Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2014 | Issue #259  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Football BC goes pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Football BC is going pink for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Football BC's website, as well as The Huddle newsletter, will go pink this month and feature a link to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

If it is within your means, we encourage our clubs and associations to contribute to the CBCF by clicking here.

When shopping for Pink gear this month, please make sure that your merchandise purchases go towards supporting breast cancer awareness and research. Not all merchandisers selling pink gear support breast cancer awareness with their proceeds so make sure to get your gear only from those who are listed supporters of the cause.

Find pink football gear from approved supporters of the cause by visiting:

NFL Pink

CFL Pink

Although October focuses on breast cancer awareness, we encourage our followers to support other cancer awareness causes as well. Get more information at these links:

BC Cancer Foundation 

Canadian Cancer Society

Workout to Conquer Cancer

CFL Fans Fight Cancer

Hannah's Heroes Foundation

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC

The Ride to Conquer Cancer

British Columbia Childhood Cancer Parents Association

Susan G. Komen for the Cure



Team BC Grade 6/7/8 tryout postponed

The Team BC Grade 6/7/8 tryout originally scheduled for Monday, October 13 has now been postponed until Tuesday, November 11 (Remembrance Day).

The tryout is by-invitation. Provincial coaches will be contacting invited players shortly.


BC Football Hall of Fame announces Class of 2014

The BC Football Hall of Fame has announced the individuals and teams to be inducted into the Hall as part of the Class of 2014.

Congratulations to all those being honoured. The BCFHOF will host a private celebration on October 11 to officially induct the newest members. Fans will have a chance to salute these individuals on the same night as part of the Amateur Football half-time at the BC Lions vs. Ottawa Redblacks game.

Football BC's intern, Michiko, had a chance to chat with Bret Anderson shortly after the inductees were announced. See the video here.


- Bret Anderson
- Lou DesLauriers
- Jordan Gagner
- Glen Jackson
- Jim Mills
- James Parker


- Ron Docherty
- Ed Murray

Special Award:

- Dr. Gordon Shrum


- Tom Larscheid
- Ted Reynolds

CFL Bob Ackles Award:

- David Sidoo


- Herb Capozzi


- 1924 UBC Thunderbirds
- 1994 BC Lions


Battle of the Border

The first annual Battle of the Border between the SFU Clan and the Western Oregon Wolves did not go SFU’s way with the Clan dropping a 63-7 on the road down at Pop Keeney Stadium.

However, the event was still a success to a degree with a large number of SFU supporters making the trek down south to support their squad.  Football BC’s Michiko Araki (@hellochiko) was among the spectators and she recaps the experience on her blog this week.


Catching up with Bobby Gibson, Eric Hamber Griffins Head Coach

The Eric Hamber Griffins football program is now in its fifth season and they've been working hard towards strengthening their program to the point where, hopefully, they will soon be able to compete against some of the more established programs.

The Griffins' football team, the only public school in Vancouver with a football program, would not have been possible without the hard work put into it by Bobby Gibson, who helped build the program from the ground up and also serves as the head coach.

Playing out of BC High School Football's Tier 2 division, the Griffins played their first game of the season this past Friday coming out of the school strike against a very tough AA Division Moscrop Panthers.

Despite dropping a 19-18 decision - the Griffins had a chance to win the game with no time left on the clock but just came up short on a two-point conversion attempt - Coach Gibson saw plenty of positives with his squad.

Football BC caught up with Coach Gibson following the game. Watch the video here.

Photo Gallery: 
Moscrop Panthers at Eric Hamber Griffins
, September 26

102nd Grey Cup Festival Activities

The 102nd Grey Cup Festival Committee has announced the plans for this year's party.

For full details, click here.


Touchdown BC!

Touchdown BC is back for its second season.

Make sure you tune in each week for all the best highlights from the week that was in local football including University, High School, Community and Junior.

With Ryan Sullivan, Jim Mullin, Andrew Wadden and 
Alex Carrigan.

All episodes of Touchdown BC will be posted here once available.

Shaw TV airtimes:

Thursday 6 am
Friday 3:30 pm & 11:30 pm

Also available on demand on YouTube.


BC High School Football game of the week preview - St. Thomas More Knights at Mt. Boucherie Bears

By Michiko Araki

Friday, October 3
Apple Bowl
Kickoff at 5 pm PT
Watch online at

In this week's game of the week, the St. Thomas More Knights (2-0) will look to continue their regular season win streak when they go head-to-head against the Mt. Boucherie Bears (1-1).

The Knights have been looking strong these past few weeks, recording shutouts against their last two opponents. Last week, in their 53-0 win against Rutland, the Knights showed off their offensive firepower led by quarterback Terrell Jana, who rushed for 102 yards and one score while also recording 160 passing yards and throwing for three touchdowns. Other players from the Knights who stood out in last week's game were Noel Jordan Stewart and Matt Smiegel, who both rushed for scores.

The Bears' defense forced several turnovers in last week's 44-26 win against Centennial and playing well on that side of the ball will be a key factor if they are to have any chance of knocking off the Knights, a team well-known for its offensive power. Several defensive players to note from this team are cornerback Mackenzie Johnson, who intercepted and returned the ball 45 yards for a score in last week's game, and linebacker Zac Callaghan, who recorded an interception and returned the ball 35 yards in the Bears' victory over the Centaurs.


SFU at Dixie State preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 4
Hansen Stadium
Kickoff at 6 pm PT
Watch online at 

After a 63-7 loss to the Central Washington Wildcats, the SFU Clan (0-4; Conference 0-1) are back on the road again this week to face the Dixie State Red Storm (0-4; Conference 0-0) in St. George, Utah. This game will prove to be pivotal for both teams as they look to capture their first win this season and improve their standings in the GNAC.

In last week's game against the Wildcats, Bobby Pospischil led the team in receiving with five receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown, while running back Cole Tudor finished with 48 yards on eight carries. With several key players missing on the offensive side, such as receiver Lemar Durant (still out due to sickness) and running back Chris Tolbert, the Clan will look to other experienced local players in Steven Spagnuolo (Notre Dame) and Kyle Kawamoto (Handsworth) to help the team work towards their first win this season.

For Dixie State, several players to watch will be Robert Metz, who posted a career best 13 tackles in last week's 42-23 loss to Azusa Pacific, and safety Aeryus Holloway, who recorded twelve stops. On the offensive side, Nate Stephens lead the Red Storm in receiving last week and Dalton Groskreutz, who scored two touchdowns and posted a team high 56 receiving yards, will also be crucial players for Dixie State.


UBC at University of Saskatchewan preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 4
Griffiths Stadium
Kickoff at 6 pm PT
Watch on SHAW TV oronline at 

After finally getting their first win of the season, the UBC Thunderbirds (1-3) are on the road once again to face the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (3-1) at Griffiths Stadium.

Without question, the standout player for the Thunderbirds last week was freshman Marcus Davis, who led the team to a 49-13 win against the University of Golden Bears. Davis recorded 253 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, showing why he was a two-time BC High School Triple A Player of the Year and named as the one of The Province's 2014 Head of the Class athletes. UBC's running game also showed improvement overall highlighted by Terrell Davis' 86 yards, AJ Blackwell's 62 yards, and Brandon Deschamps' 46 yards plus a touchdown.

The Huskies will rely on quarterback Drew Burko, who went 30-for-46 for 343 yards and two scores in a 21-16 win last week against the University of Regina Rams. Players who will be favourite picks for a Burko pass will be John Trumpy, who caught nine passes for 111 yards, and Kit Hillis, who had six receptions for 85 yards, as part of that victory over the Rams.


BCFC Week 11 preview

By Michiko Araki

In the last week of regular season play, the Okanagan Sun (8-1), who captured first place and home field advantage in the playoffs, are hosting the Kamloops Broncos (6-3) this Sunday at the Apple Bowl.

In last week's 37-20 victory against the Langley Rams, the Sun's offence was a force to be reckoned with lead by linebacker Ron Mwamba who recorded an interception, recovered a fumble, and also recorded six solo tackles. Matt McConnell, Nick Schroeder and Layne Hull also recovered fumbles for the Sun in their game last week against the Rams. Robbie Yochim, who recently set a Canadian Junior Football League record by recording three punt returns for touchdowns in a game back on September 20 against the Westshore Rebels, returned two kickoffs for 105 yard and 95 yard touchdowns.

The Broncos, despite collecting 338 yards through the air, were unable to beat the Vancouver Island Raiders last weekend in a 45-15 loss. Quarterback Steve Schuweller went 23-of-35 and threw a pair of touchdown strikes, both to Devin Csincsa, who recorded 162 yards on eight carries in the losing effort.

Other games this week (all games on Saturday, Oct. 4):

Westshore Rebels at VI Raiders - 1 pm, Caledonia Park
Langley Rams at Valley Huskers - 7 pm, Exhibition Stadium


Help build a better Canadian game

Football Canada is reviewing the current competition of amateur football in Canada and is seeking your feedback.

How can you help?

During the 2014 football season, Football Canada will be asking for feedback in the form of surveys as well as emails. Feedback is essential from the football community at-large (athletes, coaches, officials, parents, administrators, trainers, etc.) in an effort to grow and support this great game from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Have your voice heard in the process by completing Football Canada's surveys here. Please select the surveys that match the age group and gender of athletes you are involved with.

Click here to access the surveys.


Save the date: BC Lions host Salute to Amateur Football night on October 11 at Ottawa Redblacks

The BC Lions will be paying tribute to amateur football in their annual Salute to Amateur Football night on Saturday, October 11 when they host the expansion Ottawa Redblacks at BC Place.

The half-time show will feature community football players from across the province taking over the turf and playing mini-game in front of a packed house.

The BC Football Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2014 will also be honoured on this night.

Come watch the BC Lions battle for a playoff spot and celebrate amateur football all at once. Kickoff is 7 pm. For tickets, click here.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Support amateur football in British Columbia and showcase your products and services to a wide-ranging market.

Football BC can tailor a sponsorship package to suit your company's needs.

Sponsorship opportunities include an opportunity to advertise in Football BC's publications such as the Football BC Playbook, Senior Bowl program and Conference program as well as opportunities to attend events such as the Football BC Combine Series and the Team BC May Long Weekend camp.

Get more information here.


Grey Cup tickets going fast!

Have you bought your tickets to the biggest game of the year yet? Don't miss out!

Grey Cup tickets are still available but they are going fast! Get yours at now.


Grey Cup Volunteers

The 102nd Grey Cup Festival is jam-packed with fun and they need volunteers throughout the week. Volunteers must commit to 18 hours - three six-hour shifts. There are lots of positions available, from festival events to hospitality to transportations and more.

All Event Hosts will receive a 102nd Grey Cup Festival uniform and access to the wrap-up Championship TV viewing party. Volunteers will also be fed and showered with thanks for helping make this event come to life.

To sign up, visit and request your 102nd Grey Cup Festival volunteer position.


BC Sport Conference - 
January 10

The BC Sport Conference is a one-day multi-sport coaching conference featuring world-renowned coaches, trainers and athletes who have worked and competed at the collegiate, provincial, national, and international levels. Learn from the great ones how they lead, motivate and inspire athletes to consistently achieve their best. Eligible for 3 NCCP professional development credits.
  • Rick Hansen, keynote presenter
  • Anson Dorrance, head coach UNC Women's Soccer Program
  • David Cox, sport psychologist for National team and professional athletes
  • Allison McNeill, former head coach National Women's Basketball Team
  • Doug Reimer, head coach UBC Women's Volleyball Program
  • Athlete panel with two of BC's top athletes

Whether you coach individuals or teams at the grass roots or high performance levels, this conference will deliver valuable insights on leadership in coaching and strategies for success.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
9:00 am -5:00 pm
The Michael J. Fox Theatre - Burnaby, BC
Lunch and refreshments included
3 NCCP professional development credits

Register now for early bird pricing! 

The BC Sport Conference is an initiative of Volleyball BC. Building the BC sport community through leadership, learning and development.

SFU Mini-Game Program

SFU Football will welcome local youth football teams to play a mini-game game at half-time of their home games this season.

Interested teams can still sign up for an available spot by contacting Nick Sirski ( or Doug Pauls (

All of SFU's home games will be held at Swangard Stadium in 2014.

Current schedule:

October 18 vs SDM (1 pm ) - Royal City Hyacks vs North Surrey Eagles Junior Bantam

November 1 vs HSU (1 pm) - GSL vs Westside Warriors Atom Flag

November 8 vs APU (1 pm) - Date available

November 15 vs CWU (1 pm) - Date available


Concussion Policy Update

Football BC has updated its concussion policy for the 2014 season.

To see the changes as well as well as for more information on concussions, please visit our revamped Concussion Resources page.

Gear up with Team BC!

Are you headed to Winnipeg to support Team BC at the Red River Cup tournament, or just want to show off your Team BC pride year round?

Pick up some Team BC gear from our official online store here


Support Team BC with our Football BC - Schnitzer Scrap Metal Drive Fundraiser

Football BC is asking the football community to join us in a fundraiser that will allow our entire football community to help raise money for all six of our Team BC programs as well as enable us to deliver more of our "Play Football" programs in elementary schools.

Supporting our program is easy. Simply deliver any scrap metal you may have to one of the following locations and be sure to mention that you are contributing to the "Football BC Scrap Drive."

Schnitzer Victoria
307 David St.
Victoria, BC - V8T 5C1

Schnitzer Duncan
3015 Boys Rd.
Duncan, BC - V9L 6W4

Schnitzer Cassidy
13271 Trans Canada Hwy.
Cassidy, BC - V9G 1L8

Schnitzer Campbell River
5551 Duncan Bay Rd.
Campbell River, BC - V9H 1N6

Schnitzer Surrey
12195 Musqueam Dr.
Surrey, BC - V3V 3T2

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.


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


BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations for the Class of 2015

Nominations are welcomed for the 2015 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.


Subscribe to Sportsnet Magazine and support Football BC

Football BC and Sportsnet have partnered to offer all Football BC members and supporters an amazing deal.

For just $30 plus tax, you will receive 26 issues of Sportsnet magazine - Canada's only national magazine for Canadian sports fans - with $10 of that going directly to Football BC in support of our developmental programs.

You will also receive FREE access to Sportsnet's Tablet and Digital subscription as part of your purchase.

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.

Here are some of the upcoming camps and events that are listed:
  • 2014 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • Game Ready (various dates)
  • SFU Clan 2014 Home Schedule
  • UBC Thunderbirds 2014 Home Schedule

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