World Master’s Indoor – Call for Officials

Field Hockey Canada is looking for people interested in submitting their application for Umpires, Umpire Managers and Technical Officials for the World Masters Indoor February 15-20, 2022 in Virginia Beach, USA.

You can access the call for Umpires here. You may find more information about the tournament here.

ANYONE INTERESTED SHOULD EMAIL MARGARET JOHNSON: margaret.johnson@shaw.ca by Sunday October 17th 6:00pm PST

NOTE: ALL COSTS ARE ON THE INIDIVIDUAL.

U16 Boys Fall Technical Development Program: Game Tactics

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce a new Technical Development program for U16 male athletes in the Lower Mainland. The Game Tactics program will include training sessions and inter-squad games to teach athletes tactical aspects of the game, including pressing, outletting, team systems and more.

Athletes will also learn the importance of pre-game team meetings and proper physical/technical warm up. Field players and goalkeepers are both encouraged to participate.

Program Details

Dates: Fridays from Oct. 22nd – Dec. 10th (8 weeks)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Tamanawis Park, Surrey
Cost: $200
Register Now: https://www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php/

(Note: Registration will close on Friday Oct. 15th. Program information will be sent to all registered athletes by Monday Oct. 18th)

Please contact Katie Jameson, Athlete Program & Sport Development Manager. if you have any questions via katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com

ADVANCE NOTICE – Introduction of Systemic Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards 2021-2022

You can access the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Earlier this calendar year and in partnership with Field Hockey Canada (FHC), Field Hockey BC (FHBC) along with each recognized Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) across Canada assessed a multi-year Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards Proposal presented to the PSO Community by the FHC Coach Education Committee. Following receipt of this Proposal, FHBC formed an NCCP Coach Education Working Group to review the Proposal relative to the BC Field Hockey Environment and provide associated feedback to the FHC Coach Education Committee, feedback that included outreach to club community coaches across BC.

The FHBC NCCP Coach Education Working Group submitted its feedback to FHC in April 2021 and has since followed up with the FHC Coach Education Committee to request the necessary clarification of expectations for 2021-22 (in particular) and for progression into 2022-23. This notice is sent at this time as an advance notice that Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards are expected to be implemented at ALL levels of field hockey participation utilizing a phased approach from the current seasonal year (2021-22) through 2024-2025.

As the field hockey community looks towards the traditional Junior Spring Season and into the Summer Event Season of 2022, it should be expected that coaches may not only be required to comply with Safe Sport NCCP requirements but may also be required to be ‘in-training’, ‘trained’ and/or ‘certified’ at specific levels within the NCCP Pathway. In anticipation of such requirement, FHBC has already committed to continue to financially subsidize Safe Sport NCCP requirements in full for all FHBC member coaches and FHBC has also committed to set-aside additional financial resources to support and assist FHBC member coaches to meet specific expectations during the 2021-22 season.

It is hoped that 2021-22 seasonal expectations for Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards will be made very clear in the very near future. In the interim, FHBC is preparing internally to assist FHBC member coaches to understand these expectations as they relate to the NCCP Pathway and to help plot a path to meet such expectation. FHBC remains committed to assisting FHBC member coaches in advancing their respective formal education and where possible assisting with the fundamental challenge of financial accessibility.

FHBC expects to be in a position to follow-up with more information on this initiative later this calendar month. For information on the NCCP Pathway please visit the FHBC website at https://fieldhockeybc.com/coaches/coaching-education/nccp-pathway/ or reach out directly to FHBC’s Sport Development Manager, Katie Jameson via phone (778) 227-0895 or via e-mail at katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com.

For questions regarding the FHBC NCCP Coach Education Working Group and associated due process to date, please do not hesitate to reach out to FHBC’s Coaching Director (Board of Directors), Michelle McNaughton at michellemcnaughton@fieldhockeybc.com.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
October 1, 2021

COVID-19 Response: FHBC (PSO) Return to Responsible Play Protocols – ATTESTATION PROTOCOL –  Communique #16

Dear Field Hockey Members,

Following both the recent release of the PHO Gathering and Events Order Revision (Proof of Vaccination) and subsequent confirmation from viaSport BC, I am writing on behalf of the FHBC Board of Directors to confirm that the requirement for attestation completion included with the FHBC (PSO) Responsible Return to Play Framework has now been removed following an associated vote by the FHBC Board of Directors on September 27, 2021. Local Sport Organizations (LSO’s) still have a choice to continue to adopt an attestation protocol, but this is now no longer a requirement under FHBC (PSO) Responsible Return to Play protocols nor a requirement within viaSport BC Organized Sport Sector Return to Play protocols.

Please note that an exception may still apply should a BC Health Authority and/or facility operator or owner require an attestation protocol to access facilities or permit active programming. In this case LSO’s are expected to follow the associated protocol accordingly.

Field Hockey BC remains committed to providing timely Responsible Return to Play updates to our community membership. For more information regarding Field Hockey’s COVID-19 response and to access information on the Provincial Government Restart 2.0 plan, PHO Order revisions, and the Proof of Vaccination program, please refer to the Field Hockey BC website at: https://fieldhockeybc.com/covid-19-response/. Further reference material can also be found on the viaSport BC website at https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport.

The PHO Gathering and Events Order revision (Proof of Vaccination) can be accessed here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-gatherings-events.pdf

For information on the overall Proof of Vaccination Program, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
September 28, 2021

Job Posting – Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager

John Sacré

Following a successful three year tenure as Head Provincial Coach & Performance Manager, John Sacré has taken the difficult decision to step down from this role and open an exciting opportunity for someone new to take on the reins.

John will remain with FHBC until mid-November. On behalf of the entire FHBC Membership, FHBC would like to thank John for his considerable insight, leadership, and expertise in continuing to move FHBC programming forward. Please do not hesitate to reach out to John over the next two months as FHBC transitions this role.

The position of Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager is designed to support the delivery of programming intent on improving the skill and knowledge base of both male and female athletes and coaches throughout the Province of British Columbia.

The Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager will be directly responsible for the systemic development of athlete and coach pathways, for skills matrix oversight, direction, and coach mentorship within Field Hockey BC’s Train to Train (T2T); Train to Compete (T2C); Learn to Win (L2W); and Academy Programs, as well as be responsible for supporting the active implementation of the National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) and the FHBC Provincial Coach Education (PCE) program.

Deadline for applications: October 10, 2021
Job to commence from: November 8, 2021

To read the full job description and learn how to apply for the position, click here.


FHBC Board of Directors – Community Recruitment Notice: Vacant Position of Vice-President

Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

On behalf of the Field Hockey BC (FHBC) Board of Directors, I am writing to inform BC stakeholders that there is an exciting opportunity for an individual to apply for consideration to become a voluntary member of the FHBC Board of Directors. The Board Member vacancy is in the position of Vice-President, a position that provides Board leadership in the following areas:

  • Act as Board Nominations Chair
  • Act as Constitution, Bylaw, and Policy and Procedure Revisions Chair
  • Act as Board Records and Membership Meetings Chair (Notices and Meeting Records)
  • Act as the FHBC Discipline Chair

The FHBC Board of Directors is keen to consider the appointment of a Vice-President to take on the reins for this portfolio for the remainder of the current term (to February 2023 when this position is next due for election).

I would very much like to invite anyone interested in this role to return an expression of interest via e-mail to the Acting FHBC Board Nominations Chair at michellemcnaughton@fieldhockeybc.com with the title “Vice-President” by a deadline date of October 10, 2021.

Such an expression of interest should include a brief statement as to your motivation for consideration, your background, qualifications and/or experience and what excites you about this opportunity. I very much thank you for your due consideration and assistance in moving this portfolio forward.

Yours in sport,

Denise McGeachy
President
Field Hockey BC
September 13, 2021

COVID-19 Response: PHO Order Revision (Proof of Vaccination) – Gathering and Events – Communique #15

Download the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Further to FHBC’s Return to Responsible Play Communique #14 dated September 10, 2021 and following the official release of the PHO Gathering and Events Order Revision (Proof of Vaccination) earlier today, I am writing to provide an initial interpretation of the PHO Order Revision wording as it relates to the Organized Sport Sector. Such interpretation has been provided through viaSport BC and will also be reflected in due course on the viaSport BC website. The PHO Gathering and Events Order Revision (Proof of Vaccination) comes into effect September 13, 2021:

  • Adults (those 22 years of age or older) are required to show Proof of Vaccination for indoor sport
  • Youth (under 22 years of age) are exempt from the program and do not need to show Proof of Vaccination

The following components are pending clarification from the PHO as they relate to the Organized Sport Sector:

  • Who is specifically exempt from Youth Sport under this PHO order revision (ie. does this include coaches, trainers, officials, volunteers, parents who may be 22 years of age or older)
  • Who counts as a spectator for ticketed events and sporting activity

The PHO Gathering and Events Order revision (Proof of Vaccination) can be accessed here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-gatherings-events.pdf.

For information on the overall Proof of Vaccination Program, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html.

Field Hockey BC will continue to provide Community Communique updates as more information is received. For further detail regarding Field Hockey’s COVID-19 response and to access information on the Provincial Government Restart 2.0 plan, as well as Responsible Return to Play Framework documentation, please refer to the Field Hockey BC website at: https://fieldhockeybc.com/covid-19-response/. Further reference material can be found on the viaSport BC website at https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
September 11, 2021

COVID-19 Response: Pending PHO Order Revision (Proof of Vaccination) – Advance Notice – Communique #14

Download the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Following Return to Responsible Play meetings with viaSport BC this week and a subsequent lobby to the Provincial Health Office for clarification as to how the BC Provincial Government ‘Proof of Vaccination’ requirements may impact the Organized Sport Sector, I am writing to provide an early indication as to community expectation prior to the release of the latest PHO Order revision. Such a PHO Order revision is expected prior to or on September 13th, 2021 (with the PHO Order revision scheduled to take effect on the same date).

Until such time as the PHO Order revision is released and most significantly the PHO Order wording has been interpretated relative to the Organized Sport Sector, the following remains an EXPECTATION ONLY and at this juncture is provided for advance community reference only:

  • Adults (those 19 and older) are expected to have to show Proof of Vaccination for indoor and outdoor sport
  • Youth (those 18 and younger) are expected to be exempt from the program and do not need to show Proof of Vaccination.
  • Coaches, trainers, parents and volunteers who support youth sport are also expected to be exempt from showing Proof of Vaccination.
  • Spectators at ticketed indoor events are expected to require Proof of Vaccination.
  • Spectators at non-ticketed indoor events for youth sport may need to show Proof of Vaccination.
  • Facility operators are likely to ask sport organizations to take responsibility for their Proof of Vaccination implementation.

The Provincial Government and Provincial Health Office continues to work on drafting the PHO Order revision so it can be released as soon as possible. The intention of the Order is three-fold:

    • It is being implemented as part of the BC Government’s program to increase vaccination levels in BC.
    • It is being implemented so public services (employment and other essential services) can continue.
    • It is being implemented so that programming for children and youth can continue.

For information on the overall Proof of Vaccination Program, please visit: ttps://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html

It is anticipated that the interpretation of the latest PHO Order revision (relative to the Organized Sport Sector) may take time and that the PHO Order may indeed be subject to further revision in order to provide appropriate sport sector guidance and alignment. This, as I am sure our community members can appreciate, is a similar environmental reality to the time taken and revisions necessary as we navigated PHO Order wording and interpretive intent during 2020.

Field Hockey BC once again asks for community patience as we look to the necessary level of interpretation to align community programming and activity to PHO Order requirements. Similar Community Communiques will follow from FHBC as more information becomes available.

For further detail regarding Field Hockey’s COVID-19 response and to access information on the Provincial Government Restart 2.0 plan, as well as Responsible Return to Play Framework documentation, please refer to the Field Hockey BC website at: https://fieldhockeybc.com/covid-19-response/. Further reference material can be found on the viaSport BC website at https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
September 10, 2021

Congratulations to everyone representing Canada at the Junior Pan American Championships

Photo Credit: Rodrigo Jaramillo/PAHF

The 2021 Junior Pan American Championships came to an end last weekend and marked a very important chapter in Canada’s and British Columbia’s proud field hockey history. The Junior Women’s National team brought home the gold medal; the first ever Canadian women’s Pan American gold registered at any level.

Their campaign at the tournament was spotless, without a single defeat or goal conceded. The three goals scored by Canada in the competition came from BC players: Sara Goodman against Argentina in the Pool stage; Thora Rae against Chile in the semifinal; and Anna Mollenhauer in the final against Uruguay.

The Junior Men’s National team also proudly represented our country and province, finishing in 4th place. BC athletes Sean Davis, Johnny Jacoby and Aaron Fong scored in the competition.

Canada was also represented in the competition by umpires Tyler Klenk, a BC umpire for over 10 years now, and Joanne Wudrich from Ontario.

Women’s Team

Bronwyn Bird, West Vancouver
Nora Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Sara Goodman, Duncan
Anna Mollenhauer, Victoria
Thora Rae, Vancouver
Julia Ross, Vancouver
Stefanie Sajko, Victoria
Ishaval Sekhon, Surrey
Nora Struchtrup, Victoria
Lucy Wheeler, North Vancouver

Non-Traveling Reserves

Birkley Anderson, Duncan
Laine Delmotte, North Vancouver
Izzy Fraser, Vancouver
Arden Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Libby Hogg, Victoria
Lonica McKinney, Kelowna
Nicola leech, Victoria
Maddie Mittelsteadt, Victoria
Mikayla Stelling, Vancouver

Men’s Team

Kyle Bishop, North Vancouver
Avjot Buttar, Richmond
Sam Cabral, Vancouver
Nic Cain, Vancouver
Rowan Childs, Tsawwassen
Sean Davis, Marondera (Zimbabwe)
Bhavdeep Dhaliwal, Surrey
Roopkanwar Dhillon, Surrey
Aaron Foong, North Vancouver
Daniel Goodwin, North Vancouver
Johnny Jacoby, Victoria
Manveer Jhamat, Abbotsford

On behalf of the Field Hockey BC Board Members and Staff, a huge thank you and congratulations to the athletes, umpires and supporting team for creating history for FHBC and the sport that we love.

The Junior Pan American Championships start tomorrow; BC represented on all fronts

Thora Rae of the Junior Women’s Team and Tyler Klenk

Canada’s Junior National Teams are currently in Santiago, Chile, where the Junior Pan American Games will take place from August 21 to August 28. Tomorrow, at 11am (Pacific Time), the Men’s Junior Team will start their participation against Mexico; the Women will face Uruguay on the first match on Sunday, at 7am.

Both teams are seeking not only the Pan Am title, but also a spot on the next Junior World Cup that will happen in December, in India. On the men’s side, only the finalists will qualify; on the women’s, the World Cup berth will be given to the top three teams.

Additionally to several BC players on the men and women’s roster, British Columbia will also be represented among the umpires: Tyler Klenk has been selected to umpire in the Junior Pan American Games. He and Joanne Wudrich, from Calgary, are the only Canadians in the FIH International Appointments for 2021 – Klenk will also be umpiring in the Junior World Cup late this year.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Tyler has been umpiring in BC for 10 years now, since 2011. He got his first international appointment in 2016 at the Junior Pan Am of that year, and has already umpired at the Senior Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games and Asia Cup.

FHBC wishes good luck to Tyler, Joanne and all the players and supporting team representing Canada in Chile!

Here is a list the BC players at the Junior Pan American Games:

Women’s Team

Bronwyn Bird, West Vancouver
Nora Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Sara Goodman, Duncan
Anna Mollenhauer, Victoria
Thora Rae, Vancouver
Julia Ross, Vancouver
Stefanie Sajko, Victoria
Ishaval Sekhon, Surrey
Nora Struchtrup, Victoria
Lucy Wheeler, North Vancouver

Non-Traveling Reserves

Birkley Anderson, Duncan
Laine Delmotte, North Vancouver
Izzy Fraser, Vancouver
Arden Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Libby Hogg, Victoria
Lonica McKinney, Kelowna
Nicola leech, Victoria
Maddie Mittelsteadt, Victoria
Mikayla Stelling, Vancouver

Men’s Team

Kyle Bishop, North Vancouver
Avjot Buttar, Richmond
Sam Cabral, Vancouver
Nic Cain, Vancouver
Rowan Childs, Tsawwassen
Sean Davis, Marondera (Zimbabwe)
Bhavdeep Dhaliwal, Surrey
Roopkanwar Dhillon, Surrey
Aaron Foong, North Vancouver
Daniel Goodwin, North Vancouver
Johnny Jacoby, Victoria
Manveer Jhamat, Abbotsford

Watch the livestream of the competition here.

Read the FHC article, see the full roster and complete schedules here.