Job Posting – Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager

John Sacré

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 applications: October 10, 2021
Job to commence from: November 8, 2021

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


FHBC Board of Directors – Community Recruitment Notice: Vacant Position of Vice-President

Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

On behalf of the Field Hockey BC (FHBC) Board of Directors, I am writing to inform BC stakeholders that there is an exciting opportunity for an individual to apply for consideration to become a voluntary member of the FHBC Board of Directors. The Board Member vacancy is in the position of Vice-President, a position that provides Board leadership in the following areas:

  • Act as Board Nominations Chair
  • Act as Constitution, Bylaw, and Policy and Procedure Revisions Chair
  • Act as Board Records and Membership Meetings Chair (Notices and Meeting Records)
  • Act as the FHBC Discipline Chair

The FHBC Board of Directors is keen to consider the appointment of a Vice-President to take on the reins for this portfolio for the remainder of the current term (to February 2023 when this position is next due for election).

I would very much like to invite anyone interested in this role to return an expression of interest via e-mail to the Acting FHBC Board Nominations Chair at michellemcnaughton@fieldhockeybc.com with the title “Vice-President” by a deadline date of October 10, 2021.

Such an expression of interest should include a brief statement as to your motivation for consideration, your background, qualifications and/or experience and what excites you about this opportunity. I very much thank you for your due consideration and assistance in moving this portfolio forward.

Yours in sport,

Denise McGeachy
President
Field Hockey BC
September 13, 2021

COVID-19 Response: PHO Order Revision (Proof of Vaccination) – Gathering and Events – Communique #15

Download the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Further to FHBC’s Return to Responsible Play Communique #14 dated September 10, 2021 and following the official release of the PHO Gathering and Events Order Revision (Proof of Vaccination) earlier today, I am writing to provide an initial interpretation of the PHO Order Revision wording as it relates to the Organized Sport Sector. Such interpretation has been provided through viaSport BC and will also be reflected in due course on the viaSport BC website. The PHO Gathering and Events Order Revision (Proof of Vaccination) comes into effect September 13, 2021:

  • Adults (those 22 years of age or older) are required to show Proof of Vaccination for indoor sport
  • Youth (under 22 years of age) are exempt from the program and do not need to show Proof of Vaccination

The following components are pending clarification from the PHO as they relate to the Organized Sport Sector:

  • Who is specifically exempt from Youth Sport under this PHO order revision (ie. does this include coaches, trainers, officials, volunteers, parents who may be 22 years of age or older)
  • Who counts as a spectator for ticketed events and sporting activity

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.

Field Hockey BC will continue to provide Community Communique updates as more information is received. For further detail regarding Field Hockey’s COVID-19 response and to access information on the Provincial Government Restart 2.0 plan, as well as Responsible Return to Play Framework documentation, please refer to the Field Hockey BC website at: https://fieldhockeybc.com/covid-19-response/. Further reference material can be found on the viaSport BC website at https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
September 11, 2021

COVID-19 Response: Pending PHO Order Revision (Proof of Vaccination) – Advance Notice – Communique #14

Download the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Following Return to Responsible Play meetings with viaSport BC this week and a subsequent lobby to the Provincial Health Office for clarification as to how the BC Provincial Government ‘Proof of Vaccination’ requirements may impact the Organized Sport Sector, I am writing to provide an early indication as to community expectation prior to the release of the latest PHO Order revision. Such a PHO Order revision is expected prior to or on September 13th, 2021 (with the PHO Order revision scheduled to take effect on the same date).

Until such time as the PHO Order revision is released and most significantly the PHO Order wording has been interpretated relative to the Organized Sport Sector, the following remains an EXPECTATION ONLY and at this juncture is provided for advance community reference only:

  • Adults (those 19 and older) are expected to have to show Proof of Vaccination for indoor and outdoor sport
  • Youth (those 18 and younger) are expected to be exempt from the program and do not need to show Proof of Vaccination.
  • Coaches, trainers, parents and volunteers who support youth sport are also expected to be exempt from showing Proof of Vaccination.
  • Spectators at ticketed indoor events are expected to require Proof of Vaccination.
  • Spectators at non-ticketed indoor events for youth sport may need to show Proof of Vaccination.
  • Facility operators are likely to ask sport organizations to take responsibility for their Proof of Vaccination implementation.

The Provincial Government and Provincial Health Office continues to work on drafting the PHO Order revision so it can be released as soon as possible. The intention of the Order is three-fold:

    • It is being implemented as part of the BC Government’s program to increase vaccination levels in BC.
    • It is being implemented so public services (employment and other essential services) can continue.
    • It is being implemented so that programming for children and youth can continue.

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

It is anticipated that the interpretation of the latest PHO Order revision (relative to the Organized Sport Sector) may take time and that the PHO Order may indeed be subject to further revision in order to provide appropriate sport sector guidance and alignment. This, as I am sure our community members can appreciate, is a similar environmental reality to the time taken and revisions necessary as we navigated PHO Order wording and interpretive intent during 2020.

Field Hockey BC once again asks for community patience as we look to the necessary level of interpretation to align community programming and activity to PHO Order requirements. Similar Community Communiques will follow from FHBC as more information becomes available.

For further detail regarding Field Hockey’s COVID-19 response and to access information on the Provincial Government Restart 2.0 plan, as well as Responsible Return to Play Framework documentation, please refer to the Field Hockey BC website at: https://fieldhockeybc.com/covid-19-response/. Further reference material can be found on the viaSport BC website at https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
September 10, 2021

Congratulations to everyone representing Canada at the Junior Pan American Championships

Photo Credit: Rodrigo Jaramillo/PAHF

The 2021 Junior Pan American Championships came to an end last weekend and marked a very important chapter in Canada’s and British Columbia’s proud field hockey history. The Junior Women’s National team brought home the gold medal; the first ever Canadian women’s Pan American gold registered at any level.

Their campaign at the tournament was spotless, without a single defeat or goal conceded. The three goals scored by Canada in the competition came from BC players: Sara Goodman against Argentina in the Pool stage; Thora Rae against Chile in the semifinal; and Anna Mollenhauer in the final against Uruguay.

The Junior Men’s National team also proudly represented our country and province, finishing in 4th place. BC athletes Sean Davis, Johnny Jacoby and Aaron Fong scored in the competition.

Canada was also represented in the competition by umpires Tyler Klenk, a BC umpire for over 10 years now, and Joanne Wudrich from Ontario.

Women’s Team

Bronwyn Bird, West Vancouver
Nora Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Sara Goodman, Duncan
Anna Mollenhauer, Victoria
Thora Rae, Vancouver
Julia Ross, Vancouver
Stefanie Sajko, Victoria
Ishaval Sekhon, Surrey
Nora Struchtrup, Victoria
Lucy Wheeler, North Vancouver

Non-Traveling Reserves

Birkley Anderson, Duncan
Laine Delmotte, North Vancouver
Izzy Fraser, Vancouver
Arden Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Libby Hogg, Victoria
Lonica McKinney, Kelowna
Nicola leech, Victoria
Maddie Mittelsteadt, Victoria
Mikayla Stelling, Vancouver

Men’s Team

Kyle Bishop, North Vancouver
Avjot Buttar, Richmond
Sam Cabral, Vancouver
Nic Cain, Vancouver
Rowan Childs, Tsawwassen
Sean Davis, Marondera (Zimbabwe)
Bhavdeep Dhaliwal, Surrey
Roopkanwar Dhillon, Surrey
Aaron Foong, North Vancouver
Daniel Goodwin, North Vancouver
Johnny Jacoby, Victoria
Manveer Jhamat, Abbotsford

On behalf of the Field Hockey BC Board Members and Staff, a huge thank you and congratulations to the athletes, umpires and supporting team for creating history for FHBC and the sport that we love.

The Junior Pan American Championships start tomorrow; BC represented on all fronts

Thora Rae of the Junior Women’s Team and Tyler Klenk

Canada’s Junior National Teams are currently in Santiago, Chile, where the Junior Pan American Games will take place from August 21 to August 28. Tomorrow, at 11am (Pacific Time), the Men’s Junior Team will start their participation against Mexico; the Women will face Uruguay on the first match on Sunday, at 7am.

Both teams are seeking not only the Pan Am title, but also a spot on the next Junior World Cup that will happen in December, in India. On the men’s side, only the finalists will qualify; on the women’s, the World Cup berth will be given to the top three teams.

Additionally to several BC players on the men and women’s roster, British Columbia will also be represented among the umpires: Tyler Klenk has been selected to umpire in the Junior Pan American Games. He and Joanne Wudrich, from Calgary, are the only Canadians in the FIH International Appointments for 2021 – Klenk will also be umpiring in the Junior World Cup late this year.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Tyler has been umpiring in BC for 10 years now, since 2011. He got his first international appointment in 2016 at the Junior Pan Am of that year, and has already umpired at the Senior Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games and Asia Cup.

FHBC wishes good luck to Tyler, Joanne and all the players and supporting team representing Canada in Chile!

Here is a list the BC players at the Junior Pan American Games:

Women’s Team

Bronwyn Bird, West Vancouver
Nora Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Sara Goodman, Duncan
Anna Mollenhauer, Victoria
Thora Rae, Vancouver
Julia Ross, Vancouver
Stefanie Sajko, Victoria
Ishaval Sekhon, Surrey
Nora Struchtrup, Victoria
Lucy Wheeler, North Vancouver

Non-Traveling Reserves

Birkley Anderson, Duncan
Laine Delmotte, North Vancouver
Izzy Fraser, Vancouver
Arden Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Libby Hogg, Victoria
Lonica McKinney, Kelowna
Nicola leech, Victoria
Maddie Mittelsteadt, Victoria
Mikayla Stelling, Vancouver

Men’s Team

Kyle Bishop, North Vancouver
Avjot Buttar, Richmond
Sam Cabral, Vancouver
Nic Cain, Vancouver
Rowan Childs, Tsawwassen
Sean Davis, Marondera (Zimbabwe)
Bhavdeep Dhaliwal, Surrey
Roopkanwar Dhillon, Surrey
Aaron Foong, North Vancouver
Daniel Goodwin, North Vancouver
Johnny Jacoby, Victoria
Manveer Jhamat, Abbotsford

Watch the livestream of the competition here.

Read the FHC article, see the full roster and complete schedules here.

Umpire Field Assessment Opportunity – Community and Provincial Umpire Ratings

There will be an opportunity on the weekend of August 27-29, 2021 for both Community and Provincial Umpires to have field assessments conducted towards formal certification or re-certification. This opportunity is in conjunction with the hosting of the India Club Tournament being held at Tamanawis Park in Surrey, BC over these dates. There are multiple male and female divisions at the India Club Tournament enabling both Community and Provincial field assessments to take place.

Any Umpire who has either taken the Community or Provincial Umpires Course or is an existing Community or Provincial Umpire requiring an assessment renewal can take advantage of this opportunity. To put yourself forward for a field assessment, please contact Gary Sangha at juniors@indiaclub.ca and provide your availability to umpire over the August 27-29, 2021 weekend, as well as your required level of assessment.

Kelowna Hosts Interior Girls FHBC Provincial Talent ID Camp

By Ali Baggott and FHBC Staff, for Field Hockey BC

– Kelowna, B.C. – Several camps are under way as part of the Field Hockey BC talent identification process. One of the outcomes of the extensive 2020 provincial athlete pathway review project was to open the pathway up and be more open, transparent, and inclusive. The redesigned provincial athlete program now includes a three-stage model and the result is an initial talent ID camp happening in regions across the Province. A milestone for this process was the hosting of an interior-based ID camp that took place Jul. 17 at Mission Park in Kelowna, B.C.

The camp was led by three coaches including Kelowna-based Ben Fecht, recently retired women’s national team member Dani Hennig, who hails from Kelowna, and Vancouver’s David Keogh.

“It was a long time ago since I was a part of FHBC programs but what I do remember was that it was great to have the opportunity to play field hockey outside of the short high school season,” said Hennig who retired recently with 200 international caps to her name. “Without FHBC programs there aren’t really other opportunities for these athletes to play hockey. It also allows them to train with different athletes and learn from other coaches which I think is very important for a developing athlete.”

Kelowna Secondary School’s Alivia Venning is one of those athletes who values these opportunities.

“It’s been a long year when it comes to a lack of hockey,” said Venning, a midfielder at the U16 age group ahead of the camp. “I’m looking forward to being back on the pitch, training with my teammates, and working with the fantastic coaches.”

Venning is originally from Bermuda and moved to Kelowna in July 2019 but thrusted herself in to what hockey should could access. She worked closely with Ben Fecht to coach an under 14 team and is eager to absorb what she can.

“There are definitely challenges to playing in the Interior compared to Vancouver (or Bermuda, where we played on turf as well),” described Venning of the lack of water-based facility access in the interior. “I hope that I will be able to bring my training from Bermuda, as well as my time on the Kelowna Senior Secondary team, with me to the Talent ID camp. Unfortunately, the heat and smoke haze this week will also add some challenges. We are very fortunate to have a great facility here in Kelowna, as well as great coaches.”

Two male and two female talent ID camps are also happening on the lower mainland in July and August, while an additional camp is planned for Jul. 23-25 on Vancouver Island. All camps feature consistent technical and game play opportunities, with a vigorous, transparent and fair evaluation matrix. Athletes will also be able to receive qualitative and quantitative feedback to help them move forward in their field hockey development. Coaches from other regions are also being utilized at camps to provide neutral perspective and opportunities for athletes to engage with new coaches.

“It’s always refreshing to have a fresh set of eyes and bring a different culture or view of hockey to another region,” said Keogh, a Vancouver-based coach who made the trip to Kelowna for the camp. “It also gives me the opportunity to learn from other coaches. It’s important for coaches to travel to other areas to share their experiences and learn from others. Also, every region has the right to be assessed fairly, regardless of your location. It’s all about what you can offer.”

An important Field Hockey BC guiding principle is to provide for opportunities wherever and whenever possible to help grow the game and give as many young players the chance to love and enjoy the game.

“Field hockey really helped shape who I am today as a person and taught me a lot of lessons and skills that I have taken into my life and career beyond hockey,” acknowledged Hennig. “My hope is that through coaching I can help impart some of those lessons on the next generation and provide them with the opportunity to learn and grow through the sport of field hockey.”

“If athletes want to pursue field hockey at a high level it becomes about so much more than technical skills. While having less training and competition here as well as lack of access to turf may limit the opportunities to develop and refine technical skills, things like physical fitness, tactical understanding, work ethic and positive attitude are all things which are of equal importance and are things athletes can work on and control themselves. To find success they need to make the most of each opportunity that they have, soak up as much knowledge and be diligent in applying what they are learning each time they step on the pitch. There are a number of national team players, including myself, who have come out of Kelowna having grown up playing on grass, who I think are great examples to look to of how one can find success even with certain barriers.”

Hennig among other interior greats such as Thea Culley, Natalie Sourisseau and Abigail Raye are all Field Hockey BC products who overcame a variety of obstacles to become outstanding international players. For many who attended the talent ID camp this past weekend, this could just be the start before their names are added to that list.

“Dani has been an important part of the Interior Regional programme since I joined,” Venning highlighted about having the national team stand out at the field. “She is an inspiration and a role model to all of us in the program. We have been very fortunate to have an accomplished and talented field hockey player such as Dani involved. She is very approachable and is a great coach to all of us.”

Whilst there is no formal Field Hockey BC Provincial Representative Team Program this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, this summers Field Hockey BC Provincial Talent ID Camp Program is an opportunity for BC’s top athletes to be identified and thereafter invited to participate in Field Hockey BC’s new Elite Program. The new Elite Program is designed to assist athlete preparation for participation and/or selection or re-selection to the National NextGen and National Team Program.

For more information on Field Hockey BC’s Provincial Talent ID Camps and Pathways be sure to check out the website. Upcoming camps include the Victoria-based camp on Jul. 23-25, U16 lower mainland girls on Jul. 30-Aug. 2 and two male camps for U21 and U18 happening Aug. 13-15 and U16 boys happening Aug. 20-22.

Photo Credit: Sam Charles

Field Hockey Canada – RTP for Female Masters

The message below comes from Field Hockey Canada

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To Female Masters Players,

FHC are excited to announce an opportunity to Return to Play outdoor hockey this summer for Masters women aged 35+.  Let’s look forward to playing and connecting again!

1. Women’s Masters ‘Return to Play’ Outdoor – BC – Important Registration UPDATE
The Women’s Masters Outdoor Committee can confirm that we have been able to arrange a Return to Play outdoor camp in Duncan, BC for August 21 & 22 at the Cowichan SportsPlex (https://www.cowichansportsplex.com). We are excited to get this Masters outdoor camp underway and encourage you to attend. Please feel welcome to bring a friend – if it has been a while since you picked up a stick! However, as this is self-funded, we request prompt assistance to register and make the Return to Play Camp payment by 5pm PST- Friday 23 July (minimum registrants – 20 participant).

2. The Registration for Return to Play Camp – BC will be completed through F-RED (new FHC event database) – Registering for F-RED is easy and intuitive – just make sure you register as a PARTICIPANT: click here –> https://www.rampregistrations.com/login?v3=7aa122cc 

3. Payment fee for this Camp – will be completed by e-transfer. Cara Jay (cara.jay.71@gmail.com) is the Women’s Age Group Outdoor Coordinator (AGC) for BC. She will be responsible for collecting payment. Details of how to pay, etc. is included when you register in F-RED.

4. PSO membership – a reminder that all Return to Play participants must be a registered member of their Provincial Sports Organization (PSO). Contact your PSO if you need more details.

5. Dates for Return to Play Camps in Alberta and Ontario are still being finalized (due to Covid guidelines) and we will follow up with details once confirmed.

Thank you for your patience and look forward to seeing as many of you in Duncan. Feel free to reach out to Cara Jay or Alana Martin for more information

Regards,

Cara Jay cara.jay.71@gmail.com
Alana Martin abcdmartin@shaw.ca
Women’s Masters Outdoor AGCs

Hailey Yhap (She/Her) | Membership Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 613-305-2488 | Email: events@fieldhockey.ca

Online Community Umpire Course – Summer 2021

The Online Community Umpire Course is now open to all FHBC Members FREE OF CHARGE throughout the summer of 2021. The course consist of a series of lessons and practice questions designed to prepare you for the final quiz. You will need a grade of 75% or higher in order to pass the course.

Course registration for this session closes on October 24, 2021.
Please, contact sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com to obtain the access code.

Registrants will have until October 31, 2021 to complete the course, at which time the current session will expire. Participants who fail to complete the course by the deadline will need to re-register in the following session.

This course is available to those interested in taking the first steps towards being a rated umpire, to umpires that desire a refresher and to umpires with expired certifications. Candidates should be at least 13 years old.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Field Hockey BC office at 604-737-3146 or sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com. For more information, access our Umpire Education page.