Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2014 | Issue #263  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

2015 Combine Dates announced; Register now to save!

The dates for the Football BC Combine Series are now available.

The schedule appears below. (Times are subject to change. Age groups may be split into different times for the larger events but each session will take place during the times listed. Athletes should arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of each session for check-in).

Sunday, January 31 (12 pm to 4 pm)
The Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre, Prince George

Monday, February 9 (Family Day) (9 am to 5 pm)
Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond

Saturday, February 21 (12 pm to 5 pm)
Arbutus Meadows, Nanoose Bay (Vancouver Island)

Sunday, February 22 (11 am to 4 pm)
Kelowna United Dome, Kelowna

February 20 (9 am to 1 pm) & 
February 24 (4 pm to 7 pm)

Langley Events Centre Fieldhouse, Langley

Click here to register now!

The 2015 Combine Series is an opportunity for all amateur football players in BC ages 10-18 to undergo standard Combine testing and be evaluated by Football BC provincial coaches in order to get on the radar for Football BC provincial programs (i.e. Team BC, Senior Bowl). Attendance in a Combine session is required in order to eligible for Football BC's provincial program in the 2015 calendar year.

* New lower prices for 2015 *

$40 - Register online on or before December 31, 2014
$50 - Register online after December 31, 2014
$60 - Walk-up registration

Online registration closes 24 hours prior to the start of each session.


Team BC November 11 camp

Team BC has posted the list of players invited to the November 11 camp. Click here to see the list of invited players and to register for the camp.

Players who have been invited to the camp should have received an email from Football BC.

This is a high-level, full padded camp with some of the best coaches in the province working with the players including our head coaches: Nick Kawaza, Sean Dolynski and Mike Pauls.

Coaches will be joined by Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia, BC Lions players JR Larose and Rolly Lumbala, as well as some special guests; all providing a level of coaching to make each player better.

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (Remembrance Day)
Location: Burnaby Central Secondary School
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm

Cost: $35 (includes snack and practice jersey)



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



Nominations open for the 2014 Coach of the Year awards; Winners to be honoured at 2015 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner

The nomination form for the 2014 Coach of the Year awards is now available.

Click here to download the form.

As per usual, there will be two awards you can nominate your respective coaches for: The Community Coach of the Year Award (open to a coach of a Community team or BC Junior team) and the Scholastic Coach of the Year Award (open to a coach of a BC High School team or University team).
The award is open to any coach responsible for coaching a football team (not limited to only head coaches) who has resided or whose primary coaching responsibility was in BC during the 2014 calendar year. Nominees will be considered on the basis of coaching amateur performance only. The full list of criteria can be found on the nomination form.

The deadline to nominate a coach is Friday, December 12, 2014.

The winners will be honoured at the 2015 Orange Helmet Awards dinner. This year's event will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. Ticket information will be available at a later date.


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 deadline to submit your nomination is 
Monday, November 17.

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.


Moon shines off the field in Reality TV debut

Ray Moon, head coach of the South Delta Sun Devils, has been involved in more than football recently.

This season, he has taken his talents off the field to film a new reality television series called Game of Homes, which will air on the W Network in March 2015.

Read the full story here.


Anthony Calvillo to speak at Complete Champions Luncheon

Anthony Calvillo is returning to B.C. to be the keynote speaker at the 6th annual Dowco Group Complete Champions Lunch on Wednesday, November 12.

The three-time Grey Cup champion, three-time Most Outstanding Player and the all-time leading passer in football history will join the Spartan Foundation’s annual fundraising luncheon, which raises money to help support Trinity Western University Athletics, as the guest speaker.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Location: Langley Events Centre

Cost: $175 per person or $1,200 for a table of eight

To order tickets, contact  or go online to Tax deductible receipts are available.

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.


Congratulations to the 2014 Cullen Cup champion Langley Rams

Football BC would like to congratulate the Langley Rams on capturing the 2014 Cullen Cup championship with their 23-19 victory this past Sunday over the Okanagan Sun.

The Rams will now host the Saskatoon Hilltops on Saturday, November 8 at McLeod Stadium in the 2014 Canadian Bowl.

Visit for ticket information.


Valley Huskers looking to add to coaching staff

The Valley Huskers Jr. Football Team is always striving to improve on and off the field.

We welcome all coaches who would like to join this dynamic team.

Please contact us with resumes and goals.

As we are being proactive, we request responses by November 15, 2014.

Please contact:
Moe Agagnier 


BC High School Football game of the week preview - Vancouver College at Notre Dame

By Michiko Araki

Friday, October 31
Burnaby Lakes
Kickoff at 2 pm PT
Watch online at

In a matchup of one of the longest and most bitter rivalries in BC High School Football, the Vancouver College Fighting Irish (3-2) and the Notre Dame Jugglers (2-3) will clash this Friday in the annual Archbishops' Trophy game which will be hosted by the Jugglers out at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.

In their dominant 42-0 win against Handsworth last weekend, the Fighting Irish demonstrated their spread-out offence and efficiency utilizing 10 different rushers and eight different receivers. They rushed 25 times for 286 yards and passed 12 times for 10 completions for 130 yards finishing with an average of 11.4 yards per carry and 13.0 yards receiving per completion. The Fighting Irish's offence will look to trouble the Jugglers this weekend by employing many players in the game and opening up its scoring possibilities once again. On the offensive side, Javier Sanchez-Mejorda, who rushed for two scores in the win over Handsworth, and Ovie Odjegba, who rushed for one touchdown in that same game, and will be the primary threats against the Jugglers.

On the other hand, the Jugglers didn't have as many options offensively in their 24-0 win against West Vancouver, but it was enough for them to chalk up a win and remain in the hunt for the Western Conference's sixth and final playoff berth. The team was led by Theo Landers, who threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Gabriele and rushed for a pair of scores.

This game has been a long-standing staple in both of the teams' respective histories. The first Archbishops' Trophy game was played in 1957 and now, 57 years later, the schools are just four wins apart in the all-time series with Vancouver College leading 30-26-1. 


UBC vs University of Saskatchewan preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, November 1
Thunderbird Stadium
Kickoff at 2 pm PT
Watch online at   

The UBC Thunderbirds (2-5) will host the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (5-2) this Saturday in their final game of the regular season while hanging on to their slim hopes of making their playoffs.

After a 67-6 loss to the University of Calgary Dinos, the Thunderbirds will look to give its fans at home a win in their last game of the season. Once again, the Thunderbirds will look to Carson Williams to play like he did two weeks ago when he threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns and added another 68 yards rushing. In addition, Marcus Davis will also be a player to watch, as the freshman still leads all Canada West players in all-purpose yards at 1144 yards, averaging 163.4 yards per carry.

On the other hand, the Huskies secured their playoff berth with their 41-23 win University of Alberta last week. The Huskies will rely on quarterback Drew Burko, who threw for an efficient 29-of-41 for 360 yards and four touchdowns. Kit Hillis is likely to be a favourite target as he caught nine passes for 116 yards and a score in the victory. On the defensive side, a player to watch for will be Mark Ingram, who forced two turnovers and recorded nine tackles in the game.

After their loss last week, the Thunderbirds' chances of securing a playoff spot look rather unlikely. However, the Thunderbirds could potentially still sneak in if they manage to beat the Huskies, have Regina defeat Alberta, and then get a bit of luck when it comes to the complicated tie-breaking scenarios.


SFU vs Humboldt State Lumberjacks preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, November 1
Swangard Stadium
Kickoff at 1 pm PT
Watch online at 

After falling short to the Western Oregon Wolves last weekend by a score of 27-16 in their road finale, the SFU Clan (2-6; Conference 2-2) are back at Swangard for the remainder of the season. In the first game of their season-ending three-game home stand, the Clan will host the Humboldt State Lumberjacks (6-1; Conference 2-1) for the first time this season this Saturday.

In their loss to the Wolves last week, the Clan's lone touchdown was scored by Lemar Durant, who led all receivers with 10 receptions for 184 yards. Meanwhile, Stephen Spagunolo led the ground game and carried the ball 24 times for 132 yards. On the defensive side, Jordan Herdman recorded ten tackles and one interception, while his twin brother Jordan Herdman had three tackles for a loss and deflected three passes.

The Lumberjacks, who recorded a 38-20 win against Central Washington last weekend, will likely have many balls thrown in the direction of Chase Krivashei, who led all team receivers last week and scored two touchdowns on four receptions for 82 yards. The Lumberjacks will also rely on the leg of Matt Bruder, who is one field goal away from breaking the program record of 32 which was set in 1987. On the defense, defensive back Marcus Graves led the team with five pass breakups last week.

In their two meetings last season, the Clan defeated the Lumberjacks by scores of 41-27 and 38-17, respectively.


Jay Prepchuk QB-Receiver camps

Jay Prepchuk quarterback-receiver camps will start on 
January 14, 2015.

Contact Jay at or visit for more information.

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:

November 1 vs HSU (1 pm) - Atom Flag: GSL North Shore Seahawks, Squamish Colts, Vancouver Westside Warriors & Vancouver Westside Thunder

November 8 vs APU (1 pm) - Pee Wee: North Surrey Cardinals & Hawks, Coquitlam Wildcats & Vancouver Westside Warriors

November 15 vs CWU (1 pm) - Atom Tackle: North Surrey T-Birds & Lions (room for two more Atom tackle teams)


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)
  • 2015 Orange Helmet Awards dinner (April 15, 2015)
  • 2014 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • Game Ready (various dates)
  • SFU Clan 2014 Home Schedule
  • UBC Thunderbirds 2014 Home Schedule

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