Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
August 2012 | Issue #152  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Clarification on use and reconditioning of Adams Helmets

In June 2011, Schutt Sports acquired the football helmet and face mask assets from Adams USA. Adams USA is no longer in the football helmet business.

Football BC has received some questions regarding the use and reconditioning of the Adams Helmet. We have asked Schutt Sports CEO, Robert Erb, for some clarification and he has provided us with the following:

"Adams USA sold us the patent rights, tools and other assets, but remains in business. They have exited the football helmet business. Schutt is not manufacturing the Adams helmet for a variety of reasons. The Adams helmets in the market, so long as they meet NOCSAE standards, may be used. Reconditioners are happy to recondition and recertify Adams branded helmets."

"At some point, parts may be a problem. But that problem does not exist today or in the foreseeable future.
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Reminder: All coaches must complete free mandatory online concussion training

With the 2012 season about to get underway, 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 http://bcfootball.concussioneducation.ca/default.php.

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 by 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 http://bcfootball.concussioneducation.ca/default.php, click "Request" and fill out the appropriate information in the form.

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


Pee Wee Warriors dominate in Burlington - again!

One year ago the Pee Wee Westside Warriors became the first Canadian team to take part in the North Cascades Youth Football League tournament in Burlington, Washington.

They did more than just participate, however, as the Warriors steamrolled their opponents winning all four games they played in against some very stiff competition to win the tournament.

Two Saturdays ago on August 18, the Warriors went for an encore performance.

For the second straight year, the Warriors once again traveled south to Burlington to take part in the tournament as part of their pre-season campaign and once again they managed to dominate.

Read the entire story here.


        

BC Community Football Games of the Week

Labour Day weekend marks the official start of the Community Football season and there are plenty of exciting match-ups to look forward to on opening weekend. See the featured games in each league below.

We invite all leagues playing under the BCCFA to email us their featured game(s) of the week to communications@playfootball.bc.ca so we can list them in our newsletter and website.

VMFL

Midget: Vernon Magnums vs North Surrey Bears

For the third year in a row, the Midget Division of the VMFL will integrate their schedule with the Valley Community Football League resulting in a true British Columbia wide Provincial Midget league. Adding to this season is the entrance of the Vernon Magnums under the coaching tutelage of Head Coach Bill Tarr.

Last season the Bears finished sixth overall in the league. After winning their first round of the playoffs, North Surrey went on to a tough defeat against North Delta in the quarterfinals. This year, the Bears return with a younger and more rejuvenated team thanks to the fact that North Surrey now has two Bantam-aged teams to feed them.

As for the Magnums, this will be the first chance for the league to see what Vernon brings to the table.

Game time is Sunday, September 2 at Bear Creek Park in North Surrey. Kickoff is 3:30 pm.

For more information, visit www.vmfl.ca.


VCFL

The game of the week comes from the Bantam Division where Chilliwack will battle Abbotsford at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford on Saturday, September 1 at 3:30 pm.
      

BC High School Football Game of the Week

The exhibition schedule in BC High School Football gets underway this weekend. Visit www.bchighschoolfootball.com for a full list of games involving teams both locally and across the border.

The High School Football Game of the Week schedule will begin next weekend when the St. Thomas More Knights battle the Holy Cross Crusaders in an exhibition tilt on Friday, September 7 at Burnaby Lakes.

                             

UBC season opener goes this Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium

The record books might show the UBC Thunderbirds as winless in the 2011 season but before a clerical error forced the T-Birds to officially forfeit all their victories they were enjoying a season that brought back memories of their glory days.

They'll look to build on what was, in reality, a very successful season when they open the 2012 campaign this Saturday, September 1 hosting the University of Manitoba Bisons at Thunderbird Stadium.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm. You can also catch the game on CiTR 101.9 FM.

The T-Birds are led by third-year bench boss and reigning Canada West Coach of the Year Shawn Olson, as well as defending Hec Crighton Trophy winner QB Billy Greene.

Visit www.gothunderbirds.ca for more information.


Amateur football players are extended a special invitation to attend Saturday's T-Birds vs. Bisons game for free! Just show up wearing your team jersey. Tickets can be picked up at Will call by players in their jerseys.

Coaches can also access complimentary tickets as well but must RSVP to tickets@gothunderbirds.ca or call 604-822-3094 to confirm the number of tickets needed for their staff. Tickets for all others can be purchased at the box office ($10 - adult; $5 for youth/senior/students; children under 7 are free).


                

SFU Clan open regular season on Thursday at Pacific University

The SFU Clan football team, now fully fledged members of the NCAA, will begin their third season of play in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference this Thursday when they open their 2012 regular season at Forest Grove in Oregon facing off against the Pacific University Boxers in a non-conference game.

Fans may recall that the Clan earned their first-ever NCAA victory last year against the Boxers defeating them by a score of 36-28 back in early September.

The Clan finished last season with a record of 3-7 (2-6 in Conference play).

For more information, please visit athletics.sfu.ca.

                      

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 shawnanderson@sd45.bc.ca.

BCFC has Labour Day weekend off

No games will take place in the BCFC in Week 5 of the regular season as all six teams have the Labour Day weekend off.

Games will resume on Saturday, September 8.

For more information, please visit www.bcjuniorfootball.ca.

     

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 www.ubcfootball.com/events.

                

Jay Prepchuk Position Camps

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 www.jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com 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 gamereadyfitness.ca 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 http://www.playfootball.bc.ca/events 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)
  • UBC Thunderbirds Frank Smith Tribute Dinner (September 14)


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