U13 Club Championships Get Underway!

The U13 Boys and Girls Club Championship Festival will take place this weekend, June 1-2, 2019 at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West in Burnaby, BC.

There will be a total of 20 teams from across BC participating in this Festival, hosted by the Burnaby Bears Field Hockey Club. This is a great opportunity for our young athletes to develop their skills and meet players from around the province. For a full weekend schedule and more tournament details, visit the Club Championships page.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend in Burnaby!

U18 Club Championships Take Place this Weekend

We have an exciting weekend of field hockey ahead of us as the U18 Boys and Girls Club Championships will take place May 10-12, 2019 at Tamanawis Park and Cloverdale Athletic Park in Surrey, BC.

There will be a total of 20 teams representing 13 clubs across BC competing in this tournament, hosted by India Field Hockey Club. For a full weekend schedule and more tournament details, visit the Club Championships page.

We will see you this weekend in Surrey for some sunny weather and great hockey!

 

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.

Spring League Instagram Contest

It’s finally here – Spring League starts tomorrow and we want to hear all about it! Take part in the FHBC Spring League Social Media Contest for a chance to win a “Field Hockey is Life” t-shirt!

How to Enter:

  1. Take a photo or video with your Spring League team, post it on Instagram and tag @fieldhockeybc.
  2. E-mail your photo/video to info@fieldhockeybc.com or send it to us via Direct Message on Instagram. Please include your name, contact information and club.

The first deadline for submission is Monday, May 6th. Winner will be announced Wednesday, May 8th. 

Rules:

Photos and videos can be on or off field, individual or team photos. Submissions must contain one or more players in their club uniform to be considered. Individuals may submit up to three entries. By entering the contest, you consent that Field Hockey BC  has to right to publish and re-distribute your photo or video.

Prizes:

One contest winner will be selected per submission window. The first contest winner will receive a free “Field Hockey is Life” t-shirt from Field Hockey BC!

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.

Congrats to All VWFHA Playoff Champions!

NV Strikers, Div 2 Playoff Champions.

Last weekend, the Vancouver Women’s League wrapped up with a number of exciting playoff match-ups across all divisions! Congratulations to our division Champions:

  • Premier: Meralomas Premier (2-1 W vs Vancouver Hawks Premier)
  • Championship: West Vancouver 1 (3-2 W vs Tri-City Eagles)
  • Div 1: Delta Falcons (W vs Elite Select)
  • Div 2: North Vancouver Strikers (2-1 W vs Vancouver Hawks 2)
  • Div 3: North Vancouver Thunder (4-3 OTW vs Burnaby Bears 1)
  • Div 4: Richmond Rebels (2-1 W vs Thrasher Sharks)
  • Div 5: Vancouver Goshawks (1-0 W vs North Vancouver Mariners)

Thank you to all players, coaches, volunteers and umpires for making this another successful season! Visit the VWFHA Website for the list of standings and results.

Handsworth Takes Second Consecutive Provincial AAA Gold

The Handsworth Royals successfully repeated their gold medal victory at the 2018 AAA Provincial High School Championships. The tournament hosted by Clayton Heights Secondary took place from November 14-16, 2018 at Tamanawis Park, Surrey.

“I was thoroughly impressed with the level of play of all these athletes,” said BC High School Field Hockey Commissioner, Alanna Martin. “Not only were they highly skilled and physically fit, they also demonstrated good sportsmanship. It is obvious to me that their coaches have committed a lot of time to their program to make it successful and that the athletes have benefited from this and from their community programs.”

After the 5th ranked South Delta Sun Devils defeated Oak Bay in their quarter final match-up, the South Delta team was set to face off against the top ranked Handsworth Royals in the first semi-final. Despite an outstanding defensive effort from the Sun Devils, Handsworth took a 1-0 victory to clinch their position in the gold medal game and the opportunity to defend their Provincial title.

The second semi-final featured a showdown between Cowichan and Kelowna, both coming into the game undefeated in the tournament. Cowichan came out on top by a 3-1 margin to send them to their first final since 2016.

“With the top teams in the province competing in this tournament, every team will be challenged, therefore, everyone will grow individually as an athlete and collectively as a team,” Martin explained.

The bronze medal game was a thriller between South Delta and Kelowna. Kelowna took an early lead, but South Delta answered back to make it a 1-1 game. With the two teams still tied at the end of regulation, the game went to a shootout where South Delta prevailed to claim their first podium finish since 2014.

In the gold medal game, Handsworth jumped out to an early lead with a goal from senior forward, Tara Hamilton. Handsworth added a second goal to give them a 2-0 lead going into halftime. Despite a strong offensive push from Cowichan in the second half, Handsworth held on to take their second Provincial gold medal in as many years.

The 2018 Handsworth Royals, Provincial AAA Champions.

“Passion is the what I think of when I look back at the tournament,” Martin reflected. “Athletes who played with passion and rebounded with grace in the face of defeat.  The organizing committee worked passionately and tirelessly to ensure that all the details were attended to in order for the tournament to be a success. Passion from the coaching staff who volunteer countless hours because they love the sport. It was a great event to be a part of.”

For a full list of tournament results, visit the AAA Provincial Championship website. Congratulations to all participating teams for an outstanding weekend of hockey!

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.