Decision to Suspend the Train to Compete Regional Girls Championship (April 2-5, 2020)

Dear Field Hockey BC Train to Compete Athletes, Coaches, Officials and Families,

The Field Hockey BC (FHBC) Board this morning took the decision to suspend the Train to Compete Regional Girls Championship in Duncan April 2-5, 2020. Such a decision follows the directive from the Provincial Government to cancel any gathering larger than 250 people, effective March 12, 2020:

“Effective today (March 12, 2020), we also directing all event organizers to cancel any gathering larger than 250 people. This includes indoor and outdoor sporting events, conferences, meetings, religious gatherings or other similar events. This threshold has been selected, as it is much easier to maintain important social distancing to prevent transmission of COVID-19.”

As always, the safety and wellness of our players, coaches, officials, parents, fans and all other community members is our first priority. This is disappointing for all of us, but in the circumstances the FHBC Board came to feel that such a decision was in the best interests of everyone.

FHBC is actively pursuing possibilities of rescheduling this Championship to the calendar month of May but may well decide in the interim to cancel the event for the 2020 season. In true field hockey spirit, we hope you can support us with your continued patience and understanding.

Field Hockey BC will remain in close contact with Provincial Government Agencies, the Canadian Sport Medicine Advisory Committee, School Districts, Parks Boards, and with Field Hockey Canada, and will provide updates relative to all Field Hockey BC events, programs, leagues, and camps as soon as they become available. As the status progresses with the COVID-19 response within Canada, FHBC will continue to follow all government recommendations and adjust our approach to managing field hockey participation accordingly.

FHBC BOD March 13, 2020

Previous U23 Female Provincial Programs


2019 Provincial Program Information – U23 Learn 2 Win

2019 National Tournament
Tamanawis Park, Surrey, BC, June 29-July 1
U23 National Championship Tournament Schedule
Coaches: Bubli Chohan and Rosie Beale
Managers: Glenda Schoenroth and Josy Wigboldus
Levy: $250 per Team BC athlete, $95 for reserves

Meet the Athletes:

U23 Women BC Rams

U23 Women BC Lions


 

Previous U18 Female Provincial Programs


2019 PROVINCIAL PROGRAM

Girl’s Train 2 Compete U18 Team BC (Spring/Summer)

Selections – T2C Team BC Girls 2019
Reserve players participate in training only, unless called up to replace an injured BC athlete. Reserve players are part of Team Lions for training.

Program Highlights:

Key Dates

  • April 17 selections announced
  • April 24 levy and athlete agreement due
  • June 21-24 India Club Tournament, Surrey
  • July 3-8 U18 National Championship Tournament, Surrey, BC

Levy

$1650 Team BC athlete (Rams and Lions)
$1615 Team BC athlete (Stags)
$560 reserve players

Questions? Contact the Athlete Program Manager.


 

Previous U15 Female Provincial Programs


2019 PROVINCIAL PROGRAM

Team BC (Spring/Summer)

U15 Female Train 2 Train Team BC selections 2019

Athletes are selected from the Regional Program.
Teams of 16 players (including Goal Keeper). Reserve players participate in training only, unless called up to replace an injured BC athlete.

Program Highlights:

  • 30 hours training May-July
  • India Club Tournament (June)
  • U15 National Championship Tournament (Tournament Schedule)
  • Kukri training uniform

Key Dates in 2019

  • April: Regional Tournament (selection point) see Trials & Tournaments
  • May: Team BC selections announced
  • May: Mainland Fitness Testing & Education
  • May: Island Fitness Testing & Education
  • June: India Club Tournament, Surrey (may exclude Island teams)
  • July: U15 National Championship Tournament

Levy
$2600 per Team BC athlete (Rams/Lions)
$2555 per Team BC athlete (Stags)
$550 per reserve

Questions? Contact the Athlete Program Manager.


 

Previous U23 Male Provincial Programs


2019 Provincial Program Information – U23 Learn 2 Win

2019 National Tournament
Tamanawis Park, Surrey, BC, June 29-July 1
U23 National Championship Tournament Schedule
Coach: Mathias Ahrens and Kinder Gill
Levy: $250 per Team BC athlete, $95 for reserves

Meet the Athletes:

U23 Men BC Rams

U23 Men BC Lions


 

Previous U18 Male Provincial Programs


2019 PROVINCIAL PROGRAM

PROVINCIAL TEAMS

SELECTIONS – Male U18 Train 2 Compete Team BC 2019
Teams of 16 players (including Goal Keeper). Reserve players participate in training only, unless called up to replace an injured BC athlete.

Program Highlights:

Key Dates

  • April 17 selections announced
  • April 24 payment due
  • June 20-23 India Club Tournament, Surrey
  • July 4-8 U18 National Championship Tournament, Surrey, BC

Levy

$1650 per Team BC athlete
$560 per Reserve player

Questions? Contact the Athlete Program Manager.


 

Previous U15 Male Provincial Programs


2019 PROVINCIAL PROGRAM

Boys Train 2 Train U15 Team BC (Spring/Summer)

U15 Male Train 2 Train Team BC selections 2019

Teams of 16 players (including Goal Keeper). Reserve players participate in training only, unless called up to replace an injured BC athlete. Reserve players train with Team Lions

Training Schedule

Provincial Program:

  • 30 hours training May-July
  • India Club Tournament (June)
  • U15 National Championship Tournament (Tournament Schedule)
  • Kukri training top and uniform

Key Dates in 2019

  • May selections announced
  • May Richmond Oval Fitness Testing & Education
  • June India Club Tournament, Surrey
  • July National Championship

Levy 2019

$2600 per Team BC athlete
$550 per reserve

Questions? Contact the Athlete Program Manager.


 

Field Hockey represented amongst the finalists of Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards

Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate Scott Tupper and Anna Mollenhauer for being finalists of the 54th Annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards. Tupper is a finalist in the Senior Male Athlete of The Year category and Mollenhauer is a contender in the University Athlete of The Year category.

From Victoria, BC, Anna Mollenhauer is the daughter of Nancy Mollenhauer – two time field hockey Olympian for Canada – and was a constant presence in FHBC’s High Performance programs over the years. Currently, she is displaying her talent at the University of Victoria.

Last year, Mollenhauer debuted with the Senior Women’s National Team and was selected as Junior Player of the Tournament for Team Canada, in the FIH Hockey Series Finals played in Valencia, Spain. She also collected quite a few honours at Uvic, winning gold medals at both the Canada West Championship and U SPORT Nationals. Anna made the Canada West All-Star team and was named a U SPORT First-Team All-Canadian. Plus, she was the U SPORTS Championship MVP. Not bad at all!

The Vancouver-born Scott Tupper has been playing with the national team since 2005, with more than 300 games for Canada under his belt. In 2019, as captain of the Men’s National Team, Tupper showed tremendous leadership and was fundamental for Canada’s Olympic berth in Tokyo 2020. He scored the last-second goal that took the Olympic qualifier against Ireland to the penalty shootout.

The Men’s National Team also won the 2019 FIH Series Finals in Malaysia and brought home a silver medal from the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Scott was the flag bearer for Team Canada in the Pan Ams’ Opening Ceremony.

The upcoming 54th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. Access http://sportbc.com/athlete-of-the-year-awards-2/ for more information on the event and to purchase tickets.

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 https://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