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August 5, 2022
Volunteer Postings

VMFHL is looking for volunteers to fill role of Umpiring Director and Discipline Chairman. The umpiring director offers $3000 honorarium. If interested please apply to by August 19.


Volunteer Job Description – Discipline Chairman

Name of Organization:

  • Vancouver Men’s Field Hockey League Board (executive)


Volunteer Job Title:

  • Discipline Chairman


Date of Commencement of Job

  • Effective the date of volunteer work commences


Job Description:

  • The VMFHL Discipline Chairman is a volunteer part-time position to be appointed by the VMFHL board (executive). This volunteer reports to the President and the board (executive).


Job Description:

  • The League Administrator will receive discipline reports and complaints from umpires, TDs, captains, managers and coaches.
  • Upon receiving a complaint, the Discipline Chairman will investigate and shall decide what action should be taken (before teams next game). The decision will be reviewed by league executive board member(s).
  • The club of the offending player (to be disciplined) should be notified of possible disciplinary action immediately. 
  • To support the Discipline Chairman three documents provide the framework for decision making:
    1. Discipline Guidelines,
    2. VMFHL Bylaws (Sections 5 and Section 8)
    3. VMFHL Code of Conduct. 
  •  There is no appeal of any suspension of 30 days (minimum of 4 games) or less.


Hours of Work Per Week:

  • Hours per week will be approximately 0-5 hours depending on the week. 


Length of Appointment:

  • The Discipline Director position is appointed each year by the VMFHL board (executive).  The volunteer position ends at the end of each VMFHL season (end of playoffs), usually March.  The term of the position is approximately, but not limited to a 24 week season. 


  • The Discipline Director works directly with the League Administrator.  Discipline Director takes direction and guidance from the League Executive through the President (and in the President's absence, the Vice-President).  Last season the Discipline Chairman was supported by both the President and Vice-President in their decision making in their first year. 


Volunteer Job Description – Umpire Coordinator

(Revised 03-Aug-2022)



Name of Organization:

  • Vancouver Men’s Field Hockey League Board (executive)


Volunteer Job Title:

  • Umpire Coordinator


Date of Commencement of Job

  • Effective the date of volunteer work commences


Job Description:

  • The VMFHL umpire coordinator is a volunteer part-time position to be appointed by the VMFHL board (executive) and an honorarium as set forth below. This volunteer reports to the League Administrator and the board (executive).


Position Requirements:

  • Responsible for coordinating all umpire activity for VMFHL, including regular season games, playoff games and the New Castle Shield tournament (if applicable).  Responsible for hiring umpires, maintaining umpire schedule, coordinating for umpire payment with Treasurer, and ensuring that all games are covered.  Must be available by phone during scheduled game times in case of a no-show, and will be responsible for contacting a replacement.


Position Responsibilities:


Pre-Season –

  • Hire all umpires for upcoming season
  • Coordinate umpire clinics for proper training of younger umpires.
  • Review FHC rule changes to make recommendations for changes.
  • Create Umpire Briefing document and host an Umpire Briefing Session where all Umpires must attend at the beginning of the season. 


In-Season –

  • Manage all umpire activity and be readily available for rules discussions.
  • Act as Umpire coordinator for New Castle Shield tournament.
  • Address any umpire concerns from coaches, managers or executive.
  • Manage game sheets and update them to the website
  • Umpire Training – send out regular email updates to umpires
  • Umpire Mentoring – schedule umpire assessors and mentors


End of Season –

  • Ensure all umpires have been paid properly and if not, contact Treasurer to resolve the situation.
  • Provide a brief summary of the year (Umpire Coordinator’s Report), including recommendations, for inclusion in the minutes of the AGM board meeting.



  • $3,000 per season


Hours of Work Per Week:

  • Hours per week will be approximately 7.5 hours. 


Length of Appointment:

  • The Umpire Coordinator position is appointed each year by the VMFHL board (executive).  The volunteer position ends at the end of each VMFHL season (end of playoffs), usually March.  The term of the position is approximately, but not limited to a 20 week season. 


Organizational Structure:

  • The Umpire Coordinator works directly with the League Administrator on the day to day business of scheduling umpires.  Both the Umpire Coordinator and the League Administrator work with the club contacts and umpires in the performance of their duties.  The Umpire Coordinator and League Administrator take direction and guidance from the League Executive through the President (and in the President's absence, the Vice-President). 


March 21, 2022
Premier: Saturday 12pm UBC - Hawks-A versus Lakers-Gobind Sarvar-A

Comp-1: Sunday 2:45pm TAM-1 - India-B versus Hawks-B

Comp-2: Saturday 2:45pm TAM-2 - United Brothers-B versus India-C

March 16, 2022
March 19-20 Semi-finals schedule !!!
Premier semi-finals :

Saturday, March 19 12:00pm TAM-2 Lakers-Gobind Sarvar-A vs. West Van-A 1:00pm HAMBER Vancouver Hawks-A vs. Surinder Lions-A

Comp-1 semi-finals:

Saturday, March 19 3:15pm HAMBER Vancouver Hawks-B vs. Dashmesh-B

Sunday, March 20 2:45pm TAM-1 India Club-B vs. Lakers-Gobind Sarvar-B

Comp-2 semi-finals:

Saturday, March 19 2:45pm TAM-2 India Club-C vs. West Coast Kings-B

Sunday, March 20 1:00pm TAM-1 United Brothers-B vs. Masters

March 15, 2022
Congratulations to all league winners!
This post is to congratulate all league winners:

Premier : Vancouver Hawks-A Competitive-1: India Club-B Competitive-2: United Brothers-B

January 9, 2022
Schedule Posted!

The schedule has been posted until March 5/6 weekend. The schedule for rest of March will be held until sometime in February, at this time we will have clearer picture of what games remain and what potential play-off matches may be which will help us better plan our schedule for last three (3) weekends in March. We will provide division breakdown of what is happening/plan.

Premier division: will play continuous double round robin with make- up games on family day weekend as agreed upon in annual general meeting. If the weather allows we will have two free weekends in March to schedule some exhibition games before semi finals and finals.

Comp-1 and 2: the double round-robin games for Comp-1 and 2 will be over January 23, at this time the divisions will split into top four and bottom four like we have done previously when there were 8 teams in one competitive division. The top four bottom four matches will begin February 5/6 weekend, January 30/31 will be used to play and “make-up” games from earlier in the season. We must ensure all make-up games left for Comp-1 and 2 are played before we continue otherwise, we won’t have accurate top four bottom four positions. If the weather allows we will have quarter finals on March 12/13, we will keep March 5/6 open for additional games if required. Teams placing 1 and 2 in each division will have direct pass to semi-final on March 19/20, 3-6 will play Q finals on March 12/13.

Recreational division: continuous round-robin .

Sincerely, Gary Sangha

League Administrator- VMFHL

December 12, 2021
All games cancelled December 12
Due to the weather circumstances all games today on Sunday, December 12 will be cancelled.
December 5, 2021
Sunday December 5
9:00am and 10:30am games on Tamanawis-1 and Tamanawis-2 have been cancelled. 10:30am game at EH is cancelled. 12pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm games on Tam-1 and Tam-2 are on.
December 4, 2021
Saturday, December 4 field conditions
Field condition update Saturday, December 4 at 10:50am. Games are on at UBC, Eric Hamber, Tam-1 and Rutledge. Tam-2 will be reassessed in 45 minutes.
November 19, 2021
COVID-19 Return to Play - PHO Order Revision - November 17 2021
Provincial Health Office (PHO) Gathering and Events Order was further revised November 17, 2021.

The revised PHO Order on Gatherings and Events includes several updates that are relevant to sport.

The major changes to be aware of are:

Outdoor sport programs and events do not require proof of vaccination, which includes supervisors of all sport programs and events.

It remains important to note that COVID-19 Restrictions and/or Facility Operator Restrictions still apply and should be adhered to over and above the requirements within the PHO Order.

VMFHL would like to remind everybody that you still have to be double vaccinated to participate as an official or supervisor capacity. Unpaid supervisors, coaches and assistants of sports and group activities for people 21 years or younger must be fully vaccinated.

October 28, 2021
Rutledge Field
The two games Saturday at Rutledge Field between West Van-A versus Surinder Lions-A and West Van-B versus Jokers-B have been cancelled. The city has decided to proceed with painting the field. The games will be postponed to next available make up weekend.
August 1, 2021
Job Posting : Vancouver Hawks.
Dear Field Hockey Community, Vancouver Hawks are delighted to announce that we are expanding our staff to better serve our community, and as such are seeking applicants for the position of Technical Director. Vancouver Hawks Field Hockey Club (VHFHC) is the second- largest field hockey club in North America, boasting around 900 members from the ages of 3 to 83. VHFHC is community-focused and supports play for a wide variety of members including youth and adult leagues, recreational and high-performance programs, indoor and outdoor hockey, and everything in-between. VHFHC is committed to improving the experience in the club for players, coaches and officials. The player pathway describes the experience of each player as they move through their hockey career, whether social, competitive, high performance, youth, adult or masters level. Similarly the coaching pathway guides the careers of our coaches, while the officials pathway speaks to the umpires and technical staff. The Technical Director’s role will be to lead, organize and administer the technical aspects of Vancouver Hawks field hockey player, coaching and umpiring pathways. For a complete job description please visit This permanent part-time position is now open for applications. Please send a resume and cover letter briefly outlining your relevant experience and reasons for applying to Application close date is Aug 15, 2021
July 28, 2021
Registration & Deposit Due August 5
Team registration and non-refundable deposit of $500 is due August 5. Please register your teams by emailing, please contact the league administrator Gary Sangha or treasurer Jasbir Tatla for deposit arrangements.
July 19, 2021
AGM Meeting
Hello Everyone, the executive has arranged for an annual general meeting on July 22,2021 on the zoom platform, meeting will start 7:15pm with registration opening 7:00pm. Each club should have 1 voting representative present at the meeting please designate that individual 3 days before the meeting (July 19). Other members are free to attend the meeting.

The 2021/2022 season will be as close to a normal season as via Sport and the provincial health officer will safely allow. We will still require waivers and a safety plan. The current return to sport guidelines (effective June 15) are in “phase/step 2”. Reference screenshot for your convenience.

If there is somebody who would like to join the executive, please reach out to Colbin or my-self with your interest, below positions are up for re-election this year.

• President (Colbin Wong)

• Secretary (Ranbir Kahlon)

• Member at large (Hartinder Khangura)

• Member at large (Pawan Kullar)

January 14, 2021
PHO Extension

The provincial health officer ordered an extension of the restrictions to all events and sports activities until Feb 5, 2021. The latest update for outdoor group sport restrictions is here: December 28, 2020: Updates to province-wide restrictions for sport

When competitive outdoor team sports are allowed to return, the VMFHL executive will work quickly to ensure a safe and structured league is restarted as soon as possible with an updated safety plan to reflect the latest guidelines and restrictions.

Fingers crossed that 2021 is a better year for everyone and that field hockey (and many other aspects of our lives) may return to normal sooner than later.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to do their part in keeping transmission low: 1) keeping their distance from others 2) wearing a mask when going out in public 3) staying close to home whenever possible

Stay safe, stay fit, stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing everyone on the pitch in person when restrictions are fully lifted and this is all over.


VMFHL Executive

December 5, 2020
PHO extended to January 8, 2021
The restrictions put in place for sports have been extended to January 8, 2021.

This means that there are no adult activities permitted including games. All indoor and outdoor team sports for people 19 years of age and older are suspended. The Province's website lists a number of sports as examples, and it is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list. All team sports must follow these restrictions.

November 9, 2020
Pause on games
The VMFHL executive met on Saturday Nov 7 at 7PM to hold an emergency zoom executive meeting and unanimously decided to pause the league for 2 weekends in compliance with the Provincial Heath Officer (PHO) order travel advisory. Our league spans 2 health authorities (Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health) with exponential growth in COVID-19 cases.

When the travel restrictions are lifted and when it is safe to do so, the executive will announce plans to restart the league safely. We are hoping that the restrictions will be lifted in 2 weeks (Monday, November 23rd at 12PM noon).

During this two week break, we urge everyone to take every precaution recommended including: washing hands often, keeping your distance from others not in your immediate household, and wearing a 3 layer non medical mask if you are able to when going out in public.

November 8, 2020
All Games Suspended For 2 Weeks
As per the new Provincial Health Officer Order put in place for all individuals across the Lower Mainland our VMFHL executive has decided to pause our league until Monday, November 23,2020. Effective immediately all games will be postponed. A formal announcement will go out to all clubs shortly.
October 2, 2020
Updated VMFHL Safety Plan attached
Please find the revised version of the safety plan. There have been two changes displayed on pages 5 & 6, the changes are in blue. The plan has also been posted on the website as a prerequisite by Field Hockey BC. The first change is that teams can have an utmost roster of 20 players, only 18 players will be allowed to participate in any given game. Previously we were thinking that we could extend the maximum roster however we must follow the updated guidelines put forward by via sport and Field Hockey BC. The second change is restricting all players participating in Field Hockey in British Columbia to strictly one cohort. The VMFHL was primarily restricting players to participating in one cohort however partaking in a second cohort (in a different league) was allowed according to the previous guidelines put forward by via sport and FHBC. There is an exclusion on all provincial and or national level accredited athletes which are exempt from the restriction.
September 24, 2020
VMFHL Safety Plan
The VMFHL safety plan has been posted under downloads, please review and if you have any questions please reach out to Colbin Wong ( and or Gary Sangha (
September 10, 2020
Annual General Meeting
VMFHL Annual General Meeting will be on September 24 at 7 PM. Due to this year‘s special circumstances the annual general meeting will be held over zoom. Each club must be represented by one individual, failure to do so will result in fines according to the bylaws. Only one representative will be allowed per club maximum. The details for the zoom meeting will be sent out shortly. We will be sending out the meeting details directly to the club representatives so they can distribute it to one designated representative.
September 9, 2020
Restart Plan
VMFHL executive met tonight to restart the league. As a local sport organization the VMFHL executive has been tasked with making many safety decisions in order to return to play.

The following are some of those recommendations that will lower the risk of transmission of COVID-19 while maintaining the sport in a safe and familiar format:

Reduced Game Times: Two 30 minute halves, 7 minute half time for break and sanitizing high tough surfaces, approx 11.5 minutes before game to sanitize high touch surfaces, 11.5 minutes after game to sanitize high touch surfaces.

Cohorts: We will be playing games within cohorts of 4 teams. Each division will have either 8 teams or 12 teams.

A Team will consist of maximum of 21 participants on any given game:

* 18 players

* 1 coach/manager

* 1 safety officer

* 1 first aid attendant/trainer (optional)

* Each team will have 11 designated players for the exception of recreational.

* Non designated players can switch teams/cohorts if they do not play in the VMFHL for 14 days.

* A game will consist or 2 teams (maximum 42 participants) – below the threshold of 50 people.

* Players must play in only 1 cohort within the VMFHL at any given time.

* Coaches/managers, safety officers, first aid attendants/trainers, umpires and TDs (for premier division) can participate in 2 VMFHL cohorts as long as they are maximizing their social distancing of 2 metres in both cohorts.

* In order to discourage players from participating in games while sick or showing symptoms of being sick, there will be cohort games organized in single or double round robins (no playoffs/trophies will be awarded this year). There is also a time limitation as we will be starting the league late.

* Club team divisions will be grandfathered from end of 2019/2020 season to the 2021/2022 season.

* Team declaration deadline is Sept 28, 2020

* This years divisional change requests will be decided on a case by case basis in order to fill each division with 4, 8 or 12 teams.

Important Dates:

* AGM date: Sept 24 @ 7PM

* Team Declaration Deadline: Sept 28

* League Restart Date October 17/18th weekend

* League will stop on the December 5/6th weekend

* League Restart Date Jan 16/17th weekend

* League will stop Mar 27/28th weekend (no playoffs)

* Family Day weekend will be a make-up weekend if required.

The detailed VMFHL Safety Plan will be finalized and published asap.

Please note that the above recommendations have been made for the safety of everybody, once we commence regular play we will go back to the original bylaws/rules. We will also be asking the membership to approve these recommendations/guidelines in the upcoming annual general meeting.

August 30, 2020
Update on Phase 3 Return To Sport
In our last notice we indicated Field Hockey BC (our parent Provincial Sport Organization) was meeting last week to finalize the field hockey standards and policies for Local Sport Organizations like VMFHL. However that meeting will be happening Thursday September 3, the VMFHL executive will provide an update after that meeting. We anticipate to provide the next update next Friday September 4.
August 24, 2020
Phase 3 Return To Sport Guidelines
Today the provincial government announced that we are now in Phase 3 Return To Sport Guidelines. The new guidelines are current as of August 24, 2020. Field Hockey BC (our parent Provincial Sport Organization) is meeting this week to finalize the field hockey standards and policies for Local Sport Organizations (LSOs) like VMFHL. As soon as those Field Hockey BC standards and policies are communicated to the VMFHL, the executive aims to re-start the VMFHL within 4 weeks. If necessary, the re-start may be longer than 4 weeks. We must ensure adequate planning and preparation has been done for the safest possible re-start.
March 13, 2020
There was a recommendation by VMFHL executive to suspend all games for the next 30 days. This recommendation was sent to the club representatives and voted on, as of 7:37 on March 13th 11 clubs supported the recommendation & 0 against. All of the games will be suspended for the next 30 days.
February 8, 2020
Important: FHBC AGM
The FHBC AGM meeting will take place Monday, February 10th at 6:30pm at Fortius Sport & Health in Burnaby. If you plan on carrying non verified proxy votes you must be in line by 6:15pm.
January 17, 2020
January 18th/19th- all games cancelled
11:15am All games January 18th and 19th are cancelled.

January 11, 2020
Jan 11/12 games at Tam & Eric Hamber CANCELLED
9:45am Tamanawis & Eric Hamber games are CANCELLED January 11th and 12th.

Games at Rutledge are ON.

December 2, 2019
Lost Ritual Stick
lost field hockey stick


last seen at Hamber on Nov.30 (Saturday) afternoon

Reply To:

October 27, 2019
Tokyo Olympic Games
Congratulations Team Canada on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games in a dramatic sudden death shoot out over Ireland.

September 30, 2019
Olympic Qualifiers - Men's Home Game Tickets Now Available
With just under one month to go before our national teams take on Ireland for a place in next year’s Olympic Games, ticket sales are available for the Men's home games in West Vancouver on 26-27th October.

Purchase your tickets by October 12th to get early bird pricing.

Ticket sales for the men’s home games are now live. Tickets can be purchased here: vs-ireland-tickets-74056120851?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

September 15, 2019
Jokers player lost stick at ERIC HAMBER
Green Voodoo hockey stick on Saturday, Sept 14 at Eric Hamber.

Stick was left on the ground after a game which ended around 6:00pm.

Please contact VMFHL league administrator if found (

September 11, 2019
Game Time Structure
All Divisions- The matches will be played with 4 x 17 minute quarters (running time), there will be 2 minutes break between quarters and 5 minute halftime (after 2 quarters). The side will be switched after 2 quarters (halftime).
August 14, 2019
Important - Player Registration
1) Each club to submit a team registration list including 11 (minimum) “designated” players, rec division teams are not required to do so. The 11 players submitted must play a minimum of 60%, failure to do so will result in points subtracted from the standings. An up-to-date tracking file will be kept and monitored

2) Ensure all players are paid FHBC members for the 2019-2020 membership year, players who participate without valid membership will cause forfeitures.

3) Get list ready to send to league admin, the deadline is 2 days before the first match.

4) The league admin will assign the VMFHL id numbers for your players.

5) All players MUST have a valid FHBC player ID card for the club they will be participating with, any new players and transfers must get new cards.

6) Go to "DOWNLOADS" for the 2019-2020 ROSTER Forms and the 2019-2020 GAME SHEETS that teams are required to use.

Any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact VMFHL league administrator Gary Sangha ( and or 778-668-4121.

July 13, 2019
Clubs now Recruiting for New Members
This is the time of the year when our clubs look for new members to add to their rosters. You can go to the club websites links for contact info. One of our clubs (VRC Jokers) asked me to remind everyone that this is the recruiting drive time of the year. There are lots of summer tournaments and non-League events going on May-June-July-August, so a new member signing up now can still get lots of hockey action before the League season in September.
July 13, 2019
Looking for Coaches
Coaches wanted!

Burnaby Lake Field Hockey Club seeks coaching staff to join the club for the upcoming 2019-2020 season beginning this September. BLFHC is part of the Vancouver Women’s Field Hockey Association (VWFHA) and requires experienced coaches or assistant coaches to support and lead the athletes of our Women’s program.

Teams practice once a week every Thursday, 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex and play games on the weekend (usually Saturdays) in and around the Lower Mainland. The club prides itself on promoting an inclusive, competitive and fun atmosphere with a focus on team play, skills and respect for the game and each other.

All coaches are paid an honorarium as recognition for their time and contributions.

Please reply directly to if you are interested in joining our club.

Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.


Brooke Melton, BLFHC Women's Club Captain

July 12, 2019
Summer Events
Our National Team played the Final of the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 10. After topping their pool with wins over USA, Mexico, and Peru they went on to down Chile 2-1 in the semis. They met their longtime rivals Argentina in the Gold Medal Game, but, despite scoring first, Canada fell 5-2 to Argentina. So it's on to the Olympic Qualifiers in October-November 2019...

Canada's National Women upset the USA in one of the women's semi-finals, but were downed by Argentina in the August 9th Final for the women. Silver Medals for both of Canada's teams.

The International Golden Oldies Festival of Hockey is at Rutledge and Ambleside Fields on September 15-22, 2019. Teams from Canada, Ireland, USA, Australia, Germany, Fiji, Hong Kong, England, Argentina, New Zealand, Chile.

June 30, 2019
Masters Team in VMFHL - new proposal
Proposed Masters Team in VMFHL 2019-20 season

“Men’s Masters Players Wanted for VMFHL Development Team” for Vancouver Area Men’s Field Hockey Players born 1960-1975

What: In order to prepare for the next Masters World Cup in 2020, Field Hockey Canada is exploring the option of entering a Masters Development team into the Vancouver Men’s League for the 2019/2020 season. This team will be for players born 1960-1975, and it is proposed that it will be entered in Competitive Division. John Sacre has tentatively agreed to coach the team.

The intention is that interested players could play for their club team as well as the Masters Development team if they chose to do so. Other details to be determined.

When: League Play from Sept 2019 - March 2020

Why: In 2018, Canada sent a men’s over 50 Master’s team to the World Cup in Barcelona. Over a nine-month period, there was an extensive and reasonably thorough schedule of training events in preparation for the World Cup tournament. The post-tournament consensus was that prospective players would further benefit from playing more regularly together. Countries such as New Zealand and Holland have Masters teams playing in their local leagues to help build their Masters programs.

How: If you are interested in playing for the Masters Development Team during the 2019/2020 season as the first step on the road to the Masters World Cup in 2020, please signup here:

*you can also use the link to sign up for Master’s teams’ tryout info.

Q: Who can I contact for more information?

A: Adam Hyde -

Q: What age groups will FHC enter in the Masters World Cup?

A: Likely one or more of O45, O50, O55, 60+(Grand Masters). It depends on numbers and quality of players. This is an ultra-competitive tournament against some of the best players ever to play hockey for their countries.

Q: How did Canada do at the last Masters World Cup ? (Over 50 teams)

A: Canada had four losses and two wins against Zimbabwe and Argentina. Canada scored in every game and fielded a competitive team. There were also two Canadian Women’s teams in Barcelona at the tournament.

Q: Where is the next Masters World Cup?

A: The 2020 Masters World Cup location has not yet been announced. The Grand Masters World Cup (60+) will be in Japan right after the 2020 Olympics and will be at the Olympic venues.

Q: How many players will be on the development team?

A: Approx 20, depends on interest and commitment levels.

Q: If I don’t play can I try out for Masters teams later?

A: Yes, tryouts for the Canadian Master’s World Cup team(s) will be in early 2020.

Q: When does the development team officially form?

A: There will likely be practice / tryouts in late August. We are also exploring the option of entering a tournament as a team in July

Adam Hyde:

June 27, 2019
Annual Pre-Season League Meeting July 24
The Annual Meeting of the Club Reps to organize the 2019-2020 VMFHL Season will be held at Burnaby Lake West meeting room #2 on July 24 at 7:00 pm.

All clubs must be represented by their Club Rep. Clubs must be in good standing (i.e. not be in arrears on any amounts outstanding from 2019) to be eligible to participate.

Club Reps should come with their cheques for $500 per team non-refundable deposits for inclusion in the new season.

April 7, 2019
Playoffs Finals Results
The knockout Cup Finals were Saturday April 6 at Eric Hamber turf. Congratulations to the winners of the three divisional finals.

PREMIER at 12:15 - India 5 vs WCK 4 after shootout

COMPETITIVE-1 at 2:00 pm - Lions-B 4 vs West Van-B 0

COMPETITIVE-2 at 4:00 pm - WCK-B 5 vs Dashmesh 1

• Thanks to the Vancouver Hawks Club for ball chasers, coffee table, BBQ, vendors tents and refreshments; and for making the field available on a very busy opening day of the GVJFHL (Junior League) season.

March 8, 2019
What Happens if Weather Causes Field Closures
If a field is unable to be used, the games scheduled on it for that weekend will be moved to later makeup times. Our "makeup" dates are the March 16-17 and 23-24 weekends pre-playoffs for makeups for higher division teams. This has been pushed ahead one weekend to be able to fit in all ppd games without any games being lost to the February bad weather. Playoffs March 30-31 (various venues) and Cup Finals at EH April 6.

If a game is postponed we always try to get out an e-mail to captains and umpires 2 to 3 hours before the game (or earlier if at all possible.) And the notice of cancellation will appear on the website at the same time if it's possible to get that up within the 2 to 3 hour window pre-game.

Sometimes a game is not cancelled in advance because conditions look "encouraging" and it looks like the game could go ahead, but everyone gets to the field and realizes that the game has to be cancelled. If that happens please phone the League Administrator with the decision so it can be posted.

In cases like this the umpires' decisions are final.

February 1, 2019
FHC Men’s Masters (Age 60+) National Team Program Seeks A Volunteer Coach
Field Hockey Canada is seeking a volunteer coach to support and lead the Men’s Masters 60+ program. The position will begin in the spring of 2019 and continue through to the Grand Masters World Cup in October 2020 in Tokyo. The position is located in Vancouver, BC where most training takes place. The FHC Masters program is athlete self-funded.

Coach Responsibilities include:

- Team building, team selection, team preparation through scheduled training camps and events

- Fitness training and assessment.

- Applying strategies and instructing athletes

- Coaching at events including the 2020 Tokyo World Cup. Although this position is a volunteer role, the coach’s travel to Tokyo and accommodation will be covered by the team. Please submit your application with resume to Don Paterson (FHC Masters Committee) at Deadline for applications is February 28, 2018. Please feel free to contact Don with any questions or for more information.

Recruiting Players in the 60+ Age Range for the FHC Men’s Masters National Team

The Men’s Masters 60+ program of Field Hockey Canada is seeking players/athletes. The goal is national team participation in the Grand Masters World Cup in October 2020 in Tokyo. Players whose birthdates are 1961 and earlier are encouraged to send in their names; we are permitted some underage players. If you are already on the FHC database from past events there is no need to apply. For new players: names, birthdates, e-addresses and telephone numbers should be sent to Don Paterson at:

Training is centred in Vancouver but arrangements for players from other provinces are made. The Masters 60+ team of 2018 had 3 Ontario and 3 Alberta athletes. The FHC program is athlete self-funded. It is anticipated that the Tokyo World Cup tour will be in the range of $3,000 - $4,000 plus transport. There will be a three-day training camp in Vancouver before the team leaves for Japan. There is the occasional requirement to travel to Vancouver for major training events. Details to be posted later.

January 28, 2019
Stick Found Jan 19 at Hamber
Saturday January 19 at Eric Hamber after the JC vs WE game - found a stick left behind.

Other teams at that field earlier that day were HB, HE, PA, SR. Could have been one of those players?

Contact league administrator with a description of the stick if you are the person who lost it.

September 30, 2018
No Games on Thanksgiving long weekend
Next VMFHL games are on October 13-14 weekend.

We don't play on the October holiday long weekend.

September 24, 2018
FIELD HOCKEY CANADA Fundraiser after Super-Saturday Games
The FHC Fundraiser at Hugo Ray Clubhouse follows our VMFHL PREMIER SUPER-SATURDAY Games at Rutledge Field (Premier Games from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm September 29)

With the FIH Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India only a few months away, the Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Team -- more formally known as the Red Caribou -- is looking to help connect with the hockey community and raise some funds to help support them along the way. Thus, they cordially invite you to the 1st Annual Red Caribou Classic at the historic Hugo Ray Clubhouse in West Vancouver on Saturday September 29th, 2018.

This informal gathering is open to club mates, friends, and family of all ages and to complement the cash bar they will have some their most accomplished Caribou chefs cooking up a mean dinner spread - so bring your appetites!

Please head to link to get your tickets, which include entry, dinner, and a drink, with all proceeds going to support the Red Caribou. There will also be optional shuttle transportation to and from Hugo Ray Clubhouse included in the cost of your ticket to help guests coming from further afield -- they’ll be updating the ticket page and this Facebook event with specific shuttle details as soon as they can.

Bus Schedule - To Hugo Ray Clubhouse:

5:15 pm from Rutledge 6:00 pm from Waterfront Station 6:45 pm from Rutledge

From Hugo Ray Clubhouse to Waterfront Station (with optional drop-off at Rutledge or Park Royal by request):

10:15 pm 11:00 pm 11:45 pm

September 18, 2018
Physical Literacy Movement Preparation - COACH WORKSHOP
September 22, 2018 | 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Eric Hamber Secondary School – Running Track Field

Please download the pdf from Downloads and see all of the information regarding this workshop being organized by Vancouver Hawks and FHBC with Sport for Life.

September 12, 2018
Lost black hockey king stick
Lost at Tamanawis-1 on Feb 9 - a black hockey king stick. to return to owner.

September 3, 2018
Game Sheets and Roster Forms
Go to DOWNLOADS for the 2018-2019 ROSTER Forms and the 2018-2019 GAME SHEETS that teams are required to use.

ROSTERS are due 3 days before your first game.

GAME SHEETS must be completed and submitted to the umpires before the start of each match.

August 8, 2018
Meralomas Seeking Coaches
Message from Meraloma Club re a call for coaches.

Meraloma Women's Field Hockey club, based out of Vancouver, is looking for coaches for the upcoming fall season. We have coaching vacancies to fill for the following teams in the Vancouver Women's Field Hockey League: Championship and Div 2. We offer our coaches compensation. Please email if you are interested in coaching one of these teams. We look forward to hearing from you!

May 7, 2018
The Joker’s Avengers Men's Field Hockey Team is seeking a new Head Coach for the 2018/19 season. The team is based out of Eric Hamber in Vancouver, with the clubhouse at Stanley Park Rowing club. This is a paid position and also covers club dues and membership to the Vancouver Rowing Club. Email your resume to Visit the Website for more information.
March 20, 2018
The Cup Finals completed on Sunday March 25....

In COMPETITIVE-1 Saturday March 17, despite a see- saw battle throughout, India-B scored the game's only goal to progress over West Vancouver-B. And Hawks-B bested Lions-C 2-1 in another close one.

Sunday's first PREMIER semi-final went to a shootout when Burnaby and West Vancouver drew 1-1 after regulation time, with West Vancouver winning the shootout. In the second PREMIER semi-final, perennial rivals UBRA and UBC met up, with UBRA coming out on top in a 5-0 scoreline.

The COMPETITIVE-2 semi-finals on March 18 had West Vancouver-C and Burnaby-C in another nail- biter, with West Vancouver-C taking it 2-1. The other semi-final was between West Coast Kings-B and Surinder Lions-D, and WCKB squeezed out the 1-0 win.


In COMP-2 it was West Coast Kings-B 3-2 versus West Vancouver-C - another nail-biter.

COMP-1 saw India-B withstand a strong Hawks-B first half to apply some serious pressure of their own in second half and end up winning 4-2.

In the PREMIER Final United Brothers-A scored first but by the second half the game was 1-1 and stayed that way in a see-saw battle until later in the half when West Vancouver-A got the go-ahead goal, then another with the clock running down and it ended 3-1 for West Van.

March 1, 2018
All VMFHL Fields were declared as re-opened and "user discretion" as of Feb 28 or March 1.

Some turf fields are still closed, but none of them are fields the VMFHL regularly uses.

January 20, 2018
November 5, 2017
Frozen Fields on November 4
November 4-5 Games

All Saturday games on TAM-2, TAM-1, EH, and RUT were postponed due to frosty and frozen fields. Too dangerous. Sunday games are still "on" for some fields since the forecast is for warmer temperatures and clear skies.

EXCEPTION: Sunday all TAM-2 games are cancelled for Nov 5 - still partial snow on field, cold and not melting. Frozen. Closed by the City of Surrey for the weekend.

ALSO, Sunday 9:00 EH and Sunday 10:30 TAM-1 cancelled - fields were frozen and needed time to thaw as the day warms up.

ALSO, the Sunday UVIC game was cancelled.

Any further change to schedules will go as e-mails or phone calls to captains and umpires.

October 1, 2017
Lost Jacket at Tamanawis
Lost - black men's lululemon zippered jacket left at Tamanawis Sunday Sept 10 after 3:00 game. if found please email Cedric Vaz :
July 23, 2017
The Annual Meeting of the VMFHL is on Wednesday, August 2 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Burnaby Lake West Complex fieldhouse in Meeting Room #2.

All clubs must be represented, and their vote is held by their President or a designated alternate if the President is unavailable. (one vote per club. No proxy votes.)

To attend and participate in this pre-season meeting the club must be "a member club in good standing" with no outstanding unpaid fees or any other encumbrances. Suspended players can not attend.

The Annual Meeting decides the playing dates, other schedule matters, the alignment of teams in divisions, any changes to Rules or policies, etc. for the 2017-18 season.

June 12, 2017
Event: India Club Tournament

Dates: June 23 to June 26 (Friday to Monday)

Venue: Tamanawis Field Hockey Park


Call for umpires from Paul Chohan...

March 20, 2017
Playoff Cup Finals
COMPETITIVE ONE Cup Final at RUTLEDGE FIELD Saturday March 25 had an exciting finish. West Van scored first, then Lions equaled and scored a second in the second half.

West Van were awarded a penalty stroke 2 minutes from full time but the shot went just wide of the post. A furious final couple of minutes ensued and West Van had more chances to even the score, but the final whistle went as West Van were entering the circle to take one last attempt. (West Van-B 1 vs Surinder Lions-B 2)

The COMPETITIVE TWO Cup Final at RUTLEDGE Saturday March 25 provided an even more nail-biting finish. Lions-C scored first. Despite Lakers having umpteen good chances in the first half there was no further scoring.

Lakers equaled in the second half and both teams went all out for the winning goal. It was a very intense last 5 minutes. In the resulting shootout competition it was tied after the first round of the shoot-out. At the end of overtime sudden-death shootouts with only one shooter still to go, Lakers scored and Lions missed. (Burnaby Lakers-C 2 vs Surinder Lions-C 1)

The PREMIER playoffs were on the April 15 and 16 weekend. Semi-finals on Saturday (WVan-A 7 vs Hawks-A 4, and WCKA 4 vs UBRA 4 - UBRA won the shootout.)

The playoffs PREMIER Cup Final on Sunday saw West Van down United Brothers 4-0 to take the double - winning both the League Challenge Cup, and the Playoffs Cup.

March 5, 2017
Snow began in all areas at around 2:00 am Sunday March 5. It is continuing to accumulate. All March 5 games are cancelled for today, and are postponed if those games are critical to playoffs placements for the teams involved.
February 19, 2017
Found Stick - call to claim it
Stick Found at Wright Field at 1:30 pm Saturday Feb 18 on one of the west benches.
February 19, 2017
Lost - a black and orange Princess. Left it in team bench area at TAM-1 at 3:00 pm. Let us know if seen or found. Thanks.
February 18, 2017
Saturday Feb 18 - Two Cancelled Games
Saturday Feb 18 - two games have been cancelled.

HC defaulted to AB (pay fine and pay turf costs)

IB vs PA postponed to a midweek fixture - no COMP-1 level league umpires available or able to take this game on Feb 18.

February 16, 2017
FEBRUARY 17 - All Fields Are Open Again
All Fields have now re-opened after the snowfall of the last 2 weeks
February 8, 2017
February 11 Masters Hockey cancelled - snow
Given that Hamber is blanketed in a thick mantle of snow, and another snow storm is forecast for Wednesday evening, and cognisant of the fact that Hamber is notoriously slow to thaw - plus there is always a couple of days delay before VPB re-opens the facility - it is with regret we advise that the painful decision has been made by our Masters Steering Committee to cancel this Saturday’s 2017 Masters Hockey Event.

Whilst we’ll be advising players via our club/team contacts of the cancellation so that they can make alternative plans for the BC Family Day weekend, if you could circulate the news as widely as possible that would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for everyone's assistance and support for this project.... Best regards.... John McB.

January 9, 2017
Jan 14-15 - Ice conditions on fields
All games December 10-11 were postponed to the Jan 14-15 or Feb 11-12 makeup weekends. There was snow Dec 9, snow already on the grounds from earlier, and a forecast for more to come, some of which was expected to be freezing rain.

The later snowfalls arrived, and the fields, frozen since mid-December have still not thawed or cleared.

As of Monday Jan 9 most Jan 14-15 games looked to be "unlikely" to go ahead.

And, as of Friday at 4:15 pm, all games were confirmed postponed and subject to re-scheduling.

November 26, 2016
NOV 26-27 - five games cancelled
Rutledge flooding problems - no games Saturday or Sunday Nov 26 at RUTLEDGE.

Sunday Nov 27 - the FALCONS vs ABBOTSFORD game at 3:00 pm TAMANAWIS is cancelled (defaulted to Falcons)

PANTHERS vs HAWKS-C Sunday Nov 27 at TAM-1 is cancelled.

November 19, 2016
STICK FOUND at Tamanawis early morning Nov 19
A stick was turned in to Surrey Sharks by a lacrosse group who were on Tamanawis field first thing Saturday morning. (Nov 19) Maybe left Friday night? The lights were on at the field Friday night, but we don't know who was there.
November 13, 2016
NOV 13 Postponement of 2 Games
SUNDAY NOV 13 - IA vs HA and UBRA vs WA both postponed to Sunday Dec 11 (Makeups date)
November 6, 2016
FOUND SHIN GUARDS, knapsack, stick NOV. 5 and 6 at UBC, EH
found Sat Nov 5 at Wright Field

Size L - blue Gryphon shin guards in mesh bag with anatomic pro label.

Contact Cedric @ cell 604-710-2856 to claim.

Found - grey/orange knapsack and hockey stick found Sun Nov 6 at Hamber. Call or text Cedric at 604-710-2856 to identify and claim.

October 14, 2016
RUTLEDGE Field closed October 16 (flooded)

All other fields are in good shape and conditions are good for games as of 11:45 am Sunday.

Oct 15-16 Weekend continues to be rainy in some areas, but only showery in others. This could impact teams trying to get to away games.

Fields could flood. Wright Field drainage is poor and it often floods in downpours. Rutledge Field is at sea level and cannot drain in wet weather. Tamanawis sometimes puddles up in the heavy rains.

Fields with a lot of trees near them are especially prone to clogged drainage systems and ponds sometimes form on them.

If we know in advance we can post games as "cancelled" but often teams and umpires need to go to the field and make a game-time decision re player safety in stormy conditions. Do not play if it is unsafe even if you traveled hours to get to your game.

REC DIV cancelled games are deleted from the schedule. PREM, COMP-1 and COMP-2 games are postponed to the next makeup weekend (December)

July 25, 2016
Coaches needed for Meralomas Women's teams
Coaches needed for Meralomas Women's teams:

Meraloma Women's Field Hockey Club, based out of Vancouver, is looking for coaches for the upcoming fall season. We have coaching vacancies to fill for each of the following teams in the Vancouver Women's Field Hockey League:

Div 1, Div 2 and Div 4.

We offer our coaches compensation based on experience.

Please email if you are interested in coaching one of these teams. We will give you information about our trial dates at that time.

July 20, 2016
2016-2017 League Executive
The 2016-17 VMFHL Executive was confirmed at the July 19 AGM....

President: Colbin Wong

Vice-president: Bill Sandhu

Treasurer: Jasbir Tatla

Director: Guy Manwaring

Director: Michael Volker

Director: Pirindar Sahota

Director: Rolf Sickmuller

Non-voting members of the Executive are:

Discipline Chairman: Donald Paterson

League Administrator: John Nolan

July 4, 2016
The VMFHL Annual General Meeting of Club Reps is on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 pm at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex (West) meeting room 2.

One vote per club. However, any member in good standing may attend with his Club Representative.

$100 automatic fine for any club not in attendance, and that club will not take part in the decision- making to review the past season and set things in motion for scheduling for the coming 2016-2017 league season.

Agenda can be downloaded (see Downloads)

June 14, 2016
NATIONAL TEAM IN 4-GAME SERIES at Tamanawis and Rutledge
Vancouver, BC - As a part of its preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games, Canada’s men’s Olympic field hockey team will host the United States in four games in the Greater Vancouver area this July.

Matches in the Summer Games Send-off Series presented by London Drugs will be played on July 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th, with matches alternating between Rutledge Field at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver and Tamanawis Park in Surrey.

The full series schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, July 6 – 7:00pm – Rutledge Field, West Vancouver

Thursday, July 7 – 7:00pm – Tamanawis Park, Surrey

Saturday, July 9 – 7:00pm – Rutledge Field, West Vancouver

Sunday, July 10 – 6:00pm – Tamanawis Park, Surrey

May 17, 2016
Donations for Fort McMurray Relief
We will be collecting donations for Surrey Food Bank and Red Cross Fort McMurray Relief Fund at our Elite Hockey Festival on Saturday, May 21, 2016

List of items needed for Fort Mac:

Non-perishable food items

-- Toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste -- Diapers, baby wipes -- New clothing (*new socks & underwear!) -- Gift certificates -- New pillows & blankets (wrapped) -- Boxes or containers to pack

Surrey Food Bank list:

-- Large cans of powdered Baby Formula -- Healthy Cereal (Hot or Cold) -- Canned Vegetables -- Canned Fruit -- Wholegrain Pasta/Rice -- Pasta Sauces -- Canned and Dry Soups -- Mac & Cheese

General Supplies Needed:

Formula -- Diapers -- Size 4-6 Cereal -- For 8 Months of age Baby Jar Food Fruit, Meals and Vegetables (both large and small jars) Baby Layette Supplies Needed (Newborn -- 12 months) Winter Outfits -- Outfits, sleepers and socks Bottles -- Preferably those that do not require liners Blankets -- Both warm and receiving blankets Baby Toiletries -- Baby shampoo, bodywash, lotions, talcum powder -- Winter Outfits & Pyjamas Girls and Boys Age 18 month to 24 months (2 years) -- Small Toddler Toys & Books Appropriate for first birthdays -- Toddler Dishes & Spoons -- New toothbrushes and toothpaste for 12-24 Months

Ranbir Kahlon

Elite Field Hockey Club , Surrey BC

March 17, 2016
Mark Roydhouse
The British Columbia and Canadian field hockey community mourns the passing of former Canadian Junior National Team player, and local field hockey volunteer, Mark Roydhouse, who passed away suddenly last week.

Roydhouse competed with the Canadian Junior National Team in the 1970s and 1980s and has always been an advocate of Canada’s National Program. His son, Chris (also known as CJ), followed in his father’s footsteps and played for the Junior Canadian Team when it participated in the 2014 Junior World Cup.

“He was a very loving man and he was always the first person to make someone laugh if you were with him,” said Chris in a statement on his Facebook page. “I will always think of my dad and the impact he has had on my sporting career and especially field hockey.”

Mark was always quick to support Canadian field hockey. He served as a coach, umpire, manager, and volunteer. He was a positive figure and mentor to many of the athletes involved.

In addition to his involvement with the Canadian National Program, Roydhouse was a member of the Vancouver Rowing Club Jokers field hockey team and was a member of the Field Sport Federation with the Vancouver Park Board, advocating for field hockey.

“He was well known and respected throughout the field hockey community and he will be greatly missed.”

Mark’s life will be celebrated at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 18th in the Harbour Room at the Vancouver Rowing Club. Everyone is welcome.

March 15, 2016
Celebration of the Life of Mark Roydhouse
Long time servant of Canadian Field Hockey, Mark Roydhouse, passed away unexpectedly and prematurely on March 13, 2016.

Mark was on Provincial and National teams as a young man, played the game at an elite level with Falcons and Jokers, and served the game as a coach, manager and umpire with Burnaby, Hawks, and Vancouver Field Hockey as well as in FHBC and FHC programs. He was most recently a supporter of the UBC Men's Teams as well as the newly appointed Umpires Coordinator for VMFHL. He was truly a builder of the sport.

We have lost one of the good ones. There will be a Celebration of His Life at the Vancouver Rowing Club (Stanley Park) on Friday March 18 from 7:00 pm.

February 18, 2016
Sad Loss of Graeme Carswell February 14, 2016
It is with great sadness that the Canadian field hockey community mourns the loss of former Men’s National Program athlete Graeme Carswell.

The 21 year-old native of Tsawwassen, British Columbia lost his life on Sunday Feb 14 after a fishing accident at the Chilliwack River.

A former member of the Canadian Under-21 Junior National Team, Graeme played club hockey for Delta Falcons and other teams, including, most recently with West Vancouver club. He recently returned from playing club hockey in the Netherlands. Graeme was also a member of the University of Victoria Vikes field hockey team.

We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to the Carswell family during this difficult time.

January 16, 2016
REC DIV Games that are cancelled due to weather conditions are not re-scheduled..... PREM, COMP-1 and COMP-2 Games are rescheduled to the next Makeups Weekend or are put on a weekend when both teams had a bye weekend. Sometimes we are able to use midweek turf times for makeups if an appropriate time is made available by the home team.

Click on your team's schedule to find where your makeup games have landed after the last 2 weekends wherein we have had a few postponed and a few cancelled games to juggle back into the schedule.

November 22, 2015
GVJFHL Meeting Monday Nov 23
Greater Vancouver Junior Field Hockey League Annual Meeting is Monday November 23 at 7:00 pm.

At Burnaby Lake Sports Complex (In meeting room #2)

All clubs entering junior teams need to attend.

November 15, 2015
Provincial Umpiring Course in Surrey

Dates: November 24 (Tuesday) & 27 (Friday), 2015

Participants are required to attend both sessions. Contact FHBC office.

Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Venue: Sikh Academy Elementary School, 12895 85th Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 0K8

Cost: $60.00 for FHBC members and $80.00 for non- members. Cheques to be made payable to ‘Field Hockey BC.’ (Candidates can also pay online at the end of the online registration process.)

Course Conductor: Alan Waterman FIH Umpire Manager

This course is open to umpires interested in the first steps towards fulfilling the Community and Provincial certification requirements, umpires that need a refresher, and umpires with expired certifications. Candidates should be at least 14 years old. Last day to register is Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kathryn at the Field Hockey BC office at (604) 737-3146 or

November 7, 2015
Field Flooding for November 7 Postponed Games
From drought to flooding in two short weeks.

There was flooding on all turfs Nov 7 morning. Heavy water buildups on-field. Drains plugged and not handling the rains coming down. Another heavy rainstorm hit around noon Saturday so all Nov 7 games were postponed to Makeup Weekends.

All Sunday games Nov 8 were played and conditions were good again.

October 24, 2015
TAM-2 no watering - EH water off again
Watering system at Tamanawis-2 (lower turf) is broken. Don't know when repairs will get done. Hope for lots of rain on game days.

Hamber watering was back on Friday morning Oct 23, but failed Saturday morning. Hope for rains.

When it is finally fixed, the Controls will be the same as before the reconstruction. Green button for water. Lights are still controlled remotely and automatically. No higher divisions late games on EH - lighting system isn't as strong as it needs to be.

In anticipation of the fall freeze-up and colder nights the watering on these fields will be turned off for the winter in a week or two (if we get it back on before then.)

September 18, 2015
ERIC HAMBER Watering and Lights REPAIRS
There have been delays regarding getting the watering back on at Eric Hamber. Reconstruction not yet completed. Expected at start of October.

EH Lights have also malfunctioned several times recently. Parks Board staff doing their best but not sure about why there is this problem.

Late afternoon games are at risk of running into lighting issues. No higher divisions games in late afternoon EH time slots until further notice.

September 10, 2015
Watering Problems Affecting Field Use
Despite 4 days of rains at end of August, two of our League's fields had been closed to normal use. The water shortages of July and August led to municipal government-imposed bans on some water uses.

Watering restrictions in Greater Vancouver have now been scaled back to "Level 2" so some watering is now permitted.

Rutledge Field was closed until further notice unless it was raining. Eric Hamber Turf's watering system is also off and being renovated. We expect to have both of these fields back on by mid-September, but if there is uninterrupted dry weather in early September we could still face other field closures.

Tamanawis upper field watering system is not working properly and the field doesn't get fully watered. You will probably have to run the cycle twice and still might have the northeast section left dry. Budget for longer watering between games and at half-time. Go to 30-minute halves if necessary. We hope to have this problem fixed soon but it has been a problem.

You can't run TAM-2 and TAM-1 watering simultaneously (not enough pressure to run both) so stagger the watering so that only one field is being watered at a time.

August 18, 2015
SFU Looking for a Head Coach
The Women's Div 2 team at Simon Fraser University is looking for a Head Coach for this season. Season starts September and ends in March. Please see the SFU file in Downloads for more information regarding commitment and logistics, and contact the team admin at with any questions or applications.
June 15, 2015
The AGM of the VMFHL is on July 21 at Burnaby Lake Complex meeting rooms. Room #2.

7:30 to 9:00 pm - room open at 7:00 pm for Club Reps signing in to meeting.

Mandatory attendance by Club Reps. ($100 fine to any club with its Club Rep not in attendance - but more importantly, a club not in attendance is left out of the decision-making on several important matters dealt with by the Annual General Meeting.)

Agenda was sent by e-mail to all club reps and posted here in the Downloads section of this website.

March 31, 2015
The Masters Festival is meant to be a “drop-in” event where we’ll arrange activities; perhaps according to age group, or even in some random but balanced way, depending on numbers. Players should bring both a WHITE and a DARK shirt. There will be refreshments.

Exciting developments are taking place in the Masters Hockey World. More details soon as the process evolves. This is to remind you of the first major event in the plans.

As an informal wrap-up of the 2014-2015 League Season, an afternoon of friendly Masters Hockey has been arranged thanks to John McBryde, Narinder Sangha and others.

SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2015 (Easter Saturday) from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at TAMANAWIS TURF

Please pass this information on to those teams within your club which have Masters players in their ranks.

March 29, 2015
PLAYOFFS Semis and Finals

Sat March 21... 12:00 pm... PREMIER India-A (1) vs Hawks-A (0) (after shootout)

Sat March 21... 1:45 pm... COMP-2 Jokers-A (11) vs Raiders-A (0)

Sat March 21... 3:30 pm... PREMIER UBC (4) vs United Brothers-A (2)

Sat March 21... 5:15 pm... COMP-2 Hawks-C (3) vs Falcons (2)

SUN March 22... 8:45 am... COMP-1 Burnaby-B 2 vs Hawks-B 1

SUN March 22... 4:00 pm... COMP-1 UBRB 2 vs India-B 1


Sat March 28... 12:00 pm... COMP-2 Final... JA 6 vs HC 2

Sat March 28... 2:00 pm... PREMIER Final... UBC 3 (SO)vs IA 2

SUN March 29... 8:45 am... COMP-1 Final... UBRB 4 vs BB 3


Home-Away total goals series of two games between top team in COMP-2 and bottom team in COMP-1 will be on whatever turf time the home teams have booked on first weekend of April

February 28, 2015
After 2 completed rounds of home and away games, the PREMIER, COMPETITIVE-1 AND COMPETITIVE-2 divisions split into top-half and bottom-half pools for Feb 28, Mar 7, and Mar 14 weekends.

Top-half are playing for the League Cup in each division.

Bottom-half are playing for a berth in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup (playoff winners) in each division.

Playoff semi-finals are March 21 weekend with the Cup Finals March 28 weekend.

The promotion-relegation game between last place in COMP-1 and first place in COMP-2 will be a home and away double-header on first weekend of April.

January 23, 2015
The FIH Rules for 2015 was just published and calls for several significant changes. These rule changes could be a challenge to both players and game officials at first.

The VMFHL Bylaws say that we follow FIH Rules unless specific exceptions are made by our League

Our League Executive has confirmed that we start using the 2015 FIH Rules as of Jan 20. 2015. The Jan 17-18 games will be played under 2014 Rules, and there were updates and an umpires meeting available for umpires prior to the games of Jan 24-25 weekend.

To assist in updating everyone this website has produced the rationale for the rules changes given by the FIH. - see DOWNLOADS. Also the complete FIH Rules for 2015 are in the UMPIRING & RULES section.

Please discuss these with your fellow players and coaches.

Thank you.

January 18, 2015
UMPIRES, PLAYERS, COACHES - There will be an information meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday January 21 to discuss the aspects of the new rules that will likely cause everyone the most difficulties... The meeting is tentatively booked for Burnaby Lake West Complex meeting rooms, but needs to be confirmed once the contract is signed Monday... There will be an update then.
November 13, 2014
Eric HAMBER Turf: -- Home Teams should have a copy of the PERMIT with them – emailed to all teams. -- Problems? Call Vancouver Parks Board Ranger at 604-861-0450. -- Key to the emergency gate at Hamber is the one numbered 2222. -- Don't have a key? Contact Victoria Bryan at -- At no time may a vehicle be parked or stopped in the emergency vehicle access to Hamber Field (includes the grass verge). Remember that emergency vehicles include first responder fire trucks - they need all the space. Umpires should regard the playing conditions as unsafe if a car blocks the entrance and should not start the game. Or, if the game is underway and a car moves into the prohibited space they should immediately stop the game. In both situations, call the team captains into conference and explain why the game is not started or has been stopped. Umpires need do no more. It is not their responsibility to search for the owner and get the car moved. But the game MUST be STOPPED until the vehicle is moved.
November 7, 2014
Last Chance to sign up for this year's REGIONAL UMPIRE Course.... It will be on November 13 and Nov 17 (attend both evenings) at the FHBC Office on Broadway in Vancouver.... Contact FHBC to register.
October 10, 2014
LAST CHANCE Umpire Briefing Available
Everyone had a choice of four dates and three locations to choose from (something that was requested by Club Reps). Just to remind you, the dates are... Tuesday Sept 9th, 7pm at the Vancouver Rowing Club... Wednesday Sept 10th, 7pm at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West... Thursday Sept 11th, 7:15pm at Hall B, North Delta Rec Centre (11415 84th Avenue).... Monday Nov 3rd, at 7pm at Burnaby Lake (LAST CHANCE).... Also, there seems to have been some confusion about how the pay scale reductions will work for umpires that don’t attend a mandatory briefing, so, to clarify this for you..... To ensure all umpires are on the same page, it is crucial that they ALL attend one of the briefings (where rule interpretations etc are discussed by FIH umpires).... The incentive says that if an umpire fails to attend at least one of the briefings (without a very valid reason of course), their rate of pay will drop one level for the season.... There are four briefings available and no pay will be reduced until after the final briefing on November 3 (since it is the last opportunity for an umpire to qualify for full pay). So basically, as long as you go to one of the briefings you’ll be fine and will receive your full pay for the season.... So, it’s business as usual as long as you attend one briefing and sign in, therefore please keep signing up for games; this league won’t run without you!
September 20, 2014
The League was notified Sept 18 that we will not have our Wright Field times on October weekends as earlier confirmed. Games posted online for Oct 4 will be moved, probably to game times elsewhere to be used for exhibition games in the previous version of the schedule. Games scheduled for other October weekends but which were about to be posted online will now be re-scheduled yet again (expect a couple more days delay as many fixtures will now be changed for this month) so that we avoid use of WF and increase use of EH and TAM to compensate.
September 6, 2014
After August 8th registration deadline a draft schedule of home-away games was made. There was an initial delay in getting home game times for Surrey-based teams at Tamanawis so you never got to see this first draft, but once those were received scheduling proceeded and sched grids were made. - on August 12 a couple of teams changed their registrations to different divisions.... - two days later two of the teams that we registered dropped out.... - on August 21 a new team was added.... - times at UVIC for home games changed dates and hours from original registration.... - Most club reps did not indicate "yes" or "no" with regard to their Newcastle Shield entries for Weeks 7, 8, & 9 of the Fall half of the schedule.... - UBC agreed to host the 9 games of the playoff semi-finals and finals in March, but it seemed there might be a problem with getting appropriate times.... Apparently times will be available but not yet confirmed. - Newcastle Shield cancelled. Too few entries would have left the majority of the league with no games for 3 weeks in the middle of the schedule. - Sept - one India Rec team dropped, Hawks tentatively added, then withdrew, an additional COMP-2 team. Abbotsford added. - SCHEDULE now has 7 teams in each of upper 3 divisons and will be a double-round-robin of 12 games over 14 weekends, plus 3 more weekends wherein top half play within their section; and bottom 4 play for the 4th place in the division and the final playoff spot. Then in March, we have semifinals and finals weekends for the 3 upper divisons. - A triple round-robin is not possible - not enough weekends. A double round-robin is useless as it has us finished half-way through January. - - - END RESULT each time a change was made or a problem popped up is that a new set of schedule grids has had to be made. At this point (Sept 6) all previous grids are consigned to the shredder and a full new set has been started today and the first week of scheduling has been posted online on this website. Be patient, please - now that we have corrected information from your Club Reps, schedules can be re-constructed and posted for all of the players to access for all of the rest of the weeks of the season.
July 27, 2014
August 1-3 Surrey Charity Tournament
We are pleased to announce that the first annual charity tournament will be happening this year on August 1-3. This event is put together by every surrey Field Hockey club, and is a joint effort. We are raising funds through field hockey for cancer. This year we are raising funds for mens cancer specifically for Multiple myloma, lymphoma and Leukaemia. This tournament is a fun tournament and everything we raise from this event will be directly given to the cancer society. The tournament is FREE OF COST and there will be FREE FOOD for all three days along with other give-aways. The divisions are as follows: Minis (under10) Under 12 - boys/girls (half field) Under 14 - boys/ girls ( Full Field) under 16- boys/ girls (Full field) Social division- Men *** anyone who has played Prem A/ Prem B In the league will not be allowed to participate*** *** No outside Canada players** Two superstar matches and an over 50 game 1. Namdhari 11 vs. Surrey All star *** still tbc 2. Surrey All star vs Canada Development team*** still tbc ***We do however require everyone to send in the teams they will enter ASAP as there are limited spots. Dead line is July 28 Monday If you would like to participate and don't have a =team we can help out with that as well. If you would like to donate or help out in any way please let us know!! Please email us with any questions! Thank you so much! The Field Hockey Tackles Cancer Team.
July 10, 2014
AGM 23 July 2014 7.00pm at Burnaby Lake Clubhouse
Please Go To Downloads (Left Margin) For: General Finacial Accounts 2013-14: Report, Balance Sheet, Income Statement & Banking Statement Detailed Financials Statements 2013-14: Spreadsheet.