John Sacré steps down as FHBC Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager

Field Hockey BC’s head provincial coach and performance manager, John Sacré is stepping down after three years at the helm. During his tenure with FHBC, John’s insight, leadership and expertise has helped field hockey programming across the province move become more accessible, consistent across regions and standardized.

A former Canadian men’s national team player, Sacré began his coaching experience with the Falcons field hockey club while still a junior. After retiring from playing, he transitioned into coaching, leading many BC senior and junior teams, as well as the U21 Junior National Team. He also took on the roles of National Team assistant coach and Interim men’s national coach over the years, and coached the Canadian men’s over 50 team at the World Cup masters in Barcelona, 2018.

At a club level, Sacré has coached the Surrey Sharks and Meraloma women’s premier teams, as well as the Surrey Lions under 18 boys team.

As a player, Sacré was a dedicated member of Canada’s men’s team for 12 years. Combining his playing and coaching career, he was involved in several international events: four Pan American Games, two World Cup Qualifiers and one World Cup, three Junior World Cup Qualifiers and Commonwealth Games. He conquered three Pan Am gold medals – two as player and one as a coach.

Sacré’s experience were valuable assets to Field Hockey BC.

“John has been an outstanding Provincial Head Coach and Performance Manager,” said Jennifer Taylor,  FHBC’s Athlete Program Director, who worked closely with Sacré through the High Performance programming re-structure in 2019. “From day one John took full ownership of his role and was 100% committed to improving the supports and systems FHBC provides to athletes and coaches. John is well known and respected in the Canadian field hockey and sport communities.”

The collaborative approach implemented by Sacré allowed different members and sectors of the field hockey community to be heard and help refine the organization’s plans, policies, procedures and systems.

“He is a trailblazer, always looking for new ideas and different ways of achieving success, and he is not afraid to take risks and try different approaches,” adds Taylor.

A strong advocate for coaches and the professionalization of coaching through mentorship and education, John Sacré helped create more opportunities for coaches to develop their skills and gain valuable experience.

“It has been nothing short of excellent,” added Kent McKinnon, a provincial coach who has worked closely with Sacré. “His knowledge and understanding of the game has taught me much throughout his time with our programming. He has given myself and many others the opportunity to grow and learn by being involved in the programming and coaching alongside many who have come before us.”

“I would personally like to thank John on behalf of all the coaches who have been involved, for his contribution and inclusivity. The opportunity has allowed myself and others to grow as coaches and further develop our ability to give back either at a provincial level or club level. The time spent with athletes in training and camp based environments has contributed greatly to exposing these athletes to structured training environments, with the aim to raise the level of hockey players and coaches. We thank you John very much for all you have done and look forward to what comes next for you”,  Kent McKinnon.

LEGACY

John Sacré was pivotal in the development of a comprehensive and systematic athlete evaluation tool named the Gold Medal Profile (GMP) in collaboration with Field Hockey Canada. Jennifer Taylor notes that all of the athletes in the FHBC Provincial and Elite Programs are now evaluated through the GMP “and other sports have developed their own athlete evaluation tool based on John’s work.”

“Not only is this good from a coaching perspective, but it also allows athletes to receive constructive feedback so they can further develop their field hockey skills,” added McKinnon, who also believes that the evaluation process employed has allowed coaches to more easily review and re-evaluate players throughout the seasons.

Sacré also played a leadership role in the FHBC Provincial Pathway Working Group. “His technical and strategic skills helped redesign the FHBC Provincial Athlete Pathway and Program model making it more responsive and flexible and better aligned with club and NSO pathways,” added Taylor.

“John’s significant contributions and achievements over the past 3 years will have a lasting impact on BC’s athletes and coaches for many years to come, and the systems and processes he has put in place will serve FHBC well into the future. We wish John all the best in his next adventure.”

ONE-ON-ONE WITH JOHN

What would you like the community to understand about coaching?

John: There is a lot of time and effort behind the scenes to prepare the athletes and team. There are many aspects that they must consider: technical, tactical, physical, mental, and athletes’ social development. It’s like being a movie director and you are working towards everyone having a great performance!

How should coaches approach their education?

John: Go out and watch other teams and training sessions. Work on being yourself and develop your own principles, tactics, and ideas. The best education is really to go out and ask questions of other coaches. Bounce your ideas around with others to get feedback. Try to stay original to yourself and ideas. The second piece is not to limit your coaching experience. Go out and coach other athletes you may not know. Learn to be a head coach as well as an assistant coach. Build out your experience by coaching all levels, genders, and age groups, from club to top high-performance programs. The more you challenge yourself, the more you will learn from others as well as yourself.

What are the lessons you take from your time in this role?

John: Over the past three years, it has really reinforced for me how dependent we need to be in our hockey community to functionally work together at all levels. From Club to Provincial to National organizations, we need clear roles and responsibilities.

After three years with as FHBC Head provincial Coach & Performance Manager, what are you most proud of?

John: The way all our Provincial Teams performed and getting FHBC back on top of the podium again during the 2019 Nationals before the pandemic, restructuring and the realignment of our HP Programming, and providing new opportunities by bringing in new talented coaches and athletes by opening up the process to everyone.

Systemic National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards FHBC – Strategic Investment and Support 2021-2022

FHBC recently received NCCP Standards framework confirmation from the FHC Coach Education Committee. This framework can be accessed directly here. In support of this framework, FHBC this week formally adopted the following financial support initiatives towards formal coach education through the NCCP pathway for the remainder of the 2021-22 season:

1. NCCP Safe Sport Context:

  • For FHBC to continue to subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Coaches accessing Safe Sport NCCP Making Ethical Decisions workshop (approximately $75 per coach candidate).

2. NCCP Community Coach Context:

  • For FHBC to subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Coaches accessing NCCP Community Initiation Online Course ($15 per coach candidate).
  • For FHBC to subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Coaches accessing NCCP Community Coach Course – Technical Online Workshop ($50 per coach candidate).
  • For FHBC to subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Coaches accessing NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills Course – Practical Workshop ($70 per coach candidate).

3. Competition Coach Context:

  • For FHBC to subsidize 50% of the costs associated with FHBC Provincial Program Coaches accessing NCCP Competition Introduction Online Module/Course Curricula (Full Stream cost approximately $600 per coach candidate – Modular costs range from $20-$250 per Module).
  • For FHBC to subsidize 50% of the costs associated with FHBC Provincial Program Coaches accessing NCCP Competition Development Online Module/Course Curricula (Full Stream cost approximately $1800 per coach candidate – Modular costs range from $90-$200 per Module).

FHBC Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for the above initiatives equate to an estimated investment of approximately $22,000 in Coach Educational (NCCP) subsidy through the Society for the remainder of the 2021-22 season. This initiative forms the basis for a continuation in FHBC’s strategic support for formal coach education with the intent to help mitigate one of the fundamental challenges in BC Member Coaches accessing formal coach education through the NCCP Pathway.

As the field hockey community looks towards 2022 Seasonal delivery, FHBC encourages all BC Member Coaches to take full advantage of this subsidy opportunity at this time. Should BC Member Coaches and/or Community Leads within the Club or League structure require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to FHBC for assistance.

Job Posting – Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager

John Sacré

The position of Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager has been re-posted with an extended application window closing January 3, 2022.

Following a successful three year tenure as Head Provincial Coach & Performance Manager, John Sacré has taken the difficult decision to step down from this role and open an exciting opportunity for someone new to take on the reins.

John will remain with FHBC until mid-November. On behalf of the entire FHBC Membership, FHBC would like to thank John for his considerable insight, leadership, and expertise in continuing to move FHBC programming forward. Please do not hesitate to reach out to John over the next two months as FHBC transitions this role.

The position of Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager is designed to support the delivery of programming intent on improving the skill and knowledge base of both male and female athletes and coaches throughout the Province of British Columbia.

The Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager will be directly responsible for the systemic development of athlete and coach pathways, for skills matrix oversight, direction, and coach mentorship within Field Hockey BC’s Train to Train (T2T); Train to Compete (T2C); Learn to Win (L2W); and Academy Programs, as well as be responsible for supporting the active implementation of the National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) and the FHBC Provincial Coach Education (PCE) program.

Deadline for application: January 3, 2021

To read the full job description and learn how to apply for the position, click here.


Island Technical Development Programs – Fall 2021

Registration is now open for our 4-week Island Technical Development Fall Programs. These programs are open to both female and male athletes born in 2004 – 2007.

The program details are as follows:

Duncan

Day/Time

Date Range

Cost

Location

U16/18

Wednesdays, 5:00 – 7:00pm

November 17 – December 8

$95

Cowichan Sportsplex

Victoria

Day/Time

Date Range

Cost

Location

U16/18

Fridays, 6:00 – 8:00pm

November 19 – December 10

$95

University of Victoria

Registration:

  • Register here: https://www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php/
    • Select “Register/Pay for an FHBC Program” on the left
    • Select “Development” under Program level
    • All athletes should select U18 under the Age drop-down menu, even if they are currently U16
  • Registration is limited to maintain an athlete to coach ratio of 8:1 and will be on a first come-first served basis

For more information on these programs please visit our Female program page, or our Male program page.

If you have any questions, please contact our Athlete Program & Sport Development Manager, Katie Jameson, via katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com.

COVID-19 Response: PHO Order Revision – Youth Sport Supervisors Protocol (PROOF OF VACCINATION) – Second Edition

You can download the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Further to Communique #17 sent out yesterday afternoon and included below for reference, the following clarifications to the PHO Gathering and Events Order revision (dated October 25, 2021) were sought by FHBC today and have since been confirmed by viaSport BC:

  • Child and Youth field hockey program coaches, managers, volunteers AND OFFICIALS (those who have active supervisory interaction with Child and Youth field hockey program participants) are now required to show proof of FULL (Double) Vaccination for both indoor and outdoor field hockey activity.
  • The requirement to show proof of FULL (Double) Vaccination for both indoor and outdoor field hockey activity applies to all Child and Youth field hockey program coaches, managers, volunteers, and officials 19 years of age or older (19+).
  • Records of Vaccination: Local Sport Organizations (LSO’s) are allowed to keep written records of proof of vaccination from participants, as long as they have written consent from the participant to do so. These records may only be kept for the purposes of confirming that a participant has been vaccinated and can be kept until this PHO Order expires or is repealed.

Communique #17 (dated October 26, 2021):

Following a latest update to the PHO Gathering and Events Order (Proof of Vaccination) and subsequent confirmation from viaSport BC, I am writing to confirm that the previous Proof of Vaccination exemption for those charged with supervising YOUTH field hockey programming (programming for those Under 22 years of age) has now been removed. Youth field hockey program coaches, managers, and volunteers (those who have active supervisory interaction with Youth field hockey program participants) are now required to show proof of FULL (Double) Vaccination for both indoor and outdoor field hockey activity.

Unless the facility being utilized and/or hired is directly monitoring Proof of Vaccination, Local Sport Organizations (LSO’s) are responsible for checking that all field hockey program coaches, managers, and volunteers supporting Youth programming now have FULL (Double) Proof of Vaccination. Whilst it is likely that many of those charged with a supervisory role within Youth field hockey are classified as Adults under the PHO Order, it has yet to be clarified whether Youth supervisors between the ages of 12 and 22 will be required to show FULL (Double) Proof of Vaccination. FHBC expects to receive the necessary clarification within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, Local Sport Organizations (LSO’s) should consider it a responsible step to have all Youth supervisors over the age of 12 show FULL (Double) Proof of Vaccination.

For those Youth field hockey programs involving field of play officials (umpires), it may now also be necessary to these officials to be required to show FULL (Double) Proof of Vaccination. Clarification on the intent of the PHO Order revision in this case is also pending and expected to be received over the course of the next 24 hours.

The PHO Gathering and Events Order revision (Proof of Vaccination) can be accessed here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-gatherings-events.pdf

For more information regarding Field Hockey’s COVID-19 response, please refer to the Field Hockey BC website at: https://fieldhockeybc.com/covid-19-response/. Further reference material can also be found on the viaSport BC website at https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
October 27, 2021

In Memoriam: Dorothy ‘Dot’ Asuma

On October 2nd, 2021, the field hockey community lost a very dear friend with the passing of Dorothy ‘Dot’ Asuma at the age of 90. She played a pivotal role in the development and recognition of Canadian field hockey on the international stage, and FHBC would like to recognize her invaluable contributions to our sport.

Dot was the Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Association Tours Chairman from 1966-68 and 1970-75, although her work with Canada’s National women started well before that. Barb Harris remembers Dot being very involved with the preparation of the 1959 and 1963 National teams, especially on the finance and uniform side.

Dot served as Manager of the Women’s National teams in 1971 (IFWHA Tournament, New Zealand), 1974 (Canada), and 1975 (1st IFWHA WORLD Championship, Scotland). She took point in bringing the English National Team for a cross-Canada tour in 1974. The idea was to showcase hockey across the country, and by all accounts that was a success, as England played matches against the Canadian women, and provincial teams in 9 cities from Halifax to Victoria.

When the International Federation of Women’s Hockey Association (IFWHA) selected Canada to host the 1979 Women’s World Championships, Asuma was named Chair of the Organizing Committee for the tournament. Under Dot’s leadership, the committee proved that Canada was more than capable of hosting a world class event. Dot’s hard work culminated with her being nominated to Field Hockey Canada’s Hall of Fame in 2019, in the Builder’s Category. As stated by FHC in her induction article, “it was the first major women’s international hockey games to be held in Canada and set the foundation in which to grow the sport domestically.”

An active participant in the Greater Vancouver Women’s Grass Hockey Association between 1950 and 1965, Asuma represented both the Ex-King Edward and North Vancouver Field Hockey Clubs. In 1967, she received the Government of Canada Centennial Medal for her services to the sport. Dot and the ’79 Committee were awarded the BCWFHF Barbara Schrodt Award – For “Those Who Made a Difference” to Women’s Hockey in BC – for 1979.

Field Hockey BC offers its condolences to her family and friends. Thank you for all you have done, Dot. Rest in peace.

COVID-19 Response: PHO Order Revision – Youth Sport Supervisors Protocol (PROOF OF VACCINATION)

You can download the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey Members,

Following a latest update to the PHO Gathering and Events Order (Proof of Vaccination) and subsequent confirmation from viaSport BC, I am writing to confirm that the previous Proof of Vaccination exemption for those charged with supervising YOUTH field hockey programming (programming for those Under 22 years of age) has now been removed. Youth field hockey program coaches, managers, and volunteers (those who have active supervisory interaction with Youth field hockey program participants) are now required to show proof of FULL (Double) Vaccination for both indoor and outdoor field hockey activity.

Unless the facility being utilized and/or hired is directly monitoring Proof of Vaccination, Local Sport Organizations (LSO’s) are responsible for checking that all field hockey program coaches, managers, and volunteers supporting Youth programming now have FULL (Double) Proof of Vaccination. Whilst it is likely that many of those charged with a supervisory role within Youth field hockey are classified as Adults under the PHO Order, it has yet to be clarified whether Youth supervisors between the ages of 12 and 22 will be required to show FULL (Double) Proof of Vaccination. FHBC expects to receive the necessary clarification within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, Local Sport Organizations (LSO’s) should consider it a responsible step to have all Youth supervisors over the age of 12 show FULL (Double) Proof of Vaccination.

For those Youth field hockey programs involving field of play officials (umpires), it may now also be necessary to these officials to be required to show FULL (Double) Proof of Vaccination. Clarification on the intent of the PHO Order revision in this case is also pending and expected to be received over the course of the next 24 hours.

The PHO Gathering and Events Order revision (Proof of Vaccination) can be accessed here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-gatherings-events.pdf

For more information regarding Field Hockey’s COVID-19 response, please refer to the Field Hockey BC website at: https://fieldhockeybc.com/covid-19-response/. Further reference material can also be found on the viaSport BC website at https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
October 26, 2021

ADVANCE NOTICE – Introduction of Systemic Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards 2021-2022

You can access the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Earlier this calendar year and in partnership with Field Hockey Canada (FHC), Field Hockey BC (FHBC) along with each recognized Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) across Canada assessed a multi-year Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards Proposal presented to the PSO Community by the FHC Coach Education Committee. Following receipt of this Proposal, FHBC formed an NCCP Coach Education Working Group to review the Proposal relative to the BC Field Hockey Environment and provide associated feedback to the FHC Coach Education Committee, feedback that included outreach to club community coaches across BC.

The FHBC NCCP Coach Education Working Group submitted its feedback to FHC in April 2021 and has since followed up with the FHC Coach Education Committee to request the necessary clarification of expectations for 2021-22 (in particular) and for progression into 2022-23. This notice is sent at this time as an advance notice that Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards are expected to be implemented at ALL levels of field hockey participation utilizing a phased approach from the current seasonal year (2021-22) through 2024-2025.

As the field hockey community looks towards the traditional Junior Spring Season and into the Summer Event Season of 2022, it should be expected that coaches may not only be required to comply with Safe Sport NCCP requirements but may also be required to be ‘in-training’, ‘trained’ and/or ‘certified’ at specific levels within the NCCP Pathway. In anticipation of such requirement, FHBC has already committed to continue to financially subsidize Safe Sport NCCP requirements in full for all FHBC member coaches and FHBC has also committed to set-aside additional financial resources to support and assist FHBC member coaches to meet specific expectations during the 2021-22 season.

It is hoped that 2021-22 seasonal expectations for Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards will be made very clear in the very near future. In the interim, FHBC is preparing internally to assist FHBC member coaches to understand these expectations as they relate to the NCCP Pathway and to help plot a path to meet such expectation. FHBC remains committed to assisting FHBC member coaches in advancing their respective formal education and where possible assisting with the fundamental challenge of financial accessibility.

FHBC expects to be in a position to follow-up with more information on this initiative later this calendar month. For information on the NCCP Pathway please visit the FHBC website at https://fieldhockeybc.com/coaches/coaching-education/nccp-pathway/ or reach out directly to FHBC’s Sport Development Manager, Katie Jameson via phone (778) 227-0895 or via e-mail at katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com.

For questions regarding the FHBC NCCP Coach Education Working Group and associated due process to date, please do not hesitate to reach out to FHBC’s Coaching Director (Board of Directors), Michelle McNaughton at michellemcnaughton@fieldhockeybc.com.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
October 1, 2021

COVID-19 Response: FHBC (PSO) Return to Responsible Play Protocols – ATTESTATION PROTOCOL –  Communique #16

Dear Field Hockey Members,

Following both the recent release of the PHO Gathering and Events Order Revision (Proof of Vaccination) and subsequent confirmation from viaSport BC, I am writing on behalf of the FHBC Board of Directors to confirm that the requirement for attestation completion included with the FHBC (PSO) Responsible Return to Play Framework has now been removed following an associated vote by the FHBC Board of Directors on September 27, 2021. Local Sport Organizations (LSO’s) still have a choice to continue to adopt an attestation protocol, but this is now no longer a requirement under FHBC (PSO) Responsible Return to Play protocols nor a requirement within viaSport BC Organized Sport Sector Return to Play protocols.

Please note that an exception may still apply should a BC Health Authority and/or facility operator or owner require an attestation protocol to access facilities or permit active programming. In this case LSO’s are expected to follow the associated protocol accordingly.

Field Hockey BC remains committed to providing timely Responsible Return to Play updates to our community membership. For more information regarding Field Hockey’s COVID-19 response and to access information on the Provincial Government Restart 2.0 plan, PHO Order revisions, and the Proof of Vaccination program, please refer to the Field Hockey BC website at: https://fieldhockeybc.com/covid-19-response/. Further reference material can also be found on the viaSport BC website at https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport.

The PHO Gathering and Events Order revision (Proof of Vaccination) can be accessed here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-gatherings-events.pdf

For information on the overall Proof of Vaccination Program, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
September 28, 2021