Touch Football BC provides men and women with an opportunity to play competitive touch football through an organized structure in an enjoyable environment that encourages good sportsmanship and positive growth in athletic skills. Touch Football BC is located in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Games are played in Vancouver, New Westminister, Surrey, Burnaby and Coquitlam. The Game is 7 against 7 game of touch football (women play flag); no-contact, one hand touch.
TFBC plays two seasons, spring (starting the first weekend in April) and fall (starting the second last weekend in August). The league does not play on the Easter(April), Victoria Day(May) and Labour Day (Sept) long weekends, but does play on Thanksgiving long weekend. There is also a co-ed flag season which starts the second weekend in July.
The ladies play flag, the gents play one hand touch football but other than that, the rules are almost identical. Seven players on the field at a time, two paid refs will oversee the game. Your team must provide a sideline ref for one game, either before or after your team plays, depending on the schedule.
The women's league plays on Saturdays. The Men's teams play mostly on Sundays, but have an occasional Saturday game. Fields are generally in Vancouver, with one field in Port Coquitlam and one more in New Westminster. There are occasional playoff and tournament games at Burnaby Lake.
Joining as a single player:
Your best bet is to register and post in the lockerroom that you are interested in playing. Mention where you have played (divisions), what positions you play and sell your skills. Get yourself invited to a tryout. You can also email the league and we will try to place you on a team that matches your calibre. Expect to pay anywhere from $55 to $80 for your end of fees plus a possible jersey purchase. You will need cleats and IMO a headband to play.
Joining as a team:
League fees are $800 plus a refundable $100 performance bond. If your sideline refs are late or fail to show, you will be fined $50. Get fined twice and your out of performance bond money and don't get into the playoffs. Most teams carry 13 or 14 players on the team. Because of holidays / hangovers / going to the wrong field, it is good to have this many people on the roster. You will need jerseys; either awesome Sask Roughrider replicas or matching U2 concert T-shirts, it doesnt matter, just be the same color. Refs may ask you to change your shirt if it is the wrong color or clashes with the opponents. If you can get some sponsorship to help with your costs it is to your benefit.
Feel free to email or post any questions in the lockerroom.