Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
January 2015 | Issue #276  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Predicting Super Bowl XLIX

The experts have spoken and the New England Patriots will be Super Bowl champions on Sunday.

Wait, what?!

Well, that's according to our expert panel comprised of Team BC provincial coaches.

Read their picks and their expert analysis here.

But, hey, what do the experts know anyways?



First Football BC Combine session goes this Saturday in Prince George! 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.

Sunday, January 31 (12 pm to 4 pm)
The Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre, Prince George

Monday, February 9 (Family Day) (9 am to 5 pm)
Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond

Saturday, February 21 (12 pm to 5 pm)
Arbutus Meadows, Nanoose Bay (Vancouver Island)

Sunday, February 22 (11 am to 4 pm)
Kelowna United Dome, Kelowna

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

Langley Events Centre Fieldhouse, Langley

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.


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.

Saturday 2 - 4 pm January 31 & February 7

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

For more information, go to 

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.

SFU Spring Football Tryout

Simon Fraser University Defensive Coordinator Abe Elimimian has announced a spring semester tryout day for the upcoming 2015 football season.

The 2015 SFU Football Spring Tryout will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. on Terry Fox Field, four days before NCAA National Letter of Intent Day on February 4, 2015.

The tryout is open to all current SFU students who are enrolled full-time taking at least 12 credit hours, as well as anyone who has completed high school or is currently in grade 12. Registration for the tryout will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in the VIP room located adjacent to the West Gym.

All the necessary tryout forms and information can be found here.

It is strongly encouraged that participants email SFU Defensive Coordinator Abe Elimimian at in advance to communicate their intent to tryout. For additional information, contact the Football Department at Simon Fraser University at 778-782-3759.

SFU is currently conducting a national search to find its next head coach of the football program to replace Jacques Chapdelaine, who left the university to become offensive coordinator of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Chapdelaine led the Clan to a 2-9 record in 2014, his only season as head coach at SFU.


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 

UBC T-Birds to open season against Laval

The UBC Thunderbirds, under the guidance of new head coach Blake Nill, will kick off their season against Laval University on August 29.

Laval is the most successful program in the history of CIS football having won a record eight Vanier Cup Championships. In 2014, they lost in the Dunsmore Cup (RSEQ Final) to the eventual Vanier Cup Champions from the University of Montreal ending their run of 11 straight Dunsmore Cup victories.

This will be the first game ever between UBC and Laval.


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
February 7, 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.


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 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 
    (February 7, 2015)
  • Football BC presents Safe Contact Day
    (February 8, 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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