Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
May 2015 | Issue #290  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Vancouver's own Christian Covington selected by Houston Texans in 2015 NFL Draft

Vancouver-born Christian Covington is now the latest British Columbian to reach the NFL ranks.

Covington was selected in the sixth round, 216th overall, by the Houston Texans on the final day of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Covington, who played high school football with the Vancouver College Fighting Irish, declared for the draft following his junior season at Rice University.

Rice University is located in Houston which, in some ways, makes Covington also a local product for his new NFL club.

For more about Christian, click here.



Team BC has announced the list of players to be invited to the 5th annual May Long Weekend camp taking place in Richmond, BC.

The camp runs from May 16 to May 18 with on-field sessions taking place at Minoru Park and on-field sessions, including an opportunity for the players to meet and interact with representatives from at least seven CIS Universities, taking place at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

Click here for the full U16 invite list.

Click here for the full U18 invite list.

Invited players can register and confirm their spot at the camp here

The final deadline to register is Monday, May 11. Don't miss out on this opportunity!


U16 players can now pay their final competition fees; Tentative schedule released

U16 players invited to the Team BC May Camp can now also pay their final competition fees for the Tanoa Classic to take place from May 22 to 24.

Final payments can be made here

*For those players who do not make the final roster, your payment will be refunded in its entirety*

The fee covers:

- Tournament fees
- Meals
- Player apparel package (including game jersey)
- Hotel accommodations
- Transportation
- Insurance
- Administrative costs

The tentative schedule for the U16 competition is as follows:

Friday, May 22

3 pm - Walk-through practice at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex
4:30 pm - Bus departs from Burnaby Lake for Auburn

Saturday, May 23

TBA - Game Day

Sunday, May 24

TBA - Game Day (expected to be an early game)

3 pm - Approximate departure time from Auburn

7 pm - Approximate arrival time at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex

Spring Flag season well underway

Spring Flag season in the BCCFA is in full swing as we lead up to the two championship events planned for this season.

The first two weeks have been activity-filled and not just on the fields. Week 1 at Coquitlam Town Centre featured police on-site due to a bear stuck in a tree (you can't make this stuff up!).

Hopefully all the action will be limited to the fields in the coming weeks!

Below is the remaining schedule.

May 9 - Mercer Stadium, New Westminster

May 24 - Hugh Boyd Park, Richmond

May 30 - Townsend Park, Chilliwack

May 31 - U19 Championship @ Hugh Boyd Park, Richmond

June 6/7 - Provincial Championships @ Capital News Centre, Kelowna

2015 Starbowl in the books

The VMFL/VCFL held their annual Starbowl festivities on Saturday, April 25 featuring the top community football players.

The final scores are as follows.

9-man Bantam: The Spartans def. Team Henderson 26-12

12-man Bantam: Team Ferren def. The Tribe 25-13

Midget: Team Derksen def. The Savages 20-14

Football BC would like to congratulate all the participating players on an exciting conclusion to their respective seasons. A special shout out, as well, to 2013 Grade 8 Team BC alumnus Brent Calvert who was named the Offensive Player of the Game in the Bantam contest.

For a full recap, include links to video highlights, click here.

Next NCCP Clinic - May 12-14 in New Westminster

Register now for the following clinic. The registration page, with more information, can be found here. More information and registration can be found here

May 12-14 (5 pm to 9 pm each night) -
NCCP Introduction to Competition + 
Safe Contact Clinic and Practice
New Westminster Secondary School
Cost: $180 ($75 if only attending Safe Contact on May 13-14)

Team BC May Camp - Coaches Invitation

Football BC would like to extend an invitation to football coaches across the province to join the Team BC experience.

Coaches are invited to join the Team BC May Long Weekend Camp on Sunday, May 17 in Richmond, BC. Coaches will get a chance to watch our provincial coaching staff run the morning and afternoon practices at Minoru Park, as well as join the teams for lunch.

This opportunity is FREE but is limited to the first 50 registrants. Deadline to register is May 11.

To register, click here.


Final BC TOUGH Development Camp session goes this Saturday

The 2015 BC Tough Football Development Camps, presented by Football BC, the BC Lions and Game Ready, are a series of non-padded camps that will serve as preparation for each player's respective spring camps as well as prepare those players invited to a Team BC camp.

*This Saturday's session (May 9) will focus on looking towards your football future*

Pros (from the BC Lions, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos) and provincial coaches will come together to create a high level of coaching for each player.

Each practice will work on football speed & agility, position specific technique & fundamentals, safe contact drills, 1 on 1's, and skelly. Each practice will then be followed by a one-hour off-field football session discussing topics such as nutrition, recruiting, video and goal setting.

No pads. Special guests each week plus prizes and recognition for players of the week.

Confirmed coaches include:

Shawn Olson 
(former UBC head coach and offensive specialist)

Emmanuel Arceneaux 
(BC Lions)

Cody Husband 
(BC Lions)

Josh Johnson 
(BC Lions)

Casey Chin 
(BC Lions)

Marc Beswick 
(Hamilton Tiger-Cats/Game Ready)

Justin Sorensen 
(Edmonton Eskimos/Game Ready)

Ryan Lucas 
(Winnipeg Blue Bombers/Game Ready)

Tim Cronk 
(Winnipeg Blue Bombers/Game Ready)

Register now
Space is limited!

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Upcoming Dates: May 9 (Saturday)

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Location: Tom Binnie Field 
(beside the BC Lions Training Facility)

Cost: $60 per session

*discounted rate for players who attended a 2015 Football BC Combine session - $50 for single session*

Ages: Open to players 10 to 18

Upcoming Topics:

May 9 - The player's future in football

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.


Provincial programs calendar of events

As we head into the summer months, the provincial programs will be starting up in full force.

See the upcoming events here and make sure you save the dates!


GW Graham Youth Football Camp


Touchdown BC!

Touchdown BC is now in off-season which means monthly shows.

With Ryan Sullivan, Jim Mullin, Andrew Wadden and Alex Carrigan.

Catch up on past episodes here!


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.


2014/15 UBC Camps

UBC Football has announced the following upcoming camps. Please click on each for more details.

UBC Pre-Season Football Fundamentals Camp
August 8, 2015


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:
  • BC TOUGH Development Camp 
    (Saturdays - April/May)
  • UBC Pre-Season Football Fundamentals Camp 
    (August 8, 2015)
  • Game Ready (various dates)

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