Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
March 2016 | Issue #336  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Happy National Puppy Day


2016 Senior Bowl recap

The 2016 Senior Bowl camp is now in the books. The event concluded with the annual Senior Bowl game this past Saturday which, this season, featured a unique format of Offensive vs Defence.

In the end, it was Team Orange (defence) scoring a convincing 34-11 victory over Team Black (offence) showing that truly defence does win championships.

Click here for the game recap, including all award winners.

For more coverage, visit Football BC's Facebook page.


Join the discussion: Should concussion policy be legislated in BC?

With the recent acknowledgement by the National Football League of a link between football-related head trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the topic of concussions have once again been pushed the forefront.

Locally, much of the discussion has surrounded whether BC should legislate a concussion policy for youth in sports.

Football BC Executive Director Patrick Waslen has made appearances on several radio, television and print publications joining in the debate. See the links below for some of his appearances.

News 1130 
Head of Football BC calls for changes to how concussions are dealt with.

CBC BC Almanac Podcast.

Orange Helmet Awards - 
April 7


SFU 4-Down Football Coaches Clinic


Langley Rams Youth Camp/Development Camp

Langley Rams Youth and Development camps are being held April 9 to 10 at McLeod Athetic Park Stadium in Langley.

For more information, click here.

Congratulations Mark!

Football BC would like to congratulate Mark Nykolaichuk on receiving the Football BC Presidents' Award at the Sport BC 50th Athlete of the Year Awards on March 10.

Originally a native of Toronto, Mark was a standout defensive back with the UBC Thunderbirds and part of the 1987 Vanier Cup winning team. Despite being drafted by the BC Lions, Mark opted not to pursue a pro career and would instead stay involved with football first through coaching with stints at Vancouver College and UBC.

His greatest contributions to the sport have come at the administrative side. He served for 13 years as part of BC High School Football's Subway Bowl Committee and was in charge of putting together all championships and playoff games for the league. Most recently, he served on Football BC's volunteer board as the VP of Finance and Administration.

Congratulations Mark and thank you for all your years of service to football.

Game Ready Fitness - Champions are Built, Not Born!!

- Speed and explosiveness for the high school aged athlete

- Fundamental movement and speed initiation for the kids aged 6-12 years

Programs are starting in January at all locations. They have specifically been an integral part of the football community and the development of many football players, in fact many if our coaches and leaders are products of the football programs in BC and they are all sharing their knowledge and experiences with the young players. The combination of highly effective training with professional players and coaches working with athletes is a potent ingredient to success. Every day the athletes training with Game Ready separate themselves by being a step ahead on the court, on the ice and on the field!! Facilities in North Vancouver and Cloverdale lead the charge with state of the art equipment and turf field. Programs are also offered in Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, North Vancouver and Cloverdale. Whether it is individual training, small group training or team training the group and teams will be Game Ready!

Coaches include:

Ryan Lucas

Justin Sorensen

JR Larose

Jordan Linnen

Casey Chin

Adam Baboulas

T-Dre Player

Will Loftus

Dino Geremia.


Canada Football Academy Regional Development Training - Quarterback Clinic & Receiver Training

Hosted by JC Boice (Westshore Rebels) and Rob Williams (Sportcore Performance), 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 delivered by CFA/NFA Nationally Certified Staff and is very intense instruction within a limited enrollment, small group format.

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.

Discounted training sessions in Vancouver can be found on the following dates in 2016:

February 25
March 17
April 7
April 21

More information can be found at:

Jay Prepchuk camps

Please contact Jay at for private or group sessions which run all year round.

Visit for more information.

External Event: Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! Vancouver

Looking for a great way to stay competitive during the off-season, have fun with your friends, and win some great prizes? Sign up now for Play On! Vancouver taking place June 25-26 in Pitt Meadows.

Opportunities for officials and volunteers are also available. Click the image below for more information.


External Event: UrbaCity Challenge in Victoria

The UrbaCity Challenge is Victoria's own urban adventure race. On Sunday June 12, 2016, UrbaCity celebrates its sixth anniversary. In four hours or less, teams will complete amazing challenges requiring brain, brawn and teamwork to win.

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, 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.


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.


Baron Championship Rings

Baron Championship Rings is the official ring supplier for Football BC. Click here to visit their website.


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:
  • 2016 Orange Helmet Awards (April 7)
  • Game Ready (various dates)

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