Provincial Athlete Feature: Introducing Eve Carrothers

Eve Carrothers is the midfielder that every team needs. Her calm and collected strength is what makes her often the most reliable player on the field. In her grade 12 year, the Tsawwassen native will be competing for the U18 BC Rams for the third consecutive year after a strong showing at the 2019 Regional Tournament with the Southeast Killer Whales.

Eve Carrothers (back row, third from right) with the Southeast Killer Whales at the 2019 Train 2 Compete Regional Championship. Photo: Chris Wilson

Coming from a family of soccer players, Carrothers started off playing field hockey for the Delta Falcons just as a fun sport in the off season. All of that changed when she joined the Field Hockey BC Regional Program and had her first opportunity to play at the National Championships.

“I wasn’t that serious about field hockey but I really started to enjoy it with this program,” explained Carrothers. “After grade 8 when I went to the Nationals in Brampton, Ontario after that it all switched, it just took over that this was my top priority. Getting to travel with the team and doing all the team bonding activities, it’s so much fun. Every year my coaches have been great at forming a family environment, that’s why I value all of the friendships I’ve made because the team really is a family.”

Eve Carrothers in action with the Southeast Killer Whales at the 2019 Train 2 Compete Regional Tournament. Photo: Chris Wilson

Carrothers has been training with the Southeast Regional program for the past five years and has been selected to a Provincial team every year. Last year, her U18 BC Rams team earned the elusive gold medal, which they had lost to Ontario for the past few years. For Carrothers, this was a huge accomplishment as it was her first ever gold medal in four years playing at the National Championships.

“I really felt with that team last year that everything just clicked,” said Carrothers. “Everyone was really comfortable with each other and you could tell that playing was a lot of fun because we really trusted each other. I think that’s what helped us win gold and reaching that goal was way more rewarding because it was with the people that we loved playing with the most.”  

Eve Carrothers (bottom right) with the U18 BC Rams after winning the 2018 National Championships.

 In her final year playing with at the U18 National Championships, Carrothers hopes to be a leader on her team and influence her younger teammates as they look to repeat last year’s gold medal victory. They will be up against some tough competition between their Ontario rivals and two other BC teams, as well as teams from Alberta, Quebec and PEI.

Carrothers plan to continue her field hockey career next year likely at the University of Toronto where she can take her field hockey to the next level while pursuing a degree in Geophysics.

“I’m really excited to play at the next level. It will be with a lot of girls who have gone through the Provincial program I’m sure, so it will be nice to see them on the field again and reach a new level of competition.”

We are excited to follow Carrothers and the rest of the U18 Team BC athletes as each team pursues the gold medal at the U18 National Championships in Surrey, BC July 3-8, 2019!

2019 FHBC Rule Amendments

With junior leagues across the province getting set to be underway, a reminder that there are five key amendments to the 2019 International Hockey Federation (FIH) rules. A simplified description of these amendments is found below and the full 2019 rules are available at: http://www.fih.ch/media/13164482/fih-rules-of-hockey-2019-final-website.pdf

Upcoming Field Hockey BC tournaments will seek to fully adopt the new rules, dependent on field allotments and the appointment of technical officials to events. FHBC will release tournament regulations in advance of each event.

FHBC strongly recommends that each league in BC adopt the new rules to allow for clarity amongst the hockey community that includes athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators.

2019 Amendments

  • Timing – Four Quarters and Penalty Corners
    1. Games are now four quarters
      1. Short breaks between quarters one and two, and quarters three and four (2 minutes) allows more coaching opportunities.
      2. A regular half time break still takes place
  • Umpires should time and monitor these breaks to ensure that games run on time
  1. Time is stopped when a penalty corner is awarded
    1. If available, technical officials can manage timing – stopping and restarting
      1. If umpires are managing time, umpires should stop time when a penalty corner is called
      2. When players are ready to take the penalty corner, the umpire managing the penalty corner should blow time in and start time again
      3. Umpires should encourage players to avoid delay when setting up for penalty corners and use common sense when managing the set up of the corner

N.B. FIH has introduced a tournament regulation that includes the use of a 40-second clock to manage the time between the awarding and the taking of a penalty corner – this is a tournament regulation and may be used at specific events, rather than an amendment to the rules

  • Removal of Goalkeeping privileges for substitute field player
    1. Teams have now two options:
      1. They either play with a goalkeeper who wears full protective equipment comprising at least headgear, leg guards and kickers and who is also permitted to wear goalkeeping hand protectors and other protective equipment, or
      2. They play with only field players
  • Defending free hits within 5 meters of the circle
    1. Players other than the attacker taking the free hit must be at least five meters away, including when they are in their circle
    2. If the attacker however chooses to take a quick the free hit, then defenders who are inside the circle and within five meters from the ball may shadow around the inside of the circle
    3. Defenders, within 5m of the free hit, inside the circle can shadow but may not attempt to play the ball until it has traveled 5m or has been touched by a defender who was 5m away when the free hit was taken
  • Free hits awarded inside the defensive circle
    1. Defenders may take a free hit awarded in the circle anywhere inside the circle or up to 15 meters from the back-line in line with the location of the offence, parallel to the side-line
  • Completion of a penalty corner
    1. Rules regarding the completion of a penalty corner have been simplified: the option that a penalty corner is completed when the ball travels outside the circle for the second time, no longer exists.
    2. A penalty corner is considered completed when:
      1. A goal is scored
      2. A free hit is awarded to the defending team
  • The ball travels more than 5 metres outside the circle
  1. The ball is played over the back-line and a penalty corner is not awarded
  2. A defender commits an offence which does not result in another penalty corner
  3. A penalty stroke is awarded
  • A bully is awarded

VFHL Playoff Recap

The Vancouver Field Hockey League finals took place at Eric Hamber Field on Saturday, April 6th. There was great action across all three men’s divisions, including a shootout thriller in the Men’s Premier League. Congratulations to the Playoff Champions:

  • Premier: India Club (5-4 Shootout W vs West Coast Kings)
  • Comp 1: Surinder Lions (4-0 W vs West Vancouver FHC)
  • Comp 2: West Coast Kings (5-1 W vs Dashmesh)

Thank you to all players, coaches, volunteers, administrators and officials for making this another successful season! Visit the VFHL Website for a list of results.

 

India Club, Premier Division Champions.

VILFHA: Playoff Recap

What better way to wrap up the month of March than with a beautiful weekend of playoff field hockey on Vancouver Island! The Vancouver Island Ladies’ Field Hockey Association held playoff finals across all three divisions last weekend. All teams played exciting hockey with a number of close and competitive games. Congratulations to the Playoff Champions:

  • Div 1: Mariners (2-1 W vs Patriots)
  • Div 2: Sailors (4-3 Shootout W vs Lynx 2)
  • Div 3: Stellers (5-1 W vs Lynx 3)

Huge thanks to all players, coaches, volunteers, administrators and officials for making this another successful season! Visit the VILFHA Website for the list of standings and results.

Stellers, Div 3 Champions. Photo: VILFHA.

John McBryde Celebrates his 80th at UBC Wright Field

On March 9, 2019, the day that John McBryde turns 80 years old, he will be out on the pitch playing for his men’s league Vancouver Hawks team. As one of Field Hockey BC’s longest active members, it seems fitting that his 80th will be spent playing the sport to which he has dedicated so much of his life!

John McBryde, still in action at 80 years old!

John was born in Maryborough, Australia and was the captain of the first Australian National Field Hockey team to win an Olympic medal when they took bronze in Tokyo, 1964. In the late 1960’s, John came to Canada and became the Head Coach of the Canadian Men’s Field Hockey team. He also served 25 years on the FIH Equipment Committee and currently acts as an Advisor on the Canadian Masters Hockey Steering Committee.

John has dedicated himself to the growth and development of field hockey for over 60 years and throughout that time, he has never stopped playing. Field Hockey BC would like to invite our community to come out to John’s game on his 80th birthday in celebration of everything he has contributed to our sport. John’s Vancouver Hawks team plays at 3 pm at UBC Wright Field on Saturday March 9, 2019. We hope to see you all out there supporting one of Field Hockey BC’s most iconic players!

John McBryde (left) and Don Paterson at the 2016 Grand Masters World Cup.

Information and images contributed by Don Paterson

Introducing the NEW Provincial Coach Education Pathway

Field Hockey BC is thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new Provincial Coach Education (PCE) Pathway! These courses will be run FREE OF CHARGE for all FHBC Club Coaches.

In partnership with West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, Field Hockey BC is running three pilot courses over the next two weeks. Over 40 coaches attended the PCE FUNdamentals and Learn 2 Train classroom sessions this week and will be out on the pitch for practical training next weekend.

These courses are designed for community club coaches to improve their technical and tactical field hockey knowledge. By providing community coaches with these tools, our goal is to provide greater field hockey development opportunities for club teams. More information on the PCE Pathway can be found on the Field Hockey BC website.

Next week, Field Hockey BC will be inviting all clubs to get involved and take advantage of these free courses! Ready to get started right away? To browse the courses that will be offered, visit the PCE Courses page. If you would like to learn more about the different PCE courses offered by Field Hockey BC, please contact John Sacre or Julie King. If you are a club administrator interested in organizing a PCE course for your club, please contact Donna Cumming.

Field Hockey BC 2019 AGM: February 9, 2019

The Field Hockey BC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on February 9, 2019 in the City of Burnaby. The AGM venue is the Burnaby Lake West Complex (Meeting Room #1) and the meeting is slated to commence at 1pm PST.

All pertinent documentation will be uploaded in advance of the AGM to the ‘Documents’ section of the Field Hockey BC website. Please note that a Nominations Form (Board of Director Elections) has been added at this time with a deadline date of January 25, 2019.

Register for the 2018-2019 Learn 2 Train Program!

Registration is now open for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island Boys and Girls Learn 2 Train Program! All athletes born between 2006-2009 with some prior field hockey experience are invited to register. Registration will remain open until October 10, 2018 at 12 p.m. Visit the Online Registration Page to secure your spot!

There is no trial for the Learn 2 Train Program. Full program payment of $200 will be collected upon registration. The Learn 2 Train Program will consist of 15-20 hours of on-field training with FHBC certified coaches. Training schedules for each region can be found here.

Visit the Learn 2 Train page of our website for more information! Still have questions? Contact Melody at melody@fieldhockeybc.com or 604-730-7220.

Support the Men’s National Team at the Red Caribou Classic!

 Come out and support the Canadian Men’s National Team at the 1st Annual Red Caribou Classic!
This fundraiser, hosted in partnership with the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, will support the Men’s National Team on the road to the FIH World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India. The event will take place at 6 PM on Saturday, September 29th at Hugo Ray Park in West Vancouver.
Tickets are free for children under the age of 15 and $20 for adults, with dinner and a drink included in the entry fee. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Men’s National Team.
For more information or to purchase your tickets, click here!