The Vancouver International Tournament (VIT) is regrettably CANCELLED for 2020

As the Organized Sport Sector in BC responds to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, many municipalities are closing their facilities and today saw the City of Burnaby announce the closure of all facilities through May 31, 2020. We continue to look forward to a responsible return to play and to again organizing the VIT for 2021.

If you have any inquiries, please contact Rahim Walli, Events and Officials Coordinator (604-737-3146 or eventsandofficials@fieldhockeybc.com)

IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Consideration and Planning (March 20, 2020)

You can access the PDF version of this document here.


As the Organized Sport Sector in BC responds to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, Field Hockey BC continues to monitor the potential impact to our team sport environment. Given the growing and unprecedented uncertainty surrounding this health pandemic, Field Hockey BC is directing all members and affiliated clubs and associations to suspend all sanctioned field hockey activities in the province until further notice.

This decision will be monitored daily and reviewed on a week to week basis by the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors, with the expectation that a next suspension update will be posted early in April. As new information is received from both Federal and Provincial Government agencies, Field Hockey BC will provide appropriate program and service updates that we hope over time will include a responsible and gradual return to play. Field Hockey BC cannot emphasize enough that the health and safety of all participants in the field hockey community in BC is of the utmost importance and is central to any decision-making process.

To ensure the health and safety of the players, coaches, officials, volunteers, and fans in BC, Field Hockey BC recommends that all affiliated Leagues, Clubs, and Associations communicate to their members that they will cease all sanctioned field hockey operations immediately and until further notice. Field Hockey BC sanctioned field hockey activities include, but are not limited to, all indoor and outdoor competitions, leagues, training, practices, matches, in-person coach and official education, and formalized club group activities. The intent of this suspension is to limit situations of physical contact.

Whilst the entire Field Hockey Community in BC continues to work hard on contingency planning for the possibility that restrictions may be lifted over time, please stay patient as we collectively consider ongoing environmental implications. Field Hockey BC’s operational continuity plan is for Society staff to work remotely and all staff are equipped to continue their daily functions. Electronic media will be utilized to maintain lines of communication, with community members able to connect via phone and/or email in the normal way.

Field Hockey BC thanks you for your patience as we do our part to support all of the unprecedented steps taking place to slow the spread of COVID-19. You can stay up-to-date on COVID-19 information by visiting the BC Government website and the Ministry of Health website. Our thoughts are with all of you and your families during this challenging time.

FHBC BOD, March 20, 2020

Vancouver International Field Hockey Development Camp in May

Sea to Sky Field Hockey Club invites all female field hockey players aged 14-18 from across Canada to join the first Vancouver International Field Hockey Development Camp. This camp is open to all skill levels and will provide world class coaching to players over three days of intense drills, skill development, and games.

Date: Saturday, May 16​th​ to Monday, May 18​th​ from 9 am – 5 pm each day.
Location: Rutledge Field, West Vancouver

Registration fee is $450 CAN for the three-day camp, which includes training, games, learning sessions, snacks & drinks. Register early, space is limited.

Click here for more information

FHC Masters 55+ Team looking for players for the Masters World Cup in South Africa

The much anticipated 2020 Masters World Cup is just around the corner! The Canadian Men’s 55+ age group is now beginning its talent identification process which will take place from April 10-12 in Vancouver. Please sign up as soon as possible so that you can be considered to be chosen for this amazing event! Important deadlines include:

  • Nomination of Names and deposit deadlines:  February 22, 2020
  • Master World Cup: Sep 19 to Sep 28, 2020, Cape Town, South Africa.

Please circulate this around to everyone that you know might be keen to be part of this team and they can contact Preet Sidhu, FHC Masters 55 + Team Manager, via email at preetsid@hotmail.com.

Register for the U18 and U15 Interior Girls Regional trials

Registration is now open for Regional Trials for the U18 and U15 Interior Girls (Kelowna, Kamloops, Oliver, Nelson, Trail, Penticton and surrounding areas).

To register, go to www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php.
Deadline for registering is January 8, at noon.

Who is this for and what do I need to know?

  • Female U18 (2002-2004) and U15 (2005-2007) athletes who live or attend school in the Interior Region (Kelowna, Kamloops, Oliver, Nelson, Trail, Penticton and surrounding areas)
  • $10 (non-refundable) paid online
  • Deadline to register is 12pm on Wednesday, January 8. No exceptions!
  • Trial takes place Sunday, January 12 at Kelowna CNC (Indoor) @11:45am
  • Training begins January 19 – see current Training Schedule (subject to change)
  • See the U18 Program Overview and the U15 Program Overview for more details on the 2019-20 U18 and U15 Interior Girls Regional Program

Fitness & Selection

On-field skills will be assessed at the trial on November 3rd. Fitness (yo-yo test) will be assessed the following weekend at the Richmond Olympic Oval. If you have never done a Yo-Yo test before, don’t worry! Our coaches are there to explain and demonstrate a Yo-Yo test to everyone.

What is the Yo-Yo Test? Read the Fitness Protocol
What score do I need to achieve? Read the Fitness Policy
For additional information regarding evaluations and selections: Read the Selection Process

Everything you need to know about trials, selections, and training can be found here

Questions? Contact the Athlete Program Manager.

Job Opportunities with FHBC – Sport Development Manager and Events & Officials Coordinator

Field Hockey BC is hiring!

There are currently two job opportunities with FHBC, as a Sport Development Manager and also as an Events & Officials Coordinator.

The position of Sport Development Manager is a new role within the Society staffing structure. This role is designed to plan and implement program delivery intent on improving the knowledge base and practical application of male and female coaches and officials throughout the province of British Columbia. The Sport Development Manager will be directly responsible for the delivery of both the National and Provincial Coach Education and Officials Education training and certification program, the initiation of an FHBC coach and official mentorship program, and the further development and delivery of a targeted coach and officials professional development pathway.

Click here to see the full job description and apply for this position.

The position of Events and Officials Coordinator is designed to provide logistical support in line with the operational requirements of the annual Field Hockey BC event calendar and event based officiating calendar, the officials development pathway and the delivery of the Officials Professional Development and Certification Program, as well as, the oversight for facility bookings and equipment provision to Field Hockey BC programming. The Events and Officials Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination of each of the areas outlined within this job description and will report as a staff member of the Society to the Executive Director.

Click here to see the full job description and apply for this position.

Deadline for applications for both positions is January 8, 2020.
Interviews will occur on January 13, 2020.
Job to commence from January 27, 2020

Instagram Contest Winner: Congratulations Hope Scheibal!

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the Field Hockey BC Spring League Instagram Contest! We are pleased to announce the contest winner: Hope Scheibal, of the U16 Tri-City Mavericks! Hope is the winner of an FHBC “Field Hockey is Life” t-shirt.

Did you miss your chance to submit your photos? Great news: We loved your submissions so much that we’re re-opening the contest! See contest details below:

How to Enter:

  1. Take a photo or video with your Spring League team, post it on Instagram and tag @fieldhockeybc.
  2. E-mail your photo/video to info@fieldhockeybc.com or send it to us via Direct Message on Instagram. Please include your name, contact information and club.

The next deadline for submission is Monday, June 3rd. Winner will be announced Wednesday, June 5th. 

Rules:

Photos and videos can be on or off field, individual or team photos. Submissions must contain one or more players in their club uniform to be considered. Individuals may submit up to three entries. By entering the contest, you consent that Field Hockey BC  has to right to publish and re-distribute your photo or video.

Prizes:

One contest winner will be selected per submission window. The contest winner will receive a free “Field Hockey is Life” t-shirt from Field Hockey BC

VILFHA: Playoff Recap

What better way to wrap up the month of March than with a beautiful weekend of playoff field hockey on Vancouver Island! The Vancouver Island Ladies’ Field Hockey Association held playoff finals across all three divisions last weekend. All teams played exciting hockey with a number of close and competitive games. Congratulations to the Playoff Champions:

  • Div 1: Mariners (2-1 W vs Patriots)
  • Div 2: Sailors (4-3 Shootout W vs Lynx 2)
  • Div 3: Stellers (5-1 W vs Lynx 3)

Huge thanks to all players, coaches, volunteers, administrators and officials for making this another successful season! Visit the VILFHA Website for the list of standings and results.

Stellers, Div 3 Champions. Photo: VILFHA.

Support the Canadian Women’s National Team in their Tokyo 2020 Campaign!

The Canadian Women’s National Team have their sights set on Tokyo 2020. With this goal in mind, they are fundraising for the FIH Hockey Series Finals in Valencia, Spain with a goal of raising $75,000 to support their travel and accommodation costs.

These inspiring women, many of which grew up playing for Team BC and for local clubs and school teams, have uprooted their lives to pursue their Olympic dream. Check out the Tokyo 2020 Campaign website to learn more about their incredible story and how you can support their journey!