Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
February 2012 | Issue #123  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

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Provincial ID Camps continue this weekend in Richmond (February 11) and Kelowna (February 12)

Football BC's Provincial ID camps continue this weekend at three venues - Sportstown Sports Complex in Richmond on Saturday, February 11 and the Capital News Centre and KLO Middle School in Kelowna on Sunday, February 12.
Here is Saturday's schedule for those attending the Team BC tryout at Sportstown in Richmond:

Team BC tryout: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Here is Sunday's schedule for those attending the Prep to be the Best session at KLO Middle School in Kelowna: *NEW*

Prep to be the Best: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

Here is Sunday's schedule for those attending the sessions at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna:

Team BC tryout: 2:30 pm to 4:45 pm
Senior Bowl tryout: 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm

Player should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of each schedule to register. 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:

  • 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.

Ticket information for 2012 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner

Ticket pricing and ordering information for this year's Orange Helmet Awards Dinner can now be found at: 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: 

This year's dinner, in support of amateur football in British Columbia, will be held on March 30, 2012 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.

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

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).

UBC 2012 Football Camps schedule

The UBC Thunderbirds have released their schedule of upcoming camps in the 2012 calendar year. Please visit for costs and information on all their camps.

The schedule is as follows:

February 26 (Victoria, Bear Mountain Turf in Langford): Best in the West Passing Camp

May 4-6 (Vancouver, Vancouver College): Football University Camp hosted by Vancouver College - 

May 19-20 (Courtenay, Woodcote Park): Best in the West Football Camp

June 23 (Kamloops, Hillside Stadium): Best in the West Passing Camp 

June 24 (Kelowna, Location TBD): 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.

A tentative schedule for the event can be seen here.

For more information, please visit


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 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 ( 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 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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