Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2012 | Issue #165  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Team BC announces Trim Down camp schedule for December 7

Team BC has released its schedule for their Trim Down camp to be held on Friday, December 7 at the BC Lions Training Facility in Surrey.

The camp will take place from noon to 5 pm. The full schedule for the camp can be downloaded here.

At the conclusion of this camp, the final selection for the 36-player roster to participate with Team BC at the FBU International Games will be made.

Before attending the camp, prospective Team BC players are also reminded that they need to send in a scanned copy of their passport as well as a headshot photo to communications@playfootball.bc.ca.

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.

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.

                      

BC Community 12-Man Provincial Championships Preview

The BC Community Football Association will hold their final major championship event of the 2012 season this Sunday, December 2 at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley where four new provincial champions will be crowned.

Here's a look at all four championship games taking place on Sunday.

*Catch all the games live online at bcfootball.tv


Pee Wee 
9:30 am  Abbotsford Falcons (VCFL) vs Cloverdale Bobcats (VMFL)


Geroy Simon's BC Lions may not have made it to the Grey Cup game but Coach Simon's Bobcats have a chance to make up for that with a Pee Wee provincial championship.

The Bobcats, who finished the regular season with an 8-2 record, earned their way to the provincial championship after pummeling the Coquitlam Wildcats by a 40-6 score to capture the VMFL Pee Wee title.

The Falcons, meanwhile, were the most dominant team in the VCFL Pee Wee division going undefeated in league play, capturing the VCFL Pee Wee title by defeating Meadow Ridge Gold in the league championship, and then shutting out the Kelowna-Mission Lions last Saturday by a 22-0 score in the provincial semifinal.


Jr. Bantam 11:30 am
West Kelowna Sundevils (SIFC) vs Coquitlam Vikings (VMFL)


The VMFL champion Vikings look to cap off a perfect, undefeated season this Sunday when they face the SIFC champion Sundevils.

The Vikings finished with an 8-0 regular season record then outscored their three playoff opponents to date  the North Surrey Falcons, North Surrey Eagles and Coquitlam Raiders  by a combined 86-3 en route to a league title.

The Sundevils have just one blemish on their record this season albeit that loss came as a result of a forfeit meaning this championship is really between two teams that have yet to lose on the field this season.

The Sundevils earned their way to the provincial championship by pummeling the Island champion Victoria Renegades by a 48-0 score in the provincial semifinal.



Bantam 2 pm
Abbotsford Falcons (VCFL) vs South Delta Rams (VMFL)


The Falcons and Rams have had to wait an extra week compared to all the other divisions before getting a chance to settle the provincial championship but after this Sunday the wait will be all worth it for one of these teams.

The Rams are looking to cap off their Cinderella run to the championship after finishing fourth in the VMFL standings but earning their way to the provincial title game by shocking the first-seeded North Surrey Panthers by shutting them out 18-0 in the VMFL semifinal and following that up with a 24-9 win over the Langley Mustangs in the VMFL championship game.

The Falcons finished in second-place in the VCFL standings but managed to upset the undefeated Chilliwack Giants in the VCFL championship by a 25-12 score to earn a berth in the provincial title game.



Midget 4:30 pm
Langley Stampeders vs Coquitlam Falcons


At some point you can't blame the Stampeders if they feel like they are a team of destiny.

After stumbling in the regular season to a 4-6 record, they started to pick up steam in the playoffs first scoring a wildcard round win over the North Surrey Bears, then upsetting the defending provincial champions and top-ranked White Rock Titans in the semifinal before earning their way to Sunday's provincial championship game by taking out the second-round Meadow Ridge Knights last week with a 30-10 win.

If you look only at the standings, one might think that facing the sixth-seeded Coquitlam Falcons would make for an easier matchup for the Stampeders but things aren't necessary as they seem.

The Falcons officially finished the regular season with a 7-3 record but all they actually finished undefeated on the field. Their three losses were due to administrative errors with their rosters that forced them to forfeit their wins.

The Falcons proved they should have been considered the best in the regular season all along as they cruised in the playoffs earning wins over the Nanaimo Redmen, Victoria Spartans and Cowichan Bulldogs en route to the provincial championship game.


For more information on the provincial playoffs, visit www.vmfl.ca


Ticket Information:

Tickets are available at the gate at McLeod Athletic Park. Prices are as follows.

Adults: $5
Students and Seniors: $3
Children under 12 are free

      

BC High School Football Subway Bowl championship day preview

The BC High School Football season comes to will come to an end this Saturday with five new champions to be crowned at BC Place.

Here's a look at all the games taking place at on Subway Bowl Saturday.

8 am  
G.W. Graham Grizzlies vs Notre Dame Jugglers 
(Grade 8 championship)


The fact the Jugglers are into the Grade 8 championship final is little surprise.

The fact they will be taking on the first-year Grizzlies are a huge shock.

The Jugglers rolled through the AAA division with relative ease suffering just one loss during the regular season and then posting convincing wins over Handsworth and last year's Grade 8 champions Lord Tweedsmuir to book their ticket to the final.

The Grizzlies had a slightly more interesting journey. They finished in top spot in the AA division during the regular season and were bumped up to the AAA playoffs as a result where they were expected to be easy prey for top-ranked Vancouver College.

However, the Grizzlies managed to stun the Fighting Irish winning by a score of 24-18 and then followed that up last week with a 30-14 victory over the St. Thomas More to earn their unlikely berth in the AAA final.

Will the Grizzlies be able to complete their Cinderella story or will the clock finally strike midnight in the championship final?


10 am  
Mission Roadrunners vs Abbotsford Collegiate Panthers 
(Jr. AA championship)


For the Roadrunners junior varsity team, getting to the provincial championship is starting to become old hat as this year marks their fourth consecutive trip to the final.

For the Panthers, it's an entirely new experience as the program is making its first appearance in a championship game.

The Roadrunners are looking to recapture their crown after failing to defend it last season losing to John Barsby in the championship game but the Panthers no doubt have other plains in mind.

The Panthers have been dominant for the most part this season with only one loss on their record and come into this contest having won four in a row.

The Roadrunners have dropped just two games this season, including one to the Panthers by a 20-18 score back in late September, but have since put together a six-game win streak including knocking off the defending champion Bulldogs to earn a berth in the final.


12:30 pm  
St. Thomas More Knights vs Terry Fox Ravens 
(Jr. AAA championship)


The defending champion Knights are back in the Jr. AAA title game for the fourth time in the last five years but they'll face a tough test in the form of the undefeated Ravens if they want to take home the Cara Lapa Memorial Trophy for a second straight season.

The Knights only suffered one loss this season but that was at the hands of the Ravens back on October 11.

This is the Ravens' first trip to the Jr. AAA championship game since 2007 when they won their second consecutive title that year with a thrilling 28-26 win over Centennial.


3 pm  
Mission Roadrunners vs South Delta Sun Devils 
(Sr. AA championship)


The defending Gary Scott Memorial Trophy winners Mission Roadrunners are back in the Sr. AA championship game for the second straight season but it wasn't an easy journey back by any stretch.

Although the Roadrunners rolled through the regular season with relative ease, they just barely managed to get by the Ballenas Whalers in the semifinal earning a 28-27 win after the Whalers failed on a two-point conversion gamble in the dying seconds.

The Roadrunners may be the defending champions but it's the Sun Devils that have to be considered the favourites heading into Saturday's tilt.

The Sun Devils also went undefeated during their season and they certainly looked like a team of destiny after making short work of the defending champion John Barsby Bulldogs in the semifinal winning by a convincing 27-12 score.

This is the Sun Devils' first trip back to the Sr. AA championship game since 2008 when they won the title by defeating the Seaquam Seahawks.

This game can be seen live online at bchighschoolfootball.com.


7 pm  
Mt. Douglas Rams vs Vancouver College Fighting Irish
(Sr. AAA championship)


When the Rams won the Frank Gnup Memorial Trophy last season, they become the first Vancouver Island team in BC High School Football history to ever win a Sr. AAA championship.

The way the Rams are rolling this year it's hard to imagine they won't bring the title back to the Island for the second straight year.

The Rams tasted defeat just once this season at the hands of their nemesis from last year's final, the WJ Mouat Hawks, and they made sure to prove to everybody that their regular season loss to the Hawks was just a hiccup as they completely demolished WJ Mouat in the semifinal last week by a 41-15 to earn the right to defend their title.

The Fighting Irish, who won the championship two seasons ago, likewise have just one blemish on their record this season but that came in a loss to the Rams back on October 5. Since then, Vancouver College has won six in a row including last Saturday's 42-40 thriller over St. Thomas More in the semifinal to earn their way back to the title game.

This tilt between the two most recent Sr. AAA champions is certain to be a barnburner. Can the Rams repeat or will the Fighting Irish succeed in returning the trophy back to the mainland?

Find out this Saturday at BC Place.

This game can be seen live online at bchighschoolfootball.com and on television on Shaw TV (channel 4). You can also listen to the game live on TEAM 1410 AM.

Ticket Information:

Tickets are available at the gate at BC Place. Prices are as follows:

Adults: $15
Students: $10
Children 7-and-under are free

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

*The Grade 8 Tier 2 championship will feature the H.D. Stafford Skyhawks facing the Eugene Reimer Ravens. The game will take place on Thursday, November 29 at the Burnaby Lakes Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 pm.

 

UBC T-Birds Football Pass & Run Fundamentals Camps 2013

The UBC Thunderbirds have released their camp schedule for 2013.

Camps will be held in a number of locations including Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Kelowna.

All camps are for players aged 12-17 and include lunch, jersey and individual assessment.

To see a full list of all the camps, please visit Football BC's Events Calendar page.

For more information and to register for an upcoming UBC Football camp, please visit www.ubcfootball.com/camps

Lawyer Milloy & Golden Tate Football Camp

The Lawyer Milloy and Golden Tate Football Camp will be taking place from July 14-17, 2013 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. 

Campers learn from outstanding veteran college and high school coaches and the staff is complimented with Lawyer Milloy and Golden Tate and current and/or former members of the Seattle Seahawks. 

Campers are grouped by age, position, ability and experience to allow coaches to progressively teach basic and advanced techniques to best benefit each group. Campers are taught at an approximately 10:1 ratio. 

Campers receive 6 hours of instruction each day. 

For more information, click here.

Sign up by December 15 and receive a $50 discount off of the Lawyer Milloy / Golden Tate Football camp. Use promo code [Team2013] to receive this discount. Visit their website to register or call 301-575-9400. 

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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.


                    

Jay Prepchuk Position Camps


Jay Prepchuk's position camps are back for 2013

The dates for the QB/Receiver Camp (with Jay Prepchuk and Geroy Simon) are as follows:

Session 1: JAN 16, 23, 30 & Feb 6 at Burnaby 8-Rinks
Session 2: FEB 13, 20, 27 & MAR 6 at Burnaby 8-Rinks
Session 3: April 30 & May 2 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver
Session 4: May 6 & 8 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver

The dates for the O-Line/D-Line Camp (with Angus Reid and Brent Johnson) are as follows:

Session 1: APR 30 & MAY 2 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver
Session 2: MAY 6 & 8 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver

See the brochures and registration forms for the camps here.

For more information, please visit Jay's website at www.jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com.

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.



Check out the location closest to you.

  • North Vancouver

  • Vancouver/Burnaby

  • Port Coquitlam

  • Langley

  • Surrey

  • White Rock

  • Abbotsford

  • Chilliwack

Junior Varsity Program ($99 + tax per month) - for ages 10-14

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)
  • 2013 UBC T-Birds Football Pass & Run Fundamentals Camps (various dates)
  • 2013 Jay Prepchuk Position Camps (various dates)
  • Lawyer Milloy & Golden Tate Football Camp (July 14-17, 2013)
  • 2012 BC High School Football Subway Bowl championships (December 1)
  • 2012 BC Community Football 12-man provincial championships (December 2)


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