Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
May 2015 | Issue #293  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

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.


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!


BCCFA hosts U19 championship this weekend; Less than two weeks to go before provincial championships in Kelowna

The BCCFA will host the U19 Provincial Flag Championship this Sunday at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West. The action gets underway at noon.

This past weekend, Football BC visited Hugh Boyd Park in Richmond for the latest Flag Jamboree. Take a look at the photos here.

The remaining schedule is below.

May 30 - 
Townsend Park, Chilliwack

May 31 -
 U19 Championship @ Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West

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


Chiko goes Pro

Football BC's own Michiko Araki, better known by her Twitter handle @hellochiko, has made the jump to the pros after joining the Communications Department of the BC Lions.

"I am extremely excited about taking what I have learned in the past year at Football BC and using these skills to make a positive contribution to the BC Lions," said Michiko. "I wouldn't have been able to get here without the experiences I've had at Football BC, so I am grateful to everyone I've had the chance to work with along the way."

Read more about Michiko going pro here.


Football BC staff updates

Football BC would like to thank now-former intern George Sue for his contributions to our organization over the past several months. George's final day was last week and his final event worked was the Team BC May Camp. Read George's farewell blog here.

Football BC also welcomes new intern Ted Kim to the office. Ted began his internship just over a week ago and worked his first major event at the Team BC May Camp. Learn more about Ted in his introductory blog here.


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


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

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