February 2022

This issue of CornerShot will cover the 2022 FHBC AGM, Provincial Program Talent ID, Umpires & Offiicials opportunities, the 2022 Pan American Cup and more!

2022 Field Hockey BC Virtual Annual General Meeting

On February 9, FHBC held its 2022 Annual General Meeting in a virtual capacity, and we are please to inform that the meeting was a success. Registered voters and additional attendants were willing and able to participate without issue. FHBC would like to thank our community for your support and understanding of the current environment.

In addition to the bylaw motions carried (see the AGM Page for more information), there were five positions up for election to the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors. We congratulate the returning members and welcome Lelia Sacré to the BOD.

Position: President
Nominee: Denise McGeachy

Position: Finance Director
Nominee: Jasbir Tatla

Position: Coaching Director
Nominee: Michelle McNaughton

Position: Business Development Director
Nominee: Mark Vaughan

Position: Umpiring Director
Nominee: Lelia Sacré

Provincial Program Talent ID Nomination Deadline
Field Hockey BC would like to remind our members the deadline for nominating U18 Male athletes to the 2022 FHBC Provincial Program Talent ID and National Championship Team Trials is February 28!

The nominations must be completed by a coach. Coaches can access the online FHBC Athlete Nomination Form here. For more information about the 2022 FHBC Provincial Program Talent ID and National Championship Team, please access our Trials and Tournaments page.

Athlete Nomination Deadlines:

  • U18 Male Athletes: February 28, 2022
  • U16 Male Athletes: March 31, 2022

Job Opportunity Re-Posting: FHBC Events and Officials Coordinator
This position provides logistical support to the annual Field Hockey BC event and event based officiating calendars, the officials development pathway and the delivery of the Officials Professional Development and Certification Program, as well as, the oversight for facility bookings and equipment provision to FHBC programming.

Deadline for applications: February 22, 2022
Job to commence from: March 14, 2022

If interested, read more here.

Vacant Positions of Domestic Director & Athlete Program Director
The Field Hockey BC Board of Directors is accepting applications for individuals to become voluntary members of the BOD in the positions of:

  • Domestic Director (see Duties of Officer for this position here)
  • Athlete Program Director (see Duties of Officer for this position here)

The appointment of both positions is take on the reins for these portfolios for the remainder of the current term (to February 2023, when these positions are next due for election).

If interested, read more here.

Umpires & Officials
Photo Credit: Chris Wilson
Online Community Umpire Course

Registration for the current session of the Online Community Umpire Course is open until April 25, 2022, and registrants will have until April 30, 2022, to complete the course.

The Online Community Course is open to current FHBC Members FREE OF CHARGE; please contact sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com to obtain the access code. It will consist of a series of lessons and practice questions designed to prepare you for the final quiz.

Note: The cost of the course for Members who are not registered for the current season or Non-FHBC Members is $25. If you are a Non-FHBC Member or if you have an FHBC Membership that has not been renewed, you must register here!

Regional & Assessor Courses

The Regional and Assessor courses are under review by Field Hockey Canada. Once these courses are available, they will be promoted and offered to the field hockey community.

If you need further information or assistance regarding umpiring and/or officiating, please do not hesitate to contact Lelia Sacré, FHBC Umpiring Director, at leliasacre@fieldhockeybc.com.

Field Hockey Canada’s Targeted Athlete Program (TAP) Announcement
Following the recent announcement that Field Hockey Canada (FHC) will be launching a new Targeted Athlete Program (TAP), the FHBC Board of Directors would like to reinforce FHBC’s commitment to support BC athletes as they move through the athlete pathway.

FHBC remains committed to supporting BC athlete choices within athlete programming and FHBC will remain flexible in the ability to support athlete movement between PSO and NSO programming in this case, even if that means an athletes educated choice is to exit FHBC athlete programming completely.

Read the full communique here.

2022 Pan American Cup
Photo Credit: FHC
Field Hockey Canada Women's National Team secured a spot in the 2022 World Cup after winning bronze in the Pan American Cup. The 1-0 victory against USA warranted Canada not only the third place in the competition but also our first Women's World Cup ticket in 28 years.

The Men's National Team also finished the Pan American in third place with a victory against USA, by 3-1. The Men's bronze medal, however, wasn't enough to secure spot in the 2023 Men's World Cup.

Congratulations to all the athletes and supporting staff, you made Canada proud!

Simon Fraser University Field Hockey Scholarship
FU Field Hockey Scholarships are currently available to women’s league players of ANY club who are currently undergraduate students at SFU.

Please go to the Field Hockey section of the following page – access here – to download the application form. The application deadline has been extended to end of February.

In Memorim - Henry Thompson
It is with sadness that Field Hockey BC informs our community of the passing of Henry Thompson at the age of 95 on February 9, 2022. Born in Calcutta, India, on the 25th of June, 1926, Thompson was a former Canadian National umpire and regularly officiated in Vancouver Men’s League and tournaments from the 1960’s through the 1980’s.

“Henry was known as one of the real characters of local hockey”, says Alan Waterman, retired FIH Umpire and Thompson’s umpiring colleague over the years in British Columbia. “I first met him when I began umpiring in the ‘70’s. He was already well established by that time. We went to numerous National Championships, BC Summer Games, and untold numbers of local tournaments, from annual provincial senior tournaments in West Van to every level of junior competitions.”
According to Waterman, in those days it was common for umpires to take on around 150 matches a year. “Henry was always the comic. The big smile, the impish laugh, the inevitable bad jokes. The hockey family loved him, on and off the field.”

Before moving to Canada, Thompson was a professional hockey player in Calcutta. As his niece, Thereza, recalls, he once “scored in just 7 seconds - from bully-off to goal!”. “He and his brothers played for rival professional teams, so you can imagine what that led to… each of them in turns would tell the stories of their glory days, trying to outstrip each other”.

Sadly, Thereza passed along that Thompson’s younger brother also recently passed away. “As fate would have it, his younger brother died the day after he did - on February 10. Perhaps they are playing hockey wherever they are now.”

Our condolences to the family. Rest in peace.

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 Coach and Officials pages for more information regarding education opportunities.
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