Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2014 | Issue #265  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Football BC Hometown Grey Cup Heroes Fundraiser


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 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! 


Football BC chats with Belmont Bulldogs Head Coach Alexis Sanschagrin

The Belmont Bulldogs' final regular season was a disappointing loss to Vancouver College but Coach Alexis Sanschagrin was kind enough to take the time out to chat with Football BC about the upcoming BC High School Football playoffs and one of his star players, Court Boice.

See the interview here.

UBC Thunderbirds Football seeking quality candidates in search for new head coach

The University of British Columbia, Department of Athletics & Recreation invites applications for the position of Head Football Coach. The UBC Thunderbirds are seeking a new head coach to brand UBC Football as a leading football program within Canadian Interuniversity Sport, that challenges annually for the Vanier Cup. The Head Coach is responsible for the coaching, management and coordination of the UBC football program, with the objectives to provide opportunities for elite football players and develop them to their fullest potential as student-athletes.

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, please see below link for more details and application instructions.

Position closes Friday, November 21, 2014. First round interviews are scheduled for December 4-5, 2014. 


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.


Football BC at the Spartan Foundation Complete Champions Luncheon

Football BC would like to thank the Spartan Foundation for extending an invitation for us to attend the 6th annual Dowco Group Complete Champions Luncheon in support of TWU Athletics.

The event featured an inspirational keynote speech from CFL legend Anthony Calvillo.


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 


BC High School Football game of the week preview - Mt. Boucherie at New Westminster Hyacks (opening round playoff game)

By Michiko Araki

Friday, November 14
Mercer Stadium
Kickoff at 7:30 pm PT
Watch online at

With the Subway Bowl playoffs getting underway this week, this week's Game of the Week sees the Mt. Boucherie Bears (3-4) visiting Mercer Stadium to take on the New Westminster Hyacks (4-3) in first round playoff action on Friday.

For the Hyacks, a player to watch will be receiver Matt Seymour, who has been essential to the team's offense and defense this season. On offence, Seymour finished fifth in the AAA with 412 receiving yards on 23 receptions. The Hyacks also have several key players on defence to watch out for including Jeff Lugtu, who finished the season second in tackles with 59, just one back of Lord Tweedsmuir's Hayden Hamilton. Opposition quarterbacks have also been terrorized by Jorge Yarwood, who finished third in AAA with seven sacks.

On the other side of the field, the Bears will be led by Zac Callaghan, their star running back who amassed 594 rushing yards this season on 112 carries finishing with two touchdowns. Defensively, the Bears will be turning to Brock Zeleniski, who led the team with 44 tackles and five sacks this season. He also had a pair of interceptions.

Both teams had a bye week last week and are well rested to play each other in this week's matchup. The winner of this game will have the unenviable task of taking on the undefeated Terry Fox Ravens in the next round of the playoffs.


SFU vs Central Washington preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, November 15
Swangard Stadium
Kickoff at 1 pm PT
Watch online at 

The SFU Clan (2-8; Conference 2-4) will look to avenge an early season loss to the Central Washington Wildcats (6-4; Conference 4-2) this Saturday in their regular season finale at Swangard Stadium.

In last week's game against the GNAC conference leaders, Azusa Pacific, the Clan's offence failed to click and suffered some costly turnovers and interceptions en route to a 21-6 loss. Despite the offence being unable to post many points, running back Stephen Spagnuolo still recorded over 100 all-purpose yards for the third week in a row with eight receptions for 76 yards and 12 carries for 71 yards. Linebacker Jordan Herdman had another impressive game recording 19 tackles in the game. Last week's performance puts Herdman at 148 tackles and ranks him second in all of NCAA Division II in tackles, two behind leader Jared Koster.

For the Wildcats, quarterback Jake Nelson was able to complete 10 of 18 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns in their win over Dixie State last week. His favourite targets will likely be Kent McKinney and Greg Logan, who caught two touchdown passes for 43 yards and four passes for 79 yards and a touchdown, respectively. On defense, safety Blake Williams-Miller led the Wildcats with a career-high ten tackles in the game.

In their last meeting, the Wildcats won 63-7 over the Clan at the inaugural Battle of the Border event, and the Clan will be hungry to prove they are a better team than what they showed the last time against the Wildcats.


Langley Rams fall in Canadian Bowl game

The Langley Rams fell 39-14 to the Saskatoon Hilltops this past Saturday in the 2014 CJFL Canadian Bowl game.

Despite the loss, Football BC would like to congratulate the Rams on a successful 2014 season and on capturing the BCFC Cullen Cup this year.

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 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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