Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
December 2013 | Issue #217  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Team BC opens FBU National Tournament this weekend, December 7-8

The Team BC Grades 6, 7, and 8 teams, respectively, will open their FBU National Tournament this weekend at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Washington.

Follow Team BC's results online at www.playfootball.bc.ca.


                  

Team BC U-18 Selection Camp - Registration open

Team BC U-18 will be holding its selection camp on Saturday, December 14 at Burnaby Lakes Sports Complex West from 11 am to 2 pm (check-in at 10 am).

Players who were previously named to the cut-down roster are now invited to register now.

The deadline to register has been extended to Monday, December 9.

There is a $700 refundable deposit that will be collected for registration. For those players who make the final roster, the $700 will go towards the $1,700 total cost of participation. For those who do not make the final roster, the $700 is refundable.

To register now, click here.


                  

Football BC unveils 2014 Provincial Combine Series schedule

Football BC has released its 2014 Provincial Combine Series schedule. The Combine Series provides players with an opportunity to be evaluated by Football BC's provincial coaches and is the first step for getting on the radar to be part of one of Football BC's provincial programs (i.e. Team BC and Senior Bowl).

For the 2014 season, all players who wish to be eligible to be a part of one of Football BC's provincial programs must evaluated by a Football BC provincial coach. The Combine Series provides an opportunity for all players across the province to have access to an evaluation session in an area close by to them.

The 2014 sessions are as follows:

Friday, January 31 - 
The Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre, Prince George

Monday, February 10 - 
Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond

Sunday, February 16 - 
Merle Logan Field, Nanaimo

Sunday, February 23 - 
Capital News Centre, Kelowna

Tuesday, February 25 - 
W.J. Mouat Secondary School, Abbotsford


*Specific times for each session will be announced at a later date*

Online registration is now available here. Register on or before January 1 and save!

$50 - Online registration on or before January 1
$60 - Online registration after January 1
$70 - Walk-up registration


*Online registration closes one week prior to the start of each session.


           

Support Team BC and buy Purdys Chocolates

Holiday season is chocolate season and why not help support Football BC's provincial programs while you get your chocolate fix.

Football BC is participating in Purdys Chocolatier Fundraising Program and you can help raise money for Team BC by purchasing chocolates in support of Football BC. Monies raised will go back into the provincial programs and help offset for the cost for players who participate on Team BC.

Getting set up is simple! Simply visit https://www.purdysgpp.com/JoinAGroup.aspx?c=28908 and register a new member account (or use your existing member account and password if you have one).

Once logged in, you can shop online, invite other members and pay for your orders. Shipping is free for orders over $100. All orders must be submitted by Monday, December 9.

Thanks for your support and have a sweet shopping experience!


                  

BC High School Football Subway Bowl review

The 2013 BC High School Football champions were crowned this past Saturday on a historic night at BC Place. Here's a look back at all five championship games.


Grade 8: 
St. Thomas More 20 def. Lord Tweedsmuir 12

For the first time since their run of 10 straight Grade 8 titles from 1998 to 2007, the Knights are atop the Grade 8 division once again after defeating the Panthers 20-12.

The Knights were led by a three touchdown performance by RB Nico Depaoli.


Jr. AA: 
GW Graham 23 def. Ballenas 20

For the first time in school history, the GW Graham Grizzlies will have a provincial banner to proudly hang after they defeated the Ballenas Whalers in the Jr. Varsity AA championship game by a final score of 23-20.

Billy Hanson, Jordan Breuker and Emerson Smith all had rushing touchdowns for the champions from Chilliwack. They Grizzlies never trailed in this game and managed to stay one step ahead at all times of the Whalers, who had a two touchdown performance by Matt Price in the loss.


Jr. AAA: 
St. Thomas More 28 def. Terry Fox 0

A year ago in the Jr. AAA championship game, the Ravens broke the hearts of the Knights earning a 14-7 history. The Knights made sure history didn't repeat itself on Saturday.

Tavin Grant rushed for two touchdowns, while Terrell Jana and Liam Feenan rushed for one major each en route to their 28-0 blanking of the defending champions.


Sr. AA: 
John Barsby 21 def. Carson Graham 20

The Bulldogs used a gutsy two-point conversion attempt late in their championship contest to score a 21-20 win over Carson Graham to give their school their second championship in the last four years.

After a Cole Virtanen touchdown pulled the Bulldogs to within a single point, Coach Stevenson called for a two-point conversion attempt rather than kicking a single and Kyle Vollett delivered by finding the end zone.

The Eagles, who led throughout the contest until the dying moments, had a chance to kick a field goal for the win but couldn't get the play in on time before time expired.

Despite the loss, Carson Graham running back A.J. Blackwell was named the player of the game.


Sr. AAA 
Mt. Douglas 32 def. Terry Fox 27

The Terry Fox Ravens gave the Mt. Douglas Rams everything they could handle on Saturday but they couldn't find a way to completely contain Rams star running back Marcus Davis and that ultimately proved to be their downfall.

Davis found the end zone three times on Saturday, and had a critical interception late in the contest, to guide the Rams to their third consecutive Senior AAA championship. The Rams join the Richmond Colts and Notre Dame Jugglers as the only teams to ever three-peat B.C.'s top-tiered championship.

The Rams finished their campaign with a perfect record against all B.C. opponents through exhibition, regular season and playoff play.

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



                             

BCCFA 12-Man Provincial Champions review

The BCCFA held their 46th annual 12-man provincial championships this past Sunday and crowned four new champions! Here's a brief look back at the four games.

Pee Wee: 
North Delta Longhorns 33 def. Mission 9ers 0


In a battle of undefeated teams, the North Delta Longhorns proved they were without a doubt the top team in all of Pee Wee football scoring a convincing 33-0 win over Mission.

En route to winning the championship, the Longhorns out-scored their opponents 381-29 during regular season play and continued that domination throughout their post-season play winning the VMFL title before eventually capturing the provincial crown as well.


Junior Bantam: 
South Delta Rams 47 def. Abbotsford Falcons 8

The South Delta Rams fell behind early in their championship contest but that was about the only low point of their Sunday.

After giving up the opening touchdown to trail 8-0, the Rams scored 47 unanswered points en route to a convincing 47-8 win to capture the provincial title.

The Rams concluded their season without suffering a single loss and were a dominant scoring machine and defensive juggernaut. They out-scored their opponents 319-26 during regular season play.


Bantam: 
Langley Mustangs 24 def. North Delta Longhorns 7

The Langley Mustangs were the lone “home” team on Sunday at McLeod Stadium and they made sure to send their home fans happy.

The Mustangs capped off a perfect season with a 24-7 win over the second-best Bantam team in the VMFL to capture both the VMFL championship as well as the provincial title.

The Mustangs concluded their regular season with a 10-0 record and swept their way through the playoff with a championship. They out-scored their opponents 376-42 during regular season play.


Midget: 
Nanaimo Redmen 17 def. North Surrey Bears 11

The Redmen had just 20 players on their roster for Sunday's championship showdown but what they lacked in bodies they made up for in heart.

Nanaimo rebounded from an 8-3 half-time deficit to soar past the Bears 17-11 to capture the Midget provincial title.

The Redmen trailed 11-3 in the fourth quarter before they engineered their comeback starting with QB Austin Lyle connected with Marcus Severe for a 71-yard touchdown reception. Jake Borserio would convert the two-point attempt to square the affair.

Borserio would then score on a 10-yard run with just 2:21 left in the contest to give the Redmen a lead they would not relinquish.

The Redmen finished the regular season with a 7-2-1 record but upset the Cowichan Bulldogs in the semi-final to earn their way to the championship game.


      

Touchdown BC episode 12

Episode 12 of Touchdown BC will be released this week.

Catch it first on Shaw TV on Thursday at 5:30 pm. You can also check Football BC's website for new episodes.

You can find archives of all previous shows on our Touchdown BC page.

Check out Football BC's website to see each new episode.

Touchdown BC airs on Shaw TV on Thursdays (5:30 pm) and Fridays (12:30 am and 1:30 pm).

Hosted by Jim Mullin, Touchdown BC will run from September through the end of November.

         

Nominate your 2013 Coach of the Year now! Winners to be honoured at 2014 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner

The nomination form for the 2013 Coach of the Year awards is now available online 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 2013 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.

The deadline to nominate a coach is Friday, December 13, 2013.

The winner will be honoured at the 2014 Orange Helmet Awards banquet. The date and location of the event will be announced at a later time.



                  

Football Canada Rule Change Submission - Due December 20

Football Canada is inviting its members to submit their proposed rule changes for the 2014-15 Canadian Rule Book for Amateur Football.

To submit your rule changes, click here.

                     

Jay Prepchuk Football Camps

Jay Prepchuk's football camps are starting up again in January 2014.

Please see his website at jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com for full details.


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 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 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 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.


               

Subscribe to Sportsnet Magazine and support Football BC

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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 http://www.playfootball.bc.ca/events today for the complete listing of camps and events in your area.

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