Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2014 | Issue #267  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Grey Cup Festival Week

The Grey Cup Festival officially gets underway on Thursday and there's plenty of activity both in and around Sunday's big games. 

Check out our list of must-attend events here.


        

BC Community Football 12-Man Provincial Championships

12-man provincial champions will be crowned at McLeod Stadium in Langley. Check out all the action with a quadruple-header starting at 9:30 am. The full schedule is as follows:

9:30 am Pee Wee championship: 
North Delta Longhorns vs. North Langley Bears

12 pm Junior Bantam championship: 
North Surrey Eagles vs. Victoria Renegades

3 pm Bantam championship: 
South Delta Rams vs. Langley Mustangs

6 pm Midget championship: 
Langley Stampeders vs. North Surrey Bears


Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Kids under 12 are FREE. Tickets are available at the gate.


       

BC High School Football Senior Semi-Final Games

The road to the Subway Bowl continues at UBC Thunderbird Stadium as the final four in the AA, as well as the final four AAA duke it out for the rights to go to the Subway Bowl championship on December 6.

The action kicks off at noon. The full schedule is as follows. Click on each game for a link to the game preview.

12 pm AA Semi-Final: 
John Barsby Bulldogs vs. Vernon Panthers
Read Game Preview

2:30 pm AA Semi-Final: 
Mission Roadrunners vs. Ballenas Whalers 
Read Game Preview

5 pm AAA Semi-Final: 
Mt. Douglas Rams vs. St. Thomas More Knights
Read Game Preview

8 pm AAA Semi-Final: 
Terry Fox Ravens vs. South Delta Sun Devils
Read Game Preview

Tickets are available at the gate for $10.

For more information, visit www.bchighschoolfootball.com.



                             

Team BC Final Cut-Down Camp to be held on December 13

Team BC will be holding a final cut-down camp for both the U18 team and the Grade 8 team on Saturday, December 13, 2014. The location is TBD.

Detailed information will be emailed to the invited players. Players are reminded to register for the camp as soon as possible at http://www.playfootball.bc.ca/news_announcements/view/304.

Players must also email a scanned copy of their passport/Nexus card and their most recent interim report card to communications@playfootball.bc.ca.


The U18 invite list can be found here.

The Grade 8 invite list can be found here.


The camp is full gear. All players are expected to bring their own equipment including practice jersey.

U18 Team BC and Grade 8 Team BC are headed to the Tanoa Bowl! Get more details here.

*JUST CONFIRMED: Part of the experience for this year's teams will also include an exclusive tour of CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks*


                    

Team BC Grade 6 & 7 All-Star Teams

Football BC is proud to announce the Team BC Grade 6 and Team BC Grade 7 All-Star teams.

The players named to these teams represent the top players in their respective age categories in the province.

The full lists of both teams can be found here.

The players on these teams are all invited to CN Field at Jack Poole Plaza at 1 pm on Saturday, November 29 to participate in a skills clinic and for a photo opportunity.

Congratulations to all those named!


                    

Football BC Hometown Grey Cup Heroes Fundraiser

  

Jay Prepchuk named finalist for 2014 NFL Youth Coach of the Year Award

Football BC would like to congratulate Handsworth Royals and Team BC U18 head coach Jay Prepchuk on being named a finalist for the 2014 NFL Youth Coach of the Year Award as announced by the NFL on Wednesday, November 19.

The NFL will donate $5,000 of new football equipment to the winning coach's program. The two runner-up schools will each receive $2,000 in equipment.

The winner and runners-up will be announced on NFL.com on Tuesday, December 2.

For full details, click here.

 

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.


              

Football BC's High School playoff video interviews

There was plenty of great action this past weekend in BC High School Football and, once again, Football BC was out to catch plenty of it and get exclusive interviews.

Check out our videos from this past weekend.


Football BC chats with South Delta QB Lucas Kirk and head coach Ray Moon after a 9-7 quarterfinal win over Lord Tweedsmuir.  Watch Interview

Football BC's Daniel Fung chats with St. Thomas More head coach Bernie Kully after a 54-20 win over Vancouver College.  
Watch Interview

Football BC's Daniel Fung interviews Earl Marriott head coach Michael Mackay-Dunn after his team's 9-7 win over Eric Hamber to capture the Tier 2 championship.
Watch Interview

                              

2014 Subway All-Star Awards Banquet

2014 marks the 13th year of the BC Secondary Schools Football Association All-Star Awards banquet celebrating provincial academic / athletic excellence, and community involvement. These elite high school student athletes (some 270 from around the province) are honored in the following categories:

- Provincial Academic Scholarship winners

- First-team AAA and AA All Stars

- All teams participating in the AAA and AA Championships

This year's banquet will take place on December 2, 2014 in conjunction with the BC Secondary Schools Football Association Championship playoffs. Throughout the month of November teams from around the province stay and play in the wild card, quarter final, and semi final games in British Columbia. This year we are delighted to have the banquet at the Italian Cultural Centre located at 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver.

Click here to order tickets.

                              

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.



                        

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.


        

2014/15 UBC Camps

UBC Football has announced the following upcoming camps. Please click on each for more details.

UBC Thunderbirds Recruit Evaluation Combine
December 20, 2014 

UBC Thunderbirds Free Coaches Clinic
December 20, 2014

5th annual UBC Winter Football Skills Camp
February 7, 2015

UBC Pre-Season Football Fundamentals Camp


                 

Jay Prepchuk QB-Receiver camps

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

Contact Jay at jprepchuk@sd44.ca or visit http://jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com 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 still available!

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 ticketmaster.ca now.

                

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!
www.bcsportconference.ca 

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


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 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.

       

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 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.


               

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

Here are some of the upcoming camps and events that are listed:
  • Football BC Hometown Grey Cup Heroes fundraiser (November 27, 2014)
  • UBC Thunderbirds Recruit Evaluation Combine (December 20, 2014)
  • UBC Thunderbirds Free Coaches Clinic 
    (December 20, 2014)
  • 2015 Football BC Combine Series (various dates)
  • 5th annual UBC Winter Football Skills Camp 
    (February 7, 2015)
  • 2015 Orange Helmet Awards dinner (April 15, 2015)
  • UBC Pre-Season Football Fundamentals Camp 
    (August 8, 2015)
  • Game Ready (various dates)



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