Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
June 2015 | Issue #294  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

2015 Provincial Flag Championships takes place this weekend in Kelowna; North Surrey Ravens crowned U19 champions

The single, biggest football championship in BC takes place this weekend (June 6 & 7) at the Mission Sports Fields at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna when over 1,500 young athletes will compete in the 7th annual BCCFA Provincial Flag Championships.

By the end of the weekend, champions in the U10, U12, U14 and U16 divisions, respectively, will be celebrated. The action gets underway at 9 am on both days.

Video: BCCFA president Joe Gluska previews the 7th annual BCCFA Provincial Flag Championships

Photo Gallery: 2015 U19 Provincial Flag Championships

This past Sunday, the U19 Flag division held their championship at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. In the end, the North Surrey Ravens outlasted Kelowna Blue in the championship game earning a hard-fought 14-12 victory to secure their second consecutive U19 championship.

Video: U19 North Surrey Ravens coach Jim Head on winning the 2015 championship

Congratulations to the Ravens and best of luck to all the competing this coming weekend in Kelowna!


Football BC advisory on overbuilt facemasks/faceguards

Football BC is advising its member association, clubs and teams to prepare for the ban of use of 'non-traditional/overbuilt facemasks' by Football Canada.

Football Canada, in following the NFL decision in 2014 and the NCAA decision in 2015, is prepared to prohibit the use of these types of masks in Canada until the NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) provides their final statement regarding the use of overbuilt facemasks.

As part of their announcement in 2014, the NFL released a pictorial guide on permissible and non-permissible facemasks which can be found here.

In 2014, when the NFL moved to ban the overbuilt facemasks which are masks that feature more bars, smaller spaces between bars and a generally larger coverage area, their research conducted by Dr. Erik E. Swartz, PhD, ATC, FNATA of the University of New Hampshire concluded that "overbuilt facemasks should not be recommended for use during football" due to four primary concerns:

1. The added weight and more robust construction of the masks appear to negatively affect the structural integrity of the helmet during impact certification tests.

2. The added weight of the masks acts to shift the head's center of gravity forward. This could have a tendency to fatigue the neck extensors and result in a head-down posture during contact and tackling. The added weight increases the head's effective mass and may increase rotational acceleration following impact.

3. The additional, smaller spaces created in the mask increase the risk of another player's finger getting incidentally caught between the wires, potentially causing a serious hand injury of the opponent as well as a neck injury of the wearer.

4. The additional material may negatively affect a player's behavior during contact and tackling due to an added false sense of security.

In an email to Football BC, Executive Director and General Counsel of the NOCSAE, Michael Oliver, notes that, "overbuilt faceguards is a broad term that is not well defined. It has been used to describe aftermarket faceguards manufactured by companies not licensed by NOCSAE and therefore not tested to the NOCSAE.

"Several of the licensed helmet manufacturers also make facemasks that could be described as 'overbuilt' but which are certified by the manufactured under NOCSAE license and which have been properly tested. These masks would have the manufacturer's name and the NOCSAE logo on the mask itself.

"Most of Dr. Swartz' conclusions as to the potential negative effects of an overbuilt facemask would exist whether or not the mask has been properly certified as compliant with our standard. [The decision to use a certain facemask] should consider the content of Dr. Swartz' article and not be based solely on whether the mask has been certified as compliant with a NOCSAE standard."

Football BC has notified football equipment suppliers in British Columbia of the impending prohibition.


Football BC mourns passing Kurtis Bardua

Football BC would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Kurtis Bardua, who passed away on May 24, 2015.

Kurtis played High School Football with the Earl Marriott Mariners, Midget Community Football with the White Rock Titans as well as Junior Football with the Vancouver Island Raiders. He also took part in the 2008 Football BC Senior Bowl camp.

A celebration of Kurtis' life will be held on Friday, June 5 at 1 pm at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre located at 14831 28th Ave. in Surrey.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Kurtis' name to KidSport or SPCA would be appreciated. Condolences may be offered at


Team BC unveils list of U13 and Grade 8 players invited to Legacy Games showcase

Team BC has unveiled the list of U13 (Grade 6/7) and Grade 8 players that have been invited to take part in a mini-camp and showcase game as part of the upcoming Legacy Performance Games in Kamloops.

The U13 list of players can be found here.

The Grade 8 list of players can be found here

Players will have two days worth of practices before being split up on the final day for an end-of-camp exhibition game.

Registration and cost information will be available shortly.

The tentative schedule is as follows.

Friday, July 24

9 am - Depart from Lower Mainland (players are encouraged to meet the team in Kamloops but transportation will be made available at an added cost)

2:30 pm - Practice in Kamloops

5:30 pm - Legacy Performance Games Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, July 25

9:30 am - Practice

3:30 pm - Practice

7:30 pm - Legacy Games activities

Sunday, July 26

9:30 am - U13 game

11:30 am - Grade 8 game

2:30 pm - Departure from Kamloops.


2010 Senior Bowl alums at BC Lions training camp

In 2010, Bibake Uppal (SFU/Earl Marriott Mariners) and Brandon Deschamps (UBC/Kelly Road Roadrunners) became teammates for the first time and only time when they took the field together at the annual Senior Bowl camp.

Five years later, the two have been reunited and are hoping for a chance to stick with the BC Lions.

@hellochiko has their story. Read it here.

Season 2 Finale of Touchdown BC!

TThe final episode of season two for Touchdown BC is now available for your viewing pleasure.

Click here to view the episode.

This episode includes a recap of the fifth annual Team BC May Camp, a promo of the upcoming BCCFA Flag Provincial Championships, part two of the interview with NFL/CFL Player Agent Zeke Sandhu, an interview with Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia, as well as a look at some of the new UBC recruits.

You don't want to miss this episode!

Hosted by Andrew Wadden, and featuring Jim Mullin.

Catch up on past episodes here!


White Rock Titans Football Skills Camp & Season Registration - June 14


2015 SFU Camps

SFU Football has announced the following upcoming camps. Click on the links for more details.

SFU Football Vancouver Island Camps - June 6, 2015

31st Annual SFU Football Camp - June 26 & 28, 2015


2015/16 UBC Camps

UBC Football has announced the following upcoming camps.

For full details, click here.

BC Interior Skills / I.D. Camp - 
July 4, 2015

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

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

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


Quarterback & Receiver Training with integrated R4 Passing Clinic

Dates: June 26 & 27

Location: New Westminster Secondary School

Canada Football Academy's Regional Development Training (RDC) follows the highly successful model of USA based National Football Academies Regional Training Camps. CFA's RDC is delievered by CFA/NFA Nationally Certifed Staff and is very intense instruction within a limited enrollment, small group format. Every Athlete receives individual coaching attention unique to a small group setting with a high coach to player ratio. RDC Sessions are built on NFA's proven development model that accelerates understanding and execution of each player's primary movements (mechanics) while helping them develop the ability to self-correct, not self-destruct under pressure. Working with NFA Senior Certified staff and learning "Self Correction" principles will give you the competitive advantage you're looking for in preparation for the upcoming season. In addition to the standard QB/Receiver Training, this 2 Day Training will also include Training in the R4 Passing System for Coaches and Athletes!

Clinic and Training Schedule

Friday - June 26

4:45pm Check In (Must pre-register)
5:00pm to 9:00pm Training Session #1

Saturday - June 27

8:45am Check In (Must pre-register)
9:00am to 12:00pm Training Session #2


11 to 18+ (Advanced Youth, High School and Post Graduates); Athletes are put into peer groups that are age and skill level appropriate.

For more information, click here.


Lui Passaglia - Push for Your Tush walk/run

In 2014, Lui Passaglia - former BC Lion, Canadian Football Hall-of-Famer and Canadian Sports Hall-of-Famer - was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer.

The diagnosis came as a complete shock for legendary CFL kicker.

Fortunately, Lui is now healthy and currently cancer-free and this experience has inspired him to share his story and raise funds to fight this disease.

Lui joined Colon Cancer Canada's Push for Your Tush walk/run and last year, in Vancouver alone, they raised over $50,000.

Lui, a former Notre Dame Juggler and SFU Clan player, is looking for the support of his amateur football family to help with his cause by joining his Push for Your Tush walk/run or by donating.

Lui Passaglia's Push for Your Tush walk/run takes place on:

Date: Sunday, June 14, 2015

Location: Jericho Beach

Registration: 9 a.m.

Walk/Run: 10:15 a.m.

Distances: 1K Toddler Walk, 5K Walk, 10K Run

Fees: Individuals $25 / Family $50
(Family fee includes registration for 2 adults and children under 18 and HST)

*Registration fee waived if you raise $200 or more

For more information and to donate, click here.


Kraft Project Play

WHAT: Communities can nominate their local facility for an upgrade at from May 1 to June 14.

WHY: Kraft Project Play will award one community the grand prize of a $250,000 for a recreation facility upgrade - the largest single community investment Kraft Canada has made to-date. As well, three finalists will each receive $25,000

HOW: Nominate in just TWO easy steps

1) Go to

2) Complete the online nomination form. 
Remember: this is your chance to let us know why YOUR community deserves a $250,000 recreational facility upgrade and the impact it would make!

3) Hit the submit button and you're done!

For more information, click here.


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.


Dave Battison Pediatric Sports Medicine Symposium

Petition: Engage in discussions to start the #Northern8 football series

The Northern 8 football series is an effort to evolve Canadian College football into a truly national competition, while creating a game of the week on national television. It is an effort to grow amateur football in all parts of Canada.

You can be part of making the long overdue idea of a national conference come true via your endorsement as a fan, player, coach, parent or administrator.

Click here to sign the petition.

To learn more about the proposed Northern 8 football series, see this special edition of Krown Countdown U here.


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!

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


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

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