June 2021

Dear Field Hockey BC Member, this issue of CornerShot will cover updates to the COVID-19 Return to Play, application for Coaches and Evaluators for our Provincial Talent ID camps, and more.
PHO Order Interpretation (from June 14th PHO Announcement and
June 15th PHO Order Revision)

Community Communique #12
Following Return to Responsible Play meetings with viaSport BC, FHBC has provided a
community update following the latest Provincial Government announcement and PHO order revision,
as well as a follow-up on the previous FHBC Communique #11 sent out on May 31st, 2021.

As promised, FHBC will be providing updates as new information is received regarding the interpretation of Provincial Health Office (PHO) order announcements and expectations for the Organized Sport Sector. As anticipated, there are again areas of this latest announcement regarding PHO order interpretation and ‘Restart 2.0’ that require further clarification, however, there are already important updates for field hockey activities in the province.

See the full communique here.

For further detail regarding Field Hockey’s COVID-19 response and to access information on the Provincial Government Restart 2.0 plan, as well as Responsible Return to Play Framework documentation, please refer to the Field Hockey BC website at: https://fieldhockeybc.com/covid-19-response/. Further reference material can be found on the viaSport BC website at https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport.
Provincial Performance Talent Identification
Coach and Evaluator Application
FHBC is now accepting applications for the role of Athlete Evaluation Committee Member for the Provincial Performance Talent Identification Program taking place this summer.

If you are interested in applying to be an Athlete Evaluator, please access the following link:

FHBC is also accepting applications for the roles of Head and Assistant Coach positions for the Provincial Performance Talent Identification Program.

If you are interested in applying to be a Coach, please complete the following form:

Application deadline is Monday, June 21st.
Port Alberni community rises together to become official FHBC society
by Ali Baggott and FHBC Staff

For most when they talk about Vancouver Island hockey it’s often presumed to be about Victoria or Cowichan, but one hockey Family is changing that. Long-time field hockey community members Andi Shannon and Giles Wheatley have, together, created their own pocket of junior hockey in Port Alberni, a less than 3-hour drive up island from Victoria.

The hockey couple are no strangers to field hockey in BC having both coached and played at a high level both on the island and in Vancouver. They relocated to Port Alberni, Shannon’s hometown, where they are raising their four children and, like the hockey builders they have always been, started a hockey community. That community took a big step recently becoming an official Field Hockey BC recognized society.

Read the full article here.
In Memoriam: Ian Dowdswell
Former Canadian Men’s National Team member, Ian Dowdswell passed away on May 12th, at the age of 86. A member of the team that qualified Canada for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Ian also played at provincial and club levels in British Columbia for many years.

Originally from England, and having lived in Zanzibar, Singapore and New Zealand, Ian moved to Vancouver in 1956. He attended the University of British Columbia, graduating with BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering.

Dowdswell was thoroughly involved with field hockey in the 60’s, when he played for the Grasshoppers A team in the Vancouver League. The team was one of the prominent sides in the Division 1 at the time, and his performances earned him a spot on both the BC Team and the National Men’s team in 1963. He represented Canada in the 1963 Lyon Tourney in France, where Canada defeated the United States to earn a spot in the upcoming 1964 Olympics.
BC Provincial Team of 1963; Ian is the 4th from the right on the top row

Ian continued playing field hockey at the club level and joined the Vancouver Hawks in 1982, where he was an active player until 1994. After an injury, he stepped to the sidelines and became more of a supporter of his children’s involvement in field hockey and other sports. As stated in his obituary, “normally a soft-spoken gentleman, Ian’s voice could be heard booming support from the sidelines at soccer and field hockey games through all kinds of weather for many years.”

According to Ken Beckett, from the Hawks, “Ian was a very generous contributor to the Fund Raising effort to install a Synthetic Turf Field at UBC”. The Field, named after former Canadian FHA President, Harold Wright, is heavily used by the field hockey community in Vancouver. 

Rest in peace, Ian.

The obituary can be accessed here.

FHBC thanks Ken Beckett and John McBryde for providing more information about Ian Dowdswell's relationship with field hockey, as well as the photographs for this In Memoriam.
Field Hockey Canada "The Scoop" Podcast 
The Field Hockey Canada podcast "The Scoop" is now live! Alongside FHC's Communications Lead Kevin Underhill, FHBC's Marketing Director Ali Baggot will be co-hosting the podcast.

Ali participated in the interview with with Scott Tupper (Episode 3), but several more BC connections will happen through the podcast.

FHC Competition Development Course: Psychology of Field Hockey
This 3-hour Digital Workshop is a requirement for completion of the Field Hockey Canada Competition Development Sport Specific Training. 

The workshop will be led by Dr. Veronica Planella. Veronica is an educator, performance psychology practitioner, NCCP Level 4 Certified Field Hockey Coach and researcher with a focus on Athlete and Coach Expertise Development.   

The workshop will cover the application of performance psychology to the sport of field hockey and a team sport environment, including tools, resources and practical lessons that can be used to incorporate mental performance and mental wellness within your coaching context.

Spots are limited!

Interested coaches should have the NCCP Prerequisite multi-sport training Psychology of Performance completed prior to this course. Coaches can verify their coaching transcripts by logging into their Locker Account a www.coach.ca

Tuesday June 22 AND Thursday June 24 4-530pm PST

Saturday July 10 AND Saturday July 17 9-1030am PST

FHC Community Coach eLearning Module 
The FHC Community Coach eLearning module will introduce you to what it means to be a coach in field hockey and how to plan a session that supports the best practices of coaching and your own personal coaching philosophies.

By the end of the module, you will have the essential knowledge you need to develop athletes in sport and physical activities.

For more information, click here.
Interested in any of the courses offered by Field Hockey BC?
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 opportunities.
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