FHBC welcomes new Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager, Patricia Wright-Alexis

Field Hockey BC is delighted to welcome Patricia to the FHBC Staff Team. Patricia will be conducting a full review of the coach and talent identification program delivered through FHBC over the course of the past Spring and Summer before assisting the Society in the identification of coach and athlete centered strategic priorities as part of FHBC’s new six year strategic plan. The FHBC Board and Staff Team look forward to supporting Patricia as she transitions into her new role and we invite community members to reach out to Patricia to welcome her to the fold.

Patricia is a certified FIH Hockey Academy Level 3 Coach with eleven years coaching experience and has been involved in development and strategic planning for field hockey for over eight years. She was the co-captain of her university team (University of Massachusetts, USA), and was selected to the A-10 All-Conference team three of her four years at university. She is a former national player and captain and represented Trinidad and Tobago at the junior and senior levels for fifteen years before retiring and going full time into coaching.

As a coach, she held the position of Development Head Coach at the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board for two years before founding IN Sports Field Hockey Academy with the vision of introducing the sport to non-traditional schools and communities and focusing on development within the 5 – 16 age range. Patricia also coached the female hockey team at the University of the West Indies and was a part of the coaching staff for the Junior Women National team for the last two Junior Pan Am Championships.

Before her career in sports, Patricia worked in the Supply Chain and Logistics field for over six years. She earned her BSc in Business Management (Hons) from the University of Massachusetts and holds a certificate in International Relations. Patricia is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys the outdoors, reading a good book, and spending quality time with her husband and two children.

Indy Sehmbi – Coach & Community Builder – One Athlete at a Time

Indy Sehmbi has played a huge role in the development of young field hockey athletes in the Lower Mainland and throughout Canada.

Indy started coaching provincially in 2000 and continued to coach BC Provincial teams until 2013.

In 2009, Indy join the Men’s National Team as a video analyst and toured with the team to Australia, Argentina, India (Commonwealth Games and World Cup), Mexico (Pan American Games) and South Africa for the next two years.

As Indy increased his knowledge the game though his international experience, he decided it was time to put this knowledge to work and joined the Canadian Junior National Team in 2011 as an assistant coach alongside Aaron Guest.

Indy continued as an assistant Canadian Junior National Team coach until 2013 when we took a more leadership role in the Junior National Program.

In 2014, Indy coached the Youth National team to the U18 Youth Olympics where they won the silver medal.

From 2015-2021 Indy was the Junior Head Coach.  Indy led the Junior National program and took the team to two Junior Pan American Games (Silver and Fourth Place finishes) and to two Junior World Cups (both in India)

Indy has been such a positive coach and role model for so many athletes on both the Junior National and Club programs. Throughout his involvement with the National and Junior National Team Indy was a driving force with the Burnaby Lake Field Hockey Club promoting the development of young players and solidifying the Burnaby Club as contenders in the Vancouver league year in and year out.

 

After taking the Junior National Team to the Junior World Cup in December of 2021 Indy mad the tough decision to step aside and take some time away from coaching at the National level.

Indy has helped to develop so many local players and is a coach and person who truly believes in each individual and their potential. Indy can be described as a Coach and Community Builder – one Athlete at a time.

We would like to wish Indy well in which ever challenge he takes on next and thank him for all of his amazing contributions to Field Hockey in Canada.

From proud friends and supports of coach Indhi


 

The new Membership Registration System in partnership with Field Hockey Canada for 2022-2023 is now open!

Following our Communique #1 and Communique #2 regarding Field Hockey BC’s new Membership Registration System, we are happy to inform that registrations are now open for the 2022-2023 Season.

Please, refer to the Step-by-Step Guide for more information before registering.

To start the registration process, access our Membership Page

Should you require further assistance, support is available by contacting info@fieldhockeybc.com.

New FHBC Membership Registration Notice #2 Ahead of the 2022-23 Season

You may access the PDF version of this document here.


Further to the first community communique (dated July 8, 2022) concerning Field Hockey BC’s (FHBC’s) new Membership Registration System Partnership with Field Hockey Canada for 2022-23, this communique is intended to direct membership attention to the appropriate section of the FHBC website for a Step-by-Step Guide on “How To” Register for a 2022-23 Membership. As a polite reminder:

  • Every field hockey player, coach and official is required to register as an individual member ahead of active participation in any given season. The calendar season is September 1st to August 31st inclusive. ​_
  • Each member is required to pay a membership fee to BOTH Field Hockey BC (FHBC) and Field Hockey Canada (FHC) unless otherwise stated
  • The online membership registration system will provide the opportunity for the payment of both FHBC and FHC fees within a single transaction. These fees will not need to be considered as part of your annual club fee structure.
  • All individual memberships will involve an online registration process, the system for which is accessible from the FHBC website.
  • Members only need to formally register as a member in ONE category.
  • Some members may be players, coaches and/or officials and under these circumstances, members are required to register in the category with the HIGHEST fee (see the table here for reference).
  • The option to register will be open throughout the year with the membership year again running September 1 – August 31. Memberships purchased at any point in the season will always and only be valid until August 31 of that same season.

To access the online Membership Registration System, an existing or new member is directed to the FHBC Website and specifically to the 2022-23 Membership Page at the following link: https://fieldhockeybc.com/registration-system-step-by-step-guide-how-to-register-for-a-2022-23-membership/

The 2022-23 Membership Page provides detail as to the Step-by-Step Guide on “How To” Register for a 2022-23 Membership, as well as other membership related details. This page will be updated as necessary in the lead into the official opening of the registration system on August 16, 2022. A notice confirming that 2022-23 membership registration is open will be circulated and posted on the FHBC website homepage on August 16, 2022.

FHBC again appreciates that any change to a Membership Registration process has the ability to impact the time taken by the BC Membership to navigate such change. FHBC remains extremely appreciative of the BC memberships patience as we move through this collective change together. Please do keep the membership registration questions coming. These can be directed to the following e-mail address at info@fieldhockeybc.com. The Society staff remain committed to providing as much clarity as possible in the lead into and throughout the 2022-23 season.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
August 1, 2022

2022 FHC National Championships starts this weekend in Surrey

The Under 18 and Under 16 National Championships in Surrey, BC get underway with the first official practice day on July 29, 2022. Competition begins July 30, 2022 at Tamanawis Park, Surrey.

Under 18 National Championships – July 29-August 3, 2022
Under 16 National Championships – August 10-August 14, 2022

2022 Playing Schedules:

2022 FHC U18 Nationals Playing Schedule

2022 FHC U16 Nationals Playing Schedule

Online LIVE SCORING is available throughout the Championships at the following link: https://fhc.altiusrt.com/ 

Apply for the FHBC Athlete Assistance and the Judy Broom High Performance bursaries

FHBC is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Athlete Assistance Bursary and the Judy Broom High Performance Bursary. The application deadline for both of these bursaries is July 29, 2022, and the recipients will be announced by the end of August.

The Athlete Assistance Bursary is designed to support both male and female athlete participation in FHBC Regional Programming. FHBC Regional Programs allow for athletes to train in their local region whilst developing their field hockey skills. Included within Regional Programming is the FHBC Technical Development Program, the FHBC Elite Program, the FHBC Talent Identification Program, and the FHBC Regional Representative Team Program.

The Judy Broom High Performance Bursary is presented annually by Field Hockey BC to assist a female athlete or athletes who can show a need for financial assistance in order to access program development opportunities within the Field Hockey BC Team BC Program. It is awarded to an individual or individuals who have participated in the Field Hockey BC Regional High Performance Program and have been selected to represent BC as part of the Field Hockey BC Team BC Program. The Award is designed to contribute towards the cost of the summer Team BC Provincial Program.

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

A New Membership Registration System Partnership with Field Hockey Canada for 2022-2023

You may download the PDF version of this communique here.


Field Hockey BC (FHBC) is delighted to announce a new Membership Registration System Partnership with our National Sport Organization (NSO), Field Hockey Canada for 2022-23. Over the course of the last few weeks, Field Hockey BC has completed an assessment as to whether the Society should remain autonomous to its BC Membership Registration process and re-build the custom FHBC Registration platform or look to partner directly with the NSO – Field Hockey Canada.

This Community Communique acts as the first of three scheduled communiques that will be released over the course of the next five weeks informing the BC Membership of:

  1. The intent to Partner with Field Hockey Canada in the provision of a new Membership Registration Platform for 2022-23 (July 8, 2022 – Communique #1)
  2. A Step-by-Step Guide to Members on “How To” Register a Membership in 2022-23 (August 1, 2022 – Communique #2)
  3. Notice confirming that the 2022-23 Membership Registration is Open (August 15, 2022 – Communique #3)

Field Hockey BC appreciates that any change to a Membership Registration process has the ability to impact the time taken by the BC Membership to navigate such change. FHBC is extremely appreciative in advance of the BC memberships patience as we move through this collective change together. As this is a partnership between FHBC and Field Hockey Canada, this means that BC members will have the opportunity to receive customer support through both organizations and both organizations are currently planning to articulate how you may connect and contact each organization should you require assistance with the new Membership Registration process for 2022-23.

As a polite reminder, the 2022-23 season begins on September 1, 2022 with the intent to open Online Membership Registration for the 2022-23 season through the new registration platform effective August 15, 2022. The Membership Registration Platform will thereafter remain open throughout the seasonal year until such time as a new registration cycle begins ahead of the 2023-24 season.

This project collaboration with Field Hockey Canada is intended to enable both FHBC and Field Hockey Canada to effectively and efficiently manage Field Hockey Participant Data and in doing so assist field hockey planning, assist member communication, and provide transparency and accountability in data reporting (to the Membership, as well as to the Federal and Provincial Government). The FHBC team looks forward to building on this communique in the days to come with the most important “How To Register” Communique #2 scheduled for release on August 1, 2022.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC July 8, 2022

Registration is now open for the next Provincial Umpire Course

Field Hockey BC is now accepting registrations for a new Provincial Umpire Course that will happen on Monday July 4 & Tuesday Ju5 via ZOOM – spots are limited!

This course is being subsidized this season and is therefore FREE for FHBC Members with a currently valid Membership for the 2021-22 season. The cost of the course for non-members is $85.

Provincial Courses consist of two sessions of 3 hours, including theory and exam. Participants are required to attend both sessions to be eligible to write the exam. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years by the end of the calendar year to register.

Date: Monday July 4 & Tuesday July 5
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm PDT
Location: Online (Zoom)
Instructor: Lelia Sacre
Cost: FREE for FHBC Members. The cost for non-members is $85

To register, simply access https://www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/courses.php/

For more information, access our Umpire Education page.

Judy Broom inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame

by Jason Beck, Curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame

For over forty years, Vancouver’s Judy Broom was the wind beneath the wings of BC field hockey, working tirelessly in the background helping to lift the sport to new heights as a player, volunteer, administrator, and supporter.

Growing up in Croydon, a town south of London, England, in school Judy discovered field hockey, typing, and shorthand—three things at which she would become exceptional.

After she and husband Eric were married in 1964, they immigrated to Canada. Their honeymoon fittingly amounted to staging a series of field hockey coaching clinics together as they drove across the country to BC.

Early on, Judy played for the North Vancouver Field Hockey Club, volunteered with the BC Women’s Field Hockey Federation, and supported Eric’s work with the National Coaching Certification Program for the Coaching Association of Canada. It’s estimated Judy typed over 10,000 coaches forms over the years.

In 1979, Judy became the first full-time paid executive director of the BCWFHF working alongside Jenny John. The strength of Field Hockey BC today, especially on the women’s side, can be directly traced back to the groundwork laid by Judy from 1979-2005. During that time she helped organize countless tournaments at all levels of play including the 1979 International Women’s Field Hockey Championship (IFWHA) held at UBC and the Vancouver International Tournament, which she helped found in 1995-96, a trophy for which is still awarded today known as “The Spirit of Judy Broom Award.”

Later in her career, Judy helped merge the separate men’s and women’s BC and Canadian governing bodies into one joint organization at both the provincial and national level, today Field Hockey BC and Field Hockey Canada respectively.

Read more about Judy’s legacy here.

Provincial Umpire Course – registration now open for the course in May!

This course is being subsidized this season and is therefore FREE for FHBC Members with a currently valid Membership for the 2021-22 season. The cost of the course for non-members is $85.

Provincial Courses consist of two sessions of 3 hours, including theory and exam. Participants are required to attend both sessions to be eligible to write the exam. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years by the end of the calendar year to register.

Upcoming Courses:

Date: Wednesday May 25 & Thursday May 26
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm PDT
Location: Online (Zoom)
Instructor: Lelia Sacre
Cost: FREE for FHBC Members. The cost for non-members is $85
Register Here (Register by Friday May 20)