Apply for the FHBC Foundation Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary!

FHBC is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary. The application deadline is May 31st, 2021, and the recipients should be announced in June.

The Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary is designed to support female athletes under the age of 12 and focuses on assisting with the costs involved in playing field hockey at the club level. Five awards of up to $100 will be made annually. However, if, in any one year, there are candidates requiring greater financial aid, larger amounts may be considered (to a maximum of $250).

This is a legacy fund gift held in perpetuity with the FHBC Foundation following the passing of Allyn Murison who was passionate about getting young female athletes involved in our great game.

Go to for more information and to download the application forms.

Athlete Evaluation Methodology Webinar RECORDING

In cased you missed our Athlete Evaluation Methodology Webinar, which happened on May 13th via Zoom, you can watch the recording HERE. The recording is also posted on our Online Field Hockey Resources page.

The purpose of this webinar is to help our community understand how athletes are evaluated in a high performance talent identification setting. This webinar is targeted at Club Coaching Leads, especially those who may be looking to nominate Club athletes to FHBC’s talent identification program, or any FHBC Member interested in learning more about the evaluation process.

Elite Program

The Elite Program was borne out of the Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project that took place in 2020.
You can acess the PDF of the project’s Final Report here.

The Elite Program is a high-performance program designed to provide individualized support to athletes that have been identified just below the NextGen level, and is comprised of athletes that have been selected to the FHBC – Canadian Sport Institute Targeted Athlete list, but are not actively training in the FHC NextGen program (either not selected to NextGen or have opted out). The program is designed to support athletes in their goals to reach the National team level.

The CSI Targeted Athlete List is updated yearly. The next opportunity for evaluation will be through a series of Provincial Talent Identification events. Please note that the Elite Program is separate from the Provincial Program.

Support for Cowichan field hockey player Kayla Dosen and family

We ask you all to read the message below with care. If you have the chance, please consider assisting Kayla and her family in this fight. Together, we can help Kayla win this!

“Kayla Dosen is a caring, outgoing and spritely 15-year old girl who loves sports (especially field hockey), music and spending time with her friends and family.

Kayla was recently diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia and has now been transported to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for further testing to determine the next steps for treatment.

Kayla’s parents, Megan and Rob, have travelled with her to Vancouver to be by her side. As you can imagine, this ordeal will be nothing short of a long road ahead with many unexpected expenses. Any support for the family at this time of need is greatly appreciated!”

To donate, access

Vancouver Island Technical Development Program – Registration Open


Registration is now open for our 6-week Island Technical Development Spring program. These programs are open to male and female athletes born in 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006.

The program details are as follows:



Date Range




Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm

May 6th – June 10th


Cowichan Sportsplex



Date Range




Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm

May 5th – June 9th


University of Victoria

Register now:
(Please select ‘Development’ under Program Level)

The deadline to register is Friday, April 30th. However, please note that registration is limited to maintain an athlete to coach ratio of 8:1, and will be on a first come-first served basis.

These programs will continue to follow viaSport’s Return to Sport Phase 2 guidance and FHBC’s Responsible Return to Play guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Full physical distancing (3 metres) will be maintained throughout the program.

For more information on these programs please visit our Female program page, or our Male program page.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Jameson at

Southeast & Interior Technical Development Programs – Registration Deadline Extended

Field Hockey BC would like to announce that registration for the Interior and Southeast Technical Development Programs (U14, U16 and U18 boys & girls) has been extended to Monday, April 4th.

Please note registration is limited to maintain an athlete coach ratio of 8:1. All registration will be on a first come-first served basis.


U16 Interior Girls (Born: 2005, 2006 and 2007)

  • 6 sessions, Sundays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, April 11th – May 16t @ Mission Recreation Park

U18 Interior Girls (Born: 2003 and 2004)

  • 6 sessions, Sundays, 2:30 – 3:00 pm, April 11th – May 16th @ Mission Recreation Park


U14 Southeast Boys & Girls (Born: 2007 and 2008)

  • 6 sessions, Saturdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, starting April 10th @ Tamanawis

U16 Southeast Boys & Girls (Born: 2005 and 2006)

  • 6 sessions, Saturdays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, starting April 10th @ Tamanawis

U18 Southeast Girls (Born: 2003 and 2004)

  • 6 sessions, Sundays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, starting April 11th @ Tamanawis

U18 Southeast Boys (Born: 2003 and 2004)

  • 6 sessions, Sundays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, starting April 11th @ Tamanawis

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program is open only to athletes associated with clubs located in the SE region (Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Richmond, Surrey, etc.).


For more information and to register, access the following links:
Male Technical Programs –
Female Technical Programs –


FHBC Provincial Program Update

Details of our upcoming Provincial Program were set to be released in early January. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we do not feel that we can confidently release trial or program information at this time. It is unclear what restrictions we will be operating under, over the course of the next six months.

Therefore, we will continue to have conversations with both Field Hockey Canada and viaSport BC in an effort to determine what will actually be feasible.

We remain committed to having a clear and transparent trial process, including multiple entry points for athletes. However, our number one priority at this time is to ensure the safety of all involved with our program.

We hope to be able to provide our members with a more detailed update in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience.

Interior Technical Development Program Registrations are Now Open!

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce a 6-week Technical Development program for Interior athletes from January 31st to March 7th. This program is open to athletes of all abilities and is intended to help athletes develop their technical skills. Both age groups will be coached by Ben Fecht & Dani Hennig. This program will primarily focus on acquiring skills for Passing and Receiving, focusing on key elements such as grip, ball position, preparation and execution.

This program will adhere to the current COVID-19 protocols as approved by the Provincial Health Officer, viaSport and Field Hockey BC. More information about our Responsible Return to Play Framework can be found on our website: For more information on the Technical Development program, please access:

The deadline to register is Monday, January 25th.

IMPORTANT: registration is limited to maintain an athlete coach ratio of 8:1 and will be on a first come-first served basis.


U16 Age Group (Born: 2005, 2006 & 2007)

Day/Time – Sundays, 12:15 – 1:30pm
Date Range – January 31st – March 7th
Cost – $98
Location – Capital News Centre, Kelowna, BC

U18 Age Group (Born: 2003 & 2004)

Day/Time Sundays – 1:45 – 3:00pm
Date Range – January 31st – March 7th
Cost – $98
Location – Capital News Centre, Kelowna, BC

*Interested Male Athletes, please email
*Interested Goalkeepers, please email prior to registering, as your program details may differ

COVID-19 Response: PHO Order Interpretation – Community Communique #9

You can access the PDF version of this document here.

December 3rd, 2020 PHO Order Interpretation

Adult Activity Suspension and Youth Program return to ‘First Stage’ Return to Responsible Play

Dear Field Hockey BC Members

On behalf of the Field Hockey BC (FHBC) Board of Directors, I am writing to provide for an important update concerning the intent and expectation of the December 3rd, 2020 Provincial Health Office (PHO) order. The PHO order released today can be accessed at the following link:

Shortly after the PHO order was released, Field Hockey BC attended a viaSport BC meeting to gain the clarification required in order to provide for this communique to membership. In short, the Provincial Health Office and viaSport BC is requiring the Organized Sport Sector to further limit the amount of physical interactions and travel to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

What does this mean for Field Hockey activity?
*Aligned and updated to the PHO Order Revision dated February 5th, 2021.

Adults (*22 years old and over):

  • Effective immediately, Field Hockey activity for Adults (*22 years old and over) is suspended.
  • Individual adults may continue to train alone (where permissible within their local community).
  • High-Performance Adult athletes that are identified as Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) targeted athletes with either Field Hockey Canada (NSO) or Field Hockey BC (PSO) have an exemption to continue to participate and travel to NSO or PSO programming. Such programming is subject to ‘First Stage’ Responsible Return to Play guidelines (now requiring a 3m physical distancing protocol – up from the previous 2m protocol).

Youth (*21 years old and under):

  • Youth Field Hockey activity (*21 years old and under) may continue BUT MUST be delivered according to ‘First Stage’ Responsible Return to Play (requiring full physical distancing protocols).
  • The ‘First Stage’ Responsible Return to Play Framework requires a 2m Physical Distancing Protocol, however, the December 3rd, 2020 PHO Order now requires (effective immediately) a 3m Physical Distancing Protocol.
  • Adult coaches and safety officers are permitted to continue to lead full physical distanced youth field hockey programming.

Can one travel to access Field Hockey programming?

  • Travel at this time is restricted to the local community where one resides.
  • It is permissible for travel to take place to a ‘home’ club in order to access programming (for those able to participate in such programming under the PHO order).

How long is the December 3rd, 2020 PHO order in effect?

  • This order does not have a specified timeline and should be considered an indefinite order.

For further detail regarding Field Hockey’s COVID-19 response and to access the Responsible Return to Play Framework documentation, please access this information housed on the Field Hockey BC website at: Further reference material can be found on the viaSport BC website at

It is likely that that Organized Sport Sector will experience a number of further updates around this order as we approach the New Year and Field Hockey BC will continue to provide as much clarity to our community membership as possible. Despite the restrictions imposed by this latest PHO Order, Field Hockey BC trusts that our community will remain vigilant in helping to flatten the COVID-19 curve and in doing so progressively move the collective organized sport sector towards greater freedoms for participation in 2021.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
December 3, 2020

FHBC launches new regional Technical Development training program for 2020-2021

Field Hockey BC (FHBC) is excited to announce the launch of a new regional Technical Development training program for 2020-2021. Following the recent review of the BC athlete pathway, it became evident that BC club community stakeholders are keen for FHBC to continue to support athlete development in the provision of a technical training program targeted, but not limited to, those who may not have access to such technical training through the club community network. In response, FHBC will be launching the new FHBC Technical Development program according to identified geographical need and in a phased approach over the course of the current 2020-21 season.

Phase One

In the first phase FHBC is targeting those regions of the province that expressed a direct need for such program support. As such, FHBC is delighted to announce that the new Technical Development Program will be offered on Vancouver Island from mid-November 2020 through March 2021 (with the potential for summer season delivery), and in the Interior from mid-January 2021 through April 2021 (also with the potential for summer season delivery).

Phase Two

In alignment with the BC athlete pathway review recommendations, FHBC is launching a club outreach initiative targeted at community clubs across the lower mainland designed to complete a lower mainland regional Technical Development program needs assessment. Following such an assessment, a phase two program plan will be developed intent on launching the Technical Development program across the lower mainland in geographically appropriate regional locations. It is expected that such a club community needs assessment will be complete by the calendar year-end allowing for program planning and initiation in the new year.

For more information regarding the BC athlete pathway review recommendations, please refer to the following link.

Technical Development Program Summary

Program Structure

Designed with flexibility of access at the core, the new Technical Development program will be offered in small program windows of four to six weeks. A coach to athlete ratio of 1:8 is to be expected with one (or two) full training sessions scheduled per week. The program may be adapted during the summer months or other times to allow for camp style delivery.

Program Design

Designed to center on technical skill progression, each program offering will focus on developmentally appropriate core technical field hockey skills and include supporting education in aspects of sport science. Sessions will be adapted to meet the needs of the athlete pool with the expectation that each program’s first session will act as an opportunity for the head coach to determine athlete need and adapt program practice plans accordingly. Programs will not only focus on the development of field player technical skills, but also offer the opportunity for goalkeepers to participate in an integrated program format or goalkeeper specific program.

Program Curricula and LTFHD Alignment

The core curricula will focus on technical skill progression, but also include aspects of sport science and specialist training. The curricula will follow the Long-Term Field Hockey Development (LTFHD) skills matrix with technical skill progression aligned to stage of development and athlete ability.

Responsible Return to Play

Until further notice, the Technical Development program will be delivered according to the Stage One Responsible Return to Play Framework. The Stage One Responsible Return to Play Framework includes a full physical distancing protocol for athletes, coaches, and safety officers.

For more information regarding the Stage One Responsible Return to Play Framework, please refer to the following link.

For detailed information on the current Technical Development Programs being offered, please access the Female or Male programs pages.