CornerShot - Official Newsletter
March 2017

Check out our New Website!
If you haven't already noticed, we launched a new website at the beginning of the month! We are excited for a new, clean website that is much easier to navigate. Head on over to fieldhockeybc.com to check it out.

Our favourite part: The Calendar that comes with all of the bells and whistles. You can find your favourite style to view events, peruse by category, expand events for more information and easily download events to your own calendar!
Register for the Boys & Girls Learn 2 Train Program!
Registration for the 2017 Boys & Girls Learn 2 Train (U13) Program is open until March 29th! This is a development program for athletes born  between 2004-2007. Participants will get a chance to improve their field hockey skills in weekly training from April to June. The program also culminates with a fun Hockey 5s tournament at the beginning of July.

For more information about the program, please visit the Learn 2 Train webpage.  

2017 VIT Registration - Deposit Deadline Extended
Registration for the 2017 Vancouver International Tournament (VIT) is still open. The annual tournament will take place on May 19th - 22nd at the Burnaby Lake West Complex. There are five divisions available for registration this year: Men's Social, Mixed, Women's Competitive, Women's Masters & Women's Social Divisions. 

The deposit deadline for local teams to secure their spot has been extended to March 27th. The final entry deadline is April 13th. 

FHBC to host first National Championships Festival!
We are excited to announce that we are hosting the first National Championships Festival for both females and males in three age categories: Under-15, Under-18 and Under-23.  The Championships will take place over an eight day period (July 17-25, 2017) in the City of Surrey and utilize the first class water-based field hockey facilities at Tamanawis Park.  The move to include an Under-23 division as well as to align all age groups to the Long-Term Athlete Development Model is  part of the recent strategic review by Field Hockey Canada and it's Provincial Partners. 

BC Teams for the U15 and U18 divisions will be selected from the respective FHBC Regional Programs. The U23 teams, however, will be selected from an open tryout held in June. Please visit the Men's Learn 2 Win (U23) webpage or Women's Learn 2 Win (U23) webpage for more information. Both pages will be updates as more information becomes available.

2017 President's Award Recipient: Brenda Rushton
Congratulations to Brenda Rushton, the recipient of the 2017 Sport BC President's Award for field hockey. Field Hockey BC is proud to recognize Brenda for her ongoing voluntary commitment. Brenda has given her time to our organization and the field hockey community for many years, as a technical table volunteer for community, provincial, national and international events. Brenda has also been a long-serving member of the Field Hockey Board of Directors as the Domestic Director. Brenda is also a past recipient of Field Hockey BC's Barbara Schrodt Award, given to those who have made a difference to field hockey in BC.
Photo Courtesy of Sport BC

Hannah Haughn named University Athlete of the Year
Congratulations to Hannah Haughn on being named Sport BC's University Athlete of the Year! Hannah is finishing her fifth and final year with the University of British Columbia women's field hockey team, where she won five consecutive National Championships. Hannah is also a stalwart on the Canadian Women's National team, having joined the team at the age of 17 and is now one of the leaders on and off the field. Beyond her impressive play, Hannah is also a coach and mentor and a huge asset to the field hockey community. 

Catch Hannah and her Team Canada teammates in action this week during a warm up  test series versus Chile and India and from April 1st to 9th at the FIH Hockey World League Round 2 Tournament. All games will be played at Rutledge Field in West Vancouver.

Photo Courtesy of Sport BC

Field Hockey Shack - Spring Break Junior Sale
The Field Hockey Shack, is offering all FHBC junior and senior members a 10%-discount on their wide selection of equipment for the upcoming Spring 2017 Season! All remaining 2016 sticks, turf shoes and equipment is 20%-40% off while quantities last! This member rate will only last until March 31st, so if you're looking for new equipment this spring, pop into the Field Hockey Shack. 
Spring Store Hours:
Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm
Sunday: 10am - 1pm
The Field Hockey Shack are also a proud sponsor of the FIH Hockey World League Round 2 in West Vancouver from April 1st - 9th. Stop by their display for daily specials and deals!

West Vancouver Provincial Umpiring Course
We are holding a Provincial Umpiring Course in West Van in the evening of April 18th & 20th. The course will be held at Sentinel Secondary School from 6:30 - 9:30pm on both nights. The course costs $60 for FHBC Members, and $80 for non-members.  Registration will be open until April 11th, but don't delay as spots are already filling up!

For more information, visit the Umpire Education webpage or you can register now!

Canadian Women's National Team set to play at the Hockey World League Round 2 in West Vancouver
International field hockey is almost here! The FIH Hockey World League Round 2 tournament will be at Rutledge Field in West Vancouver from April 1st to 9th. The Canadian Women's National Team will be competing against Belarus, Chile, India, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, and Uruguay in an attempt to qualify for World League Round 3 and a chance to reach the 2018 Women's World Cup. For more information about the tournament, visit Field Hockey Canada's website, or the FIH Event Page.

Team Canada's eighteen-woman roster was recently announced for World League. Ten BC athletes will proudly wear the maple leaf at the beginning of April. See the full roster on Field Hockey Canada's website.

If you are unable to attend the Hockey World League Round 2 tournament at the beginning of the tournament, but still want to watch some international hockey, then you're in luck! Canada will be playing a test series against Chile and India this week to serve as a warm up for the main event and it is free to watch! Canada will be playing Chile tonight (Wednesday March 22nd) and on Friday March 24th at 4:45pm. Chile and India will face off on Saturday March 25th at 5:00pm. Canada and India will play the last game of the series on Sunday March 26th at 3:00pm. All games will be played at Rutledge Field. This is a great opportunity to see the Canadian team in action, as well as some local officiating talent that will be running the test series.
Canadian Men at World League Round 2
The Canadian Men's National Team are in Tacarigua, Trinidad & Tobago for Hockey World League Round 2. This will be the team's first competition of 2017, and first time back since the 2016 Olympic Games in August. World League also serves as a qualifying opportunity for the 2018 World Cup. The top two teams from Round 2 will advance to World League Round 3 where top finishers will qualify for the upcoming FIH World Cup. This is very similar to Canada's path to the Olympic Games.

The Men's World League Round 2 is being held in T&T from March 25th - April 2nd. Canada will compete in pool-play against Barbados, Chile and USA and have potential crossover matches against Japan, Russia, Switzerland or Trinidad & Tobago. For more information about the tournament, visit the FIH Event Page.

Sixteen BC athletes were named to the team competing at World League, including Balraj Panesar and Brandon Pereira who are making the jump from the Junior National Team to Senior National Team. View the full eighteen-man roster on Field Hockey Canada's website.
You may contact us at info@fieldhockeybc.com
In This Issue
Visit Our New Website
Boys & Girls L2T Program
Register for the VIT
National Championship Festival
2017 President's Award
Hannah Haughn: University Athlete of the Year
Shack Spring Break Sale
Umpire Course
Team Canada - Women
Team Canada - Men
In Short
If you have any information on upcoming events, programs, human interest, awards or other field hockey news that you'd like to include in future editions of CornerShot E-News please send them to info@fieldhockeybc.com or contact us at 604-737-3046.  The CornerShot E-Newsletter is distributed each month. 

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