Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2013 | Issue #212  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Reminder: Football BC concussion policy requirements

Coaches: Have you ensured that you have completed your mandatory concussion education for 2013 yet? If not, please do so immediately.

Coaches should take the Making Head Way in Football available at

Football BC will be conducting random checks in the near future.

Players/Parents: Have you signed and completed the Parent/Athlete consent form?

For more information, go to the Concussion Resources page on our site.


Registration now open for Team BC - FBU National Championship selection camp

Registration is now open for the Team BC selection camp to take place on the weekend of November 22-24.

This camp is open to players who were previously named to the U-13, U-14 or U-15 Team BC rosters (or were contacted directly by Football BC and extended an invitation) AND is currently in Grade 6, 7 or 8.  If you are unsure of whether or not you have been extended an invitation, please contact

The cost of participating in the camp is $540 or $600 (the higher price is for players who require transportation to Seattle in first round of the tournament). The fee is refundable for those players not selected to the final roster.

For those who are named to the final roster, the fee represents the cost of the first round of the tournament in Seattle. Should the team(s) advance to subsequent rounds, additional costs will be announced.

To register, click here.

You have the option of paying online (preferred) or bring a money order or bank draft when you check-in at the camp. Please note that Football BC no longer accepts personal cheques due to the high number of bounces.

For more information, please contact Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia at or 604-816-5157.


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.


Team BC U-18 Selection Camp - Registration open

Team BC U-18 will be holding its selection camp on Saturday, December 14 at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West (3677 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby) from 12 pm to 4 pm (check-in at 11 am).

Players who were previously named to the cut-down roster are now invited to register now.

There is a $700 refundable deposit that will be collected for registration. For those players who make the final roster, the $700 will go towards the $1,700 total cost of participation. For those who do not make the final roster, the $700 is refundable.

To register now, click here.


Of Interest: NFL, Riddell ending helmet deal

The 2013 season will be the last to feature Riddell as the official helmet of the NFL.

As the league became increasingly focused on concussions, NFL officials were more concerned about the implication of selling exclusive branding rights to one helmet company over another.

To read the full story from ESPN, click here

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 on or before Monday, November 4, 2013.

For more information, click here.


Touchdown BC episode 7 out this week

Episode seven 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.


Sport Cardiology BC research study on young competitive athletes

Sport Cardiology BC has begun a study that screens young competitive athletes for cardiovascular disease that can lead to sudden cardiac death.

The inclusion criteria is as follows:
  • No previous known cardiovascular disease
  • Aged 12-35
  • Competitive athlete (individual that participates in an organized sports program that requires regular, intense, training and competition and also places an emphasis on achievement during these competitions).

If your team or you as an individual qualifies as a candidate, please contact Daniel Lithwick ( or Barb Morrison (

For more information, click here.

Grandview Printing discount for Football BC members

Are you looking for a company to design posters, programs or do all sorts of printing?

Grandview Printing offers a 10% discount to all Football BC members

Visit their website at to learn more about their services.


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 

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.


Raiders capture Jostens Cup

The VI Raiders are headed back to the Canadian Bowl.

For the fifth time in the last eight years, the Raiders will battle for the top prize in Canadian junior football. Vancouver Island booked their spot in the national title game after knocking off the Windsor AKO Fratmen by a 50-3 score in the Jostens Cup last Saturday.

The Raiders will travel to Regina next Saturday (November 9) looking to bring home the national championship for the fourth time in franchise history.

They'll be facing the Regina Thunder, who upset the three-time defending Canadian Bowl champions Saskatoon Hilltops last Sunday winning by a score of 21-16 in the PFC championship game.

Visit for more information.


BC High School Football Game of the Week

The 2013 regular season concludes this week with the showcase game taking place at O'Hagan Field at Vancouver College with the Fighting Irish hosting the Notre Dame Jugglers in the 57th annual Archbishops' Trophy game this Friday.

The Fighting Irish lead the all-time series 29-26-1 and have won the last nine straight Archbishops' Trophy games.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2 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.


2013 Subway All-Star Awards Banquet

BC High School Football celebrates its all-stars and looks forward to championship weekend with their 12th annual Subway All-Star Awards Banquet.

The banquet takes place on November 26, 2013 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver.

Click here for more information and to order tickets.


SFU Clan: 2013 Legacy Dinner and Clan Football Awards

The SFU Clan Football Alumni presents their 2013 Legacy Dinner and Clan Football Awards on Monday, November 25 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby.

The event runs from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Tables of 10 start at $1,000 and you can also purchase single or couple tickets. Discounted tickets are available for SFU students or new alumni.

Click here to purchase tickets or to find out more about sponsorship opportunities.

All proceeds of the Legacy Dinner go to support Football Student Athletes at Simon Fraser University.

For more information, contact Jamie Clayton at or call 604-468-1652.


Thunderbird Football Association 2nd annual Gala

The TFA will be hosting their second annual Thunderbird Football Gala at the River Rock Casino Hotel on Wednesday, November 27.

This memorable evening will bring the UBC Football Community together to celebrate the past, present and future of UBC Football.

Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased here.

For more information or to learn how you or your company can contribute, contact Shawn McIssac at 778-995-1129 or


UBC T-Birds look to score upset over Calgary Dinos in Canada West semi-final

The UBC Thunderbirds (4-4) suffered their first road loss of the season last Friday against the Calgary Dinos (8-0). They'll have to avoid a repeat of that this Saturday if they want to avoid having their season come to an end.

The T-Birds will open their playoffs in the same place their regular season ended when they travel to Calgary to face the undefeated Dinos. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm PT.

Catch the game on Shaw TV.

The winner of Saturday's game will advance to the 77th Hardy Cup the following weekend.

For more information, visit


SFU Clan begin three-game home stand hosting Dixie State

The good news for the SFU Clan (2-5) is they will close out their season with three straight home games.

The bad news for the Clan is they have yet to win on home turf this season. In fact, the Clansmen have not tasted victory since September 21 losing five straight games since opening their season with back-to-back wins.

They'll try to rectify that this Saturday when they host the Dixie State Red Storm (3-5; 3-4 conference) at Terry Fox Field.

Kickoff is at 2 pm.

The Red Storm snapped their two-game losing streak last week with a 28-19 road win over Humboldt State.

Dixie State knocked off SFU 39-12 back on October 5.

Football BC elementary school skills program

Football BC's elementary school skills program is open to all school aged children and is conducted during regular school hours usually as part of P.E. class.

This program allows kids to learn basic football skills from Football BC coaches as well as volunteer players from local high schools.

Click here to see the promo video for the program.

For more information or to schedule a session for your school, please contact Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia at 604-816-5157 or


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 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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To subscribe now, please click here.

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.

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