Happy International Women’s Day from Field Hockey BC!

On behalf of Field Hockey BC, we would like to wish everyone a Happy International Women’s Day! This day is very important to us as an organization because it provides an opportunity for us to celebrate our amazing female athletes and all women around the world.

In celebration of IWD 2019, we asked our Regional Program athletes to share their thoughts on International Women’s Day, their experiences as women in sport and the women who have inspired their athletic endeavours. We are proud to share their wonderful words with our field hockey community:

Please share to show your support for our incredible athletes who are breaking barriers every day!

 

John McBryde Celebrates his 80th at UBC Wright Field

On March 9, 2019, the day that John McBryde turns 80 years old, he will be out on the pitch playing for his men’s league Vancouver Hawks team. As one of Field Hockey BC’s longest active members, it seems fitting that his 80th will be spent playing the sport to which he has dedicated so much of his life!

John McBryde, still in action at 80 years old!

John was born in Maryborough, Australia and was the captain of the first Australian National Field Hockey team to win an Olympic medal when they took bronze in Tokyo, 1964. In the late 1960’s, John came to Canada and became the Head Coach of the Canadian Men’s Field Hockey team. He also served 25 years on the FIH Equipment Committee and currently acts as an Advisor on the Canadian Masters Hockey Steering Committee.

John has dedicated himself to the growth and development of field hockey for over 60 years and throughout that time, he has never stopped playing. Field Hockey BC would like to invite our community to come out to John’s game on his 80th birthday in celebration of everything he has contributed to our sport. John’s Vancouver Hawks team plays at 3 pm at UBC Wright Field on Saturday March 9, 2019. We hope to see you all out there supporting one of Field Hockey BC’s most iconic players!

John McBryde (left) and Don Paterson at the 2016 Grand Masters World Cup.

Information and images contributed by Don Paterson

Apply for an FHBC Foundation Bursary!

The Field Hockey BC Foundation is now accepting applications for a number of bursaries which provide financial support for athletes, coaches and officials. Visit the FHBC Foundation website for a full list of bursaries offered through the Foundation, as well as their eligibility requirements and application windows.

The following bursaries are currently open with an application deadline of March 27, 2019:

FHBC Athlete Assistance Bursary: The Field Hockey BC Athlete Assistance Bursary is designed to support male and female athletes in the FHBC Regional Program. An award of up to $500 will be distributed to encourage the continued athletic development of our Regional Program athletes.

Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary: The Allyn Murison Grassroots bursary is designed to support female athletes under the age of 12 in their field hockey development. Five awards of up to $100 will be awarded with the purpose of helping young athletes get involved in our sport.

FHBC Coaching Development Bursary: The Field Hockey BC Coaching Development bursary is designed to support the professional development of FHBC coaches at any level. An award of up to $750 will be distributed to the successful applicant(s).

Jenny John Officiating Bursary: The Jenny John Officiating bursary is designed to support the professional development of FHBC umpires and technical officials.  An award of up to $750 will be distributed to the successful applicant(s).

Introducing the NEW Provincial Coach Education Pathway

Field Hockey BC is thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new Provincial Coach Education (PCE) Pathway! These courses will be run FREE OF CHARGE for all FHBC Club Coaches.

In partnership with West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, Field Hockey BC is running three pilot courses over the next two weeks. Over 40 coaches attended the PCE FUNdamentals and Learn 2 Train classroom sessions this week and will be out on the pitch for practical training next weekend.

These courses are designed for community club coaches to improve their technical and tactical field hockey knowledge. By providing community coaches with these tools, our goal is to provide greater field hockey development opportunities for club teams. More information on the PCE Pathway can be found on the Field Hockey BC website.

Next week, Field Hockey BC will be inviting all clubs to get involved and take advantage of these free courses! Ready to get started right away? To browse the courses that will be offered, visit the PCE Courses page. If you would like to learn more about the different PCE courses offered by Field Hockey BC, please contact John Sacre or Julie King. If you are a club administrator interested in organizing a PCE course for your club, please contact Donna Cumming.

Register for the Vancouver International Tournament!

It’s that time of year again – registration for the Vancouver International Tournament is now open!

The Annual Vancouver International Tournament (VIT) will take place May 18-20, 2019 at Burnaby Lake West Sports Complex. The tournament will play host to five divisions across three turf fields, with one beer garden for all (19+) players and officials to enjoy! The VIT has been one of the largest adult social field hockey tournaments on the West Coast for over 20 years and promises a fun and exciting environment for everyone involved.

The early bird deadline to secure your team’s spot is March 18, 2019 and the final deadline is April 8, 2019. Visit the VIT Event Page for more tournament information or download a registration form now:

Domestic Teams

Out of Province Teams

If you have any questions about the Vancouver International Tournament, please contact Kurt Du Bois.

Register for Upcoming Provincial and Regional Umpire Courses!

Over the next month, Field Hockey BC is running three umpire courses on the Lower Mainland just in time for spring season!

We have upcoming Provincial Umpire Courses in Delta and Chilliwack, and a Regional Umpire Course in Vancouver. Click the links for course information and eligibility requirements. If you have any additional questions about umpire courses, please contact Kurt Du Bois.

FIH Coaching and Technical Official Courses

The International Hockey Federation has an incredible opportunity for top level coaches and technical officials to take the next step in their coaching and officiating careers!

FIH is accepting applications for three courses which will take place between March 22 – 30, 2019 in Ipoh, Malaysia. Candidates must be put forward by Field Hockey Canada. Please see the information below and contact the Field Hockey BC Office or Field Hockey Canada if you would like to put your name forward for nomination.

FIH Academy Level 3 Coaching Course
When: March 22 – 25, 2019
Where: Ipoh, Malaysia
Who: Coaches with a minimum of 5 years at a top national performance level; FIH Academy Level 2 Coach certificate or equivalent
Cost: $650 USD
Application deadline: February 24, 2019

FIH Academy Level 3 Technical Officials Course
When: March 28 – 30, 2019
Where: Ipoh, Malaysia
Who: Technical officials acting at the National Elite Level and international competitions
Cost: $350 USD
Application deadline: February 28, 2019

FIH Academy Level 2 Coaching Course
When: March 27 – 30, 2019
Where: Ipoh, Malaysia
Who: Coaches working within a club/school and/or representative environment and assisting teams at top national competitions; FIH Academy Level 1 Coach certificate or equivalent
Cost: $400 USD
Application deadline: February 28, 2019

If you have further questions regarding any of these courses, please contact the FIH Hockey Academy.

Regional Program Training Session Cancellations

Due to field closures and weather conditions, all outdoor Regional Program Training is cancelled from February 8 – February 10.

This applies to U15 and U18 Boys and Girls on the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. The Interior Girls will be training as scheduled.

Please keep an eye on your e-mail for schedule updates going forward.

2019 Women’s BC Indoor Championship Reaches New Heights

On February 2-3, 2019,  we saw 8 teams from the Island, Lower Mainland, and Alberta duke it out at the Duncan Island Savings Centre for the 2019 Senior Women’s BC Indoor Championship. It was a competitive weekend full of close matches and intense battles resulting in an all Vikes final. The Vikes Alumni and the University of Victoria Vikes went head to head to determine which generation was the best. Both team played hard but ultimately the young guns at UVic squeaked out a 2-0 win over the Alums. Third place went to the Island Wildcats, who edged the University of Calgary Dinos in the bronze medal game.

The UVic Vikes battle the Vikes Alumni in the Championship game.

Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate all participating teams for a great weekend of indoor hockey! We are thrilled to see this tournament growing, as the tournament increased by three teams this year including the out-of-province U of C Dinos.

We’d also like to thank Brenda Lockhart who ran another excellent tournament and Wendy Stewart who took the tournament umpires under her wing. The combination of these two helped propel this tournament to new heights and we are excited to see what the future holds for the growing game of indoor hockey in BC!

Field Hockey BC AGM: February 9, 2019

The Field Hockey BC AGM is being held on February 9, 2019 at Burnaby Lake West Complex, Meeting Room #1 at 1 pm. All relevant documentation including Meeting Agenda, Motions, Voting Chart and Proxy Form has now been posted in the Documents section of our website.

We look forward to welcoming all members to the 2019 AGM. If you have any questions with regards to the meeting, please do not hesitate to contact the FHBC Office.