(September 29, 2012)
This information bulletin will give all schools the basic information for the 2012 AA field hockey provincial tournament. This information will be updated as the event draws closer. (A website is under construction.) Please do not hesitate to contact the tournament chair if you have any questions.
The tournament is being hosted by Little Flower Academy of Vancouver.
604-266-2706 (home) 778-879-2706 (cell) 604-738-9016 (school)
Tournament Venue and Facilities
Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West. 3677 Kensington Ave., Burnaby BC. In case of severe weather alternate fields may be used. Metal cleats are not permitted on the artificial turfs at this facility. Only water is allowed on to the playing areas (Please do not bring food onto the turf) No pop-up tents will be provided by the tournament organizers for over the team benches due to safety concerns and property damage in case of severe weather. Teams are responsible for their own protection from the weather.
2012 Tournament Dates
Wednesday, November 7th 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, November 8th 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, November 9th 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
There will be no opening ceremony at the field – the official welcome will be done at the tournament banquet on Wednesday, November 7th.
There will be two closing ceremonies on the Friday to allow travelling teams who are not in the final matches to leave early. The gold, silver, bronze medals will be handed out after the final match. Trophy winners (first, second, third place, consolation winners and Fair Play award) from 2011 are expected to engrave, clean and bring the trophies to the tournament
The banquet will be held on Wednesday, November 7th at Little Flower Academy. Information on the theme of the banquet as well as the cost will follow in the next bulletin. Teams are requested to bring two $15.00 gifts (non-school affiliated) as door prizes.
Information about school registration as well as t-shirt and banquet orders will be detailed in bulletin # 2. Please make sure that all players are registered with B.C. School Sports prior to the registration deadline to avoid late fines.
Technical Meeting and Annual General Meeting
The technical meeting for the tournament and the AGM of the BCSSGFHA will begin at 7:00 pm on Tuesday November 6th in the field house at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. Each team competing in the championships is required to have a representative present (regulation #3 BCSSGFHA Rules and Regulations)
Team photos will be taken on Wednesday November 7th at the field. The photo schedule will be given out at coaches meeting on the Tuesday night. Professionally taken action photos will be available for sale at the tournament.
T-shirts must be ordered in advance. An order form will follow in bulletin # 2.
The rules below WILL be incorporated into the AA and AAA Provincial Championships. Please inform the teams in your zone so that they are aware of the changes.
1. Green card - two minutes. If there is no tech table, the two minutes can be timed by umpire or the two minutes can be timed by using the honour system (that is having a coach or a manager controlling the time).
2. Breaking on a penalty corner. A warning will be given the first time that the athlete breaks too early; but, on the next offense and thereafter, the athlete will be sent to the 50.
3.Tie breaker – an 8 second shootout is used as opposed to penalty strokes to break ties.
The rules below WILL NOT be used in the high school league for this year as they are only experimental and will be adopted internationally in January.
1. Method of scoring. The way a goal is scored is amended; it now includes what is sometimes referred to as an “own goal”. That is, a goal can now be scored after the ball is touched in the circle by either an attacker or a defender.
2. Procedures for taking a free hit, centre pass and putting the ball back into play. The ball may now be raised intentionally and directly using a push, flick or scoop action; this action must be conducted safely.
There is no tournament hotel. Teams are responsible for making their own arrangements. B.C. School Sports has a link to hotels in the general vicinity of the Burnaby venue.
First Aid Protocol
A trainer will be in attendance during this event. Ice will be available at all fields. In accordance with FIH regulations, the umpires will assess the injury and ask for help if needed. In case of minor events, the umpires may wave the coach onto the field. Coaches are not to enter the field of play until waved on. For more significant injuries, especially those to the head, the umpires will ask for the trainer. In either circumstance, the player must remain on the sidelines for at least 2 minutes after the resumption of play. Ambulances are to be called by the Tournament Technical officials only. For injuries that do not require an ambulance but do need extra medical attention, the Burnaby General Hospital is within 15 minutes of the field. Directions will be provided as part of the coaches’ technical information package. The tournament committee DOES NOT have a vehicle to transport players to hospital.
Code of Conduct
All players, coaches, team officials and parents are expected to abide by the BCSS Code of Conduct at all times.