News and Announcements
Update from Field Hockey Victoria:
Field Hockey Victoria (FHV) has been in touch with Vikes Athletics and Recreation regarding the use of the water-based turf, Field 1. At this time, booking of the turf for the community is not available. They would like to do so in the near future and will require an FHV safety plan as part of a bigger safety plan that has to get approved through a few layers at the University level. The entire process is aimed to be complete by the middle of September.
It should be noted that FHBC still does not have a return to competition plan. Scrimmages, modified games, and match-play are NOT SANCTIONED at this time. Please read the “Responsible Return to Play” below for more information.
Once booking is available, there will be no change in turf rental rates at this time. There will be no change to the booking process. The FHV turf coordinator will advise of additional terms and conditions of use, ensuring the following items are communicated and agreed upon.
It should be noted that other field/facilities (other than at UVic) may be available for FHV members to use. As such, FHV requires the following responsible return to play framework regardless of location.
RESPONSIBLE RETURN TO PLAY
FHV requires all members to familiarize themselves with the FHBC Responsible Return to Play Framework for any and all field hockey sessions. FHV is the Local Sport Organization (LSO) as referenced in the FHBC framework. See here: https://fieldhockeybc.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-First-Stage-Responsible-Return-to-Play-Framework-Field-Hockey-BC-COVID-19-Response-June-11-2020-amended-July-29-2020.pdf
The following are mandatory elements for every field hockey session/activity:
- Pre-activity health screening for all participants
- Pre-activity reminder of public health guidelines to all participants
COVID-19 Attestation Questionnaire (attached) completed for all participants
Note: all completed questionnaires must be held by the permit holder for up to 2 years to ensure information is available should contact tracing be required.
Since the majority of field hockey activities will happen at UVic’s Field 1, all participants must follow the attached field/facility access plan. If using a different facility, all participants must adhere to the field/facility access plan provided by the booking authority for that space in addition to the FHBC framework. Session plans must incorporate a 15-minute Facility Entry Protocol (to collect questionnaires and verbally check in with all athletes) and a 15-minute Facility Exit Protocol (to ensure athlete, coach, and officer departure prior to subsequent session booking).
The following are mandatory elements for setting up a field hockey activity:
- Coaches must consider equipment setup to ensure social distance is maintained throughout the session. Please refer to FHBC Head Coach checklist (follow the link above) more detail.
- Safety officers must come prepared with all appropriate forms/checklists. Safety officers must wear a high viz vest or jacket at all times. Please refer to FHBC Safety Officer checklist (follow the link above) for more detail.
- A hard copy of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) (attached) must be at each session and this documentation should include a First Aid response and Outbreak plan.
Athlete capacity must meet the following restrictions (diagram on page 25 of the FHBC Framework):
- A maximum of 8 athletes are permitted per quarter
- The booking group must assign one (1) coach for each athlete-group (max. 8 players per player-group)
- The booking group must assign one (1) safety officer to every two athlete-groups (max. 16 players each)
- The maximum occupancy per field is 38 (32 athletes, 4 coaches, 2 safety officers)
- The coach, safety officer, and athlete can not be the same person.
Players should be reminded:
- Not to arrive before their scheduled time, and to immediately leave the field once the session is complete.
- Not to attend if experiencing any cold/flu-like symptoms.
- To exit the premises if any symptoms manifest during the session.
- To only bring their stick and water bottle. All safety equipment (e.g. shin guards, mouthguard) should be put on prior to entering the field. Bags should not be brought onto the field space.
- Not to touch any facility equipment. If a goal need to be moved, players should use the sanitizer spray bottle provided to disinfect the surfaces after moving the goal.
- To maintain physical distance at all times, and to practice good hygiene when coughing/sneezing.
- That they must be a registered FHBC member, in good standing. (i.e. FHBC player dues paid and received).
Thanks to everyone for your patience as we responsibly return to play.
President, Field Hockey Victoria
See related documents:
FHV COVID-19 Attestation: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zeffn4dcs7ye6z4/FHV%20COVID%20Attestation.pdf?dl=0
FHV COVID UVic Turf map: https://www.dropbox.com/s/duim6rcjfp6x271/FHV%20COVID%20Turf%20Map.pdf?dl=0
FHV Emergency Action Plan: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4trc0nykq4ky6ub/FHV%20Emergency%20Action%20Plan.pdf?dl=0
If you are wanting to find out the outcomes of the Provincial Pathway Group meeting (i.e. the recommendations for the future of the regional/BC team pathway…) tune in on July 22.
Presenters: Jenn Beagan, Ali Baggott, Chris Tyrell, Jennifer Taylor, John Sacre
Earlier this season, Field Hockey BC made a community commitment to undertake a performance stream athlete pathway review. The Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project launched on April 14th and shortly thereafter a Club Feedback Questionnaire was sent to all clubs in the province to solicit feedback that would help inform the development of a new Field Hockey BC Provincial Athlete Pathway and Athlete Program Model. A webinar was held on June 17th which provided an update on Phase 1 of the project, including the results of the club questionnaire.
The Field Hockey BC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the performance stream athlete pathway review has now completed Phase 2 and the project is ready to present the Provincial Pathway Working Group’s draft recommendations to all Field Hockey BC members and affiliated Clubs via a second webinar scheduled for July 22nd @ 6:30 pm.
Webinar #2 will include a presentation on the following:
Key Outcomes of the Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project
Recommended Changes to Field Hockey BC’s Athlete Program Model
A Redesigned Field Hockey BC Athlete Pathway Model
Field Hockey BC encourages all Club officials and members to attend the July 22nd webinar to learn about the new proposed Provincial Athlete Pathway and Program Model prior to the project’s final recommendations being submitted to the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors. The webinar will include an opportunity to hear about the Provincial Pathway Working Group’s proposed recommendations, ask questions, and provide feedback.
Further engagement between Field Hockey BC and the Society’s membership will occur once the FHBC Board of Directors completes a full review of the project’s recommendations, including a risk assessment and review of the Society’s operational and environmental considerations.
If you would like more information regarding the Provincial Pathway Review Project, please contact Jennifer Taylor, email@example.com.
On behalf of the FHBC Board of Directors, thank you for supporting this important initiative!
Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020, 6:30 pm – 8 pm PST
Zoom Meeting Information:
When: Jul 22, 2020 06:30 PM Vancouver
Topic: PPRP Webinar (Phase Two)
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
You are invited to an information session next Wednesday July 8 regarding the new rules of field hockey that were implemented at the beginning of last year. We are having this information session to ensure all members, players, coaches, officials or managers understand the new rules and how they will be officiated when we next get the opportunity to return to the field and play the game we love. This information session will be led by Tyler Klenk and Lelia Sacre, both are currently FIH rated umpires that have been involved with Field Hockey BC for a number of years. Please see below for the link to join the webinar.
When: Jul 8, 2020 07:00 PM Vancouver
Topic: Umpires Information Session for players, coaches, officials … everyone!
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Questions: e-mail Ben Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear League Reps and all,
Unfortunately due to the latest update regarding the COVID-19 virus the men’s league season will be cut short. Field Hockey BC is directing all members and affiliated clubs and associations to suspend all sanctioned field hockey activities in the province until further notice. As a result, there will be no playoffs played this season. If you have any questions or concerns please email at email@example.com.
The Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association will be hosting Field Hockey BC’s Fundamentals Coaching Course in March.
This course is intended for coaches that:
- are working with under 12 age groups;
- are themselves an under 18 player who has an interest in coaching in the Junior League; or
- a parent volunteer who are new to coaching and to the game of field hockey.
It is mandatory to attend both sessions.
Wednesday March 4 – McKinnon Building Room 150 from 6 to 9 pm
Sunday March 8 – UVIC Turf #3 from 2 to 5 pm
The Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association encourages Junior League Coaches who have no or minimal coach training to take this course. There is to attend.
The course is 6 hours in length split up into 3 hours each of theory and practical learning. You will learn the basics of of how to deliver safe, fun and effective practice sessions, how to incorporate fundamental movement skills and review field hockey fundamental skills and tactics from facilitators who have coached in the junior league and helped design the practice sessions for the junior league.
The course will be facilitated by certified learning facilitators Ali Baggott and Milena Gaiga.
Deadline to register is Monday, February 24, 2020.
If you have any questions please contact Milena Gaiga at firstname.lastname@example.org.