Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
April 2012 | Issue #134  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Team BC to compete at All-American Bowl Week in San Antonio in January 2013

Football BC has partnered with Football University (FBU) to offer its provincial under-18 team, better known as Team BC, the opportunity to compete in a tournament facing fellow under-18 All-Star teams from the U.S. and internationally as part of the All-American Bowl Week to be held in early January 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.

For this year's squad, the tournament in Texas will take the place of the Football Canada Cup which Team BC had previously competed in for the past two years.

Team BC will continue its normal practice of inviting approximately 120 players to a mini-camp to be held over the May long weekend at Simon Fraser University. A further cut-down will be made at some point following the mini-camp.

Team BC players who have been invited to the May long weekend mini-camp at SFU (click here for the list of players) can now confirm their spot at the camp by registering online at

The camp will open on the afternoon of Saturday, May 19 and run through until Monday, May 21. The cost to attend the camp is $100 (without accommodation) or $225 (with two-day accommodation at SFU). All players will have lunch provided for two days (Sunday and Monday).

Players who choose the accommodation option will also be provided with Saturday night dinner, Sunday morning breakfast, Sunday night dinner and Monday morning breakfast.

To register, please go to

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 or Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia at

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

Game Ready Fitness

Game Ready offers year-round support for football training and skill development. They are local football stars from the NFL and CFL using their training expertise to give back to our football community.

Game Ready will also provide assistance to Football BC with combines, Senior Bowl, Team BC, the annual Football BC Provincial Conference and the Play Football BC campaign which introduces the game to young, school-aged children for the first time in many cases.

For more information on Game Ready Fitness, visit their website at

Check out the location closest to you.

  • North Vancouver

  • Vancouver/Burnaby

  • Port Coquitlam

  • Langley

  • Surrey

  • White Rock

  • Abbotsford

  • Chilliwack

Junior Varsity Program ($99 + tax per month) - for ages 10-14

This is an introductory level to fitness and explosive athletic movement. Program is geared to build speed, conditioning, muscle endurance, strength and to help develop position skills. Total of 2 hours per week.

Varsity Program ($249 + tax per month) - for ages 15 and up

This is an advanced level of explosive movement, strength and power. The program is geared to make our athletes pound-for-pound the strongest, most explosive and fastest possible. The training program also includes one day of plyometrics. Starting in March, the training program will include speed training on field: conditioning, agility, footwork, position work, 1 on 1's, and skelly. Total of 6 hours per week.

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

ThinkFirst Canada Lectureship 2012 - this Saturday, April 28 in Toronto

ThinkFirst Canada, partners with Football BC in concussion awareness, will be hosting their Dr. Charles Tator - ThinkFirst Canada Lectureshop 2012 this Saturday, April 28 at the Toronto Western Hospital from 10 am to 2 pm local time.

Football BC supporters who are in Toronto are encouraged to attend this free event which will feature a keynote address from former BC Lions QB and CFL Hall-of-Famer Matt Dunigan who will be speaking on Head Injury Prevention and Concussion in Team Sports.

For more information on the event, click here.

Space is limited. To reserve your seat and RSVP, email

ThinkFirst Canada is celebrating 20 years of bringing injury prevention programs to Canadian children and youth with a focus on empowering kids in protecting their brains and spinal cords. ThinkFirst Canada promotes safe play and safe sport, while enhancing public awareness about the impacts of injury.

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 42 (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

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

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

  • Intro to Competition, May 25-26 at Football BC Conference (deadline to register May 23. Register as part of Football BC Conference at

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

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

UBC 2012 Football Camps schedule

The UBC Thunderbirds have released their schedule of upcoming camps in the 2012 calendar year. Please visit 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 - 

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

June 23 (Kamloops, Valleyview High School): Best in the West Passing Camp 

June 24 (Kelowna, Kelowna Secondary School): Best in the West Passing Camp

For specific details on the Kamloops and Kelowna Camps, respectively, please visit our Events Calendar.

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  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

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 in 2012..

For more information on Jay Prepchuk's camps, please contact him at (604) 803-2473 or by email at

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 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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