Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
August 2013 | Issue #204  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Football 101 for Trainers courses - next scheduled sessions take place September 8 in Nanaimo and Vancouver

Football BC's Football 101 for Trainers courses are back. The list of upcoming courses is listed below. All courses are scheduled to run from 9 am to 3 pm.

Sunday, September 8 - 
John Barsby Secondary School, Nanaimo

Sunday, September 8 - 
Notre Dame Regional Secondary School, Vancouver

The course covers the following:

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

There is a $10 charge to register. Please register online now here.

Team BC - FBU National Championship rosters

Team BC has named the cut-down rosters for the U-13, U-14 and U-15 teams, respectively, who will be competing at the upcoming FBU National Championship tournament beginning in December.

The players named to the cut-down rosters will be invited to a camp that takes place on November 11. Information on how to register and confirm your spot at the camp will be available shortly.

To see the players named to the rosters, click here


Team BC U-16 and U-18 Special Function

Were you on Team BC U-16 (Red River Cup) or Team BC U-18 (FBU International Games) this year? If so, check your email for an invitation to a special function!


CJFL and BCFC announce inaugural "CJFL Minor Football Week"

The CJFL and BCFC have announced that the inaugural "CJFL Minor Football Week" will take place starting Saturday, September 7 to Sunday, September 15.

All 20 CJFL across the country, including all six BCFC clubs, will welcome minor football players of all ages to one of their home games during that time period.

To celebrate CJFL Minor Football Week, minor football players wearing their jerseys will receive a complimentary "walk up" game ticket to the pre-determined home game. One team of youngsters will also get the opportunity to run onto the field with the starting lineup and take part in the pregame coin flip.

CJFL teams across the country will be hosting a number of different activities for minor football players during their home games including minor teams playing during halftime, allowing minor teams to stand on the sidelines during the national anthem and giving one or more players the opportunity to take part in a ceremonial kickoff.

Fans are encouraged to take photos at the game and send them to BCFC Media Coordinator Ryan Watters at

For more information on team specific activities, contact your local BCFC club.


Football Canada to host Junior National Team identification camps across Canada

Football Canada will be hosting a series of player identification camps as part of the process to select players to represent Canada at the 2014 IFAF U-19 World Championship.

Players born in 1995 and 1996 who have a Canadian citizenship and who are members of their respective provincial football association (e.g. Football BC) will be eligible to attend the camps.

Team Canada Junior will be competing against Team USA in a game in Dallas, Texas on February 7, 2014.

There is no identification scheduled for British Columbia. The closest evaluation camp to BC will be held in Edmonton, Alberta at the Commonwealth Recreation Centre Field House on December 15, 2013.

There are also tryouts scheduled for Guelph, Ontario (November 30), East Hants, Nova Scotia (December 7), Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan (December 14), and Montreal, Quebec (December 21).

For more information and to register for a tryout session, click here.

Team Canada hopefuls are required to bring their own shoulder pads, jersey, helmet, mouth guard and proper footwear to the tryout session.


BC Football Hall of Fame to announce Class of 2013 on September 14; Induction ceremony on September 15

The BC Football Hall of Fame will be announcing their Class of 2013 inductees at a joint press conference with the BC Lions on September 14. The 2013 inductees will then be formally inducted at a by-invitation pre-game ceremony prior to the Lions vs Montreal Alouettes game at BC Place on 
September 15.

Stay tuned to see who this year's honoured individuals will be.

For more information on the BC Football Hall of Fame, visit


BCFC Week 7 schedule - All games on Saturday, September 7

Kamloops Broncos vs Valley Huskers - 1 pm at Townsend Park

The lone remaining winless team in the BCFC - the Broncos - will look to get in the win column this week when they hit the road to battle the Huskers, losers of two straight games. The Huskers dropped a 40-33 decision last week to the Westshore Rebels while the Broncos fell 37-27 to the VI Raiders two weeks ago prior to their bye week.

Okanagan Sun vs VI Raiders - 2 pm at Caledonia Park

A pair of longtime, heated rivals will put their respective win streaks on the line when they battle in Nanaimo. The Raiders are starting to look like the Raiders of old as they come into this week's tilt as winners of two straight, most recently knocking off the Broncos two weeks ago. The Sun, meanwhile, scored a huge 29-28 victory over the defending BCFC champion Langley Rams two weeks prior to their bye week to move to a first place tie with the Rams.

Westshore Rebels vs Langley Rams - 4 pm at McLeod Athletic Park

The Rams figure to be an ornery bunch when they get back to action this weekend coming off their first loss of the season. They'll look to get back on the winning track against the Rebels, a team that is just coming off their first win of the season last week over the Huskers - a team they figure they will be battling hard against in the second half of the season for a playoff spot.


BC High School Football 2013 Game of the Week schedule

BC High School Football has released their 2013 Game of the Week schedule.

All "Games of the Week" will be streamed live online at SportsCanada.TV.

The schedule kicks off on Saturday, September 7 with a contest between the Handsworth Royals and Carson Graham Eagles and concludes with the AA championship game on Saturday, November 30.

To see the full schedule, click here.

For more on BC High School Football, visit their website.


UBC T-Birds hit the road to battle Alberta Golden Bears on Saturday

Coming off a tough 41-31 opening week loss to the Calgary Dinos last weekend, the UBC Thunderbirds will travel to Edmonton in seek of their first win when they take on the Alberta Golden Bears.

The Golden Bears dropped a 65-41 decision to the Manitoba Bisons in their first game of the season.

For more information, visit


SFU Clan open season on the road taking on Humboldt State this Saturday

The SFU Clan will begin their fourth season of play in the GNAC when they travel to Arcata, California to take on the Humboldt State Lumberjacks this Saturday, September 7.

The Clan split the season series with the Lumberjacks last season winning once on home turf while dropping a road decision.

Job Opportunities with Football Canada

Football Canada, based in Ottawa, Ontario, has job openings for the following positions. To see the job description, click on the links.


Seahawks Contest

The Seahawks and Marketplace IGA are running a contest that could give your team to take to the field at the Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field on September 22 against the Jacksonville Jaguars against with you and your whole team.

For more information, visit Marketplace IGA's website.

Touchdown BC!

Football BC is proud to launch its new show, Touchdown BC!

Hosted by Jim Mullin, Touchdown BC will run from September through the end of November on Shaw TV. On-going clips will also be available on Youtube as well.

Touchdown BC is all about amateur football in British Columbia and will cover everything from University to Junior to Community to High School football.

Check out the newest videos by visiting our Touchdown BC page.


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.


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.

Damon Allen High School Quarterback Challenge 2013

The Damon Allen High School Quarterback Challenge has been postponed to Friday, December 13.

The event will be held at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

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

To register, visit

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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:
  • Damon Allen High School Quarterback Challenge 2013 (Dec 13)

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