Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2015 | Issue #318  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

BCCFA 9-Man Provincial Championships - This Saturday, November 21

Hillside Stadium in Kamloops is once again the site of the BCCFA 9-Man Provincial Football Championships.

This year, only three divisions will hold their championship at this event.

Adults - $5
Students/Seniors - $3
Cash only

The Pee Wee and Atom Divisions, respectively, will hold round robin games with a 30-minute run time. The clock will stop for time outs (1 per team per half) and injuries only. There will be a one-minute half-time and players will switch directions at half. Round robin will determine the seeding for the Kansas City Shootout.

In the shootout, the ball will start on the 20-yard line. Teams get one possession each (you can get a first down at this yardage). If there is no score or the score is tied, the ball will move to the 10, then the 5, then the 3. There are no converts in the shootout.

The Junior Bantam game is a normal game format under the BCCFA rule book.


Schedule


10 am - Pee Wee

Prince George Titans Red vs Kelowna Lions - 10 am
Victoria Hitmen vs Prince George Titans Red - 11 am
Kelowna Lions vs Victoria Hitmen - 12 pm

2 vs 3 - 1 pm
2/3 Winner vs 1 - TBD


2 pm - Atom

Vanderhoof Vikings vs Kamloops Broncos - 2 pm
Meadow Ridge Knights Blue vs Vanderhoof Vikings - 3 pm
Kamloops Broncos vs Meadow Ridge Knights Blue - 4 pm


2 vs 3 - 5 pm
2/3 Winner vs 1 - TBD


6 pm - Junior Bantam

Prince George Axemen vs Vernon Magnums


        

BC High School Football Playoffs return to BC Place starting SATURDAY

BC High School Playoffs return early to BC Place this year. Come down to catch Quarterfinal action in both Sr. AA and Sr. AAA divisions on Saturday, November 21.

Five games, one price!

General admission - $15

Free for kids 12-and-under


Schedule

AA:

10 am - 
Vernon Panthers vs Langley Saints

12:30 pm -
 Holy Cross Crusaders vs GW Graham Grizzlies

AAA:

3 pm - 
Notre Dame Jugglers vs Vancouver College Fighting Irish

5:30 pm - 
South Delta Sun Devils vs Terry Fox Ravens

8 pm - 
New Westminster Hyacks vs St. Thomas More Knights


                               
                    

Football BC to participate in RBC Try-It Days this THURSDAY!

Do you have friends, family, or classmates who have never played football before? Bring them to take part in RBC Try-It Days on November 19 at the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in Surrey from 5 - 7 pm where they can try out football!

Confirmed Football BC coaches include Jim Head (North Surrey Minor Football coach), Bashiru Sise Odaa (current Langley Rams and former North Surrey Minor player), and Bibake Uppal (2015 BC Lions draft pick, current SFU and former Earl Marriott Mariners player).

More details here.

  

Devil in the details

The BC High School Football playoffs got underway in full swing this past weekend and Football BC's content team was on hand to catch the defending champion South Delta Sun Devils begin their road to getting back to the Subway Bowl on Friday facing a very tough Mt. Boucherie Bears team.

The Sun Devils looked to be cruising to a victory after taking an 18-point lead just after half-time, but the Bears then turned their game up rallying to take a one-point lead at one point.

Undaunted, the Sun Devils, led by running back Grant McDonald, continued to pour on the offence only to watch the Bears continue to counterstrike.

Eventually, however, the Bears just could not keep up as the Sun Devils would take a 59-49 victory to set up a meeting with the Terry Fox Ravens in the quarterfinal.

Post-game interview with South Delta head coach Ray Moon
Post-game interview with Mt. Boucherie head coach Mike Godwin
Post-game interview with South Delta RB Grant McDonald
Post-game interview with South Delta QB Michael Calvert

Football BC would also congratulate the UBC Thunderbirds for capturing the Hardy Cup this past Saturday with a 34-26 road win over the Calgary Dinos!

The Thunderbirds are now one win away from advancing to the Vanier Cup. They take on the St. Francis Xavier X-Men this Saturday, November 21 at 1 pm PT (Sportsnet 360) in the Uteck Bowl.



  
                    

Vegas Baby!

Team BC is pleased to announce that its Grade 8, U16, and U18 team is off to Las Vegas, Nevada to take part in the High Roller International Football Showdown!

The tournament will take place from January 22-24, 2016.

Team BC will depart from Vancouver on January 20.

This showcase tournament will feature teams from Nevada, Kansas City, and California.

More details on the tournament, including costs for participation, will be made available shortly.

The Team BC final cut-down practice date has also changed.

The practice, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 12, will now be held on Sunday, December 13.

Location for the tryout camp is TBD. Please see below for the players on the invite list for the respective teams.

U16 Invite List

U18 Invite List

Grade 8 Invite List



                   
                    

Orange Helmet Awards Coach of the Year Nominations

It's that time of the year again to recognize the best coaches by nominating them for the Coach of the Year awards.

As per usual, there are two categories. The Community Coach of the Year is open to any coach in Community or Junior football, while the Scholastic Coach of the Year is open to any coach in High School or University Football.

The nomination form can be downloaded here.

The deadline for nomination is Monday, December 21, 2015.


                   
                    

Anthony's Story

Losing a parent is never easy. No matter what age you are, the pain is always tough. To lose a parent when that parent is in the prime of his life is even tougher.

Notre Dame Jugglers quarterback Anthony Crescenzo unfortunately knows this reality all too well.

Alfonso Crescenzo, Anthony's father, was only weeks away from his 43rd birthday when he passed away due to cancer. He did not fit the mold of an individual who you'd expect to be struck by the condition.

Alfonso was vibrant, energetic and a stud athlete. He starred for the Notre Dame Jugglers playing high school football before doing the same at SFU.

Anthony is very much a chip off the old block. He's excelled in his role as quarterback for the Jugglers and has been on the Team BC radar as well. He's also inherited his father's sense of recognizing the importance of maintaining one's healthy.

"He stressed health a lot," says Anthony of his father. "I've always tried to be the healthiest that I can."

The younger Crescenzo has certainly learned the hard way that life can presented unexpected twists, but that hasn't deterred him from following his father's solid practices when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle - whether that means being active, eating right, and not ignoring injuries when they occur.

"My dad was such a big impact on my life," says Anthony. "I work hard in everything I do - on and off the field - to try and emulate him and do this all for him.

"I always play for him. I always think about him. Before the games I write ‘dad' on my playbands so I can look at it every game and know I'm fighting for him."

Anthony is also fighting for his peers, whether he realizes it or not. Through this experience, he wants to make sure none of his peers - whether they are teammates or even foes while on the football field - have to experience the heartbreak that he has.

Campaigns such as "Football BC goes Blue" which stress early cancer detection and men's health have grown near and dear to him.

He encourages his peers to recognize the importance of health. Even in a sport such as football, there are times when one can't just ‘tough it out.'

"I think this is awesome," says Anthony. "I definitely think you should be smart with your health, look long-term and see what's best for you."

Solid advice from a young man who is clearly wise beyond his years. Then again, we wouldn't have expected anything less from Alfonso's kid.

Donate to HEAL4Life this month by visiting www.footballbcgoesblue.com. Remember to also order free helmet decals for your team while you're there to show your support!

Share your story! Send us your stories about overcoming cancer or the importance of men's health awareness to you to communications@playfootball.bc.ca and we will feature it on our website and newsletter.

About HEAL4Life:

This non-profit organization was founded by brothers Kyle and Drew Williams shortly after Kyle's successful battle with testicular cancer. The brothers chose to create an organization which educated young men on the importance of healthy choices, personal fitness, and self-awareness. The organization raises awareness of men's health and early cancer detection through social media campaigns and helmet stickers. Visit www.heal4life.ca or follow @h4lkyle on Instagram for more information. 
        

Save the dates! 2016 Combine Sessions announced

The start of the Team BC tryout season begins each year with the Football BC Combine Series. This is also where current Grade 12 players can try out for the annual Senior Bowl camp.

Below is the schedule for 2016. Make sure you save the date for your location!

*Please note the Prince George session date has changed*

- Saturday, January 30 - 
The Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre*

- Saturday, January 30 - 
Kelowna Dome

- Sunday, January 31 - 
Kamloops Indoor Soccer Dome

- Monday, February 8 (Family Day) - 
Richmond Olympic Oval

- Friday, February 19 (Fraser Valley Pro D Day) - 
Langley Events Centre Fieldhouse

- Saturday, February 20 - 
University of Victoria Fieldhouse

- Sunday, February 21 - 
Arbutus Meadows, Nanaimo

Remember, in order to be considered for Team BC in a calendar year, you must attend a Combine session.

Price and registration information, along with details on specific times, will be made available shortly.

              
                    

Football Canada invites feedback to improve the sport from playground to stadium

Football Canada invites public feedback on a series of strategies and recommendations, created to improve upon eight gaps discovered during a review of the competition structure of the sport within Canada.

Click here to learn more about the strategies and provide feedback.

The competition review process evaluated football's competition structure using the sport's Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Plan with the goal of promoting optimal athlete development and participation by fostering the ideal competition structure with respect to athlete's developmental age.

"The competition review process is all about creating the best environment for players to participate in and excel," said Football Canada technical coordinator, Aaron Geisler. "As we continue to try to grow football from playground to stadium, we invite the public and football community to provide their feedback into this process."

                   

BC High School Football - Senior AAA Quarterfinal Previews

By Michiko Araki

BC High School Football invades BC Place this weekend with three of the four quarterfinal games in the AAA Division taking place at the home of the BC Lions.

The lone AAA quarterfinal game not being held at BC Place takes place on Friday when last year's runner-up Mt. Douglas Rams host the Kelowna Owls at Goudy Field. Preview here.

The defending Subway Bowl champion South Delta Sun Devils will need to dig deep if they hope to repeat as they face the undefeated Terry Fox Ravens. Preview here.

Two heated rivals will go at it for the second time in three weeks when the Vancouver College Fighting Irish take on the Notre Dame Jugglers in a rematch of the Archbishops' Trophy. Preview here.

The New Westminster Hyacks have been on quite a roll lately but can they keep their season alive taking on a very tough St. Thomas More Knights team? Preview here.


                               

Uteck Bowl: UBC Thunderbirds at St. Francis Xavier X-Men

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, November 21  - Oland Stadium
Kickoff at 1 PM PT

Watch on Sportsnet 360

After a thrilling 34-26 win over the number one ranked Calgary Dinos at McMahon Stadium last week in the 79th Hardy Cup, the Thunderbirds hit the road once again to take on the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in the Uteck Bowl, with the winner advancing to the Vanier Cup.

The Thunderbirds shocked many last week by toppling the Dinos on enemy turf to win the Hardy Cup for the first time since 1997. All eyes will be on this team as they look to make their way to the Vanier Cup. In the win, quarterback Michael O'Connor went 27-of-40 for 374 yards, one interception, and two touchdowns to Marcus Davis, the latter who finished the day with eight catches for 99 yards. O'Connor's other favourite targets on the night included Will Watson and Alex Morrison, who finished with seven catches for 130 yards and three catches for 82 yards, respectively. On the ground, Brandon Deschamps led the rushing attack with 12 carries for 77 yards and will be another key player in the Thunderbirds' offence this week. On defence, Taylor Loffler led the team with 10 solo tackles and three assists. On special teams, Quinn van Gylswyk was his usual self, making all his field goal attempts, including a 46-yard kick, and will be another player to watch in this game.

The X-Men are also coming off a dramatic victory after posting a 14-12 come-from-behind win against Mount Allison to win their first AUS Loney Bowl in two decades. In the win, freshman kicker Jonathan Heidebrecht scored a 41-yard game winning field goal, allowing them to pull off the win despite trailing by one point with 45 seconds remaining in the final quarter. Quarterback Tivon Cook went 15-of-31 for 249 yards and one touchdown to Randy Roseway, who finished with three catches for 89 yards. Other key players for the X-Men include Christian Ridley, who caught five passes for 69 yards, and Ashton Dickson, who led the rushing efforts with 27 carries for 154 yards. On defence, Adam Kuntz led the team with ten solo and two assisted tackles, while Jimmie Cunningham recorded seven solo and two assisted tackles and half a sack in the win.

After capturing their long-awaited conference championships, both teams will be hungry to punch their ticket to the Vanier Cup. Will the X-Men make it back to the title game for the first time since 1996, or will it be the Thunderbirds that end their lengthy drought between national title appearances by getting back to the big game for the first time since 1997? Find out this Saturday on Sportsnet 360.

                

VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview - White Rock Titans @ Langley Stampeders

By Michiko Araki

Sunday, November 22 - McLeod Stadium
Kickoff at 1 PM

It's the final regular season week in Midget VMFL action and the only thing left to be settled is playoff seeding with spots 1-4 all still yet to be officially decided. The Langley Stampeders (8-1) will be spending this weekend not only preparing for their showdown with the White Rock Titans (3-6) but also scoreboard watching.

The Stampeders sit atop the standings and are tied with the North Surrey Bears but the Bears hold the tiebreaker thanks to a head-to-head victory during the regular season. The Stampeders need a win and a Bears loss/tie to against the Cloverdale Bengals in order to secure top spot.

Either way, however, the Stampeders can look forward to home field advantage throughout the playoffs seeing as how the championship final day will also be held at McLeod Stadium - their home turf.

The Stampeders defeated the Titans 28-0 just two short weeks ago and bring a seven-game win streak into the regular season finale. The Titans, meanwhile, will finish outside the post-season picture but would love to close out their campaign on a high note. They have lost their last four in a row.


Other Midget games this week (all games on Saturday, November 21 unless otherwise indicated):

Cloverdale Bengals @ North Surrey Bears - 
5 pm (Bear Creek Park)

Chilliwack Giants @ Coquitlam Falcons - 
7:30 pm (Town Centre Park)

Sunday, November 22 - 
Victoria Spartans @ Cowichan Timbermen - 
1:30 pm (McAdam Park)

BYE: Comox Valley Raiders


        

Join the BC Lions in Mexico

 

Jay Prepchuk camps

Jay Prepchuk quarterback/receiver camps will start up again on January 13, 2016.

Please contact Jay at jprepchuk@sd44.ca for private or group sessions which run all year round.

Visit http://jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com for more information.

Upcoming UBC Camps


Vancouver - 6th annual Winter Skills Camp - 
March 5, 2016


Date: Saturday March 5, 2016
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: UBC Thunderbird Stadium

Age Groups: Junior 12 - 14 / Senior 15 - 17

The camp will consist of 3 practices (2 on-field & 1 classroom) over a 7 hour period, plus a session on UBC academic requirements and tips on how to be recruited. On field skills will be taught and full equipment will be required for these practices. The classroom session will include a breakdown of the film that is taken in the morning sessions and will be highly personalized in terms of feedback.

For full details on all camps, click here



                 

Football Canada bans overbuilt facemasks/faceguards

Football Canada has banned the use of non-traditional/overbuilt facemasks.

Click here for the Football Canada news release.

Click here for Football BC's advisory.

 

BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations

Nominations are welcomed for the 2016 Inductions to the BC Football Hall of Fame.

Categories include: Athlete (both amateur and professional), Builder, 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.


               

The Bob Ackles Collection at the BC Sports Hall of Fame

The BC Football Hall of Fame has loaned a number of Bob Ackles' personal items to display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Visit them now to see these rare items up close and personal.

To see what items are there now, click here.



               

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.

       

Baron Championship Rings

Baron Championship Rings is the official ring supplier for Football BC. Click here to visit their website.

  

Gear up with Team BC!

Want to show off your support for Team BC? Pick up some Team BC gear from 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.

       

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:
  • 2015/16 UBC Camps
  • Game Ready (various dates)



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