With more and more tournament opportunities opening up for players these days, it is important for everybody to remember that Football BC's "Team BC" program is the only official provincial program.
What sets Football BC’s provincial program aside from other so-called all-star teams?
Team BC provides a Combine experience starting at a young age and throughout a player’s amateur career. This allows players and coaches to monitor improvements and for players to provide results to post-secondary institutions.
Having a chance to try out for Team BC is just one of the factors for players to attend a Football BC Combine. There are plenty of opportunities to commit to improve under the guidance of trained provincial coaches.
Football BC’s programs are open to players and coaches from all Football BC leagues including BC Community Football and BC High School. Football BC holds Combines all across BC to ensure all players get a fair opportunity to be tested and evaluated by provincial coaches.
All Team BC coaches are required, at minimum, to have been trained with NCCP Introduction to Competition, Safe Contact and Making Headway in Football.
Team BC coaches come from across the football world and have experience from all levels of football including playing and/or coaching at the University and pro levels. Our coaches come from all levels of football as well including University, Junior, Community and High School.
Our coaches have also had the benefit of taking part in events such as Football BC’s Provincial Combine and working with other expert football personnel such as Combine expert Will Sullivan.
Football BC carefully selects to participate in events that provide top competition and exposure for its Team BC players. The process of selecting which tournaments to participate in is based on researching the hosting group and evaluating the benefits of the experience for our players both on and off the field.
We recognize the importance of being involved in competitions that allow players to experience a true “football culture.”
Football BC works to expose our players to the best opportunities to pursue football at the post-secondary level. Our Team BC camps, in particular, are well-attended by CIS coaches representing various different programs.
In 2014, our U16/U18 Team BC camp was attended by representatives from UBC, SFU, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Carleton University, University of Guelph, University of Manitoba, and University of Western Ontario.
Football BC’s Team BC program is officially recognized by the BC Ministry of Education. Those players involved with our U18 Team BC can receive four credits (Athlete 12) towards high school graduation.
While many All Star and regional teams will provide opportunities and experiences, it is important before getting involved that you ask some important questions about those other programs.
- What is the opportunity?
- Are coaches trained and qualified according to national/provincial standards? (This includes, at minimum, NCCP Introduction to Competition, Safe Contact and Making Headway in Football).
- Are participants covered by insurance? (This is especially important when travelling outside the province or country. The insurance policy must cover the player’s participation in football)
- Are there any hidden costs? (Transportation, accommodation, meals, apparel, insurance, fields, admission, participation fees, equipment, medical staff/supplies, staff/coaches. All of these can add up if they are not communicated up front).
There is only one Team BC!
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