Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
February 2013 | Issue #174  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Football BC Family Day Combine takes place this coming Monday, February 11

Football BC’s first-ever Family Day Combine takes place this Monday at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

The Combine begins with a free Play with the Pros session for kids aged 5-12 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am before transitioning into Provincial Evaluation sessions.

The special guest pros that will be helping out the Play with the Pros include current BC Lions' players Angus Reid, Adam Baboulas, JR LaRose, Rolly Lumbala and Dean Valli.

The deadline to pre-register for the provincial evaluation sessions at the Richmond Oval is this Friday. If you pre-register, you can save $10 off the walk-up price. The walk-up price is $40.

You can pre-register now at Credit card payments can be made if you pre-register online, but cannot be accepted on site.

The schedule for the provincial evaluations is as follows:

- 11 am to 2 pm (Senior Bowl & Prep to be the Best)
- 3 pm to 6 pm (Team BC)

Pre-Register now for a Provincial Evaluation session near you

Save money and time by pre-registering for an upcoming provincial evaluation session. Pre-registration is open now and will close on the Friday prior to each session (except for the Prince George session which will close on the Thursday).

To pre-register, visit The cost to attend an evaluation session is $30 if you pre-register and $40 for walk-up registration. The price includes a complimentary t-shirt. Credit card payments can be made if you pre-register online, but cannot be accepted on site.

*Players should bring their own mouth guards and dress in appropriate workout attire. Please have footwear appropriate for both indoor and outdoor workouts as, if weather if permitting, evaluations may take place outside. Helmets and shoulder pads are not required.*

All evaluations will include testing (40-yard, 10-yard, standing broad jump, T-test) as well as a skills portion (individual, 1 on 1s, skelly).

There are three age categories for evaluations: Prep to be the Best (ages 13-15), Team BC (born in 1996 or 1997) and Senior Bowl (for players currently in grade 12 who will be graduating in June 2013).

For Team BC and Senior Bowl, the evaluations also serve as part of the tryout process to attend the Team BC identification camp and the Senior Bowl camp, respectively.

The schedule is as follows.

Monday, February 11 (Family Day)
Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond

- 11 am to 2 pm (Senior Bowl & Prep to be the Best)
- 3 pm to 6 pm (Team BC)

Saturday, February 16
Merle Logan Field, Nanaimo (11:30 am to 4 pm)

- 11:30 am to 2 pm (Team BC)
- 1:30 pm to 4 pm (Senior Bowl & Prep to be the Best)

Sunday, February 17
Capital News Centre, Kelowna

- 2 pm to 4:45 pm (all categories)

*March 1-3
The Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre (UNBC), Prince George

- Specific times TBD

Players who attend the Northern Combine can take part in Football BC's evaluation free of charge. If you are registered for the Northern Combine, we still encourage that you pre-register for the Provincial Evaluations but select the "Pay by Cheque" option and then email us at to let us know you are already registered for the Northern Combine.

*An NCCP course will also be offered this weekend

Advanced Senior Bowl registration now open

Advanced Senior Bowl registration is now open for players who were named BC High School Football Provincial All-Stars (AA or AAA) in 2012 or Community players who made the 2013 Star Bowl team.

Please note that players are only eligible for Senior Bowl if they are currently in grade 12 and graduating in June 2013.

This advanced period of registration will be open until February 18. Players who do not register by this deadline will lose their guaranteed spot as those spots will then be open to tryout players.

To register, please go to

The cost to attend Senior Bowl camp is $220 (does not include accommodation for out-of-town players).

Senior Bowl camp will run during Spring Break week (March 19 to 22) at the BC Lions Training Facility in Surrey and will culminate with an exhibition game on March 23 (location TBD).

More information on Senior Bowl, including camp schedules and a list of coaches, will be available shortly.

Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott announced as keynote speaker for the 2013 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner

The BC Lions have announced that Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner.

Lott, a defensive back, played 14 seasons in the NFL from 1981 to 1994 for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders and New York Jets. A 10-time Pro Bowl selection and a four-time Super Bowl champion with the 49ers (1981,1984, 1988, 1989), he was also a member of the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

His jersey #42 is also retired by the 49ers.

The 2013 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner, recognizing the 2012 Provincial Champions of amateur football in British Columbia, will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 at The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.

Tickets and tables are available now from the BC Lions Football Club. Download the order forms from our website.

The Amateur Football rate is $200 per ticket or $2,000 for a table of 10. The Corporate rate is $250 per ticket or $2,500 for a table of 10. Taxes not included.

Please come celebrate the 2012 provincial champions and support amateur football in British Columbia by attending this first-class event. We look forward to seeing you all there.


USA Football releases Heads Up app

USA Football has released a free Heads Up app loaded with concussion information resources.

The app is free for IOS and Android. To download, visit

BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations for the Class of 2013

Nominations are welcomed for the 2013 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.


Call for Coaches: Be a part of Football BC's provincial programs

Football BC is seeking applications for all coaches that want to be involved in our provincial programs in 2013-14.

Football BC's provincial programs include being a part of the team that runs the evaluation sessions, Team BC coaching staff and Senior Bowl coaching staff.

If you are interested, send a copy of your coaching resume to Please also be sure to indicate which program(s) you are interested in being involved with.

FBU Camp returns to Vancouver on May 3-5; Register online now using code "CAN3"

Football University's football camp is returning to Vancouver from May 3-5 and will be held at Vancouver College. Registration and detailed information is now available at

The cost of the camp is $399. Players receive 16 hours of training. Be sure to use code "CAN3" when you register.

For more information, email


Game Ready Fitness 2013

Game Ready offers year-round support for football training and skill development. They are local football stars from the NFL and CFL using their training expertise to give back to our football community.

The sign up period for this year goes from January 2 to 9. To see a schedule of the sign-up locations, please visit

Game Ready Fitness are especially recommended for players who are looking to attend one of Football BC's upcoming provincial evaluations (Prep to be the Best, Football BC tryout and Senior Bowl tryout) as they can help you prepare and be at your very best for these evaluations. Game Ready Fitness is highly recommended by Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia.

For more information on Game Ready Fitness, visit their website at or contact Will Loftus at 778-987-1818.

Check out the location closest to you.

  • North Vancouver

  • Vancouver/Burnaby

  • Port Coquitlam

  • Langley

  • Surrey

  • White Rock

  • Abbotsford

  • Chilliwack

Junior Varsity Program ($99 + tax per month) - for ages 10-14

This is an introductory level to fitness and explosive athletic movement. Program is geared to build speed, conditioning, muscle endurance, strength and to help develop position skills. Total of 2 hours per week.

Varsity Program ($249 + tax per month) - for ages 15 and up

This is an advanced level of explosive movement, strength and power. The program is geared to make our athletes pound-for-pound the strongest, most explosive and fastest possible. The training program also includes one day of plyometrics. Starting in March, the training program will include speed training on field: conditioning, agility, footwork, position work, 1 on 1's, and skelly. Total of 6 hours per week.

UBC T-Birds Football Pass & Run Fundamentals Camps 2013

The UBC Thunderbirds have released their camp schedule for 2013.

Camps will be held in a number of locations including Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Kelowna.  (Please note that the Vancouver camp previously scheduled for January 13 has now been pushed back to January 27).

All camps are for players aged 12-17 and include lunch, jersey and individual assessment.

To see a full list of all the camps, please visit Football BC's Events Calendar page.

For more information and to register for an upcoming UBC Football camp, please visit

Lawyer Milloy & Golden Tate Football Camp

The Lawyer Milloy and Golden Tate Football Camp will be taking place from July 14-17, 2013 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. 

Campers learn from outstanding veteran college and high school coaches and the staff is complimented with Lawyer Milloy and Golden Tate and current and/or former members of the Seattle Seahawks. 

Campers are grouped by age, position, ability and experience to allow coaches to progressively teach basic and advanced techniques to best benefit each group. Campers are taught at an approximately 10:1 ratio. 

Campers receive 6 hours of instruction each day. 

For more information, click here.

Sign up by December 15 and receive a $50 discount off of the Lawyer Milloy / Golden Tate Football camp. Use promo code [Team2013] to receive this discount. Visit their website to register or call 301-575-9400. 

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Jay Prepchuk Position Camps

Jay Prepchuk's position camps are back for 2013

The dates for the QB/Receiver Camp (with Jay Prepchuk and Geroy Simon) are as follows:

Session 2: FEB 13, 20, 27 & MAR 6 at Burnaby 8-Rinks
Session 3: April 30 & May 2 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver
Session 4: May 6 & 8 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver

The dates for the O-Line/D-Line Camp (with Angus Reid and Brent Johnson) are as follows:

Session 1: APR 30 & MAY 2 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver
Session 2: MAY 6 & 8 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver

See the brochures and registration forms for the camps here.

For more information, please visit Jay's website at

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:
  • 2013 UBC T-Birds Football Pass & Run Fundamentals Camps (various dates)
  • 2013 Jay Prepchuk Position Camps (various dates)
  • 2013 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner (April 19)
  • 2013 FBU Vancouver Camp (May 3-5)
  • Lawyer Milloy & Golden Tate Football Camp (July 14-17, 2013)

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