Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
February 2012 | Issue #125  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Provincial ID camps wrap-up

Football BC would like to thank all the players that came out over the past month to take part in our Provincial Identification camps either at the Prep to be the Best level or to tryout for Team BC or Senior Bowl.

All testing results will be posted online on our website at playfootball.bc.ca shortly.

Football BC coaches will directly contact Senior Bowl tryout players to send them an invitation to register for the 2012 Senior Bowl camp which takes place from March 20 - 24, 2012.

For players who tried out for Team BC, the cut-down list will be posted at a later date online at playfootball.bc.ca and all players who are on that list will be notified with details on the next steps towards making the provincial under-18 team.

Thank you all for your participation and your support of Football BC’s provincial programs.

     

2012 NCCP courses

Football BC has released a schedule of upcoming NCCP courses. To see the full list of courses, please click here.

Registration for the Communication Initiation and Introduction to Competition courses, respectively, taking place on March 16 & 17 at Simon Fraser University is now open. Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 14. Click here to register for those courses.

For more information on upcoming NCCP course offerings, please contact Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia at dinogeremia@shaw.ca.

Football BC mourns loss of Cal Murphy

                    

Football BC would like to express our condolences to the friends and family of Cal Murphy who passed away this past Saturday, February 18 at the age of 79.

Most known for his time as the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Murphy had a strong legacy in British Columbia before making it big in the CFL where he posted an illustrious record of 44-21-1, was a two-time CFL coach of the year (1983 & 1984) and was a part of nine Grey Cup winning teams.

Murphy's playing career began with the Vancouver College Fighting Irish followed by time spent with the UBC Thunderbirds and CYO Red Raiders. He also had a short stint with the BC Lions as a defensive back in 1956 before embarking on the start of an amazing coaching career right here in the province of British Columbia.

His first coaching gig came with the Notre Dame Jugglers in 1956 where he was the first ever head coach of that program. He then moved on to coach with his alma mater at Vancouver College from 1960 to 1961. While with the Fighting Irish, he guided the team to their only undefeated season against the top American high school teams in the Pacific Northwest.

Cal also served as an assistant coach for the BC Lions in 1974 and as head coach for the 1975 and 1976 seasons. He is the only BC High School football player to become a professional football head coach.

Murphy is a member of the Vancouver College Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2004 as a builder. He was awarded the 125th Anniversary Medal of Canada in 1993 and the Bob Ackles Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Orange Helmet Awards banquet.

Senior Bowl program advertising opportunity

Would you like to showcase your products or services to the top amateur football players in British Columbia? Take out an ad in our Senior Bowl game day program.

The Senior Bowl game day program is distributed free-of-charge to all the players, coaches, and fans that are involved in the 2012 Senior Bowl game being held on March 24, 2012 (location TBD) at the conclusion of the week-long Senior Bowl camp.

Rates start at just $100 for a half-page ad and $175 for a full-page ad. To submit an order, send your artwork to communications@playfootball.bc.ca along with your contact information by no later than Friday, March 2, 2012.

Artwork must be received in the following format:

Supplied AD FILES FULL COLOUR 
(including logos, photos, and other graphic images)

Press Ready PDF: highest resolution possible

JPEG: 250 DPI at actual print size (ie. no image size enlargement/reduction)

EPS: vector EPS with all fonts outlined

AD SIZES

Full Page: 5.5" W x 8.5" H bleeds: 1/8" on all sides

1/2 Page: 5.5" W x 4.125" H bleeds: 1/8" on all sides

For more information, please contact Daniel at communications@playfootball.bc.ca.

Eric Hamber Football Program seeking coaches

The Eric Hamber Griffins Football Program in Vancouver is looking for coaches. We are the only public school football program in Vancouver and we're expanding our program.

We are in need of dedicated, knowledgeable coaches interested in helping us build our program and who are keen in helping our athletes develop into booth football players and outstanding young men.

Many of our players are still new to the game but work really hard and are proud in what they're building. If you, or someone you know, are interested, please contact Bobby Gibson at Eric Hamber by phone at 604-713-8927 or email at bgibson@vsb.bc.ca.

Thank you for your interest.

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: http://bclions.com/page/2012_oha. 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, in support of amateur football in British Columbia, will be held on March 30, 2012 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.
                   

2012 Pink Shirt Day

The 2012 Pink Shirt Day takes place next Wednesday, February 29. Pink Shirt Day addresses the problem of bulling in our schools, workplaces, homes, online and even on the field of play.

On February, 29, 2012, wear pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere.

Football BC reminds all our members to always treat one another with respect and dignity on and off the field. Guidelines on how to act appropriately on the playing field can be found in your leagues' respective code of conducts. If you or someone you know is being bullied, talk to adult you trust such as a parent or a coach.

For more information on Pink Shirt Day and other anti-bullying resources, visit pinkshirtday.ca.

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 www.ubcfootball.com 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 - www.footballuniversity.org 

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
                 

Upcoming Jay Prepchuk camps

Check out the full list of upcoming Jay Prepchuk camps on our Events page. Recently announced camps include Quarterback camps in Victoria (Junior and Senior), Nanaimo and Vancouver.

Jay Prepchuk is currently the head coach of the Handsworth Royals and will be serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the provincial under-18 team (Team BC) for a second consecutive year this upcoming summer.

For more information on Jay Prepchuk's camps, please contact him at (604) 803-2473 or by email at jprepchuk@nvsd44.bc.ca

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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