News and Announcements
COMMUNITY UMPIRE COURSE - DUNCAN
A Community Umpire Training Session will be taking place on March 8 and 10th in Duncan, B.C. Led by Alison Sweeten, this is a great opportunity for people to not only familiarize themselves with the current rules but also received the basic understanding of umpiring field hockey. Whether you are an aspiring umpire or just a player wanting to better understand the rules and game – this is a great session to attend!
DATE: March 8 & 10, 2016
TIME: 6-8:30 pm
COST: $60 (FHBC Members), $80 (Non-FHBC Members)
ONLINE REGISTRATION: https://www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/courses.php
If you would like to attend the course in Duncan and need a ride from Victoria, please contact Alison Sweeten at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: This is the ONLY Community-Level course being offered on Vancouver Island this Spring.
MORE INFO: http://fieldhockeybc.com/Umpires/UmpireEducation/UmpireCoursesOffered/tabid/577/Default.aspx
JR League Coaching!
It is time to pass on your valuable time and experience to the next generation!
As committed members of the Men’s League, it is always great to enjoy PLAYING but we can learn a lot about ourselves as coaches AND we need to continue to give back and develop the league to keep our sport growing! Be a part of that movement and it starts RIGHT NOW!
I will be managing the coach recruitment for the upcoming 2016 Junior League Season for the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association and Krista Thompson, Technical Director, will be ensuring you are armed with everything that you need to do your job – whether you have a lot of experience or no experience!
This year’s league starts April 2 (boys) and April 3 (girls) and runs to June 20. Don’t worry you are allowed to have other commitments and go on holidays. We will shuffle coaches around to meet YOUR flexibility and schedule! We still want your commitment so IF you are event the slightest bit interested please go to the below link to sign up now!
SIGN UP ONLINE HERE:
Here are the commitments and age groups:
KINDIES (Boys & Girls Age 4-5) : Sundays 9-10 am
Under 8: Sundays 9-10 am
Under 10: Sundays 10:15-11:45 am, Optional Wednesdays 6:15-7:15pm
Under 13: Sundays 12:00-1:00 pm & Thursdays 6:15-7:15pm
Under 15: Sundays 1:15-2:15 pm & Wednesdays 6:15-7:15pm
Under 18: Tuesdays 7:30-9 pm
Under 8: Saturdays 9-10 am
Under 10: Saturdays 9-10:30 am, Optional Wednesdays 6:15-7:15pm
Under 13: Saturdays 10:45-11:45 am & Tuesdays 6:15-7:15 pm
Under 15: Saturdays 10:45-11:45 am & Tuesdays 6:15-7:15 pm
Under 18: Tuesdays 7:30-9 pm
There will be a Coaches Meeting on March 30 and 31st at UVIC (Room TBC), from 7:00-8:30pm. You must attend one of these sessions.
Note: A Master Coach will typically be at all of your sessions to help you out and guide you and help YOU learn! ALSO EVERY session comes with a practice plan that every team will follow each week! SO, all we need from you is your time and commitment and if you aren’t entirely sure yet – just sign up online and we can be in touch closer to April!
Please pass this on to anyone else you think might be a fitting and/or interested coach in our spring league. Everyone is welcome to help!
If you have any questions throughout this process or throughout the season please don’t hesitate to contact me!
More info: victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca
Youth - Come Try the Game Free
The Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association is hosting the annual COME TRY THE GAME FREE session in the lead up to the Junior Spring League season. This is an open, free session for boys and girls aged 4-18 to try the game for free. Sticks, balls, coaching and FUN are all provided!
Bring your kids, your friends’ kids and your neighbours and help spread the passion for the game of Field Hockey!
WHEN: Sunday, March 6, 2016
TIME: 9:00-10:00 am
WHO: Boys and Girls, Age 4-18
BRING: Comfortable clothing and running shoes
PROVIDED: Sticks, balls and coaching
REGISTER ONLINE NOW HERE:
Visit: victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca for more information
Note: The Victoria Junior League season runs from April 2 to June 20. To register online for the Junior League season visit:
For more information or questions, please contact: email@example.com
Sidhu named 2015 Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award Winner
VICTORIA – The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (GVSHOF) and the University of Victoria Department of Athletics and Recreation are pleased to announce University of Victoria Vikes men’s field hockey player, Harbir Sidhu, as the sixth winner of the Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award.
David Bate started off as a UVic student in the 1980s and now continues to give back to the community with his family through this annual award.
“It is very gratifying to know local athletes with the assistance of scholarships are willing to stay in the greater Victoria area to pursue their athletic and academic ambitions at the University of Victoria,” commented Marilyn and John Bate, whose family created the award in 2010. “We are indeed proud to be supporters of this most worthwhile cause.”
Sidhu is a Mount Douglas Secondary graduate and is currently a first year in the commerce program. The prestige and versatility offered by the Gustavson School of Business and the ability to foster his field hockey skills with the Vikes made UVic an easy choice for the Victoria native. Sidhu is bilingual, also speaking Punjabi, and as such is heavily involved with the Punjab community helping create leaders in the youth and instilling a sense of pride in children towards their culture and heritage through volunteer work and sport.
Starting at the age of six, Sidhu began working his way up the field hockey ladder by participating in various spring and recreational leagues early in his career. He has since captained his respective BC provincial team for two years and has competed in two Canadian national championships. Sidhu was part of the historic Canadian team that won a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in 2014. His talents were noticed by the senior coaching staff and he is currently the youngest player training with the senior men’s national team, who are preparing for the Rio Olympics.
Sidhu is the sixth winner of the award, following Michael Baart of men’s soccer in 2014-15. The award was first won in 2010-11 by swimmer Julia Schmidt and then to cross-country and track runner Patrick Psotka in 2011-12. Sarah Douglas of women’s soccer and women’s rower Stephanie Polomark were the winners in 2012-13 and 2013-14, respectively.
For more on the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, click here.
Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award – Past recipients
2015-16: Harbir Sidhu, Field Hockey, Mount Douglas Secondary
2014-15: Michael Baart, Soccer, St. Michaels University School
2013-14: Stephanie Polomark, Rowing, Belmont Senior Secondary
2012-13: Sarah Douglas, Soccer, Glenlyon Norfolk School
2011-12: Patrick Psotka, Track, Oak Bay High
2010-11: Julia Schmidt: Swimming, Lambrick Park Secondary
Story from Vikes Communications (govikesgo.com)
Pat Hall Officials Development Award
FHBC is proud to announce the creation of a new financial assistance award within the Field Hockey BC Foundation. Created as a legacy fund in recognition of Pat Hall’s 50 years of service and support to field hockey in Canada, and especially to the development of field hockey on Vancouver Island, the ‘Pat Hall Officials Development Award’ will enable financial assistance in the promotion and development of Officiating for the Vancouver Island field hockey community.
The FHBC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Field Hockey BC, providing financial assistance and support to athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and event hosts. If you are considering a charitable donation with tax relief benefits for 2015, perhaps the FHBC Foundation could be a beneficiary. More information including an on-line donation portal can be accessed via www.fhbcfoundation.com.
The Pat Hall Officials Development Award is designed to promote the development of Vancouver Island umpires and technical officials with preference given to members of the Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association (VILFHA), the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association (VIFHA), and the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association (VJFHA).