2023 FHBC Provincial Program Pathway

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce key dates and information about the 2023 FHBC Provincial Program Pathway. FHBC will hold a series of athlete evaluations throughout the Province to select Team BC Provincial teams (Tier 1) and, if viable, Regional-representative teams (Tier 2) to compete at the 2023 FHC National Championships in Ontario this Summer.

Female Provincial Athlete Talent ID, Evaluation, and Selection 

Stage 1 Evaluation 

The Stage 1 athlete evaluations are the beginning of the selection process for athletes interested in being selected to a Provincial team. Athletes will need to be nominated by a club, PSO, NSO, high school and/or private academy coach.  

Note: NextGen athletes and CSI Provincial Targeted Athletes are exempt from the Stage 1 evaluation. Targeted Athletes for 2023 will be notified of their status via email before Christmas 2022.

Athlete Nomination window: January 11th – 31st  
More information on how coaches can nominate athletes will be released in January. 
Once nominated, athletes will be invited to register for the evaluations between February 1st – 15th

Evaluation Dates 

The Stage 1 evaluations will be held in regional hubs to reduce travel costs: 

  • Interior
    • Mid-April
  • Island
    • Early March at UVic 
  • Mainland 
    • March 24th – 26th (Location TBC) 

Exact dates and locations will be released before athletes are invited to register. 

Selected athletes from the Stage 1 evaluations will be invited to attend the Stage 2 evaluation. Other athletes may be considered for selection to a Regional (Tier 2) team, should Regional-representative teams be deemed viable. 

Stage 2 Trials 

The Stage 2 evaluation is for previously identified athletes (NextGen or CSI Targeted athletes) and those athletes selected from Stage 1 evaluations. 

Stage 2 evaluations for both U16 and U18 athletes will be held at the University of Victoria in a tournament format from May 20th – 22nd, 2023 (athletes will be drafted into teams prior to the event).  

FHBC is also pleased to announce the addition of an optional 4-week training program in April, ahead of the Stage 2 evaluations. This training program is designed to better prepare athletes tactically for the competition element of the Stage 2 evaluation, thus improving the experience of the athletes and the overall quality of the event.  

More information about registration for Stage 2 and the preparation training program will be released in March. 

Please note that the number of Provincial teams selected will depend on the competitive depth of the athlete pool at Stage 2. FHBC will select as many teams as they feel can be competitive in Tier 1 of National Championships. 

To find out more information about the evolution of Stage 2 evaluations from the 2022 program to the 2023 program, please click here.

Male Provincial Athlete Talent ID, Evaluation, and Selection 

Due to the estimated number of male U16 & U18 athletes, there will only be a single, centralized athlete evaluation event per age group. 

U16 & U18 Male Provincial Program Evaluations: April 7th – 10th @ Tamanawis 

U16 and U18 male athletes that are interested in being selected to a Provincial Team will need to be nominated for the evaluation event by a club, PSO, NSO, high school and/or private academy coach.  

Athlete Nomination window: January 11th – 31st
More information on how coaches can nominate athletes will be released in January. 

Note: NextGen athletes and CSI Provincial Targeted Athletes will receive a direct invitation to the evaluation and do not need to be nominated. Targeted Athletes for 2023 will be notified of their status via email next week. 

Nominated athletes will be invited to register for the evaluation between February 1st – 15th.

Regional (Tier 2) Teams 

FHBC will consider Regional-representative (Tier 2) teams, pending viability and interest from the athlete pool. Should a Regional Representative Team be considered viable by FHBC, selection for a Regional (Tier 2) Team may include both Stage 1 athletes that were not invited to Stage 2, as well as Stage 2 athletes that were not selected to a Provincial (Tier 1) team.  

If you have any questions about the representative and/or stage of development difference between a Team BC Provincial (Tier 1) team and a Regional-representative (Tier 2) team, please contact a member of staff.

Provincial & Regional Team Training 

Provincial team training will begin after June 23rd. Regional Tier 2 team training on the Island and in the Interior may start at the beginning of June.  

As a reminder, Provincial programming is  prohibited for FHBC during the Greater Vancouver Junior Field Hockey League Season as mandated in 2020 by Lower Mainland community clubs. These same restrictions do not apply to the Island or Interior, as such training may begin earlier in those regions. 

For more information, please reference the Final Report from the 2020 Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project.

2023 FHC National Championships 

U18 Female & Male National Championships
July 25th – 30th
Cassie Campbell Community Center, Brampton, Ontario
Athletes born in 2005 & 2006 

U16 Female & Male National Championships
August 8th – 13th 
Cassie Campbell Community Center, Brampton, Ontario
Athletes born in 2007, 2008 & 2009 

As families begin to plan their Winter, Spring & Summer vacations, we thought it prudent to provide an estimate of the levy for the 2023 Provincial Program, which could range between $2700 and $3500. This figure includes expenses such as team training, as well as National Championship travel and accommodation to Ontario.

This estimated levy does not include costs associated with the Stage 1 or Stage 2  Evaluation Pathway but FHBC will look to keep these costs to a minimum wherever feasible Athletes will travel to Ontario for National Championships as a team and stay in team accommodation for the full duration of the Championships. 


The Junior Women’s National Team needs your assistance! Donate and help them make it to the Junior World Cup

Photo Credit: Rodrigo Jaramillo – WorldSportpics

After winning the Junior Pan American Championships’ gold medal in 2021, the Junior Women’s National Team is now set to go to South Africa to play the Women’s Junior World Cup this April. The team is largely self-funded and dependent on funding sources from sponsors and donors, which means that families have to make a major financial commitment for athletes to attend the tournament.

Several team members from British Columbia are in need of assistance with travel costs. On behalf of the BC athletes selected to this milestone, FHBC is reaching out to the broader BC community to ask for consideration of donations to assist their journey and indeed performance in South Africa!

Each athlete has a direct donations portal allowing for donations to go directly to BC Athletes. Each athletes donation portal can be accessed via the links below:

Allison KuzykClick Here

Arden Goddard-DespotClick Here

Birkley AndersonClick Here

Jenna GoodmanClick Here

Julia RossClick Here

Ishaval SekhonClick Here

Izzy FraserClick Here

Lonica McKinney – Click Here

McKinley Kennedy – Click Here

Mikayla StellingClick Here

Nora Goddard-DespotClick Here

Stefanie Sajko – Click Here

Tayler GuyClick Here

To read more about the team, the 2022 Junior World Cup and the fundraiser initiative, and to donate to the overall team, please access the Team Donation page here.

Apply for the FHBC Foundation’s Bursaries & the Pat Hall Officials Development Award

FHBC is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the following bursaries:

  • Coaching Professional Development Bursary
  • Jenny John Officiating Professional Development Bursary
  • Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary

Application deadline is April 29th, 2022, and recipients will be announced in May.

These bursaries are designed to contribute towards an individual’s professional development in the sport of Field Hockey and to to support female athletes under the age of 12 to access field hockey programming. The Coaching and Officiating bursaries are open to all levels of coaches and officials, with officiating including both umpires and technical officials.

Pat Hall Officials Development Award: This award is designed to promote the development of Vancouver Island umpires and technical officials with preference given to members active on the Island. Award nominations will remains open until all the available funds are utilized.


IMPORTANT: applicants for all three bursaries and award must be a member in good standing with Field Hockey BC and an active official, coach or player within National, Provincial or Club base programming.

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

Field Hockey Canada’s Targeted Athlete Program (TAP) Announcement

You can download the PDF version of this communique here.

Following the recent announcement that Field Hockey Canada (FHC) will be launching a new Targeted Athlete Program (TAP), this Community Communique is sent on behalf of the FHBC Board of Directors to reinforce FHBC’s commitment to support BC athletes as they move through the athlete pathway. FHBC remains committed to supporting BC athlete choices within athlete programming and FHBC will remain flexible in the ability to support athlete movement between PSO and NSO programming in this case, even if that means an athletes educated choice is to exit FHBC athlete programming completely.

FHBC currently has joint commitments with FHC to continue to partner in the delivery of performance stream programming for BC athletes throughout the remainder of the current season and into the Fall 2022. As this new FHC TAP program becomes better understood and is unveiled as a pilot program within the BC Lower Mainland in the coming weeks, FHBC will work with FHC to assist in the education and awareness for BC stakeholders. To this end, if any BC stakeholder or athlete wishes to find out more information, they can connect directly with the FHC TAP Program Lead, Jenn Beagan at jbeagan@fieldhockey.ca or reach out to FHBC Staff at sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com or info@fieldhockeybc.com and FHBC can help facilitate your enquiry.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
February 10, 2022

Field Hockey Canada looking for players for the Masters World Cups in 2022

FHC is looking for outdoor field hockey masters athletes aged 40 to 54 (born Jan 1, 1968 to Dec 31, 1982) to represent Canada in the Masters World Cup in 2022.

Please click on the link below to fill out a form to confirm commitment to the program:

DEADLINE: Noon PST, Thursday Feb 10FHC Age Group Coordinators Contact Info:Over 40 – Christine ParkerOver 50 – Cara Jay and Heather WheatleyOver 55+ – Alanna Martin

2022 FHBC Provincial Program Talent ID and National Championship Team Trial Athlete Nomination Information

Athlete Nominations for the 2022 FHBC Provincial Program Talent ID and National Championship Team Trials are now being accepted (as of January 10, 2022). Athletes interested in attending the Trials this Spring, MUST be nominated by a coach*. Any level of field hockey coach may submit a FHBC Athlete Nomination Form, including but not limited to a Club coach, FHBC program coach, National coach, Academy coach, High School coach or out-of-province Coach. A reminder that the 2022 FHBC Provincial Program Talent ID and National Championship Team Trials are for aspiring high performance athletes.

*Note Targeted Athletes have an exemption from this nomination process. Targeted Athletes have been notified of their status for the 2022 season. 

Coaches can access the online FHBC Athlete Nomination Form here: https://forms.office.com/r/H5LZMMiurd

Athlete Nomination Deadlines

  • U18 & U16 Female Athletes: January 31, 2022
  • U18 Male Athletes: February 28, 2022
  • U16 Male Athletes: March 31, 2022

Athlete Nominations received after the respective deadlines will not be eligible for Trials.

Nominated athletes will be invited to register for their respective Trials by the day after their groups’ Nomination Deadline. Athletes should look for an email from katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com.

For more information about the 2022 FHBC Provincial Program Talent ID and National Championship Team, click here: https://fieldhockeybc.com/players/trials_tournaments-2/.

2022 FHBC Provincial Program Talent ID and National Championship Team Trial Information

Field Hockey BC is pleased to announce dates for the upcoming 2022 FHBC Provincial Program Talent ID and National Championship Team Trials. The 2022 Provincial Talent ID Program will be a joint venture with Field Hockey Canada in being both a Talent Identification point for the FHC NextGen Program, as well as a Talent Identification point for FHBC National Championship Team participation.

Following FHBC’s Provincial Athlete Pathway Review in 2020, FHBC Provincial Teams at National Championships will now be selected through a series of regional and centralized trials. For more information on the general concept of this staged trial program, please see the review committee’s final report here: https://fieldhockeybc.com/provincial-athlete-pathway-review-project/

Both Team BC Provincial (Tier 1) and BC Regional teams (Tier 2) will compete at the FHC National Championships being hosted by FHBC in the Summer of 2022. The National Championship Tournament information is as follows:

  • 2022 U18 National Championships
    Year of Birth: 2004 and 2005
    July 29th – August 3rd @ Tamanawis Park, Surrey
    Female – Tier 1 & 2 | Male – Tier 1
  • 2022 U16 National Championships
    Year of Birth: 2006 and 2007
    August 9th – 14th @ Tamanawis Park, Surrey
    Female – Tier 1 & 2 | Male – Tier 1

Access the full Communique with all the necessary information here.