New Season Announcement – FHBC and FHC Participant Registration 2024-25

Ahead of the upcoming 2024-25 season, FHBC is excited to announce that the Society is about to launch a New Online FHBC Participant Registration Platform. This system is a custom build based on the principles of the previous FHBC online platform and will be the portal for BOTH FHBC and FHC participant registrations in 2024-25.

The participant portal for 2024-25 registration will open in August 2024. The FHBC team is currently testing the new platform and as soon as all testing protocols have been satisfied, the platform will be readied for launch and the specific opening date for registrations will be announced.

An updated ‘How to Register’ and other pertinent information for the new platform will be posted in the normal way on our registration page https://fieldhockeybc.com/about/registration/.  Of note to our Club Members is the return of unique FHBC participant numbers for ease of tracking, as well as the re-introduction of Club Member administrative access.

Should Club Members have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Julie Brereton, FHBC Member Services Coordinator at info@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com or 604-737-3146.

FHBC Foundation Bursary Programs – Application Window Open For The Judy Broom High Performance Bursary

Applications are currently open for The Judy Broom High Performance Bursary, which is presented annually by Field Hockey BC to assist a female athlete or athletes who can show a need for financial assistance in order to access program development opportunities within the Field Hockey BC Team BC Program.

Please see the FHBC Foundation page to apply: https://www.fhbcfoundation.com/apply-for-assistance

If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for an application, please contact the FHBC Athlete Program Manager, Katie Jameson katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com

Deadline for applications is July 31, 2024

Final Vote for a New Primary Field Hockey Surface in the City of Vancouver – Lets make Moberly happen!!

***Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested.

The Field Hockey community in Vancouver has a once in a generation opportunity to secure a new field hockey turf in Vancouver at Moberly Park in SE Vancouver. On Monday June 24th the Vancouver Park Board will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposal to install a field hockey turf at Moberly Park, followed by a FINAL VOTE that evening.

The call is for as many City residents as possible to attend this meeting as a show of support for this field. The proposal is FOR a field hockey turf and the staff report also supports a field hockey turf – but we need to persuade the VPB commissioners!

  • We are also looking for as many speakers as possible to stand and speak in SUPPORT of the motion. If you plan to speak (please do!) you can register here:
    • REGISTER TO SPEAK
    • Important: if you register to speak please do so as an individual, not representing an organisation as each organisation is only allowed 5 speakers total.
  • Please complete this 30-second form to confirm your attendance and/or registration to speak at the below meeting. Please bring as many people as you can!

The meeting and vote will take place Mon June 24th, 6:30pm @ VPB Head Office – 2099 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

Coach Mentorship Program – Island

Field Hockey BC is currently accepting applications for individuals looking to receive coaching mentorship on the Island. The FHBC Coach Mentorship Program is designed to allow selected coaches to receive practical 1-on-1 mentorship to help close any identified or observed gaps that would enable them to achieve a desired competency level or professional goal. The program will be limited to 3-5 mentee coaches in the development through to the performance stream, with priority given to coaches who are keen on supporting FHBC programs at any level.

Applicants would be required to:

  • Commit to at least 10 hours (on field and classroom or Zoom) over 3 to 6 months.
  • Complete the Safe Sport and MED modules.
  • Complete a criminal Record Check

To apply, please complete the following form:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=3iIHhBPzkEqh0zzvwvTE7CQYJKSE9-ZCm0r5OHSdUsRUMEZDMEJUUzg4U0I1MUdJTVRWSUJMVDIySi4u

2024 Vancouver International Tournament (VIT) – Results

Thank you to all of the players, coaches, umpires, team managers and spectators for a successful 2024 Vancouver International Tournament.  Final results are below.  Hope to see everyone back in May 2025!

 

Divisional Winners – Women’s Masters Division
1st          Kwik Kiwis
2nd        Masters O35
3rd         Furious Tangos

Divisional Winners – Women’s Social Division
1st          Tri City Eagles
2nd        Wabi Sabi
3rd         Meralomas

Divisional Winners – Men’s Social Division
1st          Team Pandit
2nd        Team Warren
3rd         Team Rutledge

Divisional Winners – Mixed Social Division
1st          Rebels
2nd        Emerald City
3rd         Whistler

Spirit of Judy Broom Award
Tigressas

 

Call for Nominations – 3 Board of Director Positions with Field Hockey BC

Dear Field Hockey BC Members and Participants,

Field Hockey BC is seeking nominations to fill 3 vacant positions on our 9-member Board of Directors for 2024. This is an exciting opportunity to help guide the strategic direction and policy oversight for our sport in British Columbia. Nominations will be accepted until September 15th, 2024.

Board Responsibilities:
The FHBC Board of Directors is responsible for setting the strategic vision, developing policies, and providing governance oversight for the organization. Recent priorities have included:

  • Completing an independent organizational review
  • Passing new Society bylaws
  • Developing a new Strategic Plan through 2028
  • Reviewing and updating policies to align with strategic priorities

New Board Structure:
Under our new bylaws, Board members will no longer have individualized sport portfolios. Instead, Directors form ad hoc committees and working groups to oversee key projects and governance duties. The Board also annually elects Officers (President, Vice-President, Finance Director).

Skills & Experience Sought:
FHBC is looking for candidates with experience in areas such as:

  • Non-profit governance
  • Sports organization governance
  • Financial accounting/qualifications
  • Policy development and oversight
  • Communications and media leadership
  • Legal services background

While not required, some familiarity with field hockey would be beneficial for getting up to speed quickly.

Eligibility Requirements:
To be eligible to serve as a Director, an individual must:

a) Be sixteen (16) years of age or older;
b) Not convicted of criminal offenses described in Section 44 of the Act;
c) Not be a full time employee of the Society and/or a Member, or a Director of a Member;
d) Have not been declared incapable by a court in Canada or in another country; and
e) Not have the status of bankrupt.

Candidates do not have to be Registered Participants (ie. a member of a field hockey club) to be eligible to stand for election as a Director.

Nomination Process:
If you or someone you know is interested in being considered for one of the three open Board positions, please submit a brief bio highlighting relevant experience to gcaldecott@hotmail.com by September 15th, 2024. However, please note that positions are eligible to be filled at any time leading up the deadline.

We look forward to adding new perspectives to our Board to help guide Field Hockey BC into the future. Thank you for your support of our sport.

Sincerely,

Gavin Caldecott

Vice-President, Field Hockey BC

Call for Officials – May 2024

We are currently looking for umpires for the following May events:

· Vancouver International Tournament (VIT) – May 18-20 @ Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West

· Female Stage 2 and Male Provincial Evaluation Events – May 18-20 @ Tamanawis Park, Surrey (Provincial rating or higher preferred)

· U18 Girls Club Championship – May 24-26 @ Tamanawis Park, Surrey (Provincial rating or higher preferred)

Please contact Shaquille (eventsandofficials@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com) if you are interested.

**For a list of our June umpiring opportunities, please check out our Umpire Opportunities page

2024 FHBC Provincial Program Pathway – Updated to now include U21 Male Athletes

FHBC is pleased to announce that this year’s U18 Provincial Program has been extended to include U21 male athletes. Field Hockey Canada and all involved Provincial Sport Organizations (including FHBC) met formally this week to collaboratively assess and consider the competitive depth of the athlete pool across the country. The decision taken from this collaboration is to raise the age group for the U18 Male National Championship for 2024 to U21. The rationale behind this change is to maintain as meaningful environment as possible for participating athletes, whilst at the same time fostering the potential for greater provincial participation.

If you are a U21 male athlete interested in National Championship participation (July 23-28 @ Tamanawis Park), please see our Provincial Program page for the nomination and registration links.  Deadline to register is May 3rd.