Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2015 | Issue #319  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Payment page now available for Team BC - Las Vegas Trip

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.

The payment page for players is now available here. This is also the official registration for the December 13 final cut-down practice. Payment is fully refundable for players who DO NOT make the final roster cut.

The Team BC final cut-down practice will be held on Sunday, December 13. Time/location is TBD but will be in the Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley area.

U16 Invite List

U18 Invite List

Grade 8 Invite List



                   
                    

Online registration now open for 2016 Combine Series

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. Register online to save! Click here to register now.

$50 - online
$60 - walk-up price

-  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.


              
                    

BCCFA 9-Man Provincial Champions

Football BC would like to congratulate all the new 2015 BCCFA 9-Man Provincial Champions that were crowned at the event held on Saturday, November 21 at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.

Atom 9-Man Champion: Meadow Ridge Knights Blue
Pee Wee 9-Man Champion: Prince George Titans
Junior Bantam Champion: Vernon Magnums

Click here to see a photo gallery of the event courtesy of Football BC. 

As a reminder, the BCCFA will hold its annual 12-Man Provincial Championship on Sunday, December 6 at McLeod Stadium in Langley.

That event will feature 12-Man Provincial Championship games in the Pee Wee, Junior Bantam, Bantam, and Midget divisions, in addition to the 9-Man Provincial Championship game in the Bantam Division.


Visit www.bccommunityfootball.ca for more information.


        

BC High School Football Semi-Final Saturday + Coaches react to quarterfinals

The drama was high this past Saturday as BC Place played host to five of the eight quarterfinals on senior BC High School Football action in the AA and AAA divisions, respectively. We caught up with a number of the victorious coaches following the games.


Post-game interview with Langley Saints 
head coach Mark Wyse


Post-game interview with GW Graham 
head coach Laurie Smith
 

Post-game interview with Vancouver College 
coaches Doug Pauls & Ron Turner


Post-game interview with New Westminster 
head coach Farhan Lalji


BC Place is the place to be again this Saturday, November 28 as the road to the Subway Bowl continues.

Five games under one retractable roof. In-and-out privileges until the kickoff of the final game. The schedule is below.


Ticket prices:

$15 - General Admission
Free for children 12-and-under


9:30 am - Earl Marriott Mariners vs Howe Sound Sounders (Senior Tier 2 Final)

12 pm - Carson Graham Eagles vs GW Graham Grizzlies (AA Semi-Final)

2:30 pm - Mt. Douglas vs Terry Fox (AAA Semi-Final)

5 pm - Abbotsford Panthers vs Langley Saints (AA Semi-Final)

7:30 pm - New Westminster Hyacks vs Vancouver College Fighting Irish (AAA Semi-Final)


Don't forget also that the Subway Bowl Award Banquet takes place on Tuesday, December 1 at the Italian Cultural Centre in East Vancouver. Details and tickets here.


                               

VMFL Playoff Update - All Divisions

With less than two weeks before the BCCFA 12-Man Provincial Championship, the VMFL heads into a critical playoff weekend with berths to the provincial championship on the line.

See all the playoff games taking place in the VMFL this weekend right here.



        

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 January 4, 2016.


                   
                    

BC High School Football Semi-final Preview - New Westminster Hyacks vs Vancouver College Fighting Irish

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, November 28 - BC Place
Kickoff at 7:30 pm
Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV 

NOTE: Previews of all BC High School Football Sr. AA and Sr. AAA semi-final playoff games are available at hellochiko.wordpress.com.

The New Westminster Hyacks have a chance to make history and secure a spot in the Subway Bowl championship game for the first time but, in order to do that, they'll need to get past the unbeaten Vancouver College Fighting Irish, a team looking to make their way back to the title game for the first time since 2012.

Last week, the Fighting Irish blanked the Notre Dame Jugglers 27-0 to earn their spot in the semi-final. In the win, the defence effectively shut down the Jugglers' offence by recording picks left, right, and center. Bobby Singh recorded three picks, while Chris Ellis made a whopping seven interceptions. Defensive lineman Jagroop Sandhu also got into the act tipping a pass to himself and returning it 20 yards for a pick-six. On offence, running back Michael Le and receiver Rysen John both scored touchdowns to help the Fighting Irish to a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter, and Javier Sanchez Mejorada rounded out the scoring with a touchdown run in the final quarter to ensure a win against their cross-town rival.

The Hyacks, meanwhile, defeated the St. Thomas More Knights 27-13 to earn their spot in the semi-finals for the first time since 2009. In the game, running back Trew Dancey scored on back-to-back majors, including a 45-yard scoring run, while David Penalver and Gurvir Ghuman both found the end zone with a 22-yard run and 40-yard run, respectively, to round out the scoring for the Hyacks. On defence, Jeff Lugtu recorded a crucial pick which eventually led to a touchdown, and will be a player to watch this weekend. The Hyacks did make three trips to STM's five-yard line without producing scores and they will look to make sure they don't miss any more of those opportunities against Vancouver College.

Will the Hyacks continue their run and punch a ticket to the Subway Bowl final? Or will the Fighting Irish prove to be too much to handle? Come find out at BC Place!

                               

Vanier Cup: UBC Thunderbirds at Montreal Carabins

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, November 28  - Telus Stadium
Kickoff at 10 AM PT

Watch on Sportsnet

The UBC Thunderbirds are just one win away from capping their surprise season with a national title as they head to la belle province to compete for the coveted Vanier Cup against the defending champion, Montreal Carabins.

In last week's Uteck Bowl, the Thunderbirds beat the St. Francis Xavier X-Men by a score of 36-9 to punch their ticket to their first Vanier Cup appearance since 1997. In the win, pivot Michael O'Connor completed 21-of-31 passes for 290 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Trivel Pinto. Pinto finished with four receptions for 73 yards, while Marcus Davis finished with five catches for 60 yards to round out the top receivers on the night. Brandon Deschamps got the Uteck Bowl MVP honours after rushing 20 times for 129 yards and a touchdown and will be a key player once again for the Thunderbirds. Defensively, the Thunderbirds recorded three interceptions with Terrell Davis, Taylor Loffler, and Stavros Katsantonis recording one each, while Terrell Davis led the team with four solo and four assisted tackles. On special teams, Quinn van Gylswyk made four of five field goal attempts in the win and will be a player that the Thunderbirds know they can count on.

The defending Vanier Cup champions, the Carabins, are coming off a 25-10 win over the Guelph Gryphons. In last week's win, the team was led by Gabriel Cousineau, who completed 18-of-27 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown to Philip Enchill, who finished with four catches for 65 yards. On the ground, Sean Thomas-Erlington led the way with 23 carries for 179 yards and a score. On defence, Maiko Zepeda, Junior Luke and Mathieu Dupuis all contributed to the Carabins’ three sacks, while Zacary Alexis, Junior Luke, and Frédéric Chagnon all recorded an interception. Kicker David Deschamps was consistent all day, making all three of his field goal attempts to help the Carabins advance to back-to-back appearances in the Vanier Cup.

Can the Thunderbirds overcome last year's returning Vanier Cup champions, or will midnight strike on their Cinderella run? All eyes will be at Telus Stadium on Saturday, and it’s a game you won’t want to miss! Catch it on Sportsnet at 10 am PT.

                

BC Connections in the Grey Cup

The Edmonton Eskimos face the Ottawa REDBLACKS this Sunday, November 29 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. The game will be broadcasted on TSN with kickoff at 3 pm PT.

Congratulations and best of luck to both teams in the game. We would like to acknowledge the BC connections on both teams.


Edmonton Eskimos:

- Adam Konar (Vancouver) - 
  Vancouver College Fighting Irish

- Sean Whyte (White Rock) - 
  White Rock Titans/South Surrey Rams

- Justin Sorensen (Parksville) - 
  Ballenas Whalers

- Raye Hartmann (Prince George)


Ottawa REDBLACKS:

- James Green (Vernon) - 
  Clarence Fulton Maroons

- Andrew Marshall (Nanoose Bay) - 
  Ballenas Whalers/SFU Clan

- Matt Carter (Kelowna) - 
  Mt. Boucherie Bears

- Connor Williams (North Vancouver)


 

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. 
        

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."

                   

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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