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The VILFHA executive are able to follow Ministry of Health/Public Health, ViaSport and Field Hockey BC Return to Play requirements and offer a modified fall season.

To register please complete this form before Sept 27 https://forms.gle/5gHHNLQaDayafEwU6

Facilities also have their own requirements – so, for example, UVic has not yet approved Field Hockey Victoria to play on the UVic turf. FHV is working with UVic around being able to access turf – however, initial games at least will be in Cowichan. .

VILFHA Executive conducted a survey of players and based on survey results, Return to Play – Second Stage – FHBC, and turf accdess we are offering a cohort-model game length scrimmage this fall.

This means:
Players will register as individuals – not as teams and there will be a temporary redistribution of participating players into cohorts. There will be up to 4 teams/cohort divided into 2 Divisions (players will self-select into either Div 1/2 or Div 2/3)

There will be additional roles within cohorts – such as Coach/leader; Safety Officer and potentially Umpire. Players are requested to please consider what additional roles they would be willing to fill – i.e. occasionally you could fill the role of Safety Officer for half your game rather than playing. Prior to playing information will be provided regarding the Return to Play requirements and roles.

All participants MUST be members of FHBC – annual membership is $86.00 for Senior player and $63.00 for <18 yrs.. VILFHA cost will be as low as possible – estimated at $40.00.

Please be aware that the season may be cancelled at any time based on Public Health requirements or facility requirements.

We recognize that there are people who already have contact with each other who should play together to limit unnecessary exposure to new people – and we know people want to play with friends – and every effort will be made to group people into cohorts based on information provided on registration form – but please remember – it is not a guarantee..(but we will do our very best)

Please recognize we cannot alter the FHBC Return to Play requirements – these are not up for discussion or debate – and must be followed closely. Requirements will be communicated closer to game day with everyone who is participating.

In summary – option for VILFHA fall season:

  • individual registration (not teams)
  • ‘cohorts’ will be formed out of available players
  • cannot change cohort
  • people asked to consider additional roles such as Safety Officer
  • Cost is approx $40 +FHBC membership
  • initially games will be played in Cowichan only due to turf availability – that will change if/when turf is available in Victoria (but at least 1/2 games will be in Cowichan)
To register please complete this form before Sept 27 https://forms.gle/5gHHNLQaDayafEwU6

Thank you to everyone.for your patience as we make our way through this! Our goal for this fall is to have fun, develop the league, develop skills with health as the primary consideration.

Thank you –
VILFHA Executive

For more information:
https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport
https://fieldhockeybc.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020-Second-Stage-Responsible-Return-to-Play-Framework-Field-Hockey-BC-COVID-19-Response-September-3-2020-Final.pdf

VILFHA Fall Meeting

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m.
via Zoom (see details below)

Agenda is attached.

As per Rule 4.1 c) iv. Fines shall be imposed on any team for not having a Team Rep at Council Meetings and/or General Meetings: $25.00

Please also contact Kirsten Duncan (kirstenduncan08@gmail.com or 250 661-3197) if Zoom is not an option for you and we will make other arrangements

VILFHA Executive


Zoom Details

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The document VILFHA_2020-2021_Fall_Meeting_agenda.docx was attached to this post.

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Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame

Victoria’s Shelley Winter Andrews was the first Canadian player to reach 100 international matches. She was a captain of the winningest national team in Canadian history. And now she is being inducted into the Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame.

“It’s an honour to have your name put forward in the first place,” said Andrews. “And then to be picked is — everybody uses the word humbling — but it is humbling. It means that your peers or somebody has thought highly of you that they would want to nominate you so it was a lovely honour.”

Andrews played for the Women’s National Team from 1975 to 1986. She co-captained the team through four World Cups and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She was inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, the UBC Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Andrews recalls those special years in the late 70s and 80s when Team Canada was surging onto the world stage.

“Well in the 1980s, I mean, coming second in the world, that’s obviously one of my biggest highlights,” said Andrews. “Even for me, ahead of the Olympics. The experience was amazing. The results [at the Olympics] were a little disappointing for our team. The World Championships in ‘83; I’d say it was a highlight.”

Andrews still plays the game even after her retirement. She plays for Oak Bay in the women’s league in Victoria. She is also involved in the community as an executive and coach and has been passing down her love of the game to the next generation.

“It’s lots of fun,” said Andrews. “And the game has certainly changed some since I first started playing and it’s way more exciting now, I think lots of different rule changes that have made it faster and sort of keep the spectators interested, that kind of thing. But it’s good to see and watch young kids learn certain skills and be able to pick up really cool skills.”

The 1983 National Team is also being inducted as a part of the 2019 class. For Andrews, being inducted alongside that group makes this moment extra-special.

“To me that is the nicest thing about this whole thing because field hockey is a team sport,” she said. “ So it always kind of amazes me that you have individuals who are, you know, honoured and selected and that kind of thing, when really without that team or those people around you.”

Andrews’ induction into the Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame is a celebration of her leadership and legendary career with Field Hockey Canada.

Watch: https://youtu.be/3scCfQopmMY

Article from Field Hockey Canada: http://www.fieldhockey.ca/2020/08/17/field-hockey-canada-inductee-shelley-winter-andrews/

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Update from Field Hockey Victoria:

TURF UPDATE
Field Hockey Victoria (FHV) has been in touch with Vikes Athletics and Recreation regarding the use of the water-based turf, Field 1. At this time, booking of the turf for the community is not available. They would like to do so in the near future and will require an FHV safety plan as part of a bigger safety plan that has to get approved through a few layers at the University level. The entire process is aimed to be complete by the middle of September.

It should be noted that FHBC still does not have a return to competition plan. Scrimmages, modified games, and match-play are NOT SANCTIONED at this time. Please read the “Responsible Return to Play” below for more information.

Once booking is available, there will be no change in turf rental rates at this time. There will be no change to the booking process. The FHV turf coordinator will advise of additional terms and conditions of use, ensuring the following items are communicated and agreed upon.

It should be noted that other field/facilities (other than at UVic) may be available for FHV members to use. As such, FHV requires the following responsible return to play framework regardless of location.

RESPONSIBLE RETURN TO PLAY
FHV requires all members to familiarize themselves with the FHBC Responsible Return to Play Framework for any and all field hockey sessions. FHV is the Local Sport Organization (LSO) as referenced in the FHBC framework. See here: https://fieldhockeybc.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-First-Stage-Responsible-Return-to-Play-Framework-Field-Hockey-BC-COVID-19-Response-June-11-2020-amended-July-29-2020.pdf

The following are mandatory elements for every field hockey session/activity:

  • Pre-activity health screening for all participants
  • Pre-activity reminder of public health guidelines to all participants
  • COVID-19 Attestation Questionnaire (attached) completed for all participants
    Note: all completed questionnaires must be held by the permit holder for up to 2 years to ensure information is available should contact tracing be required.

Since the majority of field hockey activities will happen at UVic’s Field 1, all participants must follow the attached field/facility access plan. If using a different facility, all participants must adhere to the field/facility access plan provided by the booking authority for that space in addition to the FHBC framework. Session plans must incorporate a 15-minute Facility Entry Protocol (to collect questionnaires and verbally check in with all athletes) and a 15-minute Facility Exit Protocol (to ensure athlete, coach, and officer departure prior to subsequent session booking).

The following are mandatory elements for setting up a field hockey activity:

  • Coaches must consider equipment setup to ensure social distance is maintained throughout the session. Please refer to FHBC Head Coach checklist (follow the link above) more detail.
  • Safety officers must come prepared with all appropriate forms/checklists. Safety officers must wear a high viz vest or jacket at all times. Please refer to FHBC Safety Officer checklist (follow the link above) for more detail.
  • A hard copy of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) (attached) must be at each session and this documentation should include a First Aid response and Outbreak plan.

Athlete capacity must meet the following restrictions (diagram on page 25 of the FHBC Framework):

  • A maximum of 8 athletes are permitted per quarter
  • The booking group must assign one (1) coach for each athlete-group (max. 8 players per player-group)
  • The booking group must assign one (1) safety officer to every two athlete-groups (max. 16 players each)
  • The maximum occupancy per field is 38 (32 athletes, 4 coaches, 2 safety officers)
  • The coach, safety officer, and athlete can not be the same person.

Players should be reminded:

  • Not to arrive before their scheduled time, and to immediately leave the field once the session is complete.
  • Not to attend if experiencing any cold/flu-like symptoms.
  • To exit the premises if any symptoms manifest during the session.
  • To only bring their stick and water bottle. All safety equipment (e.g. shin guards, mouthguard) should be put on prior to entering the field. Bags should not be brought onto the field space.
  • Not to touch any facility equipment. If a goal need to be moved, players should use the sanitizer spray bottle provided to disinfect the surfaces after moving the goal.
  • To maintain physical distance at all times, and to practice good hygiene when coughing/sneezing.
  • That they must be a registered FHBC member, in good standing. (i.e. FHBC player dues paid and received).

Thanks to everyone for your patience as we responsibly return to play.

Sincerely,

Mark Baggott
President, Field Hockey Victoria

See related documents:
FHV COVID-19 Attestation: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zeffn4dcs7ye6z4/FHV%20COVID%20Attestation.pdf?dl=0
FHV COVID UVic Turf map: https://www.dropbox.com/s/duim6rcjfp6x271/FHV%20COVID%20Turf%20Map.pdf?dl=0
FHV Emergency Action Plan: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4trc0nykq4ky6ub/FHV%20Emergency%20Action%20Plan.pdf?dl=0

COVID-19 Update

Posted by Field Hockey Victoria at Aug 16, 2020 9:08PM PDT
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Update from Field Hockey Victoria:

TURF UPDATE
Field Hockey Victoria (FHV) has been in touch with Vikes Athletics and Recreation regarding the use of the water-based turf, Field 1. At this time, booking of the turf for the community is not available. They would like to do so in the near future and will require an FHV safety plan as part of a bigger safety plan that has to get approved through a few layers at the University level. The entire process is aimed to be complete by the middle of September.

It should be noted that FHBC still does not have a return to competition plan. Scrimmages, modified games, and match-play are NOT SANCTIONED at this time. Please read the “Responsible Return to Play” below for more information.

Once booking is available, there will be no change in turf rental rates at this time. There will be no change to the booking process. The FHV turf coordinator will advise of additional terms and conditions of use, ensuring the following items are communicated and agreed upon.

It should be noted that other field/facilities (other than at UVic) may be available for FHV members to use. As such, FHV requires the following responsible return to play framework regardless of location.

RESPONSIBLE RETURN TO PLAY
FHV requires all members to familiarize themselves with the FHBC Responsible Return to Play Framework for any and all field hockey sessions. FHV is the Local Sport Organization (LSO) as referenced in the FHBC framework. See here: https://fieldhockeybc.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-First-Stage-Responsible-Return-to-Play-Framework-Field-Hockey-BC-COVID-19-Response-June-11-2020-amended-July-29-2020.pdf

The following are mandatory elements for every field hockey session/activity:

  • Pre-activity health screening for all participants
  • Pre-activity reminder of public health guidelines to all participants
  • COVID-19 Attestation Questionnaire (attached) completed for all participants
    Note: all completed questionnaires must be held by the permit holder for up to 2 years to ensure information is available should contact tracing be required.

Since the majority of field hockey activities will happen at UVic’s Field 1, all participants must follow the attached field/facility access plan. If using a different facility, all participants must adhere to the field/facility access plan provided by the booking authority for that space in addition to the FHBC framework. Session plans must incorporate a 15-minute Facility Entry Protocol (to collect questionnaires and verbally check in with all athletes) and a 15-minute Facility Exit Protocol (to ensure athlete, coach, and officer departure prior to subsequent session booking).

The following are mandatory elements for setting up a field hockey activity:

  • Coaches must consider equipment setup to ensure social distance is maintained throughout the session. Please refer to FHBC Head Coach checklist (follow the link above) more detail.
  • Safety officers must come prepared with all appropriate forms/checklists. Safety officers must wear a high viz vest or jacket at all times. Please refer to FHBC Safety Officer checklist (follow the link above) for more detail.
  • A hard copy of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) (attached) must be at each session and this documentation should include a First Aid response and Outbreak plan.

Athlete capacity must meet the following restrictions (diagram on page 25 of the FHBC Framework):

  • A maximum of 8 athletes are permitted per quarter
  • The booking group must assign one (1) coach for each athlete-group (max. 8 players per player-group)
  • The booking group must assign one (1) safety officer to every two athlete-groups (max. 16 players each)
  • The maximum occupancy per field is 38 (32 athletes, 4 coaches, 2 safety officers)
  • The coach, safety officer, and athlete can not be the same person.

Players should be reminded:

  • Not to arrive before their scheduled time, and to immediately leave the field once the session is complete.
  • Not to attend if experiencing any cold/flu-like symptoms.
  • To exit the premises if any symptoms manifest during the session.
  • To only bring their stick and water bottle. All safety equipment (e.g. shin guards, mouthguard) should be put on prior to entering the field. Bags should not be brought onto the field space.
  • Not to touch any facility equipment. If a goal need to be moved, players should use the sanitizer spray bottle provided to disinfect the surfaces after moving the goal.
  • To maintain physical distance at all times, and to practice good hygiene when coughing/sneezing.
  • That they must be a registered FHBC member, in good standing. (i.e. FHBC player dues paid and received).

Thanks to everyone for your patience as we responsibly return to play.

Sincerely,

Mark Baggott
President, Field Hockey Victoria

See related documents:
FHV COVID-19 Attestation: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zeffn4dcs7ye6z4/FHV%20COVID%20Attestation.pdf?dl=0
FHV COVID UVic Turf map: https://www.dropbox.com/s/duim6rcjfp6x271/FHV%20COVID%20Turf%20Map.pdf?dl=0
FHV Emergency Action Plan: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4trc0nykq4ky6ub/FHV%20Emergency%20Action%20Plan.pdf?dl=0