IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Consideration and Planning (March 20, 2020)

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As the Organized Sport Sector in BC responds to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, Field Hockey BC continues to monitor the potential impact to our team sport environment. Given the growing and unprecedented uncertainty surrounding this health pandemic, Field Hockey BC is directing all members and affiliated clubs and associations to suspend all sanctioned field hockey activities in the province until further notice.

This decision will be monitored daily and reviewed on a week to week basis by the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors, with the expectation that a next suspension update will be posted early in April. As new information is received from both Federal and Provincial Government agencies, Field Hockey BC will provide appropriate program and service updates that we hope over time will include a responsible and gradual return to play. Field Hockey BC cannot emphasize enough that the health and safety of all participants in the field hockey community in BC is of the utmost importance and is central to any decision-making process.

To ensure the health and safety of the players, coaches, officials, volunteers, and fans in BC, Field Hockey BC recommends that all affiliated Leagues, Clubs, and Associations communicate to their members that they will cease all sanctioned field hockey operations immediately and until further notice. Field Hockey BC sanctioned field hockey activities include, but are not limited to, all indoor and outdoor competitions, leagues, training, practices, matches, in-person coach and official education, and formalized club group activities. The intent of this suspension is to limit situations of physical contact.

Whilst the entire Field Hockey Community in BC continues to work hard on contingency planning for the possibility that restrictions may be lifted over time, please stay patient as we collectively consider ongoing environmental implications. Field Hockey BC’s operational continuity plan is for Society staff to work remotely and all staff are equipped to continue their daily functions. Electronic media will be utilized to maintain lines of communication, with community members able to connect via phone and/or email in the normal way.

Field Hockey BC thanks you for your patience as we do our part to support all of the unprecedented steps taking place to slow the spread of COVID-19. You can stay up-to-date on COVID-19 information by visiting the BC Government website and the Ministry of Health website. Our thoughts are with all of you and your families during this challenging time.

FHBC BOD, March 20, 2020

FHBC staff working remotely

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and following public health recommendations from the Provincial and Federal Government, Field Hockey BC staff will be working remotely until further notice.

We will continue to provide support to our members via email, so please do not hesitate to reach out with any inquiries you might have.

FHBC would like to remind you that the Train to Compete Regional Girls Championship in Duncan April 2-5, 2020, is suspended, as well as all in-person educational courses and meetings. Our online Community Umpire course remains open.

Field Hockey BC is currently considering a COVID-19 response to all of its planned programs, events, and services for the spring and summer. Updates to this effect will be made in the days and weeks to come. Please, stay patient whilst we all work through this challenging time.


You can stay up-to-date on COVID-19 information by visiting the BC Government website and the Ministry of Health website.

Here you can access the latest advisory from the Canadian Sport medicine Advisory Committee.

Further information about the novel coronavirus is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

Please stay safe and healthy, and remember the recommendations for reducing the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces
  • Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation)
  • At this point, stay home as much as possible
  • Contact 8-1-1 (HealthLink BC) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation

Decision to Suspend the Train to Compete Regional Girls Championship (April 2-5, 2020)

Dear Field Hockey BC Train to Compete Athletes, Coaches, Officials and Families,

The Field Hockey BC (FHBC) Board this morning took the decision to suspend the Train to Compete Regional Girls Championship in Duncan April 2-5, 2020. Such a decision follows the directive from the Provincial Government to cancel any gathering larger than 250 people, effective March 12, 2020:

“Effective today (March 12, 2020), we also directing all event organizers to cancel any gathering larger than 250 people. This includes indoor and outdoor sporting events, conferences, meetings, religious gatherings or other similar events. This threshold has been selected, as it is much easier to maintain important social distancing to prevent transmission of COVID-19.”

As always, the safety and wellness of our players, coaches, officials, parents, fans and all other community members is our first priority. This is disappointing for all of us, but in the circumstances the FHBC Board came to feel that such a decision was in the best interests of everyone.

FHBC is actively pursuing possibilities of rescheduling this Championship to the calendar month of May but may well decide in the interim to cancel the event for the 2020 season. In true field hockey spirit, we hope you can support us with your continued patience and understanding.

Field Hockey BC will remain in close contact with Provincial Government Agencies, the Canadian Sport Medicine Advisory Committee, School Districts, Parks Boards, and with Field Hockey Canada, and will provide updates relative to all Field Hockey BC events, programs, leagues, and camps as soon as they become available. As the status progresses with the COVID-19 response within Canada, FHBC will continue to follow all government recommendations and adjust our approach to managing field hockey participation accordingly.

FHBC BOD March 13, 2020

Message regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Field Hockey BC (FHBC) and various member clubs have received a number of inquiries relating to the coronavirus and field hockey events, training environments, and camps in BC.

FHBC remains in close contact with Field Hockey Canada, the Canadian Sport Medicine Advisory Committee, Provincial Government agencies, School Districts and Parks Boards regarding protocol and next steps, and will provide updates as soon as they become available.

As the status progresses with the COVID-19 response within Canada, FHBC will continue to follow all government recommendations and adjust our approach to managing events accordingly.

At this time, Field Hockey BC is waiting on further government recommendations regarding mass gatherings in BC. As always, the safety and wellness of our players, coaches, officials, parents, fans and all other community members is our first priority.

You can stay up-to-date on COVID-19 information by visiting the BC Government website and the Ministry of Health website.

Field Hockey BC will also be posting regular updates from the Canadian Sport medicine Advisory Committee, the latest of which (March 11, 2020) can be found at the following link:

http://www.csipacific.ca/advisory-on-covid-19-from-smac-sport-medicine-advisory-committee-mar-11-2020/

Reminder on steps to reduce risk and exposure

As a reminder, Field Hockey BC would like to share the BC Centre for Disease Control recommendations for reducing the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands frequently (it is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread).
  • Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
  • Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation).
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Contact 8-1-1 (HealthLink BC) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation.

Further information about novel coronavirus is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website at the following link: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

Vancouver International Field Hockey Development Camp in May

Sea to Sky Field Hockey Club invites all female field hockey players aged 14-18 from across Canada to join the first Vancouver International Field Hockey Development Camp. This camp is open to all skill levels and will provide world class coaching to players over three days of intense drills, skill development, and games.

Date: Saturday, May 16​th​ to Monday, May 18​th​ from 9 am – 5 pm each day.
Location: Rutledge Field, West Vancouver

Registration fee is $450 CAN for the three-day camp, which includes training, games, learning sessions, snacks & drinks. Register early, space is limited.

Click here for more information

FHC Masters 55+ Team looking for players for the Masters World Cup in South Africa

The much anticipated 2020 Masters World Cup is just around the corner! The Canadian Men’s 55+ age group is now beginning its talent identification process which will take place from April 10-12 in Vancouver. Please sign up as soon as possible so that you can be considered to be chosen for this amazing event! Important deadlines include:

  • Nomination of Names and deposit deadlines:  February 22, 2020
  • Master World Cup: Sep 19 to Sep 28, 2020, Cape Town, South Africa.

Please circulate this around to everyone that you know might be keen to be part of this team and they can contact Preet Sidhu, FHC Masters 55 + Team Manager, via email at preetsid@hotmail.com.

PCE Fundamentals Coaching Course at UVic in March

The Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association will be hosting Field Hockey BC’s PCE Fundamentals Coaching Course in March.

This course is intended for:

  • coaches working with under 12 age groups
  • coaches that are themselves an under 18 player who has an interest in coaching in the Junior League
  • a parent volunteer who is new to coaching and to the game of field hockey

Course Details:
It is mandatory to attend both sessions
Wednesday March 4 – McKinnon Building Room 150 from 6 to 9 pm (Victoria)
Sunday March 8 – UVIC Turf #3 from 2 to 5 pm

The Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association encourages Junior League Coaches who have no or minimal coach training to take this course.  There is no cost to attend.

The course is 6 hours in length split up into 3 hours each of theory and practical learning. You will learn the basics of of how to deliver safe, fun and effective practice sessions, how to incorporate fundamental movement skills and review field hockey fundamental skills and tactics from facilitators who have coached in the junior league and helped design the practice sessions for the junior league.

The course will be facilitated by certified learning facilitators Ali Baggott and Milena Gaiga.

SIGN UP ONLINE:
http://vjfha.victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca/forms/22286-2020-FHBC-Fundamentals-Coaching-Course-FREE-Course

Deadline to register is Monday, February 24, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Milena Gaiga at mgaiga@shaw.ca.

2020 FHBC AGM – Election (BOD) and Motion Notice

Dear FHBC Members

In advance of the production of minutes for the 2020 FHBC AGM and in an effort to inform the membership as to the outcome of elections to the FHBC Board of Directors and formal motions from last night’s meeting, please find below an associated supporting document (PDF file here). Every document related to the AGM is available on our “Documents” page.

Field Hockey BC Annual General Meeting
Monday 10 February 2020

Election (BOD) and Motion Notice

Election of Officers to the
Field Hockey BC Board of Directors (BOD)

President
Andrew Dewberry (by Election)

Finance Director
Jasbir Tatla (by Election)

Coaching Director
Gurjit Sidhu (by Election)

Umpiring Director
Narinder Sangha (by Election)

Business Development Director
Mark Vaughan (by Acclamation)

Non-Bylaw Motions

The following motions were approved by the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors on Monday 27 January 2020:

Motion 1 – That the Audited Financial Statement to August 31, 2019 be received

Rationale: AGM Motion required under Field Hockey BC bylaw 3.1.1 (b)

Proposed: Joanna Mukai, Finance Director
Seconded: Megan Robertson, Umpiring Director

CARRIED

Motion 2 – That the Auditors for Field Hockey BC for 2019-2020 be Burgess Kilpatrick Chartered Professional Accountants

Rationale: AGM Motion required under Field Hockey BC bylaw 3.1.1 (d)

Proposed: Joanna Mukai, Finance Director
Seconded: Margaret Johnson, Vice-President

CARRIED

Motion 3 – That there be no change to the Field Hockey BC Membership Fee schedule for the membership year 2020-2021

Rationale: AGM Motion required under Field Hockey BC bylaw 3.1.1 (e)

Proposed: Brian Groos, Marketing Director
Seconded: Margaret Johnson, Vice-President

CARRIED

 

The following motions were presented by the Field Hockey BC membership on Monday 27 January 2020:

Motion 4That Field Hockey BC amend its Selection Process to no longer require participation in its Train to Train (U15) and Train to Compete (U18) Regional Programs as a condition of selection for the corresponding Provincial Programs, that it provide equal opportunity for all eligible athletes to be selected to its Provincial Programs, and that it clearly communicate this policy change to all eligible athletes beginning in the 2020-2021 season. Field Hockey BC will create a group to study how to make this change fair to all athletes.

Rationale: The current Field Hockey BC selection policy effectively requires athletes to become year-round field hockey players if they wish to compete in the Provincial Programs. This excludes multi-sport athletes who choose to compete in other sports through the fall and winter, and encourages early specialization. This runs directly counter to Field Hockey Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) pathway, which “actively discourages early specialization since premature specialization contributes to imbalanced physical development, overuse injuries, early burnout, and inadequate development of movement and sports skills.” 1

While the Regional Program may still remain the preferred player development pathway, the Field Hockey BC selection policy should provide an equal opportunity for all athletes with the skills and desire to compete for this province, regardless of whether or not they participate in the Regional Program.

1 Source: http://lthd.fieldhockey.ca/en/whatisltad

Proposed: Taylor Curran, West Vancouver Field Hockey Club
Seconded: Ranbir Kahlon (Elite FHC), Gary Sangha (India Club), Jasbir Singh Saran (Surinder Lions Field Hockey), Andrew Dewberry (Vancouver Hawks)

CARRIED

Motion 5 – That Field Hockey BC immediately amend its Athlete Attendance Policy to require all athletes to prioritize club hockey during Spring League and to attend their club commitments in the event of any conflicts with Field Hockey BC programs during this period. This motion is to be implemented and take effect before Field Hockey BC’s 2020 Provincial Programs but should not apply to the 2020 Regional Tournaments.

Rationale: The current Field Hockey BC Athlete Attendance Policy has resulted in a high level of game forfeitures and cancellations, reduced registration numbers, and a diminished Spring League experience that does not support the development and growth of the sport. The effects extend beyond the players that are directly participating in Regional and Provincial Programs to impact coaches, umpires, other players, and clubs across the region:

  • Regional and Provincial Program players are unable to compete for their clubs and play with their friends.
  • Games are cancelled or forfeit because of conflicts with Regional and Provincial Programs.
  • Teams are left to compete without many of their best players.
  • Coaches and administrators are scrambling to try to reschedule games or find enough players to field a team.
  • Umpires are frustrated and inconvenienced by frequent game cancellations and forfeitures.
  • Players are opting to train with the Regional and Provincial Programs rather than participate in Spring League.

The clubs of the GVJFHL are prepared to work collaboratively with Field Hockey BC to reduce conflicts between its Regional and Provincial Programs and Spring League. These efforts notwithstanding, because of the short duration of Spring League and its central importance to field hockey in this province, we believe that participation in Spring League must take precedent over all other field hockey commitments for its duration.

Proposed: Jasbir Singh Saran, Surinder Lions Field Hockey
Seconded: Gary Sangha (India Club) Andrew Dewberry (Vancouver Hawks), Mark Vaughan (West Vancouver Field Hockey Club), Ranbir Kahlon (Elite FHC)

CARRIED

Motion 6 – That, beginning with the 2020-2021 season, Field Hockey BC schedule all Regional Tournaments before the start of April to eliminate conflicts with Spring League.

Rationale: Over the past few seasons, the practice of scheduling Regional Tournaments during the Spring League season, like the Field Hockey BC Athlete Attendance Policy discussed in Motion 5 above, has resulted in a high level of game forfeitures and cancellations, reduced registration numbers, and a poorer Spring League experience that has impacted players, coaches, umpires, and clubs across the province.

Spring League is an extremely short season that is fundamental to the growth and development of field hockey in BC. To prevent it from being disrupted and diminished, Field Hockey BC should schedule all Regional Tournaments before Spring League. In support of this motion, the clubs of the GVJFHL are prepared to work with Field Hockey BC to provide it with the field bookings necessary to run its regional tournaments during this period.

Proposed: Andrew Dewberry, Vancouver Hawks
Seconded: Brian Bryson (West Vancouver Field Hockey Club), Ranbir Kahlon (Elite FHC), Gary Sangha (India Club), Jasbir Singh Saran (Surinder Lions Field Hockey)

CARRIED

Motion 7  That Field Hockey BC, beginning with the 2019-2020 season, in conjunction with host clubs, organize annual Club Championships in the U12, U14, U16, and U18 age divisions and schedule them for the final four weekends of the Spring League season.

Rationale: We believe that Club Championships should be the capstone of the Spring League season and a celebration of field hockey in BC.

Holding Club Championships during the final weeks of the short Spring League season will provide sufficient time for players to develop technical skills, tactical knowledge, and team camaraderie. This is particularly important for the many players who are new to the sport or only play field hockey during Spring League, and for the many teams who only play together during Spring League.

Furthermore, aligning the Club Championships age divisions with the GVJFHL age divisions will better allow teams that play together in Spring League to compete together at Club Championships, particularly on the boys’ side. It will also reduce the severe disruption and large number of Spring League forfeitures that occur as clubs pull players from two Spring League age divisions to field a single Club Championships team.

In support of this motion and our vision for Club Championships, the clubs of the GVJFHL are prepared to provide additional support to Field Hockey BC in hosting these events.

Proposed: Gary Sangha, India Club
Seconded: Andrew Dewberry (Vancouver Hawks), Margi Spooner (West Vancouver Field Hockey Club), Ranbir Kahlon (Elite FHC), Jasbir Singh Saran (Surinder Lions Field Hockey)

CARRIED

Registration is now open for the 2020 Vancouver International Tournament (VIT)

Welcome to the 2020 Vancouver International Tournament, The VIT! Held traditionally over the May Long Weekend, the VIT has enjoyed over twenty years as one of the largest social field hockey tournaments on the West Coast. This year promises to be no different as we once again look forward to welcoming new and old friends alike.

2020 sees Burnaby Lake West Complex play host as our main tournament venue; three artificial field turfs and a beer garden await, rain or shine. There are five tournament divisions this year including once again a women’s masters division for the over 35’s. FHBC looks forward to welcoming you all to what promises to be another hugely enjoyable tournament.

Information and Registration

All players must be currently active FHBC members, or teams can purchase for an additional $90. If your team wishes to do this, they can indicate along with their registration form, and add $90 to their team’s registration fee.

Tournament Dates:

Saturday, May 16 – Monday, May 18, 2020
Deposit Deadline to secure your bid: March 31, 2020
Final Entry Deadline: April 12th, 2020
Team List (Roster, including FHBC #’s) Deadline: May 4th, 2020

Tournament Venue:

Main Venue: The Burnaby Lake Complex – Three ‘field turf’ artificial surfaces

Tournament Schedule: 

The 2020 Playing and Umpire Schedules will be posted following the event entry deadlines

Tournament Rules: 

2019 VIT – Information and Tournament Rules