Football BC is pleased to announce that its U18 Team BC and the Grade 8 Team BC will be competing at the Tanoa Bowl in Auburn, Washington in December.
The Tanoa Bowl features teams from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii.
U18 Team BC
The original plan for U18 Team BC was to return to the FBU International Showcase in San Antonio, Texas. However, as a result of the change of the Alamo Bowl date this year, FBU has opted not to run their International event.
The Tanoa Bowl offers an opportunity for our U18 players to take on elite high school players from the Northwest region of the United States and Hawaii and provides an even greater opportunity for players to be seen by scouts and recruiters because of the high level of competition.
Because of the close proximity of Auburn, Washington, this year's trip will be even more cost-effective compared to previous years.
The team will depart by bus on December 26 and return on December 29. The game date is scheduled for December 28.
Just confirmed: This year's experience will also include an exclusive tour of CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, on Monday, December 29.
Grade 8 Team BC
The Grade 8 Team BC will have an opportunity to compete in a game against a team from either Washington or Hawaii. The tournament is aimed to provide a positive football experience for all players.
Although officially listed as “Team BC Grade 8”, all players attending the November 11 camp will have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot on this team.
The team will depart by bus on December 26 and return on December 29. The game date is scheduled for December 28. Team BC is also looking into scheduling a tour of the Washington Huskies facilities as part of the experience.
Grade 6/7 Team BC
Our original plan for the Grade 6 and 7 teams, as well as the Grade 8 team, was to compete in the FBU National Championship. However, after our discussions with FBU particularly in regards to the age discrepancies between our players and the American players and the resulting safety issues, we have come to the mutual decision that competing in this tournament would not be in our best interests.
At the same time, a change in the leadership at FBU has resulted in a more national focus by that organization with a lower priority given to International competition.
We hope to work again with FBU in the future but, in the meantime, in addition to providing all players with an opportunity to compete for a spot on the “Grade 8” team to compete at the Tanoa Bowl, we will also be recognizing the top players in the Grade 6 and Grade 7 categories following the November 11 camp.
The “top players” will be invited to take part in various Grey Cup week activities with Football BC as well as be identified early on to compete in the Legacy Games.
What is Football BC's involvement with the Legacy Games?
Football BC has started the process of having our younger football players compete in a tournament hosted by us in partnership with the Legacy Games in Kamloops from July 23 to 26.
We have already received interest from teams across the country and from the United States that are interested in competing in this summer competition that is held alongside several other sports.