Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2013 | Issue #209  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Important information regarding changes to FBU National Championship Tournament plus cost and registration details for players named to cut-down rosters

Football BC has released a major announcement regarding the FBU National Championship tournament. All players who were previously named to a roster should have received an email with full details.

You can also read the contents of the email in its entirety here.

The information on this email also includes tournament cost and registration information for the selection camp to be held on the weekend of November 22-24 plus details on what players will need to travel.

There is also information on a new tournament for players that are currently in Grades 9 and 10 who were previously named to a cut-down roster at the U-15 level.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia at dinogeremia@shaw.ca.


                  

Team BC to host tryout for Grade 6 team competing at FBU National Championship

Team BC will be hosting a tryout for players currently in grade 6 who are interested in competing at the FBU National Championship.

The tryout will be held on Monday, November 11 (Remembrance Day) at Burnaby Central Secondary School from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

The cost of the tryout is $35. No football equipment is required. Players should bring a copy of their latest report card to verify their grade.

To register, click here

*Note: Players who were previously named to the U-13 roster DO NOT need to attend this tryout. They will be automatically extended an invitation to the final selection camp to take place over the weekend of November 22-24.


                  

Nominations open now for 2013 NFL Youth Coach of the Year; Deadline to nominate is November 4

The NFL Youth Coach of the Year award, now in its 15th year and presented by financial services provider BlackRock, 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.

Over the past 14 years the program has contributed more than $170,000 in equipment and facility upgrades to deserving programs. Any Canadian can nominate a coach for recognition.
Nominations can be submitted at www.NFLcoachoftheyear.ca on or before Monday, November 4, 2013.

For more information, click here.


                  

Football BC visits St. Francis de Sales Elementary School for Football Skills Day

Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia, along with special guests from the St. Thomas More Knights high school football team, visited St. Francis de Sales Elementary School last week with every class in the school from kindergarten to Grade 7 getting an opportunity to be introduced to the great game of football.

Check out our Facebook page to see pictures from the events.

If your elementary school is interested in hosting a Football Skills Day, please contact Dino Geremia at 604-816-5157 or by email at dinogeremia@shaw.ca.

         

Touchdown BC episode 4 out this week

Episode four of Touchdown BC will be released this week.

Catch it first on Shaw TV on Thursday at 5:30 pm. You can also check Football BC's website for new episodes.

You can find archives of all previous shows on our Touchdown BC page.

Check out Football BC's website to see each new episode.

Touchdown BC airs on Shaw TV on Thursdays (5:30 pm) and Fridays (12:30 am and 1:30 pm).

Hosted by Jim Mullin, Touchdown BC will run from September through the end of November.

         

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.

         

BCFC opening round playoff schedule

Kamloops Broncos vs Vancouver Island Raiders - 1 pm at Caledonia Park (Saturday, October 12)

On paper this contest figures to be a mismatch with the Raiders, who finished atop the league standings with an 8-2 record, going up against the 2-7-1 Broncos, who barely managed to squeak into the playoffs. The Raiders capped off their fantastic season with a 71-0 win over the Rebels while the Broncos were thumped 51-0 by the Sun in their regular season finale.

Langley Rams vs Okanagan Sun - 2 pm at Apple Bowl (Saturday, October 13)

If the Rams hope to repeat as Cullen Cup champions, they'll have to do it without the benefit of home field advantage. The Rams lost three of their last six games to close out the regular season dropping them from first place all the way down to sixth. The Sun, meanwhile, are red hot having won four in a row to close out their season and just losing out on first place due to a tie-breaker.



       

BC High School Football Game of the Week

A potential playoff preview highlights this week's schedule when the Centennial Centaurs play host to the Terry Fox Ravens at Percy Perry Stadium this Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

All "Games of the Week" will be streamed live online at SportsCanada.TV.

To see the full BC High School Football Game of the Week schedule, click here.

For more on BC High School Football, visit their website.


                             

SFU Clan look to snap losing streak against Azusa Pacific

The SFU Clan (2-2) are back on the road again this week when they travel to Azusa, California on Saturday to take on the Azusa Pacific Cougars (3-2; 3-1 conference play).

Kickoff is at 6:30 pm.

The Clan are coming off their second straight loss after dropping a 39-12 road decision last week to Dixie State. The Cougars, meanwhile, were winners last week against Western Oregon and come into the contest sitting tied for first place in the GNAC standings.

The Clan sit tied for third in the GNAC standings.
                       

UBC T-Birds enjoy bye week

The UBC T-Birds (3-3) continued their road warrior ways last week picking up a 28-24 at Investors Group Field over the Manitoba Bisons. They will enjoy a bye week this week before returning to play on Saturday, October 19 when they host the Alberta Golden Bears at Thunderbird Stadium

For more information, visit www.gothunderbirds.ca.


               

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Football BC encourages all our members to Think Pink this month.

Here are links to several resources.

If your club/association is running a promotion this month, let us know and we will promote it on our newsletter.

                   

Football Canada to host Junior National Team identification camps across Canada

Football Canada will be hosting a series of player identification camps as part of the process to select players to represent Canada at the 2014 IFAF U-19 World Championship.

Players born in 1995 and 1996 who have a Canadian citizenship and who are members of their respective provincial football association (e.g. Football BC) will be eligible to attend the camps.

Team Canada Junior will be competing against Team USA in a game in Dallas, Texas on February 7, 2014.

There is no identification scheduled for British Columbia. The closest evaluation camp to BC will be held in Edmonton, Alberta at the Commonwealth Recreation Centre Field House on December 15, 2013.

There are also tryouts scheduled for Guelph, Ontario (November 30), East Hants, Nova Scotia (December 7), Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan (December 14), and Montreal, Quebec (December 21).

For more information and to register for a tryout session, click here.

Team Canada hopefuls are required to bring their own shoulder pads, jersey, helmet, mouth guard and proper footwear to the tryout session.


                      

BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations for the Class of 2014

Nominations are welcomed for the 2014 Inductions to the BC Football Hall of Fame.

Categories include: Athlete (both amateur and professional), Builder, Pioneer, 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.


               

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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.

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