Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
June 2015 | Issue #296  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Football BC announces latest cut-downs for U16 & U18 Team BC

Football BC has announced the latest cut-downs for the U16 and U18 Team BC.

The U16 Team BC list has been cut-down to 49 players, while the U18 Team BC list has been cut-down to 53 players.

To see the cut-down list of U16 Team BC players, click here.

To see the cut-down list of U18 Team BC players, click here.

Congratulations to all the players who have made it to the next cut-down.

Next steps and upcoming events:

- There will be one more cut-down for both U16 and U18 Team BC as we move towards the final playing roster. Both teams are expected to compete December following the conclusion of their regular seasons at the Tanoa Classic. (The Grade 8 Team BC is also expected to compete at this time).

- There will be another one-day practice/team activity scheduled in August in Metro Vancouver (date TBD). Please watch your emails for this information.

- There will be a final practice scheduled in mid-December also in Metro Vancouver. The final team traveling roster will be named shortly after that time. The tentative date for this practice is Saturday, December 12.


Registration open for Team BC players invited to Kamloops Legacy Games

Registration is now open for the Team BC players (U13/Grade 8) who have been invited to take part in the mini-camp and showcase game as part of the Legacy Performance Games in Kamloops.

To register, click here.

Register on or before June 29 for the early bird price. Final deadline to register is July 6.

Players are also reminded to fill out the waiver form and email it back to

The U13 list of players can be found here.

The Grade 8 list of players can be found here.


Upcoming NCCP/Safe Contact Clinics

Safe Contact

Saturday, June 27 - 
Abbotsford Middle School, Abbotsford (8 am to 4 pm)
Cost: $75

Introduction to Competition & Safe Contact

July 11-12 - 
Location TBD, Victoria (9 am to 5 pm both days)
Cost: $180

*For those only attending Safe Contact, the cost is $75 
(July 12 only)

To register for all courses, please click here.


Russell Wilson Passing Academy camp opportunity courtesy of Lower Mainland Tim Hortons

Lower Mainland Tim Hortons wants to send four lucky young football players to the upcoming Russell Wilson Passing Academy taking place on Friday, July 10 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby from 9 am to 2 pm.

Tim Hortons will cover the $175 registration fee. Lunch is also provided to the camper. This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal to Russell Wilson as well as other special Seahawks and NFL guests.

Please visit the Russell Wilson Passing Academy website for any specific questions regarding the camp.

Must be 8 to 17 years old. Open to all positions (not just quarterbacks). Transportation to/from the stadium is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

To enter, email your name, team, phone number and tell us in 50 words or less "What do I see in Russell Wilson that I can demonstrate on and off the field."

Deadline to enter is June 26.

To sign up for the Russell Wilson Football Academy, click here


A trip down Meralomas memory lane

It's been over two decades since the Vancouver Meralomas were last involved in football but the spirit of football is still very much alive today. Former players, coaches and other alumni gather yearly at the clubhouse for a reunion.

We had the privilege of joining them this past Saturday at their latest reunion. Take a trip down memory lane with the Meralomas.

Story: A brief history of the Meralomas

Video: Go inside the 2015 Meralomas reunion

Photo Gallery: 2015 Vancouver Meralomas Football Reunion


Bo's Homecoming

For many young athletes, making it to the pro level is a dream in and of itself. To be able to do so in one's own hometown goes beyond that. But such is the opportunity that presents itself for former WJ Mouat Hawk Boseko Lokombo, who is getting set to begin his first career CFL season.

Our own @hellochiko has the his story which you can read here


31st Annual SFU Football Camp - June 26/28

2nd annual Victoria All-Star Camp

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.


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.


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!

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:
  • 31st annual SFU Football Camp
  • 2nd annual Victoria All-Star Football Camp
  • 2015/16 UBC Camps
  • Game Ready (various dates)

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