Rob Short is inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame

One of the greatest names is Canadian Field Hockey history, having played for Field Hockey Canada Men’s National Team for over 15 years, Rob Short was inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame on October 26.

Short played for Canada at two Olympic Games, two World Cups, four Commonwealth Games and five Pan American Games before becoming a successful coach and founding the Rob Short Coaching Academy.
Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate Rob for this great honour. To read the full story about the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2019, click here.

Ireland defeats Canada in sudden-death shootout to claim Olympic berth

by Field Hockey Canada

Ireland advanced to the 2020 Olympic Games with a dramatic sudden death shootout victory over Team Canada. The two-game series played in front of back-to-back capacity crowds in Dublin was a nail biter from wire to wire. Zero goals through eight quarters of play set up a thrilling shootout to cap off the Olympic Qualifier weekend.

Standout performances by Canada’s Amanda Woodcroft, Dani Hennig and Sara McManus kept the Irish out of the defensive end. Attacking forays led by Brie Stairs, Hannah Haughn and Steph Norlander caused some havoc, and although both teams earned penalty corners, neither team was able to convert.

In the shootout, Canada came out firing with goals from Norlander, A. Woodcroft and a penalty stroke converted by McManus. Then the momentum started to shift towards Ireland. The Irish fought back with a pair of terrific saves by McFerran and two conversions. With the win, Team Ireland becomes the first Irish Women’s National hockey team to qualify for an Olympic Games.

Read the full story here.

Canada books ticket to 2020 Olympics in replay sudden death shootout

by Ali Baggott, for Field Hockey Canada

There was no time on the clock and Canadians had already begun to hang their heads. In a dramatic twist of luck, a video referral favoured the home side and a penalty stroke call gave Canada back their Olympic hopes. Captain Scott Tupper’s goal from the spot drew the series 6-6 in aggregate score and forced a shootout. Adam Froese’s composure as the second sudden death shooter gave Canada the victory and qualified Canada for Tokyo.

The 5-4 shootout victory was a replay of their Olympic qualification in 2015 during the World League Round 3 quarter-finals against New Zealand. A late tie, down 3-1 in a shootout, sudden death shootouts, David Carter making big saves in Canada’s goal and Froese sealing the game winner – were all identical moments in their 2016 Olympic journey.

This will be just the second time in history that Canada qualifies for back-to-back Olympic appearances following 1980 and 1984. This will be a potential third Olympic appearance for veterans Scott Tupper and Mark Pearson, who was injured in the final of the Pan American Games and unable to compete in this weekend’s qualifier.

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

Register for the U15 Northwest Girls Regional Trial

Registration is now open for Regional Trials for the U15 Northwest Girls (Vancouver and North Shore).

To register, go to www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php.
Deadline for registering is October 30, at noon.

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

  • Female U15 (2005-2007) athletes who live or attend school in the Northwest Region (Vancouver and North Shore)
    *younger athletes may be considered
  • $10 (non-refundable) paid online
  • Deadline to register is 12pm on Wednesday, October 30. No exceptions!
  • Skills assessment takes place Sunday, November 3 at Eric Hamber, Vancouver @4:30pm-6pm
  • Fitness testing and education takes place on Saturday, November 9 at the Richmond Olympic Oval @ 8am-12pm. This event is part of athletes’ evaluation and is mandatory for selection into the program
  • Selections will be made by Wednesday, November 13th; Training begins the following weekend (see Training Schedule)
  • See the Program Overview for more details on the 2019-20 U15 Northwest 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.

IMPORTANT: U15 Boys and Girls Mainland Regional Trials new dates!

Due to conflicting dates with the Field Hockey Canada Olympic Qualifier on October 27th, we had to make some changes to the schedule of the U15 Northwest and Southeast Girls and U15 Mainland Boys Regional Trials.

We made this decision because a) we want to encourage all of our athletes to have the opportunity to attend this exciting event and b) FHBC staff will be taking on responsibilities at the Olympic Qualifier that will render us unable to execute trials on the same day.

Therefore, we have re-scheduled the on-field skills assessment to Sunday, November 3rd, at Eric Hamber, and the athletes will run their yo-yo test at the Regional Intake Session on Saturday, November 9th, at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

  • U15 Girls Northwest: November 3, 4:30-6pm @Eric Hamber, and November 9, 8am-12pm @Richmond Olympic Oval
  • U15 Girls Southeast: November 3, 6-7:30pm @Eric Hamber, and November 9, 8am-12pm @Richmond Olympic Oval
  • U15 Boys Mainland: November 3, 7:30-9pm @Eric Hamber, and November 9, 8am-12pm @Richmond Olympic Oval

With all that in mind, we have extended the registration period until October 30th and postponed the Program Levy payment deadline to November 27th. Selections will be made by Wednesday, November 13th and training schedule will remain as is.

You can see the updated Program Overview for each region below:
U15 Girls Northwest / U15 Girls Southeast / U15 Boys Mainland

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this adjustment. If you have any questions, please contact our Athlete Program Manager, Donna Cumming, at dcumming@fieldhockeybc.com.

Register for the U15 Mainland Boys Regional Trial

Registration is now open for Regional Trials for the U15 Mainland Boys (Vancouver/North Shore and all regions south and south-east of Vancouver).

To register, go to www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php.
Deadline for registering is October 23, at noon.

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

  • Male U15 (2005-2007) athletes who live or attend school on the Lower Mainland
    *younger athletes may be considered
  • $10 (non-refundable) paid online
  • Deadline to register is 12pm on Wednesday, October 30. No exceptions!
  • Skills assessment takes place Sunday, November 3 at Eric Hamber, Vancouver @7:30pm-9pm
  • Fitness testing and education takes place on Saturday, November 9 at the Richmond Olympic Oval @ 8am-12pm. This event is part of athletes’ evaluation and is mandatory for selection into the program
  • Selections will be made by Wednesday, November 13th; Training begins the following weekend (see Training Schedule)
  • See the Program Overview for more details on the 2019-20 U15 Mainland Boys Regional Program

Fitness & Selection

Fitness (yo-yo test), skills, and more will be assessed at the trial. 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 U15 Southeast Girls Regional Trial

Registration is now open for Regional Trials for the U15 Southeast Girls (Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, etc.).

To register, go to www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php.
Deadline for registering is October 30, at noon.

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

  • Female U15 (2005-2007) athletes who live or attend school in the Southeast Region (South, East, and Southeast of Vancouver) *younger athletes may be considered
  • $10 (non-refundable) paid online
  • Deadline to register is 12pm on Wednesday, October 30. No exceptions!
  • Skills assessment takes place Sunday, November 3 at Eric Hamber, Vancouver @6pm-7:30pm
  • Fitness testing and education takes place on Saturday, November 9 at the Richmond Olympic Oval @ 8am-12pm. This event is part of athletes’ evaluation and is mandatory for selection into the program
  • Selections will be made by Wednesday, November 13th; Training begins the following weekend (see Training Schedule)
  • See the Program Overview for more details on the 2019-20 U15 Southeast Girls Regional Program

Fitness & Selection

Fitness (yo-yo test), skills, and more will be assessed at the trial. 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.

Olympic Qualifier: tickets for sale and Donation Challenge to support our national teams

Tickets are now for sale to watch our Men’s National Team play against Ireland for a spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo. The FIH Olympic Qualifier will happen in West Vancouver, BC,  on the Rutledge Field at Ambleside Park, on October 26 and 27. Whoever wins this two-game aggregate series will guarantee a spot in Tokyo 2020. Come and support Canada!

Click here to purchase tickets. Visit Field Hockey Canada’s website to read the full story.

National Donation Challenge

With one month to go for both our men’s and women’s qualifiers – the ladies will also play against Ireland, in Dublin, on November 2 and 3 –  it is important that the whole Canadian Field Hockey community, from coast to coast, engage in this journey. Therefore, Field Hockey Canada is launching a National Donation Challenge to support our teams to pursue their Olympic dream. You can donate at https://fhc.sportlomo.com. The portal also accepts donations to all FHC programming. Click here for more information.

 

FHBC’s new office location

Field Hockey BC’s office has moved to Surrey. Our new address is Suite 101, 7455 132nd Street, Surrey, BC, V3W 1J8. All of our telephone contacts remain the same, but there may be a slight disruption to our communication channels during this transitional period. Therefore, please give preference to email contact for urgent matters until October 1st.

Register for the Vancouver Island Regional Trials

Registration is now open for Regional Trials for the U18 and U15 Island Athletes.

To register, go to www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php.
Deadline for registering is October 2, at noon.

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

  • U18 (2002-2004) and U15 (2005-2007) athletes who live or attend school on Vancouver Island
  • $20 (non-refundable) paid online
  • Deadline to register is 12pm on Wednesday, October 2. No exceptions!
  • Trials will take place October 4 at the UVic field hockey pitch, @6pm, and October 6 at the Cowichan Sportsplex in Duncan, @10am, depending on your age group (check the Programs Overviews below)
  • Program Overview for U18 Boys
  • Program Overview for U18 Girls
  • Program Overview for U15 Boys
  • Program Overview for U15 Girls

Fitness & Selection

Fitness (yo-yo test), skills, and more will be assessed at the trial. 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 regarding the under the “Players” tab.