News and Announcements

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Four Vancouver Island athletes have been named to Canada’s women’s junior national team who head off to Santiago, Chile for the Pan American Junior Championships, August 21-28, 2021. A ticket to the Junior World Cup (2023) is on the line.

Duncan’s Sara Goodman along with Victoria’s Nora Struchtrup, Stefanie Sajko and Anna Mollenhauer were all named to the 16-member field player roster, while Niki Leech, of Duncan, is still waiting to hear about goalkeeper announcements.

All five athletes competed in a NextGen selection camp in Vancouver earlier in June along side Victoria’s Libby Hogg and Maddie Middlesteadt and Duncan’s Birkley Anderson – all three who were named to the Junior Pan Am Championship development team roster.

It was a positive showing that all eight island athletes that attended the selection camp were named to either the 18-person roster or the development squad.

Goodman and Anderson are both members of the UBC Thunderbirds varsity side with Goodman in her fourth year and Anderson in her first. Two-time U SPORTS reigning national champion Mollenhauer and teammate Sajko are members of the UVic Vikes varsity side and are joined this fall by now first-year Vikes Hogg, Struchtrup and Mittelsteadt. Goalkeeper Leech is off to compete for the Guelph Gryphons this fall in her first year.

The players traveling to Santiago are largely funding their own way there. If you can show your support for the island players please do so on their individual pages:

Sara Goodman (Cowichan Flickers/UBC Thunderbirds)
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-hockey-canada/p2p/adoptanathlete/team/womens-nextgen-program/member/sara-goodman/

Nora Struchtrup (Sailors Club Mariners/UVic Vikes)
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-hockey-canada/p2p/adoptanathlete/team/womens-nextgen-program/member/noras-junior-pan-am-games-fund/

Stefanie Sajko (Lynx 1/UVic Vikes)
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-hockey-canada/p2p/adoptanathlete/team/womens-nextgen-program/member/stefanie-sajko/

Anna Mollenhauer (Lynx 1/UVic Vikes)
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-hockey-canada/p2p/adoptanathlete/team/womens-nextgen-program/member/anna-mollenhauer/

Goalkeeper Decisions TBD
Nikki Leech (Cowichan Flickers/Guelph Gryphons)

Non-Travelling Reserves:
Libby Hogg (Lynx 1/UVic Vikes)
Maddie Mittelsteadt (Lynx 1/UVic Vikes)
Birkley Anderson (Cowichan Flickers/UBC Thunderbirds)

Key links:

Junior Pan American Championship
http://www.panamhockey.org/en/competitions-88-2021-junior-pan-american-championships-women-

NextGen June Selection Camp wrap-up
http://www.fieldhockey.ca/2021/06/16/selection-camp-brings-top-junior-womens-talent-to-vancouver/

NextGen Program Donation Page
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-hockey-canada/p2p/adoptanathlete/

  • use the search bar to find specific athletes to support
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The Sailors Field Hockey Club and Rebels Field Hockey Club are pleased to present summer drop-in field hockey for July and August 2021. This is co-ed pick-up hockey (ie. 7-aside or 11-aside games) and depending on level of players that arrive will be divided into competitive or recreational. This summer’s sessions are going to prioritize game play for adult-level league players who have not had any hockey this season.

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER EACH PARTICIPANT:
https://forms.gle/Y9rXm8seTTXX4sS87

The pre-registration form is to ensure we have contact information for all interested personnel and to ensure that we can communicate the required health and safety protocols on a timely basis.

Tuesdays (7-8:30pm in July and August) hosted by the Sailors Field Hockey Club
Thursday (7-8:30pm in July, 8-9:30pm in August) hosted by the Rebels Field Hockey Club

First dates: Tuesday, July 6 and Thursday July 8
Last dates: Tuesday, August 31 and Thursday August 26

- Location: UVic Field 1 (water-based turf)
- Time: Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before start time. You will not be permitted on to the field early and we are expected to leave the premises on time.
- Cost: $5 per session (cash due at the field prior to play)
- Age: 14 and up (target age is those that play in the men’s and women’s league already)
- Co-ed hockey (men and women)
- Field Max: A maximum of 50 players (including organizers, spectators and umpires) are allowed. We will turn people away if we hit the maximum.

Eligibility:
- All players must be members in good standing with Field Hockey BC (ie. active and current membership)
- All participants who step foot on the field must fill out a COVID-19 attestation form (hard copy paper) per session. Any participants under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their form (no exceptions).
- All players must play with shin guards and mouth guards

Health and Safety:
- Make sure to print and sign your COVID attestation form before each session (no exceptions)
- Masks are optional
- Physical distancing is required outside the venue (fences) but not inside the venue.

Please note that if you do not currently have a FHBC Membership for the 2020-21 season, some positive news about registration for July/August and 2021-22 is coming, so don’t register before July 1. We will forward that information along as soon as it’s available.

Questions: Ali Baggott (alilee05@gmail.com) or Jim Knight (jim.a.knight68@gmail.com)

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VILFHA would like to acknowledge the members of our association and our field hockey community who have been profiled on the FHC Team of Teams over the last few weeks. The galleries and highlighted achievements for each member can be found on the FHC website and Facebook page. Congratulations, and a huge thank you to all of them for their contributions to our association and to field hockey in general.

Team of Officials and Umpires
Brenda Rushton – Evolution of the Technical Table
David Auld – Recognition of Excellence Album

Team of Volunteers
Theresa Kennedy – Recognition of Excellence Album

Team of Masters
Alanna Martin and Heather Benson – As the Crow Flies – Women’s 055 Masters Team Kilometre Challenge
Jim Knight, Clive Wheatley, Andrew MacKinnon and Chris Wilson – In the Same League: Masters Team carves own path in Vancouver Men’s Division

Masters Community Champion
Pat Hall

Recognition of Excellence Album
Alanna Martin
Cara Jay
Heather Wheatley
Trish Murphy
Arlene Baker

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Field Hockey Canada is excited to announce plans to send national teams to the following World Masters Hockey (WMH) World Cup Tournaments:

Indoor Tournament (Age groups: 40+ / 45+ / 50+ / 55+)
Virginia Beach, USA
Feb 15-20, 2022

Outdoor Tournament (Age groups: 35+ / 40+)
Nottingham, England
August 12-21, 2022

Outdoor Tournament (Age groups: 45+ / 50+ / 55+ / 60+ / 65+)
Cape Town, South Africa
October 1-10, 2022

The upcoming tournaments represent a new cycle of national Master’s teams. All participating teams will be open for trials. If you were previously accepted to represent Canada on any of the 2020 teams, please be advised that you will need to retrial for your age group.

Field Hockey Canada’s Masters program is 100% self-funded by athletes selected for World Cup teams. Athletes will be expected to pay a team levy (approximately $2000-$3000) to cover the costs of uniforms, accommodations, some transportation and for the coaches’ cost for international airfare and accommodation. There may be additional costs for training and tournament travel before the World Cup events.

To be eligible to trial for Masters World Cup competition you must:

  • be age 35 and older
  • have paid your provincial and FHC fees
  • be a Canadian citizen or meet the residency requirements of WMH
  • hold a valid passport
  • register as a Masters player at: https://mastersfieldhockey.ca/masters-hockey-registration/
  • Masters National Teams are selected to represent Canada in a World Cup, so please encourage as many people as possible to sign up to ensure that competitive squads are sent. Further details such as program policies will be shared in due course.

To register for Field Hockey Canada’s Women’s Masters Program, please follow this link:
https://mastersfieldhockey.ca/masters-hockey-registration/

For those who are already registered, please also feel free to follow the link and complete the form to ensure your information and preferences are up to date.

While the World Masters Hockey and the host nations are excited to announce these dates, the health and safety of all athletes is paramount. Field Hockey Canada and WMH will continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic and make appropriate changes.

For more information about the Masters Program and the upcoming tournaments, please visit:
https://mastersfieldhockey.ca/

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The Junior League have been working hard to get up and running for the 2021 season and we would love your help in spreading the word. Forwarding this e-mail to a friend, neighbour or fellow parent is an easy way to help us grow our sport. We have limited capacity this year due to the PHO restrictions so we want to communicate really early the upcoming registration date.

Registration will open Friday, February 12 at 7:00 a.m. and it will be first-come, first-served.

We have a number of modifications for this year’s season in order to follow the Public Health Officer’s guidelines for youth sport. Most notably, you will notice that our plan is to run our season in accordance with Field Hockey BC and ViaSport’s Stage 1 Return to Play Framework. This means that participants will be focusing more on technical skills and skill games that take place with physical distancing from others at all times. The biggest change you will notice is that there will be no game days and no games at the end of practice.

In addition, there will be no spectators allowed in or around the facility except for our Kindies (age 5-6) age group which will require a parent per participant for each session.

The numbers of participants per age group this year is somewhat lower than previous years to ensure we are in line with field maximums.

The full details of what to expect this season are listed on our website here:
http://victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca/clubs/393/pages/182507

We hope you will be able to join us this season.

Mark your calendars and register online at the below link starting at 7:00 am on Friday, Feb. 12: https://victoriajuniorfieldhockey.spappz.com/register

If you would like to join us as a volunteer lead or assistant coach please fill out this form or e-mail Ali Baggott (alilee05@gmail.com) for more details.

Thanks,

Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association
E-mail: info@victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca
Web: victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca