Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
February 2012 | Issue #122  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Provincial ID Camps continue this Saturday (February 4) in Richmond and Prince George

Football BC's Provincial ID camps continue this Saturday, February 4 at two venues - Sportstown Sports Complex in Richmond and UNBC in Prince George.

Here is Saturday's schedule for those attending the sessions at Sportstown in Richmond:

Senior Bowl tryout: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Prep to be the Best: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Here is Saturday's schedule for those attending the sessions at UNBC in Prince George:

Team BC tryout: 11 am to 1 pm
Prep to be the Best: 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Senior Bowl tryout: 1 pm to 3 pm

The cost to participate in each session/tryout is $10 per player.

All players that are attending one of these sessions should fill out the PLAYER INFORMATION section in this form and bring a copy with you to hand in during registration. DO NOT fill out the Player Evaluation - Testing section as that section will be filled in by a coach representing Football BC during your tryout.

Upcoming camp dates are as follows:

  • Lower Mainland (Richmond) - Saturday, February 11 
    * Team BC tryout only *
  • Okanagan (Kelowna) - Sunday, February 12
  • Vancouver Island (Victoria) - Sunday, February 19
  • Fraser Valley (Abbotsford) - Monday, February 20 & Tuesday, February 21

Full information and details on these camps can be found here.

Adult Gaming Grants available - deadline is February 13

On January 11, 2012, BC Premier Christy Clark announced that The Province has increased gaming grants by $15 million to a total of $135 million beginning this fiscal year.

In addition, funding reinstated for eligible adult arts and sport organizations, environmental groups and animal welfare agencies. Adult football programs fall into the "Reinstated Eligibility" category.

For details on how to apply for a gaming grant, please click here

Three members of Football BC family announce NCAA Division I commitments

Three members of the Football BC and BC High School Football family - running back/linebacker Terrell Davis (Mt. Douglas Rams), offensive/defensive tackle Mason Woods (Terry Fox Ravens) and offensive/defensive lineman Tom Clarkson (Mission Roadrunners) - officially revealed their 2012 college playing destinations on Wednesday at a press conference held at the Marine Drive Golf Club on National Letter of Intent Day.

Davis, the 2011 AAA Player of the Year, is headed to Arizona State University and is the first member of the Rams football program to earn a full scholarship to an NCAA Division I school. During his time with the Rams, he guided them to both a AA Junior Varsity and a AA Senior Varsity title in 2009 (he was named MVP of both games) and, this past season, led his club to a AAA Senior Varsity championship.

"I chose ASU because Coach Graham and the rest of the staff made me feel a part of their football family," said Davis. "They made me feel very excited about ASU and I believe I will enjoy a lot of success there both on and off the field."

Woods, who spent the past two seasons with Terry Fox after coming out of the Langley Minor Football system, will ply his trade next season at the University of Idaho. A two-time member of Team BC winning a pair of national bronze medals with the provincial club, Woods was named to the AAA Provincial All-Star team in 2011 and was named team MVP by the Ravens last year.

"I wanted to attend a Division 1A school and I chose Idaho because I was very impressed with the coaching staff, the campus is relatively close to home and the offensive linemen appear to be a very close-knit group," said Woods "I am really excited to be a Vandal!"

Clarkson, ranked the #1 recruit in Canada by ESPN, led his team to a AA championship last season while being named to the AA Provincial All-Star team. Clarkson is the first player in Mission Secondary history to receive a full Division I scholarship and will become the second Canadian to play for UNLV following in the footsteps of Saskatchewan-native OL Brette Boyko who was a Second-Team Freshman All-American.

"I chose UNLV because I believe it's a great school, and I can receive a great education there," said Clarkson.  "I really like the direction that the football program at UNLV is heading in and I believe they will be dominant in the Mountain West Conference in a few years. It has been my dream to play Division I football and UNLV is a perfect fit for me."

Over the past eight years, 22 high school football players from British Columbia have received NCAA Division I full scholarships.

   

BC Lions' Paul McCallum and Andrew Harris up for Best of BC Award

BC Lions kicker-punter Paul McCallum (Surrey Rams) and running back Andrew Harris (VI Raiders) are among five athletes who are up for this year's Best of BC Award presented by the Province of British Columbia.

You can submit your vote from now until February 27 at Sport BC's website to let them know you think was the most outstanding BC professional or amateur athlete in 2011.

Harris began the year as the Lions' backup running back but took over the starter's role partway through the season finishing with 853 yards and eight touchdowns with 11 starts. In the 99th Grey Cup game against Winnipeg, Harris rushed for 65 yards on 10 carries, scored a touchdown, and was named the Most Outstanding Canadian.

McCallum made the CFL records books this season when he set a new record for most all-time consecutive field goals made with 30. The 19-year CFL veteran holds the league record for longest field goal made (62 yards) and highest field goal kicking accuracy in a single season (94.34 percent).

BCFC's Huskers announce Tyson St. James as new head coach

The Chilliwack Huskers have named former CFLer Tyson St. James as their new head coach for the 2012 season. St. James takes over for Luke Acheson who retired following the 2011 season.

St. James, a former Saskatchewan Roughrider and Winnipeg Blue Bomber, spent last season as the defensive line coach at Simon Fraser University. He playing career also included stints with the now-defunct Abbotsford Air Force (BCFC) and the UBC Thunderbirds.

     

2012 Grey Cup Tour

Want to see the Grey Cup up close this spring? Visit yourcup.ca to see a schedule of upcoming appearances.

Speaker and pricing information announced for 2012 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner

The BC Lions have announced that the guest speaker at the 2012 Orange Helmet Awards will be 1982 Heisman trophy winner, former NFL star and current mixed martial artist Herschel Walker.

In addition to his standout collegiate career at the University of Georgia (which includes three consecutive years where he received All-American honours, set 10 NCAA records and 30 Georgia all-time records), he also had a 12-year career in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles. He has been competing professionally in mixed martial arts since 2009.

Ticket information for this year's Orange Helmet Awards has also been announced. Football BC affiliates can purchase tickets for a special rate for $175 per individual or $1,750 for a table of 10. The corporate rate is $250 per individual or $2,500 for a table of 10. Complete details including ordering information can be found at: http://bclions.com/page/2012_oha 

This year's dinner will be held on March 30, 2012 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. 
                   

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:

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

May 4-6 (UBC): Football University Camp hosted by UBC - www.footballuniversity.org 

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

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

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 http://jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com 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 jprepchuk@nvsd44.bc.ca

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

Football Canada, in partnership with CanadaFootballChat.com 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.

A tentative schedule for the event can be seen here.

For more information, please visit www.FCCA.ca

                     

Big Kahuna Facebook Contest

The Big Kahuna Sport Co. is launching their first ever Facebook contest in search of what we are calling the 2011 Dream Team. When you go to www.facebook.com/BigKahunaSport you will have the chance to enter your team and tell us why 2011 was your dream season.

We want to hear your best story from last year. It could have been a year in which your team overcame adversity, a year where you had a perfect winning streak or championship run, or a Cinderella year where your team went above and beyond their expectations. Whatever the story is, and whatever the age group, we want to know.

Submit your story through our Facebook page between now and February 17th and Big Kuhuna Sport Co. will select the top five stories of 2011 and post them on our Facebook page. From there we will let our fans and your supporters vote and decide what teams deserves the coveted title of the 2011 Dream Team and the prize of $1000 MSRP of Adidas apparel.

The winner will be announced on March 26th so go to our Facebook page now (www.facebook.com/BigKahunaSport) to get all the details and enter your team to win.

May the best team win!

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 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:
  • 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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