Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
February 2015 | Issue #278  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Football BC long weekend recap: Safe Contact Clinic & Family Day Combine

From Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia

Thank you to our football community for a great football weekend.

The "Safe Contact Clinic" on Sunday brought coaches together for a complete coaching experience from the sessions by special guest Angus Reid, who poured out his passion for football and blocking, to the other facilitators bringing their expertise in the respective areas: Neil Cartwright (blocking), Jerome Erdman (tackling), Rob Williams (sport specific core and posture) and Kevin Phillips (sports therapy).

A great job was done by all the coaches in the running of the Safe Contact practice as the players were treated to great coaching. The greatest concern coming from the parents was that they will not have the same "safe contact" coaching from their respective club teams. I have assured them that all coaches will soon be brought updated on all the techniques. The responsibility is with all of us.

Monday was our third annual Football BC Family Day Combine. Once again, we had an impressive group of coaches come together to evaluate and assess the players. Each year, I am impressed with the progress being made by the players on the whole and the level of coaching that occurs in a short period of time. We appreciate the job of the coaches and applaud the efforts of the players.

A big thank you goes out to the parents and families that made football a part of their long weekend.


Chiko returns at the Family Day Combine

Michiko Araki, better known to most by her Twitter handle @hellochiko, made her return to the Football BC family this past weekend and, appropriately, it happened on Family Day at the Football BC Combine at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

In her triumphant comeback, Chiko not only jumped right back into being the face of Football BC on YouTube but tested her abilities with the rest of the athletes at the Combine as well.

Check out Chiko's latest video which takes a look at the Combine tests in-depth.

For all the players that have taken part in a Combine or will be taking part in an upcoming Combine, can you beat Chiko's times?

Chiko's official results:

10-yard dash: 1.99 seconds
40-yard dash: 6.24 seconds
Pro-Agility: 5.4 seconds
Standing Broad Jump: 5'11"
Medicine Ball Toss: 17'


Register now for an upcoming Combine!

Our final four Combines of the 2015 season are fast approaching. Make sure you register and don't miss out on this opportunity to get involved in the provincial teams program!

The schedule appears below. (Please note the specific times listed below. Athletes should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled start time to check-in).

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

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.


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.

Saturday March 21st & Sunday March 22nd

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

McAdam Park, Duncan (840 Wharncliffe Road) both days

$50.00 per player

8 - 14 (born 2007-2001)

For more information, visit 

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 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 or visit 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 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 

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


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 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.


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:
  • 2015 Football BC Combine Series (various dates)

  • 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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