Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
August 2015 | Issue #303  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Congratulations Kato and Bill!

On Thursday, August 6, the BC Lions Football Club will induct two long-time staff members - Ken 'Kato' Kasuya and Bill Reichelt - to their Wall of Fame.

Several members of the Football BC family have recorded video tributes to Kato and Bill. Click here to see the videos.

Kato has been with the Lions since the age 13 when he was brought on board as a ball boy. He eventually was hired as assistant equipment manager in 1984, before taking over the equipment manager in 1994.

Bill joined the Lions in 1977 after previously having worked for the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and WHA's Alberta Oilers. In nearly four decades with the Lions as head trainer, he is responsible for coordinating the medical staff and for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of players' injuries.

Both Kato and Bill, in addition to their day-to-day work with the Lions, have been tremendous friends of Football BC and supporters of its programs. Both have taken the time to volunteer and provide resources at various Football BC camps and tournaments, and are especially accommodating to Football BC during Spring Break week when Football BC hosts its annual Senior Bowl camp at the BC Lions Training Facility.

Congratulations Kato & Bill on a very well-deserved honour!

To purchase tickets to the August 6 game against the Edmonton Eskimos, please click here


Team BC U16/U18 August Practice - See updated itinerary

Members of the Team BC U16/U18 teams who have made it to the latest cut-down stage are invited to take part in the Team BC August practice.

This event is free but registration is required. Please register here. [insert registration link]

The final deadline for registration is Monday, August 10.

Football BC would like to thank the BC Lions for generously donating tickets to the game for all Team BC players.

Thursday, August 20


1:45 pm - Team check-in 
(Andy Livingstone Park - 89 Expo Blvd, Vancouver)

2 pm - 4 pm: No-contact light practice 
(fundamental & scheme-based)

4 pm - 5 pm: Shower and change, meetings 
(Shower facilities will be available to the players. Please bring a change of clothes)

5:30 pm: Walk to BC Place 
(one block away)

6 pm - 10 pm: BC Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes 
(tickets courtesy of the BC Lions)

*players are free to leave after half-time if necessary


Please bring:

- Your Team BC practice jersey (received during May Camp)

- Mouthguard

- Cleats

- Workout attire

- A change of clothes for afterwards


Upcoming NCCP/Safe Contact Clinics

Introduction to Competition & Safe Contact

August 15-16 -
Capital News Centre, Kelowna

Sat, Aug 15 (9 pm - 4 pm) *Safe Contact*
Sun, Aug 16 (9 am - 1 pm)
Cost: $180

*For those only attending Safe Contact, the cost is $75 (Aug 15 only)

Safe Contact Clinic

August 22 - 
South Delta Rams Clubhouse (Dennison Field, Delta)
9 am - 5 pm
Cost: $75

To register for all courses, please click here.


Competitive Thread Open Testing Combine - August 15 at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West

Competitive Thread has partnered with Football BC and Game Ready for a special open testing Combine on Saturday, August 15 at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West (Field 3) from 2:30 pm to 5 pm.

*Please note that this Combine is entirely separate from the Football BC Combine Series which will start up again in early 2016. All players interested in being considered for Team BC in 2016 must attend a Football BC Combine Series in early 2016*

Players attending this Combine will receive a detailed online profile containing their results and the ability to compare those scores to the global norms in each protocol.

To register, go to and select the Football BC and Game Ready Open Testing Event.


Competitive Thread's state-of-the art testing equipment allows them to accurately assess up to 60 athletes in 60 minutes or less.

Limit Error

No stop watches, pens or paper, limit the opportunity for a score to be transferred incorrectly or a button to be hit too soon/late. The equipment treats every player equally.

Instant Results and Rankings

No more adding up scores and tabulating results. Athletes and coaches are emailed the results complete with player rankings less than 10 minutes after the combine is complete. 


VMFL Tournaments

Fancy some pre-season tournament action in local community football? Tournament season starts this weekend! The schedule is below. Visit for more information.

August 9 - Coquitlam

August 15 & 16 - Langley (Golden Helmet)

August 22 & 23 - Cloverbowl

August 29 & 30 - North Surrey (Bronze Boot)

August 29 & 30 - North Delta (Sungod Tournament)


BCFC Week 3 - Game of the Week preview

By Michiko Araki

Westshore Rebels @ Kamloops Broncos

Saturday, August 8 - Hillside Stadium
Kickoff at 7 PM

It's Week 3 of BCFC action, and the Westshore Rebels (0-2) will face the Kamloops Broncos (1-1) at Hillside Stadium for the featured game of the week.

The Rebels, who lost a tight battle against Island rivals, the VI Raiders, by a 23-21 score last week showed they could compete with one of the top teams from last season. In one of the most impressive week-by-week turnarounds so far this season, the Rebels tallied 371 yards of total offence, orchestrated by quarterback Ashton McKinnon who threw 21 of 43 for 365 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Hunter Lake who hauled in eight passes for 136 yards. On defence, the Rebels showed no openings, not allowing a single point to be scored against them in the second half of the game. Led by a strong defensive core in James Bradley who recorded a game high eight tackles, Dusean Leblanc who recorded six tackles and half a sack, and Cohan Sassaman who recorded the other half sack, four tackles and a fumble recovery, the Rebels could be a tough matchup for the Broncos.

The Broncos, who lost 25-17 against the Rams last week, are led by quarterback Steve Schuweiler who had ten completions for 213 yards and a touchdown to his favourite target Derek Yachison. Yachison, who hauled in seven catches for 84 yards, spent the offseason attending the BC Lions training camp and will be a player to watch this season. On the ground, watch for Jacob Palmarin to lead the team in the running game, as he had an excellent game last week rushing 15 times for 101 yards. On defence, Michael Ochoa led the team with seven tackles while Jonaus Levac has six tackles and an interception.

In a matchup of two teams who proved they can hang with the best, who will come out on top? Tune in this week to find out!

Other games this week (all games on August 8):

Other games this week:

Okanagan Sun @ VI Raiders - 
4 pm at Caledonia Park

Valley Huskers @ Langley Rams - 
7 pm at McLeod Stadium


Upcoming UBC Camps

Vancouver - Thunderbird Stadium Skills / I.D. Camp - August 9, 2015

Date: Sunday August 9th, 2015
Time: 11am - 5pm
Location: UBC Thunderbird Stadium

Age Groups: Junior 12 - 14 / Senior 15 - 17

The camp will consist of 3 practices (2 on-field & 1 classroom) over a 7 hour period, plus a session on UBC academic requirements and tips on how to be recruited. On-field skills will be taught and full equipment will be required for these practices. The classroom session will include a breakdown of the film that is taken in the morning sessions and it will be highly personalized in terms of feedback.

Langley - Specialist Camp (Punters/Kickers - Long snappers) - August 10, 2015

Date: MONDAY, August 10th, 2015
Time: 6pm - 8:30pm
Location: Brookswood Secondary, Langley B.C.

Age Groups: 14 - 17

This camp will teach players the core fundamentals of either Punting & Kicking, or Long Snapping. Both groups will practice at the same time, but be instructed by different coaches.

We will break down kicking and snapping skills to their smallest pieces and teach players progression drills to put them all together.

Vancouver - 6th annual Winter Skills Camp - 
March 5, 2016

Date: Saturday March 5, 2016
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: UBC Thunderbird Stadium

Age Groups: Junior 12 - 14 / Senior 15 - 17

The camp will consist of 3 practices (2 on-field & 1 classroom) over a 7 hour period, plus a session on UBC academic requirements and tips on how to be recruited. On field skills will be taught and full equipment will be 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.

For full details on all camps, click here


Jay Prepchuk New Directions Summer Camps

Join our third annual coed camps. Each camp runs for one week for new and/or experienced players.

Focused on fun, players will be taught positional football skills and development.

Each day will finish with a flag football tournament.

Registration is online at

Please email Lisa at if you have any questions.

What: Two FUN Flag Football Summer Camps
When: July 6-10th and August 17-21st, 2015
Where: Sutherland and Windsor Secondary Turf
Field, North Vancouver, BC respectively.
Time: 9-noon, Monday to Friday
Ages: 6-15 years old
Cost: $155.00

To Register: and create an account or sign in to begin on the upper right side.

Football Canada bans overbuilt facemasks/faceguards

Football Canada has banned the use of non-traditional/overbuilt facemasks.

Click here for the Football Canada news release.

Click here for Football BC's advisory.


BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations

Nominations are welcomed for the 2016 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.


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.


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!

Want to show off your support for Team BC? Pick up some Team BC gear from 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


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:
  • 2015/16 UBC Camps
  • Game Ready (various dates)

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