Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
December 2013 | Issue #220  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Happy New Year from 
Football BC

Football BC would like to wish everyone in our football family a happy and healthy new year.

See you in 2014!

Please note our office is closed until Monday, January 6. If you have an urgent matter, please email


Last chance to get your best rate for a 2014 Provincial Combine Session! Register by January 1 and save! Players must attend a session to be eligible for provincial programs in 2014

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.


U-18 Team BC faces Texas East on Wednesday

Team BC will kick off the 2014 International Showcase on New Year's Day when they face Texas East at Heroes Stadium. The game begins at 3 pm PT.

There is no live streaming of the game available, but follow our website at or on Twitter @Football_BC for updates.

See the full 36-player roster here.

U-18 Team BC will be competing in two games during the tournament:

  • Wednesday, January 1 vs Texas East - 
    3 pm PT (Heroes Stadium)
  • Saturday, January 4 vs Europe - 
    7:45 pm PT (Alamodome)


Football Canada names Junior National Team to compete at International Bowl; One BC-born player selected

Football Canada has announced their Junior National Team roster that will take on USA Football's U-19 National team as part of the 2014 International Bowl series to be held February 7-8 at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The roster includes OL Jesse Lawson (Surrey), who competed in 2013 with the BCFC's Langley Rams. Lawson played Community Football with the White Rock Titans and was a participating player at Football BC's 2013 Senior Bowl camp.

Team Canada's roster also includes two other players with ties to British Columbia.

DL Quinton Bowles (Winnipeg), DL Tristian Koronkiewicz (Regina) and REC Alex Thompson (Regina), who all played with the BCFC champions VI Raiders in 2013, were also named to the team.

Congratulations to Jesse and all the players named to Team Canada and good luck in Texas!


Coach Dino wins at All American Bowl

Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia was part of the coaching staff of Team CanAm that defeated Team IronMan 38-6 at the All American Bowl game at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Congrats Dino!


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

In addition, we will also have bins to collect scrap metals at our upcoming Provincial Combine Series in Richmond, Nanaimo, Kelowna and Abbotsford.

If you would like to volunteer with setting up, monitoring and collecting scrap metal during our Combine Series, please contact Dino Geremia at


All members of our Football BC family - especially coaches and coaches-in-training - are encouraged to save the dates for the following events happening in April:

BC Lions Orange Helmet Awards Dinner - Friday, April 4
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

Football BC Provincial Conference - April 5 & 6
Location TBD

Jay Prepchuk Football Camps

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

Please see his website at for full details.

MVP/Hyack Football Team Camp

The MVP/Hyack Football Team camp takes place from June 26-28 at Mercer Stadium in New Westminster.

For more information, log on to

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


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.


Subscribe to Sportsnet Magazine and support Football BC

Football BC and Sportsnet have partnered to offer all Football BC members and supporters an amazing deal.

For just $30 plus tax, you will receive 26 issues of Sportsnet magazine - Canada's only national magazine for Canadian sports fans - with $10 of that going directly to Football BC in support of our developmental programs.

You will also receive FREE access to Sportsnet's Tablet and Digital subscription as part of your purchase.

To subscribe now, please click here.

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.

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