Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
December 2015 | Issue #323  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Happy Holidays from Football BC

Football BC wishes all its members and the entire football community a safe and happy holidays!

Our office hours will be limited during the holiday period. If you require immediate assistance, please email communications@playfootball.bc.ca 


Team BC rosters announced for High Roller International Football Showdown in Las Vegas

                    

                 
Team BC has announced the list of players who have been made the final roster for the Grade 8, U16, and U18 teams, respectively, that will compete at the High Roller International Football Showdown from January 20-24, 2016.

The list of players can be found at the links below.

Grade 8 - Final Invite List
U16 - Final Invite List
U18 - Final Invite List

For those players who have made the final roster, we ask that you please make your final payments as soon as possible here.  The deadline for final payment is due Monday, January 11, 2016.

For those players that did not make the final roster, we will be issuing refunds shortly. Those who made their payments via credit card will see the credit put back directly onto their card.

Team BC Travel Information

Due to availability of flights, Team BC will be traveling to Las Vegas on two separate flights.

We will splitting the teams and staff accordingly and informing players shortly on which flights they will be assigned to.

Flight 1 (Meet at YVR at 12:45 pm)

Departs for Las Vegas at 3:15 pm
Arrives in Las Vegas at 5:59 pm

Flight 2 (Meet at YVR at 1:15 pm)

Departs for Calgary at 4pm (arrive Calgary 6:27 local time)
Departs from Calgary for Las Vegas at 7:25 pm (local time)
Arrives in Las Vegas at 9:13 pm

All groups will be on the same return flight on Sunday, January 24 departing Las Vegas at 1:25 pm and arriving in Vancouver at 4:21 pm.

The teams will be traveling with Air Canada.

Team BC Accommodation Information

Team BC will be staying at the Circus Circus hotel in Las Vegas. More information on the hotel can be found here.

We have also taken the liberty of requesting a parent block at a special rate for those parents who are interested in staying in the same hotel.

The Parent Block can be accessed here

Please note that reservations must be made no later than January 6, 2016. There are no exceptions as you are dealing directly with the hotel.

Team BC Schedule and Field Information

We are still awaiting final details on the games and event schedule.

There are two primary venues where events will take place.

All American Park, which is located approximately 20 minutes by car away from the Circus Circus hotel.

The address is Buffalo Drive and Oakley Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89117.

A location map can be found here.

Clark High School, which is located approximately 10 minutes by car away from the Circus Circus hotel.

The address is 4291 Pennwood Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102.

A location map can be found here

BrainShield™ to supply Team BC with 
complimentary decals


BrainShield has generously provided clear BrainShieldâ„¢ decals for all Team BC players for their helmets.

BrainShield is the first of its kind functional decal that can be easily applied to the outer shell of a helmet. Upon receiving an oblique impact to the area covered by BrainShield, the invention reduces the frictional force applied to the helmet, mitigating the rotational acceleration of the brain.

To learn more about BrainShield, please visit http://shieldxtech.com/ 



 

                 

CFL Top Defensive Player Adam Bighill joins Team BC coaching staff

 


Team BC is pleased to announce that Adam Bighill, the reigning CFL Top Defensive Player, has joined the coaching staff.

Bighill is a three-time CFL All-Star and a one-time Grey Cup champion with the BC Lions. Bighill has been involved in a number of Football BC events lending his time to help at Senior Bowl, BC TOUGH camps, and the Football BC Provincial Conference.

He also recently took part in a Safe Contact instructional video that was created with help from the BC Lions.

Team BC has made a slight adjustment to the coaching assignment from the original announcement.

Jerry Friesen, previously assigned as the linebackers coach for the Grade 8 team, will now fill that role with the U18 team replacing Doug Pauls.

Bighill will assume the role of linebackers coach with the Grade 8 team in the spot previously held by Friesen.

Team BC Grade 8, U16, and U18 will compete at the High Roller International Football Showdown in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 20 to 24, 2016.

See the full coaching staff list here.


Orange Helmet Awards Coach of the Year Nominations

It's that time of the year again to recognize the best coaches by nominating them for the Coach of the Year awards.

As per usual, there are two categories. The Community Coach of the Year is open to any coach in Community or Junior football, while the Scholastic Coach of the Year is open to any coach in High School or University Football.

The nomination form can be downloaded here.

The deadline for nomination is January 4, 2016.


                   
                    

Brain injury study participants needed

                 

Call for proposed rule book changes for Canadian amateur tackle football (2016-17)

Football Canada is seeking proposed rule changes for the 2016-17 rule book. Proposals must be submitted to the Football Canada office by January 20, 2016.

Download the submission form here

These proposed changes will be reviewed by the rules committee. All approved changes will be included in the 2016-17 Canadian Amateur Tackle Rule Book.


                    

Online registration now open for 2016 Combine Series

The start of the Team BC tryout season begins each year with the Football BC Combine Series. This is also where current Grade 12 players can try out for the annual Senior Bowl camp.

Below is the schedule for 2016. Register online to save! Click here to register now.

$50 - online
$60 - walk-up price

-  Saturday, January 30 - 
   The Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre

-  Saturday, January 30 - 
   Kelowna Dome

-  Sunday, January 31 - 
   Kamloops Indoor Soccer Dome

-  Monday, February 8 (Family Day) - 
   Richmond Olympic Oval

-  Friday, February 19 (Fraser Valley Pro D Day) - 
   Langley Events Centre Fieldhouse

-  Saturday, February 20 - 
   University of Victoria Fieldhouse

-  Sunday, February 21 - 
   Arbutus Meadows, Nanaimo

Remember, in order to be considered for Team BC in a calendar year, you must attend a Combine session.


              
                    

BrainShield™ on Kickstarter

BrainShield™ is the World's First Impact Diverting Decal and is a proud supporter of Team BC.

BrainShield™ is raising funds to continue its work to make sport safer. They are hoping to raise $70,000.

You can support BrainShield™ on Kickstarter by clicking here.


                  

Intern Luke blog - Thank you Daniel

Intern Luke has guaranteed himself a positive review for his practicum term thanks to his latest blog.

What could his topic possibly be? Find out here.

Canada Football Academy Regional Development Training - Quarterback Clinic & Receiver Training

Hosted by JC Boice (Westshore Rebels) and Rob Williams (Sportcore Performance), Canada Football Academy's Regional Development Training (RDC) follows the highly successful model of USA based National Football Academies Regional Training Camps. CFA's RDC is delivered by CFA/NFA Nationally Certified Staff and is very intense instruction within a limited enrollment, small group format.

Working with NFA Senior Certified staff and learning "Self Correction" principles will give you the competitive advantage you're looking for in preparation for the upcoming season.

Discounted training sessions in Vancouver can be found on the following dates in 2016:

January 7
February 25
March 17
April 7
April 21

More information can be found at: https://canadafootballacademy.launchtrack.events/

Jay Prepchuk camps

Jay Prepchuk quarterback/receiver camps will start up again on January 13, 2016.

Please contact Jay at jprepchuk@sd44.ca for private or group sessions which run all year round.

Visit http://jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com for more information.

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



                 

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, 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.



               

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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