University of Victoria Vikes take the 2018 National Championship Title!

Field Hockey BC extends our congratulations to the University of Victoria Vikes who defeated the York University Lions to claim the 2018 National Championship Title! The victory marks the Vikes first National Championship since 2008 and their 12th win in the program’s history.

The Lions hosted the Vikes for a best of three series from November 2-4, 2018 at Alumni Field in Waterloo, Ontario. In the first game, the Vikes took the lead late in the first half with a goal by Vikes rookie, Erin Dawson. The Lions answered back before the end of the half to make it a tie game going into the second half. Dawson gave the Vikes the lead once again in the second half, which they held onto to take game 1 of the series by a score of 2-1. Erin Dawson, an FHBC alumni, was named the Player of the Game for the Vikes.

In game 2, a must-win for York to force a deciding third game, the Vikes got on the board first with a goal by Lindsay Cole. Just over a minute later, Vikes midfielder Stefanie Sajko extended the lead to 2-0. Vikes rookie Cara Butler added a goal in the second half to put the Vikes ahead by three. Despite a late push from the Lions which saw them reduce the Vikes lead to 3-1, the Vikes held on to take the National Championship Title with a 2-0 series win.

Vikes midfielder Emily Wong was named the Tournament MVP and second-year defender Anna Mollenhauer received the prestigious USports Player of the Year award. Both Wong and Mollenhauer are FHBC alumni, as are 18 of the 20 player roster for the University of Victoria Vikes.

For a full tournament recap from the USports website, click here.

2018 National Champions: The University of Victoria Vikes. Photo: USports

Apply for the FHBC Foundation Pat Hall Officials Development Award!

We are excited to announce the launch of the FHBC Foundation Pat Hall Officials Development Award!

This award is  designed to promote the development of Vancouver Island umpires and technical officials. An award of up to $500 will be allocated each year to successful applicants. In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must be a member in good standing with Field Hockey BC and an active official within National, Provincial or Club based programming.

The application window will remain open throughout the year until the maximum award has been distributed. Visit the FHBC Foundation website  for more information. To download an application form, click here.

Provincial Umpire Course: November 2018

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce an upcoming Provincial Umpire Course in November 2018!

The course will take place on Monday, November 12th and Monday, November 19th from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Tyler Klenk will be conducting this course at the Field Hockey BC Head Office: 202-210 West Broadway. The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 6th. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years old to register. The Provincial Umpire Course costs $60 for FHBC members and $85 for non-members.

Click here to register for the Provincial Umpire Course!

If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact Kurt Du Bois at eventsandofficials@fieldhockeybc.com or 604-737-3146.

FHBC Staff Update: John Sacre and Julie King

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce the hiring of two staff members: John Sacre and Julie King. John Sacre, a veteran coach at the National, Provincial and Community level, is joining us as the Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager. Julie King has been actively involved with Field Hockey BC for several years, and is transitioning from her role as Provincial Coach and Performance Manager to Head Regional Coach. Both John and Julie’s coaching bios can be found on the Meet the Coaches page of our website.

Welcome John and Julie!

 

Register for the Vancouver Island Regional Trials!

Registration is now open for the Boys and Girls Vancouver Island Regional Program Trials! All U15 and U18 male and female athletes residing on Vancouver Island are invited to register for the trial. Visit the Online Registration Page to secure your spot!

Trial registration will be open until 12 pm on Wednesday, October 17th. The cost of the trial is $10 per athlete for boys and $20 per athlete for girls. The trial for U18 Girls and U15/U18 Boys will take place on Friday, October 19th from 6 – 8pm at the University of Victoria Field Hockey pitch. The trial for the U15 Girls will be held on Sunday, October 21st from 10am – 12pm at the Cowichan Sportsplex. Selections will be announced the following Wednesday.

The Vancouver Island Regional Program is a 40 hour program which will run from October to April. Program cost is typically $600-700 per athlete. Selected players can expect 1-2 training sessions per week with highly trained coaches, and the opportunity to play in the FHBC Regional Tournament in the spring, which is the selection point for Team BC. For more information on eligibility, registration and selection process, click here.

Click here for a full schedule of trial dates and locations by region.

Umpire Courses: October 2018

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce two upcoming Umpire Courses in October 2018!

Regional Umpire Course

The Regional Umpire Course will take place on Monday, October 15th and Wednesday, October 17th at the Field Hockey BC Head Office. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 10th. Umpires with a current Provincial rating are encouraged to register for this course. The Regional Umpire course costs $80 for FHBC members.

Umpire Assessors Course

The Umpire Assessors Course is being held on Saturday, October 27th at the Field Hockey BC Head Office. The deadline to register is Monday, October 22nd. Please note, this course is only open to umpires with a minimum Provincial rating and 4+ years of active umpiring. The cost of the course is $55 for FHBC members.

For more information on these two umpire courses, visit the Umpire Education Page. To register directly, click here!

Register for the 2018-2019 Learn 2 Train Program!

Registration is now open for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island Boys and Girls Learn 2 Train Program! All athletes born between 2006-2009 with some prior field hockey experience are invited to register. Registration will remain open until October 10, 2018 at 12 p.m. Visit the Online Registration Page to secure your spot!

There is no trial for the Learn 2 Train Program. Full program payment of $200 will be collected upon registration. The Learn 2 Train Program will consist of 15-20 hours of on-field training with FHBC certified coaches. Training schedules for each region can be found here.

Visit the Learn 2 Train page of our website for more information! Still have questions? Contact Melody at melody@fieldhockeybc.com or 604-730-7220.

Support the Men’s National Team at the Red Caribou Classic!

 Come out and support the Canadian Men’s National Team at the 1st Annual Red Caribou Classic!
This fundraiser, hosted in partnership with the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, will support the Men’s National Team on the road to the FIH World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India. The event will take place at 6 PM on Saturday, September 29th at Hugo Ray Park in West Vancouver.
Tickets are free for children under the age of 15 and $20 for adults, with dinner and a drink included in the entry fee. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Men’s National Team.
For more information or to purchase your tickets, click here!

Field Hockey Canada “One Team Webinar Series”: Episode 3

Field Hockey BC is pleased to announce that the Field Hockey Canada “One Team Webinar Series” is back with their third episode next week! This session will feature long time Canadian Technical Official, Paula Parks, who will be discussing her Olympic and International Competition experience as a Technical Delegate.

The webinar takes place on Tuesday, September 25th at 5 pm PST. This one hour session is free of charge and open to anyone! Register here to secure your spot!

Register for the Lower Mainland Boys Regional Program Trials!

Registration is now open for the Lower Mainland Boys Regional Program Trial! All U15 and U18 male athletes on the Lower Mainland are invited to register for the trial. Visit the Online Registration Page to secure your spot!

Trial registration will be open until 12 pm on Wednesday, September 26 and costs $10 per athlete. The trial will take place at Tamanawis Park on Sunday, September 30 from 5 pm – 7 pm (U15) and 7 pm – 9 pm (U18). Selections will be announced the following Wednesday.

The Lower Mainland Boys Regional Program is a 40 hour program which will run from October to April. Program cost is typically $600-700 per athlete. Selected players can expect 1-2 training sessions per week with highly trained coaches, and the opportunity to play in the FHBC Regional Tournament in the spring, which is the selection point for Team BC. For more information on eligibility, registration and selection process, click here.

Registration for trials in surrounding regions will be open in the coming weeks. Click here for a full schedule of trial dates and locations by region.