Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
February 2015 | Issue #277  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Family Day Combine goes this Monday! Register now!

The dates for the Football BC Combine Series are now available.

The schedule appears below. (Times are subject to change. Athletes should arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of each session for check-in).

Specific age group times have been announced. Click here for the times.

Monday, February 9 (Family Day) (9 am to 5 pm)
Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond
9 am to 11 am – Grades 6/7/8
11:30 am to 2 pm – U16
2:30 pm to 5pm – U18 & Senior Bowl

*We welcome Muscle MLK to our Family Day Combine*


Saturday, February 21 (12 pm to 5 pm)

Arbutus Meadows, Nanoose Bay (Vancouver Island)
12 pm to 2:30 pm – Grades 6/7/8 & U16
2:30 pm to 5 pm – U18 & Senior Bowl


Sunday, February 22 (11 am to 4 pm)

Kelowna United Dome, Kelowna
11 am to 1:30 pm – Grades 6/7/8 & U16
1:30 pm to 4 pm – U18 & Senior Bowl


February 20 (9 am to 1 pm) & 
February 24 (4 pm to 7 pm)

Langley Events Centre Fieldhouse, Langley
All age categories to be tested in the times listed


Click here to register now!


The 2015 Combine Series is an opportunity for all amateur football players in BC ages 10-18 to undergo standard Combine testing and be evaluated by Football BC provincial coaches in order to get on the radar for Football BC provincial programs (i.e. Team BC, Senior Bowl). Attendance in a Combine session is required in order to eligible for Football BC's provincial program in the 2015 calendar year.


* New lower prices for 2015 *


$50 - Register online
$60 - Walk-up registration


Online registration closes 24 hours prior to the start of each session.


              

Senior Bowl registrations now open for Community Star Bowl players and BC High School Football Provincial All-Stars; More invitations to be sent out following tryouts at Football BC Combines

Registration is now open for the 2015 Senior Bowl camp!

Open to players currently in Grade 12 and graduating in June, the purpose of the camp is to encourage players to keep playing football following high school graduation whether it's in Midget (Community), Junior or University.

2014 BC High School Football provincial all-stars (AAA or AA), 2015 Star Bowl players and 2014 U18 Team BC players are eligible to attend Senior Bowl camp without trying out. For all other players, tryouts will take place as part of Football BC's Combine Series.

Click here to register for the Senior Bowl camp.

The 2015 Senior Bowl camp will takes place March 17 to 20 culminating with an intrasquad game on Saturday, March 21. The camp will take place at the BC Lions Training Facility (10605 City Parkway, Surrey). The game location is TBD.

Senior Bowl camp gives players and opportunity to receive high-level training from certified Football BC provincial coaches.

*All eligible Grade 12 players may register at this current time. If you are not invited, your payment will be refunded in full.


          

Football BC presents Safe Contact Day

Football BC will be hosting Safe Contact Day on Sunday, February 8 at the Richmond Olympic Oval from 9 am to 5 pm.

Coaches who attend this clinic will be certified "Safe Contact" through the NCCP: Blocking and Tackling.

The cost to attend is $75 (includes manual and t-shirt). The course is free for active players who have already registered for a 2015 Football BC Combine session.

For more information and to register, click here.

 

Three of BC’s best headed south of the border

Wednesday, February 4 marked the National Letter of Intent Day for the NCAA and three BC High School Football stars are slated to be headed to the NCAA Div. One ranks for the 2015 season.

OL Harper Sherman (New Westminster Hyacks) has signed on with the University of Arizona while REC/DB Matthew Seymour (New Westminster Hyacks) will be headed to Ohio University.

OL AJ McFarlane (Vancouver College Fighting Irish) will be announcing his decision in the coming weeks. McFarlane, who attended Phillips Academy in Massachusetts this past season, has received multiple NCAA Div. 1 FCS offers.

New Westminster Secondary is the only high school in Canada to have two members of the Class of 2015 receive NCAA Div. 1 football scholarships. Over the past 11 years, 32 high school football players from BC have now received NCAA Div. 1 scholarships.

For more information, click here


                              

Game Ready Combine Training

"Be Combine Ready"! Game Ready coaches will prepare you for the testing done at combines by working on speed, change of direction, agility, strength and power. Learn keys and techniques that will give you WOW, results. Training will include stance, starts, speed technique, agility training, plyometrics, explosive exercises and core stability all with the purpose of performing these combine tests at a high level. Basic position specific skills will also be included.

Special guests will be announced!

2 sessions (total of 4 hours) $40 (online registration)

Space is limited!

If space is available, $30 drop-in.


Cloverdale
Saturday 2 - 4 pm January 31 & February 7


North Vancouver
Saturday 11 am - 1 pm January 31 & February 7

For more information, go to www.gamereadyfitness.ca 


Save the Date: 2015 Football BC Provincial Conference

Football BC will be holding its 6th annual Provincial Conference on April 17-18 at Holy Cross Regional High School in Surrey.

This event welcomes coaches, players and administrators and features speakers from all across the football world at every level including CIS, NCAA, CFL, NFL, Junior, High School and Community.

Coaches can also receive their NCCP Introduction to Competition training at this clinic.

Last year, Football BC welcomed CFL legend Anthony Calvillo as the keynote speaker for this event. Other speakers at last year's event included CFL/CIS and former player Joe Paopao and BC Lions players Shawn Gore and Dean Valli making the "Be more than a bystander" presentation.

A list of this year's presenters will be available at a later time. Registration information will be available shortly.


2015 Cowichan Spring Football Camp

Cowichan Football is excited to announce that at this year's Spring Football Camp guest coach BC Lion Adam Bighill will be joined by former teammate, Offensive Lineman, Angus Reid. Last spring's 2-day full gear camp was a huge success with over 70 attendees from all over Vancouver Island and the Mainland.

Date: 
Saturday March 21st & Sunday March 22nd

Time: 
11:00AM - 4:00PM Saturday, 11:00AM - 2:00PM Sunday

Location: 
McAdam Park, Duncan (840 Wharncliffe Road) both days

Cost: 
$50.00 per player

Age: 
8 - 14 (born 2007-2001)

For more information, visit http://cowichanfootball.com/2015-spring-camp/ 


Former Grey Cup champion and four-time Pro Bowl QB Jeff Garcia to headline 2015 Orange Helmet Awards

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Location: The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

Amateur Football rate: $200 per person / $2000 per table

Purchase your tickets now! Contact Melissa at mgrout@bclions.com or call 604-634-1178.

 

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.



               

Touchdown BC!

Touchdown BC is now in off-season which means monthly shows.

With Ryan Sullivan, Jim Mullin, Andrew Wadden and Alex Carrigan.

Catch up on past episodes here!


        

2014/15 UBC Camps

UBC Football has announced the following upcoming camps. Please click on each for more details.


5th annual UBC Winter Football Skills Camp
March 14, 2015

UBC Pre-Season Football Fundamentals Camp
August 8, 2015


                 

Jay Prepchuk QB-Receiver camps

Jay Prepchuk quarterback-receiver camps will start on 
January 14, 2015.

Contact Jay at jprepchuk@sd44.ca or visit http://jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com for more information.

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.

       

Gear up with Team BC!

Are you headed to Winnipeg to support Team BC at the Red River Cup tournament, or just want to show off your Team BC pride year round?

Pick up some Team BC gear from our 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.

       

BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations for the Class of 2015

Nominations are welcomed for the 2015 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 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.


               

Subscribe to Sportsnet Magazine and support Football BC

Football BC and Sportsnet have partnered to offer all Football BC members and supporters an amazing deal.

For just $30 plus tax, you will receive 26 issues of Sportsnet magazine - Canada's only national magazine for Canadian sports fans - with $10 of that going directly to Football BC in support of our developmental programs.

You will also receive FREE access to Sportsnet's Tablet and Digital subscription as part of your purchase.

To subscribe now, please click here.
        

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 Football BC Combine Series (various dates)
  • Football BC presents Safe Contact Day
    (February 8, 2015)
  • 5th annual UBC Winter Football Skills Camp 
    (March 14, 2015)
  • 2015 Senior Bowl camp (March 17-21, 2015)
  • Cowichan Spring Football Camp (March 21-22, 2015)
  • 2015 Orange Helmet Awards dinner (April 15, 2015)
  • UBC Pre-Season Football Fundamentals Camp 
    (August 8, 2015)
  • Game Ready (various dates)



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