News and Announcements
Response from FHBC Board to COVID-19 – March 20, 2020
As the Organized Sport Sector in BC responds to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, Field Hockey BC continues to monitor the potential impact to our team sport environment. Given the growing and unprecedented uncertainty surrounding this health pandemic, 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.
This decision will be monitored daily and reviewed on a week to week basis by the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors, with the expectation that a next suspension update will be posted early in April. As new information is received from both Federal and Provincial Government agencies, Field Hockey BC will provide appropriate program and service updates that we hope over time will include a responsible and gradual return to play. Field Hockey BC cannot emphasize enough that the health and safety of all participants in the field hockey community in BC is of the utmost importance and is central to any decision-making process.
To ensure the health and safety of the players, coaches, officials, volunteers, and fans in BC, Field Hockey BC recommends that all affiliated Leagues, Clubs, and Associations communicate to their members that they will cease all sanctioned field hockey operations immediately and until further notice. Field Hockey BC sanctioned field hockey activities include, but are not limited to, all indoor and outdoor competitions, leagues, training, practices, matches, in-person coach and official education, and formalized club group activities. The intent of this suspension is to limit situations of physical contact.
Whilst the entire Field Hockey Community in BC continues to work hard on contingency planning for the possibility that restrictions may be lifted over time, please stay patient as we collectively consider ongoing environmental implications. Field Hockey BC’s operational continuity plan is for Society staff to work remotely and all staff are equipped to continue their daily functions. Electronic media will be utilized to maintain lines of communication, with community members able to connect via phone and/or email in the normal way.
Field Hockey BC thanks you for your patience as we do our part to support all of the unprecedented steps taking place to slow the spread of COVID-19. You can stay up-to-date on COVID-19 information by visiting the BC Government website and the Ministry of Health website. Our thoughts are with all of you and your families during this challenging time.
Below is a message from the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association executive:
As you are aware, the situation around the COVID-19 continues to evolve with further restrictions on events and gatherings instituted by our provincial government.
The health and safety of our children, parents, guardians, coaches and volunteers are our top priorities. We will work with Field Hockey British Columbia on a plan based on the restrictions set by the provincial government and we will work with the University of Victoria Athletics and Recreation department based on their operation and response.
Once we have a clearer picture of the situation, the Executive Board will meet and provide a further update by e-mail.
Thank you and we appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
For questions or concerns please contact email@example.com
Field Hockey Victoria will be hosting an information meeting open to the entire community of VILFHA (ladies), VIFHA (men), VJFHA (juniors) and the Umpires Association. Coaches, players and parents are welcome to attend.
Where: McKinnon Building (Room 150) at UVic
When: Monday, March 2 from 6:30-8:00 pm
Topics that will be updated and up for discussion:
1. Summary of recent discussion with newly-elected FHBC President, Andrew Dewberry
2. How the future of FHBC will effect field hockey on Vancouver Island
3. Summary of discussions with UVic Associate Director, Michelle Peterson.
4. What the future looks like for the UVic turf
5. Open forum for any other items concerning field hockey in Victoria.
Current FHV Board members:
President – Mark Baggott
Vice President – Denise McGeachy
Treasurer – Amy Jones
Secretary – (vacant)
Directors at large – Nancy Griffin, Jim Knight, Shahbaz Claire, Kirsten Duncan
For questions or concerns, contact Mark Baggott (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It is time to pass on your valuable time and experience to the next generation!
This year’s league starts April 18 (boys) and April 19 (girls) and runs to June 21. 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!
Here are the commitments and age groups:
U6 Boys & Girls: SUNDAYS 9:00am – 10:00am
Under 8: SUNDAYS 9:00am -10:00am
Under 10: SUNDAYS 10:15am -11:15pm
Under 12: SUNDAYS 11:30pm – 12:45pm
Under 14: SUNDAYS 1:00-4:00 pm with given time slots. Practices: Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm or 7:00-8:00pm
Under 16 / Under 18: SATURDAYS 12:30-1:30 pm and 1:45-2:45pm & Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm or 7:00-8:00 pm
Under 8: SATURDAYS 9-10 am
Under 10: SATURDAYS 9-10:15 am
Under 13: SATURDAYS 10:15-11:15 am & Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm
Under 15 / Under 18: SATURDAYS 11:15-12:15 pm & Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm
Coaches Meeting TBA.
This year we are offering a FREE FUNdamentals Coaching Course for those with no or minimal experience, if you are interested please sign up at the link below
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 sign up at https://teampages.com/forms/22246-2020-Junior-League-Coach-Sign-Up
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!
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.
The Victoria Field Hockey Association encourages Junior League Coaches who have no or minimal coach training to take this course.
There is no cost to attend.
The course is 6 hours in length split up into 3 hours of theory and practical learning. You will learn the basics of how to deliver safe, fun and effective practice sessions, how to incorporate 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 Ali Baggott and Milena Gaiga.
It is mandatory to attend both sessions.
- Wednesday March 4th, 2020 – McKinnon Building Room #150, 6-9pm
- Sunday March 8th, 2020 – UVIC Turf #3, 2-5pm
Please register online for this course:
Deadline to register is Monday February 24th, 2020.
If you have any questions please contact Milena Gaiga at email@example.com