Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
August 2015 | Issue #306  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Five Days With Larry - The Hall of Fame Journey

Larry Reda's journey into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame is now complete but you can relive all the best moments on the Five Days With Larry blog right here.

Check out the links below as well for videos and photos from this past week's CFHOF induction festivities.

Video: Five Days With Larry - The Video journey

Video: CFL Hall-of-Fame game ceremony - view from field level

Video: CFHOF inductees honoured by the Saskatchewan Huskies

Video: Larry's Hall-of-Fame induction speech

Video: Larry's reaction to seeing his bust

Video: Canadian Football Hall of Fame Jacket Ceremony

Video: Larry gets surprised at Saskatoon Airport 

Photo Gallery: 2015 Hall-of-Fame Induction Festivities

Audio: TSN 1040 interviews Larry Reda (scroll ahead to the 43:30 mark)


    

Exclusive Madden 16 Tournament Launch Party

Microsoft is providing Football BC members with a unique opportunity to be among the first to try out the new Madden 16 video game at a Launch Party tournament.

Spots are limited to only 32 per tournament. There are two sessions both held on Saturday, August 29 from 2 pm to 6 pm. Click on one of the links below to register for your preferred session.

Pacific Centre

Metropolis at Metrotown

While spots are limited, friends and family are welcome to attend and watch. Microsoft will be providing refreshments and snacks, and prizes for the winners.

Those who sign up are asked if they can wear either their club/association jersey, Team BC jersey or an NFL jersey to the event. 

        

Team BC's Jay Mather at the Little League World Series

Football BC would like to congratulate Jay Mather on competing for Canada at the Little League World Series. Mather, a quarterback with North Surrey Minor Football, is also on Team BC's Grade 8 list.

He was invited to take part at the recent Legacy Performance Games in Kamloops although he was unable to participate due to the tremendous success of his baseball team from White Rock, who earned their way to Williamsport, PA.

Congratulations Jay and to the rest of the Canadian LLWS baseball team on representing our country proudly.

Thank you to Coach Sean Dolynski for the info!

VMFL Tournaments

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


August 29 & 30 - North Surrey (Bronze Boot)

August 29 & 30 - North Delta (Sungod Tournament)


                         

UBC Thunderbirds @ Laval Rouge et Or preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, August 29 - Telus Stadium, Quebec City
Kickoff at 10 AM (PT)


Under new head coach Blake Nill, the UBC Thunderbirds are eager to get their 2015 season underway - but first, they'll have to battle it out against the University of Laval Rouge et Or in a historic preseason game in the first ever matchup between the two CIS schools in program history.

The Thunderbirds, who went 2-6 last season, are looking for a fresh start this year and will be eager to showcase how different the team is compared to last season. Several players to look out for include Marcus Davis, who was named First Team All-Canadian in his rookie season after making a name for himself on special teams, and Michael O'Connor, who joined the team after a season at Penn State and took part in the BC Lions mini camp during the offseason. The Thunderbirds lost defensive tackle Donovan Dale to the Huskies in the offseason and will need to find another player to fill the shoes of the Second Team All-Canadian and the Canada West Outstanding Lineman awardee.

On the other hand, Laval, the most successful CIS football program in history with eight Vanier Cup wins, won't be an easy team to beat. Under head coach Glen Constantin, who has been the head of the program for the past fifteen seasons with seven Vanier Cup wins under his belt, the Rouge et Or went 7-1 last season. Several key players for the team include Hugo Richard, who led the CIS in touchdowns thrown last season with 22 and averaged 322.3 yards per game, and receiver Felix Faubert-Lussier, who caught nine of Richard's touchdown passes last season. One player who will be missed by the team will be Boris Bede, who joined the Montreal Alouettes this season.

In their first meeting ever in program history, will the Rouge et Or topple the Thunderbirds? Or will the Thunderbirds show that they're a brand new team this season? Tune in to find out this week!


                

BCFC Week 6 - Game of the Week preview

By Michiko Araki

Okanagan Sun @ Langley Rams


Saturday, August 29 - McLeod Stadium
Kickoff at 7 PM

After strong showings last week, the undefeated Okanagan Sun (5-0) visit the Langley Rams (3-2) at McLeod stadium in Week 6 of BCFC action.

The Okanagan Sun, who defeated the Huskers 66-3, were able to record 618 yards of total offence while the defence only allowed 98 yards of offence. Among the receiving corps, Kyle Patchell led the team with two touchdowns from quarterback Josiah Joseph who completed 15 of 18 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Keith Zyla finished the night completing two of six attempts for 105 yards and also his first ever BCFC touchdown pass to Terrance Williams, who also caught his first BCFC touchdown as well. The defence and special teams also had a stellar showing with Raquille Cespedes recording a 48 yard pick six and Tyler Geisler recovering a fumble on a kick-off and running it 17 yards for a major.

In the Rams' 42-9 win over the Westshore Rebels, receiver Bobby Pospischil had a standout game, catching three passes for 159 yards and a touchdown and also throwing a 71 yard touchdown pass to Nathan Lund. Dylan Tucker went eight for 14 and 226 yards, throwing a touchdown pass to Pospischil and Dallas Yassinky while rushing for a score of his own, while the other rushing touchdowns were scored by Jacob Patko and Nathan Lund. The Rams defence was also extremely effective, only allowing 75 yards on the ground and forcing seven turnovers. Among the defence, John Beckerleg and Alex Agnoletto stood out, both recording an interception and a fumble recovery and a sack, respectively.

In their last matchup two weeks ago, the Sun outplayed the Rams to a score of 32-13. Will the Rams get revenge on home turf? Tune in this week to find out!

Other games this week (all games on August 29):

Kamloops Broncos @ Westshore Rebels - 
3 pm at Westhills Stadium

Valley Huskers @ VI Raiders - 
4 pm at Caledonia Park


      

Upcoming UBC Camps


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



                 

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 www.bcfootballhalloffame.com 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 jprepchuk@sd44.ca or visit http://jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com 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.

       

Baron Championship Rings

Baron Championship Rings is the official ring supplier for Football BC. Click here to visit their website.

  

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 www.grandviewprinting.com 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 www.sandmanhotels.ca 

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 dinogeremia@shaw.ca.

       

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



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