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Community Umpire Courses
Community Courses are $60 for FHBC members, and $85 for non-members. Courses are two sessions of 2.5 hours, including theory and exam.

Community Umpire Courses are open to those interested in the first steps towards fulfilling the earliest of rated Umpire requirements, umpires that desire a refresher, and umpires with expired certifications. Candidates should be at least 13 years old. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kurt at the Field Hockey BC office at 604-737-3146 or

VICTORIA – January 2018
Dates: February 6 & 8 (last day to register: Tuesday January 30th)
Time: Two sessions from 6:00pm – 9:00pm on Tuesday February 6th and Thursday February 8th, 2018
Venue: PISE – 4371 Interurban Rd, Victoria, BC V9E 2C5
Course Conductor: Denise McGeachy

To register for the course visit:


VILFHA would like to acknowledge the passing of Benita Yorck (Hibbert) who passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, 2017 at the age of 84.

“When we played together, she was the heart of the Oak Bay Ladies Field Hockey Club,” said Pat Hall, long-time VILFHA member and coach/organizer of the current Oak Bay Hockey Club. “She was an outstanding centre half, a worker for the game, our social directer and just a classy lady.”

Benita’s father-in-law donated ‘The Hibbert Trophy’ intended for the Most Outstanding Player on the Oak Bay team. “Nita” as her team mates called her, re-donated it to the league and pushed to have the trophy be awarded to the Most Outstanding Player in the entire VILFHA league and it is to this date still awarded for that.

From the Times Colonist Obituary:
YORCK, Benita (Hibbert) December 11, 1933 – December 28, 2017 Our Mother, Benita Yorck passed away peacefully in her home December 28, 2017 at the age of 84 with her three children at her side. She was born on December 11, 1933 in a small country village (Sarisbury Green) in Southampton, England. Immigrated to Canada in 1952 to Halifax, NS and finally moved to Victoria, BC in 1954 where she raised her family and resided for the remainder of her life. Benita was always seen with a beautiful smile on her face and was very well known in the community of Oak Bay through her various volunteering works over the last 10 years with the Monterey Rec. Centre, Oak Bay Rec. Centre, Henderson Rec. Centre and the Oak Bay United Church. Benita is survived by her brother Peter Scott and family, daughter Alannah Hanlen (Alan), sons Richard Hibbert (Isobel) and Peter Hibbert (Leah) and three grandchildren Tristan, Jaryd and Brianna. Benita did not want a formal service but wanted all her friends and family to know that she cherished every moment she had with you. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Monterey Recreation Activity Association (care of Yvonne Stewart at the Monterey Centre) in Benita Yorck’s name to support their program activities. Tributes and Memories can be shared by visiting (Click on Benita YORCK)

As a new year and the second half of the season is now underway the VILFHA executive would like to send this reminder to players, coaches, officials and spectators. This is a reminder that there is a VILFHA Code of Conduct (see link below) that highlights fair play, respect and the overall goals of showing the sport of field hockey in a positive light.

Though it is a game and moments of it are competitive and may be heated, there are a variety of ages and skill levels out on the field and regardless of personal opinions of what is happening, who is doing it or what their intent might be, it is important for everyone to check in with themselves about how their behaviour or words might affect another person or how it might be perceived by people walking by. It should be in all of VILFHA’s membership’s best interest to show our sport as an inclusive, positive, competitive and recreational activity that would be welcoming to anyone walking past the field.

Utilize the officials, coaches and team managers if you have a personal issue with an opponent or other player. Inappropriate language or dissent towards any personnel on the field is not good for anyone. Everyone should exercise self-control at all times.

As it states in the code of conduct, we should all: Inspire a love of game and a desire to compete fairly.



Adias stick
Length: 38"
Description: black stick with red stripes and a yellow/off-white chamois grip
Identifier: Has a silver Pan Am sticker on it

This was lost in November at the UVic turf. If anyone knows where this might be please e-mail

It belongs to a school that lent it to the player.




Date: Monday, Dec. 4
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Meeting Room)
Address: 318 Wale Road, Colwood, BC

Parking is available behind the Hotel

Car pooling would be a good idea if you can make arrangements.

Meeting Agenda to follow from Executive

Please Note: This meeting is open to all VILFHA members.
Each team is required to send one team representative not including executive members.

Coffee, tea and Christmas goodies wil be provided.

Questions? Please Contact
Kate Knappett
VILFHA Social Director