Letter to FHBC Members from the FHBC Board of Directors

Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Please find below a letter from the desk of the FHBC President, sent to the FHBC Membership on behalf of the FHBC Board of Directors. You may also download the letter as a PDF file here. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at waterman@vjview.com.

Thank you in advance for the time taken in consideration.

Alan Waterman
Field Hockey BC 

Hello fellow FHBC Member,

I write to you on behalf of the Board of Field Hockey BC to address issues of urgent concern to many members as we approach the Annual General Meeting scheduled for February 10th.

These concerns have been documented by member clubs of the Greater Vancouver Junior Field Hockey League, and most revolve around conflicts between junior leagues and High Performance sessions. The FHBC Board has been working collaboratively with the GVJFHL for several months, and continues with further meetings scheduled even this month, in an on-going effort to alleviate the points raised. Those points can be found in this public club posting: http://www.vancouverhawks.com/members/.

To address the points individually, the collaborative meetings with the GVJFHL have already produced results in:

  • Working together to reduce/eliminate scheduling conflicts
  • Working toward greater emphasis on Club Championships
  • Discussing best methods to select and train athletes for provincial teams that would also be inclusive for those outside the Greater Vancouver region

In a nutshell, the FHBC Board has heard loud and clear that some aspects of High Performance programming have been detrimental to league play and club activity. And we are determined to work toward beneficial solutions that alleviate the situation while still developing our players and our sport to the highest level for all ages, all abilities, in all regions of the province.

Also circulating is a document from GVJFHL clubs entitled, Pathway to Change: http://www.vancouverhawks.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2024/2020/01/Pathway-to-Change-1-1-2.pdf.

The Board feels the articles in this document need to be addressed to bring clarity and understanding for our members to the nuances of working under provincial and national sport circumstances.

Programming: The model envisioned would work well for clubs with a large core group of members and infrastructure. The danger is that many clubs would see their junior players gravitate to larger clubs resulting in the creation of super-clubs, with the smallest clubs potentially disappearing or reduced to seniors-only. Outside the Lower Mainland a strong level of success is not envisioned for this model.

Competition: There are misconceptions within this article. While most leagues are sanctioned by FHBC for insurance purposes, they are otherwise independent entities. To relinquish control to FHBC would require a dissolution of each league by league membership vote. FHBC cannot dictate this outcome. For FHBC to take over the running of leagues, a cost analysis has shown the requirement of an additional three full-time positions at an estimate of <$150,000/year. These calculations come from the current weekly hours of paid league administrators and volunteers. There would also be the need for an additional online platform with substantial capital costs. In all, this budgetary item would be roughly the equivalent of total FHBC membership fees. In essence, it would be doable if members approved a doubling of fees or severe cuts to programming (such as coaching, umpiring, and technical official education/certification).

Development: This is largely addressed in the comments under Programming. It should be noted that frameworks, pathways and curricula already exist for athletes, coaches and officials (see Governance below).

Strategy: The FHBC Board agrees that consultation and communication to members and member clubs can and should be improved.

Governance: Sections on guidelines, governance and certification are available online at fieldhockeybc.com Coaching standards are set nationally by the NCCP (coaching) and FHC (coaches, umpires and technical officials). Additionally, FHBC created the Provincial Coach Education Pathway and Courses to specifically target community-level, grassroots coaches.

Marketing & Advocacy: The Board also agrees that we can always do better in marketing our sport. This past year has seen a greater emphasis on social media posts that are not necessarily focused on elite athletes but everyday members, with an eye to driving more people to the main website and all aspects of field hockey in BC. When it comes to lobbying for resources, FHBC is in constant contact with, and under constant scrutiny by the provincial government. Their own auditing processes deem we are punching above of our weight and consequently funded better than the vast majority of sports our size. There is a concern, though, that should self-funding High Performance programs be removed from our overall budget then FHBC would drop below the threshold for our current provincial grants, resulting in cuts to other programs.

Much of the discussion in this letter has revolved around junior athletes and, for more than a decade, FHBC’s approach to the development of our juniors has resulted in greater numbers of well-trained BC athletes at the elite level, an alignment with Field Hockey Canada’s NextGen Program and National Championships, and now emulation by other provinces. All of this is a synergy we would hate to lose and one that, with collaboration and mutual goodwill, we can all continue to nurture.

To be clear, this letter is not about my position or any other Board Member’s position in the upcoming AGM. I very much welcome the engagement of more people in the governance of our sport and the infusion of fresh ideas.

With that in mind, please take some time to reflect on the future of field hockey across this province, then gather your proxy votes for representatives attending the AGM so that what you feel is right for you and for hockey is expressed at this meeting.

Proxies can be as simple as a written or electronic document that contains your name, email address, and FHBC membership number. Junior members under the age of 18 must designate a senior member in good standing, who must be over 18 years of age, to vote on their behalf. More details on voting procedures at the AGM can be found at https://fieldhockeybc.com/about/constitution-bylaws/.

If you have any further questions about the above points or any other issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Alan Waterman
President, Field Hockey BC

Wildcats crowned champions at the Uvic Indoor Field Hockey Tournament

Photo Credit: Armando Tura

The Annual UVic Indoor Field Hockey Tournament took place on January 18-19 in the McKinnon gym in Victoria and was won by the Island Wildcats’ Black team, who defeated the UVic White team 5-1. The indoor tournament saw the Wildcats name on the trophy for the first time since 2013, following six-straight victories by the Vikes.

The Wildcats went undefeated in pool play scoring 19 goals in round-robin alone to top Pool A that included UVic White, UBC and the Rebels. Pool B was a grid lock with West Vancouver, Duncan and Wildcats White pushing for the Top 2 in their pool based on goal differential. West Vancouver ended up topping their pool, while Duncan took second by one goal. Duncan defeated West Vancouver in the third-place game, while Wildcats White defeated UBC for 5th and UVic Royal defeated Rebels for 7th.

There was a lot of experience on the floor as stalwart keeper Burgundy Biletski backstopped the 8th-placed Rebels, while the UBC Thunderbirds looked for their leadership through defender Hannah Eborall. On the UVic team, the back-to-back U SPORTS National champions split their outdoor side into two teams and had leadership from Judy Cristante on the UVic Royal team and Mel Robertson and Emily Wong on the UVic White team.

Duncan had an impressive return of athletes, all back on the team in honour of former coach and Cowichan contributor Les Mann, including Caitlin Erickson (Evans), Miranda Mann, Mary Nielsen and Crystal Poland. The Duncan team got a boost from mainland talents Anna Kozniuk, from West Vancouver, and Poonam Sandhu, from Vancouver.

The visiting West Van team was hosted by Georgia McGillivray and alongside her was a talented line up including former indoor national team member Kri Shier, as well as the skills of Paige Norris and Kaela Barker and the talented Sam Lyzun in goal.

The Wildcats also had their outdoor team split into two. The 5th-placed Wildcats White team featured the defensive experience of Kyla Kirby and Heather Wheatley, as well as the speed of Kira Starr in the middle. The Wildcats black team totalled over 30 goals in the tournament thanks to the teamwork of sisters Chloe and Stefanie Langkammer, while defensive anchors Ali Baggott, Meggan Oliver, Jenna Goodman and Birkley Anderson helped to minimize the efforts for keeper Theresa Kennedy who was outstanding in her first appearance on the hard wood.

Up next, most of the teams will regroup for the BC Senior Indoor Tournament, Feb. 1-2, in Duncan.

Final standings:
1. Wildcats Black
2. UVic White
3. Duncan
4. West Vancouver
5. Wildcats White
6. UBC
7. UVic Royal
8. Rebels

Two players representing BC on the Women’s Indoor National Squad

Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate Kathleen Leahy and Elise Wong. They were selected for the Women’s Indoor National Squad and, along with 12 other players from different provinces, are heading to Minsk, Belarus, for a Training Tour week, between January 16 and January 24.

Here is the full squad list:

  • Alison Lee – Mississauga, ON
  • Angela Lancaster – Burlington, ON
  • Elise Wong – Vancouver, BC
  • Emily Ziraldo – Etobicoke, ON
  • Hilary Ziraldo – Etobicoke, ON
  • Kathleen Leahy – Victoria, BC
  • Katie Lynes – Oakville, ON
  • Krissy Wishart – Hamiltin, ON
  • KJ Williams – GK – Burlington, ON
  • Madison Babineau – Milton, ON
  • Madison Thompson – Waterloo, ON
  • Marica Laplantem- GK – Waasis, New Brunswick
  • Sam McCrory – Waterloo, ON
  • Shannon Pereira – Scarborough, ON

Louis Mendonca – Markham, ON
Shank Premakanthan – Scarborough, ON

Manager – Shoba Lobo – Richmond Hill, ON
Therapist – Justine Branco – Mississauga, ON

Field Hockey BC AGM Notice

The Society’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2020 Field Hockey BC Annual General Meeting will take place on February 10th, 2020. A weekday evening has been chosen following requests at the 2019 AGM to allocate a time outside of weekend playing commitments for members. The 2020 AGM will be hosted at Fortius Sport and Health in Burnaby, BC and will convene at 6.30 pm. All pertinent AGM documentation will be posted in advance of the AGM in the documents section of the Field Hockey BC website at the following link: https://fieldhockeybc.com/documents/.



Field Hockey BC’s president, Alan Waterman, and other BC names inducted into FHC Hall of Fame

Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate the president of our Board of Directors, Alan Waterman, for being in the 2019 Induction Class of Field Hockey Canada’s Hall of Fame. Alan, inducted in the Official category, have been an international umpire for over 17 years and umpired in several relevant events such as the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1994 World Cup and three Champions Trophies.

Along with Alan Waterman, other prominent names of Field Hockey in our province are also being induced by FHC: Shelley Andrews from Victoria and Alan Hobkirk from Vancouver in the Athlete category. Shelley was the first Canadian female player to appear in more than 100 international matches and participated in several World Cups and in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Hobkirk was in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and was part of the team that won the Gold Medal in the 1983 Pan-Am.

In the Builder category, Dorothy Asuma from the Sunshine Coast, Jack Taunton from Vancouver and Jenny John from Kamloops are also being inducted. All of them are fundamental parts of the sport in British Columbia and – each in their own area and very special way – have been helping to develop field hockey all across the province for decades now.

To read the full story, please access Field Hockey Canada’s website here.

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.

Register for the U18 Girls Indoor Field Hockey Tournament 2020 on Vancouver Island

Registration is now open for the U18 Girls Indoor Field Hockey Tournament 2020.

ENTRY DEADLINE: January 15, 2020
FEE: $400 per team after December 31, 2019.
EARLY BIRD FEE: $350 per team if registered by December 31, 2019.
WHERE: Cowichan Community Centre, Duncan, BC
WHEN: January 25-26, 2020
FORMAT: Round Robin games finish by 3:30 pm on Sunday.

Also accepting players looking for teams or teams looking for players. $50 per individual player. Maximum of 12 players per team.

To register or for more information, please contact Brenda at u18indoor@gmail.com.

Here is the Registration Form.

Register for the U16 Girls Indoor Field Hockey Tournament 2020 on Vancouver Island

Registration is now open for the U16 Girls Indoor Field Hockey Tournament 2020.

ENTRY DEADLINE: December 20, 2019
FEE: $350 per team after December 15, 2019.
EARLY BIRD FEE: $300 per team if registered by December 15, 2019.
WHERE: Cowichan Community Centre, Duncan, BC
WHEN: January 4-5, 2020
FORMAT: Round Robin games finish by 3:30 pm on Sunday.

To register or for more information, please contact Brenda at u18indoor@gmail.com.

Here is the Registration Form.

Provincial Indoor Umpire Course on Vancouver Island

The Provincial Indoor Umpire Course is $25 for FHBC members. The course will be one session of 4 hours, including theory and exam. Participants must obtain a grade of 75% or higher in order to pass as a Provincial level umpire or obtain a grade of 60% or higher to pass as a Community Level Umpire. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years by the end of the calendar year to register.


Dates:  Friday January 3rd (registration cut off: Friday December 20th)
Location : Cowichan Community Centre
Times: Friday January 3rd 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
Instructor: Wendy Stewart

To register for the course click HERE!

Assessment Opportunities will be available at the following events.

  • U16 BC Indoor tournament Date: 4-5 Jan, Duncan, BC
  • U18 BC Indoor tournament Date: 25-26 Jan, Duncan, BC
  • BC Seniors Indoor tournament Date: 1-2 Feb, Duncan. BC