Vancouver Island Technical Development Program – Registration Open

Registration is now open for our 6-week Island Technical Development Spring program. These programs are open to male and female athletes born in 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006.

The program details are as follows:

Duncan

Day/Time

Date Range

Cost

Location

U16/18

Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm

May 6th – June 10th

$140

Cowichan Sportsplex

Victoria

Day/Time

Date Range

Cost

Location

U16/18

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm

May 5th – June 9th

$140

University of Victoria

Register now: https://www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php/
(Please select ‘Development’ under Program Level)

The deadline to register is Friday, April 30th. However, please note that registration is limited to maintain an athlete to coach ratio of 8:1, and will be on a first come-first served basis.

These programs will continue to follow viaSport’s Return to Sport Phase 2 guidance and FHBC’s Responsible Return to Play guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Full physical distancing (3 metres) will be maintained throughout the program.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Jameson at katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com.

Make way for Field Hockey at the SportBC 54th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards

On March 25th, 2021, Sport BC hosted virtually its 54th Annual Athlete of the Year Award, and Field Hockey BC is proud to celebrate two members of our community who were recognized during the ceremony. Scott Tupper won Male Athlete of the Year, and John McBryde was among the recipients of the Presidents’ Awards, given to volunteers who demonstrate the spirit of volunteerism through their dedication and commitment given to sport.

Scott Tupper – Male Athlete of the Year

The Man’s National Team had a great 2019 season that surely played into Tupper’s being chosen as Male Athlete of the Year. As captain, he played a leading role in the FIH Series win in Malaysia, and again in the victory against Ireland at the Olympic Qualifier, which gained Canada a spot in the Tokyo Olympics.

“Any time you receive an individual award, it’s usually indicative of some team success (…) having played a role on those, I think that contributed to my nomination”, Scott says. “It’s always nice to get recognition, both personally and for our team. I’m flattered to have been chosen, and am happy that it shines a light on the field hockey community as well.”

Tupper expects that one of the positive impacts of such an award is encouraging more kids to choose field hockey as their sport. To those who aspire to reach the National Team one day, his message is simple: “Enjoy playing the game, try to watch as much high level hockey as you can, and spend time on the turf!”

Currently coaching at the collegiate level in the United States, Scott is looking forward to continuing on this path in the upcoming years, once his playing career reaches an end. “I love coaching the game and am excited to continue in the sport, albeit in a slightly different role. I imagine I’ll remain closely connected to Canadian hockey and look forward to helping out in whatever capacity I can, both provincially and nationally.”

For now, he and his teammates are looking forward to the Tokyo Olympics in July. “I expect us to be competitive with everyone in our pool and to make everyone at home proud of our performance”. The competition was postponed from last year, and it will be a tough return to competing at the top level after such a long break. The 12 teams are divided in two groups; Canada is group B and will face Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands and South Africa. The top four of each group will move on to the Knockout Stage.

John McBryde – President’s Awards recipient

Jimmy Keir (Hong Kong); Ted Jones (Australia); John McBryde (Canada) and Freddie Vaas (Malaysia)

Having enjoyed over 70 years of participation in field hockey, John McBryde was recognized by Sport BC for his volunteer work with the Vancouver Hawks Field Hockey Club. “I was honoured to accept (the award) on behalf of the myriad of volunteers, those unsung heroes, who devote their time and energy with great dedication for the world-wide amateur sport of Field Hockey.”

Born in Maryborough, Australia, McBryde played for the Australian National Team in the 1960 and 1964 Olympics, winning the bronze medal in Tokyo. He moved to Canada in the late 60s to coach the Canadian Men’s National Team, and has remained dedicated to the development of field hockey in our community.

John says that simply to witness the enthusiasm and degree of enjoyment of the players is an intrinsic reward of volunteering, be it as a coach, umpire, administrator, or assisting in the organization of tournaments. “A second and higher degree of even greater satisfaction, is to see those players 10, 20 or 30 years later giving back to the game through their own dedication… for the benefit of future generations.”

As a volunteer, it is important to ensure the safety of players and, within one’s capabilities, to provide the highest degree or rewarding experiences, while “at the same time, inculcating a keen sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship”, he adds. “If, in doing so, one inspires players with an ethos to “give back” to the game when their turn comes, that is an added bonus.”

FHBC asked John to share a memorable moment of his volunteering experience. Here is the story, as told by McBryde himself:

“There have been many! But one particular incident which stands out pertains to a period spanning about a decade many years ago when I coached Vancouver Hawks Under-21 Teams in a BC Junior League of six Club Teams. After playing a 10-week season comprising two round-robins of weekly matches, the season culminated in a BC Championship. 

It had always be my policy to promise the players who had committed themselves to attend weekly practice sessions and match competition, that no matter how important a particular match might be, I assured them that all players would get equitable pitch-time irrespective of ability. The players themselves bought into this policy.  

In the first few years, whilst performing creditably, the Hawks Team did not make it through to the BC Finals. but then one season, for the first time, the Team qualified for the Finals. It was against a very strong team whose coach had a policy of playing his top team throughout in the Finals, meaning that 3-4 players in his roster sat on the sideline for the duration of the game. Our opposition won a well-contested Final match by a comfortable margin. 

The following season was a repeat scenario. For the second consecutive year, our two teams met in the BC Finals; again with the same respective policies of player participation. The Final was a cracking tightly contested match.  

With just minutes left to play in regular time, the score stood at 2-2. At that stage of the game, it happened that our weakest player was on the pitch for his shift, playing in a strike forward position. Hawks was enduring a period of sustained pressure before emerging out of defense with a counter-attack in which our weakest player ended up with the ball just inside the opposition circle. His somewhat unorthodox shot beat the Goal Keeper and suddenly the ball was in the back of the net. With just moments left in the game, that proved to be the winning goal. I have seldom witnessed the pride and joy which our team derived from that famous victory!” 

 

NCCP Coach Education – Comp-Intro Course Registration

Based on the redesigned NCCP Coaching Pathway, FHBC has opened registrations for our Competition-Introduction Coach Education Cohort. This cohort will give coaches the opportunity to be a part of the pilot of the new FHC Competition-Introduction course, as well as be guided through the specific requirements for Certification by FHBC staff.

Spots are limited, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 18th at 11:59pm.

Registration Link: https://forms.office.com/r/ZpWakQzHfx

Most of the work will be completed online. Please note that there will be multiple course offerings for the Field Hockey Competition-Introduction course. There will be a course offered with an on-field session in Victoria, and two courses with on-field sessions in the Lower Mainland.

Coaches that have no formal training, as well as coaches who have already completed most of their NCCP requirements, are welcome in this cohort.

Please access this document for more information on the Cohort, as well as the requirements for Certification at the Competition-Introduction level.

If you have any questions about the Cohort program or specific questions about coach’s qualifications, please contact Katie Jameson at sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com.

FHBC Organizational Review – Request for Proposal

Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

FHBC is seeking to identify and select an independent, qualified consultant to undertake the following tasks:

  • Review the FHBC current governance and operations structures, including the applicable committees and board structure, staff roles and communication.
  • Review the strategic plan and its implementation. Assess the extent to which FHBC has met its intended goals and objectives.
  • Identify key stakeholders and collect information and feedback on the relevance and performance of FHBC to each of these groups (examples of stakeholders include the Provincial Government, funding partners, community-based clubs, members, federations, schools, facility providers, and leagues).
  • Review practices in similar organizations across Canada. What are other organizations doing that we aren’t? What are we doing that we shouldn’t be? What trends are happening in amateur sport?

The result of the organizational review will provide FHBC a framework to improve our effectiveness, both highlighting our successful processes and identifying areas for improvement with recommendations based upon specific fact gathering within the FHBC partner framework network and best practices from similar organizations.

For more detail including information pertinent to proposal preparation and schedule of events, please refer to the Organizational Review RFP document.

Southeast & Interior Technical Development Programs – Registration Deadline Extended

Field Hockey BC would like to announce that registration for the Interior and Southeast Technical Development Programs (U14, U16 and U18 boys & girls) has been extended to Monday, April 4th.

Please note registration is limited to maintain an athlete coach ratio of 8:1. All registration will be on a first come-first served basis.

INTERIOR

U16 Interior Girls (Born: 2005, 2006 and 2007)

  • 6 sessions, Sundays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, April 11th – May 16t @ Mission Recreation Park

U18 Interior Girls (Born: 2003 and 2004)

  • 6 sessions, Sundays, 2:30 – 3:00 pm, April 11th – May 16th @ Mission Recreation Park

SOUTHEAST

U14 Southeast Boys & Girls (Born: 2007 and 2008)

  • 6 sessions, Saturdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, starting April 10th @ Tamanawis

U16 Southeast Boys & Girls (Born: 2005 and 2006)

  • 6 sessions, Saturdays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, starting April 10th @ Tamanawis

U18 Southeast Girls (Born: 2003 and 2004)

  • 6 sessions, Sundays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, starting April 11th @ Tamanawis

U18 Southeast Boys (Born: 2003 and 2004)

  • 6 sessions, Sundays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, starting April 11th @ Tamanawis

SOUTHEAST PROGRAM ELIGIBLITY
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program is open only to athletes associated with clubs located in the SE region (Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Richmond, Surrey, etc.).

 

For more information and to register, access the following links:
Male Technical Programs – http://ow.ly/gl6v50E5IGQ
Female Technical Programs – http://ow.ly/c14Z50E5IHJ


 

Why We Umpire: The Hearts Behind The Yellow Shirts

Article and photos by Field Hockey Canada Staff
Originally posted here

As interest and participation numbers in field hockey grow, more playing and development opportunities are being introduced to players across the country. While playing elite hockey is a goal for many, umpiring is another avenue that is sometimes left untouched. Though it may appear daunting to some, the role has changed not only the lives of those who umpire, but also the pace and shape of the sport itself.

Field hockey in her veins, umpiring as Sacré’s domain

Lelia Sacré was only three weeks old in a photograph where she is pictured being held in the background of an international field hockey match — one her dad was playing in. Born into a hockey family, it’s not a cliché to say that the sport was in her blood from birth: Sacre’s mother played at San Diego State before coaching while her father starred on both the Canadian junior and senior national teams. While the urge to quit came up on several occasions, it was through her parents’ encouragement that she stayed. Eventually, Sacre saw an improvement in her skills, enough to justify her place in the game.

During her adolescent years, Sacre played for a variety of clubs and provincial teams before representing Canada at the 2005 Junior World Cup. Around the same time, she started umpiring on the side for a bit of pocket money and didn’t think much of it until Alan Waterman and Madge Johnson approached her during a national championship.

“They both said, ‘Hey, have you thought about taking [umpiring] seriously?’ and I laughed nervously and said no,” Sacre described. “They told me it was there if I wanted it because they saw something [in me].”

Like many players, Sacre had the persistent goal of making the national team — which she achieved — but it wasn’t until university when she realized her body wasn’t going to be able to hold it. Her dream of playing internationally was over, but the desire to represent Canada was still there.

“That’s when I started to take everything more seriously,” she said. “I got appointed to the junior touring squad in 2012 and…that really exposed me to different colleagues and different styles of hockey. That’s when I knew it was my new pathway.”

Passion for sports turns into global hockey family for Robertson

Megan Robertson was similarly influenced by her parents at a young age, particularly by her mother who has been involved in nearly every aspect of the sport as a player, coach, official and administrator. It was her who first encouraged Robertson to become a certified umpire. Since then, Robertson has gone on to officiate at several international tournaments, namely the last two Pan American Games in 2015 and 2019, and the 2018 Hockey Series Open.

“Each tournament is an important opportunity to represent yourself and your country,” Robertson said. “Being in downtown Toronto [during the 2015 Pan Am Games] was fantastic. I’ve had the good fortune to umpire at the University of Toronto venue a number of times…and it was a privilege to have a ‘home’ Games and share the experience with my parents, my hockey community, and so many Canadians.”

She recalls Lima 2019 as an important competition for her after facing several setbacks that made her question her future, including a knee injury and major illness. Having overcome that turbulent time, Robertson shows a deep appreciation for her experiences around the world and the hockey family she’s grown along the way.

“I have been so fortunate to experience the different cultures of hockey,” she said. “The excitement of little girls in Argentina screaming for Aymar, the emotion of the Korean women winning the Asian Games in Incheon and securing their trip to the Olympics, and the dedication of athletes, parents, and volunteers shoveling the snow from Hawkings Field in Calgary so that we could start our games. All of us are part of the hockey family.”

Umpiring field evolving; more dynamism and athleticism brought to pitch

Umpiring has changed tremendously over the last decade with technology playing a new role in determining correct calls and leaving little room for errors. Athletes are noticeably faster and more dynamic — forcing umpires to approach the game differently in terms of positioning and anticipation.

Sacre recalls experiencing her first video referral at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and describes it as a ‘terrifying’ moment, attributed to her hopes of getting the call right.

“It’s a whirlwind of emotions,” Sacre said. “[Umpires] are there to facilitate the game, not be the showcase. Sometimes umpires forget that they’re there to bring the best out of players, and spectators forget that we’re all human and we make mistakes too. We’re all doing our best because we enjoy it.”

Sacre and Robertson both agree that video reviews and radios have made the game better in many ways. “We want to make the correct decisions for players and for the game and it shows how we can work as a team of officials to get things right,” added Robertson.

Umpires without a doubt play a highly important role in hockey, and with each passing opportunity, the goal is to hone in on existing skills and build upon others. With the pandemic keeping everybody off the field temporarily, there comes many chances for those wanting to pursue an officiating pathway through online methods.

An alternative to playing, umpiring serves as a rewarding way to stay within the sport as games become more competitive and passionate from start to finish.

“We really want to give back and have young umpires coming through saying, ‘This is the pathway and it will be challenging, but it is so worth it’,” Sacre explained. “You appreciate every opportunity that you get that much more because you know how much you’ve had to work for.”

As for advice for up-and-coming umpires and officials, Robertson wants to push individuals to dream big, yet remain truthful in the process.

“Always be yourself. Hockey is an amazing part of life. Finding how it fits with the different goals that you have and how it can push you to be your best will be different for everyone. Listen, learn, and try to help others be their best too.”

Ultimately, by doing what they do, the goal is to inspire more people to pick up the whistle and put on a headset. Behind every yellow shirt on the pitch is the heart and soul of somebody who genuinely loves the sport, and an entire community that backs them.


 

Southeast Technical Development Programs – Registration Open


FHBC is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our Southeast Technical Development Programs that will run from April 10 to May 15. Registration deadline is April 1st.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Southeast program is open only to athletes that belong to a Club in the SE region (Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Richmond, Surrey, etc.).

Spring Programs

Age Group

Gender

Training

Day/Time

  Dates

Field

  Cost

U14
(Born: 2007 + 2008)

Girls & Boys (Mixed)

Level 1 + 2:
Receiving & Passing

Saturdays, 6:00-7:30pm

 April 10 – May 15

Tamanawis

  $105

U16
(Born: 2005 + 2006)

Girls & Boys (Mixed)

Level 1 + 2:
Receiving & Passing

Saturdays, 7:30-9:00pm

 April 10 – May 15

Tamanawis

  $105

U18
(Born: 2003 + 2004)

Girls

Level 2:
Receiving & Passing

Sundays, 6:00-7:30pm

  April 11 – May 16

Tamanawis

  $105

U18
(Born: 2003 + 2004)

Boys

Level 2:
Receiving & Passing

Sundays, 7:30-9:00pm

  April 11 – May 16

Tamanawis

  $105

Program Features

  • 6 week program of 90-minute weekly training sessions led by professional coaches.
  • A focus on individual skill development and ability.
  • Athletes should register according to age and will be grouped on-field according to ability.
  • Coach to player ratio of 1:8.
  • These programs are to work on skill development, and are not considered high performance. They are not part of the Provincial Program pathway.
  • Note: these programs are not suited for Goalkeepers. Goalkeeper-specific training will be announced at a later date.
  • All training will follow the PHO Orders and viaSport’s Return to Sport Phase 2 guidance to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Full physical distancing (3 metres) will be maintained throughout the program. Due to PHO travel restrictions, these programs can only accommodate athletes that are members of Southeast Clubs.

Program Levels

Level 1 is designed to teach athletes how to acquire technical skills. The main focus will be on learning proper grip, ball position, preparation, and execution. This program is best suited for athletes that are relatively new to hockey (0-2 years playing experience), who are looking for additional training to help them become more confident players.

Level 2 is for participants who have acquired the basic skills and knowledge of Level 1 and are ready to develop the skills required to perform these core techniques in a more consistent manner.

Registration Information

Register here: https://www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php/

The deadline to register is Monday, April 4th. Please note registration is limited to maintain an athlete coach ratio of 8:1. All registration will be on a first come-first served basis.

For more information about the Technical Development Program, please visit our Female Technical Development page, or our Male Technical Development page.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Jameson, sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com

Spring Interior Technical Development Program – Registration Open


FHBC will be running another 6-week Technical Development program from April 11th – May 16th. Registration deadline is April 1st.

This program is open to athletes of all abilities and is intended to help athletes develop their technical skills. Both age groups will be coached by Ben Fecht & Dani Hennig. This program will primarily focus on acquiring skills for Dribbling, Eliminating & Scoring. Goalkeepers are welcome and will receive direct GK coaching from Carys Swan.

Program details are as follows:

Interior

Day/Time

Date Range

Cost

Location

U16 Age Group
(Born: 2005, 2006 & 2007)

Sundays,
1:00 – 2:30pm

April 11th to
May 16th

$105

Capital News Centre (April 11th)
Mission Rec Park (April 18th – May 16th)

U18 Age Group
(Born: 2003 & 2004)

Sundays,
2:30 – 4:00pm

April 11th to
May 16th

$105

Capital News Centre (April 11th)
Mission Rec Park (April 18th – May 16th)

The first session on April 11th will be on the indoor turf at the CNC. All other training sessions will be on the outdoor turf field at the Mission Recreation Park.

Register now: https://www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php/

The deadline to register is Thursday April 1st. Please note: registration is limited to maintain an athlete coach ratio of 8:1, and will be on a first come-first served basis.

This program will adhere to the current COVID-19 protocols as approved by the Provincial Health Officer, viaSport and Field Hockey BC. More information about our Responsible Return to Play Framework can be found on our website: https://fieldhockeybc.com/covid-19-response/

For more information about the Technical Development Program, please visit our Female Technical Development page, or our Male Technical Development page.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Jameson, sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com

Apply for the FHBC Foundation’s Coaching & Officiating bursaries!

Field Hockey BC is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Coaching Professional Development Bursary and the Jenny John Officiating Professional Development Bursary. The application deadline for both of these bursaries is April 9, 2021, and the recipients will be announced by the end of April.

These bursaries are designed to contribute towards an individual’s professional development in the sport of Field Hockey and are tailored to a value added ‘give back’ to field hockey in British Columbia. They are open to all levels of coach and official, with officiating including both umpires and technical officials.

Each bursary will award up to a maximum of $750. However, if there are multiple candidates accepted, smaller amounts may be considered. Note that applicants must be a member in good standing with Field Hockey BC and an active official or coach within National, Provincial or Club base programming.

Go to fhbcfoundation.com for more information and to download the application forms.


 

PHO Order Update: Adult Outdoor Sport

This is an important update provided by viaSport based on the latest PHO Order on Gatherings and Events that affects adult outdoor sport. Effective immediately, group sport activities like training and drills are permitted for adults 22 and older, provided they meet the following conditions:

  1. If the group sport is indoors, only two persons participate (no change)
  2. If the group sport is outdoors, only ten persons participate (increased from four people)
  3. The participants maintain a distance of three meters from one another while engaged in the group sport, unless the participants reside in the same private residence (no change)
  4. There are no spectators, unless the presence of a spectator is necessary in order to provide care to a participant (no change)

All other restrictions on indoor activities remain in place and there are no changes for youth sport to report today. This change for adult sport aligns with the loosening of restrictions announced on Friday, March 12, allowing 10 people to gather outdoors while maintaining our other layers of protection while indoors.