Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2014 | Issue #260  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



2015 Football BC Combine Series dates announced

The Football BC Combine Series is set to get underway in late January 2015 and run through the month of February. The Combine Series provides football players from across the province to take part in Combine style testing and be evaluated by NCCP certified provincial coaches.

In addition, the Combine Series serves as the first step towards participating on one of the provincial team programs either at the Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, U16 or U18 division. Players who wish to be eligible for the provincial team program in that particular calendar year must attend a Football BC Combine Series session.

The 2015 schedule is as follows (Subject to change):

January 31 - 
The Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre, Prince George

February 9 - 
Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond

February 21 - 
Arbutus Meadows, Nanoose Bay (Vancouver Island)

February 22 - 
Kelowna United Dome, Kelowna

February 20 & 24 - 
Langley Events Centre, Langley

Information on price and times will be announced at a later time.


BC Lions host Salute to Amateur Football night this Saturday, October 11 at Ottawa Redblacks

The BC Lions will be paying tribute to amateur football in their annual Salute to Amateur Football night this 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.

Among the Community teams that will be taking part in the half-time games include Langley Minor Football, Prince George Minor Football, Victoria Spartans, and North Shore Football League (GSL).

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.


NFL Youth Coach of the Year nominations

The Youth Coach of the Year is back for its 16th year. The NFL and BlackRock are looking for Canada's most dedicated volunteer football coaches who have positively impacted young Canadians.

This award is designed to recognize active community or high school level volunteer coaches across Canada who dedicates themselves to the development of young players both on and off the field. Any Canadian can nominate a coach for recognition.

Full details can be found here.

The winning coach will be selected by a panel of journalists from across Canada, NFL, BlackRock and Football Canada representatives.

$5,000 for new football equipment will be donated to the winning coach's program. BlackRock will help cement the winning coach's legacy, creating a $5,000 in bursaries that will assist young football players in the coach's community who are in financial need.

Two runners-up schools will each receive $2,000 for equipment.


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


One-on-one with receiver Matt Seymour of the New Westminster Hyacks

One of the biggest names this season in BC High School Football has been New Westminster Hyacks' Matt Seymour, the star receiver who has been having a flying start to the season and has helped the Hyacks to an impressive record.

Seymour took the time to chat with Football BC after his team's close loss on Friday to the three-time defending champion Mt. Douglas Rams.

Watch the video here.

Photo Gallery: 
Mt. Douglas Rams at New Westminster Hyacks, October 3

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 - Mission Roadrunners at GW Graham Grizzlies

By Michiko Araki

Friday, October 10
Exhibition Stadium
Kickoff at 7:30 pm PT
Watch online at

In this week's game of the week, the Mission Roadrunners (2-0) will look to continue their streak when they face the G.W. Graham Grizzlies (0-1) at Exhibition Park in Chilliwack.

For the Roadrunners, quarterback Jesse Walker proved to be the most exciting player on the team to watch in last week's 52-26 win over Rick Hansen. Walker was able to produce four touchdowns in four different ways: a 62 yard run, returning a punt 55 yards, throwing a 45 yard pass for a score, and returning a kickoff for 80 yards.

On the other hand, the G.W. Graham Grizzlies are well rounded on both sides of the ball. In their exhibition win three weeks ago against Howe Sound, the Grizzlies showed their defensive prowess by recording five sacks in their 49-0 victory. Offensive players of note are quarterback Terrell Sparvier, who threw 4-of-5 for 52 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, and running back Brett Westad, who carried seven times for 131 yards and three touchdowns.

The Grizzlies dropped their regular season opener last Friday to Pitt Meadows by a score of 27-26.


SFU at Idaho State preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 11
Holt Arena
Kickoff at 2:35 pm PT
Watch online at 

After getting their first conference win of the season, the SFU Clan (1-4; Conference 1-1) are on the road again, this time to face the Idaho Bengals (2-3; Conference 1-1), a Division I school, in a break from conference play.

In last weekend's 29-19 win over the Dixie State Red Storm, the Clan showed their cohesiveness as both the defense and offence worked well together to secure their first win of the season. The Clan defense was especially effective as they limited the Red Storm running game to 15 yards rushing on 20 carries. Jordan Herdman recorded ten tackles and forced a fumble, which was then picked up by his brother Justin Herdman, who ran it for a touchdown. Jordan was also named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week and leads the conference in tackles with 60 while also ranking 12th nationally with an average of 12 tackles per game. On the offensive side, running back Cole Tudor was the favourite target to move the ball as he carried 29 times for 113 yards. In addition, quarterback Tyler Nickel, in his first career start, went 15-of-21 for 108 yards and one touchdown pass to Kyle Kawamoto. With Lemar Durant also making a comeback, the Clan will look to improve even more in the upcoming weeks.

Meanwhile, the Idaho Bengals are coming off a close 56-53 loss to Eastern Washington and will be depending on quarterback Justin Arias, who had a 421 yard passing game and went 27-of-41 for six touchdown passes. Madison Mangum, who had the most receptions at seven for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and Xavier Finney, who was the rushing leader with 25 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown, will also be players to watch. On the defensive side, Mario Jenkins recorded 13 tackles, two of which were for a loss, and Erik Nelson, who recorded two sacks last game, will be players that the Clan will need to look out for if they want to outplay the Bengals.


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.


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:
  • 2015 Football BC Combine Series (various dates)
  • 2014 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • Game Ready (various dates)
  • SFU Clan 2014 Home Schedule
  • UBC Thunderbirds 2014 Home Schedule

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