Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
September 2012 | Issue #154  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

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

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, click "Request" and fill out the appropriate information in the form.

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

Team BC schedule update

This notice is for the 52 players who are currently in contention for a spot on Team BC.

Please note that only players who make the final roster will be travelling with the team to San Antonio, Texas.

The following is the tentative schedule for Team BC to attend the FBU All-American events in San Antonio, Texas in January:

- Team BC will depart Vancouver on Sunday, December 30
- December 30 - January 2, and January 4 will be practice days
- January 3 & 5 are game days
- US Army All-American Game goes on January 5
- Team BC will depart San Antonio on January 6

Team BC camp location and dates will be released in mid-September (final cuts will be made at this camp).

A more detailed event itinerary will be released at the end of September.

Team BC's primary method of contact with all players is through email. If you are not sure if your email is on file with us, please contact

We are currently missing the email addresses for Reagan Doucette and Brock Mould. We would ask that these two players contact us to provide an updated email address.

BC Football Hall of Fame names class of 2012

Legendary UBC coach Frank Smith, former BC High School football player and BC Lions Al Wilson, former BC Lions president Jack Farley, former Vancouver Meralomas and BC Lions president Harry Spring, former Notre Dame and Vancouver College coach Cal Murphy and the 1982 UBC Thunderbirds are among the notables in this year's BC Football Hall of Fame class of 2012 that will be officially inducted in a by-invitation ceremony to be held at BC Place on October 6, 2012 - the same night the BC Lions will host the Calgary Stampeders on Salute to Amateur Football Night.

Smith coached the T-Birds for 21 seasons from 1974 to 1994 recording 126 victories and leading the team to five Canada West championships and two Vanier Cup championships (1982 and 1986). He was recently inducted in to the UBC Sports Hall of Fame.

Wilson played high school football at Cowichan Secondary School in Duncan before moving on to play college football at Montana State. He returned to British Columbia in 1972 when he joined the BC Lions and spent his entire CFL career there winning a Grey Cup in 1985 while being named an All-Canadian All-Star seven times and earning the Most Outstanding Lineman Award in 1977. He has been inducted into both the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Farley, in addition to his former role as President of the Lions as well as President of the CFL, is noted for his work in helping save the SFU Football program back in the 1980's after serving as a member of SFU's Board of Directors, Executive Director of the President's Club and Director of SFU's Capital Campaign. He is in the BC Sports Hall of Fame as a builder.

Spring, a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, was a former quarterback for the Vancouver Meralomas whom he quarterbacked to a championship and later served as their president. He was also instrumental in helping bring the BC Lions to Vancouver.

Murphy, who passed away earlier this year in February, was the first ever head coach of the Notre Dame Jugglers program and also coached the Vancouver College Fighting Irish before moving on to the professional ranks in the CFL where he was a two-time coach of the year (1983 and 1984) and a part of nine Grey Cup winning teams. He is a member of the Vancouver College Hall of Fame and Canadian Football Hall of Fame and also won the Bob Ackles Lifetime Achievement Award back in 2010.

The 1982 T-Birds were considered the greatest in CIAU history going undefeated in Canadian competition (12-0) and capturing the WIFL championship and the Vanier Cup that year. Led by Coach Frank Smith, the 1982 T-Birds placed 14 players on the league All-Star team and saw 12 of its players going on to play in the CFL. That year, the T-Birds also won the Shrum Bowl by defeating SFU and were named Sport BC's Amateur Team of the Year.

The full list of 2012 inductees is as follows:


- By Bailey
- Joe Kapp
- Tom Hinton
- Al Wilson


- Dr. Ken Appleby
- Allan McEachern
- Frank Smith
- Cal Murphy


- Harry Spring

CFL Bob Ackles Award:

- Jack Farley

Special Award:

- Dal Richards


- Jim Cox
- Bill Good Sr.


- 1985 BC Lions
- 1982 UBC Thunderbirds

For more information please visit 


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 so we can list them in our newsletter and website.


Midget: Meadow Ridge Knights vs White Rock Titans

Five undefeated teams remain at the Midget level after both Vancouver and North Surrey lost on the weekend.

One of those teams, Meadow Ridge, who shut out Vernon on the weekend and defeated the Longhorns in Week One, sit on top of the Midget division as one of those five undefeated teams.

Another one of those teams, the White Rock Titans, kept Chilliwack from scoring a major all day last Sunday and crushed the North Langley Bears the previous week.

This Saturday night, September 15, those two teams collide at Samuel Robertson Technical School in Maple Ridge to see who moves on to Week Three as a division leader. Game time is 7 pm.

Junior Bantam: Langley Outlaws vs Royal City Hyacks

Thirteen teams are vying for this division's championship and after Week Two, six remain on a two-game winning streak.

In Week One, the Langley Outlaws easily defeated the North Surrey Falcons and then turned around last weekend and shut out the Burnaby Lions.

This weekend looks to be a real test for the Outlaws as they now face the 2-0 Royal City Hyacks, a team that went 9-0 last season and through to the championship game.

The Hyacks have had two very strong performances of their own so this Sunday, September 16 at Mercer Stadium in New Westminster, a real battle is going to take place and one team will carry on as undefeated. Game time is 11:15 am.

For more information, visit


Pee Wee: Mission vs Meadow Ridge Gold

Mission won the VCFL Atom division last year and most of those players on that championship team have moved up to Pee Wee. This week's featured match-up will showcase some of the top Pee Wee talent in the league.

Scores from last week's games have not been updated as of this writing.

Game time is 4:30 pm this Saturday, September 15 at Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School in Maple Ridge.

For more information, please visit


Junior Bantam: West Kelowna Sundevils vs Kelowna Dragons

This weekend's highlight match sees the two teams with identical 2-1 records go head-to-head when the West Kelowna Sundevils clash with the Kelowna Dragons at the CNC Turf Field. Kickoff is at 2 pm.

Both clubs are trying to keep pace with the first overall Kelowna Lions who are the lone undefeated team in the junior bantam standings at 3-0.

For more information, please visit

BC High School Football Game of the Week

Another cross-division battle is on tap this week as the exhibition schedule continues in BC High School Football. This week's featured match-up features the New Westminster Hyacks hosting the Carson Graham Eagles at Mercer Stadium this Friday, September 14 at Mercer Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 pm. 

New West is coming off a 40-0 pounding of Abbotsford last Friday while Carson Graham was shut out in their outing last Friday against Mission by a 20-0 score. 

Visit for a full list of games in all divisions.


T-Birds return for homecoming facing Huskies still seeking their first win of the season

Given all the hype and promise the Thunderbirds had heading into the 2012 season, being winless two weeks into the campaign was certainly not where many would have expected Coach Shawn Olson's crew to be.

They'll look to get off their slide this Saturday, September 15 when they host the University of Saskatchewan Huskies at Thunderbird Stadium.

The game kicks off at 2 pm PT and can be seen on Shaw TV.

Last week on the road against the University of Regina, the T-Birds squandered a 13-7 half-time lead to fall 42-7 to drop their season record to 0-2.

The Huskies are also coming off a loss after dropping a 31-28 decision on the road to the Manitoba Bisons to fall to 1-1 on the season.

Visit for more information.


SFU Clan plays first of two straight road games this Saturday against Humboldt State

After dropping their home opener last week to Central Washington by a 56-28 score, the SFU Clan (1-1; 0-1 in Conference play) will go after their first Conference victory of the season on the road in Arcata, California this Saturday, September 15 when they face the Humboldt State Lumberjacks.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6 pm.

Humboldt State (2-0; 1-0 in Conference play) is the lone undefeated team left in the GNAC and are coming off a 42-17 pounding of the Azusa Pacific Cougars last Saturday.

The Clan and Lumberjacks met twice last season with Humboldt State sweeping the season series.

For more information, please visit


Three 'R's look to continue rolling as BCFC enters second half

A broken down bus caused a delay of an hour and a half prior to last week's tilt between the Westshore Rebels and the Okanagan Sun but when things finally got underway the Rebels showed that there was nothing broken about their game plan.

The Rebels (4-1) continued their run as the BCFC's hottest team winning their fourth in a row by knocking off the Sun (1-4) by a score of 27-24. The Rebels will look to make it five straight victories this Sunday, September 16 when they return home to host the Kamloops Broncos (1-4) at Bear Mountain Stadium. Kickoff is at 4 pm.

The week's action actually kicks off one day earlier on Saturday, September 15 with a pair of games. The Sun, now losers of three straight games, will face another tough task when they host the Vancouver Island Raiders (4-0-1) who are riding a three-game win streak after pounding the Chilliwack Huskers last week. Kickoff is 1 pm at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna.

The other game on Saturday takes place at Exhibition Stadium in Chilliwack where the woeful Huskers (0-5) will host the Langley Rams (4-0-1). Langley pounded the Broncos last week by a score of 55-10.

For more information, please visit


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


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

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 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 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 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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