Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2012 | Issue #158  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Photo Gallery: 2012 BC Lions Salute to Amateur Football

Last Saturday night, the BC Lions hosted their annual Salute to Amateur Football Night and Football BC has the photos to prove it.

Take a look at some of the BC Community Football Association teams that participated in the on-field festivities during the pre-game in our photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Holy Cross Crusaders crossing the border to present the Canadian Flag at the Seahawks tilt

If you're headed down the I-5 this Sunday to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, make sure you arrive early to cheer on the Holy Cross Crusaders Grade 8 team who will be taking part in the “Canada Day” festivities and presenting the Canadian Flag pre-game.

Kickoff for Sunday's Seahawks-Patriots game is 1:05 pm.

Nominate your coach now for the NFL Youth Coach of the Year Award. Deadline is Thursday, November 1

Nominations are now open for the NFL Youth of the Year award.

Now in its 14th year, the award is designed to recognize active community or high school level volunteer coaches across Canada who dedicate themselves to the development of young players both on and off the field.

Nominators are asked to submit a short essay recognizing the positive impact the volunteer high school or community coach has on young players. Nominators are asked to consider how the coach teaches respect, safety, motivation, leadership and appreciation for the game of football when drafting their nominations.

Shortlisted coaches will be announced on Monday, November 5 while winners and runners-up will be announced on November 13.

$5,000 of new football equipment will be donated to the winning coach's program. Two runners-up schools will each receive $2,000 in equipment.

The winning coach will also win a trip to Toronto as a guest of the NFL at this year's Vanier Cup celebrations, and will be honoured at the CIS All-Canadian Banquet on November 21 and attend the Vanier Cup on November 23.

Nominations can be submitted at www.NFLcoachoftheyear.ca on or before Thursday, November 1, 2012.


   

Reminder: All coaches must complete free mandatory online concussion training

With the 2012 season underway, Football BC would like to remind all its members of the updates to its concussion policy which now requires all coaches to complete a mandatory online course found at http://bcfootball.concussioneducation.ca/default.php.

The course is free to take for all Football BC member coaches.

Completion of the course will satisfy the yearly education program component of the Football BC concussion policy which was put into effect back in June 2010.

Each coach will receive a unique PIN number and password when they request it from the site. Please ensure that you select the correct club when you request your code.

To request a code, visit http://bcfootball.concussioneducation.ca/default.php, click "Request" and fill out the appropriate information in the form.

For more on Football BC's concussion policy, please click here.


BC Community Football Games of the Week

We invite all leagues playing under the BCCFA to email us their featured game(s) of the week to communications@playfootball.bc.ca so we can list them in our newsletter and website.


VMFL

All VMFL games listed will take place on Sunday, October 14.

Pee Wee: Coquitlam Wildcats vs North Surrey Hawks

The Pee Wee division holds a couple of major games this coming weekend which will surely give the fans a taste of post-season action to come. The first featured Pee Wee division match-up sees the North Surrey Hawks (6-0), co-leaders of the Pee Wee division, put their six-game win streak on the line against the Coquitlam Wildcats (5-1), whose only loss on the year came in Week 1 at the hands of the now-undefeated Westside Warriors.

Game time is 1:30 pm at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.


Pee Wee: Westside Warriors vs Cloverdale Bobcats

To add further fuel to the fire in the Pee Wee division, the Warriors (6-0), also having a six-game win streak on the line this year, take on a top-ranking team when they travel to Cloverdale to battle the Bobcats (5-1). Cloverdale suffered a loss two weeks ago during a night game against the North Surrey Hawks.

Game time is 11:45 am at Cloverdale Athletic Park in Surrey.

These two games will have a big impact on the standings and with the playoffs just four weeks away the teams know they have to bring their "A" game now.


Junior Bantam: Royal City Hyacks vs Coquitlam Raiders

The Junior Bantam division currently sees Coquitlam teams dominating the top spots with the Raiders and Vikings both undefeated at 6-0. However, the Royal City Hyacks look to disrupt things this Sunday when they visit the Raiders and bring their own undefeated record at 5-0-1 to town.

The Hyacks look to be one of the few teams that can maybe upset the balance in the Junior Bantam division. With the exception of their one tie game, the Hyacks have controlled their opponents for the most part this season. On Sunday, the Raiders hope their league-best defense keeps the Hyacks at bay.

Game time is 12:30 pm at Kevin Chin Field in Coquitlam.

For more information, visit www.vmfl.ca.


VCFL

Bantam: Chilliwack vs Abbotsford

What happens when the league's top offense goes up against the league's stingiest defense? That question will be answered this Friday, October 12 at Townsend Park in Chilliwack.

The hosts from Chilliwack bring a perfect 5-0 record into Friday night's clash having out-scored posted 134 points on offense and allowing a league-low 15 points on defense through five outings. The only team that has had more success on the offensive side are their opponents from Abbotsford (4-1), who have posted 160 points on offense while allowing just 32 points against.

Abbotsford comes into the game as winners of four in a row since dropping their first game of the season back on September 1 to Chilliwack. That game saw Chilliwack walk away with a 12-2 victory which suggests even though this game will pit two of the best offenses in the league up against one another it may be a defensive struggle that we're in for.

Kickoff is 7 pm.

For more information, please visit www.allprosoftware.net/vcfl/

SIFC

All SIFC games listed will take place on Sunday, October 14.


Junior Bantam: Vernon Marauders vs West Kelowna Sundevils

The third-place Vernon Maruaders (5-2) will be putting a four-game win streak on the line this Sundaywhen they host the first-place West Kelowna Sundevils (6-1) at Grahame Park.

The Sundevils have won six consecutive games since forfeiting their season-opener to the Kelowna Lions.

Kickoff is at 1 pm.


Pee Wee: Vernon vs West Kelowna

The Vernon Yellow Jackets (7-0) will look to continue their undefeated season when they hosted the third-place West Kelowna Sundevils (4-3) at Grahame Park on Sunday.

The Sundevils come into Sunday's contest as winners of four of their last five games since dropping their first two games of the season.

Kickoff is at 11 am.


Atom: West Kelowna Sundevils vs Vernon Blue Bombers

The West Kelowna Sundevils (1-4) will look to book their spot in the Atom division playoffs with a win over the currently second-seeded Vernon Blue Bombers (3-2).

The Sundevils are coming off a bye week while the Blue Bombers dropped a close 22-20 decision to the Salmon Arm Mustangs last Sunday.

Kickoff is at 9 am at Grahame Park.


Atom: Kamloops Broncos vs Salmon Arm Mustangs

The Kamloops Broncos (1-5) need some help from the out-of-town scoreboard and to take care of business in their tilt against the Salmon Arm Mustangs (2-2-1) on Sunday if they hope to squeak into the final playoff spot in the Atom division.

The Broncos, who were shut out last Sunday in a 32-0 loss to the Kelowna Lions, have just one victory this season but that came in a forfeit.

The Salmon Arm Mustangs beat the Vernon Blue Bombers 22-20 last week.

Kickoff is at 10 am at Little Mountain Sports in Salmon Arm.

For more information, please visit www.allprosoftware.net/SIFC_Schedule.
      

BC High School Football Game of the Week

A pair of teams looking to reverse their fortunes to start the season will clash this Friday, October 12 in the BC High School Game of the Week.

The New Westminster Hyacks and the Notre Dame Jugglers are both off to 0-2 starts and will be looking to break to goose egg in the win column when they take to the field at Burnaby Lake.

The Hyacks have suffered losses to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers and the Centennial Centaurs while the Jugglers have been on the wrong end of a couple of close decisions to the Terry Fox Ravens and West Vancouver Highlanders.

Kickoff for Friday's game is at 5 pm. Watch the game live online at the BC High School Football website.

Visit www.bchighschoolfootball.com for a full list of games in all divisions.

                             

T-Birds host Regina Rams in regular season home finale

(We apologize for our error in last week's newsletter which incorrectly listed the UBC vs Regina game as taking place last Saturday).

After finally breaking the goose egg in the win column two Saturdays ago with a 29-10 win over the still-winless University of Alberta Golden Bears, the UBC Thunderbirds (1-4), fresh off a league-wide bye week, will try to notch a second consecutive victory this Saturday when they play their final regular season home game hosting the Regina Rams at Thunderbird Stadium.

Kickoff is 2 pm PT. Listen to the game on CiTR 101.9 FM.

The Rams (4-1) sit second in the Canada West standings and are hoping to keep within striking distance of the top spot currently occupied by the Calgary Dinos. The Rams are coming off a 30-27 win two weeks ago over Manitoba.

The T-Birds and Rams have met once earlier this season back on September 7 in Regina. The Rams trounced the T-Birds that game by a score of 49-20.

Visit www.gothunderbirds.ca for more information.

                

SFU Clan look for three in a row as they hit the road to face the Central Washington Wildcats this Saturday

For the first time ever in team history since joining the GNAC, the SFU Clan (2-3 in conference play; 3-3 overall) will have a chance to go for three victories in a row this Saturday when they pay a visit to Ellensburg, Washington to take on the Central Washington Wildcats (4-1 in conference play; 4-2 overall).

Kickoff is at 1 pm.

The Clan closed out a two-game home stand last Saturday with a convincing 66-38 victory over Azusa Pacific. The Wildcats, meanwhile, are coming off their first conference loss of the season after falling to Dixie State last Saturday.

SFU and Central Washington have met once previous time this season back on September 8 at Terry Fox Field. Central Washington stormed past SFU that day with a 56-28 win.

For more information, please visit athletics.sfu.ca.

                      

Playoff teams set as BCFC enters final weekend

There is no doubt which teams will be advancing to the 2012 playoffs in the BCFC when the post-season in two weekends but there will still be some jockeying for positions this weekend as the regular season comes to a close.

The final weekend of play in the BCFC will feature all games taking place on Saturday, October 13 and all of them kicking off at 2 pm PT.

The Vancouver Island Raiders (8-0-1), who officially locked up first place and home turf advantage through the playoffs with their 34-32 over the Langley Rams last weekend, will host the Westshore Rebels (7-2) at Caledonia Park. The Raiders might not have much to play for but the same can't be said for the Rebels who need a victory to secure second place in the standings and a home playoff date next weekend against the Rams.

The Rams (6-2-1), meanwhile, will head to Kelowna to take on the Okanagan Sun (3-6) at the Apple Bowl. The Sun will be looking to win their second game in a row which would mark the first time they have strung together consecutive victories all year.

The last match of the weekend will feature a pair of teams that will, unfortunately, be on the outside looking in when the playoffs begin when the Chilliwack Huskers (0-9) host the Kamloops Broncos (2-7) at Exhibition Stadium.

For more information, please visit www.bcjuniorfootball.ca.

     

Jay Prepchuk Position Camps

Coach Prepchuk's position camps with Geroy Simon (receiver), Angus Reid (offensive line), Brent Johnson (defensive line) and himself (quarterback) will resume in January 2013. Please check the Jay Prepchuk website at www.jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com for details.

Jay Prepchuk is currently the head coach of the Handsworth Royals and will be serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the provincial under-18 team (Team BC) in early 2013 when the team takes part in a tournament at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

Game Ready Fitness

Game Ready offers year-round support for football training and skill development. They are local football stars from the NFL and CFL using their training expertise to give back to our football community.

Game Ready will also provide assistance to Football BC with combines, Senior Bowl, Team BC, the annual Football BC Provincial Conference and the Play Football BC campaign which introduces the game to young, school-aged children for the first time in many cases.

For more information on Game Ready Fitness, visit their website at gamereadyfitness.ca or contact Will Loftus at 778-987-1818.



Check out the location closest to you.

  • North Vancouver

  • Vancouver/Burnaby

  • Port Coquitlam

  • Langley

  • Surrey

  • White Rock

  • Abbotsford

  • Chilliwack

Junior Varsity Program ($99 + tax per month) - for ages 10-14

This is an introductory level to fitness and explosive athletic movement. Program is geared to build speed, conditioning, muscle endurance, strength and to help develop position skills. Total of 2 hours per week.

Varsity Program ($249 + tax per month) - for ages 15 and up

This is an advanced level of explosive movement, strength and power. The program is geared to make our athletes pound-for-pound the strongest, most explosive and fastest possible. The training program also includes one day of plyometrics. Starting in March, the training program will include speed training on field: conditioning, agility, footwork, position work, 1 on 1's, and skelly. Total of 6 hours per week.

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:
  • 2012 NCCP Clinics (various dates)


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