Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2013 | Issue #216  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Team BC names Grade 6, 7 and 8 teams; First round tournament goes December 7-8 in Seattle

Team BC has named the list of players who will be representing the province on the Grade 6, Grade 7 and Grade 8 teams, respectively.

The rosters can be found here.

All three teams will begin the opening round of the FBU National Tournament next weekend, December 7-8, in Seattle. All games take place at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Washington.

Follow Team BC's results online at www.playfootball.bc.ca.


                  

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.


                  

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 https://www.purdysgpp.com/JoinAGroup.aspx?c=28908 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!


                  

BC High School Football Subway Bowl Preview – Saturday, November 30

BC Place is the place to be this Saturday as BC High School Football wraps up their season with five championship games.

The full schedule appears below. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and free for children 12-and-under. Tickets are available at the BC Place box office on game day or by contacting Ticketmaster.

8 am – St. Thomas More Knights vs Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers
(Grade 8 AAA Final)

10:30 am – Ballenas Whalers vs. GW Graham Grizzles 
(Jr. AA Final)

1 pm – Terry Fox Ravens vs. St. Thomas More Knights 
(Jr. AAA Final)

3:30 pm – John Barsby Bulldogs vs Carson Graham Eagles 
(Sr. AA Final)

7 pm – Mt. Douglas Rams vs Terry Fox Ravens 
(Sr. AAA Final)*


The Sr. AA and Sr. AAA championship games can both be seen live online at SportsCanada.TV.

*Also to be broadcast LIVE on Shaw TV and Team 1410 Radio.

To see the full preview of all the games, click here.

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



                             

BCCFA 12-Man Provincial Championship Preview – Sunday, December 1

Provincial Champions will be crowned this Sunday at Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park when the BCCFA holds their 46th annual 12-man provincial championships.

The full list of games appears below. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Kids under 12 are free. Tickets are available at the gate and are CASH ONLY.

All games to be broadcast on SportsCanada.TV


9:30 am – North Delta Longhorns vs Mission 9ers 
(Pee Wee Final)

11:30 am – South Delta Rams vs Abbotsford Falcons 
(Junior Bantam Final)

2 pm – Langley Mustangs vs North Delta Longhorns 
(Bantam Final)

4:30 pm – Nanaimo Redmen vs North Surrey Bears 
(Midget Final)


To see the full preview of all the games, click here.



      

Touchdown BC episode 11

Episode 11 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.



                  

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 www.grandviewprinting.com 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 www.sandmanhotels.ca 

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 dinogeremia@shaw.ca.

      

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

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