News and Announcements
COVID-19 Consideration and Planning (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 e-mail 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. FHBC BOD, March 20, 2020
Due to the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic, the Junior Field Hockey season has been suspended until April 18th. This is for both the U10 program and the U11-18 program.
Practices will begin on April 14th, if the season resumes on April 18th.
We will keep you updated with any changes as things evolve.
Here is the message from GVJFHL President:
The GVJFHL executive board has been discussing the coronavirus disease and the impact it is going to have on our league. As of this morning we have decided to postpone the start of the league until April 18/19, the original start date was April 4/5. As of right now we are just pushing back the league one week as April 11/12 had no games with Easter long weekend.
Many recognized professional, minor, & youth leagues have cancelled until further notice.
It has been advised for social distancing to keep yourself a arm’s-length away from others, that is not possible in the sport of field hockey. It has also been advised to frequently wash your hands, we do not have sanitation centres for hand-washing set up at the fields. Field hockey is of particular concern as every child wears a mouth guard and will therefore 100% be contaminating themselves with saliva repeatedly during practices and games as they take their mouth guards in and out of their mouths. Although children do not tend to get severe disease they are likely important transmitters in this pandemic and will spread to other children, coaches and staff.
If you have any questions regarding the executive boards decision on this matter please reach out to me.
As of now the Adult Spring Indoor Program at SDRC has been cancelled. An update will be reissued closer to May 1. 2020. Message from Delta below.
As you are likely already aware, the City of Delta’s facilities are closed to the public. All Spring 2020 programs have been suspended until at least May 1st. This date may be extended as updates arise with regards to Covid-19.
If your program was scheduled to start and end between March 30 and the first week of May, I will cancel it fully. If your program end date is after the first week of May, it has been suspended until further notice. If the situation improves and programs are approved to run, we will adjust the start date, number of weeks, and price accordingly.
If you know you do not want to run a partial program and want to fully cancel for the Spring, please contact me and I will have this done. Many of you have already requested this option as a precaution to keep your staff, yourself, and your family safe – please know I fully support this and will plan your programs as usual for a future season.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this difficult time.
Stay safe and well,
The Red Caribou hats are back!
4-years after our first run for the 2016 Olympic team, we are raising funds again for the 2020 Canadian Olympic Field Hockey team.
The team just qualified for the 2020 games by defeating Ireland in an EPIC playoff series at Rutledge Field in West Vancouver.
Now the hard work and training begins for Tokyo!
This is a player initiative – organized by the players, and funds going directly to the players.
The Tokyo Collection LIMITED EDITION:
The Players Cap (100 units)
The Supporters SnapBack (50 units)
The Training Toque (100 units)
Hats shipped in February
Buy one, two or the full collection!
Sales open: December 25
Congratulations to Brendan Giuraliuk for making the Mens National team tour going to Chile Jan18-30th. We wish him and the team well during the tour.
TEAM CANADA KICKS OFF OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN WITH TEST TOUR IN CHILE
With a layer of snow blanketing Canada, the Men’s National Team sets its sights on Santiago, Chile for two weeks of warm-weather training and four test matches.
The Men’s National Team qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in dramatic fashion on home soil in the fall. Since then they have been centralized and training in Vancouver, BC. This upcoming tour to Chile kicks off their 2020 campaign with the Olympics in July being the ultimate goal.
According to head coach, Paul Bundy, the objectives for this tour are three-fold: to play in a warmer climate, to give a broader group of athletes access to international play and identify gaps in their physiological and tactical aspects of their game.
Bundy, who has been the head coach of Canada since 2017 has led the team to the 2018 World Cup and now a 2020 Olympic berth. Their 2020 qualification marked only the second time a Canadian men’s field hockey team has qualified for back-to-back Games.
Team Canada will arrive in Chile on January 18 and immediately play a warm-up game against the host country. They will then play four officially capped games: two versus Chile and two versus Argentina. Argentina is the current Olympic gold-medal holder and ranked fourth in the world. Bundy said the ability to play two quality sides to kick off 2020 will provide an excellent opportunity for his athletes.
“Chile is a good, young team that defends well,” Bundy said. “And Argentina is the reigning Olympic champion. They are a very good hockey team and it will be good to set a benchmark against them at this point in the season.”
Both Chile and Argentina are Pan Am rivals. Canada beat Chile in a tight semi-final match in Peru at the 2019 Pan American Games and subsequently lost to Argentina in the gold-medal match. These rematches will offer some reflection and comparison for Bundy and his coaching staff and they plan to use this tour as a jumping off point.
“It’s important to identify gaps and give our players a chance to play meaningful games early in the year,” he said. “This will give us a good sense of what to tackle in our training block between now and Azlan Shah in April.”
Although the roster features many familiar names, some key players will stay at home and continue to rehab injuries suffered last summer or in the Olympic Qualifier in October. Mark Pearson, David Carter and young star Jamie Wallace are among those who won’t be making the trip.
There are a few fresh faces on tour as UBC’s Sam Cabral and Belgian-Canadian goalkeeper, David Vandenbossche will represent Canada on the senior stage for the first time. Tsawwassen’s Brendan Guraliuk, who has one cap to his name, will also make the trip looking to add to his international experience.
Check out the schedule and roster below and follow along on Field Hockey Canada’s social media and website for results and an event recap.
JANUARY 22 – 8pm vs Chile
JANUARY 24 – 7pm vs Chile
JANUARY 26 – 5:30pm vs Argentina
JANUARY 29 – 11:30am vs Argentina
*Game times are listed in local time (GMT-3)
PLAYER NAME POSITION PROVINCE
Antoni Kindler GK BC
David Vandenbossche GK BC
John Smythe DEF BC
Gordon Johnston DEF BC
Sam Cabral DEF BC
Scott Tupper DEF BC
Taylor Curran DEF/MID BC
Brenden Bissett MID BC
Gabe Ho-Garcia MID BC
Sukhi Panesar MID BC
Adam Froese MID BC
James Kirkpatrick FWD/MID BC
Floris Van Son FWD/MID BC
Brendan Guraliuk FWD/MID BC
Devohn Noronha-Teixeira FWD/MID BC
Matt Sarmento FWD BC
Oliver Scholfield FWD BC
Iain Smythe FWD BC
Keegan Pereira FWD ONT
Fin Boothroyd FWD BC
STAFF ROLE PROVINCE
Paul Bundy Head Coach BC
Gregg Clark Assistant Coach South Africa
Kelly Vanry Team Manager BC
Tricia Hayton Physiotherapist ONT