Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
June 2012 | Issue #141  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Hastings Park/Empire Field - Open House Feedback this Saturday

The City of Vancouver staff is inviting the public to join them at the final in a series of open houses and provide comments on concept plans for Empire Field, Plateau Sports Park and new greenways in and around Hastings Park.

See how public feedback has helped shaped park concepts and provide further input on detailed design ideas within park.

This project is a result of Hastings Park/PNE Master Plan adopted by City Council in 2010. The Master Plan outlines a plan to transform Hastings Park into a greener, year round destination that provides improved community access, significant additional park space, and renewed facilities for the annual PNE Fair, Playland and other special events.

Park spaces illustrated at this open house:

Empire Fields - synthetic turf soccer fields, running path and greenways

Plateau Sports park - a sports, recreation, play and fun area for all ages

Creekway Park, including the daylighted stream, pedestrian/cycling connections to New Brighton Park

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2012

Time: 11 am to 5 pm

Location: Hastings and Slocan, next to Laughing Bean Café

If you are unable to attend the event, open house materials and a questionnaire will be available online at: 

Football BC / BC Lions Play with the Pros goes Sunday, June 24

Play with the Pros, supported by BC Egg, is an annual free initiative that involves Lions players teaching boys and girls the basics of football by having them participate in a non-contact skills clinic.

During the 2011 season, the Play with the Pros program involved more than 1,500 youth between the ages of 6 and 12.

The next Play with the Pros session will take place on Sunday, June 24 at the BC Lions practice facility located at 10605 City Parkway in Surrey.

To register your child, visit For more information, call 604-930-5473.

When: Sunday, June 24 from 1 pm to 3 pm

Where: BC Lions Practice Facility (10605 City Parkway, Surrey)

What: Non-contact football clinic

Who: Boys and girls; ages 6-12

Attire: The clinic is run outdoors rain or shine so please dress accordingly. Grass cleats are ideal; however, running shoes will suffice.


Provincial Flag Champions crowned this past weekend

Another exciting season of flag football has come to an end in British Columbia with four new provincial champions in the under-10, under-12, under-14 and under-16 divisions crowned this past weekend in Kelowna joining the under-18 Coquitlam Spider Monkeys who won their provincial title last weekend at a tournament in Vancouver.

Two thrilling days of competition at the Capital News Centre over June 9-10, a tournament which involved over 700 participants, 80 teams and 300 games played, yielded the following 2012 champions:

Under-10: Kelowna Chargers (Head Coach: Kendall Gross)

Under-12: Burnaby Lions (Head Coach: Tony Belmonte)

Under-14: Richmond Broncos (Head Coach: Bobby Singh)

Under-16: Coquitlam Falcons (Co-Head Coaches: Paul Lancaster & Eddie Ferg)

Football BC would like to congratulate all the players and coaches who were involved in flag football on a tremendous season.

Calling all former North Shore Argos: Reunion / "Tony Kot Memorial" night goes this Saturday

Former North Shore Argos are invited to attend the reunion / "Tony Kot Memorial" night this Saturday, June 16 at 7 pm. The event will be held at the Bridge Between Pub in North Vancouver (formerly the Maplewood Pub).

North Shore "Wildcats" holding 50th year championship reunion

The North Shore "Wildcats" Juvenile Teams of 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965 will be holding a 50th year championship reunion on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Capilano Rugby Club in West Vancouver from 11 am to 4 pm.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Larry Reda for further information at (604) 987-6340 or by email at

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.

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.

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.

UBC 2012 Football Camps schedule

The UBC Thunderbirds have released their schedule of upcoming camps in the 2012 calendar year. Please visit for costs and information on all their camps.

The schedule is as follows:

June 23 (Kamloops, Valleyview High School): Best in the West Football Camp 

June 24 (Kelowna, Kelowna Secondary School): Best in the West Football Camp

For specific details on the Kamloops and Kelowna Camps, respectively, please visit our Events Calendar.

28th Annual Western Canadian All Star CLAN Football Camp

The 28th annual Western Canadian All Star CLAN Football Camp - the longest running full contact camp in Canada - gets underway on Friday, June 29 and runs through to Monday, July 2. The camp features:
  • Over 3 hours of on-field instruction, including position-focused drills and group instruction
  • Live scrimmage on the last day of camp
  • Complete the experience by choosing the Live In option - players stay in SFU Residents with chaperone supervision and all meals are included.

Registration is currently open. The cost for the camp is $375 and the cost for accommodations is $185 (please note that registration for camp and accommodations are separate).

This live in camp offers players a unique opportunity to experience life as a student athlete, while progressing towards their football goals and becoming stronger, faster and overall better athletes. Spaces are limited. Full details can be found at

To register click here or call 778-782-4965.

Of Interest: YOUR ATHLETIC WHY - free online workshop with Canadian Olympic rowing champion Ben Rutledge

Athletes Submitting Knowledging (A.S.K.) will be hosting a free online workshop on Monday, June 18 with Olympic champion Ben Rutledge.

Ben Rutledge will explain how his core WHY helped him succeed as an athlete and a coach. Ben will also facilitate the creation of a personal WHY - why you compete, why you train, why you coach - with a small group of athletes/coaches (maximum 25).

As a competitor, you will gain insight into the mind of a champion. Similarly, you will leave the conversation with a deeper understanding of why WHY is important. Ultimately you will be able to find and apply your personal WHY to competition, academics and whatever you choose to do as an adult.


1. Introduction from RISE: Athlete Support Programs

2. Ben Rutledge reviews FINDING YOUR WHY (

3. 25 athletes (and coaches) actively participate in PERSONAL WHY workshop

4. Ben Rutledge closing comments and using your WHY

5. 25 athletes (and coaches) share A.S.K. feedback

Register now by clicking here.

Event number: 664 355 135
Event password: Beijing

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:
  • Football BC / BC Lions Play with the Pros (June 24)
  • 2012 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • UBC 2011-12 Camps (various dates)
  • 28th Annual Western Canadian All Star CLAN Football Camp (June 29 â€" July 2)
  • North Shore "Wildcats" 50th anniversary championship reunion (June 16)
  • All-Star Football Camp: Touchdown Makers! (various dates)

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