Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
April 2014 | Issue #234  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Team BC update

Team BC is set to announce the names of players who will be invited to the upcoming May Long Weekend camp.

Once the names are released, they will be posted on Football BC's website.

For an update on the Team BC selection process from Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia, click here.


Sign up now for the American International High School Football Classic, Limited spots available, open to all Grade 10, 11 and 12 players

Football BC is proud to take part in this incredible summer football camp and experience. Open to players in Grades 10, 11 and 12.

The camp is first come, first served with limited space per position.

To see position spots still available, click here.

Cost: $3100 USD ($1000 non-refundable deposit required by April 25, 2014. Final payment must be made by May 30, 2014)

*Cost also includes transportation from Surrey, BC to SeaTac and back

Camp dates: July 13 to 20 (Seven nights, eight days)

Confirmed Instructors:

Former NFL and CFL players including: Lonnie Mitchell (WR - Minnesota Vikings), Akili Smith (QB - Green Bay Packers, Calgary Stampeders), Evan Arapostathis (K/P - St. Louis Rams) and Kale Ane (C - Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers).

...and more!

Registration is a two-step process:

1. Register with your desired position here.

2. Once your registration has been reviewed by a Football BC staff member, you will be contacted by email to make your $1,000 USD deposit. Your registration is only considered completed once you have made your deposit.

What the experience is:

This week-long football experience offers players with a chance to receive football instruction from top coaches in the NCAA and NFL, participate in a game against a team comprised of San Diego Division III and younger athletes, tour the San Diego Chargers facility and the San Diego State University facility, and enjoy the best that Southern California has to offer.

What the package includes:
  • Round trip air fare from Seattle to San Diego

  • All ground transportation in Southern California

  • Hotel Accommodations

  • Meals

  • Tour admissions to Disneyland (1 park), SeaWorld San Diego., San Diego Zoo and USS Midway

  • Monday through Thursday football camp and instruction at practice field

  • Game versus San Diego Division III and smaller athletes 
    on Friday

  • Fully escorted team sports tour

Another amazing Provincial Conference is in the books

Football BC's fifth annual Provincial Conference is now in the books. Over 100 coaches attended the two-day event which featured keynote speaker Anthony Calvillo, future Canadian Football League Hall-of-Famer and former Montreal Alouettes quarterback.

Football BC would like to thank all the coaches for attending this year's event and our outstanding speakers for inspiring and informative talks.

A special thank you also goes out to all of the sponsors of this year's event for helping us grow and improve football in the province:

  • Big Kahuna Sport Company

  • Skyline Athletics

  • Centaur Products

  • URstore

  • Investors Group

  • Coaching Canada

  • Athletic Alliance

  • Muscle MLK

  • Grandview Printing

Read an event recap from Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia here.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year at the 6th annual Football BC Provincial Conference.


Thank you BC Lions!

The 11th annual Orange Helmet Awards dinner took place this past Friday and featured an uplifting and inspiring keynote address by Anthony Calvillo.

Football BC would like to thank all those who attended the event in support of raising funds for amateur football in British Columbia, as well as to the staff of the BC Lions for putting together a wonderful evening for all.

We are already looking forward to the 12th annual Orange Helmet Awards next year!


The "BC Tough" Football Camp

The "BC Tough" Football camp brings players together with the top provincial coaches as well as players from the BC Lions and CFL.

The camp is for 10 to 18 year olds and costs $95 (t-shirt and lunch included).

The camp takes place on Saturday, May 24 from 9 am to 6 pm. The full camp schedule can be found here.

To register, go to

Upcoming SFU Athletics/Football events

SFU Pro Day (April 5) showcasing college football talent for pro scouts. SFU is inviting the best collegiate football players available to attend their Pro Day. SFU's goal is to make this a high quality event that pro scouts will most certainly attend in the search for the best talent in Canada and on the West Coast. For more information, click here.

5th annual SFU Athletics Gathering of the Clan Fundraising Breakfast (May 30) hosted by Brian Williams with keynote speaker Richard Sherman of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. All proceeds from this event go to support SFU student athlete scholarships. For more details, click here


2014 Starbowl games

The Vancouver Mainland Football League (VMFL) and Valley Community Football League's (VCFL) annual showcase of the best of BC gridiron talent, at the bantam and midget levels, will be on display this Saturday in Langley.

Being introduced for the first time this year is a 9-man Bantam Starbowl game that will feature hard-hitting action from the best players in this very competitive division.

This will be followed by a 12-man bantam game that will feature two integrated VMFL and VCFL teams for the first time, reflecting the integrated regular season played between the leagues at this level.

The now-traditional tilt between integrated VMFL and VCFL midget teams will bring the day of football to a close.
To view all the team rosters click here.

Admission is by donation and games are scheduled as follows:

Noon - 9-man Bantam
2:30 p.m. - 12-man Bantam
5:00 p.m. - Midget

If you can't make it to McLeod Athletic Park in person, you can view the action live online here.


Cloverdale Football 22nd annual football clinic

Westshore Rebels Spring Camp (April 25-27)

The Westshore Rebels will be holding their open Spring Camp April 25-27 at Belmont Sr. Secondary School (3067 Jacklin Road in Langford) for returning players, 18 year old High school players and graduating midget league players. 

Along with daily workouts, various speakers will be at the camp to talk with the players and get them ready for the 2014 season.

Players interested in attending the camp are asked to register by visiting and click the 'Spring Camp Registration' tab at the top.


UBC Football Vancouver Island Skills Camp - Pass + Run

This skills camp takes place at John Barsby High School in Nanaimo on May 3 and will focus on developing the fundamentals at each area.

The camp will consist of 3 practices (2 on-field & 1 classroom) over a 6 hour period.

For full information, click here.


North Surrey Minor Football Registration dates

Other key dates:

Registration Dates

Saturday, April 12: 9 am to 3 pm @ Bear Creek Park
Sunday, June 1: 9 am to 2 pm @ Bear Creek Park

Free Football Skills Camp (ages 6 - 15) @ Bear Creek Park
Sunday, June 1: 10 am to 1 pm

Free Cheer Spirit Camp (ages 5 - 18) @ Bear Creek Park
Sunday, June 1: 11 am to 1 pm

Coquitlam Minor Football Association registration dates

The Coquitlam Minor Football Association fall football registration dates will take place at Makin Park in Coquitlam on the following dates:
  • April 12 & 13: 10 am to 12 pm
  • May 17 & 18: 10 am to 12 pm
  • June 14 & 15: 10 am to 12 pm

You can also register online at

2014 Victoria All-Star Football Camp

The 2014 Victoria All-Star Camp will take place June 28-29 at Mt. Douglas Secondary School.

This Full Contact Football Camp will focus on Skill Development, Positional Play, Character and Team Building and is for all Positions.

The Staff will feature High Quality Coaching including former Professional and University players…Coach Tim Kearse, Coach Bob Molle, Coach Mark Townsend and a host of others.

This camp is for players aged 9 to 13 years old (born in 2001 to 2005) and costs $100 per player (includes practice jersey, lunch and report card). Register before April 30 and 
pay only $85.

For full details and for the registration form, click here.


UBC Pre-Season Football Skills Camp

This skills camp takes place on Sunday, August 10 at UBC Thunderbird Stadium from 10 am to 4 pm.
This camp will focus on developing the fundamentals at each position. The camp is divided into two separate focus areas; a) Run (OL/DL/RB/LB) & b) Pass (WR/DB/QB). During the online registration process players will have the choice to be in the Run focused camp or the Pass focused camp.

The camp will consist of 3 practices (2 on-field & 1 classroom) over a 6 hour period. On field skills will be taught and full equipment is required for these practices. The classroom session will include a breakdown of the film that is taken in the morning sessions and will be highly personalized in terms of feedback.

Lunch and Camp Jerseys will be provided for each player.

The cost is $99 per player (team rate available for 10+ players). The camp is split into two age groups: Junior (ages 12 - 14) and Senior (15 - 17).

Register online at


Support Team BC with our Football BC - Schnitzer Scrap Metal Drive Fundraiser

Football BC is asking the football community to join us in a fundraiser that will allow our entire football community to help raise money for all six of our Team BC programs as well as enable us to deliver more of our "Play Football" programs in elementary schools.

Supporting our program is easy. Simply deliver any scrap metal you may have to one of the following locations and be sure to mention that you are contributing to the "Football BC Scrap Drive."

Schnitzer Victoria
307 David St.
Victoria, BC - V8T 5C1

Schnitzer Duncan
3015 Boys Rd.
Duncan, BC - V9L 6W4

Schnitzer Cassidy
13271 Trans Canada Hwy.
Cassidy, BC - V9G 1L8

Schnitzer Campbell River
5551 Duncan Bay Rd.
Campbell River, BC - V9H 1N6

Schnitzer Surrey
12195 Musqueam Dr.
Surrey, BC - V3V 3T2

If you would like to volunteer with setting up, monitoring and collecting scrap metal during our Combine Series, please contact Dino Geremia at

Jay Prepchuk Football Camps

Jay Prepchuk's football camps are starting up again in January 2014.

Please see his website at for full details.

Game Ready

A complete athletic development program for athletes from ages 6-18 years old.

Game Ready has programs in several locations across the province making it easier for all players to prepare themselves for Combines and camps next season.

Game Ready offers year-round strength and conditioning, as well as weekly football specific skills camps led by pros that live in our communities!

Programs and Camps start in January 2014.

Champions are BUILT not born! Be prepared, be Game Ready!

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

MVP/Hyack Football Team Camp

The MVP/Hyack Football Team camp takes place from June 26-28 at Mercer Stadium in New Westminster.

For more information, log on to

The 2014 Russell Wilson Passing Academy

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is bringing the Russell Wilson Passing Academy to Ambleside Park in West Vancouver on Saturday, July 5.

All positions and skills set are welcome, and no prior football experience is required. The camp is for ages 9 to 17 and runs from 9 am to 4 pm.

Camp activities include positional training, team-based drills, film room study, and fundamental training from some of the biggest stars in the NFL.

The cost for the one-day camp is $175. For more information, click here.

Grandview Printing discount for Football BC members

Are you looking for a company to design posters, programs or do all sorts of printing?

Grandview Printing offers a 10% discount to all Football BC members

Visit their website at to learn more about their services.


Football BC and Sandman Hotel partners up to offer great rates for members

Football BC and Sandman Hotels have partnered up to offer all Football BC members access to discounted rates with Sandman and Sandman Signature hotels across British Columbia.

To access these special rates, follow these directions:

1. Go to 

2. Select your preferred property in BC

3. Under "Access Code" and "Corporate Code" type in "footballbc"

4. Select your preferred dates and enjoy the discounted rates!

The Sandman and Sandman Signature are Canadian owned and operated.


Football BC elementary school skills program

Football BC's elementary school skills program is open to all school aged children and is conducted during regular school hours usually as part of P.E. class.

This program allows kids to learn basic football skills from Football BC coaches as well as volunteer players from local high schools.

Click here to see the promo video for the program.

For more information or to schedule a session for your school, please contact Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia at 604-816-5157 or


BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations for the Class of 2014

Nominations are welcomed for the 2014 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.


Subscribe to Sportsnet Magazine and support Football BC

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For just $30 plus tax, you will receive 26 issues of Sportsnet magazine - Canada's only national magazine for Canadian sports fans - with $10 of that going directly to Football BC in support of our developmental programs.

You will also receive FREE access to Sportsnet's Tablet and Digital subscription as part of your purchase.

To subscribe now, please click here.

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:
  • Game Ready (various dates)
  • Jay Prepchuk Football Camps (various dates)
  • 2014 Star Bowl games (April 12)
  • UBC Football Vancouver Island Skills Camp (May 3)
  • The "BC Tough" Football Camp (May 24)
  • SFU Athletics Gathering of the Clan Fundraising Breakfast (May 30)
  • MVP/Hyack Football Team Camp (Jun. 26-28)
  • 2014 Victoria All-Star Football Camp (June 28-29)
  • The 2014 Russell Wilson Passing Academy (July 5)
  • UBC Pre-Season Football Skills Camp (August 10)

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