Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
April 2015 | Issue #287  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Thank you BC Lions!

Thank you BC Lions for hosting another fantastic Orange Helmet Awards. Congratulations to all of this year's winners once again, and also a special thank you to Jeff Garcia for his inspiring talk.


Veteran NFL Player Agent Zeke Sandhu and new UBC head coach Blake Nill highlight list of speakers at Football BC Provincial Conference this weekend!

Football BC will be holding its 6th annual Provincial Conference on April 17-18 at Holy Cross Regional High School in Surrey and will be featuring prominent NFL Player Agent Zeke Sandhu and new UBC head coach Blake Nill as the highlight speakers.

Click here for the full schedule. 

A Safe Contact clinic will be offered free on April 19 as well ($75 value). Coaches who wish to attend the Safe Contact clinic must attend the both days of the Conference.

Registration is $95 for each individual coach, or $380 for a group (up to five coaches).

Click here to register.

Vancouver-raised Zeke Sandhu is perhaps one of the biggest names in the National Football League off the field. He has been has been representing professional athletes since 1999 and his company, Elite Athlete Management, represents some of the biggest names today in the game including the likes of NFL Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants), Super Bowl Champion LeGarrette Blount (New England Patriots), Super Bowl Champion Ricardo Lockette (Seattle Seahawks), Super Bowl Champion Alvin Bailey (Seattle Seahawks), and Jarius Wright (Minnesota Vikings) to name a few.

Blake Nill is one of the most successful coaches in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football compiling a career record (regular season and playoffs) of 130-47 over his 17 seasons as a CIS head coach. As a head coach, his teams have made seven Vanier Cup appearances (1999, 2001-03 with Saint Mary’s; 2009-10, 2013 with Calgary) winning twice (2001 & 2002). He guided the Huskies to a record six-straight Atlantic University Sport Championships (1999-2004) and the Dinos to a record six-straight Hardy Cup Championships (2008-13).

The Football BC Provincial Conference is event welcomes coaches, players and administrators and features speakers from all across the football world at every level including CIS, NCAA, CFL, NFL, Junior, High School and Community.

Coaches can also receive their NCCP Introduction to Competition training at this clinic.

Confirmed presenters include:

- JC Boice 
  (Westshore Rebels / Glazier Clinic speaker)

- Jaime Hill 
  (SFU Clan defensive coordinator
   formerly of Portland State & BYU)

- Rob Williams (Sport Core Performance)

- Paul Orazietti (UBC Thunderbirds)

- Pete McCall (Rutland Voodoos/Team BC)

- Kevin Phillips (Athletic Therapist)

- Chuck McMann (BC Lions)

- Johnny Holland (BC Lions)

- Safe Contact clinic with Angus Reid, Jerome Erdman 
  and Alexis Sanschagrin

For more details and bios of all the confirmed presenters, visit our Football BC Conference page.



If you want to be a sponsor at this year's event, click here.


Team BC announces U16 & U18 May Camp invitation list

Team BC has announced the list of players to be invited to the 5th annual May Long Weekend camp taking place in Richmond, BC.

The camp runs from May 16 to May 18 with on-field sessions taking place at Minoru Park and on-field sessions, including an opportunity for the players to meet and interact with representatives from at least seven CIS Universities, taking place at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

Click here for the full U16 invite list.

Click here for the full U18 invite list.

Invited players can register and confirm their spot at the camp here.

Register early to save!

Pay on or before Monday, May 4: $395

Pay after May 4: $425

Final deadline is Monday, May 11.


BC Tough Football Development Camps continues this Saturday

The 2015 BC Tough Football Development Camps, presented by Football BC, the BC Lions and Game Ready, are a series of non-padded camps that will serve as preparation for each player's respective spring camps as well as prepare those players invited to a Team BC camp.

*This week's session will feature a special visit by NFL Player Agent Zeke Sandhu. Also joining the coaching staff for this week is former UBC Thunderbirds head coach Shawn Olson.*

Pros (from the BC Lions, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos) and provincial coaches will come together to create a high level of coaching for each player.

Each practice will work on football speed & agility, position specific technique & fundamentals, safe contact drills, 1 on 1's, and skelly. Each practice will then be followed by a one-hour off-field football session discussing topics such as nutrition, recruiting, video and goal setting.

No pads. Special guests each week plus prizes and recognition for players of the week.

Confirmed coaches include:

Shawn Olson 
(former UBC head coach and offensive specialist)

Emmanuel Arceneaux 
(BC Lions)

Cody Husband 
(BC Lions)

Josh Johnson 
(BC Lions)

Casey Chin 
(BC Lions)

Marc Beswick 
(Hamilton Tiger-Cats/Game Ready)

Justin Sorensen 
(Edmonton Eskimos/Game Ready)

Ryan Lucas 
(Winnipeg Blue Bombers/Game Ready)

Tim Cronk 
(Winnipeg Blue Bombers/Game Ready)

Register now
Space is limited!

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Upcoming Dates: April 18 & 25; May 2 & 9 (all Saturdays)

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Location: Tom Binnie Field 
(beside the BC Lions Training Facility)

Cost: $60 per session

*discounted rate for players who attended a 2015 Football BC Combine session - $50 for single session*

Ages: Open to players 10 to 18

Upcoming Topics:

April 18 - Nutritional advantage, Muscle MLK

April 25 - Maximize recruiting opportunities

May 2 - The advantage of video

May 9 - The player's future in football

Safe Contact Clinic - Free workout for players (April 19)

Football BC is hosting a Safe Contact Clinic at Holy Cross Regional High School and we are inviting players to attend a free, non-padded workout session on that day as part of the clinic.

Players will have the opportunity to work with Football BC provincial coaches as well as with coaches-in-training.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Register here.


Funeral details for Dan Doyle

A funeral for Dan Doyle will be held on Saturday, April 25 at 2 pm at Como Lake Middle SChool (1121 King Albert Ave.) in Coquitlam.

Dan Doyle, who passed away in February, played a significant role in the growth of high school sports in British Columbia, specifically football. He helped established the BC High School Athletic Association, as well as the high school program at then-Como Lake in the 1950's before establishing the program at Centennial in the 1960's.

He had been actively involved with the BC High School Football up to the time of his passing serving most recently as a Board Advisor.

Dan was inducted into the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, and was honoured with a pioneer award at the 2009 Orange Helmet Awards.


Provincial programs calendar of events

As we head into the summer months, the provincial programs will be starting up in full force.

See the upcoming events here and make sure you save the dates!


Westshore Rebels Spring Camp

he Westshore Rebels Spring Camp takes place May 1 -3 at Westhills Stadium in Victoria, BC.

Everyone is invited out to Westhills Stadium (located at 1089 Langford Pkwy, Victoria (Langford), BC), to watch the players of your team take shape, but interested players MUST register before April 15.

Players and coaches will be available for interaction at the end of field sessions. All players including returning veterans attending Spring Camp must Register and attend this camp. Lunch and a special Highlight Night dinner will be provided. Interested players are invited to visit for more information and to register for the camp.

For more information, click here.


GW Graham Youth Football Camp


Touchdown BC!

Touchdown BC is now in off-season which means monthly shows.

With Ryan Sullivan, Jim Mullin, Andrew Wadden and Alex Carrigan.

Catch up on past episodes here!


Football Canada makes Safe Contact mandatory

Football Canada officially announced last week that all amateur football coaches across the country are required to get "Safe Contact trained."

Included in this announcement is the requirement for all head coaches to take the e-learning module "Making Head Way in Football" available for free from

Football BC has made Safe Contact mandatory since April 2014, while all Football BC in BC are required to have "Making Head Way in Football" completed as part of its concussion policy. The "Making Head Way in Football" component has been part of Football BC's concussion policy for the past two seasons.

To satisfy the Safe Contact trained requirement, coaches must:

1. Take the online "Making Head Way in Football" e-learning course

2. Register and attend a Safe Contact clinic

Football BC will be offering the Safe Contact clinic free-of-charge on April 19 for all those coaches that attend the Football BC Provincial Conference on April 17-18.

To register for the Football BC Provincial Conference, click here.


Petition: Engage in discussions to start the #Northern8 football series

The Northern 8 football series is an effort to evolve Canadian College football into a truly national competition, while creating a game of the week on national television. It is an effort to grow amateur football in all parts of Canada.

You can be part of making the long overdue idea of a national conference come true via your endorsement as a fan, player, coach, parent or administrator.

Click here to sign the petition.

To learn more about the proposed Northern 8 football series, see this special edition of Krown Countdown U here.


The Bob Ackles Collection at the BC Sports Hall of Fame

The BC Football Hall of Fame has loaned a number of Bob Ackles' personal items to display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Visit them now to see these rare items up close and personal.

To see what items are there now, click here.


2014/15 UBC Camps

UBC Football has announced the following upcoming camps. Please click on each for more details.

UBC Pre-Season Football Fundamentals Camp
August 8, 2015


Jay Prepchuk QB-Receiver camps

Jay Prepchuk quarterback-receiver are on in full swing!

Contact Jay at or visit for more information.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Support amateur football in British Columbia and showcase your products and services to a wide-ranging market.

Football BC can tailor a sponsorship package to suit your company's needs.

Sponsorship opportunities include an opportunity to advertise in Football BC's publications such as the Football BC Playbook, Senior Bowl program and Conference program as well as opportunities to attend events such as the Football BC Combine Series and the Team BC May Long Weekend camp.

Get more information here.


Gear up with Team BC!

Are you headed to Winnipeg to support Team BC at the Red River Cup tournament, or just want to show off your Team BC pride year round?

Pick up some Team BC gear from our official online store here


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

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 2015

Nominations are welcomed for the 2015 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.


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:
  • BC TOUGH Development Camp 
    (Saturdays - April/May)
  • 2015 Football BC Provincial Conference 
    (April 17-18, 2015)
  • Safe Contact Clinic 
    (April 19, 2015)
  • UBC Pre-Season Football Fundamentals Camp 
    (August 8, 2015)
  • Game Ready (various dates)

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