Register for the 2020-21 FHBC/NVSD Academy program

Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 North Vancouver Field Hockey Academy program. North Vancouver School District applicants apply online at sd44.schoolcashonline.com/. Out of District applicants may contact academies@sd44.ca to receive the application link. Returning students must complete the online application.

Application deadline: February 24, 2020

The North Vancouver School District in partnership with the Field Hockey BC (FHBC) offers the Field Hockey Academy at Sutherland Secondary School. This Academy provides programming for all students male and female, regardless of their field hockey experience.

For more information on the program, visit this link. To download the 2020/21 Field Hockey Academy flyer, click here.

 

 

Letter to FHBC Members from the FHBC Board of Directors

Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Please find below a letter from the desk of the FHBC President, sent to the FHBC Membership on behalf of the FHBC Board of Directors. You may also download the letter as a PDF file here. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at waterman@vjview.com.

Thank you in advance for the time taken in consideration.

Alan Waterman
President
Field Hockey BC 


Hello fellow FHBC Member,

I write to you on behalf of the Board of Field Hockey BC to address issues of urgent concern to many members as we approach the Annual General Meeting scheduled for February 10th.

These concerns have been documented by member clubs of the Greater Vancouver Junior Field Hockey League, and most revolve around conflicts between junior leagues and High Performance sessions. The FHBC Board has been working collaboratively with the GVJFHL for several months, and continues with further meetings scheduled even this month, in an on-going effort to alleviate the points raised. Those points can be found in this public club posting: http://www.vancouverhawks.com/members/.

To address the points individually, the collaborative meetings with the GVJFHL have already produced results in:

  • Working together to reduce/eliminate scheduling conflicts
  • Working toward greater emphasis on Club Championships
  • Discussing best methods to select and train athletes for provincial teams that would also be inclusive for those outside the Greater Vancouver region

In a nutshell, the FHBC Board has heard loud and clear that some aspects of High Performance programming have been detrimental to league play and club activity. And we are determined to work toward beneficial solutions that alleviate the situation while still developing our players and our sport to the highest level for all ages, all abilities, in all regions of the province.

Also circulating is a document from GVJFHL clubs entitled, Pathway to Change: http://www.vancouverhawks.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2024/2020/01/Pathway-to-Change-1-1-2.pdf.

The Board feels the articles in this document need to be addressed to bring clarity and understanding for our members to the nuances of working under provincial and national sport circumstances.

Programming: The model envisioned would work well for clubs with a large core group of members and infrastructure. The danger is that many clubs would see their junior players gravitate to larger clubs resulting in the creation of super-clubs, with the smallest clubs potentially disappearing or reduced to seniors-only. Outside the Lower Mainland a strong level of success is not envisioned for this model.

Competition: There are misconceptions within this article. While most leagues are sanctioned by FHBC for insurance purposes, they are otherwise independent entities. To relinquish control to FHBC would require a dissolution of each league by league membership vote. FHBC cannot dictate this outcome. For FHBC to take over the running of leagues, a cost analysis has shown the requirement of an additional three full-time positions at an estimate of <$150,000/year. These calculations come from the current weekly hours of paid league administrators and volunteers. There would also be the need for an additional online platform with substantial capital costs. In all, this budgetary item would be roughly the equivalent of total FHBC membership fees. In essence, it would be doable if members approved a doubling of fees or severe cuts to programming (such as coaching, umpiring, and technical official education/certification).

Development: This is largely addressed in the comments under Programming. It should be noted that frameworks, pathways and curricula already exist for athletes, coaches and officials (see Governance below).

Strategy: The FHBC Board agrees that consultation and communication to members and member clubs can and should be improved.

Governance: Sections on guidelines, governance and certification are available online at fieldhockeybc.com Coaching standards are set nationally by the NCCP (coaching) and FHC (coaches, umpires and technical officials). Additionally, FHBC created the Provincial Coach Education Pathway and Courses to specifically target community-level, grassroots coaches.

Marketing & Advocacy: The Board also agrees that we can always do better in marketing our sport. This past year has seen a greater emphasis on social media posts that are not necessarily focused on elite athletes but everyday members, with an eye to driving more people to the main website and all aspects of field hockey in BC. When it comes to lobbying for resources, FHBC is in constant contact with, and under constant scrutiny by the provincial government. Their own auditing processes deem we are punching above of our weight and consequently funded better than the vast majority of sports our size. There is a concern, though, that should self-funding High Performance programs be removed from our overall budget then FHBC would drop below the threshold for our current provincial grants, resulting in cuts to other programs.

Much of the discussion in this letter has revolved around junior athletes and, for more than a decade, FHBC’s approach to the development of our juniors has resulted in greater numbers of well-trained BC athletes at the elite level, an alignment with Field Hockey Canada’s NextGen Program and National Championships, and now emulation by other provinces. All of this is a synergy we would hate to lose and one that, with collaboration and mutual goodwill, we can all continue to nurture.

To be clear, this letter is not about my position or any other Board Member’s position in the upcoming AGM. I very much welcome the engagement of more people in the governance of our sport and the infusion of fresh ideas.

With that in mind, please take some time to reflect on the future of field hockey across this province, then gather your proxy votes for representatives attending the AGM so that what you feel is right for you and for hockey is expressed at this meeting.

Proxies can be as simple as a written or electronic document that contains your name, email address, and FHBC membership number. Junior members under the age of 18 must designate a senior member in good standing, who must be over 18 years of age, to vote on their behalf. More details on voting procedures at the AGM can be found at http://fieldhockeybc.com/about/constitution-bylaws/.

If you have any further questions about the above points or any other issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Alan Waterman
President, Field Hockey BC
waterman@vjview.com

Two players representing BC on the Women’s Indoor National Squad

Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate Kathleen Leahy and Elise Wong. They were selected for the Women’s Indoor National Squad and, along with 12 other players from different provinces, are heading to Minsk, Belarus, for a Training Tour week, between January 16 and January 24.

Here is the full squad list:

  • Alison Lee – Mississauga, ON
  • Angela Lancaster – Burlington, ON
  • Elise Wong – Vancouver, BC
  • Emily Ziraldo – Etobicoke, ON
  • Hilary Ziraldo – Etobicoke, ON
  • Kathleen Leahy – Victoria, BC
  • Katie Lynes – Oakville, ON
  • Krissy Wishart – Hamiltin, ON
  • KJ Williams – GK – Burlington, ON
  • Madison Babineau – Milton, ON
  • Madison Thompson – Waterloo, ON
  • Marica Laplantem- GK – Waasis, New Brunswick
  • Sam McCrory – Waterloo, ON
  • Shannon Pereira – Scarborough, ON

Coaches
Louis Mendonca – Markham, ON
Shank Premakanthan – Scarborough, ON

Staff
Manager – Shoba Lobo – Richmond Hill, ON
Therapist – Justine Branco – Mississauga, ON

Register for the U18 and U15 Interior Girls Regional trials

Registration is now open for Regional Trials for the U18 and U15 Interior Girls (Kelowna, Kamloops, Oliver, Nelson, Trail, Penticton and surrounding areas).

To register, go to www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php.
Deadline for registering is January 8, at noon.

Who is this for and what do I need to know?

  • Female U18 (2002-2004) and U15 (2005-2007) athletes who live or attend school in the Interior Region (Kelowna, Kamloops, Oliver, Nelson, Trail, Penticton and surrounding areas)
  • $10 (non-refundable) paid online
  • Deadline to register is 12pm on Wednesday, January 8. No exceptions!
  • Trial takes place Sunday, January 12 at Kelowna CNC (Indoor) @11:45am
  • Training begins January 19 – see current Training Schedule (subject to change)
  • See the U18 Program Overview and the U15 Program Overview for more details on the 2019-20 U18 and U15 Interior Girls Regional Program

Fitness & Selection

On-field skills will be assessed at the trial on November 3rd. Fitness (yo-yo test) will be assessed the following weekend at the Richmond Olympic Oval. If you have never done a Yo-Yo test before, don’t worry! Our coaches are there to explain and demonstrate a Yo-Yo test to everyone.

What is the Yo-Yo Test? Read the Fitness Protocol
What score do I need to achieve? Read the Fitness Policy
For additional information regarding evaluations and selections: Read the Selection Process

Everything you need to know about trials, selections, and training can be found here

Questions? Contact the Athlete Program Manager.

Register for the U15 Northwest Girls Regional Trial

Registration is now open for Regional Trials for the U15 Northwest Girls (Vancouver and North Shore).

To register, go to www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php.
Deadline for registering is October 30, at noon.

Who is this for and what do I need to know?

  • Female U15 (2005-2007) athletes who live or attend school in the Northwest Region (Vancouver and North Shore)
    *younger athletes may be considered
  • $10 (non-refundable) paid online
  • Deadline to register is 12pm on Wednesday, October 30. No exceptions!
  • Skills assessment takes place Sunday, November 3 at Eric Hamber, Vancouver @4:30pm-6pm
  • Fitness testing and education takes place on Saturday, November 9 at the Richmond Olympic Oval @ 8am-12pm. This event is part of athletes’ evaluation and is mandatory for selection into the program
  • Selections will be made by Wednesday, November 13th; Training begins the following weekend (see Training Schedule)
  • See the Program Overview for more details on the 2019-20 U15 Northwest Girls Regional Program

Fitness & Selection

On-field skills will be assessed at the trial on November 3rd. Fitness (yo-yo test) will be assessed the following weekend at the Richmond Olympic Oval. If you have never done a Yo-Yo test before, don’t worry! Our coaches are there to explain and demonstrate a Yo-Yo test to everyone.

What is the Yo-Yo Test? Read the Fitness Protocol
What score do I need to achieve? Read the Fitness Policy
For additional information regarding evaluations and selections: Read the Selection Process

Everything you need to know about trials, selections, and training can be found here

Questions? Contact the Athlete Program Manager.

IMPORTANT: U15 Boys and Girls Mainland Regional Trials new dates!

Due to conflicting dates with the Field Hockey Canada Olympic Qualifier on October 27th, we had to make some changes to the schedule of the U15 Northwest and Southeast Girls and U15 Mainland Boys Regional Trials.

We made this decision because a) we want to encourage all of our athletes to have the opportunity to attend this exciting event and b) FHBC staff will be taking on responsibilities at the Olympic Qualifier that will render us unable to execute trials on the same day.

Therefore, we have re-scheduled the on-field skills assessment to Sunday, November 3rd, at Eric Hamber, and the athletes will run their yo-yo test at the Regional Intake Session on Saturday, November 9th, at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

  • U15 Girls Northwest: November 3, 4:30-6pm @Eric Hamber, and November 9, 8am-12pm @Richmond Olympic Oval
  • U15 Girls Southeast: November 3, 6-7:30pm @Eric Hamber, and November 9, 8am-12pm @Richmond Olympic Oval
  • U15 Boys Mainland: November 3, 7:30-9pm @Eric Hamber, and November 9, 8am-12pm @Richmond Olympic Oval

With all that in mind, we have extended the registration period until October 30th and postponed the Program Levy payment deadline to November 27th. Selections will be made by Wednesday, November 13th and training schedule will remain as is.

You can see the updated Program Overview for each region below:
U15 Girls Northwest / U15 Girls Southeast / U15 Boys Mainland

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this adjustment. If you have any questions, please contact our Athlete Program Manager, Donna Cumming, at dcumming@fieldhockeybc.com.

Register for the U15 Mainland Boys Regional Trial

Registration is now open for Regional Trials for the U15 Mainland Boys (Vancouver/North Shore and all regions south and south-east of Vancouver).

To register, go to www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php.
Deadline for registering is October 23, at noon.

Who is this for and what do I need to know?

  • Male U15 (2005-2007) athletes who live or attend school on the Lower Mainland
    *younger athletes may be considered
  • $10 (non-refundable) paid online
  • Deadline to register is 12pm on Wednesday, October 30. No exceptions!
  • Skills assessment takes place Sunday, November 3 at Eric Hamber, Vancouver @7:30pm-9pm
  • Fitness testing and education takes place on Saturday, November 9 at the Richmond Olympic Oval @ 8am-12pm. This event is part of athletes’ evaluation and is mandatory for selection into the program
  • Selections will be made by Wednesday, November 13th; Training begins the following weekend (see Training Schedule)
  • See the Program Overview for more details on the 2019-20 U15 Mainland Boys Regional Program

Fitness & Selection

Fitness (yo-yo test), skills, and more will be assessed at the trial. If you have never done a Yo-Yo test before, don’t worry! Our coaches are there to explain and demonstrate a Yo-Yo test to everyone.
What is the Yo-Yo Test? Read the Fitness Protocol
What score do I need to achieve? Read the Fitness Policy
For additional information regarding evaluations and selections: Read the Selection Process

Everything you need to know about trials, selections, and training can be found here

Questions? Contact the Athlete Program Manager.

Register for the U15 Southeast Girls Regional Trial

Registration is now open for Regional Trials for the U15 Southeast Girls (Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, etc.).

To register, go to www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php.
Deadline for registering is October 30, at noon.

Who is this for and what do I need to know?

  • Female U15 (2005-2007) athletes who live or attend school in the Southeast Region (South, East, and Southeast of Vancouver) *younger athletes may be considered
  • $10 (non-refundable) paid online
  • Deadline to register is 12pm on Wednesday, October 30. No exceptions!
  • Skills assessment takes place Sunday, November 3 at Eric Hamber, Vancouver @6pm-7:30pm
  • Fitness testing and education takes place on Saturday, November 9 at the Richmond Olympic Oval @ 8am-12pm. This event is part of athletes’ evaluation and is mandatory for selection into the program
  • Selections will be made by Wednesday, November 13th; Training begins the following weekend (see Training Schedule)
  • See the Program Overview for more details on the 2019-20 U15 Southeast Girls Regional Program

Fitness & Selection

Fitness (yo-yo test), skills, and more will be assessed at the trial. If you have never done a Yo-Yo test before, don’t worry! Our coaches are there to explain and demonstrate a Yo-Yo test to everyone.
What is the Yo-Yo Test? Read the Fitness Protocol
What score do I need to achieve? Read the Fitness Policy
For additional information regarding evaluations and selections: Read the Selection Process

Everything you need to know about trials, selections, and training can be found here

Questions? Contact the Athlete Program Manager.

Register for the Vancouver Island Regional Trials

Registration is now open for Regional Trials for the U18 and U15 Island Athletes.

To register, go to www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php.
Deadline for registering is October 2, at noon.

Who is this for and what do I need to know?

  • U18 (2002-2004) and U15 (2005-2007) athletes who live or attend school on Vancouver Island
  • $20 (non-refundable) paid online
  • Deadline to register is 12pm on Wednesday, October 2. No exceptions!
  • Trials will take place October 4 at the UVic field hockey pitch, @6pm, and October 6 at the Cowichan Sportsplex in Duncan, @10am, depending on your age group (check the Programs Overviews below)
  • Program Overview for U18 Boys
  • Program Overview for U18 Girls
  • Program Overview for U15 Boys
  • Program Overview for U15 Girls

Fitness & Selection

Fitness (yo-yo test), skills, and more will be assessed at the trial. If you have never done a Yo-Yo test before, don’t worry! Our coaches are there to explain and demonstrate a Yo-Yo test to everyone.

What is the Yo-Yo Test? Read the Fitness Protocol
What score do I need to achieve? Read the Fitness Policy
For additional information regarding evaluations and selections: Read the Selection Process

Everything you need to know about trials, selections, and training regarding the under the “Players” tab.