FIH Coaching and Technical Official Courses

The International Hockey Federation has an incredible opportunity for top level coaches and technical officials to take the next step in their coaching and officiating careers!

FIH is accepting applications for three courses which will take place between March 22 – 30, 2019 in Ipoh, Malaysia. Candidates must be put forward by Field Hockey Canada. Please see the information below and contact the Field Hockey BC Office or Field Hockey Canada if you would like to put your name forward for nomination.

FIH Academy Level 3 Coaching Course
When: March 22 – 25, 2019
Where: Ipoh, Malaysia
Who: Coaches with a minimum of 5 years at a top national performance level; FIH Academy Level 2 Coach certificate or equivalent
Cost: $650 USD
Application deadline: February 24, 2019

FIH Academy Level 3 Technical Officials Course
When: March 28 – 30, 2019
Where: Ipoh, Malaysia
Who: Technical officials acting at the National Elite Level and international competitions
Cost: $350 USD
Application deadline: February 28, 2019

FIH Academy Level 2 Coaching Course
When: March 27 – 30, 2019
Where: Ipoh, Malaysia
Who: Coaches working within a club/school and/or representative environment and assisting teams at top national competitions; FIH Academy Level 1 Coach certificate or equivalent
Cost: $400 USD
Application deadline: February 28, 2019

If you have further questions regarding any of these courses, please contact the FIH Hockey Academy.

Regional Program Training Session Cancellations

Due to field closures and weather conditions, all outdoor Regional Program Training is cancelled from February 8 – February 10.

This applies to U15 and U18 Boys and Girls on the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. The Interior Girls will be training as scheduled.

Please keep an eye on your e-mail for schedule updates going forward.

2019 Women’s BC Indoor Championship Reaches New Heights

On February 2-3, 2019,  we saw 8 teams from the Island, Lower Mainland, and Alberta duke it out at the Duncan Island Savings Centre for the 2019 Senior Women’s BC Indoor Championship. It was a competitive weekend full of close matches and intense battles resulting in an all Vikes final. The Vikes Alumni and the University of Victoria Vikes went head to head to determine which generation was the best. Both team played hard but ultimately the young guns at UVic squeaked out a 2-0 win over the Alums. Third place went to the Island Wildcats, who edged the University of Calgary Dinos in the bronze medal game.

The UVic Vikes battle the Vikes Alumni in the Championship game.

Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate all participating teams for a great weekend of indoor hockey! We are thrilled to see this tournament growing, as the tournament increased by three teams this year including the out-of-province U of C Dinos.

We’d also like to thank Brenda Lockhart who ran another excellent tournament and Wendy Stewart who took the tournament umpires under her wing. The combination of these two helped propel this tournament to new heights and we are excited to see what the future holds for the growing game of indoor hockey in BC!

Field Hockey BC AGM: February 9, 2019

The Field Hockey BC AGM is being held on February 9, 2019 at Burnaby Lake West Complex, Meeting Room #1 at 1 pm. All relevant documentation including Meeting Agenda, Motions, Voting Chart and Proxy Form has now been posted in the Documents section of our website.

We look forward to welcoming all members to the 2019 AGM. If you have any questions with regards to the meeting, please do not hesitate to contact the FHBC Office.

2019 Annual Victoria/BC Masters Tournament set for April 6-7

Field Hockey BC is pleased to announce that the Annual Victoria/BC Masters is confirmed for the weekend of April 6-7, 2019 at the University of Victoria. Players must be at least 30 years of age to be eligible to participate in the tournament.

The entry fee is approximately $300 per team. There will be two divisions (socially competitive and socially active) and each team will play 4 games.

Interested in joining the action? Contact Pat Hall for registration details!

 

 

Apply for a GO/VIT Legacy Fund Grant!

Field Hockey BC, on behalf of the GO/VIT (Goldies Oldies/Vancouver International Tournament) Legacy Fund Trustees, is pleased to announce that the GO/VIT Legacy Fund is now accepting grant applications for projects designed to foster growth within the field hockey community.

This intake is open to applications across all manner of projects, so if there is a coaching, officiating, athlete program, event, and/or voluntary program that could benefit from GO/VIT Legacy Fund support then please do not hesitate to complete an application. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. For an Application Form please click here or visit the Documents section of the FHBC website.

Field Hockey BC Mourns the Loss of Peter James

The Field Hockey BC community was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Peter James, a true character of the field hockey community. Peter James died on December 24, 2108, at age 64. Peter was affectionately and better known as “Leo” to his teammates and friends.

Leo grew up in the University Hill (UBC) area and was a product of the storied junior program originated by Dr. Harry Warren. Leo was a forward and mid-fielder who played his club hockey with the Vancouver Hawks and UBC Thunderbirds. He went on to represent  B.C.  and Canada in the early and mid -1970’s. Peter’s signature lengthy and seemingly effortless gazelle-like strides took many an unsuspecting defender by surprise and earned him the appellation “Leaping Leo”. Peter’s dry wit, ready smile and selflessness endeared him to his teammates.

Despite Leo’s penchant for much coffee and cigarettes (often shortly before game time), he typically scored towards the top on national squad fitness tests. Leo, a UBC commerce grad, was a prolific reader of books and newspapers. Quite fittingly, he worked for many years with Vancouver’s iconic Duthie Books. Peter was truly an “original”. He was taken too young and will be missed by all.

The Field Hockey BC community offers its condolences to Peter’s family. Peter’s full obituary can be found on the Vancouver Sun website.


By: Alan Hobkirk

Photo: Vancouver Sun

Field Hockey BC 2019 AGM: February 9, 2019

The Field Hockey BC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on February 9, 2019 in the City of Burnaby. The AGM venue is the Burnaby Lake West Complex (Meeting Room #1) and the meeting is slated to commence at 1pm PST.

All pertinent documentation will be uploaded in advance of the AGM to the ‘Documents’ section of the Field Hockey BC website. Please note that a Nominations Form (Board of Director Elections) has been added at this time with a deadline date of January 25, 2019.

FIH Launches New “FIH Live” Broadcast Platform

We have some exciting news for field hockey fans!

Today, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) launched FIH Live, an international broadcast platform to share field hockey content with fans around the world. This is a great opportunity for existing fans to access more field hockey content and to generate interest from future fans who have yet to discover the sport!

Go check it out and share with your hockey community!