Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
September 2014 | Issue #257  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Team BC Grades 6, 7, 8 
Final Tryouts

The final tryouts for players who are interesting in being a part of Team BC Grade 6, Grade 7 or Grade 8 teams, respectively, to compete in the FBU National Championship will take place on Monday, October 13 (Thanksgiving Monday).

This tryout is open to all players who attended a Football BC Combine Series session in 2014 or attended the Football BC Developmental Camp in July. All players who attended this session will be emailed and called to confirm attendance by Football BC's provincial coaches.

No pads are required for this tryout.

Date: Monday, October 13
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm
Location: Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West

Team BC head coaches will lead a group of NCCP & Safe Contact qualified coaches who have dedicated themselves to representing our province. The head coaches are as follows:

Grade 6 - Nick Kawaza

Grade 7 - Sean Dolynski

Grade 8 - Mike Pauls


Davis brothers interview

The big story for the UBC Thunderbirds heading into the 2014 season was the signing of the Terrell and Marcus Davis, both former Mt. Douglas Rams who are among the most dynamic players ever to set foot on a BC High School Football turf.

Football BC caught up with the Davis brothers following UBC's homecoming game on September 13. Despite a tough loss that afternoon, the Davis brothers were very gracious to grant Football BC an interview where they discussed the T-Birds, the difference between playing high school and University football, and how their experience at Team BC helped them get to where they are today.

Watch the video here.


Touchdown BC season premier!

The season premiere of Touchdown BC comes out this week!

Make sure you catch this week's episode 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.


NFL on Campus at UBC Homecoming

UBC Homecoming had a huge party atmosphere on Saturday as a capacity crowd packed Thunderbird Stadium to take in the Calgary Dinos vs UBC Thunderbirds tilt.

Even hours prior to kickoff, Thunderbird Stadium was already buzzing thanks to the NFL on Campus crew being involved with the pre-game celebrations.

Although the game's final outcome wasn't exactly what the T-Birds had hoped for, it still made for a super Saturday of football on the UBC Campus.

Photo Gallery - UBC Homecoming and Game

Photo Gallery - NFL on Campus

Video - A look at the first-ever NFL on Campus stop at UBC


SFU Homecoming Photo Gallery

Over at Swangard Stadium on Saturday, the SFU Clan also held their Homecoming Game when they hosted the Western Oregon Wolves.

The festivities featured a reunion of the 1984 SFU Clan team as well as a half-time show featuring the Coquitlam Raiders and the South Delta Rams.

Photo Gallery - 
SFU Homecoming feat. amateur football half-time


BC High School Football game of the week preview - West Vancouver Highlanders at New Westminster Hyacks

By Michiko Araki

Friday, September 19
Mercer Stadium
Kickoff at 7:30 pm PT
Watch online at

The Hyacks (EX 2-1) put on a offensive show last weekend when they put up 30 points over the No. 5 ranked W.J. Mouat Hawks to close out their exhibition campaign. In this week's game of the week matchup, as the regular season schedule gets underway, they will look to continue their momentum against the West Vancouver Highlanders (EX 1-0).

The Hyacks have several standout players but receiver Matt Seymour drew the attention of many fans last weekend with his versatility and ability to play on both sides of the ball guiding his team to a 30-14 victory over the aforementioned Hawks.

The Highlanders, however, won't be an easy pushover. They proved they're capable of putting up some points as well. In their one-and-only exhibition contest to date, they knocked off Sentinel 35-28 two weeks ago.

The Highlanders will look to quarterback Finn Morales, who went 13-of-21 and threw for 242 yards in the victory over Sentinel, and wide receiver Charlie Welsh, who made seven catches for 169 yards and had two scores in that same game to be the offensive leaders against the Hyacks.

The Hyacks and Highlanders met once during the 2013 season with the Hyacks coming away with a dominating 27-6 victory in a game that was played at Mercer Stadium despite having originally been scheduled to take place at the Highlanders' home field.


SFU at Azusa Pacific preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, September 20
Kickoff at 6 pm PT
Watch online at 

After falling to the Western Oregon Wolves 38-14 last weekend at Homecoming, the Simon Fraser University Clan (0-2; 0-0 Conference) will go in search of their first victory of the season on the road against the reigning GNAC champion, Azusa Pacific (1-1; 0-0 Conference) on Saturday.

Azusa Pacific, although coming off of a 30-10 loss to Humboldt State, will be a tough match up for the Clan. The Cougars will look to All-American tailback Terrell Watson to carry the ball while C.J. Brossard, who received the GNAC Defensive Player of the Week award last week, will be a key defensive player to watch.

SFU will look to improve offensively as they were unable to capitalize on their 28 first downs and 410 yards passing in last week's game against the Wolves. With receiver Lemar Durant unable to play last week, Bobby Pospischil stepped up for the Clan and recorded 10 receptions for 145 yards. On the defensive side, Jordan Herdman has proven to be a key player for the Clan recording with nine tackles in the loss to the Wolves and leading the team in tackles for two weeks in a row.

This is the first of two meetings between SFU and Azusa Pacific this season. SFU dropped both games to Azusa Pacific a year ago.


UBC at Manitoba preview

By Michiko Araki

Friday, September 20
Investors Group Field
Kickoff at 12 pm PT
Watch online at 

After dropping a 59-11 decision to the powerhouse University of Calgary Dinos last Saturday, the Thunderbirds (0-2) will try to bounce back and capture their first win of the season this Saturday on the road when they take on the University of Manitoba Bisons (1-1).

The Thunderbirds will be looking to improve their passing game as UBC quarterbacks Carson Williams and Greg Bowcott combined for just 57 yards through the air on 6-for-25 passing in last week's game against the Dinos.

The Bisons' quarterback Jordan Yantz, a former VI Raider, will be a player to watch. He rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two scores in last week's 42-18 win against the Regina Rams in their home opener. Other key players for the Bisons include Nic Demski, a slotback with three time All-Canadian honours, and Alex Vitt, who recorded 105 yards on six catches in last week's game.

This is the first and only meeting between the T-Birds and Bisons this season. Last season, the T-Birds split their two meetings against the Bisons dropping a 36-32 home decision before earning a measure of revenge on the road with a 28-24 win. 


BCFC Week 9 preview

By Michiko Araki

The Vancouver Island Raiders (3-4), coming off of a 19-7 loss to the Okanagan Sun last weekend, will try to turn their fortunes around when they battle their old foe, the Langley Rams (5-2) on Saturday.

The Raiders, who recorded 372 yards last game, will look to Liam O'Brien who finished the game with 27-for-38 passing for 307 yards and also rushed for 61 yards, and Marshall Cook (10 catches for 131 yards) and Alex Kutra (five catches for 104 yards) as offensive leaders to try and get them back into the win column.

As for the Rams, running backs Nathan Lund and Jordan Traversy were the leaders for their team in rushing last week against the Huskers. Lund recorded four carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns, while Traversy carried the ball six times for 52 yards and one score.

This game could prove pivotal for both teams in terms of their playoff standings. The Rams are still holding out hope of securing top spot in the standings, while the Raiders are desperate to fend off the Westshore Rebels in order to hold on to the fourth and final playoff spot.

This is the third and final meeting between the Raiders and Rams this season. The teams split their first two meetings with the Rams winning 44-36 back in Week 1 and the Raiders returning the favour in Week 5 with a 52-44 triumph.

The home team has won both meetings so far in the season series.

Other games this week 
(all games on Saturday, Sept. 20):

Westshore Rebels at Okanagan Sun - 7 pm, Apple Bowl

Valley Huskers at Kamloops Broncos - 7 pm, Hillside Stadium


ViaSport - Social Media Workshop for Coaches

In partnership with Fortius Sport & Health, ViaSport is offering a free social media workshop for coaches.

Presenter - Arley McNeney
Date - Wed. Sept. 24th
Location - Fortius Sport & Health, 3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby
Time - 6pm-8pm

Many coaches are hesitant to use social media because they fear it will be an unwelcome distraction. Learn how to reduce potential social media pitfalls and turn social media into an asset to enhance your coaching career.

Topics include:
  • Using social media for team building
  • Promoting appropriate social media use 
    with your athletes
  • Setting social media boundaries
  • Using social media as a tool to connect 
    with other coaches

To register, click here.

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.


Save the date: BC Lions host Salute to Amateur Football night on October 11 at Ottawa Redblacks

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

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.


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:
  • 2014 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • Game Ready (various dates)
  • SFU Clan 2014 Home Schedule
  • UBC Thunderbirds 2014 Home Schedule

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