Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
January 2014 | Issue #221  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Register now for a 2014 Provincial Combine Session! Players must attend a session to be eligible for provincial programs in 2014

Football BC has released its 2014 Provincial Combine Series schedule. The Combine Series provides players with an opportunity to be evaluated by Football BC's provincial coaches and is the first step for getting on the radar to be part of one of Football BC's provincial programs (i.e. Team BC and Senior Bowl).

For the 2014 season, all players who wish to be eligible to be a part of one of Football BC's provincial programs must evaluated by a Football BC provincial coach. The Combine Series provides an opportunity for all players across the province to have access to an evaluation session in an area close by to them.

The 2014 sessions are as follows:

Friday, January 31 - 
The Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre, Prince George

Monday, February 10 - 
Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond

Sunday, February 16 - 
Merle Logan Field, Nanaimo

Sunday, February 23 - 
Capital News Centre, Kelowna

Tuesday, February 25 - 
W.J. Mouat Secondary School, Abbotsford


*Specific times for each session will be announced at a later date*

Online registration is now available here.

Register online and save on the walk-up price. Online registration is $60. Walk-up registration price is $70.


*Online registration closes one week prior to the start of each session.


           

U-18 Team BC wins big against Europe at FBU International Showcase

An exciting week in San Antonio, Texas was capped off with a convincing 45-7 win over Europe on Saturday for Team BC.

Despite having their scheduled game against Texas East on Wednesday changed to a controlled scrimmage, the week-long experience in San Antonio was still a once-in-a-lifetime experience as the players and coaches got to immerse themselves into a culture where football is religion.

The week included an opportunity to watch the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game players practice and play, as well as have an opportunity to have a practice led by former NFL coaches.

To read a recap of Team BC's win over Europe, click here.

To watch the game, click here.


                  

Team BC U-15 heading to Dallas

Football BC is proud to announce that we will be fielding a U-15 team to take part in the International Bowl festivities from February 4 - 8 in Dallas.

The U15 team will be comprised of players who had previously tried out for the FBU National Games team but were later deemed ineligible. For those players who have been invited to the U15 Selection Camp (January 17-18, Burnaby Lakes Sports Complex West) but have not yet registered for the camp, please register here.

The deadline to register has been extended to Monday, January 13.

The week's activity in Dallas will include:
  • A controlled scrimmage at AT&T Stadium - 
    home of the Dallas Cowboys
  • A game against the USA 9th Graders at the 
    University of Texas - Arlington
  • Dinner at the famous Dave and Busters - Dallas
  • An opportunity to watch a Football Canada/
    Football USA event


                   

Senior Bowl registration now open

For players in Grade 12: The 2014 Senior Bowl camp is just around the corner!

As per usual, the camp will take place over the March Spring Break Week (March 18-21) culminating with a game on the Saturday (March 22).

The cost to attend this year's camp for the week is only $230 (does not include hotel accommodations for out-of-town players). The camp takes place at the BC Lions Training Facility in Surrey with the exhibition game to close out the camp taking place at McLeod Athletic Park in Surrey.

There are two ways to earn a spot at Senior Bowl camp.

1. Register for an upcoming Football BC Provincial Combine session (open to all players)

2. Players named a BC High School Football All-Star in 2013, or named to the 2014 Star Bowl team receive an automatic invitation to the camp

*Football BC encourages all players to attend a Provincial Combine session. If you receive an automatic invitation to Senior Bowl camp AND also attend a provincial combine session, you will receive a $40 discount on your Senior Bowl fee. Contact communications@playfootball.bc.ca for more information.

Registration for the 2014 Senior Bowl camp is available at: http://www.playfootball.bc.ca/pages/registration_seniorbowl  

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


In addition, we will also have bins to collect scrap metals at our upcoming Provincial Combine Series in Richmond, Nanaimo, Kelowna and Abbotsford.

If you would like to volunteer with setting up, monitoring and collecting scrap metal during our Combine Series, please contact Dino Geremia at dinogeremia@shaw.ca.



SAVE THE DATES!

All members of our Football BC family - especially coaches and coaches-in-training - are encouraged to save the dates for the following events happening in April:

BC Lions Orange Helmet Awards Dinner - Friday, April 4
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

Football BC Provincial Conference - April 5 & 6
Location TBD

Jay Prepchuk Football Camps

Jay Prepchuk's football camps are starting up again in January 2014.

Please see his website at jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com for full details.


MVP/Hyack Football Team Camp

The MVP/Hyack Football Team camp takes place from June 26-28 at Mercer Stadium in New Westminster.

For more information, log on to http://nwss.hyackfootball.com/TeamCamp.aspx.

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 2014

Nominations are welcomed for the 2014 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.

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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.

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