News and Announcements

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Thank you for your patience. We are excited to announce that the 2021 Victoria Junior League season will be running from April 10 to June 20, 2021 for all ages U6 to U18 boys and girls.

We have been working hard to ensure that we can provide a safe training environment that still have the same fun and learning as our usual seasons. All of the details and tabs on our website have been updated to reflect the 2021 season.

Registration will open Friday, February 12 at 7:00 a.m. and it will be first-come, first-served.

We have a number of modifications for this year’s season in order to follow the Public Health Officer’s guidelines for youth sport. Most notably, you will notice that our plan is to run our season in accordance with Field Hockey BC and ViaSport’s Stage 1 Return to Play Framework. This means that participants will be focusing more on technical skills and skill games that take place with physical distancing from others at all times. The biggest change you will notice is that there will be no game days and no games at the end of practice.

In addition, there will be no spectators allowed in or around the facility except for our Kindies (age 5-6) age group which will require a parent per participant for each session.

The numbers of participants per age group this year is somewhat lower than previous years to ensure we are in line with field maximums.

The full details of what to expect this season are listed on our website here: http://victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca/clubs/393/pages/182507

We hope you will be able to join us this season.

Mark your calendars and register online at the below link starting at 7:00 am on Friday, Feb. 12:
https://victoriajuniorfieldhockey.spappz.com/register

If you have any questions, please e-mail: info@victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca

Victoria Junior League AGM

Posted by Field Hockey Victoria at Dec 9, 2020 3:04PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Hello Field Hockey Community!

The Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association would like to invite you to the 2020 Annual General Meeting. They are looking for some new Board Members to join our team. They are looking for people who are interested in getting involved in the field hockey community and helping the next generation.

For interested parents, you will have a direct hand in shaping the association to benefit all children in our sport. This is a great way to acquire some professional development in a volunteer organization and to give you a chance to offer your ideas and perspective.

The AGM will be held on Thursday December 10, 2020 at 7pm via ZOOM. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85846490301?pwd=N1V5OEE4MVJxMjZHc3hnUG1mNVZpQT09

Meeting ID: 858 4649 0301
Passcode: 659736

The order of business will be as follows:

1. Call to order
2. Approval of agenda
3. Approval of previous minutes – September 16, 2019
4. Treasurer’s report – Charles
5. Chair’s report – Shibby Claire
6. 2020-2021 Season- What it will look like with Covid
7. Elections

• President – Shibby Claire (incumbent)
• Vice-President – Jim Knight
• Secretary – Shalegh Ringma (incumbent)
• Treasurer – Charles Goodmanson (incumbent)
• Girls Coordinator – Julie Williams/Lauren Goodmanson
• Boys Coordinator – Jim Knight/Meena Sran
• Directors-at-Large Kelvin Kum & 2 vacant positions
9. Other business

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Hello Field Hockey Community!

We would like to invite you to our 2020 Annual General Meeting. We are looking for some new Board Members to join our team. We are looking for people who are interested in getting involved in the field hockey community. For parents, you will have a direct hand in shaping the association to benefit all children in our sport. This is a great way to acquire some professional development in a volunteer organization and to give you a chance to offer your ideas and perspective.

The AGM will be held on Thursday December 10, 2020 at 7pm via ZOOM, (Details to follow). Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM. The order of business will be as follows:

1. Call to order
2. Approval of agenda
3. Approval of previous minutes – September 16, 2019
4. Treasurer’s report – Charles
5. Chair’s report – Shibby Claire
6. 2020-2021 Season- What it will look like with Covid
7. Elections

• President – Shibby Claire (incumbent)
• Vice-President – Jim Knight
• Secretary – Shalegh Ringma (incumbent)
• Treasurer – Charles Goodmanson (incumbent)
• Girls Coordinator – Julie Williams/Lauren Goodmanson
• Boys Coordinator – Jim Knight/Meena Sran
• Directors-at-Large

  • Kelvin Kum, (vacant), (vacant)

9. Other business

Hello everyone,

I know many of you may be wondering or waiting to know what is happening with the field hockey season and what might be available! It has been such an uncertain time and so many of our daily routines have needed some recalibration. However we have some good news, for all of those who are interested in what FHBC has laid out for our plan to return to play!

On Thursday, October 29th @ 7:30pm a zoom meeting with meeting with Jennifer Taylor – Facilitator of the new FHBC Athlete Pathway will be held. The Zoom link will be posted a few days before the meeting

Jennifer will most likely hold a short presentation on the new pathway and the programs being offered through FHBC during this COVID19 designated year. She will then be free to answer any questions from our Island athletes and parents.

Should you be interested please stay tuned for the link. It will also be emailed out if you are already on our e-mailing list.

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The details below and the document attached does not replace all of the details of requirements and checklists in the full Sept. 29 FHBC Stage 2 Return to Play plan (see link at bottom). It is specifically geared for the Field Hockey Victoria general participant and parent audience.

Stage 2 Definition
The FHBC second stage responsible return to play is defined as a progressive game play
return – permitting the creation of ‘cohorts’ (participant bubbles or pods) allowing for
greater participant interaction within the field of play only (field of play defined as
inside the playing perimeter white lines).

Attestation forms
Participants (all players, coaches, safety officers, officials) need to sign a COVID-19 participant attestation form prior to each activity session (even if that is multiple sessions in the same day).

  • This can be done electronically or on paper but must be properly tracked, organized and able to be provided upon request

Liability & Insurance
While we are all doing our part to limit transmission of COVID-19, the Return to Play framework is also built to cover liability and insurance. As with any session, all players, coaches and officials must have valid FHBC membership so they have their player insurance. In addition, all organized sport activity on any field or venue must follow the appropriate FHBC return to play guidelines for liability purposes which for liability reasons must include:

  • Insured participants (valid FHBC memberships)
  • Contact tracing for each session of each participant
  • Organizing group has an Emergency Action Plan

Contact Tracing
For contact tracing purposes, the organized sport group of the activity must collect the first and last names and telephone number or email address of all activity participants. Please ensure cohort record keeping is up to date and able to be provided upon request.

Physical Distancing
Regardless of whether your session is in Stage 1 or Stage 2, outside the playing perimeter white lines stage one physical distancing protocols apply requiring all participants to maintain a physical distance of 2 meters.

Participants must commit to a single cohort
All members participating in Stage 2 Return to Play are limited to a single cohort (except those in a FHC or FHBC high performance program).

Coaches and Officials may be counted outside the total cohort number if they are able to
maintain physical distancing at all times.

Stage 1 training sessions are not cohorts as there are coach to athlete ratios and physical distancing at all times. Therefore, participants could play in a Stage 1 training session and one Stage 2 cohort. It is recommended that coaches, officials and players consider the number of people they are exposed to regardless of if physical distancing is in place or not.

Example scenarios:

  • A player training in Stage 2 club practice cannot participate in men’s or women’s league
  • A player competing in the women’s or men’s league can participate in a Stage 1 club practice (physical distancing and coach:athlete ratios at all times)
  • A player participating in a FHBC Regional program can participate in men’s or women’s league (note: those athletes are limited to 2 cohorts)
  • Two different cohorts playing in opposite ends of the same field are not permitted

A team within a cohort
In stage 2, you can have up to 4 teams within a single cohort. This cohort includes:

  • Max 4 teams per cohort (max 2 teams per field at a time)
  • Max 24 individuals per team made up of max 20 athletes, 1 required coach 1 required safety officer, 1 optional umpire, 1 optional TD for a total maximum of 24 people
  • If you don’t have an umpire or TD, you cannot add players. The maximum number of players is 20.
  • Players must remain on their designated team within a cohort. Movement between teams is not permitted.
  • While 4 teams make up a cohort, only 1 or 2 of the teams can be inside the facility at a time. i.e. if Team 1 and 2 are playing a game, Team 3 and 4 cannot warm up on the side of the field. They cannot enter the pitch until Team 1 and 2 have cleared the field.

Cohorts should remain together for an extended period of time. If looking to change cohorts, implement a two-week break between activities.

Umpires

  • Players who are also umpires may only umpire in their playing cohort. This also applies to coach-umpires.
  • Non-playing umpires may umpire in a maximum of 2 cohorts, in either league, provided they can maintain physical distancing at all times.
  • Non-player umpires will need to declare which cohort(s) they will umpire in

Venue and Equipment setup

  • Ensure ‘Athlete Equipment’ areas are set up and marked. Each athlete is assigned a spot, 2 meters or more from each other.
  • All equipment to be placed from a safe distance away from all sidelines to ensure umpires safety during competition
  • No sharing of personal equipment – Water bottles, Sticks, gloves, shin pads, mouthguard, clothing, including all Penalty Corner Equipment.
  • Cleaning/Sanitizing protocols for team bench and technical areas are in place that may require additional to allow for the effective changeover of field activity user/group.

Types of Stage 2 Return to Play:

  • 1. Modified formats of play such as 7v7, 5v5, 8v8 (even on shared fields)
  • 2. Standardized play (11v11 games like normal)
  • 3. Standardized training environment (practice that includes scrimmages, 2v1s, etc.)

Local Sport Organizations
Field Hockey Victoria
VILFHA (ladies league)
VIFHA (mens league)
VFHUA (umpires association)
Cowichan Field Hockey Association

Read full FHBC Stage 2 Return to Play framework here: https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/2020%20Second%20Stage%20Responsible%20Return%20to%20Play%20Framework%20-%20Field%20Hockey%20BC%20COVID-19%20Response%20-%20September%2029%202020%20%28Updated%20and%20Appr.pdf

The document FHBC_Stage_2_Return_to_Play_-_Key_Takeaways_for_FHV_members.pdf was attached to this post.