Welcome to the November 2020 CornerShot Newsletter

Dear Field Hockey BC Member, this issue of CornerShot will cover new Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley restrictions, the new FHBC Technical Development Program and Field Hockey Canada's first Annual Digital Conference.
COVID-19: further details on Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley restrictions
by viaSport

The order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) about Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley restrictions is now final and posted on the Provinces’ website.

The Order and what it means to sport:

The Order States: “No person or municipality may provide or host and no person may participate in an indoor sport unless the sport involves no physical contact between the participants.”

  • Clarification: Indoor sports can only conduct physical distanced activities. This does not mean all indoor sports are in Phase 2. Some Phase 3 activities may be possible as long as physical distance can be maintained along with other safety measures that we have implemented in return to sport (e.g., increased cleaning protocols).

The Order States: “No person may attend as a spectator at an indoor sport activity unless this is necessary to provide care to a participant.”

  • Clarification: We understand that “unless necessary to provide care to a participant” can be interpreted many ways. We are working with public health to provide more clarity.

The Order States: “No person may travel to or from the affected area or between the regions of the Fraser Health Authority and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority for any sport related activity, including practice, training, games or tournaments, unless they are an identified by Canadian Sports Institute Pacific as a high performance athlete affiliated with an accredited provincial or national sports organization and are already training in the affected area and subject to the safety guidelines of their provincial sports organization.”

  • Clarification: The Order now clearly states that travel is not permitted for these or any sport activities. However, high performance athletes and their coaches are permitted to travel to, from and between the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health regions. High performance athletes are individuals that have been identified to a targeted athlete list with Canadian Sport Institute Pacific by their PSO or NSO.

The Order States: “No person or municipality may provide or host and no person may participate in a group indoor fitness activity until guidelines for group indoor fitness activities have been approved by the provincial health officer and the person or municipality who provides or hosts the activity has submitted an updated safety plan in accordance with those guidelines with respect to the activity to the Medical Health Officer and the safety plan has been approved. Once a safety plan has been approved, it must be posted in a place easily visible to participants.”

  • What it means: Group indoor fitness activities (e.g., dance, spin, etc.) will need to have an approved plan before they are able to reopen and operate again. This Order is NOT required for sport. We understand that some sport organizations have been receiving conflicting information directly from health officials, but now that the Order is available we will work with health agencies to improve the interpretations and communication.

Provincial health officer orders are always a last resort, but right now these additional measures are required in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions. We need everyone to re-double our efforts to protect our communities.

Please click here for more information.
FHBC launches new regional Technical Development training program
Field Hockey BC (FHBC) is excited to announce the launch of a new regional Technical Development training program for 2020-2021.

Following the recent review of the BC athlete pathway, it became evident that BC club community stakeholders are keen for FHBC to continue to support athlete development in the provision of a technical training program targeted, but not limited to, those who may not have access to such technical training through the club community network. In response, FHBC will be launching the new FHBC Technical Development program according to identified geographical need and in a phased approach over the course of the current 2020-21 season.

Phase One

In the first phase FHBC is targeting those regions of the province that expressed a direct need for such program support. As such, FHBC is delighted to announce that the new Technical Development Program will be offered on Vancouver Island from mid-November 2020 through March 2021 (with the potential for summer season delivery), and in the Interior from mid-January 2021 through April 2021 (also with the potential for summer season delivery).

Phase Two

In alignment with the BC athlete pathway review recommendations, FHBC is launching a club outreach initiative targeted at community clubs across the lower mainland designed to complete a lower mainland regional Technical Development program needs assessment. Following such an assessment, a phase two program plan will be developed intent on launching the Technical Development program across the lower mainland in geographically appropriate regional locations. It is expected that such a club community needs assessment will be complete by the calendar year-end allowing for program planning and initiation in the new year.

For detailed information on the current Technical Development Programs being offered, please access the Female or Male programs pages.
Field Hockey Canada launches its first Annual Digital Conference
Field Hockey Canada’s 1st Annual Digital Conference is a FREE event that will offer workshops, presentations and panels with members from the Canadian Field Hockey Community, who will share their lived experiences and insight on a variety of topics.

The four-day event will be held next month from Tuesday, December 1 to Friday, December 4, with the purpose to engage the sport community through a series of workshops and panels.

Read more and register here.
FHC and West Vancouver Field Hockey Club announces partnership to have Rutledge Field as ‘Home of the Canadian National Teams’
Photo Credit: WVFHC
by FHC Staff

FField Hockey Canada is pleased to announce its partnership with West Vancouver Field Hockey Club (WVFHC) effective now until the end of 2022. 

WVFHC has been a longtime supporter of the Men’s and Women’s National Field Hockey Teams and seeks to develop the sport at all levels, with recreational and high-performance programming at all ages and abilities. The partnership serves as a desire to grow recognition of both national teams to inspire the up-and-coming players.  

Kari Hendricks, Communications Coordinator for WVFHC, highlights the existing partnership and looks forward to more collaboration. She said that the organization is delighted to partner with and support the continued development of Field Hockey Canada athletes. 

Hendricks said, “We look forward to this partnership and seeing the community connection it will provide as well as more visibility to the sport.” 

Rutledge Field, located at Ambleside Park and named in honour of legendary former national team player Ross Rutledge, will henceforth be known as the ‘Home of the Canadian National Teams’. For many players intimate with the area, this will serve as a homecoming.

Click here to read the full article.
Interested in any of the courses offered by Field Hockey BC?
Field Hockey BC is happy to announce that our registration process has been streamlined for those who want to take any of the courses offered by us.

If you are keen on becoming a coach, umpire or technical official, fill out our Waitlist Form, check the boxes of the courses you are interested in, and we will contact you once these courses are being offered.

Access our Coaches and Officials pages for more information regarding education and opportunities.
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