Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2013 | Issue #214  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

FBU National Championship selection camp dates set for November 22-23 at Vancouver College

Registration is now open for the Team BC selection camp to take place on the weekend of November 22-24.

This camp is open to players who were previously named to the U-13, U-14 or U-15 Team BC rosters (or were contacted directly by Football BC and extended an invitation) AND are currently in Grade 6, 7 or 8 as well as players who were shortlisted from the Grade 6 tryout on Monday (see the entry below).

The list of all shortlisted players in each division can be found here.

The cost of participating in the camp is $540 or $600 (the higher price is for players who require transportation to Seattle in first round of the tournament). The fee is refundable for those players not selected to the final roster.

The deadline to register for the camp is November 15. To register, click here.

Full details of the camp have been emailed to players.


Grade 6 Team BC shortlist

Football BC would like to thank the close to 100 Grade 6 athletes who took part in the Team BC tryout on Monday.

Players have now been shortlisted for the Team BC selection camp to be held on November 22-23 at Vancouver College (see entry above).

Click here for the list of players.


Team BC U-18 Selection Camp - Registration open

Team BC U-18 will be holding its selection camp on Saturday, December 14 at Burnaby Lakes Sports Complex West from 11 am to 2 pm (check-in at 10 am).

Players who were previously named to the cut-down roster are now invited to register now.

There is a $700 refundable deposit that will be collected for registration. For those players who make the final roster, the $700 will go towards the $1,700 total cost of participation. For those who do not make the final roster, the $700 is refundable.

To register now, click here.


Doug Pauls named finalist for 2013 NFL Youth Coach of the Year

Football BC would like to congratulate Coach Doug Pauls (Vancouver College, Westside Warriors, Team BC) on being named one of the 10 finalists for this year's NFL Youth Coach of the Year Award.

Doug was shortlisted from a list of nominees that included over 300 different coaches from nine provinces.

Pauls' roles in amateur football including coaching with both the Vancouver College Fighting Irish Senior Varsity team and the VMFL's Westside Warriors, coordinating the Flag football season for the BCCFA, as well as lending his time to coach with Football BC's provincial programs including Team BC.

While Doug was unfortunately not named this year's winner, we are proud of Doug for being recognized by the NFL and hopefully now his name is one that will be familiar across Canada.


Touchdown BC episode 9 out this week

Episode eight of Touchdown BC will be released this week.

Catch it first on Shaw TV on Thursday at 5:30 pm. You can also check Football BC's website for new episodes.

You can find archives of all previous shows on our Touchdown BC page.

Check out Football BC's website to see each new episode.

Touchdown BC airs on Shaw TV on Thursdays (5:30 pm) and Fridays (12:30 am and 1:30 pm).

Hosted by Jim Mullin, Touchdown BC will run from September through the end of November.


Nominate your 2013 Coach of the Year now! Winners to be honoured at 2014 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner

The nomination form for the 2013 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 2013 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 13, 2013.

The winner will be honoured at the 2014 Orange Helmet Awards banquet. The date and location of the event will be announced at a later time.


Sport Cardiology BC research study on young competitive athletes

Sport Cardiology BC has begun a study that screens young competitive athletes for cardiovascular disease that can lead to sudden cardiac death.

The inclusion criteria is as follows:
  • No previous known cardiovascular disease
  • Aged 12-35
  • Competitive athlete (individual that participates in an organized sports program that requires regular, intense, training and competition and also places an emphasis on achievement during these competitions).

If your team or you as an individual qualifies as a candidate, please contact Daniel Lithwick ( or Barb Morrison (

For more information, click here.

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.


Raiders fall in Canadian Bowl

The VI Raiders bid for their fourth national title in team history fell by the wayside on Saturday as they dropped a 55-26 decision to the Regina Thunder at Mosaic Stadium.

The BC Junior Football season officially came to an end with the loss by the Raiders. Visit their website at for more information on the 2014 season as well as news on the start of the Tier 2 season in the spring.

BC High School Football Game of the Week

The 2013 playoffs begin this weekend with the Game of the Week taking place at Mercer Stadium on Friday night, 7:30 pm, when the New Westminster Hyacks host the Centennial Centaurs.

The teams will battle for the opportunity to face the Terry Fox Ravens in the quarterfinal.

All "Games of the Week" will be streamed live online at SportsCanada.TV.

To see the full BC High School Football Game of the Week schedule, click here.

For more on BC High School Football, visit their website.


2013 Subway All-Star Awards Banquet

BC High School Football celebrates its all-stars and looks forward to championship weekend with their 12th annual Subway All-Star Awards Banquet.

The banquet takes place on November 26, 2013 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver.

Click here for more information and to order tickets.


SFU Clan: 2013 Legacy Dinner and Clan Football Awards

The SFU Clan Football Alumni presents their 2013 Legacy Dinner and Clan Football Awards on Monday, November 25 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby.

The event runs from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Tables of 10 start at $1,000 and you can also purchase single or couple tickets. Discounted tickets are available for SFU students or new alumni.

Click here to purchase tickets or to find out more about sponsorship opportunities.

All proceeds of the Legacy Dinner go to support Football Student Athletes at Simon Fraser University.

For more information, contact Jamie Clayton at or call 604-468-1652.


Thunderbird Football Association 2nd annual Gala

The TFA will be hosting their second annual Thunderbird Football Gala at the River Rock Casino Hotel on Wednesday, November 27.

This memorable evening will bring the UBC Football Community together to celebrate the past, present and future of UBC Football.

Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased here.

For more information or to learn how you or your company can contribute, contact Shawn McIssac at 778-995-1129 or


UBC T-Birds off-season comes to a tough end in Calgary

While the T-Birds football team may be off the field until next fall, there are several ways you can continue to support the T-Birds.

1. Attend the upcoming Thunderbirds Football Gala on Wednesday, November 27 (details in the entry above).

2. Let the decision-makers at UBC know you're in support of UBC Varsity athletics including Thunderbirds Football. Email UBC Vice President, Students Louise Cowin at and/or UBC Athletics Managing Director Ashley Howard at and make your voices heard!

For more information, visit


SFU Clan finally snap losing streak; host Azusa Pacific in season finale

The long losing streak for the SFU Clan (3-6) is finally over.

The Clan finally snapped their six-game slide last Saturday scoring a 38-17 victory over the Humboldt State Lumberjacks. They'll now try to end their season on a two-game win streak when they host the Azusa Pacific Cougars (8-2; 8-1 conference) in their final game of 2013.

The Clan dropped a slim 44-36 decision to the Cougars back on October 12.

Kickoff is 6 pm.

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 Canada to host Junior National Team identification camps across Canada

Football Canada will be hosting a series of player identification camps as part of the process to select players to represent Canada at the 2014 IFAF U-19 World Championship.

Players born in 1995 and 1996 who have a Canadian citizenship and who are members of their respective provincial football association (e.g. Football BC) will be eligible to attend the camps.

Team Canada Junior will be competing against Team USA in a game in Dallas, Texas on February 7, 2014.

There is no identification scheduled for British Columbia. The closest evaluation camp to BC will be held in Edmonton, Alberta at the Commonwealth Recreation Centre Field House on December 15, 2013.

There are also tryouts scheduled for Guelph, Ontario (November 30), East Hants, Nova Scotia (December 7), Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan (December 14), and Montreal, Quebec (December 21).

For more information and to register for a tryout session, click here.

Team Canada hopefuls are required to bring their own shoulder pads, jersey, helmet, mouth guard and proper footwear to the tryout session.


BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations for the Class of 2014

Nominations are welcomed for the 2014 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.


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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.

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