News and Announcements
VICTORIA – The island has produced a number of national team and elite level field hockey players. That all starts right here, in Victoria, with several of those teams competing at home on a regular basis. For boys, girls, men, women – the action is at the University of Victoria field hockey pitch! For the women, the UVic Vikes women compete in the Canada West conference of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport and host both UBC and Calgary this year. The Vikes women along with the newly formed Kirby’s Island Wildcats will also play host to top competition from the Vancouver women’s premier league. Teams will travel from the mainland to compete against the Vikes and Wildcats, two new members to the premier division. For the men, the Victoria Selects and UVic Vikes are two long-time members of the men’s vancouver premier league who compete regularly both in Vancouver and Victoria!
If you are looking to watch some of the best hockey talent that the island has to offer right now, be sure to come out over the next two weeks. Here are the upcoming games for the premier teams:
*all games at UVic Artificial Field Hockey Turf (McKenzie Ave. at Gabriola Rd.)
Saturday, Oct. 6
11:00 am – UVic Vikes WOMEN vs. Calgary Dinos (Canada West)
Sunday, Oct. 7
The Umpire’s Association committee have been busy this summer!
We are hosting a series of two forums in the next two weeks. Both will happen at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence) 4371 Interurban Rd, Saanich
Monday September 17th Umpire Forum – 6:30 to 8:00 pm – this will address umpire responsibilities and new rules from an umpire’s perspective.
Thursday September 20th Players Forum – 6:30 to 8:00 pm this will address captain’s responsibilities and new rules from a player’s perspective.
You can choose to go to either session but we would prefer to see the umpires on Monday. We will be delivering the new umpire jackets that we ordered this past spring at the umpire forum.
In order to help us make decisions about Island umpires and what they hope to achieve with their umpiring, we have created a survey. We hope that you will take the time to fill this out. Here is the link:
For those who have played in the Thursday Mixed Seven-Aside League in the past, things are improving this year. Andrew MacKinnon, Cara Jay, and I will be building on past seasons to improve the organization.
+ There will be paid umpires for each match! Not only does this mean we will not have to self-regulate, it also gives an opportunity for players to also umpire and earn back some of their player fees.
+ There will be goalies each and every week! We will endeavour to fill all four goals every week so that we can have some real hockey.
+ There will be mixed-sevens-specific rules! These will include gender equality regulations and short corner rules.
+ There will be online registration! This will ensure everyone has paid, registered, and insured. Please see the registration steps below.
1) Go to http://www.victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca/
2) Select ONLINE REGISTRATION on the left
3) Select Register Member
4) Select “Mixed 7-A-Side” division ($100.00)
5) Proceed with FHBC validation steps
5a) If you have a valid, paid-in-full FHBC ID, you can proceed to step 6
5b) If you are not yet registered with FHBC for 2012/13, follow the link to the FHBC site and register there. Once registered, re-validate your ID on our website and proceed to step 6
6) Complete payment through Victoria website.
We realize that the fees are slightly higher than in previous years. The increase is a result of decreasing numbers and the necessity to have paid umpires to reinvigorate the league. Let’s get out there and recruit new players. With more players, we will have better hockey with lower fees!
Exhibition games will run on Thursday, 20th at 8pm. Please register online now. All players must be registered by Monday, September 24th to be eligible to pay. League matches begin on September 27th. No exceptions will be made.
See you on the pitch!
More info contact:
Mark Baggott (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Andrew Mackinnon (email@example.com
In the fall of 2012, Vancouver Island will have a new team representing them. VILFHA is proud to announce the formation of a brand new Premier women’s field hockey team that will compete in the Vancouver Premier League, arugably one of the highest divisions of play in the country outside of the national team and university programs.
Kirby’s Source for Sports presents the “Island Wildcats” who will be traveling to and from the mainland to compete in a set amount of tournaments and regular season games this year as they build their staff structure and overall operation strategies.
The team will largely consist of former university and national team members, as well as developing high performance players from the B.C. Under-18 and Under 15 programs. Some of the members on the team will include UVic’s Katie Rushton, Natalie Wise and Ali Lee, as well as Alberta’s Bunny Hughes and UBC’s Kira Graham. Team B.C. Under-18 National gold medalists Claire Seeliger, of Duncan, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Kristina Walters-Shumka and Shinai Sorenson, of Victoria, will also be competing on the squad.
The team’s first home opener is on September 15th at 12:30 p.m. at UVic’s artificial turf field.
The Wildcats are on the hunt for YOUR support! The team will make their official announcement in a full page advertorial of the Times Colonist the week of their home opener and are looking to sell business card advertisements as part of their fundraising.
The cost is $175.00 for you or your business.
If you are interested, please make a cheque payable to “Island Premier Field Hockey”. You can mail the cheque along with your business card to :
Island Premier Field Hockey
c/o Ali Lee
4056 Valerie Place
Victoria BC V8X 2K9
You can also submit your business card electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need more information don’t hesitate to e-mail!
Ali Lee: email@example.com
Summer Drop-In will be starting the first week of June! This is recreational mixed play – all levels are welcome. We just throw the sticks in a pile and divide them into teams. It’s a fun way to keep a stick in the game through the summer, get back into the sport, or give it a try for the first time.
WHAT: Drop In Field Hockey
WHEN: Monday Nights, June 4 to August 27 (no sessions on July 2 or August 6 long weekends)
TIME: 7:00 TO 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: UVIC Water based turf
COST: $5 per session or $40 for the whole summer
Questions? Contact Sharon White at firstname.lastname@example.org .