January 2016 - 2nd Edition with updated Field Hockey Shack Ad Information
2016 Annual General Meeting
Field Hockey BC will be holding the Society's 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on February 20, 2016at the Fortius Sport and Health Complex, 3713 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby , BC V5B 3B8 at 12 Noon. Associated documentation and forms can be found in the forms section of our website by clicking on 'Forms' on the main website menu or by clicking here. 2016 forms to date include the Draft Agenda, the Board Nomination Form (due February 5, 2016), and the Proxy Voting Form. Please keep an eye on this section in the lead up to the AGM, as the following documents will be added to this section: Final Agenda, Notice of Motions, Financial Statement, and Voting Chart. FHBC looks forward to welcoming you to the AGM next month.
Community Umpire Course & Umpire Assessor Course
We are running two Umpire courses in February & March - make sure to sign up before they are full!
A Community Umpire Course is being held on March 7th & 9th from 6:30-9pm in Richmond. It is mandatory to attend both sessions in order to complete the course. This course is for individuals who haven't umpired before and are looking to start. It is also for umpires that need a refresher, or have expired certifications.
An Umpire Assessors Course is being held on February 20th in Vancouver. This is for Provincial or higher rated umpires who have at least 4 years experience umpiring field hockey. This is a great way to become a mentor for younger umpires and to help them along the umpiring pathway.
For more information on all of our Umpire Courses, click here.
To register for any upcoming Umpire Course, click here.
2016 Boy's Regional & Provincial Programs
The Boys Train to Train (U15) & Train to Compete (U18) Programs will be getting underway in the coming months.
The Boys Train to Train Regional Program registration will be open from January 20th - February 17th. Trials for all athletes intending to participate in this program will be held on Sunday February 21st from 9:30am-12pm at Tamanawis in Surrey. Only those athletes that participate in the Regional program will be eligible to play for Team BC this summer. For more information about the T2T Regional Program, click here.
The Boys Train to Compete Provincial Program will begin in March. Trial registration will be open from February 5th - March 4th. Provincial team trials will be held on Friday March 11th from 8-10pm at Rutledge field in West Vancouver. Team training will begin in Early April and carry through until the India Club tournament in late June. For more information about this Provincial Program, click here.
Girl's Regional Program Update
The Train to Train and Train to Compete Girl's Regional Squads on the Island and in the Lower Mainland have been hard at work since the fall. This committed group of girls participates in supplemental skills and fitness training every week in order to prepare for their respective tournaments in April. The Train to Train Girl's Regional Festival is being held at Tamanawis on April 8th-10th. The Train to Compete Girl's Regional Championships are being held at UVic on April 22nd-24th.
The Girl's Regional Programs aren't just about hard work though, they are also about having fun! This month, two of our Regional groups have put together skills challenge videos. The object of the exercise is to air-dribble balls into a variety of buckets. Can you complete the challenge?
The 2016 Women's Senior Indoor Championships is taking place on February 6th & 7th in Duncan. The tournament entry fee is $300 and registration is due by Tuesday January 26th. To register for the tournament, download and complete the registration form.
For Indoor Field Hockey inspiration, check out this V.I. Sports feature by ShawTV. Host Kevin Charach learns skills throughout the episode from UVic Field Hockey players Kristina Walters-Shumka & Emily Bennett.
Field Hockey Shack Clearance Sale
Looking for a great deal on new equipment, to start 2016? Whether you're buying for a junior or senior player, the Field Hockey Shack is having its annual Shack Clearance Sale on all remaining 2015 inventory, until January 31st. All equipment is discounted between 20%-60%!
With 2016 junior season around the corner... these deals can't be beat! Happy shopping!
2016 Americas Masters Games
The Americas Masters Games are coming to Vancouver in August of 2016. This is a massive multi-sport Games for athletes over the age of 35 and of any skill level! We are pleased to be helping organize the field hockey portion of the Games. Organization meetings are fully under way and the Games are starting to come together nicely. Registration has begun and we are happy to see that some teams have already registered!
For more information on the Americas Masters Games, please visit the Games website.
There are two ways to register for the games. You can either register as an individual and be placed on a team, or your team captain can register your team and invitations will automatically be sent out to the rest of your team so they can register. To complete the registration process either as an individual or for your team, click here.
Three Canadian Squads on International Tours
January is turning into a very busy month for three of our national team squads. The Canadian Men's National team are in the middle of a 3-week long tour in sunny South Africa. While there, they are training and playing matches against South Africa and other Olympic-bound teams including Belgium, Ireland and Spain.
Meanwhile the Canadian U-21 National Women's squad are currently in Chile as a way to prepare for the Junior World Cup Qualifier in a few months. So far they have a record of 2 wins, 3 losses with 2 games left to play.
The Canadian U-21 National Men's squad have just finished a 4-game test series against the US Junior National team in San Diego. The Canadian team swept the American squad, winning all 4 games.
Dave Jameson & Antoni Kindler in action against South Africa Photo courtesy of Kent Locke
Field Hockey Canada 2015 Year in Review
It was an exciting year for the Men's and Women's Canadian National Teams. Both teams had success in the Hockey World League tournaments, won medals at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and the Men's team qualified for the 2016 Olympics!
Field Hockey Canada has produced videos with highlights and interviews of players reflecting on their outstanding year. Check them out below.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has just released the 4th Episode of their Hockey World video series. To see news and highlights from the international field hockey stage, be sure to watch this video! In this episode they show highlights from the Men's & Women's Hockey World League Finals in 2015, review the nominees for the Hockey Stars Awards, as well as preview the elite Hockey India League.
Click here to watch the FIH Hockey World Episode 4
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