Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
December 2011 | Issue #114  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Mark it down: 2012 Football BC Provincial Identification Camps

In early 2012, Football BC will once again be travelling throughout British Columbia with our Provincial ID program. We will be holding evaluation camps in Victoria, Prince George, Kelowna, the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley. 

Each location will be hosting a Prep to be the Best camp, a Team BC tryout and a Senior Bowl tryout. Dates and specific locations are to be determined. Please visit or continue to follow The Huddle newsletter as details are confirmed. 

For more information, please download the Provincial ID camps information sheet

Date and location set for 2012 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner; Deadline to nominate 2011 Coach of the Year is this Friday

Football BC and the BC Lions have confirmed the date and location for the 2012 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner. The 2012 dinner, which will honour the 2011 provincial champions in amateur football, will be held on March 30, 2012 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.

Details on ticket pricing and speaker information will be announced shortly.

Don’t forget also that the deadline to nominate your 2011 Coach of the Year is this Friday, December 9. The winning coaches will be announced at the awards banquet. Download the nomination form here.

As per usual, there will be two awards you can nominate your respective coaches for: The Community Coach of the Year Award (open to a coach of a Community team or BC Junior team) and the Scholastic Coach of the Year Award (open to a coach of a BC High School team or University team).

The award is open to any coach responsible for coaching a football team (not limited to only head coaches) who has resided or whose primary coaching responsibility was in BC during the 2011 calendar year. Nominees will be considered on the basis of coaching amateur performance only. The full list of criteria can be found on the nomination form.


Winningest coach in CFL history hangs them up

Football BC would like to congratulate BC Lions’ 2011 Grey Cup Champion-winning coach Wally Buono on his incredible 22-year CFL coaching career which includes a CFL-record 254 career regular season wins and five Grey Cup championships in nine appearances.

Buono announced on Monday that he will be stepping down from his role as head coach for the 2012 season to concentrate on his roles as General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations.


Chilliwack Huskers accepting applications for head coach position

The BCFC's Chilliwack Huskers are accepting applications for a new head coach effective immediately. Interested individuals should email with their coaching resume.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, December 7.

BC Community Football 12-Man Provincial Championships wrap-up

The 2011 amateur football season went out with a bang on Sunday as McLeod Stadium hosted the final event of the year with four new provincial champions being crowned in 12-man play. Below are all the results from Championship Sunday in the BC Community Football League.

Pee Wee Division: North Delta Longhorns def. Abbotsford Falcons Black

The North Delta Longhorns, led by head coach Keith Hayes, wrapped up a near-perfect season by knocking off the previously undefeated Abbotsford Falcons Black by a 28-12 score in the provincial final. North Delta lost just one game all year long while finishing atop the VMFL standings in the regular season with a 9-1 record and went on to capture the league championship by defeating the South Delta Rams 24-6 before going up to capture the provincial title.

Junior Bantam Division: Kelowna-Mission Lions def. Meadow Ridge Knights

The Kelowna-Mission Lions capped off a perfect season with a dominating 44-6 win in the provincial championship over the Meadow Ridge Knights.

Led by head coach Arden Knoll, the Lions dominated their league finishing with a perfect 8-0 regular season record while out-scoring their opponents by a whopping 405-57. They earned the right to compete in the provincial championship by defeating the VMFL's South Delta Rams by a 39-8 score in the provincial semi-final.

Bantam Division: Victoria Spartans def. North Surrey Tigers

David beat Goliath once again only this time it was a last-second field goal instead of a rock that did the trick.

The sixth-ranked Victoria Spartans, who went 5-5 during regular season play, were heavy underdogs against the top-ranked North Surrey Tigers who were undefeated during the regular season going a perfect 10-0. After squeaking out a pair of close playoff games against the South Delta Rams and the Chilliwack Giants, head coach Paul Precious' Spartans capped off their Cinderella run with a provincial championship with a 10-9 win in the final to stun the Tigers.

Midget Division: White Rock Titans def. Coquitlam Falcons

The White Rock Titans, led by head coach John Martins, knew they were the best team all year long in the integrated VMFL/VCFL Midget Division and on Championship Sunday they affirmed their status in a big way.

The top-ranked Titans, who finished with a perfect 10-0 record during the regular season while out-scoring their opponents 353-91, concluded their dream season with a 36-13 win over the second-seeded Coquitlam Falcons in the provincial championship. On the way to capturing the provincial title, the Titans also defeated the Victoria Spartans and the Nanaimo Redmen during their playoff run.

*Atom 9-Man Lower Mainland Champion

The Cloverdale Panthers, led by co-head coaches Greg Reid and Satpal Birdi, concluded a dominating season with a 48-0 victory over the VCFL's Mission Niners to win the 9-Man Lower Mainland Championship in the Atom Division.

The Panthers, who finished a perfect 10-0 during the regular season while out-scoring their opponents by a whopping 434-30, will be recognized as provincial co-champions in the Atom Division alongside the Vernon Blue Bombers who beat the Prince George Green Machine 40-0 back on November 12 in Kamloops in the championship final featuring non Lower Mainland teams.

Football BC would like to congratulate all the BCCFA member leagues and their teams on a tremendous 2011 season and especially to all the teams that were crowned provincial champions at the Flag, 9-Man and 12-Man levels respectively. We look forward to seeing you all back on the field very soon.


Mt. Douglas Rams capture the Sr. AAA championship in a Subway Bowl for the ages

The Mt. Douglas Rams were making their first-ever appearance in the Sr. AAA Varsity Championship game this past Saturday at the annual BC High School Football Subway Bowl and for head coach Mark Townsend's crew, making it to the dance just wasn't going to be enough for them.

The Rams looked like they would head quietly into the night after falling behind 21-0 early in the game and trailing by as much as 22-points during the second quarter but a second-half surge capped by 15-yard touchdown catch-and-run by running back and Game MVP Mason Swift set up by quarterback Jordan Deverill - a pair of former Team BC teammates - with 6:11 left in the fourth quarter gave the Rams a 42-35 lead and it was one they would not relinquish as they would go on to win by that same score.

The Rams, from Victoria, became the first-ever Vancouver Island school to win a Sr. AAA Varsity championship and the first non-Greater Vancouver school to win that championship since the Kamloops Red Devils did it back in 1990.

The Rams capped off what was otherwise a mostly bittersweet day for teams from the Island, who were very well-represented at Saturday's Subway Bowl championships.

In the Sr. AA Varsity Final, the heavily-favoured John Barsby Bulldogs from Nanaimo were upset by the Mission Roadrunners 16-12. The loss snapped the Bulldogs' 23-game win streak. The victory by the Roadrunners' Senior Varsity team helped earn a measure of revenge for their Junior Varsity squad who lost in the Jr. AA championship game to the John Barsby Bulldogs by a 22-20 score.

In the Jr. AAA Varsity Final, the St. Thomas More Knights knocked off the Mt. Douglas Rams by a 27-20 score while the Grade 8 Tier I Final saw the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers overpower the St. Thomas More Knights by a 41-16 score.

Football BC would like to congratulate all the participating teams in BC High School Football in the 2011 on a tremendous season - in particular all of the emerging champions - and we look forward to seeing you all back on the field next fall.


Football BC seeking interested coaches to be part of provincial identification/representation programs

Football BC would like to put out a call to coaches interested in being a part of our provincial identification programs as well as our provincial representation programs.

These programs include:
- Play Football BC
- Prep to be the Best
- Team BC
- Senior Bowl

Coaches will be utilized to help administer the identification camps through the province, have opportunities to coach at the Team BC mini-camp, coach at the Senior Bowl camp and coach Team BC in the Football Canada Cup. Please click here for more details on the Football BC Development Program.

Coaches will be selected based on their National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) qualifications, experience coaching related to the specific age groups, and past experiences with provincial and national programs. Every coach will have a proven track record working with fellow coaches and positively impacting the players they have coached.

If interested, please send your resumes to:

Football BC
#434 - 6540 Hastings St.
Burnaby, BC V5B 4Z4

Resumes can also be submitted by email to:


UBC 2012 Football Camps schedule

The UBC Thunderbirds have released their schedule of upcoming camps in the 2012 calendar year. A full description of each camp along with costs and registration information can be found here.

The schedule is as follows:

January 28 (UBC): WR/DB/QB Camp (UBC Sports Camp) - 

January 29 (UBC): RB /LB/DL/OL - Run Camp (UBC Sports Camp) - 

February 11 (Victoria, Bear Mountain Stadium): TFA - "Best in the West" Passing Camp - 

May 4-6 (UBC): Football University Camp hosted by UBC - 

May 26-27 (Nanaimo/Courtney): TFA - "Best in the West" Camp - 

June 26 (Kamloops, Hillside Stadium): TFA - "Best in the West" Passing Camp -

Jay Prepchuk Quarterbacks/Receivers Camps (with Geroy Simon); Offensive Line Camps (with Angus Reid); Defensive Line Camps (with Brent Johnson)

The schedule for Jay Prepchuk's Quarterbacks and Receivers Camps with BC Lions superstar Geroy Simon is now available. Please visit their website at for all the info. Session 1 for the QBs and Receivers camps starts on January 11 and spots are limited.

Jay Prepchuk is also pleased to announce Offensive Line and Defensive Line camps with BC Lions stars Angus Reid and Brent Johnson, respectively, on April 23/25 and May 1/3 at Renfrew Park in Vancouver.

For more information please contact Jay Prepchuk at (604) 803-2473 or by email at

2012 Football Canada Coaches Association (FCCA) Convention - March 24-25, 2012

Football Canada, in partnership with and the Ontario Football Alliance, will be hosting the 2012 Football Canada Coaches Association (FCCA) Convention on Saturday, March 24 through Sunday, March 25 at Corpus Christi Secondary School in Burlington Ontario.

The FCCA Convention is a coaching development opportunity which features presentations from minor, junior, Canadian and American university, as well as CFL and NFL coaches. NCCP workshops will also be conducted as part of the event.

For more information, please visit


The Football Academy continues - sign up for the next session today!

Aspiring players aged 14 to 17 who want to receive high level football training are encouraged to take part in The Football Academy. Registration is on-going.

Football BC is supporting this program to enhance each players' skill set and performance on the field through proven techniques designed to improve each participants' 40-yard dash, pro agility, vertical, speed, acceleration, injury prevention as well as overall strength and fitness.

For more information, please download The Football Academy brochure.

NOTE: The Football Academy is an ongoing program (month to month). Please contact the location coordinator to register.

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:
  • 2011 Football Academy with Football BC's Dino Geremia (various dates)
  • All-Star Football Camps for Grades 5-8 (various dates)
  • UBC 2011-12 Camps (various dates)
  • 2012 Jay Prepchuk Camps (various dates)

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