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Congratulations to the winners of the scholarships this year! Please see below to find information on the winners of: BC School Sports Dave Gifford and BC School Sports Zone Scholarships [[{"fid":"1866","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] Bert & Greta Quartermaine Badminton Scholarship [[{"fid":"1868","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] Subway Soccer Scholarship Subway Soccer Scholarship Winner Bios 2014-2015.pdf  We thank all of the Student-Athletes who applied for our scholarships. We wish you the best for your future endeavours.
The BC Games Society and BC School Sports are leaders in providing opportunities for the development of athletes and coaches in British Columbia.  These two organizations have formalized a new partnership which will see a coordinated effort to capitalize on joint initiatives for the benefit of our shared audiences.  The BC Winter and BC Summer Games offer important competitive and developmental opportunities for all eligible participants of BC.  BC School Sports offers programs and services directed towards student-athletes and/or the volunteer teacher and community coaches who spend hours of time helping students to achieve their goals. “Both the BC School Sports Board of Directors and staff look forward to a strong relationship with BC Games Society to enhance and grow opportunities for youth in British Columbia,” said Christine Bradstock, Executive Director of BC School Sports.  “The BC Winter and Summer Games showcase the best of BC and BC School Sports is proud to be a supporter and partner of the Society.” The strength and ongoing success of the provincial sport system is based, in part, on the need for strategic alliances and partnerships.  BC School Sports and the BC Games Society have worked in parallel for many years but recognized the benefits and new possibilities that could be created by forming a working partnership. “School sports contribute greatly to a student’s well being and the learning and coaching they receive from their school coaches contributes to their overall performance,” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.   ‘Our BC Games athletes, coaches and officials benefit greatly from school sports and this partnership will reinforce the opportunities both organizations can provide.” About BC Games Society The BC Games Society is the leadership organization that guides the BC Winter and BC Summer Games and prepares Team BC for national multi-sport Games.  Since 1978, the BC Games have taken place in 38 communities and brought together thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators in celebration of sport and community excellence.  It is a milestone event that people count as an exceptional experience where memories, friendships, spirit, and pride are abundant. About BC School Sports BCSS is a voluntary non -profit society and charity with a membership of 425 schools and has served the athletes and volunteer coaches in our province for over 44 years. BCSS’s mission is to provide governance for interschool competition, encourage student participation in extra-curricular athletics and assist schools in the development and delivery of those programs. The BCSS Board of Directors relies upon the dedication, commitment and efforts of over 20,000 volunteers to run inter-school athletic programs for the 19 sport commissions that conclude with the 162 zone playoffs and 53 provincial championships.
2015 Annual General Meeting Resolution Results (Draft) Below are the “Carried/Defeated” results for the resolutions’ portion from this year’s Annual General Meeting.  These are draft versions and are therefore for information purposes only.  The meeting minutes will be posted shortly.  Part 1 contains resolutions 7.1.1-7.1.9 [[{"fid":"1990","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] Part 2 contains resolutions 8.1.1-8.4.1 [[{"fid":"1669","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] April 23, 2015 Annual General Meeting - Package 2 We are almost ready to go for the AGM on May 9, 2015. The package can be accessed online, with links to the specific documents below. As per our Bylaws and the Society Act, this package contains notice of the meeting and resolutions that will be considered at the AGM.Please take a close look at the information and have a conversation with those people in your community who are involved with student-athletes.The AGM will be held at Parkland Secondary School in Sidney, BC. See the "Weekend Schedule" document for more information. RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE: CLICK HERE TO RSVP – mandatory due to space, catering, voting/quorum and arranging shuttles to meeting: due April 27 via Survey Monkey - 6 questions WEEKEND SCHEDULE AND OTHER INFORMATION, INCLUDING TRAVEL SUBSIDY AND PROXY INFORMATION: ___Weekend Schedule and Travel Info.docx [[{"fid":"1625","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] [[{"fid":"1626","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]]  AGM AGENDA AND ATTACHMENTS: [[{"fid":"1641","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] [[{"fid":"1628","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] [[{"fid":"1629","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] [[{"fid":"1630","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] [[{"fid":"1642","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] [[{"fid":"1653","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] 7.1.2-7.1.9 Special Resolutions.pdf [[{"fid":"1634","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] [[{"fid":"1639","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] COMPARISON DOCUMENTS: Two documents have been created to help show how the proposed Bylaws compare to the current Bylaws. In these comparison documents, we have also included the work of the Rules and Regulations committee and the input that they have provided to the Board. The proposed Bylaws have updates that clarify sections and provides consistency with language and Bylaw content within the document and with respect to the Society Act.The comparisons will be living documents and will be updated frequently to respond to questions and to act as a forum to facilitate discussion. Comparison 1:  Existing Bylaws compared to R&R Committee recommendations & Board recommendations (last version May 7 10:00 am) [[{"fid":"1651","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] Comparison 2:  Proposed Bylaws compared to current Bylaws and R&R Committee recommendations (last version May 7 10:00 am) [[{"fid":"1652","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]]   Click here for existing Constitution & Bylaws - Nov 8 2013 OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEEDBACK: This is an opportunity for Members to ask questions of the Board regarding the Bylaws and provide feedback. Please send feedback to individual Board members or to info@bcschoolsports.ca - and it will be sent to the Board.As questions and comments come to the Board, the comparison documents will be updated - potentially on a daily basis. Please take advantage of the opportunity to make comments, ask questions and to see feedback and responses.
Every year the BC Sports Hall of Fame awards two Jack Farley Youth Sports Achievement Awards. These scholarships are awarded to one outstanding male and one outstanding female amateur athlete graduating from a BC secondary school. These students will excel in a particular sport and exemplify the values, commitment and contribution to the community held by Jack Farley, an honoured member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Winners will receive $2,000, which is to be applied to their education at a post-secondary institution here in British Columbia. Applicants must be graduating from grade 12 and demonstrate that they plan to attend a registered college or university in British Columbia within 12 months of graduation. APPLICATION Application Form2015 Jack Farley Youth Sports Achievement Awards Application Form Deadline for applications for the calendar year is June 5th. Application Process Scholarship applications are accepted throughout the course of the year. Any individual or school may complete and submit an application form to the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Please contact us to learn more about the 2015 scholarships: Contact Please get in touch with Barbara Chu barbara.chu@bcsportshalloffame.com for further information.
On Saturday, March 7th, 2015 you’re invited to the 2nd Annual Run Burnaby Now running and walking symposium! This public symposium is aimed at runners and walkers of all ages and abilities who are looking to improve performance, stay injury-free, and continue to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Join us for a day of running workshops, workouts, shoe trials and an exciting expo full of great information and prizes! Run Burnaby Now boasts a strong speaker lineup including Dr. Jack Taunton, Dr. Chris Maclean, Curb Ivanic and many more, all of whom will be delivering their latest findings in the world of running and walking. Also, visit the expo to take a test-run on all of the latest footwear from your favourite running brands including New Balance, Saucony, Mizuno, Nike, Adidas and many more! If you or your family, friends, and colleagues would benefit from the expertise of bio-mechanists, nutritionists, running coaches, and footwear specialists you won’t want to miss out. The event will be hosted at the innovative Fortius Sport & Health building from 10-2pm. See the attached brochure for a full outline of the day’s events. For more information and to register go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/run-burnaby-now-2015-tickets-15620956702. SPACE IS LIMITED. We look forward to seeing you on March 7th! Sincerely, The Run Burnaby Now Team
Preparation has begun for the BCSS AGM on May 9, 2015. The package can be accessed online at the BCSS website www.bcschoolsports.ca, with links to the specific documents below.Please take a close look at the information and have a conversation with those people in your community who are involved with student-athletes. RSVP – mandatory due to space, catering and voting; due April 27 via Survey Monkey (6 questions) Draft weekend schedule Voting procedure Board of Directors nominations form – due March 25 Standing Committee volunteer form – due March 25 Resolutions procedure and form – due March 25 Travel support request form BCSS awards procedure – due March 2  Hotel information: The Friday meetings will be held at the Accent Inn Victoria.  We have made a group booking under the name BC School Sports MOPO. The group code is #71477, so please quote this number when making reservations. We are holding 20 rooms with up to 2 beds at the rate of $79.00 plus tax, per night (includes continental breakfast!). These rooms will be held until May 1, 2015. Following this date, reservations will be based on availability and at our best available rate. To make a reservation with the hotel directly, please call 250-475-7500. Bookings can also be made through Central Reservations at 1-800-663-0298.
BC School Sports has changed the deadlines for fall sports. Membership Invoices: October 14Sport Declaration: October 14Team Registration (registering the minimum number of students on the team): October 14Additional Student-Athlete Registration (adding/modifying rosters): October 20
BC School Sports wishes to congratulate the 16 scholarship recipients.  Recipients were selected on the basis of their academic success, sport participation, community involvement and leadership.  We wish these 16 students best of luck in their post-secondary endeavours.  Dave Gifford Memorial Awards Dave Gifford was a BCSS Director from 1988-90, and received the BCSS Honour Award in 1992. He was a teacher and Administrator in Vancouver, and died in 1992. In his honour, this scholarship is for one male and one female student who truly excels as a student-athlete. Value: $700 each  Mieke Marie Dumont - South Kamloops Secondary Sports played: volleyball, basketball, soccer Athletic Achievements: Titan Award (excellence award), Dalhousie University Athletic Scholarship, South Kamloops Secondary Female Athlete of the year Academic Achievements: Senior Academic Athlete of the Year, Dalhousie University Academic Entrance Scholarship, Honour Roll, Principal’s List  John Gay - Okanagan Mission Secondary Sports played: cross country, track & field Athletic Achievements: BC High School Track & Field Championships Senior Boys 300m silver medallist (8:43.84), BC High School Track & Field Championships Senior Boys 2000m Steeplechase Silver Medallist (6:02.2) Academic Achievements: Principal’s List, Work Ethic Award, Student of the Year   Zone Scholarships Scholarships will be awarded in each of the seven BCSS Designated Zones. Successful applicants will have outstanding academic and athletic achievements.  This year, we have 14 recipients, seven female and seven male.  Value: $500 each  Kyle MacLean - Fernie Secondary School (Zone A) Sports played: volleyball, skiing Athletic Achievements: 11th Overall Boys Skiing Provincial Championships, Honourable Mention All Star Team Boys Volleyball Provincials Academic Achievements: Dogwood Bilingual Certificate, French Immersion Student    Malcolm Heinrichs - Southern Okanagan Secondary School (Zone B) Sports played: volleyball, basketball, tennis Athletic Achievements: Provincial 2nd Team All-Star AA Basketball Provincials, Sr. Athlete of the Year, Jr. Athlete of the Year, 1st Place Terry Fox Run Academic Achievements: Honour Roll, Passport to Education Stamp  Rylee McKinlay - Princess Margaret Secondary School (Zone B) Sports played: volleyball, basketball, tennis, soccer Athletic Achievements: BC Soccer Provincial Champions, Soccer Okanagan Valley Champions, Girls Athlete of the Year, Girls Volleyball Player of the Year Academic Achievements: Runner-Up All Around Student of the Year, Gold Honour Student, Citizenship Award, English Student of the Year    André Dubé - Lakes District Secondary School (Zone C) Sports played: skiing, snowboarding, soccer, mountain biking, rugby Athletic Achievements: 1st Place Snowboarding Boys Gr. 8-12 Individual Provincial Championships, 14th Place Soccer Provincial Championships Academic Achievements: Honour Roll with Distinction, UNBC Academic Scholar Award, DELF, Top Academic Student  Carly Shaw-MacLaren - Duchess Park Secondary (Zone C) Sports played: basketball, soccer, cross country Athletic Achievements: Senior Athlete of the Year, Senior Girls Basketball City All-Star, AA Senior Girls Basketball 1st All-Star, Senior Girls Soccer MVP Academic Achievements: Principal’s List, UNBC Academic Achiever, BC Indoor Soccer League Scholarship, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship Award    Jamie Tersago - Smithers Secondary (Zone D) Sports played: wrestling Athletic Achievements: Provincial Gold Medallist - Wrestling, Most Outstanding Female Athlete at Smithers Secondary, 5th at Canada Summer Games- Wrestling Academic Achievements: Principal’s Effort Honour Roll, DELF Internationally Recognized French Level B2  Ryan Wright - Hazelton Secondary (Zone D) Sports played: soccer, volleyball, basketball Athletic Achievements: BCSS Sports Commissioner’s 11 Award for Boys A Soccer Provincials, Senior Male Athlete of the Year, Senior Boys Basketball Zones All-star, 2013 Slurpee Soccer Cup Player of the Game Academic Achievements: ‘A’ Honour Roll, Loran Scholarship Provincial Finalist   Michael Baart - St. Michael’s University School (Zone E) Sports played: soccer, rugby Athletic Achievements: 4th Place Rugby Provincial Champions, Ryan Cup City Champions, Gareth Rees Boot Game Winners and Man of the Match Academic Achievements: UVIC Varsity Sport Scholarship, Dogwood Award Winner, AP Physics B 90%, Honour Roll  Lindsay Cole - Mount Douglas Secondary (Zone E) Sports played: field hockey, soccer, basketball, track & field, cross country Athletic Achievements: Trelawney Shield - Most Outstanding U18 Player, Gwen Little “Junior of the Year” Award, Mount Douglas School Female Athlete of the Year, Sports Excellence Certificate Academic Achievements: Challenge Program for Gifted Students, Honour Roll   Julia Hodanic - Burnaby Mountain Secondary (Zone F) Sports played: cross country, basketball, track & field Athletic Achievements: 2014 Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame Award, HSBC/Telus “Canada One Foundation” Basketball Award Academic Achievements: Burnaby Mountain Secondary Gold Cord Recipient, “AAA” Academic Athlete All-Star Award, Honour Roll with Distinction  Tom Kanwischer - Handsworth Secondary School (Zone F) Sports played: rugby Athletic Achievements: Capilano Rugby Club - Winner ‘Best Back’ Player U20, Provincial Rugby Team U18, Representative Team Vancouver U18 Rugby Team Academic Achievements: Chancellor’s Scholar, Honour Roll with Distinction, Best Senior Brass Soloist at BC Interior Jazz Festival   Christine Howlett - South Delta Secondary School (Zone G) Sports played: volleyball, basketball, track & field Athletic Achievements: Club Volleyball Provincial Champions, School Volleyball Provincial Champions, Club Volleyball Provincial MVP, First Team All-star at School Volleyball Provincials Academic Achievements: Principal’s List, Honour Roll, G-Club  Keesha Khehra - North Surrey Secondary (Zone G) Sports played: basketball, soccer, cross country, field hockey Athletic Achievements: Surrey Firefighters’ Goodwill Basketball Award, North Surrey Girls Field Hockey MVP, North Surrey Grade 12 Aggregate Academic Achievements: Loran Scholarship Provincial Finalist, UBC Chancellor’s Scholar, Principal’s Honour Roll, Top Pre-Calculus 12 Student  Travis Muller - Langley Christian High School (Zone G) Sports played: basketball, volleyball, track & field Athletic Achievements: Gold in Senior Boys High Jump at BCSSAA Track & Field Tournament, Gold in Senior Boys High Jump at the Fraser Valley Relays Track & Field meet, 2nd Team All-Star - Senior Boys AA Fraser Valley Basketball Playoffs Academic Achievements: Completion of Apprenticeship Program     For media inquiries, please contact BCSS at 604-477-1488. Information on next year's scholarships will be available on our website.  Keep checking back to find out more information.
Please see the attached media release dated September 8 with information regarding the labour dispute. For more information contact: Christine BradstockExecutive Director604-477-1487 Deb WhittenPresident250-475-4155
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: https://www.bcteacherregulation.ca/Magazine/Current.aspx
Full Schedule: vancouver2014.com  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 www.specialolympics.bc.ca. Find us on Facebook and Twitter: www.facebook.com/specialolympicsbc | @sobcsociety.   Media contact Megan Grittani-Livingston SOBC Manager, Communications T: 604.737.3077 | E: megan@specialolympics.bc.ca
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 info@bcschoolsports.ca 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 3.2.2.1 of the Constitution and Bylaws, after investigating the charges, shall rule on one of the points listed in 3.2.2.4. 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 3.2.2.4 (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: https://drydenconcussionbc.eventbrite.ca   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: www.cattonline.com   Please see the attached flyer (PDF) for more information about this event.

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