FHBC Bylaw Proposal Townhall Meeting


Following the notice on April 19th of the FHBC Special General Meeting, see below the access information for the Bylaw Proposal Townhall Meeting. It will take place April 26, 2023, at 6:30 pm, via Zoom. There will be a short presentation, followed by the opportunity to ask questions. The meeting is scheduled for 90 minutes maximum. FHBC’s legal counsel from SportLaw will be present to support with questions, as required.

Topic: FHBC Bylaw Proposal Townhall Meeting
Time: Apr 26, 2023 06:30 PM Vancouver
The meeting will be recorded and posted in the following days

Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86106201003?pwd=R3JGNGsxaG9HQXNrOVVRUCtGWW5vdz09

Meeting ID: 861 0620 1003
Passcode: 302586

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The board of directors understands that the membership needs adequate time and opportunity to review the changes being proposed. The revised bylaws have been summarized in a single document (click here). The revised bylaws and transition plan, and summary of changes can be found here; the current bylaws can be found here.



 

Umpire Assessors Courses


Field Hockey Canada and Field Hockey BC are running two Umpire Assessors Courses. The first course will take place this weekend in Vancouver; registration closes on Thursday, April 27th.

Course 1 – Vancouver

April 29th – 9am-12pm & 1-3:30pm @ Eric Hamber
April 30th- 11:30am-2pm @ Eric Hamber
Course Conductors: Lelia Sacre & TBC
Fee: $82.20 (FHBC course fee $70 + FHC official fee & RAMP fee)
Registration Deadline: April 27yh

Course 2 – Surrey

May 27th @ 9am-12pm & 1-3:30pm @ FHBC Office
May 28th @ 10am-12pm @ Tamanawis
Course Conductors: Lelia Sacre and TBC
Fee: $82.20 (FHBC course fee $70 + FHC official fee & RAMP fee)
Registration Deadline: May 24th

Assessors course eligibility: must be 19+, have 5 years+ umpiring experience at minimum provincial level and hold a current certification (exceptions will be made on a case by case basis).

For any inquiries regarding the courses, please contact Hailey Yhap at hyhap@fieldhockey.ca. To register, follow the instructions here.



 

Notice of FHBC Special General Meeting


You can download the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Member,

At the Field Hockey BC (FHBC) Annual General Meeting in February, I announced the FHBC board of director’s intent to revise to the society’s bylaws. Today I am writing to advise the members of a Special (Extraordinary) General Meeting (under section 3.1.2 of FHBC’s bylaws) to consider the following notice of the motion:

“That the bylaws of the Field Hockey British Columbia (FHBC) be rescinded and replaced with the revised bylaws that have been presented to the members, inclusive of the FHBC Transition Plan, effective September 1, 2023”.

Moved by Mark Vaughan, Business Development Director
Seconded by Gavin Caldecott, Vice President

The special (extraordinary) general meeting will take place May 17, 2023, at 6:30 pm, in a virtual capacity via Zoom.

The board of directors felt strongly that the membership needs adequate time and opportunity to review and understand the changes being proposed and we wanted to assure the ability to ask questions. Rather than reading through a track-changed document, the revised bylaws have been summarized in a single document (click here) and there will be a moderated open house for members to ask questions.

The Open House will take place April 26, 2023, at 6:30 pm, via Zoom. There will be a short presentation, followed by the opportunity to ask questions. The meeting is scheduled for 90 minutes maximum. FHBC’s legal counsel from SportLaw will be present to support with questions, as required.

To ensure the session is efficient as possible, please use this survey (click here) to submit your questions. You will have the option to ask questions anonymously if you wish. Please submit your questions no later than April 24, 4:00 pm.

The revised bylaws and transition plan and summary of changes can be found online here.
The current bylaws can be found online here.

FHBC will send out a second similar notice to membership on April 26, 2023 directing members as to how they may attend the virtual special (extraordinary) general meeting, as well as how members register to vote at the special (extraordinary) general meeting. Information on registering to vote will also include steps to register votes via proxy. This notice will also act as a reminder of the Town Hall meeting that evening and of the date and time for the special (extraordinary) general meeting.

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I look forward to the opportunity to engage with the members on these proposed bylaw changes.

Yours in Field Hockey,

Denise McGeachy
President, Field Hockey BC 



 

Systemic National Coach and Official Certification Pathways Support

You can download the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Further to the Society’s targeted financial investment in both formal Coach and Officials Education over the course of the last two calendar years, FHBC is delighted to announce the continuation of this FHBC investment initiative targeting financial subsidy for formal NCCP Coach Education and for formal FHC Officials Education. The Society’s commitment to this FHBC financial investment initiative is intended to remain active for the remainder of the seasonal and fiscal year (through August 31, 2023).

FHBC is supporting the following initiatives towards both formal coach education through the NCCP pathway, as well as towards umpire education through the National Umpire Certification Program:

1. NCCP Safe Sport Context

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

2. NCCP Community Coach Context

  • FHBC will subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Coaches accessing the NCCP Community Initiation Online Course ($15 per coach candidate)
  • FHBC will subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Coaches accessing the NCCP Community Coach Course – Technical Online Workshop ($50 per coach candidate)

3. Competition Coach Context

  • FHBC will subsidize 100% of the costs associated with FHBC Provincial Program Coaches (tasked with meeting Minimum NCCP Standards for National Championship Competition) accessing the NCCP Competition Introduction Online Module/Course Curricula (full stream cost approximately $600 per coach candidate – Modular costs range from $20-$250 per Module)
  • FHBC will subsidize 100% of the costs associated with FHBC Provincial Program Coaches (tasked with meeting Minimum NCCP Standards for National Championship Competition) accessing the NCCP Competition Development Online Module/Course Curricula (full stream cost approximately $1800 per coach candidate – Modular costs range from $90-$200 per Module)

4. Community Umpiring Course

  • FHBC will subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Umpires accessing the Community Umpiring Online Course ($25 per umpire candidate). This online course will now be offered ‘free of charge’ to FHBC Members

5. Umpire Assessors Course

  • FHBC will subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Umpires accessing the Umpire Assessors Course ($55 per umpire candidate)

As the field hockey community turns its attention towards 2023 Spring and Summer season delivery, FHBC encourages all BC Member Coaches and Umpires to take full advantage of this investment initiative opportunity. Should BC Member Coaches, Umpires, and/or Community Leads within the Club or League structure require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to FHBC for assistance.

For more information on the NCCP or Umpire Pathways please visit the FHBC website at https://fieldhockeybc.com/coaches/coaching-education/nccp-pathway/ and https://fieldhockeybc.com/officials/umpire-certification/ respectively.

Alternatively, BC Members can reach out directly for all Coach/NCCP related opportunities to:
FHBC’s Sport Development Manager, Katie Jameson via phone (778) 227-0895 or via e-mail at katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com

For all Umpire related opportunities, reach out to:
FHBC’s Officials Coordinator, Shaquille Gilbert via phone (604) 737-3145 or via e-mail at eventsandofficials@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
April 5, 2023

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For more information on the NCCP or Umpire Pathways please visit the NCCP Pathway page or the Umpire Certification page respectively.

Whistler Field Hockey Club is hiring assistant Coaches and Head coach for the Outdoor season


Whistler FHC is a newly established field hockey club in Whistler.

Dates:
Kids spring program May-June Mondays 4pm-6pm
Adults May 29th until end of September Mondays 6pm-8m
Kids fall program September-October Mondays 4pm-6pm
(No sessions on holidays)

Position: Kids and Youth and Adults Head coach
Reports to: Programs coordinator
Location: AVJ Field at Cheakamus Crossing, Whistler
Job type: Term-based Part-time
Rate: $30 p/hour (set up + coaching + planning hours)
Responsibilities: planning, organizing and delivering appropriate sessions.

Position: Kids and Youth Assistant coach
Reports to: Head coach
Location: AVJ Field at Cheakamus Crossing, Whistler
Job type: Term-based Part-time
Coach: $25 p/hour

The groups of players (approximately between 20 +/- adults and 20 + kids) are very varied in skills and fitness, ranging from former players to newcomers to the sport. Everyone is enthusiastic about learning and improving.  Adults participate in a couple of events/tournaments/friendly games during the summer.

TO APPLY, email applications to admin@whistlerfieldhockey.com by April 15th, 2023. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Criminal record check required.



FHBC is seeking umpires for the VIT and for the Provincial Talent ID on Vancouver Island


Field Hockey BC is seeking umpires – of Provincial level or above – interested in attending the Vancouver International Tournament (VIT) in Burnaby or the Female Provincial Athlete Talent ID Stage 2 Trials on the Island.

VIT Information
Dates: May Long Weekend (May 20-22, 2023)
Location: Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West

Provincial Trials Information
Dates:
May Long Weekend (May 20-22, 2023)
Location: University of Victoria

If interested, please reach out to our Events and Officials Coordinator, Shaquille Gilbert, at eventsandofficials@fieldhockeybc.com.



 

FHBC RESPECT PROGRAM – Call to all Members to reflect on the Importance of Respect and Courtesy towards Officials

You can download the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members

As the 2022-23 Senior Season closes and the 2023 Junior Season opens this coming weekend, I write on behalf of the FHBC Board of Directors to highlight and remind all members about the importance of respect and courtesy towards our valued Officials and Umpires at all levels of field hockey across BC.

Our great game cannot function or offer a compelling value proposition without Officials and Umpires driving the sport forward in partnership with Coaches, Players, Volunteers, and Fans. Without them we do not have a game or a sport. Like Players and Coaches, Umpires and Officials devote time, energy and expertise into performing their duties on a weekly basis and we should appreciate all the time and effort they put in.

If Field Hockey across BC is going to continue to thrive and maintain the amazing sense of community and inclusiveness it has, there needs to be respect for everyone in the game. This respect must come from those both on and off the field of play. I would encourage everyone to refamiliarize themselves with the FHBC RESPECT PROGRAM and the associated Codes of Conduct that are available to read and download from the Documents section of the FHBC Website at https://fieldhockeybc.com/documents/.

It remains a given that Officials and Umpires make mistakes…as do Players and Coaches. Being an Umpire or Official is a tough and often thankless job. They give up their time to ensure Players, Coaches, Parents, Fans, and Spectators enjoy everything that is great about field hockey.

Regardless of decisions made, whether right or wrong, there is no excuse or justification for verbally abusing or threatening Officials and Umpires. Next time you think about criticizing an umpiring decision or witness someone hurling verbal abuse from beyond the field of play, choose RESPECT instead of criticism and ridicule.

We all have a responsibility to set an example through how we act and what we say. Just like acknowledging the opposition after a hard-fought game, Officials and Umpires deserve a ‘thank you’ for their participation regardless of the result.

Everyone has a responsibility to make field hockey the best game it can be. We are blessed to have so many fantastic people involved in our sport and by retaining Officials and Umpires and attracting others to take up these important roles, field hockey across BC will continue to go from strength to strength. Here’s to a memorable, for all the right reasons, Spring and Summer season. Enjoy!

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
March 31, 2023



 

Call for Advocacy Support for a Second Field Hockey Artificial Turf in the City of Vancouver


Recognizing that many FHBC members either resident or actively participating in field hockey within the City of Vancouver may have recently received a call to action from their Member Club, FHBC is reaching out today to re-emphasize such an advocacy push targeted at the potential for inclusion of a second field hockey artificial turf within the City of Vancouver Sports Field Strategy. FHBC is joining member clubs within the City of Vancouver in efforts to engage with the Vancouver Parks Board Commission to gain support for a second field hockey artificial turf to serve City of Vancouver residents.

FHBC would encourage any interested member to write formally to the Vancouver Park Board Commission and/or to chose to support an active FHBC Member petition which can be accessed at the following link: https://www.change.org/p/support-for-field-hockey-turf-in-south-vancouver?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=custom_url&recruited_by_id=588304d0-b452-0130-ea1e-3c764e04873b

To aid a potential written submission to the Vancouver Park Board Commission, FHBC has included the following link (https://fieldhockeybc.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Letter-of-Support-City-of-Vancouver-Capital-Planning-Sports-Field-Strategy-March-13-2023.pdf) to the recent letter of support submitted to Vancouver Park Board Commissioners dated March 13, 2023.

Written submissions can be sent to the Vancouver Parks Board at the following email address: PBcommissioners@vancouver.ca

As the field hockey community looks towards the launch of 2023 Spring and Summer season delivery, FHBC encourages members to consider supporting the potential for an additional artificial field hockey turf’s inclusion in the City of Vancouver’s Sports Field Strategy. FHBC thanks all members for the time taken to support this initiative to date and for those who may be hearing of this for the first time, we hope you will join us in extolling the virtues of further facility development that serve community-wide organized and recreational sporting and social pursuit.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
March 29, 2023



 

Make Ethical Decisions (MED) course offered by FHBC – spots are limited!


FHBC is hosting a NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (MED) course with the support of viaSport BC. MED is a cornerstone of the NCCP and is a mandatory requirement of FHC’s Safe Sport initiative. All coaches across Canada should complete this course (and associated online evaluation).

Course Details

When: Wednesday, April 5th from 5:30-9:30pm
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free for FHBC Members
Registration Deadline: March 30th (end of day)
Register here: http://fhbcprograms.rampregistrations.com/login with your RAMP account, click on “Participant” to start the registration process; select the current season, the family member profile, your membership type (Division) and then the MED Course from the package list; follow the instructions to complete the registration

Course information will be sent by viaSport BC (coaches@viasport.ca) by Monday April 3rd. Please check your junk folder for the email. If you have not received course information by Tuesday, please contact katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com.

Space in the course is limited, so act fast!



 

Applications are now open for the following FHBC Foundation Bursary Programs


FHBC is delighted to announce that the Society is now accepting applications for the following FHBC Foundation Bursary Programs:

  • The Barb Hart Harris Athlete Assistance Bursary
  • The Dr. Christine Grant Coaching Professional Development Bursary
  • The Jenny John Officiating Professional Development Bursary
  • The Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary

The Application deadline for The Barb Hart Harris Athlete Assistance Bursary is May 8th. The remaining three Bursary Programs above have an application deadline of April 26th. These Bursary Programs are designed to provide valuable financial assistance towards an individual’s access to and/or professional development in the sport of Field Hockey.

The Barb Hart Harris Athlete Assistance Bursary is open to any member enrolled in an FHBC regional athlete program – technical development program, talent identification program, elite program or regional team program. The Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary aims to support female athletes under the age of 12 to access field hockey programming at the club level. The Coaching and Officiating bursary programs are open to all levels of coach and official, with officiating including both umpires and technical officials.

Pat Hall Officials Development Award: In addition to the multiple Bursary windows now open and referenced above, a polite reminder to Vancouver Island Officials in particular that the Pat Hall Official Development Award within the FHBC Foundation remains open for applications year round (until funds are exhausted for the year). This award is designed to promote the development of Vancouver Island umpires and technical officials with preference given to members active on the Island. Award nominations will remains open until all the available funds are utilized.

IMPORTANT: applicants for all of the financial assistance programs within the FHBC Foundation must be a current member in good standing with Field Hockey BC and an active official, coach or player within National, Provincial or Club base programming.

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