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:
https://forms.gle/SuEZKAWticiYXHov8

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.

U16 Boys Fall Technical Development Program: Game Tactics

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce a new Technical Development program for U16 male athletes in the Lower Mainland. The Game Tactics program will include training sessions and inter-squad games to teach athletes tactical aspects of the game, including pressing, outletting, team systems and more.

Athletes will also learn the importance of pre-game team meetings and proper physical/technical warm up. Field players and goalkeepers are both encouraged to participate.

Program Details

Dates: Fridays from Oct. 22nd – Dec. 10th (8 weeks)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Tamanawis Park, Surrey
Cost: $200
Register Now: https://www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php/

(Note: Registration will close on Friday Oct. 15th. Program information will be sent to all registered athletes by Monday Oct. 18th)

Please contact Katie Jameson, Athlete Program & Sport Development Manager. if you have any questions via katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com

Congratulations to everyone representing Canada at the Junior Pan American Championships

Photo Credit: Rodrigo Jaramillo/PAHF

The 2021 Junior Pan American Championships came to an end last weekend and marked a very important chapter in Canada’s and British Columbia’s proud field hockey history. The Junior Women’s National team brought home the gold medal; the first ever Canadian women’s Pan American gold registered at any level.

Their campaign at the tournament was spotless, without a single defeat or goal conceded. The three goals scored by Canada in the competition came from BC players: Sara Goodman against Argentina in the Pool stage; Thora Rae against Chile in the semifinal; and Anna Mollenhauer in the final against Uruguay.

The Junior Men’s National team also proudly represented our country and province, finishing in 4th place. BC athletes Sean Davis, Johnny Jacoby and Aaron Fong scored in the competition.

Canada was also represented in the competition by umpires Tyler Klenk, a BC umpire for over 10 years now, and Joanne Wudrich from Ontario.

Women’s Team

Bronwyn Bird, West Vancouver
Nora Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Sara Goodman, Duncan
Anna Mollenhauer, Victoria
Thora Rae, Vancouver
Julia Ross, Vancouver
Stefanie Sajko, Victoria
Ishaval Sekhon, Surrey
Nora Struchtrup, Victoria
Lucy Wheeler, North Vancouver

Non-Traveling Reserves

Birkley Anderson, Duncan
Laine Delmotte, North Vancouver
Izzy Fraser, Vancouver
Arden Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Libby Hogg, Victoria
Lonica McKinney, Kelowna
Nicola leech, Victoria
Maddie Mittelsteadt, Victoria
Mikayla Stelling, Vancouver

Men’s Team

Kyle Bishop, North Vancouver
Avjot Buttar, Richmond
Sam Cabral, Vancouver
Nic Cain, Vancouver
Rowan Childs, Tsawwassen
Sean Davis, Marondera (Zimbabwe)
Bhavdeep Dhaliwal, Surrey
Roopkanwar Dhillon, Surrey
Aaron Foong, North Vancouver
Daniel Goodwin, North Vancouver
Johnny Jacoby, Victoria
Manveer Jhamat, Abbotsford

On behalf of the Field Hockey BC Board Members and Staff, a huge thank you and congratulations to the athletes, umpires and supporting team for creating history for FHBC and the sport that we love.

The Junior Pan American Championships start tomorrow; BC represented on all fronts

Thora Rae of the Junior Women’s Team and Tyler Klenk

Canada’s Junior National Teams are currently in Santiago, Chile, where the Junior Pan American Games will take place from August 21 to August 28. Tomorrow, at 11am (Pacific Time), the Men’s Junior Team will start their participation against Mexico; the Women will face Uruguay on the first match on Sunday, at 7am.

Both teams are seeking not only the Pan Am title, but also a spot on the next Junior World Cup that will happen in December, in India. On the men’s side, only the finalists will qualify; on the women’s, the World Cup berth will be given to the top three teams.

Additionally to several BC players on the men and women’s roster, British Columbia will also be represented among the umpires: Tyler Klenk has been selected to umpire in the Junior Pan American Games. He and Joanne Wudrich, from Calgary, are the only Canadians in the FIH International Appointments for 2021 – Klenk will also be umpiring in the Junior World Cup late this year.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Tyler has been umpiring in BC for 10 years now, since 2011. He got his first international appointment in 2016 at the Junior Pan Am of that year, and has already umpired at the Senior Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games and Asia Cup.

FHBC wishes good luck to Tyler, Joanne and all the players and supporting team representing Canada in Chile!

Here is a list the BC players at the Junior Pan American Games:

Women’s Team

Bronwyn Bird, West Vancouver
Nora Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Sara Goodman, Duncan
Anna Mollenhauer, Victoria
Thora Rae, Vancouver
Julia Ross, Vancouver
Stefanie Sajko, Victoria
Ishaval Sekhon, Surrey
Nora Struchtrup, Victoria
Lucy Wheeler, North Vancouver

Non-Traveling Reserves

Birkley Anderson, Duncan
Laine Delmotte, North Vancouver
Izzy Fraser, Vancouver
Arden Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Libby Hogg, Victoria
Lonica McKinney, Kelowna
Nicola leech, Victoria
Maddie Mittelsteadt, Victoria
Mikayla Stelling, Vancouver

Men’s Team

Kyle Bishop, North Vancouver
Avjot Buttar, Richmond
Sam Cabral, Vancouver
Nic Cain, Vancouver
Rowan Childs, Tsawwassen
Sean Davis, Marondera (Zimbabwe)
Bhavdeep Dhaliwal, Surrey
Roopkanwar Dhillon, Surrey
Aaron Foong, North Vancouver
Daniel Goodwin, North Vancouver
Johnny Jacoby, Victoria
Manveer Jhamat, Abbotsford

Watch the livestream of the competition here.

Read the FHC article, see the full roster and complete schedules here.

Field Hockey Canada – RTP for Female Masters

The message below comes from Field Hockey Canada

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To Female Masters Players,

FHC are excited to announce an opportunity to Return to Play outdoor hockey this summer for Masters women aged 35+.  Let’s look forward to playing and connecting again!

1. Women’s Masters ‘Return to Play’ Outdoor – BC – Important Registration UPDATE
The Women’s Masters Outdoor Committee can confirm that we have been able to arrange a Return to Play outdoor camp in Duncan, BC for August 21 & 22 at the Cowichan SportsPlex (https://www.cowichansportsplex.com). We are excited to get this Masters outdoor camp underway and encourage you to attend. Please feel welcome to bring a friend – if it has been a while since you picked up a stick! However, as this is self-funded, we request prompt assistance to register and make the Return to Play Camp payment by 5pm PST- Friday 23 July (minimum registrants – 20 participant).

2. The Registration for Return to Play Camp – BC will be completed through F-RED (new FHC event database) – Registering for F-RED is easy and intuitive – just make sure you register as a PARTICIPANT: click here –> https://www.rampregistrations.com/login?v3=7aa122cc 

3. Payment fee for this Camp – will be completed by e-transfer. Cara Jay (cara.jay.71@gmail.com) is the Women’s Age Group Outdoor Coordinator (AGC) for BC. She will be responsible for collecting payment. Details of how to pay, etc. is included when you register in F-RED.

4. PSO membership – a reminder that all Return to Play participants must be a registered member of their Provincial Sports Organization (PSO). Contact your PSO if you need more details.

5. Dates for Return to Play Camps in Alberta and Ontario are still being finalized (due to Covid guidelines) and we will follow up with details once confirmed.

Thank you for your patience and look forward to seeing as many of you in Duncan. Feel free to reach out to Cara Jay or Alana Martin for more information

Regards,

Cara Jay cara.jay.71@gmail.com
Alana Martin abcdmartin@shaw.ca
Women’s Masters Outdoor AGCs

Hailey Yhap (She/Her) | Membership Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 613-305-2488 | Email: events@fieldhockey.ca

Happy Masters Week: Alison McGillivray

Alison McGillivray

Alison McGillivray, from North Vancouver, plays for the North Van Mariners and is a member of the Canada Masters Field Hockey Committee. She has represented Canada in two Masters World Cups – 2015 Canberra, in Australia, and 2018 Terrassa / Barcelona, in Spain.

Field Hockey BC spoke with Ali about her experiences with the Canadian Masters team, the importance and the role of the Masters Committee and how our field hockey members can join the team!

Alison’s Career

Alison started playing field hockey when she was 23 and was immediately “hooked”. “It was great to have something to do on a Saturday (other than watching my husband play rugby) and I loved the game although it took me a while to get used to it (some might say I have still not figured it out!)”. She then joined the Meralomas, multisport club which offered social activities. Between playing, umpiring and enjoying the atmosphere of Connaught Park, Alison saw field hockey becomes a very large part of her life. “I started a field hockey program at Little Flower Academy and coached there for 25 years as well as doing some coaching in the junior league”. As as Masters player, she had the fortune of participating in two Masters World Cups (Canberra in 2016 and Terrassa in 2018). Currently, she plays for the North Van Mariners and umpire in the women’s and the junior leagues.

The Importance of the Masters Players

“There are so many women participating in the Vancouver Women’s League who are in the 35+ age group. They have a passion for the game, skill (many of them play in the top divisions) and a desire to keep involved in a wonderful sport”. McGillivray also points out that many of the volunteers positions in the leagues across BC are occupied by  by Masters’ athletes who understand the importance of giving back to the community. Additionally, coaches and umpires are often Masters as well. “I see Masters athletes as role models for young players, showing them that field hockey is a game for life and not just up to a certain age.”

“During league play I have difficulty differentiating a ‘Masters’ player from anyone else on the field. It is wonderful that leagues consist of players of all ages”, Alison says. With the growth of the Masters program, those who are older will find even more opportunities to play, “which is always good!”. There is an annual tournament in Victoria and the Vancouver International Tournament has had a masters’ division for several years now. As the pinnacle of a Masters career, there is always the opportunity to compete for Canada at different age levels in the outdoor or indoor World Cups. “One aspect that I really enjoy about Masters competition is it brings players together from different clubs. People that you compete against in usual league play become your teammates.”

The Masters Committee

“The FHC Masters Committee was started by Ian Baggott whose vision sent a women’s over 50 and a men’s over 50 to the Canberra World Cup in 2015. It now is a group of volunteers who meet on a regular basis with Susan Ahrens of FHC to encourage Masters participation on both the domestic and the world stage. Right now, the focus is on the 2022 World Cups, in Nottingham, Cape Town and Tokyo for outdoor competition, and Virginia Beach for indoor hockey.”

“There were many players who fit the category of “Masters” long before it became a popular term. I know that leagues everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to the women who played, organized teams to go to tournaments and spent countless administrative hours making sure that everyone, no matter what age, could enjoy the sport.”

Players 35+ are encouraged to visit the Canada Masters website. This following link will take you to a registration form on the site that will ensure that you receive the latest information the Masters initiatives: https://mastersfieldhockey.ca/masters-hockey-registration.

The FHC Masters Committee is starting to organize for the 2022 Outdoor and Indoor World Cups and more information will be coming out soon about the tournaments. To conclude, Alison simply asks our members to “please, think about participating!”

Indoor World Cup 2022

February 15-20 – Virginia Beach, USA
O40 W & M  /  O45 W & M  /  O50 W & M  /  O55 W & M  /  O60 W & M (added)

Outdoor World Cups 2022

August 12-21 – Nottingham, England
O35 W & M  /  O40 W & M

October 1-10 – Cape Town, South Africa
O45 – O55 M  /  O45 – O65 W  /  O55 M Spirit of Masters  /  O55 – O65 W Spirit of Masters

October 19-29 – Tokyo, Japan
O60 – O80 M  /  O60 – O80 M Spirit of Masters

If you are interested in or have any questions about the Field Hockey Canada Masters program, please don’t hesitate to contact Alison at alimcgillivray1@gmail.com