Welcome to the July 2020 CornerShot Newsletter

Dear Field Hockey BC Member, in this issue we will cover the ‘First Stage Responsible Return to Play’ framework, registration for the 2020-21 Season, Coach Education opportunities, the In Memoriam of Dr. Barbara 'Bim" Schrodt, the Provincial Pathway Review Project and more.
Membership Registration for the 2020-21 Season is now open!
As field hockey starts its Responsible Return to Play in British Columbia, all members participating in LSO, PSO (FHBC), and NSO (FHC) programming must be a registered member in good standing.

Click here to start your registration process.

IMPORTANT: For those who have not yet participated in organized field hockey activities during the current 2019-20 season and may now be looking to take advantage of opportunities to return to play during July and August 2020, you can now register as a member and your membership will be valid for July and August 2020, and through to the end of the 2020-21 season. If you paid membership fees in 2019-20 but did not play, and have not received a refund, please contact info@fieldhockeybc.com to request a carry forward into the 2020-21 season.

This carry forward COVID-19 initiative supported by both FHBC and FHC is designed to aid those participants that are new to field hockey or may now wish to re-register, having not participated in the current 2019-20 season prior to July 1, 2020. For those members who may have already requested and received an eligible COVID-19 refund, you will need to re-register prior to participation.
COVID-19 Response – ‘First Stage Responsible Return to Play’ Framework
The Field Hockey BC Board of Directors met on the evening of June 11, 2020 and passed a resolution approving the first stage responsible return to play framework for field hockey in BC (date stamped June 11, 2020), which can be accessed here. The approved framework provides sport specific guidance as to the minimum standard expected for active implementation in this first stage return.

Please, draw your particular attention within the framework to the participant ratios, the requirement for attestation form compliance ahead of every activity session, and the need to maintain standards of health and safety as a priority. The advice provided by the Public Health Office, viaSport, and now the approved PSO framework is intended to allow for LSO’s to develop activity plans and look to the necessary steps to secure appropriate facility permits.

You can access the full framework here.
Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project – Status Update Webinar #2
Earlier this season, Field Hockey BC made a community commitment to undertake a performance stream athlete pathway review. The Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project launched on April 14th and shortly thereafter a Club Feedback Questionnaire was sent to all clubs in the province to solicit feedback that would help inform the development of a new Field Hockey BC Provincial Athlete Pathway and Athlete Program Model. A webinar was held on June 17th which provided an update on Phase 1 of the project, including the results of the club questionnaire.

The Field Hockey BC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the performance stream athlete pathway review has now completed Phase 2 and the project is ready to present the Provincial Pathway Working Group’s draft recommendations to all Field Hockey BC members and affiliated Clubs via a second webinar scheduled for July 22nd @ 6:30 pm.

Webinar #2 will include a presentation on the following:

  • Key Outcomes of the Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project
  • Recommended Changes to Field Hockey BC’s Athlete Program Model
  • A Redesigned Field Hockey BC Athlete Pathway Model
  • Next Steps

Field Hockey BC encourages all Club officials and members to attend the July 22nd webinar to learn about the new proposed Provincial Athlete Pathway and Program Model prior to the project’s final recommendations being submitted to the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors. The webinar will include an opportunity to hear about the Provincial Pathway Working Group’s proposed recommendations, ask questions, and provide feedback.

Further engagement between Field Hockey BC and the Society’s membership will occur once the FHBC Board of Directors completes a full review of the project’s recommendations, including a risk assessment and review of the Society’s operational and environmental considerations.

If you would like more information regarding the Provincial Pathway Review Project, please contact Jennifer Taylor, jtaylor@fieldhockeybc.com.

On behalf of the FHBC Board of Directors, thank you for supporting this important initiative!

Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020, 6:30 pm – 8 pm PST

Zoom Meeting Information
When: Jul 22, 2020 06:30 PM Vancouver
Topic: PPRP Webinar (Phase Two)
Please click here link below to join the webinar.
Password: 363098
Webinar #1 Recording
On June 17th, 2020, the Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project team held a webinar with FHBC’s general membership and affiliated clubs to provide an update on the status of the project. You can watch the full webinar here (Q&A starts at 41:30).
FHBC will support all NCCP Coach Education by up to 50% until the end of August
In order to encourage and aid the continuous development of our sport in the province, the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors has decided to support all NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) coach education until the end of August by up to 50% (the MED courses will still be completely covered by FHBC).

Before signing up for any NCCP course, please contact our Sport Development Manager, Ben Harvey, at sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com. Do not hesitate to inquire regarding any questions you might have about what is covered by this initiative. For more information on the NCCP Pathway, click here.
Give & Go Vikes Podcast with Kathleen Leahy
Episode 6 of the Give & Go Vikes Podcast, produced by UVic, received Vikes Field Hockey alum and current Team Canada athlete, Kathleen Leahy. After spending 6 years on the roster and 1 year as an assistant coach, Kat continues to give back to the Vikes Field Hockey program whenever she can, all while competing for Team Canada.

Kat has also been a part of Field Hockey BC Regional and Provincial Programs for years now, both as a player and as a coach.

Kat’s story is a unique one, as she was recruited for both Field Hockey and Soccer, and has battled back from 3 ACL tears in her career. They have discussed the winning culture at the University, playing at the pro level in Europe, the journey to qualify for the 2021 Olympics, and much more!

2020 Field Hockey Canada Annual General Meeting
Members of the Field Hockey Canada Board of Directors are elected by the members at the 2020 Annual General Meeting of Field Hockey Canada, which is scheduled to be held in September via Zoom Video Conference Call. Field Hockey Canada will be releasing a 2019 annual report and audited financials shortly. For nomination information, or any information regarding the AGM, please contact CEO Susan Ahrens.

AGM Date: Friday 12th September
CALL DETAILS: Field Hockey Canada 2020 AGM
Time: Sep 12, 2020 09:00 AM (Vancouver)
Zoom link here.
Meeting ID: 859 0324 7828
Password: 991513
In Memoriam: Dr. Barbara ‘Bim’ Schrodt
Field Hockey BC is saddened to announce the passing of Barbara ‘Bim’ Schrodt (1929-2020) at the age of 91, one of the most prominent names in women’s field hockey in Canada. She was an accomplished player, coach, administrator and supporter of the sport throughout her life.

'Bim' was a true leader of the field hockey community, founding and presiding over the BC Women’s Field Hockey Federation in the 60s, serving as president of the Vancouver Women’s Field Hockey Association, and being one the founding directors of the Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Association. Her influence to the sport is relevant and recognized to the point that FHBC presents every year the Barbara Schrodt Award to an individual “who has made a difference to women’s field hockey in British Columbia”.

Schrodt played a fundamental role in the development of coaches and umpires, and in the implementation of international field hockey rules in Canada. By hosting clinics across the country and through her handbook of ‘regulations and procedures’ – which became a model for establishing the national umpire certification used today – she was and always will be an important figure for our sport.

On the pitch, ‘Bim’ dedicated most of her career to the University of British Columbia and BC’s provincial teams. One of her numerous noteworthy achievements is the gold medal as a coach of the BC Team at the 1973 Canada Games. In addition to all these contributions, she also published the “Field Hockey for Women: a Guide to Basic and Advanced Play” in 1968, regarded as the first publication on women’s field hockey.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Physical Education from UBC in 1951, she was a teacher at the university’s Physical Education Faculty (currently School of Kinesiology) for thirty-seven years, leaving briefly to complete her PhD at the University of Alberta. Bim coached the UBC women’s field hockey team for eighteen years, between 1957 and 1977.

The Federal Government awarded Barbara with the Centennial Medal in 1967, honouring her contribution to field hockey, and, in 1981, she was named an Outstanding Contributor by the Vancouver Women’s Field Hockey Association. Furthermore, in 1999 and 2000, Schrodt was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the UBC Sports Hall of Fame, respectively, as a builder of the sport.

As her BC Hall of Fame citation reads, “Schrodt is the only Canadian to hold honorary membership at three levels of administration – local, provincial, and national – the highest honour attainable. She also holds the Canadian Association’s Honorary Umpire Award, the BC Federation’s Gold Honour Pin, and is the namesake for both the BC and Vancouver’s perpetual Award.”

The field hockey community and FHBC cannot be thankful enough for everything that Barbara ‘Bim’ Schrodt brought to our sport. We send our most sincere condolences to her family and friends, and our hearts remain grateful.

Read her profile at the UBC School of Kinesiology here.

Read her profile at the BC Sports Hall of Fame here.
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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