Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
July 2012 | Issue #145  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Beat the heat and play it cool

Football BC would like to remind all our members to engage in safe heat practices when running camps and clinics during the summer and with temperatures outdoors constantly rising.

Here are some tips from the Cleveland Clinic on how to prevent heat illness:

Cleveland Clinic Tips to Prevent Heat Illness

A heat related illness occurs when the body is not able to regulate, or control, its temperature.

If left untreated, a heat illness can lead to serious complications, even death. If detected and treated early, however, most serious problems can be avoided.

1. Proper Hydration

Pre- and post-exercise hydration
Drink water and electrolyte drinks
Limit excessive caffeine consumption

2. Be Aware of Supplements

Research has shown supplements use can raise blood pressure, speed heart rate and contribute to dehydration.

Products containing ephedrine contribute to fatal heart rhythm difficulties, heat related illnesses, stroke, and seizures.

Ephedrine raises the body’s heat production and body temperatures and increases the risk of developing heat illnesses.

Supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a result, nutritional labels may be inconsistent.

Creatine may be linked to muscle cramping if working out in the heat of the day.

3. Keep Cool

Use ice towels
Use cold tubs
Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing

4. High Risk Athletes

Overweight & unfit athletes have a tendency to overheat.

5. Stay Healthy

Eat a well-balanced diet
Salt food lightly, if not hypertensive
Monitor weight before and after each practice session
Monitor urine: Clear or light yellow for color of urine
Get plenty of rest

6. Notify Medical Professional if experiencing any signs of dehydration and heat illness

For more information on heat related illnesses, click here.

Next NCCP Intro to Comp course scheduled for July 27-28

The next NCCP courses will be held over the July 27-28 weekend at the Centennial Community Centre in New Westminster.

The courses are as follows:

NCCP Community Initiation (July 27) from 5 pm to 9 pm.

NCCP Intro to Comp (July 27-28). Course will begin on the Friday together with the Community Initiation from 5 pm to 9 pm, and will resume on Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm.

Please note that times are subject to change.

Registration is now open at

Football BC is also planning to run an NCCP Intro to Competition course on Vancouver Island in the coming weeks.

For more information about the NCCP course, please click here.

Larry Reda honoured by Seahawks as 12th Man North of the Border

Football BC would like to congratulate Larry Reda for becoming the first recipient of the Seattle Seahawks' 12th Man North of the Border award for his dedication to football in the province of British Columbia.

Reda, who is currently the chair of the BC High School Football Championships Subway Bowl, was presented the award in a surprise ceremony when two members of the Seattle Seahawks - Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman - along with two Seagals visited his North Vancouver home to present him with a plaque along with a handful of gifts.

Click here to see a video of the surprise ceremony from the Vancouver Sun website.

The 12th Man North of the Border award is just the latest accolade for Reda in recent months. He was part of the inaugural induction class of the BC Football Hall of Fame last October and was also presented with the CFL Commissioner's Award in November by Mark Cohon.


Meet and get an autograph from the CFL's All-time Receiving Yards leader Geroy Simon and support Football BC

Would you like a chance to meet and get an autograph from the CFL's All-Time Receiving Yards leader and future Hall-of-Famer Geroy Simon of the BC Lions?

You can do so on Saturday, July 21 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm at Pastime Sports & Games located at the Central City Mall in Surrey (second to last stop on the Skytrain line).

The first autograph is free of charge. Additional autographs are by donation (minimum $10) with 100% of the proceeds going to support BC Amateur Football (Football BC).

If you don't have an item already, Pastime has many to choose from including photos, hats, jerseys, helmets, footballs and much more.

There will also be a raffle for an autographed Geroy Simon jersey with 100% of the money collected going to BC Amateur Football.

For more information on the event, click here

To visit Pastime Sports & Games' Facebook page, click here.

Register now for "Football 101 for Trainers" course with Jamie Rempel

Football BC will be hosting four sessions of its "Football 101 for Trainers" course this August. The dates are as follows:

August 5 in Kelowna
August 12 in Nanaimo
August 19 in Langley
August 26 in Vancouver

There is a $10 charge for the course. Specific locations will be announced shortly as soon as they are confirmed. You can register online for these courses now by clicking here.

The program will cover the following topic areas:

Preseason Administration - medical forms, registration and concussion baseline testing

Kit Basics - taping and emergency medical supplies

On-field Protocols - coordinating medical personnel, roles and responsibilities

Common Football Injuries

Concussion Protocols - diagnosis and return-to-play

Conclusion - discussion period

Jamie Rempel is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist based in Langley. Besides treating clientele at his clinic, he has also been involved with the Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Hockey High Performance, the Langley Chiefs Jr. A Hockey club, the BC Lions, and the Canada Winter Games.

Support the SFU Clan and book your foursome or single golfer for the 2012 SFU Football Alumni Golf Classic

Help support the SFU Clan Football team this season by being a part of the 2012 SFU Football Alumni Golf Classic Presented by Ceili's Irish Pubs and Restaurants.

The event takes place on Thursday, August 16 and is being hosted by the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club in Coquitlam.

For more information or to register, please visit

Jay Prepchuk Summer Quarterback Training

Any football organizations who are interested in Jay Prepchuk doing a QB Clinic/Camp for them this summer are asked to contact Jay at 604-803-2473 or

Coach Prepchuk is also available to do individual coaching sessions.

Coach Prepchuk's position camps with Geroy Simon (receiver), Angus Reid (offensive line), Brent Johnson (defensive line) and himself (quarterback) will resume in January 2013. Please check the Jay Prepchuk website at for details.

Jay Prepchuk is currently the head coach of the Handsworth Royals and will be serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the provincial under-18 team (Team BC) in early 2013 when the team takes part in a tournament at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

Free, mandatory concussion education course codes now available for your club from Football BC

With the 2012 season fast approaching, Football BC would like to remind all its members of the updates to its concussion policy which now requires all coaches to complete a mandatory online course found at

Completion of the course will satisfy the yearly education program component of the Football BC concussion policy which was put into effect back in June 2010.

Each coach will receive a unique PIN number and password from their club team. PIN numbers and passwords should be requested from Football BC from the club's president or primary contact (such as a head coach) who can then forward the codes to the rest of their organization.  To request a code, visit, click "Request" and fill out the appropriate information in the form.

For more on Football BC's concussion policy, please click here.

Kamloops Community Big Kahuna Football Camp 2012

The Kamloops Community Big Kahuna Football Camp takes place at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops from July 9 to 13.

The camp, for ages 10-13, features full contact drills and scrimmage situations and will be led by current Kalamalka Secondary School head coach Brad Yamaoka who will be working alongside Darryl Chow and Duncan Olthuis.

The cost of the camp is only $200 per player and equipment rental is available.

For more information, see the camp brochure.

Game Ready Fitness

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.

Game Ready will also provide assistance to Football BC with combines, Senior Bowl, Team BC, the annual Football BC Provincial Conference and the Play Football BC campaign which introduces the game to young, school-aged children for the first time in many cases.

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.

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:
  • 2012 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • All-Star Football Camp: Touchdown Makers! (various dates)

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