Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
July 2013 | Issue #198  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

BC teams set for National Flag Championships

The 2013 Football Canada National Flag Championships is set to get underway on Friday, July 26 in Regina, Saskatchewan and British Columbia will be front and centre with two teams in the competition.

Both of BC's teams - the U-16 boys and the U-18 girls team - will depart from Vancouver on July 25.

The U-16 Team BC boys team is comprised of members of the 2013 BCCFA Provincial Flag champions North Delta Longhorns. The team is coached by Bobby Singh and managed by Glenn Pencer. Its players are: Devin Patterson, Tyler Moxin, Gabriel Saklofsky, Drew Blair, Bobby Singh Jr., Jakob Desousa, Austin Blum and Nolan McMurchy.

Taylor Pencer was slated to participate with the team but is now unable to due to an injury sustained at the Red River Cup.

The U-18 Team BC girls team was selected from a number of tryout participants. The team is coached by Devin Arsenault and is managed by Paul Lancaster and Bianca Snickars. Its players are: Riley Lancaster, Jill Calvert, Lindsay Corbould, Taylor-Anne Crevier, Sarah Shelke, Sasha Cardinal, Yu Jung Chang and Betty Cardinal.

Best of luck to both teams in Regina!


Team BC U-13, U-14 and U-15 tryouts are this weekend! Still time to register now

The FBU National Championship is a 64-team tournament that plays off in regional brackets and ends up with the final four competing in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas during the week of the US Army All American Bowl game.

Football BC will be fielding teams at the U-13 (6th grade), U-14 (7th grade) and U-15 (8th grade) divisions, respectively. The schedule of tryouts is below:

Saturday, July 27 at Townsend Park Field A - Chilliwack (Registration at noon, tryout starts at 1 pm)

Sunday, July 28 at Burnaby Lakes Field #1 - Burnaby (Registrations begins at 11 am, tryout start at noon)

For full details on age criteria and to register for an upcoming tryout session, please visit Football BC's website.


BCFC kicks off 2013 season this weekend

The Langley Rams will begin their defense of the Cullen Cup this Saturday, July 27 when the BCFC opens its 2013 campaign on a day that sees all six teams in action.

The Rams, who captured the BCFC championship and came up just shy in the national title game falling to the PFC's Saskatoon Hilltops, will begin their campaign on home turf at McLeod Athletic Park facing the Kamloops Broncos. The Broncos are looking to have a rebound campaign after missing out on the post-season last year.

The Okanagan Sun, led by new head coach Shane Beatty, will look to get off to a good start this year when they host the rebranded Valley Huskers, formerly the Chilliwack Huskers, at the Apple Bowl. The Sun had plenty of drama on the sidelines last season dispatching head coach Gavin Lake just before the start of the playoffs - a move that ultimately did not pay dividends as they would go on to lose to the Vancouver Island Raiders. The Huskers finished dead last in the BCFC standings last season with a 1-9 record.

The Westshore Rebels will host their Island rival Raiders at Westhills Stadiums. The Rebels enjoyed a strong regular season last year under the tutelage of 2013 BCFC Coach of the Year John Cardilicchia but have been in a bit of a scramble this season having changed their coach twice in the off-season.

Scott Mennie was slated to take over as the team's bench boss but stepped down just over a week ago forcing the team to name Tim Kerase as its interim bench boss. The powerhouse Raiders, meanwhile, will be looking to get back on top of the BCFC after having their string of consecutive league titles snapped at six.

All games this Saturday will kick off at 7 pm.


Beat the heat and stay cool this summer

With the weather temperatures heating up, Football BC would like to remind all our members the importance of staying cool and keeping hydrated especially when you are doing your workouts or camps in the outdoors.

Here are some helpful hints to keep you cool this summer:

1. Keep hydrated - drink plenty of fluids (preferably water) during and after physical activity and try to avoid caffeinated beverages.

2. Exercise smart - workout during cooler hours and decrease intensity and duration during high temperatures.

3. Dress appropriately - wear lightweight and light-coloured clothing.

4. Protect your skin - don't forget to apply sunscreen to prevent sunburn.

5. Be aware of supplements - supplements can raise blood pressure, speed heart rate and contribute to dehydration.

6. Keep cool - use ice towels and cold tubs.

7. Recognize if you are at risk - overweight and unfit athletes have a tendency to overheat.

Next Intro to Comp course scheduled for Chilliwack in August

The upcoming course schedule can be found below.

NCCP Introduction to Competition - Football

(required for coaching athletes 13-18)


Dates TBD

Cost: $160

Register for all upcoming NCCP courses online at

Reminder for all coaches:

Once a coach has completed a clinic and has a NCCP #, they must take the online Making Ethical Decisions exam at If a coach has received an NCCP # from the completion of any NCCP course with football or another sport, they will be able to take Making Ethical Decisions.

Touchdown BC!

Football BC is proud to launch its new show, Touchdown BC!

Hosted by Jim Mullin, Touchdown BC will run from September through the end of November on Shaw TV. On-going clips will also be available on Youtube as well.

Touchdown BC is all about amateur football in British Columbia and will cover everything from University to Junior to Community to High School football.

Check out the newest videos by visiting our Touchdown BC page.


Jay Prepchuk and New Directions Summer Football Camp 2013

This first annual coed camp runs from July 22 to July 26 at the William Griffin Turf in North Vancouver (9 am to 12 pm each day) and is for players born between 1999 and 2004. The camp runs for one week and is for new and/or experienced players.

Players will be taught positional football skills and development and will finish each day with a flag football tournament.

The cost is $149. Space is limited.

For more details, click here.

Jay Prepchuk QB-Receiver Throwing Sessions - Wednesday nights at Renfrew Park starting June 26

Jay Prepchuk will be holding weekly QB-Receiver throwing sessions every Wednesday night at Renfrew Park from 7 pm to 8:30 pm starting June 26.

The camps will featured a qualified receiver coach working with the receivers doing skill work and running routes with the quarterbacks throwing to them.

The cost is $40. Please contact Jay Prepchuk at or call 604-903-3614 if you wish to attend.

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 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.


Game Ready Fitness 2013

For more information, visit

Program descriptions:

Junior Varsity Program (8-13 years)

Starts April 2. Begins in Vancouver with Dino Geremia. (Note: This program is ongoing and will continue every month).

The program for this age group is aimed at improving physical strength while preparing muscles, joints and tendons for the demands of sports. Emphasis is placed on proper running and movement techniques, change of direction, agility and muscular endurance all aimed at injury prevention. Weightlifting is not emphasized, but rather body weight resistance. All sports welcome.

Tuesday & Thursdays. 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm. $99. Core Cardio Studio (3433 East Hastings St., Vancouver)

Varsity Program (14-18 years)

Starts April 2. Ongoing outdoor speed and agility.

Tuesday & Thursdays. 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm.

Plus Strength Training. Tuesday/Thursdays (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm) and Saturdays (11:15 am to 12:15 pm).

$249 per month.

For more information, please contact Dino Geremia at or 604-816-5157.

Damon Allen High School Quarterback Challenge 2013

The Damon Allen High School Quarterback Challenge has been postponed to Friday, December 13.

The event will be held at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

The event is open to all high school-aged quarterbacks and participants have an opportunity to win a scholarship.

To register, visit

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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:
  • Jay Prepchuk/New Directions Summer Camp 
    (July 22-26)
  • Damon Allen High School Quarterback Challenge 2013 (Dec 13)

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