As a reminder, all coaches who sign up for the conference will be able to complete their NCCP Community Initiation at no extra charge. To upgrade to complete NCCP Introduction to Competition there is an additional $75 charge per coach. Please make sure you select the option for Introduction to Competition if you wish to upgrade.

A dedicated page on the 2012 Provincial Conference can be found here.  This page will be updated with speaker bios and schedules for the Conference. To see the Early Notice Flyer for the Conference, please click here.

If you are an Exhibitor interested in showcasing your product or services at this year's Conference, please see the Exhibitor's Package.

BC Community Football's annual Star Bowl takes place April 28 at Minoru Park in Richmond

BC Community will be holding their annual Star Bowl games on April 28 at Minoru Park in Richmond. These games feature the top community players at both the Bantam and Midget levels.

The Bantam game (14 and 15 year olds) will kick off at 4 pm while the Midget game (16 to 18 year olds) will kick off at 7 pm.

The Bantam game will be played between two all-star teams comprised from the two Lower Mainland leagues: Vancouver Mainland Football League and the Valley Community Football League.

The Midget game will be played between two selected all-star teams comprised from players in the BC Midget Division.

Don't miss your chance to see top quality football featuring the best that Community Football has to offer.

For more information and to see the team rosters, please visit www.vmfl.ca/gameday/2012_Starbowl.html.

BC Community Spring Flag Schedule released

Spring is upon us which means Flag Football season is just about to get underway.

The 2012 Flag Football campaign kicks off on Saturday, April 28 and will run through until early June.

The full schedule can be found at http://www.vmfl.ca/springflag.html.

The key dates for this year's championship are:

June 3 - U-18 Championship, O'Hagan Field at Vancouver College, Vancouver

June 9/10 - U-10/U-12/U-14/U-16 BCCFA Flag Championships, Capital News Center, Kelowna

Best of luck to all the participating teams and players this year!

BC Universities release fall schedule; No Shrum Bowl for second straight year

The Province sports reporter Howard Tsumara has posted the upcoming 2012 schedules for both the UBC Thunderbirds (CIS) and the SFU Clan (NCAA Division II), respectively.

Unfortunately for fans of the cross-town rival game between the clubs, Tsumara reports that the Shrum Bowl is not among the scheduled tilts for the club.

The last Shrum Bowl was played in 2010 with SFU coming out with a 27-20 over UBC at Thunderbird Stadium. The Clan lead the overall series 17-15-1.

Tsumara also reports that the teams are looking to revive the Shrum Bowl for 2013 which would be hosted by SFU and would be played under American rules for the first time since 2001.

To read Tsumara's original report, please click here.

North Shore "Wildcats" holding 50th year championship reunion

The North Shore "Wildcats" Juvenile Teams of 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965 will be holding a 50th year championship reunion on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Capilano Rugby Club in West Vancouver from 11 am to 4 pm.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Larry Reda for further information at (604) 987-6340 or by email at footballlarry@shaw.ca.

Pat Claridge Celebration of Life to be held on Saturday, April 21

The brothers of the late Pat Claridge - Bill, Peter and Dr. Richard Claridge - will be hosting a "Celebration of Life" to honour their brother this Saturday, April 21 at the Terminal City Club located at 837 West Hastings St. in Vancouver. The event will run from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Pat, a starting end for the BC Lions' 1974 Grey Cup championship team and for the University of Washington Huskies who won two consecutive Rose Bowls and the 1960 US national championship, succumbed to Alzheimer's in Victoria on March 8, 2012. He was 73.

Greene captures Bus Phillips Memorial Trophy

Congratulations are in order for UBC QB Billy Greene, the winner of the 2011 Hec Crighton Trophy, for being named the co-winner of the Bus Phillips Memorial Trophy as UBC's outstanding male athlete of the year.

The graduate of Holy Cross High School is sharing this year's honour with CIS Male Swimmer of the Year and 2012 Canadian Olympian Tommy Gossland.

                 

Canadian Rule Book changes for 2012

Football Canada has announced several rule clarifications and corrections which are to be implemented immediately and will be printed in the next edition of the Rule Book due in May 2012.
A full list of all the clarifications and corrections can be found here.

Pitt Meadows Secondary Football Program seeking coaches

The Pitt Meadows Marauders Football program is looking for coaches. We are a public school football program in School District 32 (Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge) and we're expanding our coaching staff.

We are in need of dedicated, knowledgeable coaches interested in helping us build our program and who are keen in helping our athletes develop into both football players and outstanding young men.

We are still a relatively new program with a great base of players that have experience and many that are new to the game. We are committed to building a quality program with a tradition that everyone involved can be proud of. If you, or someone you know, are interested, please contact Kris Little by phone at 604-842-9167 or email at KrisLittle@shaw.ca.

Registration now open for all upcoming NCCP Clinics

Registration is now open for all upcoming NCCP clinics. To register for any upcoming clinic, please visit http://playfootball.bc.ca/nccp_registrations.

The list of upcoming courses is as follows:
  • Community Initiation, May 25 at Football BC Conference (deadline to register May 23. Register as part of Football BC Conference at http://playfootball.bc.ca/conference_registrations)

  • Intro to Competition, May 25-26 at Football BC Conference (deadline to register May 23. Register as part of Football BC Conference at http://playfootball.bc.ca/conference_registrations)

  • Community Initiation, June 8 at Kelowna Location TBD (deadline to register June 6. Alternatively, you can contact Ray Wheatley at ray.nita@shaw.ca to register)

  • Intro to Competition, June 8-9 at Kelowna Location TBD (deadline to register June 6. Alternatively, you can contact Ray Wheatley at ray.nita@shaw.ca to register)

  • Community Initiation, June 15 at Kamloops Location TBD (deadline to register June 13)

  • Intro to Competition, June 15-16 at Kamloops Location TBD (deadline to register June 13)

For complete details including information on course prerequisites for the Community Initiation course, click here.

Coaches are reminded that they must also complete Making Ethical Decisions - Online at www.coach.ca/elearning-s13846.

UBC 2012 Football Camps schedule

The UBC Thunderbirds have released their schedule of upcoming camps in the 2012 calendar year. Please visit www.ubcfootball.com for costs and information on all their camps.

The schedule is as follows:

May 4-6 (Vancouver, Vancouver College): Football University Camp hosted by Vancouver College - www.footballuniversity.org 

May 19-20 (Courtenay, Woodcote Park): Best in the West Football Camp

June 23 (Kamloops, Hillside Stadium): Best in the West Passing Camp 

June 24 (Kelowna, Location TBD): Best in the West Passing Camp
                 

Okanagan Pro-Am Football Camp

Participants can register now for the 6th annual Okanagan Pro-Am Football Camp (May 5 or May 6) in Kelowna, BC.

This is one of the top football camps in Canada where participants get to be coached by some of the best current former NFL and CFL players. Players will improve and develop their skills individually and by position.

For more information or to register, visit www.rickkellerfootball.com  or contact Rick Keller at 250-707-1700 (w) or 250-768-2504.
              

28th Annual Western Canadian All Star CLAN Football Camp

The 28th annual Western Canadian All Star CLAN Football Camp - the longest running full contact camp in Canada - gets underway on Friday, June 29 and runs through to Monday, July 2. The camp features:
  • Over 3 hours of on-field instruction, including position-focused drills and group instruction
  • Live scrimmage on the last day of camp
  • Complete the experience by choosing the Live In option - players stay in SFU Residents with chaperone supervision and all meals are included.

Registration opens Monday, March 5. Register before March 19 and save 10%.

  • Note that registration for camp and accommodations are separate
  • Early Bird Pricing: Camp $337.50, Accommodations $166.50
  • Regular Pricing: Camp $375, Accommodations $185

This live in camp offers players a unique opportunity to experience life as a student athlete, while progressing towards their football goals and becoming stronger, faster and overall better athletes. Spaces are limited. Full details can be found at http://athletics.sfu.ca/teams/football-men/camps.html

To register click here or call 778-782-4965.

Upcoming Jay Prepchuk camps

Check out the full list of upcoming Jay Prepchuk camps on our Events page. Recently announced camps include Quarterback camps in Victoria (Junior and Senior), Nanaimo and Vancouver.

Jay Prepchuk is currently the head coach of the Handsworth Royals and will be serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the provincial under-18 team (Team BC) for a second consecutive year this upcoming summer.

For more information on Jay Prepchuk's camps, please contact him at (604) 803-2473 or by email at jprepchuk@nvsd44.bc.ca

Football BC Events Calendar Update

Football BC's Event Calendar is your one-stop source for the best upcoming football skills camps and events. Visit http://www.playfootball.bc.ca/events today for the complete listing of camps and events in your area.

Here are some of the upcoming camps and events that are listed:
  • 2012 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • Okanagan Pro-Am Football Camp (May 5 and May 6)
  • UBC 2011-12 Camps (various dates)
  • 2012 Jay Prepchuk Camps (various dates)
  • 2012 Star Bowl
  • North Shore "Wildcats" 50th anniversary championship reunion (June 16)

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