Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2012 | Issue #161  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

NFL Fan Experience lands in Vancouver this weekend

The NFL Fan Experience Tour is touching down at Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver this weekend, November 3-4.

The event is free to the public and fans are invited to bring down their electronic waste to be recycled courtesy of Samsung Hope for Children.

Event details can be found at

The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm on both days.

In attendance will be former NFL cornerback/safety Ron Woodson who will be signing autographs on Saturday (2:30 pm to 5 pm) and Sunday (12 pm to 2:30 pm).


Rams stun Raiders in Cullen Cup; Will host CJFL Canadian Bowl on November 10

For the first time in seven years the Cullen Cup belongs to a team not named the Vancouver Island Raiders.

This past Saturday at Caledonia Park in the 2012 BCFC Final, the upstart Langley Rams stunned the six-time defending BCFC champion Raiders with a 20-13 victory.

See Football BC's gallery of photos from the 2012 Cullen Cup game here

For the Rams, it was their franchise's first Cullen Cup championship since 2005 when they were known as the South Fraser Rams.

The Rams will now have two weeks to prepare for the two-time defending Canadian Bowl champion Saskatoon Hilltops, who booked their way to this year's national title event by virtue of their 51-7 win over the London Beefeaters in the Jostens Cup last Sunday.

The 2012 CJFL Canadian Bowl will be held at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley on Saturday, November 10. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm.

On Friday, November 9, the Rams will be hosting the Jostens Banquet of Champions.

For more information on the CJFL Canadian Bowl, visit,, or



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Team Canada U-15 tryouts

Players interested in tryout out for a spot on the under-15 Team Canada to compete at the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl should attend a combine to be held on November 11 at UBC Thunderbird Stadium from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Eight players from BC will be selected from the combine to join the Canadian team that is headed to San Antonio, Texas to take part in the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl. The event is part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl week and is the same event that Team BC (provincial under-18 tackle team) will be competing in as well.

Coaches: If you feel your players are among the best in the province at the U-15 age group, please encourage them to attend.

There is no fee to attend this combine. The cutoff date is for players born after August 1, 1997.

Players are asked to bring their shoulder pads and helmets if possible. There will be some light contact or possibly none at all.

Players: If you are planning to attend, please email to confirm. You are also welcome to just show up on November 11 at the stadium but emailing to confirm your attendance is preferred.

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 (UBC Thunderbird Stadium)
November 16 - 3 games
November 17 - 5 games

Semi-Final Games (UBC Thunderbird Stadium)
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

Deadline to register for Team BC trim down camp is this 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: 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.

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 so we can list them in our newsletter and website.


All VMFL games listed will take place on Sunday, November 4.

Bantam 9-man: Richmond Raiders (7-2) vs Coquitlam Chargers (7-2)

If you want excitement, unpredictable endings and just pure entertainment, then you need to catch some 9-man Bantam football this weekend and no other game presents a better case for great action than Richmond Raiders and Coquitlam Chargers who will be meeting in the final week of the regular season.

The Raiders have dominated the Bantam 9-man division for the part this season until the past two weekends when they dropped consecutive decisions to Coquitlam and, most recently, North Delta this past Sunday when they fell 24-12.

For the Chargers, it's been a steady and slow climb through the standings by sweeping the North Delta Longhorns and Vancouver Trojans. Now, after two losses to the Raiders, the Chargers hope to get the monkey off their back.

The winner this weekend gets to host the Vancouver Trojans in the first round of the playoffs while the loser will have to face off against a tough North Delta Longhorns team in a game that either team could conceivably win.

Game time is 2:45 pm at Kevin Chin Field in Mackin Park in Coquitlam.

Junior Bantam: Royal City Hyacks (6-2-1) vs North Surrey Eagles (7-3)

The Junior Bantam playoffs get underway this weekend including this rematch between the Royal City Hyacks and North Surrey Eagles from the final weekend of the regular season.

The Eagles have been solid since their opening season loss to the South Delta Rams with their only other loss this season coming at the hands of the 8-0-1 Coquitlam Raiders. The season includes the aforementioned season-ending match against the Hyacks where they squeaked out a 14-13 victory to earn this home field playoff game.

For the Hyacks, the season has been a matter of single points. Had it not been for an 8-8 tie with Langley in Week 3 and their single point loss to the Eagles last Friday, the Hyacks would easily be 8-1 on the season. Like the Eagles, their only big loss on the season came at the hands of the Coquitlam Raiders.

This Sunday, the Eagles hope to improve on their last season's mark by winning this quarter-final game while the Hyacks are looking to match last year's performance by having a semi-final appearance. Either way, this up-and-coming Hyacks team will give the veteran Eagles a good game and provide plenty of excitement this Sunday.

Game time is 7:30 pm at Bear Creek Park in North Surrey.

For more information, visit


Pee Wee: Mission Niners vs Meadow Ridge Knights Blue

The regular season concludes this weekend in the Pee Wee division and a battle for third spot is the highlighted match when the Mission Niners and Meadow Ridge Knights Blue bring their identical 6-3 records into a clash at Samuel Robertson Technical School on Saturday, November 3.

Kickoff is at 12 pm.

The Niners were blanked last week by the undefeated Abbotsford Falcons 30-0 while the Knights Blue were 25-6 winners over the Chilliwack Giants Blue last week.

For more information, please visit


All SIFC games listed will take place on Sunday, November 4

Pee Wee: Salmon Arm Colts (#6) vs West Kelowna Sundevils (#3) - 11 am at CNC Kelowna

Pee Wee: Kelowna Dragons (#5) vs Kamloops Wildcats (#4) - 12 pm at TCC Kamloops

The playoffs in the Pee Wee division get underway this weekend with a pair of first round games this Sunday.

Barring a major upset, the Sundevils (5-5) should advance past the Salmon Arm Colts (0-10), the latter who failed to win a game during the regular season. It might be a closer contest between the Wildcats (5-5) and the Dragons (2-8), however.

The Wildcats and Dragons played each other twice this season with the Wildcats winning both meetings.

Junior Bantam: Kamloops Broncos (#6) vs Vernon Marauders (#3) - 1 pm at Grahame Park

Junior Bantam: Salmon Arm Broncos (#5) vs Kelowna Dragons (#4) - 1 pm at CNC Kelowna

The first round of the Junior Bantam division playoffs get underway also with two contests.

The Marauders (6-4) will host the winless Kamloops Broncos (0-10) while the tilt between the Dragons (3-7) and Salmon Arm Broncos (3-7) figures to be a much tigher affair.

The Dragons and Salmon Arm Broncos technically split their season series with each team winning once, although the Dragons' victory came by forfeit. In their actual on-field battle, the Broncos were 20-15 victors.

For more information, please visit

BC High School Football Game of the Week

The regular season in BC High School comes to an end this week with the highlighted match being the annual Archbishop's Trophy Game between the Vancouver College Fighting Irish (4-1) and the Notre Dame Jugglers (1-4).

The game takes place on Friday, November 2 at Burnaby Lakes. Kickoff is at 7:30 pm. Watch the game live online at the BC High School Football website.

While the Irish look like they are solidified in that second spot in the Western Conference heading into the post-season, the Jugglers still have an opportunity to move up in the standings and to try and get a more favourable first-round playoff opponent when the Wildcard round begins the following weekend.

Vancouver College is coming off a 35-12 win over Terry Fox last Saturday while Notre Dame fell 63-38 to Mt. Douglas last Friday.

Visit for a full list of games in all divisions.


SFU Clan host Humboldt State Lumberjacks in regular season home finale on Saturday

Fresh off a history-making weekend that saw the SFU Clan (3-5 in conference play; 4-5 overall) earn their first-ever GNAC road victory last Saturday with a 58-47 win over the Dixie State Red Storm, the Clan will return home this Saturday as they close out their 2012 home schedule with an afternoon date against the Humboldt State Lumberjacks.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm PT at Terry Fox Field. If you can't make it out in preson, watch the game on Clan TV.

Humboldt State (6-2 in conference play; 7-2 overall) sits first in the GNAC standings after claiming sole possession of the spot with a 14-10 win over Central Washington last week and now come into Saturday's tilt against the Clan riding a three-game win streak.

Humboldt State knocked off SFU by a 41-21 score back on September 15 on their own home turf.

For more information, please visit


Subway All-Star Awards Banquet

The 2012 Subway All-Star Awards Banquet, which honors elite high school student athletes and recognizes provincial academic scholarship winners, first-team AAA and AA All-Stars, and all teams participating in the AAA and AA championships, will take place on Tuesday, November 27 in conjunction with the BC High School Football Association championship playoffs.

This year's event will be held at the Italian Cultural Centre located at 3075 Slocan Street in Vancouver and will be hosted once again by Team Radio personalities Bob "The Moj" Marjanovich and Giulio Caravatta.
Tickets are now available for purchase online from the Subway Awards Banquet page.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year's event by donating a table to the BCCFA to support a group of 10 elite student athletes, please click here or email Lui Garcea at


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

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, 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 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 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 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 CJFL Canadian Bowl (November 10)
  • 4th annual BCCFA 9-man provincial championships (November 10)
  • 2012 Subway All-Star Awards Banquet (November 27)
  • 2012 BC High School Football Subway Bowl championships (December 1)
  • 2012 BC Community Football 12-man provincial championships (December 2)

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