Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
July 2015 | Issue #302  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Recap of Team BC at the 2015 Legacy Performance Games in Kamloops

Football BC's first experience at the Legacy Performance Games in Kamloops was a rousing success.

A two-day mini-camp was followed by intrasquad games for both U13 Team BC and Grade 8 Team BC on the final Sunday.

In the end, it was Team Orange triumphing over Team Blue by a score of 7-0 in the U13 game, and Team Blue earning a hard-fought 18-8 win over Team Orange in the Grade 8 game.

Please click on the links below for more coverage.

Final day games recap

Video: Game highlights 

Days 1 & 2 Photo Gallery 

U13 Game Photo Gallery 

Grade 8 Game Photo Gallery 

Medal Ceremony Photo Gallery

Video: Interview with Henry Pejril, President of the Kamloops Sports Council and Chair of the Legacy Games 


One-on-one with coaching legend, Brian Olthuis

Football BC's visit to Kamloops for the Legacy Performance Games offered us a great opportunity to chat with a local coaching legend in Brian Olthuis.

Brian is perhaps most known in football circles for guiding the powerhouse Kamloops Red Devils to multiple BC High School Football provincial championships.

Click here for our interview with the future Kamloops Sports Hall-of-Famer.


One-on-one with Bo Palmer

Football BC had the pleasure of catching up with former Windsor Duke, SFU Clan, Hamilton Tiger-Cat and Calgary Stampeder, Bo Palmer. Bo talked about being able to give back to his local football community, as well as his journey rising from BC High School Football to University football and all the way up to the pro ranks, where he earned a Grey Cup ring in 2014.

Click here to see the interview.


Team BC U16/U18 August Practice

Members of the Team BC U16/U18 teams who have made it to the latest cut-down stage are invited to take part in the Team BC August practice.

This event is free but registration is required. Please register here.

The final deadline for registration is Monday, August 10.

Football BC would like to thank the BC Lions for generously donating tickets to the game for all Team BC players.

Date: Thursday, August 20


2 pm: Team check-in (location TBD)

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm: No-contact light practice (fundamental & scheme-based)

4:30 - 5 pm: Review

5 pm - 6 pm: Transport to BC Place

6 pm - 10 pm: BC Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes (tickets courtesy of the BC Lions)

*players are free to leave after half-time if necessary

Cost: FREE!

Please bring:

- Your Team BC practice jersey (received during May Camp)

- Mouthguard

- Cleats

- Workout attire

- A change of clothes for afterwards.


BCFC Week 2 - Game of the Week preview

By Michiko Araki

VI Raiders @ Westshore Rebels

Saturday, August 1 - Westhills Stadium
Kickoff at 7 PM

After an important season-opening win against the Langley Rams, the Vancouver Island Raiders (1-0) will hit the road to face the Westshore Rebels (0-1) at Westhills Stadium in Week 2 of BCFC action.

The Raiders, who successfully put 10 points on the board in the final quarter to get the 22-14 win over the 2014 Cullen Cup winners, were led by second year All-Canadian quarterback Liam O'Brien. O'Brien went 18 of 32 for 208 yards with a touchdown pass to Dustin Rodriguez and a score of his own. Most impressively, the Raiders defence effectively contained the Rams by forcing four turnovers, a fumble, a turnover on downs, and two interceptions. Several key players on the Raider's defence include Josh Paisley, who led the defence with six tackles and two assists, and Bryce Wallace and Dexter Shea, who recorded an interception each.

The Westshore Rebels, led by new coach and quarterback specialist JC Boice, are also joined by former Team BC member Ashton McKinnon who joins the team from the University of Manitoba. Last week against the Okanagan Sun, the Rebels rotated three quarterbacks but were only able to throw one touchdown pass to Alex Wright and only had 125 yards of net offence all night, and will look to improve on those numbers this week. On defence, the Rebels were led by Jordan Goertzen who recorded six tackles, Cody Wist, who had two picks, and Cohan Sassaman, who recorded a sack.

Last season, the Raiders swept both of their matchups against the Westshore Rebels, but will the Rebels be able to break their losing streak this season? Make sure to tune in this week and catch all of the BCFC action!

Other games this week:

Okanagan Sun @ Valley Huskers - 
7 pm at Exhibition Stadium (Aug 1)

Langley Rams @ Kamloops Broncos - 
7 pm at Hillside Stadium (Aug 2)


Upcoming UBC Camps

Vancouver - Thunderbird Stadium Skills / I.D. Camp - August 9, 2015

Date: Sunday August 9th, 2015
Time: 11am - 5pm
Location: UBC Thunderbird Stadium

Age Groups: Junior 12 - 14 / Senior 15 - 17

The camp will consist of 3 practices (2 on-field & 1 classroom) over a 7 hour period, plus a session on UBC academic requirements and tips on how to be recruited. On-field skills will be taught and full equipment will be required for these practices. The classroom session will include a breakdown of the film that is taken in the morning sessions and it will be highly personalized in terms of feedback.

Langley - Specialist Camp (Punters/Kickers - Long snappers) - August 10, 2015

Date: MONDAY, August 10th, 2015
Time: 6pm - 8:30pm
Location: Brookswood Secondary, Langley B.C.

Age Groups: 14 - 17

This camp will teach players the core fundamentals of either Punting & Kicking, or Long Snapping. Both groups will practice at the same time, but be instructed by different coaches.

We will break down kicking and snapping skills to their smallest pieces and teach players progression drills to put them all together.

Vancouver - 6th annual Winter Skills Camp - 
March 5, 2016

Date: Saturday March 5, 2016
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: UBC Thunderbird Stadium

Age Groups: Junior 12 - 14 / Senior 15 - 17

The camp will consist of 3 practices (2 on-field & 1 classroom) over a 7 hour period, plus a session on UBC academic requirements and tips on how to be recruited. On field skills will be taught and full equipment will be 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.

For full details on all camps, click here


Jay Prepchuk New Directions Summer Camps

Join our third annual coed camps. Each camp runs for one week for new and/or experienced players.

Focused on fun, players will be taught positional football skills and development.

Each day will finish with a flag football tournament.

Registration is online at

Please email Lisa at if you have any questions.

What: Two FUN Flag Football Summer Camps
When: July 6-10th and August 17-21st, 2015
Where: Sutherland and Windsor Secondary Turf
Field, North Vancouver, BC respectively.
Time: 9-noon, Monday to Friday
Ages: 6-15 years old
Cost: $155.00

To Register: and create an account or sign in to begin on the upper right side.

Football Canada bans overbuilt facemasks/faceguards

Football Canada has banned the use of non-traditional/overbuilt facemasks.

Click here for the Football Canada news release.

Click here for Football BC's advisory.


BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations

Nominations are welcomed for the 2016 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.


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.


Jay Prepchuk QB-Receiver camps

Jay Prepchuk quarterback-receiver are on in full swing!

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!

Want to show off your support for Team BC? Pick up some Team BC gear from 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


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:
  • 2015/16 UBC Camps
  • Game Ready (various dates)

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