Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
September 2012 | Issue #153  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Reminder: All coaches must complete free mandatory online concussion training

With the 2012 season underway, Football BC would like to remind all its members of the updates to its concussion policy which now requires all coaches to complete a mandatory online course found at http://bcfootball.concussioneducation.ca/default.php.

The course is free to take for all Football BC member coaches.

Completion of the course will satisfy the yearly education program component of the Football BC concussion policy which was put into effect back in June 2010.

Each coach will receive a unique PIN number and password when they request it from the site. Please ensure that you select the correct club when you request your code.

To request a code, visit http://bcfootball.concussioneducation.ca/default.php, click "Request" and fill out the appropriate information in the form.

For more on Football BC's concussion policy, please click here.


BC Community Football Games of the Week

We invite all leagues playing under the BCCFA to email us their featured game(s) of the week to communications@playfootball.bc.ca so we can list them in our newsletter and website.

VMFL

Midget: North Delta Longhorns vs Vancouver Trojans

This weekend looks to hold several interesting games as many of the winners from the opening weekend last Sunday are matched up to play against each other. One such match-up sees the North Delta Longhorns, who have traditionally had strong teams over recent years, travel to Vancouver to play the Trojans.

The Trojans dominated the Raiders last week in a 49-0 win and have been rumoured to have a good team this year. Despite the Longhorns losing their home opener, fans know that North Delta should make a run for the playoffs so this Sunday’s game against Vancouver should be rather intriguing. A close loss or even a win will send a message to the league that the Trojans are back. A loss by North Delta and it might end up being a long road back to the playoffs.

Game time is 1:45 pm at Rupert Park in Vancouver.


Pee Wee: North Surrey Cardinals vs Westside Warriors

The North Surrey Cardinals, under the leadership of former Midget Bears head coach Joe Connelly, put on an impressive offensive performance last Sunday mounting 50 points on the visiting South Delta Rams. This week they travel to Vancouver take on the Westside Warriors, a team that two years ago took Westside to the Provincial championship game in the Atom Division and came home with the hardware.

Westside’s solid performance last weekend against Coquitlam shows that the Warriors are back to once again make a run for the top position this time in the Pee Wee division. This game is sure to showcase some explosive offensive players.

Game time is 12:45 pm at Carnarvon Park in Vancouver.


For more information, visit www.vmfl.ca.


VCFL

Junior Bantam: North Langley Bears vs Abbotsford Falcons White

The Abbotsford White Falcons are off to a quick 2-0 start and will look to make it a perfect 3-0 when they host the 0-1 North Langley Bears.

The Falcons are coming off wins over Chilliwack Blue (25-13) last Saturday and Chilliwack Red (33-14) last Monday.

The Bears are a title contender this year and came up just short in their season opener against a strong Abbotsford Black team falling by a 34-31 score.

Game time is 1:30 pm this Saturday, September 8 at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford.
      

BC High School Football Game of the Week

A cross-division battle highlights the exhibition schedule this weekend when the AAA Varsity St. Thomas More Knights clash with the AA Varsity Holy Cross Crusaders this Friday, September 7 at Burnaby Lakes.

Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7 pm.

The Knights are expected to be among the top teams in the AAA Varsity Division this season and are ranked fourth in The Province’s pre-season Big 5 which is based on a survey of BC High School coaches.

Visit www.bchighschoolfootball.com for a full list of games involving teams both locally and across the border.

                             

UBC in Regina on Friday in search of first victory

TAfter a tough season-opening loss on home turf last Saturday – a 31-24 defeat at the hands of the University of Manitoba Bisons – the T-Birds will hit the road looking for their first win of the young season when they land in Regina to face off against the Rams at Mosaic Stadium.

The game kicks off at 6 pm PT and can be seen on Shaw TV.

Like the T-Birds, the Rams also dropped their season opener falling to the University of Calgary Dinos by a score of 37-21 last Saturday at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.

Visit www.gothunderbirds.ca for more information.

                

SFU Clan host Central Washington in home opener on Saturday

Fresh off their 51-14 pounding of the Pacific University Boxers last Thursday, the SFU Clan (1-0; 0-0 in Conference play) will look for their second straight win to start the season this Saturday, September 8 when they host the Central Washington Wildcats in their first Conference game of the season.

Kickoff is 2 pm at Terry Fox Field on the campus of SFU. Tickets are available at the box office which opens one hour prior to kickoff.

The Clan and Wildcat met twice last season splitting the season series. SFU earned a 35-24 win on home turf back on November 5 while dropping a road decision on October 1 by a 37-17 score.

Central Washington dropped a 35-7 decision to Texas A&M – Kingsville last Saturday in a non-conference tilt.

For more information, please visit athletics.sfu.ca.

                      

BCFC reaches the midway mark of regular season this Saturday

The BCFC returns from their bye week and reaches the midway point of the season this Saturday with a trio of games all taking place on September 8.

The action of the day kicks off at in Nanaimo when the Vancouver Island Raiders (3-0-1) host the winless Chilliwack Huskers (0-4) at Caledonia Park. Kickoff is at 2 pm. The Raiders scored a convincing 59-17 road victory over the Kamloops Broncos just before the bye week while the Huskers were blanked 58-0 on the road by the Westshore Rebels in their last game action.

The Kamloops Broncos (1-3) will look to snap a three-game losing streak when they visit McLeod Stadium to battle with the Langley Rams (3-0-1), who are tied atop the BCFC standings with the Raiders. The Rams demolished the Okanagan Sun on home turf in their last outing by a 34-3 score. Kickoff is at 7 pm.

The struggling Okanagan Sun (1-3), losers of two straight games, will try to snap their skid against the hottest team in the BCFC when they host the Westshore Rebels at the Apple Bowl. The Rebels have won three straight games coming into Saturday’s contest. Kickoff is at 7 pm.

For more information, please visit www.bcjuniorfootball.ca.

     

Thunderbird Football Association presents Frank Smith Tribute Dinner on September 14

The Thunderbird Football Association will be presenting a special evening to celebrate the life and legendary career of Frank Smith. Join former teammates, fellow alumni, staff, coaches and friends as they pay tribute to the man who put UBC's football program on the map.

Smith, a 2012 inductee into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame, was the Thunderbirds head coach from 1974 to 1994 and was a two-time CIAU Coach of the Year. He guided the Thunderbirds to five Hardy Cup championships and two Vanier Cup championships during his time there.

When: Friday, September 14 at 7 pm

Where: River Rock Casino & Resort in Richmond, BC

Cost: $50 per person, includes appetizers and a beverage

Dress: Smart casual

For tickets, visit www.ubcfootball.com/events.

                

West Vancouver Secondary School seeks head coach for junior program

The West Vancouver Secondary School Football program (School District 45) is seeking a head coach for their junior varsity team. Interested individuals should submit their football resume to Head Football Coach Shawn Anderson by email at shawnanderson@sd45.bc.ca.

Jay Prepchuk Position Camps

Coach Prepchuk's position camps with Geroy Simon (receiver), Angus Reid (offensive line), Brent Johnson (defensive line) and himself (quarterback) will resume in January 2013. Please check the Jay Prepchuk website at www.jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com for details.

Jay Prepchuk is currently the head coach of the Handsworth Royals and will be serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the provincial under-18 team (Team BC) in early 2013 when the team takes part in a tournament at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

Game Ready Fitness

Game Ready offers year-round support for football training and skill development. They are local football stars from the NFL and CFL using their training expertise to give back to our football community.

Game Ready will also provide assistance to Football BC with combines, Senior Bowl, Team BC, the annual Football BC Provincial Conference and the Play Football BC campaign which introduces the game to young, school-aged children for the first time in many cases.

For more information on Game Ready Fitness, visit their website at gamereadyfitness.ca or contact Will Loftus at 778-987-1818.



Check out the location closest to you.

  • North Vancouver

  • Vancouver/Burnaby

  • Port Coquitlam

  • Langley

  • Surrey

  • White Rock

  • Abbotsford

  • Chilliwack

Junior Varsity Program ($99 + tax per month) - for ages 10-14

This is an introductory level to fitness and explosive athletic movement. Program is geared to build speed, conditioning, muscle endurance, strength and to help develop position skills. Total of 2 hours per week.

Varsity Program ($249 + tax per month) - for ages 15 and up

This is an advanced level of explosive movement, strength and power. The program is geared to make our athletes pound-for-pound the strongest, most explosive and fastest possible. The training program also includes one day of plyometrics. Starting in March, the training program will include speed training on field: conditioning, agility, footwork, position work, 1 on 1's, and skelly. Total of 6 hours per week.

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.

Here are some of the upcoming camps and events that are listed:
  • 2012 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • UBC Thunderbirds Frank Smith Tribute Dinner (September 14)


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