Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2014 | Issue #264  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Team BC heading to the Tanoa Bowl

Football BC is pleased to announce that its U18 Team BC and the Grade 8 Team BC will be competing at the Tanoa Bowl in Auburn, Washington in December.

The Tanoa Bowl features teams from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii.

U18 Team BC

The original plan for U18 Team BC was to return to the FBU International Showcase in San Antonio, Texas. However, as a result of the change of the Alamo Bowl date this year, FBU has opted not to run their International event.

The Tanoa Bowl offers an opportunity for our U18 players to take on elite high school players from the Northwest region of the United States and Hawaii and provides an even greater opportunity for players to be seen by scouts and recruiters because of the high level of competition.

Because of the close proximity of Auburn, Washington, this year's trip will be even more cost-effective compared to previous years.

The team will depart by bus on December 26 and return on December 29. The game date is scheduled for December 28. Team BC is also looking into scheduling a tour of the Washington Huskies facilities as part of the experience.

Grade 8 Team BC

The Grade 8 Team BC will have an opportunity to compete in a game against a team from either Washington or Hawaii. The tournament is aimed to provide a positive football experience for all players.

Although officially listed as "Team BC Grade 8", all players attending the November 11 camp will have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot on this team.

The team will depart by bus on December 26 and return on December 29. The game date is scheduled for December 28. Team BC is also looking into scheduling a tour of the Washington Huskies facilities as part of the experience.

Grade 6/7 Team BC

Our original plan for the Grade 6 and 7 teams, as well as the Grade 8 team, was to compete in the FBU National Championship. However, after our discussions with FBU particularly in regards to the age discrepancies between our players and the American players and the resulting safety issues, we have come to the mutual decision that competing in this tournament would not be in our best interests.

At the same time, a change in the leadership at FBU has resulted in a more national focus by that organization with a lower priority given to International competition.

We hope to work again with FBU in the future but, in the meantime, in addition to providing all players with an opportunity to compete for a spot on the "Grade 8" team to compete at the Tanoa Bowl, we will also be recognizing the top players in the Grade 6 and Grade 7 categories following the November 11 camp.

The "top players" will be invited to take part in various Grey Cup week activities with Football BC as well as be identified early on to compete in the Legacy Games.

What is Football BC's involvement with the Legacy Games?

Football BC has started the process of having our younger football players compete in a tournament hosted by us in partnership with the Legacy Games in Kamloops from July 23 to 26.

We have already received interest from teams across the country and from the United States that are interested in competing in this summer competition that is held alongside several other sports.

Stay tuned! 


2015 Combine Dates announced; Register now to save!

The dates for the Football BC Combine Series are now available.

The schedule appears below. (Times are subject to change. Age groups may be split into different times for the larger events but each session will take place during the times listed. Athletes should arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of each session for check-in).

Sunday, January 31 (12 pm to 4 pm)
The Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre, Prince George

Monday, February 9 (Family Day) (9 am to 5 pm)
Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond

Saturday, February 21 (12 pm to 5 pm)
Arbutus Meadows, Nanoose Bay (Vancouver Island)

Sunday, February 22 (11 am to 4 pm)
Kelowna United Dome, Kelowna

February 20 (9 am to 1 pm) & 
February 24 (4 pm to 7 pm)

Langley Events Centre Fieldhouse, Langley

Click here to register now!

The 2015 Combine Series is an opportunity for all amateur football players in BC ages 10-18 to undergo standard Combine testing and be evaluated by Football BC provincial coaches in order to get on the radar for Football BC provincial programs (i.e. Team BC, Senior Bowl). Attendance in a Combine session is required in order to eligible for Football BC's provincial program in the 2015 calendar year.

* New lower prices for 2015 *

$40 - Register online on or before December 31, 2014
$50 - Register online after December 31, 2014
$60 - Walk-up registration

Online registration closes 24 hours prior to the start of each session.


Team BC November 11 camp

Team BC has posted the list of players invited to the November 11 camp. Click here to see the list of invited players and to register for the camp.

Players who have been invited to the camp should have received an email from Football BC.

This is a high-level, full padded camp with some of the best coaches in the province working with the players including our head coaches: Nick Kawaza, Sean Dolynski and Mike Pauls.

Coaches will be joined by Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia, BC Lions players JR Larose and Rolly Lumbala, as well as some special guests; all providing a level of coaching to make each player better.

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (Remembrance Day)
Location: Burnaby Central Secondary School
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm

Cost: $35 (includes snack and practice jersey)



Football BC at the 58th Archbishops' Trophy game

Football BC was on-site to witness the 58th Archbishops' Trophy game which was won 46-7 by Vancouver College over Notre Dame.

See the video interview with Vancouver College head coach Todd Bernett here.

Click here for a photo gallery.

The Burens: Born to play together

Former Centennial Centaurs and current SFU Clan players Justin and Jason Buren were born to play together.

Read this in-depth profile by Michiko Araki on the brothers who currently star for the Clan.


Nominations open for the 2014 Coach of the Year awards; Winners to be honoured at 2015 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner

The nomination form for the 2014 Coach of the Year awards is now available.

Click here to download the form.

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 2014 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 12, 2014.

The winners will be honoured at the 2015 Orange Helmet Awards dinner. This year's event will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. Ticket information will be available at a later date.


NFL Youth Coach of the Year nominations

The Youth Coach of the Year is back for its 16th year. The NFL and BlackRock are looking for Canada's most dedicated volunteer football coaches who have positively impacted young Canadians.

This award is designed to recognize active community or high school level volunteer coaches across Canada who dedicates themselves to the development of young players both on and off the field. Any Canadian can nominate a coach for recognition.

Full details can be found here.

The deadline to submit your nomination is 
Monday, November 17.

The winning coach will be selected by a panel of journalists from across Canada, NFL, BlackRock and Football Canada representatives.

$5,000 for new football equipment will be donated to the winning coach's program. BlackRock will help cement the winning coach's legacy, creating a $5,000 in bursaries that will assist young football players in the coach's community who are in financial need.

Two runners-up schools will each receive $2,000 for equipment.


Anthony Calvillo to speak at Complete Champions Luncheon

Anthony Calvillo is returning to B.C. to be the keynote speaker at the 6th annual Dowco Group Complete Champions Lunch on Wednesday, November 12.

The three-time Grey Cup champion, three-time Most Outstanding Player and the all-time leading passer in football history will join the Spartan Foundation’s annual fundraising luncheon, which raises money to help support Trinity Western University Athletics, as the guest speaker.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Location: Langley Events Centre

Cost: $175 per person or $1,200 for a table of eight

To order tickets, contact  or go online to Tax deductible receipts are available.

102nd Grey Cup Festival Activities

The 102nd Grey Cup Festival Committee has announced the plans for this year's party.

For full details, click here.


Touchdown BC!

Touchdown BC is back for its second season.

Make sure you tune in each week for all the best highlights from the week that was in local football including University, High School, Community and Junior.

With Ryan Sullivan, Jim Mullin, Andrew Wadden and 
Alex Carrigan.

All episodes of Touchdown BC will be posted here once available.

Shaw TV airtimes:

Thursday 6 am
Friday 3:30 pm & 11:30 pm

Also available on demand on YouTube.


Valley Huskers looking to add to coaching staff

The Valley Huskers Jr. Football Team is always striving to improve on and off the field.

We welcome all coaches who would like to join this dynamic team.

Please contact us with resumes and goals.

As we are being proactive, we request responses by November 15, 2014.

Please contact:
Moe Agagnier 


Canadian Bowl preview - Saskatoon Hilltops at Langley Rams

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, November 8
McLeod Athletic Park
Kickoff at 1:00 pm PT
For ticket information, visit
Game broadcast at (PPV)

The Langley Rams will be hosting the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) Canadian Bowl for the second time in three seasons, welcoming the Saskatoon Hilltops to McLeod Stadium. The last time the Rams hosted the Canadian Bowl was two years ago against the Hilltops, where they lost 23-21 in a heartbreaking game. This time around, the Rams will look to avenge their loss at McLeod Stadium.

For the Rams, Nathan Lund will be a player to watch. Lund received the Offensive Player of the Game honours in the recent Cullen Cup win with 17 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns, one of which came in the final minute of play to help the Rams in their 23-19 upset win over the Okanagan Sun. Like they did in 2012, the Rams will be starting a freshman quarterback in Jordan McCarty, who started in the second half of Week 7 following an injury to starting quarterback Dylan Tucker. McCarty has proved his ability to play in tough situations finishing with 62 completions for 1,021 yards and ten touchdown passes. In his two BCFC playoff games, he averaged 231 yards and also threw three touchdown passes showing his ability to play with composure. The Rams will have 13 returnees from the 2012 matchup, most notably Malcolm Williams, who was the 2012 BCFC rookie of the year.

On the other hand, the Hilltops will be returning ten players who played in Langley in 2012. Quarterback Jared Andreychuck is one of these players, and will be playing his second Canadian Bowl in three years. Andreychuck rushed 42 times for 342 yards in the regular season and completed 31-of-50 passes for 539 yards and seven touchdowns in the playoffs. The Rams will have to be aware of his mobility and contain his running plays in the Canadian Bowl game. Andreychuck's favourite target will likely be Davis Mitchell, who caught nine passes for 109 yards and tow touchdowns in their Prairie Football Conference Championship game against the Calgary Colts. Defensively, the Hilltops created six turnovers in that win over the Colts and will look to pick any mistakes that the Rams might make in the championship game.

The Rams will be looking to win their first ever national championship, while the Hilltops will be vying for their 17th national title. The last time any team from the BC Football Conference won the Canadian Bowl was in 2009 when the Vancouver Island Raiders took the title.


BC High School Football game of the week preview - Belmont Bulldogs at Vancouver College Fighting Irish

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, November 8
O'Hagan Field at Vancouver College
Kickoff at 1:30 pm PT
Watch online at

This week's high school game of the week will have playoff implications for the Belmont Bulldogs (2-4). If the Bulldogs win against the Vancouver Fighting Irish (4-2), they will clinch a spot in the Subway Bowl playoffs that begin next weekend.

The Bulldogs will be led by Court Boice, this week's Triple A player of the week. Last week in a must-win game, he caught five passes for 151 yards, recorded two touchdowns, and returned a kickoff 70 yards to lead the his team to a win over West Vancouver. Quarterback Brendan Holland, in addition to throwing a pair of touchdown passes, also rushed for a score of his own in the victory.

The Bulldogs will be looking to contain Vancouver College QB Giordy Belfiore. Belfiore went 9-of-12 for 193 yards and threw three touchdowns in last week's Archbishops' Trophy game win over Notre Dame. Running back Ovie Odjegba will also prove to be a key player for the Irish. Last week, he had 11 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns. On the defensive side, Jorden Yuen led the team with four solo sacks and three tackles.


SFU vs Azusa Pacific preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, November 8
Swangard Stadium
Kickoff at 1 pm PT
Watch online at 

Coming off of a 33-17 loss to Humboldt State, the SFU Clan (2-7; Conference 2-3) return to action this Saturday as they go in search for their third victory taking on Azusa Pacific (8-1; Conference 5-0), who they lost to in a close 32-24 loss earlier this season.

For the Clan, Jordan Herdman proved to be a force to be reckoned with once again recording a whopping 27 total tackles, including 19 assists, in their game against Humboldt State last weekend. Currently, Herdman is ranked second in all of NCAA Division II in total tackles with 129 (14.3 per game) and recently broke a GNAC record for single season tackles, which was previously set at 128 by Caleb Jessup of Western Washington in 2008. On the offensive side of things, Stephen Spagnuolo was a workhorse again recording his second straight 100-yard game and finishing with 106 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown in the loss.

For Azusa Pacific, Terrell Watson will be a player to watch. In last week's dramatic 19-18 win over Western Oregon, Watson scored an 800yard touchdown in the last few minutes of the game to help the team pull off the win. Watson rushed 27 times for 202 yards and two touchdowns, marking his fifth 200-yard game this season. He leads all divisions of college football with a total of 1,687 rushing yards. 

This game will feature two very highly regarded players in the NCAA Division II football this season in Herdman and Watson and will definitely be an interesting one to watch!


Jay Prepchuk QB-Receiver camps

Jay Prepchuk quarterback-receiver camps will start on 
January 14, 2015.

Contact Jay at or visit for more information.

Help build a better Canadian game

Football Canada is reviewing the current competition of amateur football in Canada and is seeking your feedback.

How can you help?

During the 2014 football season, Football Canada will be asking for feedback in the form of surveys as well as emails. Feedback is essential from the football community at-large (athletes, coaches, officials, parents, administrators, trainers, etc.) in an effort to grow and support this great game from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Have your voice heard in the process by completing Football Canada's surveys here. Please select the surveys that match the age group and gender of athletes you are involved with.

Click here to access the surveys.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Support amateur football in British Columbia and showcase your products and services to a wide-ranging market.

Football BC can tailor a sponsorship package to suit your company's needs.

Sponsorship opportunities include an opportunity to advertise in Football BC's publications such as the Football BC Playbook, Senior Bowl program and Conference program as well as opportunities to attend events such as the Football BC Combine Series and the Team BC May Long Weekend camp.

Get more information here.


Grey Cup tickets going fast!

Have you bought your tickets to the biggest game of the year yet? Don't miss out!

Grey Cup tickets are still available but they are going fast! Get yours at now.


Grey Cup Volunteers

The 102nd Grey Cup Festival is jam-packed with fun and they need volunteers throughout the week. Volunteers must commit to 18 hours - three six-hour shifts. There are lots of positions available, from festival events to hospitality to transportations and more.

All Event Hosts will receive a 102nd Grey Cup Festival uniform and access to the wrap-up Championship TV viewing party. Volunteers will also be fed and showered with thanks for helping make this event come to life.

To sign up, visit and request your 102nd Grey Cup Festival volunteer position.


BC Sport Conference - 
January 10

The BC Sport Conference is a one-day multi-sport coaching conference featuring world-renowned coaches, trainers and athletes who have worked and competed at the collegiate, provincial, national, and international levels. Learn from the great ones how they lead, motivate and inspire athletes to consistently achieve their best. Eligible for 3 NCCP professional development credits.
  • Rick Hansen, keynote presenter
  • Anson Dorrance, head coach UNC Women's Soccer Program
  • David Cox, sport psychologist for National team and professional athletes
  • Allison McNeill, former head coach National Women's Basketball Team
  • Doug Reimer, head coach UBC Women's Volleyball Program
  • Athlete panel with two of BC's top athletes

Whether you coach individuals or teams at the grass roots or high performance levels, this conference will deliver valuable insights on leadership in coaching and strategies for success.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
9:00 am -5:00 pm
The Michael J. Fox Theatre - Burnaby, BC
Lunch and refreshments included
3 NCCP professional development credits

Register now for early bird pricing! 

The BC Sport Conference is an initiative of Volleyball BC. Building the BC sport community through leadership, learning and development.

SFU Mini-Game Program

SFU Football will welcome local youth football teams to play a mini-game game at half-time of their home games this season.

Interested teams can still sign up for an available spot by contacting Nick Sirski ( or Doug Pauls (

All of SFU's home games will be held at Swangard Stadium in 2014.

Current schedule:

November 8 vs APU (1 pm) - Pee Wee: North Surrey Cardinals & Hawks, Coquitlam Wildcats & Vancouver Westside Warriors

November 15 vs CWU (1 pm) - Atom Tackle: North Surrey T-Birds & Lions (room for two more Atom tackle teams)


Concussion Policy Update

Football BC has updated its concussion policy for the 2014 season.

To see the changes as well as well as for more information on concussions, please visit our revamped Concussion Resources page.

Gear up with Team BC!

Are you headed to Winnipeg to support Team BC at the Red River Cup tournament, or just want to show off your Team BC pride year round?

Pick up some Team BC gear from our official online store here


Support Team BC with our Football BC - Schnitzer Scrap Metal Drive Fundraiser

Football BC is asking the football community to join us in a fundraiser that will allow our entire football community to help raise money for all six of our Team BC programs as well as enable us to deliver more of our "Play Football" programs in elementary schools.

Supporting our program is easy. Simply deliver any scrap metal you may have to one of the following locations and be sure to mention that you are contributing to the "Football BC Scrap Drive."

Schnitzer Victoria
307 David St.
Victoria, BC - V8T 5C1

Schnitzer Duncan
3015 Boys Rd.
Duncan, BC - V9L 6W4

Schnitzer Cassidy
13271 Trans Canada Hwy.
Cassidy, BC - V9G 1L8

Schnitzer Campbell River
5551 Duncan Bay Rd.
Campbell River, BC - V9H 1N6

Schnitzer Surrey
12195 Musqueam Dr.
Surrey, BC - V3V 3T2

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.


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


BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations for the Class of 2015

Nominations are welcomed for the 2015 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

Football BC and Sportsnet have partnered to offer all Football BC members and supporters an amazing deal.

For just $30 plus tax, you will receive 26 issues of Sportsnet magazine - Canada's only national magazine for Canadian sports fans - with $10 of that going directly to Football BC in support of our developmental programs.

You will also receive FREE access to Sportsnet's Tablet and Digital subscription as part of your purchase.

To subscribe now, please click here.

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.

Here are some of the upcoming camps and events that are listed:
  • 2015 Football BC Combine Series (various dates)
  • 2015 Orange Helmet Awards dinner (April 15, 2015)
  • 2014 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • Game Ready (various dates)
  • SFU Clan 2014 Home Schedule
  • UBC Thunderbirds 2014 Home Schedule

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