Community Umpire Course is currently free until August

FHBC has made the decision to remove the cost for the Community Umpire Course until August 31st, 2020. This is being offered to all members of the field hockey community within Canada.
Contact eventsandofficials@fieldhockeybc.com with your name, club, province and Field Hockey Membership Number, who will provide you with the instructions to access the course free of charge.
This will enable more umpires to complete the courses prior to getting back on the field and playing the game that we love.

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

You can access the PDF version of this document here.


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

Provincial Indoor Umpire Course on Vancouver Island

The Provincial Indoor Umpire Course is $25 for FHBC members. The course will be one session of 4 hours, including theory and exam. Participants must obtain a grade of 75% or higher in order to pass as a Provincial level umpire or obtain a grade of 60% or higher to pass as a Community Level Umpire. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years by the end of the calendar year to register.

JANUARY – DUNCAN

Dates:  Friday January 3rd (registration cut off: Friday December 20th)
Location : Cowichan Community Centre
Times: Friday January 3rd 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
Instructor: Wendy Stewart

To register for the course click HERE!

Assessment Opportunities will be available at the following events.

  • U16 BC Indoor tournament Date: 4-5 Jan, Duncan, BC
  • U18 BC Indoor tournament Date: 25-26 Jan, Duncan, BC
  • BC Seniors Indoor tournament Date: 1-2 Feb, Duncan. BC

FHBC Membership Renewal 2019-20

Your Field Hockey BC membership for the current season (2018-19) expires on August 31, 2019. Registration is now open for the 2019-20 period, which will be valid from September 1, 2019 until August 31, 2020.

All the fees remain the same. For more information about FHBC’s membership, the registration process and detailed fees, please access our Membership Page. We even have a Step-by-Step Registration Guide available for download.

If you want to go straight to our online registration page, click here

2019 FHBC Rule Amendments

With junior leagues across the province getting set to be underway, a reminder that there are five key amendments to the 2019 International Hockey Federation (FIH) rules. A simplified description of these amendments is found below and the full 2019 rules are available at: http://www.fih.ch/media/13164482/fih-rules-of-hockey-2019-final-website.pdf

Upcoming Field Hockey BC tournaments will seek to fully adopt the new rules, dependent on field allotments and the appointment of technical officials to events. FHBC will release tournament regulations in advance of each event.

FHBC strongly recommends that each league in BC adopt the new rules to allow for clarity amongst the hockey community that includes athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators.

2019 Amendments

  • Timing – Four Quarters and Penalty Corners
    1. Games are now four quarters
      1. Short breaks between quarters one and two, and quarters three and four (2 minutes) allows more coaching opportunities.
      2. A regular half time break still takes place
  • Umpires should time and monitor these breaks to ensure that games run on time
  1. Time is stopped when a penalty corner is awarded
    1. If available, technical officials can manage timing – stopping and restarting
      1. If umpires are managing time, umpires should stop time when a penalty corner is called
      2. When players are ready to take the penalty corner, the umpire managing the penalty corner should blow time in and start time again
      3. Umpires should encourage players to avoid delay when setting up for penalty corners and use common sense when managing the set up of the corner

N.B. FIH has introduced a tournament regulation that includes the use of a 40-second clock to manage the time between the awarding and the taking of a penalty corner – this is a tournament regulation and may be used at specific events, rather than an amendment to the rules

  • Removal of Goalkeeping privileges for substitute field player
    1. Teams have now two options:
      1. They either play with a goalkeeper who wears full protective equipment comprising at least headgear, leg guards and kickers and who is also permitted to wear goalkeeping hand protectors and other protective equipment, or
      2. They play with only field players
  • Defending free hits within 5 meters of the circle
    1. Players other than the attacker taking the free hit must be at least five meters away, including when they are in their circle
    2. If the attacker however chooses to take a quick the free hit, then defenders who are inside the circle and within five meters from the ball may shadow around the inside of the circle
    3. Defenders, within 5m of the free hit, inside the circle can shadow but may not attempt to play the ball until it has traveled 5m or has been touched by a defender who was 5m away when the free hit was taken
  • Free hits awarded inside the defensive circle
    1. Defenders may take a free hit awarded in the circle anywhere inside the circle or up to 15 meters from the back-line in line with the location of the offence, parallel to the side-line
  • Completion of a penalty corner
    1. Rules regarding the completion of a penalty corner have been simplified: the option that a penalty corner is completed when the ball travels outside the circle for the second time, no longer exists.
    2. A penalty corner is considered completed when:
      1. A goal is scored
      2. A free hit is awarded to the defending team
  • The ball travels more than 5 metres outside the circle
  1. The ball is played over the back-line and a penalty corner is not awarded
  2. A defender commits an offence which does not result in another penalty corner
  3. A penalty stroke is awarded
  • A bully is awarded

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).

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.