Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2012 | Issue #160  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

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BC High School Football seeks playoff volunteers

The BC High School Football Association playoffs are fast approaching and they are seeking volunteers to help them make this year's playoffs a successful one.

Volunteers are needed for all the playoff games that are taking place in the Lower Mainland. Volunteers will be needed for the following dates:

Wildcard Games (BC Place)
November 9 - 3 games
November 10 - 5 games


Quarter-Final Games (Burnaby Lake)
November 16 - 3 games
November 17 - 5 games

Semi-Final Games (Burnaby Lake)
November 23 - 4 games
November 24 - 4 games

Championship Games (BC Place)
December 1 - 4 games

If you are interested in helping out with this year’s playoffs, please send an email to Mark at nykol@shaw.ca.
                                

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.

Football BC's website has a dedicated page for all Team BC related news. Click here to see the page now.

Raiders and Rams set for championship rematch this Saturday

For the second straight season the Cullen Cup championship will come down to a tilt between the Vancouver Island Raiders and the Langley Rams.

The game will be played at the home of the Raiders, Caledonia Park in Nanaimo, this Saturday, October 27 with kickoff scheduled for 1 pm PT.

Both the Raiders and Rams booked their spot in the title game last Saturday with convincing semi-final victories.

The Raiders burst out of the gate slow in their semi-final contest against the Okanagan Sun but managed to turn an 8-3 half-time deficit into a 34-8 victory after posting 31 unanswered points in the second half.

The Rams had a much easier time getting by the Westshore Rebels in their semifinal blanking their opponent by a 33-0 score.

The Rams will now try to prevent the Raiders from capturing their seventh consecutive BCFC championship and avenge their loss in last year's Cullen Cup game that saw the Raiders pound the Rams by a 44-0 score.

The Raiders and Rams have met three times this season with Vancouver Island capturing two of the three meetings while the third contest finished in a draw.

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 28.

Midget: Coquitlam Falcons vs North Delta Longhorns

With the top four spots in the Midget division getting a first-round bye in the playoffs, the intensity builds for those teams in the logjam from second to eighth place where only one game separates those seven teams.

The Coquitlam Falcons are 5-3 and tied for seventh but in reality they have not lost a game on the field this season as all three of their losses came from forfeits due to roster error. The Falcons are on a tear shutting out their last two opponents and seeking a top-four finish.

For the Longhorns, it has been an up and down season. However, they too have blanked their last two opponents and now look to extend their win streak to three games. A win this weekend and North Delta has a good chance of grabbing a top-four spot with a little help around the league.

With Meadow Ridge playing North Surrey and White Rock hosting Victoria this weekend, the final standings in the Midget division are still anyone's guess.

Game time is 1:45 pm at John Oliver Park in North Delta.


Junior Bantam: Coquitlam Raiders vs South Delta Rams

Coquitlam teams are currently dominating the Junior Bantam division with both the Raiders and Vikings coming into action this week with identical 8-0 records. With this weekend being the last of the regular season in this division, both the Vikings and Raiders hope to emerge still perfect at the conclusion of the week.

For the Raiders, however, their last road game of the season will not be an easy one as they travel across the river to South Delta where the Rams (7-1) hope to bring their 'A' game and finish the season with a pivotal win over the Raiders.

The Rams started the year with six straight wins shutting out all their opponents before suffering a close loss at the hands of the undefeated Vikings. A win this Sunday by the Rams and they would capture second place and two rounds of home field games. They could even have a long shot at earning first place overall with some help.

The Raiders will look to keep the division an all-Coquitlam affair but the road goes through South Delta this Sunday.

Game time is 12:30 pm at Dennison Park in South Delta.

For more information, visit www.vmfl.ca.


VCFL

Atom: Mission Niners vs Abbotsford Falcons

The regular season in the Atom division comes to a conclusion this Saturday, October 27 and the biggest storyline heading into the final weekend will be whether the Abbotsford Falcons can complete their perfect season.

The Falcons head into Saturday's contest with a perfect 7-0 record and the only team standing in their way of completing the clean season sweep are the Mission Niners.

The Niners are one of three teams tied for second-place in the standings with a 5-2 record so far albeit one of the Niners' losses this season came via forfeit.

Kickoff is scheduled for 10 am at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford.

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


SIFC

All SIFC games listed will take place on Sunday, October 28.


Atom: Salmon Arm Mustangs vs Kelowna Lions (SIFC 9-man final)

The Atom division champions will be crowned in this match-up featuring the Salmon Arm Mustangs (4-2-1 during the regular season) versus the Kelowna Lions (6-0 during the regular season).

The winner will have a chance to compete for the provincial 9-man Atom championship on November 10.

Kickoff is scheduled for 10 am at the CNC Turf Field in Kelowna.


Pee Wee: West Kelowna Sundevils vs Kamloops Wildcats

The regular season comes to a close in the Pee Wee division this weekend with the featured match-up seeing two teams trying to jockey for playoff position.

The Sundevils and Wildcats know they will both host a first-round playoff match-up next weekend but this game will determine who finishes in third spot and fourth spot, respectively. It could have major implications down the road as finishing in third could potentially mean avoiding the undefeated Vernon Yellow Jackets by the time the semi-finals come around.

Game time is 12 pm at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops.


Junior Bantam: Vernon Marauders vs Kelowna Dragons

The Vernon Marauders (5-4) will face the Kelowna Dragons (3-6) in a tune-up game before the playoffs begin next weekend as the regular season comes to an end in the Junior Bantam division this weekend.

The Marauders come into the contest on a two-game losing streak while the Dragons are Dragons halted a five-game losing streak last weekend with their 28-0 win over the Kamloops Broncos.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm at the CNC Turf Field in Kelowna.

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

BC High School Football Game of the Week

Two teams headed in opposite directions will clash this Saturday when the Vancouver College Fighting Irish (3-1) play host to the Terry Fox Ravens (2-2) at O'Hagan Field at Vancouver College.

Kickoff is at 1:30 pm. BC High School Football website.

The Fighting Irish have rebounded from their October 5 loss against the defending champions, Mt. Douglas Rams, with back-to-back victories over the West Vancouver Highlanders and New Westminster Hyacks, respectively.

The Ravens, however, have dropped their last two games in a row since beginning the campaign with two straight victories including falling 33-13 to the W.J. Mouat Hawks last Friday.

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

                             

T-Birds close out disappointing season in Saskatoon this Friday

There will be no repeat run to the Hardy Cup game for the UBC Thunderbirds this season.

Despite a valiant comeback attempt on Saturday in Winnipeg, the UBC T-Birds (2-5) hopes for a playoff berth came to a crushing end following a 37-31 at the hands of the University of Manitoba Bisons.

The T-Birds will close out their 2012 campaign this Friday, October 26 in Saskatoon when they take on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (4-3).

Kickoff is 6 pm PT. Watch the game live on Shaw TV.

The Huskies enter the game on a two-game win streak.

These two teams met earlier this season back on September 15 at Thunderbird Stadium. The Huskies scored a 39-34 victory that day.

Visit www.gothunderbirds.ca for more information.

                

SFU Clan head to Utah looking to snap two-game losing streak

The SFU Clan (2-5 in conference play; 3-5 overall) will look to score that elusive fourth win of their season this Saturday, October 27 when they make a trip down to St. George, Utah to tackle the Dixie State Red Storm (3-4 in conference play; 3-5 overall).

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm PT.

SFU dropped their second straight game this past Saturday to the Western Oregon Wolves after blowing a 17-10 lead to fall 20-17.

Dixie State is also riding a two-game losing streak and is coming off a 57-18 shellacking at the hands of Humboldt State.

The Clan and Red Storm met once earlier this season back on September 29 at Terry Fox Field. The Clan were victorious that evening scoring a 41-28 win on home turf.

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.



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)
  • 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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