Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
July 2014 | Issue #248  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Red River Cup wrap up

Team BC was unable to find the same magic in 2014 as they had in 2013 when they captured the Red River Cup championship.

Team BC Blue and Team BC Orange both fell short of earning a medal at the 2014 tournament. Football BC would like to congratulate to North Saskatchewan for winning the gold medal.

On the final day of competition, Team BC Orange started off with a tough 12-0 loss to Nova Scotia but Team BC Blue managed to score a slim 17-15 victory also over Nova Scotia.

The two teams - Orange and Blue - then clashed head-to-head in one of the more entertaining contests of the entire tournament.

Team Orange's RB Zander Bailey (Terry Fox Ravens), ran for two touchdowns including a 65-yard dash on first down with just 50 seconds left in the game to break a 14-14 deadlock and give Team BC Orange a 21-14 victory.

Orange opened the scoring with QB Taylor Knoll (Mt. Boucherie Bears) connecting with REC Denver Lebedow (Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers on a 35-yard touchdown pass. Blue answered before the end of the first half with a 40-yard touchdown run by RB Ty Truong (Mt. Boucherie Bears).

Bailey's first touchdown of the game - a five-yard run early in the second half - would give Orange the lead back but Blue would pull even with just 1:12 remaining in the contest courtesy of a touchdown by REC Christopher Smith (Mt. Boucherie Bears) setting the stage for Bailey's ultimate heroics.

Find out everything you need to know on our Red River Cup page here. 


Football BC Developmental Camp - Saturday, July 27

The Football BC Development Camp is open to all players who will be entering either Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7 or Grade 8 in September 2014.

The camp is free of charge to players who attended a Football BC Combine Series session in 2014. If you did not attend a Football BC Combine Series session in 2014, there is a $70 charge.


Date: July 27, 2014

Location: Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West


- Grade 5/6/7 - 12 pm to 2:30 pm (check-in at 11:30 am)

- Grade 8 - 3:30 to 6 pm (check-in at 3 pm)

To register, click here.

Next NCCP Clinic goes July 25-26 in the Lower Mainland - Notre Dame Regional Secondary School

NCCP Introduction to Competition - Football $160

For coaches that are coaching athletes from 13-18 years old. Coaches will learn fundamentals and structure to improve their confidence and competence as a coach. One of the key components is the Safe Contact which is most critical for the contact game of football. Required 12-hour clinic. Includes instruction, manual, workbook and future evaluation.

Modules include:

Planning a Practice
Teaching & Learning
Analyzing Performance
Making Ethical Decisions
Safe Contact
O & D Systems


Lower Mainland - Notre Dame Regional Secondary School

Friday July 25: 6 - 10 pm (please arrive at least a half hour before to check-in)

Saturday July 26: 9 - 5 pm 

Click here to register for all sessions.

Concussion Policy Update

Football BC has updated its concussion policy for the 2014 season.

To see the changes as well as well as for more information on concussions, please visit our revamped Concussion Resources page.

Of Interest: Canada U19 settles for Silver

Team Canada's bid for a gold medal at the IFAF U19 World Championship in Kuwait came up just shy as the Canadians fell to Team USA by a final score of 40-17 despite holding a 14-12 lead at half-time.

Despite the loss in the final, Football BC would like to congratulate the BC-born players and the players with BC connections on the team for coming home with silver.

  • OL Jesse Lawson (Surrey) - Langley Rams
  • DL Quinton Bowles - VI Raiders
  • DL Tristian Koronkiewicz - VI Raiders
  • REC Alex Thompson - VI Raiders

CFL and Nissan partner to put Canadian students "Back in the Game"

Nissan Canada and the CFL announced on Wednesday a new "Back in the Game" program that will provide funding and support to 21 football programs across the country.

The selected programs will be given funding, equipment, playing field improvements, training materials or whatever other obstacles that may have been keeping them out of the game.

In addition to Nissan's commitment, the CFL will be supporting the program and helping to grow youth football across the CFL's landscape with special guest appearances and resources, official CFL merchandise and amplification of program messaging and onsite activations throughout the season.

There are three BC schools selected as part of the program:
  • Eric Hamber Secondary - Vancouver
  • Burnaby Central High School - Burnaby
  • Earl Marriott Secondary School - South Surrey

To read the full news release, click here.

Team BC releases U18 cut-down roster

Team BC has released its initial cut-down roster for their U18 provincial tackle team to compete at the FBU International Showcase in late December/early January in San Antonio, Texas.

The players were selected from over 120 athletes that attended the Team BC May Long Weekend camp in the U18 category.

The cut-down roster is comprised of 61 players. The final roster, which is expected to be named in mid-December following one final evaluation camp, will consist of just 36 players.

Click here to see the U18 Team BC cut-down roster.

For the players who have been named to the cut-down roster, Football BC will be collecting a deposit shortly (amount TBD). The deposit amount will be applied to your final costs for participating in the tournament and will be fully refundable for those players who are not selected to the final roster.

For players who wish to solicit sponsorship funds from local businesses to help subsidize the cost of being involved with Team BC, they can email to request a sponsorship letter.

Note from U18 Team BC Head Coach Jay Prepchuk:

Congratulations to all the players who have made it to the next level of U18 Team BC. There will be a few more cuts after our practice in early-to-mid December.

Please note that we may add more players from our Combine/Camp lists to this final cut-down day in mid-December based on injuries and team needs.

The plan for U18 Team BC is to travel to San Antonio between December 28 and January 4.

Keep training hard and be prepared for this Team BC experience and representing a proud tradition of football in British Columbia.

Good luck with your season!


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


Kim's Kickoff - Meet equipment man, Dave Henderson

Team BC is back from the 2014 Red River Cup and while the players were the ones that got the most attention, Hayley profiles one of the behind-the-scenes heroes - Equipment Manager Dave Henderson.

See her latest entry here.

Bookmark her blog at and be sure to leave a comment!


BC Lions - Football 202 for Ladies

Download the registration form here.

ICYMI: Football BC goes one-on-one with Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson

Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks was in town this past weekend as part of the Seahawks #12Tour as well as the first-ever running of The Russell Wilson Passing Academy in Canada.

The superstar quarterback took time out of his busy schedule to chat with Football BC and he tells us about all the budding football stars he had a chance to interact with during his time in BC as well as shares some wise advises for young athletes everywhere.

Watch the exclusive video here.


Touchdown BC Summer Episode available now!

Touchdown BC second and final episode of summer is now available.

In this month's episode, we chat with BCFC insider Dom Abassi as we look towards the start of their season. We also go one-on-one with new UBC Thunderbirds Football General Manager Justin McIntyre, and check-in with a T-Bird and Hec Crighton Trophy winner Billy Greene, who now finds himself plying his trade in Sweden.

With Ryan Sullivan, Jim Mullin, Andrew Wadden and Alex Carrigan.

Click here to see the summer episode.

Shaw TV airtimes:

Wednesday 7 pm

Thursday 6 am

Friday 3:30 pm & 11:30 pm

Also available on demand on YouTube.

Additional airtimes for BC Interior (Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Penticton, Kamloops, Merritt, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John)

Wednesday & Thursday 6:30 pm

Friday & Saturday 11:30 pm

Sunday 7:30 am


Jay Prepchuk and New Directions Summer Football Camps

JAY PREPCHUK and NEW DIRECTIONS (the North Vancouver Spring Flag Football League) are teaming up to offer SUMMER FOOTBALL CAMPS once again.

Back by popular demand!! And offering two different weeks this summer.


When: Monday, August 11th to Friday, August 15th, 2014


Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

AGES: OPEN to 6-14 year olds

COST: $149.00 payable online at the time of registration. Please contact us if online payment is an issue.


August 11-15, 2014 - Camp Registration Link

OR visit and choose "PICK A SITE", then click on the "JULY" OR "AUGUST" CAMP DATE to see "REGISTER A PLAYER".

These second annual coed camps are for players born between 2000-2008. The camps each run for one week and are for new and/or experienced players. Players will be taught positional football skills and development. We will finish each day with a flag football tournament.

Please register ASAP. Don't miss out!!

For further information please contact:

Lisa/Wayne at 

UBC Pre-Season Football Skills Camp

This skills camp takes place on Sunday, August 10 at UBC Thunderbird Stadium from 10 am to 4 pm.
This camp will focus on developing the fundamentals at each position. The camp is divided into two separate focus areas; a) Run (OL/DL/RB/LB) & b) Pass (WR/DB/QB). During the online registration process players will have the choice to be in the Run focused camp or the Pass focused camp.

The camp will consist of 3 practices (2 on-field & 1 classroom) over a 6 hour period. On field skills will be taught and full equipment is required for these practices. The classroom session will include a breakdown of the film that is taken in the morning sessions and will be highly personalized in terms of feedback.

Lunch and Camp Jerseys will be provided for each player.

The cost is $99 per player (team rate available for 10+ players). The camp is split into two age groups: Junior (ages 12 - 14) and Senior (15 - 17).

Register online at


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

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

Game Ready

A complete athletic development program for athletes from ages 6-18 years old.

Game Ready has programs in several locations across the province making it easier for all players to prepare themselves for Combines and camps next season.

Game Ready offers year-round strength and conditioning, as well as weekly football specific skills camps led by pros that live in our communities!

Programs and Camps start in January 2014.

Champions are BUILT not born! Be prepared, be Game Ready!

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

FBU 2014 Camp Schedule

Football University has released their 2014 camp schedule. Click here to see their schedule.


All Star Camps/Game Ready - Touchdown Makers

Dates: July 28 to August 1, 2014
Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Burnaby Central Secondary School

All Star Camps with Game Ready and Football BC present Touchdown Makers for ages 8 to 16.
  • Non contact camp
  • Speed & Agility
  • Develop all football skills: passing, catching, blocking, tackling
  • Competitive drills: 1 on 1, 7 on 7


Will Loftus (2X Grey Cup Champion, Game Ready)
Dino Geremia (20+yrs experience as University Coach, Provincial Technical Director)

Coaches include provincial coaches, CFL current & ex-players, current University players.

Register online at

2014 Western Mustangs High School Football Camp

The Western Mustangs High School Football Camp runs from August 15 to 17 at TD Stadium at Western University in London, Ontario.

For more details on this camp, please click here.

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:
  • 2014 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • Game Ready (various dates)
  • UBC Pre-Season Football Skills Camp (August 10)
  • Jay Prepchuk and New Directions Summer Football Camps (August 11-15)

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