Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
August 2012 | Issue #151  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Reminder: All coaches must complete free mandatory online concussion training

With the 2012 season fast approaching, Football BC would like to remind all its members of the updates to its concussion policy which now requires all coaches to complete a mandatory online course found at

The course is free to take for all Football BC member coaches.

Completion of the course will satisfy the yearly education program component of the Football BC concussion policy which was put into effect back in June 2010.

Each coach will receive a unique PIN number and password from their club team. PIN numbers and passwords should be requested from Football BC from the club's president or primary contact (such as a head coach) who can then forward the codes to the rest of their organization.

To request a code, visit, click "Request" and fill out the appropriate information in the form.

For more on Football BC's concussion policy, please click here.

Final session of "Football 101 for Trainers" is scheduled for this Sunday, August 26 at Notre Dame Regional Secondary in Vancouver

The final offering of Football BC's "Football 101 for Trainers" course will take place this Sunday, August 26 at Notre Dame Regional Secondary School in Vancouver.

Notre Dame Regional Secondary is located at 2880 Venables Street in Vancouver, BC. Please enter through the front door.

The course will run from 9 am to 3 pm and will be conducted by Kevin Phillips. Kevin is a certified athletic therapist and a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers Association in the United States. A native of Burlington, Ontario, Kevin is currently the Athletic Therapist for the Vancouver Whitecaps. He has previously worked with the Toronto Blue Jays and BC Lions.

Those who have signed up for the course will receive an email containing these same course details. (Note: Late registrants may not receive a confirmation email but as long as you have successfully completed the payment form then your spot in the class is confirmed).

You can still register for Sunday's course here. There is a $10 charge for the course.

The program will cover the following topic areas:

1. Preseason Administration - medical forms, registration and concussion baseline testing

2. Kit Basics- taping and emergency medical supplies

3. On-field Protocols - coordinating medical personnel, roles and responsibilities

4. Common Football Injuries

5. Concussion Protocols - diagnosis and return-to-play

6. Conclusion - discussion period

West Vancouver Secondary School seeks head coach for junior program

The West Vancouver Secondary School Football program (School District 45) is seeking a head coach for their junior varsity team. Interested individuals should submit their football resume to Head Football Coach Shawn Anderson by email at

Looking ahead to the BCFC Week 4

The Okanagan Sun's record may stand at 1-2 after three weeks of play but you can be sure they probably feel like their record should be better than it is.

A missed seven-yard field goal in the dying moments of their game last week against the VI Raiders (2-0-1) proved costly as the Sun fell by a score of 30-29 at Caledonia Park.

Things won't get any easier for them as they prepare for their third straight road game this Saturday, August 25 against yet another undefeated team in the Langley Rams (2-0-1). Kickoff is 7 pm at McLeod Stadium.

The VI Raiders, after narrowly escaping with a home victory in Week 3 over the Sun, are back on the road this Saturday when they head into Interior to do battle with the Kamloops Broncos (1-2). Kamloops is coming off a 34-21 road loss to the Westshore Rebels last week. Kickoff is 7 pm at Hillside Stadium.

The Rebels (2-1), meanwhile, will be aiming for their third straight win this Sunday, August 26 when they host the winless Chilliwack Huskers (0-3) at Bear Mountain Stadium. Kickoff is 2 pm.

For more information, please visit


Pre-season underway in the VMFL

Pre-season action is already in full swing in the VMFL as the countdown towards the 2012 Opening Day (Labour Day Weekend) draws nearer.

This weekend features tournaments being hosted in North Surrey and North Delta.

For full details visit

UBC T-Birds open pre-season this Saturday hosting Menlo College

The UBC Thunderbirds will play their lone pre-season game this Saturday, August 25 at Thunderbird Stadium when they host Menlo College (California).

The T-Birds will play their regular season home opener one week later on Saturday, September 1 when they host the University of Manitoba Bisons.

Visit for more information.


Thunderbird Football Association presents Frank Smith Tribute Dinner on September 14

The Thunderbird Football Association will be presenting a special evening to celebrate the life and legendary career of Frank Smith. Join former teammates, fellow alumni, staff, coaches and friends as they pay tribute to the man who put UBC's football program on the map.

Smith, a 2012 inductee into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame, was the Thunderbirds head coach from 1974 to 1994 and was a two-time CIAU Coach of the Year. He guided the Thunderbirds to five Hardy Cup championships and two Vanier Cup championships during his time there.

When: Friday, September 14 at 7 pm

Where: River Rock Casino & Resort in Richmond, BC

Cost: $50 per person, includes appetizers and a beverage

Dress: Smart casual

For tickets, visit


Jay Prepchuk Summer Quarterback Training

Any football organizations who are interested in Jay Prepchuk doing a QB Clinic/Camp for them this summer are asked to contact Jay at 604-803-2473 or

Coach Prepchuk is also available to do individual coaching sessions.

Coach Prepchuk's position camps with Geroy Simon (receiver), Angus Reid (offensive line), Brent Johnson (defensive line) and himself (quarterback) will resume in January 2013. Please check the Jay Prepchuk website at for details.

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) in early 2013 when the team takes part in a tournament at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

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 or contact Will Loftus at 778-987-1818.

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.

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)
  • Football 101 for Trainers (various dates)
  • UBC Thunderbirds Frank Smith Tribute Dinner (September 14)

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