BCSS is proud to announce the launch of STARS – Student Athlete Registration System. The new system should be much faster and help you register your teams more efficiently and accurately. Please click on the “Registration Login” button in the top right-hand corner of our website to get started. Please let BCSS know if you have any questions or concerns and we will help you out as quickly as possible.
Check out the latest issue of Learn – The Magazine of BC Education to find an article by The Honourable Bruce Preston, Commissioner for Teacher Regulation.  In the article you will find helpful information to assist you with coaching your teams.  The article, titled “Professional Conduct Advisory On Coaching School Sports”, can be found on page 22 of Learn, or in the PDF copy found here:
Full Schedule:  Largest-ever Special Olympics BC provincial team set for first home-province National Games since 1990   With the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games set to return to British Columbia this year for the first time since 1990, the 359 members of Special Olympics BC’s biggest provincial team ever are ready to shine on this significant national stage.   Team BC 2014 is comprised of 275 athletes with intellectual disabilities, 70 coaches, and 14 mission staff from 39 communities around the province. At the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games in Vancouver July 8 to 12, the SOBC athletes will go for gold in 11 sports: 10-pin bowling, 5-pin bowling, aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, and softball.   “The Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games are the first National Games to be held in B.C. since 1990, and our athletes are going to be ready to dominate on home soil,” said Shawn Fevens, Team BC Chef de Mission. “Team BC has a dedicated and talented group of athletes and coaches who have been working hard for three years to reach this level. I know their abilities and their sportsmanship will inspire everyone watching and will show what is so amazing about Special Olympics sport.”   Since qualifying for their spots on Team BC 2014 through their performances at the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games in Langley, the provincial team athletes and coaches have been hard at work with the team training program to help them be at their best at the National Games. The athletes have been putting in a lot of time and effort in their home communities both on and off their fields of play, logging hours of training in their sports as well as taking on dry-land training, improving their physical fitness, and stepping up their nutrition.   Team BC athletes and coaches have benefitted from significant support from the world-class Allinger Consulting International team – authors of the Own the Podium program – as well as coaches and trainers from the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, provincial sport organizations, mental performance consultants, and other expert organizations. For the first time, Team BC is also using elite sport science, technology, and tracking tools to help our athletes and coaches be at their very best when it comes time to compete at the 2014 Games venues at the UBC Vancouver campus, the University Golf Club, and The Zone Bowling Centre in Richmond.   Special Olympics competitions operate on a four-year cycle for both summer and winter sports. Athletes compete in regional events and then Provincial Games to advance to National Games, and Special Olympics Canada Games are the qualifiers for Special Olympics World Games. In Vancouver, athletes will be competing for the opportunity to advance to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Through these competitions and training, Special Olympics athletes empower themselves and inspire everyone around them as they set and achieve goals, build pride and confidence with their achievements, and forge valued friendships.   The Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games will see 1,700 Special Olympics athletes, coaches, and mission staff members from across the country come together to compete in Vancouver, creating an outstanding display of sport and sportsmanship in 11 sports, including three making their debut at the National Games level: basketball, bocce, and golf.     About Special Olympics BC Special Olympics BC is dedicated to providing individuals with intellectual disabilities opportunities to enrich their lives and celebrate personal achievement through positive sport experiences. In 57 communities around the province, we provide year-round training and competitive opportunities in 18 different sports to more than 4,300 athletes of all ages and abilities, thanks to the dedicated efforts of over 3,300 volunteers. For more information, please visit Find us on Facebook and Twitter: | @sobcsociety.   Media contact Megan Grittani-Livingston SOBC Manager, Communications T: 604.737.3077 | E:
The BCSS AGM Package 2 is now ready for your review.  Please view it in the AGM Resources section.
Congratulations to Mo Williams 2014 Presidents' Award Winner presented by Sport BC
Preparations for the 2014 AGM have begun.  Please visit the AGM Resources page for more information on nominations, resolutions and logistical information regarding the weekend. You should have recieved an e-mail with this information if you are an Athletic Director or Principal at a Member School.  If you did not receive this e-mail, please contact as soon as possible so we can ensure you are included on future communications.
Introduction As the governing body for school sport in British Columbia, BC School Sports (BCSS) has a strong history of using a committee structure to oversee the running of our organization. The School Membership Disciplinary Committee (SMDC) convenes when issues of compliance with the Rules and Regulations arise. The SMDC is to meet as soon as possible (within twenty (20) working days of receipt of the initial charge). The SMDC designated in of the Constitution and Bylaws, after investigating the charges, shall rule on one of the points listed in During the process of rebuilding the registration system for the 440 schools and the 100,000 student-athletes involved in school sport in BC, the office staff have found some issues with the student transfer processes that some schools were using in the Exnet system. Some of these could be easily corrected by BCSS staff, for some the schools were contacted and the issues are quickly fixed and some were more complex. This process is still ongoing and will continue until Exnet is cleaned up. Facts At the end of November, BCSS staff discovered that a member school was using the rule D9.8.5 of the Rules and Regulations “District Academic Program” to register incoming students to their International Baccalaureate (IB) and French Immersion (FI) programs. D9.8.5 is for students who attend a short term program at a different school and are only eligible to compete for their original school under this rule. This member school has both IB and FI programs.  The Pre IB grade 10 program takes in approximately 120 students per year and the IB grade 11 program takes in 135 students per year.  Not all students are from outside of the school. Over the last 5 years over 150 students were transferred by this school on Exnet using the D9.8.5 rule and not the proper process of doing an application to the Eligibility Officer. Some students would have been immediately eligible, some would not have been deemed eligible and some would have required further information. There were also other student-athletes that were transferred into the school for other reasons.  The eligibility of these student-athletes was considered as well. Timeline November 15, 2013 – BCSS became aware of the incorrect transfers on Exnet December 3, 2013 – Christine Bradstock, BCSS Executive Director met with representatives from the school, explained the situation and requested that Eligibility Applications be sent in for all students who would not be considered eligible. December 17, 2013 – The first 5 eligibility applications were submitted to the Eligibility Officer. January, 2014 – E-mails were exchanged, some applications and other documents were submitted but not everything. January 27, 2014 – SMDC met to consider facts, review documentation and make a decision regarding discipline.  Representatives from the school were invited and encouraged to attend, they elected not to come. February 2014 – SMDC requested more information and a second and third meeting occurred. The school attended the third meeting. Issues The SMDC has looked at the data and assessed the situation in two ways: Looking closely at nearly 150 student-athlete transfers that occurred over the last 5 years: it was determined that the proper process of transferring student-athletes into this school had not been followed. Most of these transfer reasons were listed as D9.8.5 District Academic Program when in fact they were students entering the IB and FI programs. There were some student-athletes that were transferred in without going through any process at all. The amount of time taken to go through the list was long but the SMDC was pleased to do the process so that they understood the situation in detail. Looking at the school’s process with respect to student-athlete transfers and registration: as the job of the SMDC is to determine the discipline of the school member, this is the area that they spent most of their time on when they first met on Monday, January 27; reconvened on Tuesday, February 4; and reconvened again on Friday, February 14.  When a school has not fulfilled their condition for maintenance of membership under Article II 2.3 then the SMDC can rule under Article III of the Constitution and Bylaws. Submissions The SMDC respectfully leaves the decision of each individual student-athletes eligibility up to the BCSS office and the Eligibility Officer for their determination. School administration acknowledged that proper practice had not been followed in the past. Practice was the responsibility of AD, who is now moved to a different school.  The school has submitted over 25 Eligibility Applications to date for students who had already played. As a result of these applications, most students were deemed eligible, some students were deemed not eligible and some games were forfeited. Analysis It was the wish of the SMDC and of BCSS to have as many student-athletes as possible properly registered online, and to be able to be eligible and play school sports.  The SMDC and BCSS both wished to have the Athletic Director and school Administration understand the rules and be positively engaged in the school sport community.  It is also the hope that the member school take responsibility for their job of ensuring that student-athletes are eligible before playing, and that proper process is followed to ensure student-athletes were eligible. Conclusion The SMDC has ruled under (b) (iv) of the Constitution and Bylaws with the following: A letter of reprimand be sent to the member school administration outlining the violations that were discovered and an acknowledgment of the willingness of the school to work cooperatively and proactively with BCSS in the future to ensure all instances of student-transfer and athletic eligibility are managed according to BCSS policy and regulations. A probationary period is waived due to the fact that it is a first offense. Prior to September 30, 2014 the member school’s Athletic Director initiate and schedule an in person meeting with the Executive Director of BCSS at the BCSS office. During this meeting they will review expected practices, procedures and the applicable regulations and processes in place with regard to student-athlete eligibility.  This is intended to ensure that there is an educative and supportive component that is put in place to avoid errors in the interpretation of student-athlete transfer eligibility in the future. A fine of $2000 that will cover the out of pocket expenses associated with this process. A report to be completed by the BCSS office that outlines the process, nature of the violations and the disciplinary outcome. This report will be posted in the next BCSS newsletter for the purpose of informing all member schools about the process as well as to assist in educating them.  The member school will not be named in the newsletter.
Congratulations to Maple Ridge Secondary School (Girls Team) from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Secondary School(Boys Team) from Pitt Meadows for being selected to represent our province at the 2014 Nike High School Grand Prix in Toronto.  You can learn more about the event and see what other teams are competing by checking out the press release.
TELUS is once again sponsoring the BCSSGBA Scholarships Program.  The $2,000 scholarships will be presented to five female student athletes that will be continuing their post-secondary education and basketball career at a Canadian College or University for the 2014/15 academic year. Please see the attached scholarship application form for the Student-Athletes on your teams.  The applications are due February 28, 2014.
Ken Dryden Concussion Symposium occurring on Jan. 28, 2014 from 5-9 P.M.   Seating is limited RSVP required at:   Join Ken Dryden as he talks about concussions with BC athletes, physicians, researchers, and sports officials, from awareness of the problem to awareness of its answers.   This event will highlight the importance of the soon-tobe released Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) developed by the BCIRPU in partnership with the BC Ministry of Health. Created for parents, players, coaches and trainers, the CATT will build on a number of existing resources, including the CATT for physicians and health professionals, to provide an educational training tool that will raise awareness of concussion as well as the need for proper management and prevention. For more information visit:   Please see the attached flyer (PDF) for more information about this event.
BCSS would like to recognize outstanding coaches in our schools.  If you know of a coach who has done an excellent job mentoring student-athletes in their sport, or someone who has gone above and beyond this past fall season, we encourage you to nominate them for this award. Please use the form (below) to submit your nomination package.  Nominations must be submitted by an Athletic Director or Principal.  The due date for nominations is January 10, 2014. Please click here to get the form.   Please direct all inquiries to
To apply to have your team considered for this event, please contact  Dear Teacher and Coaches,We hope that all of you had a fantastic summer! As the school year starts ramping up and high school track and field teams begin planning for the 2013/2014 season, the Nike High School Grand Prix would like to inform all Canadian high schools of ourplans for the 2014 event.The Nike High School Grand Prix was born to inspire excellence in high school athletes, unite student athletes across the nation, and celebrate the sport of track and field. We would like all 12 provincial and territorial school sport associations to submit one boys school team and one girls school team to represent their province at the 2014 event.Here is some key information you need to know:• LOCATION: Toronto, Ontario• FACILITY: Varsity Stadium, University of Toronto• ACCOMMODATIONS: Victoria University, University of Toronto Campus• KEY DATES:o November 25, 2013: Teams selected by Provincial/Territorial highschool athletic associationo Week of January 13, 2014: Official Announcement/Press Release ofthe participating teamso Week of January 13, 2014: Information & fundraising kits sent to allparticipating teamso February 2014: Track event and weekend activities information sharedwith participating teamso May 7-11, 2014: Nike High School Grand Prix event weekend- Select distant school teams will be required to fly in onWednesday evening (May 7, 2014)• COST: $675.00 per participating student athlete & teacher coach from outside Ontario; $400.00 per participating student athlete & teacher coach from Ontarioo Cost includes: Travel to and from Toronto, 3 nights accommodation, transportation in Toronto, meals, track & field competition, athletic banquet, city tours, and additional Toronto cultural experiences. IMPORTANT INFORMATION:o Each team must be composed of a minimum of 10 and maximum of 13 student athletes; 2 teacher coaches must accompany each teamo All athletes on the team must be the same gendero Participants must be in grades 10, 11 or 12 (or equivalent)o Excluding the Yukon and Northwest Territories, all 10-13 student athletes and 2 teacher coaches must be from the same schoolo One (1) school representing the boys team & one (1) school representing the girls team will be selected from each province and territoryo Selected school teams should not have participated in the 2012 or 2013 Nike HSGPTo learn more about the Nike High School Grand Prix please visit our website at or visit our Facebook page at and Like us!If you have any questions, please contact your provincial/territorial School Sport Canada representative directly or contact the Nike High School Grand Prix team at the email address listed below.Good luck with your submissions and hope to see you in Toronto for the 2014 Nike High School Grand Prix!Best Regards,Nike High School Grand Prix team E: PLEASE SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION
My name is Arieon Trinity and I am reaching out to you on behalf of the NCAA to let you know about the 2013 Divison I Women's Volleyball Championship being played at the KeyArena in Seattle, WA. Also, during the Championship Weekend is the AVCA's Annual Coaches Convention December 18-22nd at the Washington State Convention Center! I wanted to reach out to you directly so you would have the best chance to attend the championships on December 19th & 21st!  The AVCA' Annual Coach's Convention is the largest gathering of volleyball coaches and vendors in the world. More that 2,000 coaches, 100 exhibitors and 70 educational sessions featuring the top coaches in the US and Canada, The Head Coach of The University of British Columbia will be one of our Keynote speakers. Programming geared to all levels, indoor & beach male and female players. Package pricing ranging from $469 for 5 days to $189 for the weekend only. The best part for you, your family, friends, and coaches is that the NCAA is offering great group rates for groups 10 people or larger, as well as great individual All-Session rates with NO additional FEES! All you need to do is contact me directly at 206-973-0606 and we can hand pick your exact location and make sure you have the best seats in the house. I am looking forward to talking with you soon and having you out to the KeyArena for the 2013 Women’s Volleyball Championship! I hope to hear from you soon!
Abbotsford Sr AA Girls basketball is looking for tournaments to play in please contact: Daryl Dix at 604-850-3511 Duchess Park Jr Boys Basketball is looking for torunaments to play please contact AL at
Congratulations to Handsworth becoming 2013 AAA Girls Field Hockey Champions
BC School Sports Announces new partnerships for the 2013-2014 school year.