With the Junior Spring League season quickly approaching, the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club has been busy developing some exciting new initiatives to help promote the sport and keep kids active. Between their Sport for Life program, their Umpiring program, and their recent Contribution to Sport award, this club will be one to watch as the season progresses.
“Sport for Life” Program
With the help of Sport for Life Canada, WVFHC is launching a project to promote athlete development, multi-sport participation and lifelong involvement in sport for all of its members. Their key focus points to implement this initiative are long-term athlete development, promoting key values, encouraging lifelong activity and wellness, and a player-centred approach.
“These values form the basis of the messages and materials that we are producing for our members this season”, explains WVFHC Executive Director, Emma Gibbons. “We are using Spring League as a chance to try out different ways to communicate these to our players, coaches and parents.”
The club will be experimenting with a variety of methods to communicate these values, including “My Player Pathway” challenges, parent and coach newsletters, posters, seminars, codes of conduct and an online campaign. At the end of the season, feedback from parents, players and coaches will be used to measure the effectiveness of the different activities in terms of communicating key messages and promoting sport for life.
“We hope that we can identify some practical ways that we – and other sport organisations – can connect and communicate with our members, beyond just sending emails”, concludes Emma. “At the end of the day, we want to create a positive sport experience for children which will encourage them to stay active for life”.
Spring League Umpiring Development
The West Vancouver Field Hockey Club is also implementing a new Spring League program centred around umpire development. This program is designed to reward education and commitment, and encourage umpire development within the club.
Before officiating any Spring League games this season, all umpires will be required to attend at least one umpire clinic. An “education” bonus will be given to any umpires who attend a second clinic, and a “commitment” incentive will go out to all umpires who officiate eight or more games throughout the season. In addition, the club has developed a mentoring scheme which allows the umpires to be assessed on field during a game.
International Hockey Federation umpire, Margaux Brand, will be coordinating this program. Visit the WVFHC Umpiring page for more information.
Contribution to Sport Award
In addition to their new programs, the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club is being recognized for hosting the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in April 2017. On March 15th, WVFHC received the Contribution to Sport Award at the North Shore Sport Awards for their dedication to making the World League tournament a success. Throughout this 10 day tournament West Vancouver hosted seven international teams, including Canada. Over 100 volunteers from the WVFHC participated to make the event possible. The Contribution to Sport Award was given in recognition of this huge endeavour and the impressive ability of the club to showcase the sport.
On behalf of Field Hockey BC, we would like to congratulate WVFHC for their accomplishments and for their commitment to developing the sport at all levels. We are excited to see how these programs progress throughout the Spring League season!
Reminder to all coaches that today is the last day to register for next week’s FUNdamentals Coaching Course! This course is a great way for new coaches to learn the fundamentals of coaching and for existing coaches to refresh their skills for the upcoming season. Visit the Field Hockey BC Coach Education page to learn more or register now!
Field Hockey BC is excited to share the launch of Field Hockey Canada’s “One Team Webinar Series” beginning this week. This program is designed to give all members of the Field Hockey Canada community the opportunity to learn from some of their community leaders. The series is launching tomorrow, February 27th, with a total of eight sessions scheduled in 2018.
Tomorrow’s session will feature KJ Williams, Canadian Indoor National Goal Keeper and Coach, who has recently returned from a FIH indoor coaching program. If you are interested in participating in this webinar, you can register online. More information on the “One Team Webinar Series” can be found on the Field Hockey Canada webiste.
Field Hockey BC is hosting a NCCP FUNdamentals Coaching Course on March 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th. This course is a great opportunity for new coaches or current coaches looking to refresh their skills in time for the upcoming spring season! For more information or to register for the course, click here.
Field Hockey BC would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lorraine Logan, who passed away on January 23, 2018. In honour of her contributions to the field hockey community, we are taking this time to recognize and celebrate everything she did for our sport on a provincial, national and international scale.
Lorraine, residing in Vancouver, first made her way onto the Western Sectional Team after a memorable performance in the second Western Sectional Tournament of the CWFHA at the University of Victoria in April, 1966. She was then selected to the 15 player Canadian National Team which was put together for a seven week international tour in the fall of 1967. This Canadian National squad travelled to Leverkusen, West Germany for the International Federation of Women’s Hockey Associations Conference from September 11-26. Their record of three wins and three losses in six tournament games was recorded as the Canadian women’s best result to date in international field hockey competition. They went on to play seven additional international exhibition games in the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The Canadians went undefeated on the back half of this tour, capturing six wins and a draw in their final three weeks of competition.
As a full-back for the Canadian team, Lorraine was recognized for her relentless tackles on the defensive side and even stepped in as a back-up goaltender, carrying her team to a 3-2 victory in Scotland when netminder Joyce Harris was unavailable. After her time with the Canadian National Team, Lorraine remained active in the field hockey community as an International Umpire. In 1979, she was an umpire for the IWFHA World Championships held in Vancouver, BC. However, Lorraine’s legacy extends well beyond her international field hockey career. She is remembered by UBC Sports Hall of Famer and chairman of the first BC Women’s Field Hockey Federation meeting, Charlotte Warren, as a reliable and hard worker. “When I was the Circulation Manager of the [Canadian Field Hockey News]… and needed hands to collect the magazines from the printers, put address labels on them and take the 750 copies to the downtown post office, it was always Lorraine who stepped up to the plate… to help out,” Charlotte reflected.
At Field Hockey BC, we consider ourselves very lucky to have had her as part of our community and we are truly grateful for everything she did for the sport. She will be deeply missed, but her legacy will not be forgotten.
Field Hockey BC would like to remind you that our Annual General Meeting for 2018 will be held this Saturday, February 17th at 12 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Pine Room at the Holiday Inn, Vancouver-Centre. To download all relevant meeting documents, please visit the documents page of our website. If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 604-737-3046. We look forward to seeing you at the AGM this weekend!
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