Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2013 | Issue #215  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Football BC unveils 2014 Provincial Combine Series schedule

Football BC has released its 2014 Provincial Combine Series schedule. The Combine Series provides players with an opportunity to be evaluated by Football BC's provincial coaches and is the first step for getting on the radar to be part of one of Football BC's provincial programs (i.e. Team BC and Senior Bowl).

For the 2014 season, all players who wish to be eligible to be a part of one of Football BC's provincial programs must evaluated by a Football BC provincial coach. The Combine Series provides an opportunity for all players across the province to have access to an evaluation session in an area close by to them.

The 2014 sessions are as follows:

Friday, January 31 - 
The Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre, Prince George

Monday, February 10 - 
Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond

Sunday, February 16 - 
Merle Logan Field, Nanaimo

Sunday, February 23 - 
Capital News Centre, Kelowna

Tuesday, February 25 - 
W.J. Mouat Secondary School, Abbotsford

*Specific times for each session will be announced at a later date*

Online registration is now available here. Register on or before January 1 and save!

$50 - Online registration on or before January 1
$60 - Online registration after January 1
$70 - Walk-up registration

*Online registration closes one week prior to the start of each session.


Support Team BC and buy Purdys Chocolates

Holiday season is chocolate season and why not help support Football BC's provincial programs while you get your chocolate fix.

Football BC is participating in Purdys Chocolatier Fundraising Program and you can help raise money for Team BC by purchasing chocolates in support of Football BC. Monies raised will go back into the provincial programs and help offset for the cost for players who participate on Team BC.

Getting set up is simple! Simply visit and register a new member account (or use your existing member account and password if you have one).

Once logged in, you can shop online, invite other members and pay for your orders. Shipping is free for orders over $100. All orders must be submitted by Monday, December 9.

Thanks for your support and have a sweet shopping experience!


Team BC Grade 6, 7 and 8 Selection Camp goes this weekend (Nov. 22-23) at Vancouver College

The final selection camp to select the Grade 6, Grade 7 and Grade 8 Team BC, respectively, goes this weekend (Nov. 22-23) at Vancouver College.

For those players who have been invited and have not yet registered, we have left the online registration open. However, you MUST register before the start of the camp. Walk-up registration will not be permitted.

To register now, click here.

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


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.


BC High School Football Semi-Final Saturday schedule released

The schedule for the Sr. AA and Sr. AAA Varsity semi-final playoffs taking place at UBC Thunderbird Stadium on November 23 is now set.

See the full schedule here.

General admission tickets are just $10 and gets you in to all four games. The two Sr. AAA varsity games will be webcast on SportsCanada.TV.

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


VMFL/BCCFA Provincial Playoffs Update

It's Sunday Funday in the VMFL this weekend with the majority of their divisions hosting league finals with a spot in the provincial final on the line.

The list of VMFL games taking this place this Sunday, November 24 are as follows:

Midget (BCCFA Semi-Finals)

1 pm - Nanaimo Redmen at Cowichan Bulldogs (McAdam Park, Cowichan)

3 pm - North Surrey Bears at Langley Stampeders (McLeod Athletic Park, Langley)

Atom (VMFL Championship Final)

11 am - Coquitlam Tigers at North Delta Longhorns (John Oliver Park, North Delta)

Pee Wee (VMFL Championship Final/BCCFA Semi-Final)

1 pm - Cloverdale Bobcats at North Delta Longhorns (John Oliver Park, North Delta)

Junior Bantam (BCCFA Semi-Final)

12 pm - Victoria Renegades at South Delta Rams (Dennison Park, South Delta)

For a full update on the provincial playoff picture, click here.


BC-born players in the Vanier Cup

The Calgary Dinos and Laval Rouge et Or will battle this Saturday, November 23 (10 am PT - Sportsnet/Sportsnet 360) for the Vanier Cup.

Congratulations to all the players on both teams on making it to the biggest Canadian University football game of the year. We would also like to acknowledge the following players on the Calgary Dinos who are born in BC or have BC connections.
  • Rashaun Simonise (Vancouver, BC) - 
    Vancouver College Fighting Irish

  • Cuong Thai Lieu (Nanaimo, BC) - 
    John Barsby Bulldogs

  • Adam Ballingall (Kamloops, BC) - 
    South Kamloops Titans

  • Connor Bryan (Victoria, BC) - 
    Mt. Douglas Rams

  • Tyler Annesley (Vernon, BC) - 
    Clarence Fulton Maroons

  • Matt Douglas (North Vancouver, BC) - 
    Carson Graham

  • Sukh Chungh (Port Coquitlam, BC) - 
    Terry Fox Ravens

  • Matthew Carson - 
    Kelowna Owls

  • James Bradley (Victoria,BC)


BC-born players in the Grey Cup

The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats will battle in the 101st Grey Cup this Sunday, November 24 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

Football BC would like to congratulate both teams on making it to this year's championship and give a big shout out to all the players born in BC as well as those with BC connections who are members of this year's two finalists.

Saskatchewan Roughriders:
  • Aaron Hargreaves (Ladner, BC) - 
    Simon Fraser University

  • Alex Anthony (Victoria, BC) - 
    Mt. Douglas Rams

  • Graig Newman (Langley, BC)

  • Geroy Simon - 
    ex-BC Lion and BCCFA coach

Hamilton Tiger-Cats:

  • Peter Dyakowski (Vancouver, BC) - 
    Vancouver College Fighting Irish

  • Marc Beswick (Vancouver, BC) - 
    Abbotsford Air Force/BCCFA coach

  • Cody Husband (New Westminster, BC) - 
    New Westminster Hyacks/UBC

  • Carson Rockhill (Nanaimo, BC) - 
    Ballenas Whalers

  • Tim O'Neill (Victoria, BC) - 
    Belmont Bulldogs

  • Louie Richardson (Vancouver, BC) - 
    Burnaby Central Wildcats/Vancouver Trojans

  • Luca Congi - SFU


Touchdown BC episode 10 out this week

Episode 10 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.


UBC Thunderbirds to honour Howard Tsumura

The UBC Thunderbirds will be honouring The Province newspaper journalist Howard Tsumura for his years of work in supporting and promoting amateur sport in British Columbia.

Tsumura will be honoured in a special ceremony that will take place during halftime of the UBC-Winnipeg men's basketball game on Friday, November 22 at the War Memorial Gymnasium at UBC.

Congratulations Howard!

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.


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


Support UBC Football

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 end season with loss to GNAC champion Azusa Pacific Cougars

The SFU Clan concluded their 2013 campaign this past Saturday dropping a 28-19 decision to the Azusa Pacific Cougars at Terry Fox Field.

The Clan finish their season with a 3-7 record.

The Clan will celebrate their season and honour their players at their Legacy Dinner on November 25.


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.


Subscribe to Sportsnet Magazine and support Football BC

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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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