Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
April 2013 | Issue #182  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Football BC to announce U-16 Team BC and U-18 Team BC tryout camp invites

Football BC is set to announce the list of players it will invite to its Victoria Day Long Weekend (May 18-20) tryout camp for both the U-16 Team BC and U-18 Team BC programs, respectively.

These list will be posted on Football BC's website at before the end of the week. Stay tuned to the website for more information.

The tryout camp will be held at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC.

The tryout camp will serve as part of the process to select an under-16 provincial tackle team (U-16 Team BC) to compete at the Red River Cup in Winnipeg, Manitoba from July 6-14 as well as select an under-18 provincial tackle team (U-18 Team BC) to compete at the FBU International Games in San Antonio, Texas in January 2014.


2013 Football BC Provincial Conference is fast approaching (April 20-21). Register your coaches now!

Registration is now open for the 2013 Football BC Provincial Conference to be held at Notre Dame Regional Secondary School in Vancouver.

The Conference will run on Saturday, April 20 (9 am to 5 pm) and Sunday, April 21 (9 am to 3 pm).

Confirmed speakers include Dan Dorazio and Mark Washington from the BC Lions, long-time high school and University coach Joe McCulley from FBU, and Alexis Sanschagrin from the Belmont Bulldogs of BC High School Football.

Visit our dedicated 2013 Football BC Conference webpage here to find out more about confirmed speakers.

The cost for an individual registrant is $90. For a staff of up to five coaches, the cost is $360.

To register an individual, click here. To register a staff, please email with the name and contact info (email addresses, phone number) of all coaches.

Coaches will also be able to complete their NCCP training as well at the Conference. NCCP Community Initiation is available at no additional charge. NCCP Introduction to Competition is available for an additional $70 per coach.

For more information on the Conference, please contact Dino Geremia at  or 604-816-5157.



Hotel offer for out-of-town coaches coming to the Football BC Conference/Orange Helmet Awards

Football BC has arranged for discounted rates at the Sandman Suites Vancouver - Davie Street location for the Orange Helmet Weekend (April 19-21).

Prices are as follows per night (taxes not included):

Queen No View - $98

Queen City View - $107

Queen Ocean View - $125

King Ocean View - $134

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel direct at 604-681-7263, or by calling their Central reservations at 1-800-SANDMAN.

To take advantage of the rates, please quote Group confirmation name "Football BC - Group Confirmation #2287217."

Annual Star Bowl game takes place on April 20 in Abbotsford

The annual VMFL/VCFL Star Bowl All-Star game will be taking place on April 20 at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford.

Don't miss your chance to check out the best of the best in Junior Bantam, Bantam and Midget in Community football show off their skills.

Tickets are just $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Children 12-and-under are free. One ticket gets you into all three games.

The schedule of events is as follows.

1:45 pm - Gates open to the public

2 pm - Bantam game (VCFL vs VCFL)

4:30 pm - Bantam game (VCFL/Vernon vs VMFL)

7 pm - Midget (integrated VMFL/VCFL teams)

For more information, please visit


Senior Bowl DVDs available for order

Players and parents interested in ordering a copy of the 2013 Senior Bowl game on DVD can now do so for $30 each. Shipping is free.

To order your copy, click here.

For a recap on this year's 2013 Senior Bowl, click here.

Football BC's gallery of photos from all throughout Senior Bowl week can be found at our Facebook page.

2013 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner featuring Ronnie Lott as the keynote speaker

Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner.

Lott, a defensive back, played 15 seasons in the NFL from 1981 to 1994 for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders and New York Jets. A 10-time Pro Bowl selection and a four-time Super Bowl champion with the 49ers (1981, 1984, 1988, 1989), he was also a member of the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

His jersey #42 is also retired by the 49ers.

The 2013 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner, recognizing the 2012 Provincial Champions of amateur football in British Columbia, will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 at The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.

Tickets and tables are available now from the BC Lions Football Club. Download the order forms from our website.

The Amateur Football rate is $200 per ticket or $2,000 for a table of 10. The Corporate rate is $250 per ticket or $2,500 for a table of 10. Taxes not included.


Free Tackling Clinic for Coaches and Players run by NFL Coach Thurmond Moore, April 13 at UBC

UBC Thunderbird Stadium will be hosting a free tackling clinic for coaches and players on Saturday, April 13.

Thurmond Moore, personal D-line coach of some of the NFL's greatest DL stars (Joey Porter / Dwight Freeney) will be instructing the course.

The cost of this event has been sponsored by FBU and UBC. The schedule for the clinic is below:

10:30 am - 
Coaches registration, Heritage Room at UBC Thunderbird Stadium

11 am to 1 pm
Coaches Clinic, Heritage Room

12:15 pm
Players registration

1 pm to 3 pm
Players camp

Please confirm coaches and players attendance by emailing Advanced notice is appreciated for handout and equipment purposes, but walk-up participants are still welcome.

Cloverdale Community Football seeking coaches for Midget team

The Cloverdale Community Football Association is looking for a head coach and positional coaches for the Midget Bengals.

For more information, please call Derek Faggiani (Coaching Coordinator) at 604-613-2577 or Yeera Sami (President) at 604-592-0466 or email

Comox Valley Raiders Camp - May 11-12

The Comox Valley Raiders Camp will be taking place at Lewis Park in Courtenay on May 11 and 12.

The cost for the camp is $100. Payment can be made either through the Lewis Centre (250-338-5371) in Courtenay or via cheque at check-in.

The camp is full-gear and players are asked to bring their own equipment.

Game Ready Fitness will serve as the coaching group for the 2013 Spring Camp.

For more information please contact Chris at 250-338-3815 or

2013 VMFL/VCFL Spring key dates

Referee's Orientations
April 13/14 - TBD once Starbowl practice schedule finalized
Monday, April 15th 6 pm - SFU men's football locker room
Sunday, April 21 at Vancouver College - time TBA

Spring Flag Football Jamboree schedule
Sat., April 27th - Coquitlam - Towncentre / Perry Percy Stadium
Sun., May 5th - N Delta - John Oliver Park
Sat., May 11th - Royal City - Mercer Stadium
Sat., May 25th - Burnaby - Burnaby Lakes
Sat., June 1st - Chilliwack - Townsend Stadium
Sun., June 2nd - BCCFA U19 Provincials - Rmd
Sat/Sun., June 8/9th - BCCFA U10/12/14/16 Provincial Championship - Kelowna - Capital News Centre

Sentinel Secondary School seeking volunteer coaches

Sentinel Secondary school is seeking volunteers to fill a number of coaching positions.

They are seeking for coaches for the offensive line, running backs, defensive line and linebackers at both the Varsity and Junior Varsity level.

For more information, click here.

BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations for the Class of 2013

Nominations are welcomed for the 2013 Inductions to the BC Football Hall of Fame.

Categories include: Athlete (both amateur and professional), Builder, Pioneer, Media and Teams (both amateur and professional).

The Hall is looking for worthy candidates from across the province of British Columbia, especially in the amateur categories.

Please visit their website at and click on "Nominations" for more details and the opportunity to put forward the names of your nominees.

Your assistance will enable the BC Football Hall of Fame to continue to celebrate those who have contributed greatly to the sport of football in our province.


Game Ready Fitness 2013

For more information, visit

Program descriptions:

Junior Varsity Program (8-13 years)

Starts April 2. Begins in Vancouver with Dino Geremia. (Note: This program is ongoing and will continue every month).

The program for this age group is aimed at improving physical strength while preparing muscles, joints and tendons for the demands of sports. Emphasis is placed on proper running and movement techniques, change of direction, agility and muscular endurance all aimed at injury prevention. Weightlifting is not emphasized, but rather body weight resistance. All sports welcome.

Tuesday & Thursdays. 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm. $99. Core Cardio Studio (3433 East Hastings St., Vancouver)

Varsity Program (14-18 years)

Starts April 2. Ongoing outdoor speed and agility.

Tuesday & Thursdays. 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm.

Plus Strength Training. Tuesday/Thursdays (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm) and Saturdays (11:15 am to 12:15 pm).

$249 per month.

For more information, please contact Dino Geremia at or 604-816-5157.

FBU Camp returns to Vancouver on May 3-5; Register online now using code "CAN3"

Football University's football camp is returning to Vancouver from May 3-5 and will be held at Vancouver College. Registration and detailed information is now available at

The cost of the camp is $399. Players receive 16 hours of training. Be sure to use code "CAN3" when you register.

For more information, email


Damon Allen High School Quarterback Challenge 2013

The Damon Allen High School Quarterback Challenge is coming to the Richmond Oval on Friday, May 10.

The event is open to all high school-aged quarterbacks and participants have an opportunity to win a scholarship.

To register, visit

UBC T-Birds Football Pass & Run Fundamentals Camps 2013

The UBC Thunderbirds have released their camp schedule for 2013.

Camps will be held in a number of locations including Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Kelowna.  (Please note that the Vancouver camp previously scheduled for January 13 has now been pushed back to January 27).

All camps are for players aged 12-17 and include lunch, jersey and individual assessment.

To see a full list of all the camps, please visit Football BC's Events Calendar page.

For more information and to register for an upcoming UBC Football camp, please visit

Lawyer Milloy & Golden Tate Football Camp

The Lawyer Milloy and Golden Tate Football Camp will be taking place from July 14-17, 2013 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. 

Campers learn from outstanding veteran college and high school coaches and the staff is complimented with Lawyer Milloy and Golden Tate and current and/or former members of the Seattle Seahawks. 

Campers are grouped by age, position, ability and experience to allow coaches to progressively teach basic and advanced techniques to best benefit each group. Campers are taught at an approximately 10:1 ratio. 

Campers receive 6 hours of instruction each day. 

For more information, click here.

Sign up by December 15 and receive a $50 discount off of the Lawyer Milloy / Golden Tate Football camp. Use promo code [Team2013] to receive this discount. Visit their website to register or call 301-575-9400. 

Jay Prepchuk Position Camps

Jay Prepchuk's position camps are back for 2013

The dates for the QB/Receiver Camp (with Jay Prepchuk and Geroy Simon) are as follows:

Session 3: April 30 & May 2 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver
Session 4: May 6 & 8 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver

The dates for the O-Line/D-Line Camp (with Angus Reid and Brent Johnson) are as follows:

Session 1: APR 30 & MAY 2 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver
Session 2: MAY 6 & 8 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver

See the brochures and registration forms for the camps here.

For more information, please visit Jay's website at

Jay Prepchuk Out-of-Town QB-REC camps

The following is a list of upcoming Jay Prepchuk camps taking place outside of the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley.

QB-Receiver camp featuring Geroy Simon on Saturday, April 20 at City Centre Park in Victoria.

QB-only camp on Saturday, April 13 at John Barsby Secondary School in Nanaimo.

QB-Receiver camp featuring Geroy Simon on Saturday, May 11 at Kelowna Secondary School.

To download the registration forms for these camps, please click here.

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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:
  • 2013 UBC T-Birds Football Pass & Run Fundamentals Camps (various dates)
  • 2013 Jay Prepchuk Position Camps (various dates)
  • 2013 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner (April 19)
  • 2013 VMFL/VCFL Star Bowl (April 20)
  • 2013 FBU Vancouver Camp (May 3-5)
  • Lawyer Milloy & Golden Tate Football Camp (July 14-17, 2013)

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