Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2012 | Issue #159  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Team BC announces dates for trim down camp; Deadline for registration is Friday, November 2

Team BC's final camp to select its 36-player roster for the upcoming FBU International Games in San Antonio, Texas in early January will run from Friday, December 7 to Sunday, December 9 - one weekend following the conclusion of the BC High School Football and the BC Community Football Association seasons, respectively.

The camp will be held at a to-be-determined venue in Vancouver. The details for the venue and the camp schedule will be emailed to all players currently on Team BC's shortlist as soon as they are confirmed.

All prospective Team BC's players should have received an email inviting them to register for the camp. All players must register to confirm their sport at the camp.

Registration is here: http://www.playfootball.bc.ca/regteambcs. The deadline for registration is Friday, November 2.

There is a $600 refundable fee to register for the camp.

More details on what prospective players need to submit to Football BC as part of their registration for the camp can be found on the registration page.

Historic rivalry highlights opening of BCFC playoffs

The six-time defending BCFC champion Vancouver Island Raiders need just one victory to return to the this year's title game and a chance to make it seven straight years as league champion and they can book their trip this Saturday when they host a historic rival in the Okanagan Sun at Caledonia Park.

Kickoff is at 1 pm.

On paper a clash between the Raiders (9-0-1) and Sun (3-7) should be one-sided affair given how far these teams sit in the standings but once these teams hit the field - especially at Caledonia Park - it could be a much different story.

The Raiders and Sun have gone head-to-head three times this season and only one of those contests - a 44-28 win by the Raiders at the Apple Bowl back on September 15 - could be considered a one-sided affair.

The Raiders squeaked by the Sun by a 30-29 score in their first meeting of the season at Caledonia Park back on August 18 and, in their most recent meeting on September 29, the Raiders only managed a 32-30 win on home turf.

An intriguing wrinkle to this match-up is that the Sun will be debuting a new head coach in the contest after parting ways with Gavin Lake on Monday. Sun President Paul Carson will be behind the bench when his team tries to score the major upset over the heavily-favoured Raiders.

The other BCFC semi-final game this weekend sees the Langley Rams (7-2-1) host the Westshore Rebels (7-3) at McLeod Stadium also on Saturday.

Kickoff is at 4 pm.


The Rams earned the right to host the contest after pounding the Sun by a score of 48-6 score last week while the Rebels saw their bid to host a home playoff date squashed by the Raiders who knocked them off by a 57-7 score.

The Rams and Rebels met just once during the regular season back on September 29 at Bear Mountain Stadium and it was the Rams who emerged as clearly the better team that outing pounding the Rebels by a 41-7 score.
For more information, please visit www.bcjuniorfootball.ca.

     

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 21.

Midget: Vancouver Trojans vs Cowichan Bulldogs

In the Midget division where the top four teams earn a first-round playoff bye, two teams who are hoping to surge up to one of those top-four spots will meet this Sunday when the Vancouver Trojans host the Cowichan Bulldogs at Rupert Park.

Both teams enter Sunday's contest with identical 4-3 records but have been headed in opposite directions in recent weeks.

The Trojans are looking to snap a two-game losing streak while the Bulldogs are looking to build on a two-game win streak which includes a huge 46-0 shutout win over the North Langley Bears last weekend.

Kickoff for Sunday's game is at 2:30 pm.


Junior Bantam: Coquitlam Raiders vs North Surrey Eagles

The top-seeded Coquitlam Raiders (7-0) will face one of their toughest tests of the season this Sunday when they pay a visit to Bear Creek Park to take on the North Surrey Eagles (6-1).

The Raiders have been dominant this season leading the league in points for (341) and having surrendered the fewest points against (14) but they won't want to take the Eagles lightly this weekend.

The Eagles have won six in a row since dropping their season opener to the South Delta Rams way back on September 2 and they're the second-highest scoring team in the league with 287 points for.

Kickoff is at 5:15 pm.

The Raiders-Eagles tilt is one of two games at Bear Creek Park this Sunday. Earlier in the day at 3:15 pm, the North Surrey Falcons (3-4) will host the North Delta Longhorns (3-4).


For more information, visit www.vmfl.ca.


VCFL

Junior Bantam: Abbotsford Falcons White vs North Langley Bears

The Abbotsford Falcons White looks to continue their push to catch Abbotsford Black in the standings this Friday, October 20 when they visit the North Langley Bears at McLeod Athletic Park.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 pm.

The Bears have been playing some of their best football of the season since opening the season with two straight losses.

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


SIFC

All SIFC games listed will take place on Sunday, October 21.


Atom: Kamloops Broncos vs Salmon Arm Mustangs

The regular season comes to an end this weekend in the Atom division and the final playoff spot will be up for grabs when the Kamloops Broncos (1-5) visit the Salmon Arm Mustangs (2-2-1).

Kickoff is scheduled for 10 am at Little Mountain Sports.


Pee Wee: Vernon Yellow Jackets vs Kelowna Lions

The two top teams in the Pee Wee division will clash this Sunday when the Vernon Yellow Jackets (8-0) put their perfect season on the line against the second-seeded Kelowna Lions (6-1), whose lone loss this season came at the hands of the Yellow Jackets.

Vernon scored a slim 10-6 win back on September 9 at Grahame Park and the Lions will be looking to return the favour this week on their own field at the CNC Turf. Kickoff is at 12 pm.


Junior Bantam: Salmon Arm Broncos vs West Kelowna Sundevils

The Salmon Arm Broncos (3-5), winners of two of their last three games, will look to score an upset victory this Sunday when they head to Shannon Woods Field in West Kelowna to take on the first place West Kelowna Sundevils (7-1).

The Sundevils are still technically undefeated with their lone loss this season coming by forfeit.

These two teams met back on September 9 in Salmon Arm with the Sundevils scoring a 36-6 win over the Broncos that afternoon.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm.

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

BC High School Football Game of the Week

The Centennial Centaurs (1-1) need a win this Friday to keep pace with the rest of their division when they face divisional rival St. Thomas More Knights (2-1) at Burnaby Lakes.

Kickoff is at 7:30 pm. Watch the game live online at the BC High School Football website.

The Centaurs are coming off a loss to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers last weekend while the Knights have won two straight games since falling to the Mt. Douglas Rams in their regular season opener including knocking off the Terry Fox Ravens by a 36-6 score last Friday.

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

                             

T-Birds look to continue push for playoffs when they visit Manitoba Bisons on Saturday

Three weeks ago the idea of the UBC Thunderbirds (2-4) making a push for the playoffs seemed incomprehensible but after back-to-back victories the T-Birds now have a chance to pull into a tie for the final playoff spot in the Canada West this Saturday when they face the University of Manitoba Bisons (3-3) in Winnpeg.

Kickoff is scheduled for 11 am PT. Watch the game live on Shaw TV.

The T-Birds won their second game in as many outings last Saturday when they knocked off the Regina Rams in their home finale by a 24-17 score. The Bisons, meanwhile, are headed in the opposite direction having lost two straight games.

These two teams met back in the opening week of the regular season at Thunderbird Stadium. The Bisons scored a 31-24 victory that afternoon to spoil the T-Birds' home opener.

Visit www.gothunderbirds.ca for more information.

                

SFU Clan look to extend home turf win streak to three games when they host Western Oregon Wolves this Saturday

The SFU Clan (2-4 in conference play; 3-4 overall) may have had their overall win streak snapped at two games last week but they still have a home turf win streak that dates back to September 29 that they will look to stretch out when they host the Western Oregon Wolves (4-2 in conference play; 4-3 overall) this Saturday at Terry Fox Field.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm.

The Clan fell 51-10 last week to the top-seeded Central Washington while the Wolves extended their win streak to four games last week by pounding Dixie State 66-20.

The Clan and Wolves met back on September 22 in Monmouth, Oregon with the Wolves just barely squeaking by the Clan that afternoon by a 20-16 score.

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

                      

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.


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.



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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)
  • 2012 BCFC Cullen Cup Championship (October 27)
  • 2012 CJFL Canadian Bowl (November 10)
  • 4th annual BCCFA 9-man provincial championships (November 10)


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