News and Announcements
To all VILFHA Members,
Thank you for your patience and support while we navigate our way through the current COVID-19 situation.
Please know VILFHA Exec have had many discussions about the best way forward. We have been taking guidance from governing sports bodies, facilities management, membership but primarily we have been looking for direction from public health authorities such as the Provincial Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Island Health.
Our plan was to make our next decision 24 hrs prior to the next VILFHA event (so Tuesday, Mar 17 before the Wednesday Mar 18 evening game).
We were waiting -not simply to delay, but to ensure we had the most up-to-date advice/information/direction possible.
However, we believe that waiting to make a decision now feels like we are simply delaying the inevitable -and this delay has the potential to be increase anxiety.
So, after much thought, we have decided to suspend the season and postpone the Spring Council Meeting and Awards night.
Thanks everyone for your support this season.
Kirsten Duncan, President
Shelley Andrews, Vice President
Erica Kjekstad, Treasurer
Theresa Kennedy, Director of Membership
Lisa Grambart, Events Coordinator
Tessa Humphries, Communications.
VILFHA’s Executive are monitoring information and direction from the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). While health professionals say the risk associated with the spread of the illness remains low in BC, we are asking as a precaution that teams do not shake hands at the end of each game. We suggest using your chicken wings (elbow bumps) as an alternative.
We are committed to keeping players safe and will continue to keep you updated as the situation progresses. For now, we ask you please share with your teams to have friendly and gentle elbow bumps at the end of games! Thank you for your cooperation. For more information on COVID-19, see http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel).
Also a friendly reminder that on Saturday, March 7, VILFHA is sponsoring the* “Skip the Skirt” fundraiser* in honour of Jen (van Dyk) Budding. Funds raised will go to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada. Players are encouraged to play wearing something other than their skirt (please make sure teams still wear matching shirts and socks!). Players will be ‘fined’ $5 (or donation) for not having their skirt. See link below for more details:
Thank you for your support!
On Saturday, March 7, VILFHA is sponsoring the “Skip the Skirt” fundraiser in honour of Jen (van Dyk) Budding.
Funds raised will go to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada. Players are encouraged to play wearing something other than their skirt (please make sure teams still wear matching shirts and socks!). Players will be ‘fined’ $5 (or donation) for not having their skirt.
Of course-all players, managers, coaches, friends, fans are encouraged to donate.
Donations can be made on-line, by cheque (to JDRF) or in cash. If you are paying by cheque or cash and wanting a tax receipt please ensure you fill out a pledge form (attached or available at the field). More details here:
Thank you for your support!
Field Hockey Victoria will be hosting an information meeting open to the entire community of VILFHA (ladies), VIFHA (men), VJFHA (juniors) and the Umpires Association. Coaches, players and parents are welcome to attend.
Where: McKinnon Building (Room 150) at UVic
When: Monday, March 2 from 6:30-8:00 pm
Topics that will be updated and up for discussion:
1. Summary of recent discussion with newly-elected FHBC President, Andrew Dewberry
2. How the future of FHBC will effect field hockey on Vancouver Island
3. Summary of discussions with UVic Associate Director, Michelle Peterson.
4. What the future looks like for the UVic turf
5. Open forum for any other items concerning field hockey in Victoria.
Current FHV Board members:
President – Mark Baggott
Vice President – Denise McGeachy
Treasurer – Amy Jones
Secretary – (vacant)
Directors at large – Nancy Griffin, Jim Knight, Shahbaz Claire, Kirsten Duncan
For questions or concerns, contact Mark Baggott (email@example.com)
The Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association will be hosting Field Hockey BC’s Fundamentals Coaching Course in March.
This course is intended for coaches that:
- are working with under 12 age groups;
- are themselves an under 18 player who has an interest in coaching in the Junior League; or
- a parent volunteer who are new to coaching and to the game of field hockey.
It is mandatory to attend both sessions.
Wednesday March 4 – McKinnon Building Room 150 from 6 to 9 pm
Sunday March 8 – UVIC Turf #3 from 2 to 5 pm
The Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association encourages Junior League Coaches who have no or minimal coach training to take this course. There is to attend.
The course is 6 hours in length split up into 3 hours each of theory and practical learning. You will learn the basics of of how to deliver safe, fun and effective practice sessions, how to incorporate fundamental movement skills and review field hockey fundamental skills and tactics from facilitators who have coached in the junior league and helped design the practice sessions for the junior league.
The course will be facilitated by certified learning facilitators Ali Baggott and Milena Gaiga.
Deadline to register is Monday, February 24, 2020.
If you have any questions please contact Milena Gaiga at firstname.lastname@example.org.