June 2022

Field Hockey Community - Urgent Action Requested

Dear BC Field Hockey Community,

The Vancouver Hawks have informed us of some drastic changes that are happening regarding facilities planning through the Vancouver Parks Board, which would affect our field sport, along with many others. Please see below the message from their Executive Director, Alex Bale:

"I am writing today to ask you to help lobby the Vancouver Parks Board. On Monday June 27th there is a special meeting to debate the upcoming 4-year Capital Plan. This plan currently proposes to slash funding for Artificial Turfs and Ball Diamonds from $11.6m to only $3.8m, as well as leaving unspent $9.4m from the previous Capital Plan. You can find more details here.

This will severely impact not only field hockey, but all field sports in Vancouver. Along with soccer, ultimate, baseball and many other field sports, we are asking you, the users of these facilities, to advocate for a fairer distribution of funds to acknowledge the importance of community sport in our society. Without participation from the users this will go through, and we will not have any new fields and current fields will not get maintained and/or resurfaced. This is not just a field hockey issue; it is for all sports field users.

How to help

I have drafted a template letter to send to the Vancouver Parks Board Commissioners. Feel free to use this (please sign and add date and name), use part of it, or write your own.  

Please send your letters to the commissioners at pbcommissioners@vancouver.ca before the meeting on Monday June 27th. 

Additionally you could register to speak at the Parks Board meeting scheduled to approve the capital plan (June 27) https://vancouver.ca/your-government/speak-at-a-meeting.aspx

We encourage all our members to take this democratic action ASAP to help secure field hockey and other sport facilities for our community."

You may download the letter template here.

The 2022 Club Championships Winners

Congratulations to all the participating teams of the 2022 Club Championships & Fesitval Program and a big thank you to all the staff, officials, volunteers, coaches, parents and everyone that helped support and deliver these tournaments to our field hockey community.

U18 Girls

Tier 1:

🥇 Vancouver Hawks

🥈 Sea-to-Sky

🥉 West Vancouver

Tier 2:

🥇 Kelowna lakers

🥈 Burnaby Bears

🥉 Tri-City Chaos

U18 Boys

🥇 India Club

🥈 Surinder Lions

🥉 Gobind Sarvar

U16 Girls

Tier 1:

🥇 Sea-to-Sky

🥈 Vancouver Hawks

🥉 India Club

Tier 2:

🥇 Delta Falcons

🥈 Vancouver Hawks U15

🥉 Tri-City Wild

U16 Boys

🥇 Dashmesh

🥈 Vancouver Hawks

🥉 West Vancouver

U14 Girls

Tier 1:

🥇 Sea-to-Sky

🥈 Tri-City Spitfires

🥉 Vancouver Hawks

Tier 2:

🥇 West Vancouver Wild Panda Cats

🥈 West Vancouver Crazy Crocodiles

🥉 West Vancouver Orange Orcas

U14 Boys

🥇 Vancouver Hawks

🥈 India Club

🥉 Panthers

2022 Vancouver International Tournament (VIT)

It was great to see the VIT return this year, and we all had lots of fun! Thank you to all the teams that participated and the officials and vendors who made this year a success.

Divisional Winners - Women's Masters Division

1st Furious Tango

2nd Masters of Disaster

3rd Burnaby Lakers

Divisional Winners - Mixed Social Division

1st Wizards of Booze

2nd Spoon Squad

3rd Kozmopolitan

Divisional Winners - Women’s Social Division

1st Chilliwack

2nd Tri-City Eagles

3rd Rollie Pollie Ollies

Spirit of Judy Broom Award

Spoon Squad

Umpires & Officials

Provincial Umpire Course

Field Hockey BC is now accepting registrations for a new Provincial Umpire Course that will happen on July 4 & 5 via ZOOM - spots are limited!

This course is being subsidized this season and is therefore FREE for FHBC Members with a currently valid Membership for the 2021-22 season. The cost of the course for non-members is $85.

Provincial Courses consist of two sessions of 3 hours, including theory and exam. Participants are required to attend both sessions to be eligible to write the exam. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years by the end of the calendar year to register.

To register, simply access https://www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/courses.php/

For more information, access our Umpire Education page.

Judy Broom inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame

by Jason Beck, Curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame

For over forty years, Vancouver’s Judy Broom was the wind beneath the wings of BC field hockey, working tirelessly in the background helping to lift the sport to new heights as a player, volunteer, administrator, and supporter.

Growing up in Croydon, a town south of London, England, in school Judy discovered field hockey, typing, and shorthand—three things at which she would become exceptional.

After she and husband Eric were married in 1964, they immigrated to Canada. Their honeymoon fittingly amounted to staging a series of field hockey coaching clinics together as they drove across the country to BC.

Early on, Judy played for the North Vancouver Field Hockey Club, volunteered with the BC Women’s Field Hockey Federation, and supported Eric’s work with the National Coaching Certification Program for the Coaching Association of Canada. It’s estimated Judy typed over 10,000 coaches forms over the years.

In 1979, Judy became the first full-time paid executive director of the BCWFHF working alongside Jenny John. The strength of Field Hockey BC today, especially on the women’s side, can be directly traced back to the groundwork laid by Judy from 1979-2005. During that time she helped organize countless tournaments at all levels of play including the 1979 International Women’s Field Hockey Championship (IFWHA) held at UBC and the Vancouver International Tournament, which she helped found in 1995-96, a trophy for which is still awarded today known as “The Spirit of Judy Broom Award.”

Later in her career, Judy helped merge the separate men’s and women’s BC and Canadian governing bodies into one joint organization at both the provincial and national level, today Field Hockey BC and Field Hockey Canada respectively.

Read more about Judy's legacy here.

🏑Sportways Summer Field Hockey Camp🏑

by SEAtoSKY FHC and Vancouver Hawks

July 4-7 or July 11-14

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm each day

Location: Hamber Field, Vancouver

U8-U16 Boys & Girls

all skill levels welcome

Price: $370 for the week (Carpool group will be set up from the North Shore) - fees include T-Shirt. Day option available.

For more information and to register, go to www.seatoskyfhc.com

Donate and help support the field hockey!


KidSport provides financial assistance for children 18 and younger from families facing financial obstacles to participate in organized sport #SoALLKidsCanPlay. Visit kidsport.ca and find your local Chapter for details on eligibility and how to help this project.

In 2021, the KidSport BC program distributed $1.3 million in funding to help 4,164 children participate in 45 different sports in 132 communities across the province, including field hockey participants. Help support KidSport and, if you are in need of assistance, reach out to your local Chapter!

Field Hockey BC Society & Field Hockey BC Foundation

The Field Hockey BC Society is the Provincial Sports Organization (PSO) dedicated to supporting and developing field hockey in BC. Your donation will support FHBC's commitment to delivering its five main service pillars - Athlete Development, Coach Development, Officials Development, Event Hosting and Volunteer Recognition. Donate to the Society here.

The Field Hockey BC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Registered Society 'Field Hockey BC' and is managed by the FHBC Board of Directors. The Field Hockey BC Foundation is a leading example of the Society's commitment to the sustainable development of the sport across the province. Tax Receipts are available for donations to the Foundation, and donors have the opportunity to create their own Legacy Fund or donate to an existing program. Donate to the Foundation here.
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