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.

CALL TO ACTION – COMMUNITY COACHES

Field Hockey BC is pleased to announce that the Society will be prioritizing support for Community Level Coaches throughout the remainder of the 2024 season (to August 31, 2024). Field Hockey BC is offering a full (100%) refund to FHBC registered participant coaches on all registration costs for the completion of the following NCCP Community Level Context and Safe Sport Coaching Courses:

  • NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport Course [Community]
  • FHC: Community Coaching Course [Community]
  • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills Course [Community]
  • NCCP Making Ethical Decisions Course [Safe Sport Requirement]

This investment in the Community Coaching Stream is being made again this year in recognition of the need for ALL COACHES AT ALL LEVELS to meet mandatory NCCP Coach Standards which come into effect for the 2025-2026 season. For the Spring and Summer of 2024, Field Hockey BC is providing financial support to Community level coaches. We encourage all Community level coaches to please consider taking advantage of such financial support and complete formal training in a timely fashion. Please note that there are two additional required Safe Sport courses that are not listed as they are already free to all coaches.

Please note that it is very likely that the Society will look to support Competition level coaches during the 2024-2025 field hockey season and as such Community level coaches are encouraged to take advantage of this support this season! We thank both our Community level coaches and our Member Clubs for their support in advocating for formal education this year. The Society and our Member Clubs, as well as our sanctioned Leagues would not wish to be faced with a scenario come 2025-2026 where athletes are not able to enjoy a field hockey program or season due to coaches not meeting mandatory coaching standards.

For more information on the mandatory standards required of coaches, please refer to the following NCCP coach education page on the FHBC website: https://fieldhockeybc.com/coaches/coaching-education/nccp-pathway/

Field Hockey BC thanks all our Community level coaches and Member Clubs for due consideration of this polite call to action!

Provincial Umpiring Course – April 8 & 10

Register for our next Provincial Umpiring Course!
April 8 & 10: 6:00pm – 9:00pm  (held online via Zoom)
**This course is only available to FHBC Registered Participants. Must have taken the Community online course prior. Must be at least 14 years of age. Maximum 12 participants
Registration Deadline: April 7, 2024
Registration information can be found on our Umpire Education page

Registration is now open for the Vancouver International Tournament (VIT)

Registration is now open for the Vancouver International Tournament (VIT), to be held May 18-20, 2024 at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West. Get your team together and join us for what will be a great weekend of hockey and fun!
Note: ‘For those participating in the Women’s Masters Division, please note that the rule permitting under-age players has been revised for the 2024 VIT. The previous allowance of up to four underage players per team has been reduced for 2024 to an allowance of up to two underage players per team’.
Registration deadline is April 14, 2024