Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
September 2012 | Issue #156  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Team BC's San Antonio tournament details revealed as All American Games announces the launch of the international U-19 All-Star Bowl series

Details of the tournament that Team BC will be participating in late December - early January were revealed earlier this week when All American Games (AAG), owners of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, announced officially the start of an all-star international football bowl series called "FBU International Games."

The FBU International Games, part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Week celebration, will feature a five-team series ending with a semi-final and championship game taking place Saturday, January 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The semi-final game is slated for 8 am CT (4 am PT) and the championship game is scheduled for 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

The inaugural games will feature more than 160 U-19 football athletes comprising the rosters to five teams: Europe, Canada/Montreal, Canada/BC, Mexico and the United States.

The FBU International Games will feature top athletes selected from FBU North America and FBU International camps held from September 2011 to September 2012. Canadian teams (namely BC and Montreal) are exempt from this rule and are free to select coaches and players who are not FBU Alumni to participate in the games.

The FBU International Games celebration officially kicks off when athletes arrive at the start of Bowl week on Sunday, December 30 through Sunday, January 6. In addition to daily practices and games, the athletes and coaches will participate in many Bowl Week celebrations, events and activities.

To read the full release, please click here.


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

Bantam 12 man: Langley Mustangs vs North Surrey Panthers

If it wasn't enough for the 4-0 Langley Mustangs to have to battle the North Surrey Tigers last weekend, they certainly have their work cut out for them again this Sunday. For the second week in a row, we get to see two undefeated teams face off as the North Surrey Panthers travel to Langley.

The Panthers are coming off an all-Island tour as they defeated Cowichan twice, Nanaimo, and just recently Victoria including holding their last two opponents scoreless. The Panthers, an expansion team a couple seasons ago, have now grown up and look to be the real deal this season with their four wins so far.

For the Mustangs, their team has to be pumped after a big win over the Tigers on Sunday.

Winner takes all in this game as playoff implications could be big when it comes down to tie-breakers at the end of the regular season. Game time is 1:45 pm at McLeod Park in Langley.


Midget: North Delta Longhorns vs White Rock Titans

With five teams including the North Delta Longhorns tied with identical 3-1 records and all just one game back of the Coquitlam Falcons, the Longhorns know how important this weekend's game is. A loss could drop them deep into the division standings while a win would show their rivals that they are back as a dominant force.

For the Titans, who are also among the five teams sitting at 3-1, the same can be said. A loss here could put the team in a big hole as we approach mid-season. The Titans are coming off a tough loss to the division-leading Falcons and will need to regroup for what is sure to be a hard-knocks game over in North Delta this weekend.

The Longhorns have won three in a row and look to keep their momentum going. Game time is 3:45 pm at John Oliver Park in North Delta.

For more information, visit www.vmfl.ca.


VCFL

Atom: Mission vs North Langley

Both Mission and North Langley will look to pull away from the three-way tie that currently exists in the Atom division standings for second-place as they bring identical 3-1 records into their clash this Sunday, September 29 at McLeod Park in Langley. Kickoff is at 12 pm.

Despite their record sitting at 3-1, Mission is technically undefeated as their lone loss this season came by forfeit in Week 1. They scored an 18-12 win over Chilliwack Blue last Sunday.

North Langley is coming off a bye week but was victorious two Sundays ago in their match-up against Meadow Ridge winning 24-12. That victory came after they dropped their first game of the season back on September 8 against Abbotsford in a 20-13 loss.

For more information, please visit www.allprosoftware.net/vcfl/

SIFC

Atom, Pee Wee & Junior Bantam: Kelowna Lions vs West Kelowna Dragons; All games at Shannon Woods Field

This week's games of the week in the SIFC all feature the Kelowna Lions battling the West Kelowna Dragons in three separate divisions.

In the Junior Bantam division, the undefeated Kelowna Lions (5-0) - the 2011 provincial champions - take on the 4-1 West Kelowna Sundevils who were winners of two pre-season tournaments. The Sundevils' only loss this season came by forfeit on opening weekend so this game is technically between two teams that have yet to suffer an on-field loss. The game figures to be a solid clash and a good early indicator to which team will have the upper hand come playoffs. Kickoff is at 2 pm.

The Pee Wee division sees the 4-1 Lions battle the 2-3 Sundevils. The Sundevils had a two-game win streak snapped last Sunday when they fell 21-2 to the Kamloops Wildcats. The Lions, meanwhile, extended their win streak to two games with a 38-6 pounding of the Salmon Arm Colts last Sunday. Kickoff is at 12 pm.

The day's action at Shannon Woods Field gets underway at 10 am with the Atom division battle between the undefeated Lions (4-0) and the fourth-place Sundevils (1-3). The Lions knocked off the Salmon Arm Mustangs last Sunday by a 28-6 score while the Sundevils earned their first victory of the season last Sunday with a 20-12 win over the Kamloops Broncos.


For more information, please visit www.allprosoftware.net/SIFC_Schedule.
      

BC High School Football Game of the Week

The regular season schedule has commenced on several fronts in BC High School Football but an AA Varsity division exhibition match between the Rick Hansen Hurricanes and the Seaquam Seahawks this Friday, September 28 is the featured game of the week.

The Seahawks are 2-1 so far in exhibition play including having won their last two in a row. They are coming off a 27-14 over Langley last Friday at McLeod Stadium.

The Hurricanes opened their exhibition schedule on September 8 with a 42-6 win over Handsworth.

Kickoff is 7 pm at Rotary Stadium. Watch the game live online at the BC High School Football website.

Visit www.bchighschoolfootball.com for a full list of games in all divisions.

                             

T-Birds hit the road looking for first win over winless Alberta Golden Bears

There's no better time for the UBC Thunderbirds (0-4) to move out of the Canada West basement than this Saturday, September 29 when they visit the University of Alberta Golden Bears (0-4), who are also seeking their first win of the season.

Kickoff is at 12 pm PT. Listen to the game on CiTR 101.9 FM.

The T-Birds were humbled in a big way by the defending Hardy Cup champions Calgary Dinos last weekend on home turf falling 62-7. The Golden Bears dropped a 51-38 decision to the University of Manitoba Bisons.

Visit www.gothunderbirds.ca for more information.

                

SFU Clan host Dixie State looking to snap three-game losing skid

The SFU Clan (0-3 in conference play; 1-3 overall) are hoping that home field advantage can help them halt a three-game slide when they return to Terry Fox Field this Saturday, September 29 to host the Dixie State College Red Storm (2-1 in conference play; 2-2 overall).

Kickoff is at 6 pm. Watch the game online on Clan TV.

The Clan dropped a heartbreaking decision on the road last week to the Western Oregon Wolves blowing a 10-0 lead in a 20-16 loss. The loss marked the Clan's third loss in a row since opening their campaign with a non-conference victory over Pacific University.

Dixie State suffered their first conference loss of the season last week falling 49-13 to unbeaten Humboldt State.

SFU and Dixie State met twice last season splitting the season series. Their last meeting back on October 8, 2011 was a historic one for a number of reasons. Not only did SFU triumph that night to earn their first-ever conference victory but the triple-overtime thriller, which finished by a final score of 62-56 in SFU's favour, set a record for most combined points in conference history.


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

                      

Playoff position jockeying the main focus as BCFC regular season winds down

Only three weeks remain in the BCFC regular season and the playoff picture is all-but-set with three teams having already clinched post-season berths but, that being said, this week's games have plenty of post-season implications for the teams both in and out of the playoff picture at the present time.

Last week the Okanagan Sun (2-5) helped their push for a playoff spot immensely by scoring a convincing 42-18 win over the Kamloops Broncos (1-6) to pull into sole possession of fourth place in the standings. They'll have a tough task trying to keep their position this week, however, as they will have to try and knock off the powerhouse Vancouver Island Raiders at Caledonia Park this Saturday, September 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm.

The Raiders (6-0-1), moved into sole possession of first place after knocking off the Langley Rams last week by a 41-29 score. The Rams' loss, coupled with the Westshore Rebels 33-3 pounding of the Chilliwack Huskers, dropped Langley to third place and allowed Westshore to move into second place.

The Rams (5-1-1) will have a chance to reclaim second spot this week when they pay visit the Rebels for a clash at Bear Mountain Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is at 4 pm.

The final game of the weekend goes on Sunday, September 30, and features the Broncos hosting the winless Huskers (0-7). The Broncos need a victory, coupled with a Sun loss to the Raiders, to pull back into a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot. Kamloops' lone win of the season came back in the opening week of the regular season against Chilliwack.

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

     

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)
  • BC Lions host Salute to Amateur Football Night 
    (October 6)


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