In Memoriam: Dr. Barbara ‘Bim’ Schrodt

Field Hockey BC is saddened to announce the passing of Barbara ‘Bim’  Schrodt (1929-2020) at the age of 91, one of the most prominent names in women’s field hockey in Canada. She was an accomplished player, coach, administrator and supporter of the sport throughout her life.

Bim was a true leader of the field hockey community, founding and presiding over the BC Women’s Field Hockey Federation in the 60s, serving as president of the Vancouver Women’s Field Hockey Association, and being one the founding directors of the Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Association.

Her influence to the sport is relevant and recognized to the point that FHBC presents every year the Barbara Schrodt Award to an individual “who has made a difference to women’s field hockey in British Columbia”.

Schrodt played a fundamental role in the development of coaches and umpires, and in the implementation of international field hockey rules in Canada. By hosting clinics across the country and through her handbook of ‘regulations and procedures’ – which became a model for establishing the national umpire certification used today – she was and always will be an important figure for our sport.

On the pitch, ‘Bim’ dedicated most of her career to the University of British Columbia and BC’s provincial teams. One of her numerous noteworthy achievements is the gold medal as a coach of the BC Team at the 1973 Canada Games. In addition to all these contributions, she also published the “Field Hockey for Women: a Guide to Basic and Advanced Play” in 1968, regarded as the first publication on women’s field hockey.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Physical Education from UBC in 1951, she was a teacher at the university’s Physical Education Faculty (currently School of Kinesiology) for thirty-seven years, leaving briefly to complete her PhD at the University of Alberta. Bim coached the UBC women’s field hockey team for eighteen years, between 1957 and 1977.

The Federal Government awarded Barbara with the Centennial Medal in 1967, honouring her contribution to field hockey, and, in 1981, she was named an Outstanding Contributor by the Vancouver Women’s Field Hockey Association. Furthermore, in 1999 and 2000, Schrodt was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the UBC Sports Hall of Fame, respectively, as a builder of the sport.

As her BC Hall of Fame citation reads, “Schrodt is the only Canadian to hold honorary membership at three levels of administration – local, provincial, and national – the highest honour attainable. She also holds the Canadian Association’s Honorary Umpire Award, the BC Federation’s Gold Honour Pin, and is the namesake for both the BC and Vancouver’s perpetual Award.”

The field hockey community and FHBC cannot be thankful enough for everything that Barbara ‘Bim’ Schrodt brought to our sport. We send our most sincere condolences to her family and friends, and our hearts remain grateful.

Read her profile at the UBC School of Kinesiology here.

Read her profile at the BC Sports Hall of Fame here.

FHBC will support all NCCP Coach Education by up to 50% until the end of August

In order to encourage and aid the continuous development of our sport in the province, the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors has decided to support all NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) coach education until the end of August by up to 50% (the MED courses will still be completely covered by FHBC).

Before signing up for any NCCP course, please contact our Sport Development Manager, Ben Harvey, at sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com. Do not hesitate to inquire regarding any questions you might have about what is covered by this initiative.

For more information on the NCCP Pathway, click here.

Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project – Webinar #1 Recording

Last Wednesday, June 17th, 2020, the Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project team held a webinar with FHBC’s general membership  and affiliated clubs to provide an update on the status of the  project. We are now sharing the recording of the meeting for all of those who were not able to attend.

This webinar was the first of two planned sessions that the Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project will provide to the field hockey community. The second webinar will be held in approximately 5 weeks and will include a presentation on the project’s draft recommendations to the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors.

You can watch the full webinar here (Q&A starts at 41:30). Access the project’s page here.

COVID-19 Response – ‘First Stage Responsible Return to Play’ Framework

You can access the full framework here.


The Field Hockey BC Board of Directors met on the evening of June 11, 2020 and passed a resolution approving the first stage responsible return to play framework for field hockey in BC (date stamped June 11, 2020), which can be accessed here. The approved framework provides sport specific guidance as to the minimum standard expected for active implementation in this first stage return.

Please, draw your particular attention within the framework to the participant ratios, the requirement for attestation form compliance ahead of every activity session, and the need to maintain standards of health and safety as a priority. The advice provided by the Public Health Office, viaSport, and now the approved PSO framework is intended to allow for LSO’s to develop activity plans and look to the necessary steps to secure appropriate facility permits.

Many members have already requested membership fee refunds or deferrals to the following year, and, in this case, members need to re-register with FHBC prior to active participation. All members participating in LSO, PSO (FHBC), and NSO (FHC) programming must be a registered member in good standing.

Framework Approval for the ‘First Stage’ Return to Responsible Play – Communique #4

You can access the PDF version of this document here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members

On behalf of the Field Hockey BC (FHBC) Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce that the First Stage Responsible Return to Play Framework (for field hockey in BC) has now been officially approved. The FHBC Board of Directors met on the evening of June 11, 2020 to further consider the framework following the recent creation by the BC Provincial Government of a ministerial order protecting amateur sports organizations, their employees and volunteers from COVID -19 liability. Whilst the ministerial order provides for a welcome boost in confidence, it remains essential that sports organizations comply with public health orders and provincial sport guidelines, as well as, the now approved first stage responsible return to play framework for field hockey in BC. To read more on this proactive move by the BC Provincial Government, please refer to the following link:

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020TAC0026-001038?utm_source=PSO+Connector&utm_campaign=7cb0c71525-Sportscape_2019_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9305c55a53-7cb0c71525-384328077

With the first stage framework now approved, what does this mean for the Local Sport Organization (LSO)? Well, earlier this week a DRAFT copy of the framework (date stamped June 5, 2020) was sent to LSO’s with the intent to aid preparation and planning. The now approved first stage responsible return to play framework (date stamped June 11, 2020) will be disseminated to LSO senior contacts in the same way later today. A copy of the approved framework will also be posted on the home page of the FHBC website (www.fieldhockeybc.com), referenced through Society social media channels and sent to viaSport for public posting on the viaSport website (www.viasport.ca).

As LSO’s assess the feasibility to return to play in this first stage, it is likely that some LSO’s will choose not to return at this stage. As the Organized Sport Sector across BC cautiously returns, many LSO’s will choose not to return for a number of varying and valid reasons and this is both understandable and anticipated. The approved framework provides guidance as to the minimum standard expected for active implementation in this first stage and we draw your particular attention to the participant ratios, the requirement for attestation form compliance ahead of every activity session, and the need to maintain safety standards ahead of all else.

The advice provided by the Public Health Office, viaSport, and now the approved PSO framework is intended to allow for LSO’s to develop activity plans and look to the necessary steps to secure appropriate facility permits. Where membership participation is concerned, it may be that many members have already requested membership fee refunds or deferrals to the following year, and for those members who may now wish to return we encourage you to re-register your membership prior to active participation. All members participating in LSO, PSO (FHBC), and NSO (FHC) programming must be a registered member in good standing.

As we take the necessary steps towards a return to organized field hockey activity, I encourage all members to take the necessary time to consider returning in what must be a responsible, consistent, and confident manner.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
June 12, 2020

Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project – Status Update Webinar

The Field Hockey BC Provincial Pathway Review Project was officially launched on April 14th, 2020. The main purpose of the project is to review and evaluate the current FHBC Athlete Pathway and FHBC Athlete Program Model to ensure the Society is meeting the needs of the field hockey community and providing BC athletes with the best available high performance training environment, competitions and opportunities.

The project has completed its first phase and Field Hockey BC is hosting a webinar to provide FHBC members and affiliated Clubs with an update on the status of the project.

The session will provide information on the following:

  • Provincial Pathway Working Group
  • Project Scope
  • Phase One Activities Completed To-Date
  • Club Feedback Questionnaire Summary Response
  • Phase 2 Activities Planned
  • Next Steps

This webinar will be the first of two planned sessions that the Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project will provide to the field hockey community. A second webinar will be held in approximately 6-8 weeks and will include a presentation on the project’s draft recommendations to the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors.

Further engagement between the Field Hockey BC Board and the Society’s membership will occur once the FHBC Board completes a risk assessment of the project’s recommendations and the operational considerations of the organization have been reviewed.

Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2020, 6:30 pm – 8 pm PST

Zoom Webinar Meeting Information:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84424517187?pwd=ZFpTQVVYUVdtaHQrZzI5dzQveE03QT09

Webinar ID: 844 2451 7187
Password: 508144

Preparation for a Potential ‘Stage One’ Return to Responsible Play – Communique #3

You can access the PDF version of this document here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members

On behalf of all involved with Field Hockey BC (FHBC), I would like to again thank the membership for its continued patience as we all navigate the complexities of the COVID-19 response. This is especially relevant to the ongoing effort being made to allow for the BC Organized Sport Sector to responsibly return to play.

Further to Communique #1 and #2 circulated on May 1st, 2020 and May 15th, 2020 respectively and in light of the recent release of the BC Return to Sport Guidelines by viaSport (link below) , I wanted to provide an update on behalf of the FHBC Board of Directors.

https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/ReturntoSportGuidelines.pdf (released June 2, 2020)

Following receipt of the industry guidelines above, the FHBC draft framework for a ‘stage one’ return to responsible play was duly updated and formally considered by the FHBC Board of Directors on June 4, 2020. Whilst agreement was reached in principle relative to the framework detail, the FHBC Board of Directors deemed it prudent to delay a formal acceptance. As a result, the current FHBC framework for a ‘stage one’ responsible return to play remains in draft format but will be circulated to our Local Sport Organization (LSO) community early next week. The intent in circulating this latest draft framework, prior to the potential for formal acceptance, is in an effort to assist community wide preparation and planning for a ‘stage one’ return (or assessment as to the feasibility to return in ‘stage one’).

In anticipation of questions as to why the FHBC framework remains in draft format and pending formal approval, two fundamental hurdles remain:

  1. The approval of junior and senior legal activity waiver templates
  2. The provision for defense cost liability insurance coverage

The position of the FHBC Board of Directors at this time is that the hurdles above need to be appropriately addressed before a formal acceptance of the framework is considered. As a result, the FHBC Board of Directors will be scheduling responsible return to play meetings as deemed appropriate and/or as new information becomes available.

I am sure that the FHBC membership would agree that it remains essential that the sport of field hockey across BC returns responsibly and with the necessary confidence and protection. As a polite reminder to membership and with reference to the Field Hockey BC COVID-19 suspension notice dated March 20, 2020, Field Hockey BC continues to direct all members and affiliated clubs and associations to suspend all sanctioned field hockey activities in the province until further notice.

As we take the necessary steps towards a potential return to organized field hockey activity, I encourage all members to remain patient and optimistic for what we all trust will be a responsible, consistent, and confident return.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
June 5, 2020

Planning Assistance and Preparation for a Potential ‘Phase One’ Return to Responsible Play – Communique #2

You can access the PDF version of this document here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members

On behalf of all involved with Field Hockey BC (FHBC), I would like to thank the membership for its continued patience as we all navigate the complexities of the COVID-19 response. This is especially relevant to the ongoing effort being made to allow for the BC Organized Sport Sector to responsibly return to play.

Further to Communique # 1 circulated earlier this month, I wanted to reassure our membership that every effort continues to be made to develop a ‘phase one’ framework for a responsible return. FHBC has already completed a second edition draft framework for consideration in ‘phase one’, a framework that will assist our community clubs and associations to provide for a consistent return at the local community level. As we all adapt to the unique nature of the COVID-19 response, a third draft framework edition is pending upon receipt of the latest Provincial Health Authority guideline for sport. As a reminder, such a framework considers the essential areas outlined within Communique # 1 which are as follows:

  • Field Facility Access – Field Management Plan
  • Facility Operations – Park Management Plan
  • Participants – Athlete and Coach/Leader Numbers, Protocols and Checklists
  • Sport Programming (Recreation and Skills) – Lesson/Activity Plans and Management of Equipment
  • Activity Liability and Accident Insurance and First Aid

In anticipation of requests for such a framework, it remains FHBC’s intention to take the following steps (PSO – Provincial Sport Organization – LSO – Local Sport Organization):

  1. to receive the latest Provincial Health Authority and Work Safe BC guideline update from the Provincial Government (PSO)
  2. to adapt the PSO recommended return to play framework as may be required – third edition (PSO)
  3. to submit the PSO return to play framework for approval (PSO)
  4. to liaise with club stakeholders and facility operators to frame what a return looks like at a local community level – based on the necessary guidelines and the PSO approved framework (PSO/LSO)
  5. to develop individualized and/or collective club stakeholder frameworks for a ‘phase one’ return (LSO)

Your Society continues to work with Sport BC, the BCRPA, viaSport, Municipal and Private facility providers, and Provincial Government Agencies to consider the necessary environment for a responsible and confident return. In order to provide for such responsibility and confidence, two key areas are currently being considered at some considerable length (both of which are pivotal to a ‘phase one’ return):

  1. An appropriate Permissions Protocol for a responsible, consistent, and confident return

Over the course of the last few days, the Provincial Government changed the permissions protocol for Organized Sports’ return to play from a Provincial Health Authority assessment and sign-off to an internal assessment and sign-off now deferring to the internal governance structure of each sport. As such, a deferral of this kind now requires a sports internal governance structure to interpret Provincial Health Authority guidelines and approve a framework for a responsible return. Certainly for FHBC and as is the case for the majority of Organized Sports across BC, this then falls squarely on the voluntary board governance structure of Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO’s). In light of this change in protocol and the obvious risks associated, a proactive lobby back to the Provincial Government is underway.

  1. The necessary insurance liability and defense cost coverage to protect organized sport against COVID-19 related legal action

It goes without saying that in order for our sport to confidently return, there is a need for adequate insurance protection. This past week has seen insurance underwriters reinforce their position as it relates to COVID-19 and whilst the news is disappointing for most, it is not necessarily unexpected. What this means to Field Hockey across Canada and indeed a large percentage of PSO’s across BC, is that there is currently no provision for liability and defense cost coverage associated with COVID-19 related claims or lawsuits. Field Hockey’s insurance underwriter ‘Markel Canada Ltd’ states “regardless of the organization having the Contagion Exclusion or not, Markel will not provide defense for COVID-19 related claims or lawsuits”. Again in light of this change in insurance coverage and the obvious risk associated, both a proactive lobby back to the Provincial Government, as well as, a similar approach to the insurance industry is underway.

So understandably as your heart potentially drops from reading this information, rest assured that field hockey in BC remains at the forefront of the political and bureaucratic effort to see organized sport responsibly return. Your PSO will be ready to assist in the creation of local community return to play planning and we will be ready to submit field hockey’s ‘phase one’ return to play framework for consideration and approval at the first opportunity.

With the seemingly daily changing COVID-19 response, please remain patient, optimistic and most importantly safe, as we all look forward to a responsible, consistent, and confident return.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC                                                                                              May 15, 2020

Pat Hall inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame

On May 8th the Board of the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame announced the names of the athletes and builders who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020.

In addition to four athletes – Bobby Ross (Rugby), Bob McLaren (Athletics), Joanne Mick (Softball) and Donnie Orr (Boxing) – our very own Pat Hall will be inducted as a Builder for Multi-Sports, along with the Vancouver Island Soccer League.

By Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame:

“For over 50 years, Pat has been involved with Field Hockey locally, provincially and nationally at all levels of the game from junior to senior. From 1961 to 1988, she was an active player with the Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association (VILFA). She began coaching in 1970 and umpiring in 1973, co-founding the South Island Field Hockey Umpires Association in 1988.

Although retiring as an umpire in 2000, Pat continues to coach teams in various divisions. Pat served on the executive of the VILFA for over 40 years and has held many positions on the Boards of the BC and Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Associations.

She has received numerous awards over the years including Victoria Sports Person of the Year, Sport BC President’s Award, VILFA Life Membership and, in 2013, the VILFA introduced the Pat Hall Officials Development Award.

Her contributions to Softball are almost as numerous. She became involved with the Stuffy McGinnis Softball League in 1960 and served as President from 1975-1993. From 1987 to 1999, Pat was Softball BC Senior District Coordinator and in 1996, led the restructuring of junior softball into three levels.”

Click here to read the full article.