Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2012 | Issue #162  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Nominations now open for the 2012 Community and Scholastic Coaches of the Year

The nomination form for the 2012 Coach of the Year awards is now available online here

As per usual, there will be two awards you can nominate your respective coaches for: The Community Coach of the Year Award (open to a coach of a Community team or BC Junior team) and the Scholastic Coach of the Year Award (open to a coach of a BC High School team or University team).

The award is open to any coach responsible for coaching a football team (not limited to only head coaches) who has resided or whose primary coaching responsibility was in BC during the 2012 calendar year. Nominees will be considered on the basis of coaching amateur performance only. The full list of criteria can be found on the nomination form.

The deadline to nominate a coach is Friday, December 14, 2012.

The winner will be honoured at the 2013 Orange Helmet Awards banquet. The date and location of the event will be announced at a later time.

                      

Okanagan Sun accepting submissions for new head coach

The BCFC's Okanagan Sun are accepting submissions for a new head coach.

All interested parties can apply in confidence to General Manager Jay Christensen at gm@okanagansun.ca or visit their website at www.okanagansun.ca for more information.


                    

Team Canada U-15 tryouts

Players interested in tryout out for a spot on the under-15 Team Canada to compete at the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl should attend a combine to be held on November 11 at UBC Thunderbird Stadium from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Eight players from BC will be selected from the combine to join the Canadian team that is headed to San Antonio, Texas to take part in the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl. The event is part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl week and is the same event that Team BC (provincial under-18 tackle team) will be competing in as well.

Coaches: If you feel your players are among the best in the province at the U-15 age group, please encourage them to attend.

There is no fee to attend this combine. The cutoff date is for players born after August 1, 1997.

Players are asked to bring their shoulder pads and helmets if possible. There will be some light contact or possibly none at all.

Players: If you are planning to attend, please email paul.orazietti@ubc.ca to confirm. You are also welcome to just show up on November 11 at the stadium but emailing to confirm your attendance is preferred.

Langley Rams host Saskatoon Hilltops this Saturday in the CJFL Canadian Bowl

The BCFC champion Langley Rams will look to complete their dream season by taking home the national junior title this Saturday at McLeod Athletic Park when they host the two-time national champion Saskatoon Hilltops.

Kickoff is at 1 pm PT.

The Rams, who finished 7-2-1 during the regular season before defeating the Westshore Rebels and VI Raiders in the playoffs, en route to capturing the Cullen Cup, are competing in the Canadian Bowl for the first time since 1992 when they were known as the Surrey Rams. That year they fell 35-14 to the Ottawa Sooners.

The Hilltops, who are making their third straight appearance in the Canadian Bowl, finished 6-2 in their regular season and knocked off the Edmonton Wildcats and Regina Thunder to capture their league title. They then defeated the London Beefeaters by a 51-7 score in the Jostens Cup National Semi-Final to earn their spot in Saturday's affair.

For a full event schedule for the weekend plus information on how to purchase tickets, click here

          

BCCFA 9-Man Football Provincial Championship

The Tournament Capital Centre (Hillside Stadium) in Kamloops will be the site of the 2012 9-man provincial championships final.

The championship day event will feature two games starting with the Pee Wee championship tilt between the Vanderhoof Vikings (North Zone) versus the Victoria Outlaws (Vancouver Island). Kickoff is at 1 pm.

The Atom championship contest will follow at 4 pm and will see the Vanderhoof Vikings (North Zone) battle against the hometown crowd favourite Kelowna-Mission Lions (SIFC).

Don't miss your chance to see two new provincial champions crowned.

*Special congratulations to the Prince George Axemen for winning the Junior Bantam 9-man championships on October 27. The photo of the winning team can be seen below.
                                

NWSS Hyacks coach Farhan Lalji named finalist for NFL Youth Coach of the Year Award


Football BC would like to congratulate New Westminster Hyacks coach and current BCSSFA President Farhan Lalji for being named one of nine finalists for the 2012 NFL Youth Coach of the Year Award.

The award is designed to recognize community or high school level coaches across Canada who dedicate themselves to the development of young players both on and off the field. The award is not based on wins and losses.

The winner will be announced via press release and posted online at NFL.com on Tuesday, November 13.

The winner will receive $5,000 of new football equipment donated to his program. Two runners-up schools will each receive $2,000 in equipment.

The winning coach will also win a trip to Toronto as a guest of the NFL at this year's Vanier Cup celebrations, and will be honoured at the CIS All-Canadian Banquet on November 21 and attend the Vanier Cup on November 23.
   

BC Community Football Games of the Week

We invite all leagues playing under the BCCFA to email us their featured game(s) of the week to communications@playfootball.bc.ca so we can list them in our newsletter and website.

*please see feature on 9-man provincial championship above for details of that event.



VMFL

The playoffs get underway in all divisions this long weekend in the VMFL with Bear Creek Park in North Surrey being the busiest venue as it will host four games all on Sunday, November 11.

Pee Wee: 
Coquitlam Cougars (#7) vs North Surrey Hawks (#2) - 10 am

On paper the North Surrey Hawks should have little difficulty getting past the Coquitlam Cougars this Sunday in their quarterfinal contest but, then again, anything can happen on any given Sunday.

The Hawks finished the regular season with a 9-1 record but they did suffer a surprising loss to the Coquitlam Wildcats which should give the Cougars some confidence knowing that the Hawks may be fallible.

The Cougars squeaked into the playoffs with a 6-4 record but have been playing some of their best football of late as they ended the regular season riding a four-game win streak while not surrendering a single point during that stretch.


Bantam 12-man: 
Langley Mustangs (#3) vs North Surrey Tigers (#2) - 12 pm

The North Surrey Tigers just managed to finish ahead of the Langley Mustangs in the regular season standings by virtue of one extra win but that won't matter this week when these teams hook up for a winner-take-all battle.

The Tigers and Mustangs split their two-game regular season series with Langley winning 32-26 in enemy territory at Bear Creek Park back on September 23 and North Surrey returning the favour at McLeod Athletic Park by squeaking out a slim 8-7 win on October 14.


Bantam 12-man: 
South Delta Rams (#4) vs North Surrey Panthers (#1) - 2 pm

The North Surrey Panthers look to continue their perfect season as they head into their semi-final showdown against the South Delta Rams.

The Panthers and Rams met just once during the regular season but it was a nail-biter as North Surrey only managed to squeak by South Delta with a 14-10 win back on October 28 in the second-to-last weekend of the regular season.


Midget: 
Langley Stampeders (#10) vs North Surrey Bears (#7) - 4 pm

This wild-card match-up between the Stampeders and Bears should provide some good entertainment as both teams look to advance to the quarter-final round in the Midget post-season.

The Bears were the better regular season squad finishing with a 6-4 record versus the Stampeders' 4-6 record. The Bears also got the better of the Stampeders in their lone head-to-head meeting during the regular season defeating Langley by a 39-21 score back on September 23 at Bear Creek Park.

For more information, visit www.vmfl.ca.


VCFL

The playoffs get underway in full force in the VCFL with plenty of action in all divisions. The following are our top picks of the long weekend.

Junior Bantam: 
Abbotsford Falcons White vs North Langley Bears - 7:45 pm at McLeod Athletic Park on Saturday, November 10

The North Langley Bears will close out what will be a busy day at McLeod Athletic Park on Saturday by looking to score a victory over the Abbotsford Falcons White to advance to the Junior Bantam Final.

Abbotsford White and North Langley met twice during the regular season with the Falcons scoring a 40-36 win in their first meeting back on September 8 and the teams playing to a 12-12 draw in their most recent head-to-head battle on October 19.


Pee Wee: 
Meadow Ridge Knights Blue vs Meadow Ridge Knights Gold - 1 pm at Samuel Robertson Technical School in Maple Ridge on Monday, November 12

It's an all-Meadow Ridge battle in the Pee Wee division as the 8-2 Gold will battle the 7-3 Blue for a chance to advance to the Pee Wee division final.

These two teams met just once during the regular season with Gold coming away with a convincing 32-0 victory back on September 8.

For more information, please visit www.allprosoftware.net/vcfl/


SIFC

All SIFC games listed will take place on Sunday, November 11


It's semi-final Sunday in the SIFC in both the Pee Wee and Junior Bantam divisions, respectively.

Pee Wee: 
Kamloops Wildcats (#4) vs Vernon Yellow Jackets (#1) - 12 pm at Grahame Park Vernon

The Yellow Jackets are looking to keep their undefeated campaign going after finishing the regular season with a 10-0 record. The Wildcats blanked the Kelowna Dragons 26-0 last week in their first-round playoff match to set up this showdown against the top team in the division.


Pee Wee: 
West Kelowna Sundevils (#3) vs Kelowna Lions (#2) - 10 am at CNC Kelowna


The Kelowna Lions will look to book their ticket to the Pee Wee division final by knocking off the West Kelowna Sundevils for the third time this season after twice defeating them during regular season play.

The Sundevils barely squeaked by the winless Salmon Arm Colts in their first-round playoff game last weekend winning by a 13-6 score.


Junior Bantam: 
Vernon Marauders (#3) vs West Kelowna Sundevils (#2) - 12 pm at CNC Kelowna


The technically undefeated West Kelowna Sundevils will look to score a third victory overall this season over the Vernon Marauders to secure their trip to the final.

The Marauders were dominant in their first-round playoff game last weekend pummeling the Kamloops Broncos by a 38-0 score.


Junior Bantam: 
Salmon Arm Broncos (#5) vs Kelowna-Mission Lions (#1) - 2 pm at CNC Kelowna


The Kelowna-Mission Lions will look to open their playoffs the same way they closed it out by defeating the Salmon Arm Broncos.

The Lions dominated the Broncos in their last regular season contest by defeating Salmon Arm by a 48-0 score.

The Broncos managed to overcome that setback by winning their first-round playoff game last weekend against the Kelowna Dragons by a 32-12 to set themselves up for this game against the Lions.


For more information, please visit www.allprosoftware.net/SIFC_Schedule.
      

BC High School Football Games of the Week

The BC High School Football playoffs get underway this weekend with BC Place being the hub of activity as the home of the 2011 Grey Cup champion, BC Lions, will be hosting four different games in AAA Varsity and five different games in AA Varsity over Friday and Saturday.

The action all gets going on Friday at 12 pm with a AA tilt between the Kalamalka Lakers and Robert Bateman Timberwolves, followed by a 3pm AA tilt between Pitt Meadows Marauders and the Valleyview Vikings and then a AA contest between the South Delta Sun Devils and the Carson Graham Eagles at 5:30 pm. The night contest on Friday features a AAA Varsity game between Vancouver College taking on the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers at 8 pm.

On Saturday, BC Place will host a quintuple-header of playoff action beginning at 10 am with a AA Varsity tilt between the College Heights Cougars and Rick Hansen Hurricanes followed by a AA Varsity contest between the Mission Roadrunners and the Nechako Valley Vikings 12:30 pm.

The AAA Varsity action on Saturday gets going at 3 pm when the West Vancouver Highlanders take on the Rutland Voodoos.

At 5:30 pm the Kelowna Owls will battle the Notre Dame Jugglers while the nightcap will feature the Terry Fox Ravens taking on the Centennial Centaurs at 8 pm.

Visit www.bchighschoolfootball.com for more information on the playoffs and the 2012 Subway Bowl.

                             

SFU Clan close out season against Azusa Pacific Cougars on Saturday

The SFU Clan (4-5 in conference play; 5-5 overall) might not have post-season action to look forward to this year but they can all hold their heads high for making plenty of positive strides this season.

They can make their season even more successful if they manage to close it out this Saturday with a win on the road against the Azusa Pacific Cougars which would give them a .500 record in conference play to finish the year.

Kickoff is at 6 pm PT.

A win would also give the Clan their longest win streak in NCAA play at three games.

The Clan are coming off arguably their most impressive win since joining the GNAC after knocking off the first-place Humboldt State Lumberjacks by a 41-37 score last Saturday at Terry Fox Field. The Clan had to overcome a 24-point deficit in order to score the victory.

The Cougars sit tied for last place in the GNAC standings with a 3-6 record in conference play (3-7 overall) but come into this Saturday's tilt riding a three-game win streak including knocking off the Dixie State Red Storm last week by a 23-21 score.

The Clan and Cougars met once earlier this season back on October 6 with SFU pummeling Azusa Pacific that afternoon at Terry Fox Field by a 66-38 score.

For more information, please visit athletics.sfu.ca.

                      

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Team BC dedicated web page on Football BC site

Football BC's website has a dedicated page for all Team BC related news. Click here to see the page now.

Team BC will be competing at the FBU International Games in San Antonio, Texas in early January 2013.

Subway All-Star Awards Banquet

The 2012 Subway All-Star Awards Banquet, which honors elite high school student athletes and recognizes provincial academic scholarship winners, first-team AAA and AA All-Stars, and all teams participating in the AAA and AA championships, will take place on Tuesday, November 27 in conjunction with the BC High School Football Association championship playoffs.

This year's event will be held at the Italian Cultural Centre located at 3075 Slocan Street in Vancouver and will be hosted once again by Team Radio personalities Bob "The Moj" Marjanovich and Giulio Caravatta.
Tickets are now available for purchase online from the Subway Awards Banquet page.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year's event by donating a table to the BCCFA to support a group of 10 elite student athletes, please click here or email Lui Garcea at lgarcea@telus.net.


   

Reminder: All coaches must complete free mandatory online concussion training

With the 2012 season underway, Football BC would like to remind all its members of the updates to its concussion policy which now requires all coaches to complete a mandatory online course found at http://bcfootball.concussioneducation.ca/default.php.

The course is free to take for all Football BC member coaches.

Completion of the course will satisfy the yearly education program component of the Football BC concussion policy which was put into effect back in June 2010.

Each coach will receive a unique PIN number and password when they request it from the site. Please ensure that you select the correct club when you request your code.

To request a code, visit http://bcfootball.concussioneducation.ca/default.php, click "Request" and fill out the appropriate information in the form.

For more on Football BC's concussion policy, please click here.


Jay Prepchuk Position Camps

Coach Prepchuk's position camps with Geroy Simon (receiver), Angus Reid (offensive line), Brent Johnson (defensive line) and himself (quarterback) will resume in January 2013. Please check the Jay Prepchuk website at www.jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com for details.

Jay Prepchuk is currently the head coach of the Handsworth Royals and will be serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the provincial under-18 team (Team BC) in early 2013 when the team takes part in a tournament at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

Game Ready Fitness

Game Ready offers year-round support for football training and skill development. They are local football stars from the NFL and CFL using their training expertise to give back to our football community.

Game Ready will also provide assistance to Football BC with combines, Senior Bowl, Team BC, the annual Football BC Provincial Conference and the Play Football BC campaign which introduces the game to young, school-aged children for the first time in many cases.

For more information on Game Ready Fitness, visit their website at gamereadyfitness.ca or contact Will Loftus at 778-987-1818.



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This is an introductory level to fitness and explosive athletic movement. Program is geared to build speed, conditioning, muscle endurance, strength and to help develop position skills. Total of 2 hours per week.

Varsity Program ($249 + tax per month) - for ages 15 and up

This is an advanced level of explosive movement, strength and power. The program is geared to make our athletes pound-for-pound the strongest, most explosive and fastest possible. The training program also includes one day of plyometrics. Starting in March, the training program will include speed training on field: conditioning, agility, footwork, position work, 1 on 1's, and skelly. Total of 6 hours per week.

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 http://www.playfootball.bc.ca/events today for the complete listing of camps and events in your area.

Here are some of the upcoming camps and events that are listed:
  • 2012 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • 2012 CJFL Canadian Bowl (November 10)
  • 4th annual BCCFA 9-man provincial championships (November 10)
  • 2012 Subway All-Star Awards Banquet (November 27)
  • 2012 BC High School Football Subway Bowl championships (December 1)
  • 2012 BC Community Football 12-man provincial championships (December 2)


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