Field hockey’s Beecroft retires, legacy continues

article by Ali Baggott for the Uvic Vikes website

Lynne Beecroft is retired. Let that sink in.

After 39 years at the helm of the University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey program, the 15-time national championship head coach will no longer patrol the sidelines of the field hockey pitch off Gabriola Road. Her roots, however, will continue to nourish the next crop of Vikes though the newly created Lynne ‘Buzz” Beecroft Student Award.

To celebrate the legacy of coach Buzz, an anonymous donor has agreed to match funds raised up to $100,000 until March 2023.

Beecroft’s legacy is often summed up by the numbers. She has amassed 34 national medals (15 of which are gold), coached nearly 40 athletes who have gone on to represent Canada and over 70 All-Canadians, finishing with an impressive overall coaching record of 340-98-89 (wins-losses-ties) but the real legacy lies in that which she has left with her athletes, her colleagues, the community and the sport.

Since 1985, coach Buzz has instilled an annual team theme to bring her team together. Her philosophy of taking care of the people before the athlete has given rise to champions on and off the field as students, as athletes and as people. Through her themes, Buzz’s teams have learned to grow through challenges, become leaders in their own right and have learned how to be part of something bigger than a team.

Decades of Vikes field hockey players are linked through the team themes and values with those shared experiences building a strong core of alumni. In recent seasons, it has been special to see championship-winning alumnae, coached by Buzz in the 1980s on the sideline cheering on their daughters as current Vikes. The Vikes women’s field hockey experience comes with a prestigious “you had to be there” stature that resonates through decades and now, generations. Those values and lessons often reverberate long after athletes graduate UVic.

As proud as Buzz is to say she has amassed numerous medals and coached athletes of the year and Olympians, she is just as proud of how the program has helped build community contributors. Contributors that include the veterinarians, teachers, principles, engineers, stay-at-home moms or a soon-to-be total of 15 medical doctors.

“There’s a saying that when a student is ready, a teacher will come. Obviously, I was going to be the teacher as I was ready to make a difference in the lives of student athletes under my tutelage,” reflected Buzz when describing her transition to coaching at UVic. “I couldn’t have been more wrong. Upon reflection, I realize now that it has always been my athletes who have been the teachers and me the student.”

Buzz winning the U SPORTS Coach of the Year Award

A decorated athlete prior to her coaching career, Beecroft competed for UVic from 1975-79 and representedCanada in four World Cups before attending the 1984 Olympic Games. She has been inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame and is a two-time UVic Sports Hall-of-Famer as an athlete and as part of the 1984 championship-winning women’s field hockey team.

Beyond her athletic career and coaching career, Beecroft is a memorable face in the community. She has helped mentor up-and-coming coaches in the National Coaching Institute program, been an umpire at local league and high school tournament games, volunteered on numerous committees, and was a beacon for many aspiring field hockey players in Vancouver Island.
As of January 2023, the Vikes program will move forward without the sound of Buzz’s infamous whistle, her three-claps tradition to close every session and her bouncing footsteps while she demonstrating drills on the field.

After a glowing final season capped off with a 15th overall and fourth-straight championship banner, Lynne Beecroft is retired. The word seems unimaginable. The UVic field hockey program is as synonymous with Beecroft, just as the UVic basketball programs are with the names Ken and Kathy Shields. But it is time to turn over a new leaf.

The creation of the Lynne ‘Buzz’ Beecroft Student Award Fund will be accepting contributions to build a financial award to support UVic women’s field hockey players whose attributes align with what Beecroft looked for her in her players. For more information or to make a contribution in Lynne Beecroft‘s name visit the award page.


2023 FHBC Provincial Program: Athlete Nomination Information

Athlete Nominations for the 2023 FHBC Provincial Program Talent ID, Athlete Evaluation and Team Selection are now being accepted (as of January 11, 2023). Athletes interested in attending the Athlete Evaluations this Spring, MUST be nominated by a coach*.

Any level of field hockey coach may submit a FHBC Athlete Nomination Form, including but not limited to a Club coach, FHBC program coach, National coach, Academy coach, High School coach or out-of-province Coach. A reminder that this nomination process is for aspiring high performance athletes.

*Note Targeted Athletes have an exemption from this nomination process. Targeted Athletes have been notified of their status for the 2023 season.

Coaches can access the online FHBC Athlete Nomination Form here:  

The deadline to nominate athletes is January 31, 2023.

Athlete Nominations received after the deadline will not be eligible.

Nominated athletes will receive an email inviting them to register for the Athlete Evaluation. Parents and athletes should look for an email invitation from in early February.

For more information about the 2023 FHBC Provincial Program Talent ID and National Championship Team, click here.


2023 Provincial Program Coach Recruitment

Field Hockey BC is now accepting applications for various coach roles within our Provincial Program. Opportunities include:

  • U18 Female Provincial Team Head or Assistant Coach (Tier 1)
  • U18 Male Provincial Team Head or Assistant Coach
  • U16 Female Provincial Team Head or Assistant Coach (Tier 1)
  • U16 Male Provincial Team Head or Assistant Coach
  • U18 Female Regional Head or Assistant Coach (Tier 2) – if viable
  • U16 Female Regional Head or Assistant Coach (Tier 2) – if viable
  • Evaluators (Stage 1 & Stage 2)

All teams will compete at the 2023 Field Hockey Canada National Championships in Ontario this summer:

U18 Female & Male National Championships
July 25th – 30th
Cassie Campbell Community Center, Brampton, Ontario

U16 Female & Male National Championships
August 8th – 13th
Cassie Campbell Community Center, Brampton, Ontario

If you are interested in applying for any Provincial Program coach position, please complete this application form:

The deadline to apply is January 28th, 2023. Successful applicants will be contacted by February 22nd.

Applicants will need: 

  • To be available to attend the respective trials, training sessions, and entire Championships
  • To meet FHC’s mandatory Safe Sport and minimum certification requirements

For more detailed information on teams, timelines and coach duties, please review the Provincial Coach Roles & Responsibilities document.

Coach remuneration will be based on Field Hockey BC’s Coach Honorarium scale.

For any questions at this time, please contact Patricia Wright-Alexis, FHBC Provincial Head Coach & Performance Manager, at


FHBC Virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Advance Notice of 2023 AGM Calendar Timelines

You can download the PDF version of this communique here

In preparation for the upcoming Field Hockey BC Annual General Meeting on February 8th, 2023 (6.30pm), the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors and Staff wish to reach out to inform the membership that the 2023 AGM will be hosted in a VIRTUAL capacity utilizing both video conference and web-based voting technology. This is a similar format to that followed successfully by FHBC for both the 2021 and 2022 AGM.

FHBC will again be providing a series of advance notices to membership beginning with this communique outlining a calendar timeframe for the submission of information and documentation ahead of the 2023 virtual AGM:

  • AGM Date: February 8, 2023 at 6.30pm
  • Deadline for Submission of Nominations to the Board of Directors: January 19, 2023
  • Deadline for Submission of Formal Motions: January 19, 2023
  • Release and Posting of Proxy Form Template: January 20, 2023
  • Deadline for Submission of Proxy Form to FHBC: February 3, 2023
  • Deadline to Register as an Individual Voter: February 5, 2023
  • Deadline to Register Questions in advance of the AGM (Optional): February 6, 2023
  • Virtual AGM Trial Run (Internal): February 7, 2023

The timeline above recognizes the level of complexity required when considering a virtually hosted AGM and in particular sets realistic submission deadlines designed to enable FHBC to pre-load election, motion, and voting detail into the supporting technology. Once such detail has been pre-loaded sufficient time remains for FHBC to communicate with members (most specifically voting members) as to how such technology will be utilized both in advance of and at the AGM.

FHBC intends to provide similar AGM updates/reminders scheduled for membership dissemination on January 16, 2023; January 20, 2023; and January 30, 2023. Each AGM update is intended to provide guidance as to due process ahead of pertinent calendar deadlines.

This first AGM notice provides the opportunity to introduce due process for nominations to the FHBC Board of Directors:

FHBC Board of Director Nominations

The following four FHBC Board of Director positions are up for election in 2023:

  1. Vice-President
  2. Domestic Director
  3. Marketing Director
  4. Athlete Program Director

FHBC has posted the terms of reference for each position above and the applicable nomination form in the General Meeting Documents section of the FHBC website under the heading 2023 FHBC AGM. To nominate an individual for any of the Board of Director positions above, please complete a nomination form and return the form by January 19, 2023 to A reminder will be included in the January 16, 2023 update to follow.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us at should you have any questions regarding the 2023 FHBC AGM.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
January 3, 2023


Register for FHBC’s January Technical Development Programs

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce the launch of our regional Technical Development Training Program for 2023.

What is the FHBC Technical Development Program? 

The FHBC Technical Development Program is a prescriptive technical skills program designed to complement the technical training programs of Community Clubs and Leagues and deliver a learning experience that is focused on a specific technical skill or skills. The FHBC Technical Development Program offers an optional opportunity for athletes of all ability levels to sign up to a program with a specific prescriptive technical skill set as a focus.

The FHBC Technical Development Program follows a modular curriculum aligned to the National field hockey skills matrix with Program Modules offered on the basis of both single skills (for example – hitting the ball) and complementary skills (such as pushing and receiving). The FHBC Technical Development Program does not play a part in FHBC Athlete Evaluation nor a part in the FHBC Talent Identification Pathway.

While previous Technical Development modules offered through FHBC were designed to cover a wide range of skills and was broad in its delivery, future modules of the program will be more prescriptive in nature with the aim of providing athletes with a greater understanding of each skill – technique and use- therefore helping to increase an athlete’s confidence and improve their ability to execute skills at speed and under pressure.

Focus for the first two program modules for 2023

The first two modules of the year will focus on the technical skill of Receiving. Since the quality of the reception is influenced by the quality of the pass, the complementary skills of push pass, hit, and sweep will all be included.

Technical Development Program Structure

Modules in the Interior and Mainland will be offered in two progressive, four-week blocks designed to improve the skills of the athletes and transition them from the phases of acquisition (acquiring the skills) to performance (performing the skill at speed and under pressure). The Island will combine these two blocks into a 6-session program.

Block 1: Breaking it down to build it back up
An in-depth review of the basic skill to work on technique, and situational use with some introduction to decision-making.

Block 2: Turn up the tempo
Athletes will apply the skills learned in Block 1 to game situations. Athletes should expect an increase in the tempo and complexity to fire up their decision-making skills.

Note: This program is ability-based, therefore the first session will act as an opportunity for the head coach to determine the athletes’ abilities and needs before placing them into the appropriate skill-level group. This may result in some athletes moving from one session into the other within their region for best chance of development.

The Technical Development programs will focus on the development of the field player technical skills, while providing the opportunity for goalkeepers to participate in an integrated program format.

A coach-to-athlete ratio of 1:8 is to be expected each week.

See region-specific program information below:



Block 1
Dates: January 15 – February 5 (4 x 90min sessions) @ CNC 
Times: U14/U16 program: 11:15am – 12:45pm; U18 program: 12:45pm – 2:15pm 
Cost: $99 
Register here:
Register by January 10th.

Block 2
Dates: February 12 – March 5 (4 x 90 sessions) @ CNC
Registration for Block 2 will open in late January.


Field Hockey BC is also pleased to support Southern Okanagan Field Hockey in Penticton. Athletes in the South Okanagan can join this 7-session program. This program will run January 8th to March 5th, 3:00 – 4:30 @ Adidas Sportsplex.

For more information and to register, please visit: 


U18 Male & Female Island Athletes
Thursday January 19 – February 23 (6 sessions), 6:00 – 8:00pm @ UVic

U16/U14 Male & Female Island Athletes
Friday January 20 – February 24 (6 sessions), 6:00 – 8:00pm @ UVic

Cost: $145
Register here:
Register by January 13th.

Mainland (Surrey)

Block 1
Dates: January 15 – February 5 (4 sessions) @ Tamanawis
Times: U14/U16s 5:00 – 6:30pm; U18s 6:30 – 8pm
Cost: $85
Register here:
Register by January 10th.

Block 2
Dates: Feb 19 – March 12 (4 sessions) @ Tamanawis
Registration will open for Block 2 in late January.

Coaching in the Technical Development Program

Interested in becoming a coach in the Technical Development Program? Contact Patricia Wright-Alexis at for more information.


2023 FHBC Provincial Program Pathway

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce key dates and information about the 2023 FHBC Provincial Program Pathway. FHBC will hold a series of athlete evaluations throughout the Province to select Team BC Provincial teams (Tier 1) and, if viable, Regional-representative teams (Tier 2) to compete at the 2023 FHC National Championships in Ontario this Summer.

Female Provincial Athlete Talent ID, Evaluation, and Selection 

Stage 1 Evaluation 

The Stage 1 athlete evaluations are the beginning of the selection process for athletes interested in being selected to a Provincial team. Athletes will need to be nominated by a club, PSO, NSO, high school and/or private academy coach.  

Note: NextGen athletes and CSI Provincial Targeted Athletes are exempt from the Stage 1 evaluation. Targeted Athletes for 2023 will be notified of their status via email before Christmas 2022.

Athlete Nomination window: January 11th – 31st  
More information on how coaches can nominate athletes will be released in January. 
Once nominated, athletes will be invited to register for the evaluations between February 1st – 15th

Evaluation Dates 

The Stage 1 evaluations will be held in regional hubs to reduce travel costs: 

  • Interior
    • Mid-April
  • Island
    • Early March at UVic 
  • Mainland 
    • March 24th – 26th (Location TBC) 

Exact dates and locations will be released before athletes are invited to register. 

Selected athletes from the Stage 1 evaluations will be invited to attend the Stage 2 evaluation. Other athletes may be considered for selection to a Regional (Tier 2) team, should Regional-representative teams be deemed viable. 

Stage 2 Trials 

The Stage 2 evaluation is for previously identified athletes (NextGen or CSI Targeted athletes) and those athletes selected from Stage 1 evaluations. 

Stage 2 evaluations for both U16 and U18 athletes will be held at the University of Victoria in a tournament format from May 20th – 22nd, 2023 (athletes will be drafted into teams prior to the event).  

FHBC is also pleased to announce the addition of an optional 4-week training program in April, ahead of the Stage 2 evaluations. This training program is designed to better prepare athletes tactically for the competition element of the Stage 2 evaluation, thus improving the experience of the athletes and the overall quality of the event.  

More information about registration for Stage 2 and the preparation training program will be released in March. 

Please note that the number of Provincial teams selected will depend on the competitive depth of the athlete pool at Stage 2. FHBC will select as many teams as they feel can be competitive in Tier 1 of National Championships. 

To find out more information about the evolution of Stage 2 evaluations from the 2022 program to the 2023 program, please click here.

Male Provincial Athlete Talent ID, Evaluation, and Selection 

Due to the estimated number of male U16 & U18 athletes, there will only be a single, centralized athlete evaluation event per age group. 

U16 & U18 Male Provincial Program Evaluations: April 7th – 10th @ Tamanawis 

U16 and U18 male athletes that are interested in being selected to a Provincial Team will need to be nominated for the evaluation event by a club, PSO, NSO, high school and/or private academy coach.  

Athlete Nomination window: January 11th – 31st
More information on how coaches can nominate athletes will be released in January. 

Note: NextGen athletes and CSI Provincial Targeted Athletes will receive a direct invitation to the evaluation and do not need to be nominated. Targeted Athletes for 2023 will be notified of their status via email next week. 

Nominated athletes will be invited to register for the evaluation between February 1st – 15th.

Regional (Tier 2) Teams 

FHBC will consider Regional-representative (Tier 2) teams, pending viability and interest from the athlete pool. Should a Regional Representative Team be considered viable by FHBC, selection for a Regional (Tier 2) Team may include both Stage 1 athletes that were not invited to Stage 2, as well as Stage 2 athletes that were not selected to a Provincial (Tier 1) team.  

If you have any questions about the representative and/or stage of development difference between a Team BC Provincial (Tier 1) team and a Regional-representative (Tier 2) team, please contact a member of staff.

Provincial & Regional Team Training 

Provincial team training will begin after June 23rd. Regional Tier 2 team training on the Island and in the Interior may start at the beginning of June.  

As a reminder, Provincial programming is  prohibited for FHBC during the Greater Vancouver Junior Field Hockey League Season as mandated in 2020 by Lower Mainland community clubs. These same restrictions do not apply to the Island or Interior, as such training may begin earlier in those regions. 

For more information, please reference the Final Report from the 2020 Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project.

2023 FHC National Championships 

U18 Female & Male National Championships
July 25th – 30th
Cassie Campbell Community Center, Brampton, Ontario
Athletes born in 2005 & 2006 

U16 Female & Male National Championships
August 8th – 13th 
Cassie Campbell Community Center, Brampton, Ontario
Athletes born in 2007, 2008 & 2009 

As families begin to plan their Winter, Spring & Summer vacations, we thought it prudent to provide an estimate of the levy for the 2023 Provincial Program, which could range between $2700 and $3500. This figure includes expenses such as team training, as well as National Championship travel and accommodation to Ontario.

This estimated levy does not include costs associated with the Stage 1 or Stage 2  Evaluation Pathway but FHBC will look to keep these costs to a minimum wherever feasible Athletes will travel to Ontario for National Championships as a team and stay in team accommodation for the full duration of the Championships. 


Register for the 2023 Women’s Senior Indoor Championship on Vancouver Island

Registration is now open for the 2023 Women’s Senior Indoor Championship that will happen in Duncan, BC, on Vancouver Island.

Dates: February 4th & 5th 2023
Location: Cowichan Community Centre – Duncan, BC
Cost: $350 per team
Registration Deadline: January 13th, 2023

Download the Entry Form for more information and follow the instructions to register.


The FHC Officials Committee is calling for new members

The FHC Officials Committee is looking to add new members. The mandate of the Officials Committee is to identify, develop, and prepare officials1 for domestic and international competitions.

The Committee is looking to expand its membership in early 2023. If interested in joining the committee, please send the following information to the Committee at by January 5th, 2023.

For more details, access the full communique here.


Coaching Opportunity: UBC Women’s Varsity Team (one-year contract)

There is an opportunity for a one-year maternity leave position as Head Coach of the UBC women’s varsity team. The Head Coach, Women’s Hockey is responsible for the coaching, management and coordination of the Women’s Field Hockey program. The objectives are to provide opportunities for athletically talented field hockey players and develop them to their fullest potential as student-athletes. This position is responsible for operating under USPORT operating bylaws, University policies, and philosophy and objectives of the Varsity Program and Athletic Department.

UBC is committed to supporting the best possible environments for working, learning and living where respect, civility, diversity, excellence and inclusion are valued. The Head Coach, Women’s Field Hockey reports to the Director of Athletics, Student Services. This role interacts with other departmental, faculty and on campus/off campus stakeholders.

Application Deadline: December 12

For more information and to apply, click here.


Whistler Field Hockey Club is looking for coaches

Whistler FHC is a newly established field hockey club that focus on developing the sport of field hockey in the Sea-to-Sky area and provide a club environment for passionate members.

They are looking for coaches for their adult indoor program. There is also opportunity to coach their kids program.

Dates: 12 Mondays starting Jan 9th until April 3rd (no session on Feb 20th-BC Family Day)
Program: Adult Indoor sessions
Location: Spring Creek Community School, Whistler
Time: 7pm-8:30pm (plus paid time for set up and planning )
Pay $25 p/hour minimum depending on qualifications

The group of players is very varied in skills and fitness, however all enthusiastic on learning and improving.Please send your application to