The Game Plan!

Yes, we got a plan to move forward with the 2020/2021 season! ViaSport and the BC Government have announced we are in Phase 3 of Return to Sport, which allows us to have league play and competitions within sport cohorts with modified games and matches. We have completed our Safety Plan for the season and submitted to the City of Richmond for approval.

Basically we have set out multiple options, starting the season with practices and exhibition games. Our plan is to start the regular season next year and wrap up a bit later than usual toward May.

The game play would also be modified. Here’s some proposed floor plans for the gym:

You can see the full detail of the proposal here:

Also additional information on our COVID-19 response page

Note: This plan is subject to change and can be modified at any time in order to reflect the changing pandemic conditions. This is not a set plan but rather a proposal, and we will be continuing to work with the city in order to ensure league safety is maintained.

Playing 6 Feet Apart!

Social distancing in the new reality suggest we stay 6 feet apart. Can we still play hockey staying a couple of hockey stick away? Of course!

Well, strictly speaking, as we have mentioned in our COVID response, the executive has been working hard on modifications of the game play that will allow us to continue to have fun while staying safe and following the proper protocol. We have been looking into using different equipment, using face shields or mask, trying different zone plays; lines drawn and redrawn.

We did some trial runs with different ways of playing and organizing. Considered how it might impact the different age groups, and what changes to our rules are needed to accommodate the differences in play.

Here’s one model we are considering. With more distance, we guess you just have to work on that passing game!

We will be submitting our final proposals to the city for approval, following the required team sports guidelines. We are hopeful we will have an fun, albeit modified, season coming this fall and early 2021.

Stay tuned for the latest development as we have them. In the meantime, stay safe, stay fit!

It’s Been a Long Journey!

by Piradeepan Uthayakumar

The Richmond Cosom Floor Hockey Association (RCFHA) currently has a coed children’s league and a recently formed Adult division, where most of those children who grew up continue to play in today. But this is not how RCFHA started off – in fact RCFHA was not even named “RCFHA”. Here is the story about how RCFHA has evolved into the Association that it is today.

One of the original all girls team

Originally, the Association started off as a purely girls league, named The Richmond Girls Cosom Hockey Association. The motivation for this Association was to create a sporting league for girls playing softball to keep active during their off-season. The Association was created in the late 1970’s, and two of the main purposes outlined in the Constitution at the time were to “…provide athletic recreation… and regulate competitions”, as well as “…promote the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, and respect…”. These ideals that the Association was created upon have been the fundamental concepts that have kept the Association alive to this day.

Soon after, boys divisions were included in the Association in the late 80’s, and Cosom Hockey began to become popular amongst the boys. At this point, the Association consisted of separate boys and girls divisions. Although operating as both a boys and girls league, it wasn’t until 2002, that it had been decided to formalize the change to our current name – Richmond Cosom Floor Hockey Association.

Slowly, the number of girls playing in our Divisions diminished until it was no longer viable to continue with separating the girls and boys, and so in 2016, our divisions had become coed. To this day, we still have a number of girls playing across our divisions, but we hope to bring these numbers back up. In addition, our Adult division was started at the same time, in order to allow recently graduated players to continue playing on through their adulthood. This division is one of our most popular, and has increased in numbers year over year.

Today, we are at a point where our coed divisions and Adult division are going strong. Our updated rules, new technology, and new equipment have also brought us forward to the 21st century, and have attracted new participants and kept many of our returning players coming back.

We hope that we can bring up more interest in Cosom Floor Hockey with not just the girls, but everyone, so that one day, we can return to offering more divisions to play in. If you know of anyone who may be interested, or even someone who wants to start getting active, please recommend our sport. It can be a great starting point, or even an additional way to stay active in other sports’ off seasons.

Some of our future stories will also include the changes and advances we have made in the game of Cosom Floor Hockey. We hope that this will keep you interested in RCFHA, and hope that our new advances will attract new and different folks to try out our sport.

Stay tuned for updates on our plans for registration!

Do you have a story about the history with RCFHA? Send them to share (with photos too if you have them) to webmaster@rcfha.org

Stay safe, stay fit, and stay tuned!

Happy Canada Day!

Today we celebrate the 153rd birthday of our nation of Canada. And what’s more Canadian than hockey!

But do you know, when and where hockey came from? Actually hockey’s origins are indeterminate. Indeed, the very definition of the game is at debate. Some observers accept as hockey any pastime where participants on skates use a club, or other wooden implement, to knock a ball or some such propellant about. Others say an activity cannot be recognized as hockey unless it is a contest between teams and conducted under an accepted set of rules.

The earliest recorded reference, according to the Canadian Museum of Civilization, is in the journal of Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, where he notes that “on October 25, 1825, men from his party skated and played hockey on Great Bear Lake.”

The International Ice Hockey Federation has endorsed a longstanding Montréal claim. It is based on documented evidence, in newspapers, of a specific game between two teams of identified members and a recorded score. The match was played at the city’s Victoria Rink on March 3, 1875. No earlier descriptions of an actual game of hockey with a recorded score have ever been found. It ended, incidentally, in a brawl!

Regardless of it’s origin, there is no dispute Canada has made hockey it’s national game. Just about every boy and girl have dreams about being the next Gretzky or Wickenheiser. Does you kid have what it takes? Not sure if you’d want to make the full commitment? Or you simply just want to child to have fun playing the Canadian game? Why not try out cosom floor hockey! It’s less demanding, focus more on fun, yet the skills you learn can help you lay some solid foundations for any other levels of hockey! Richmond Cosom Floor Hockey Association, run by volunteers, with parents and players just like you, is fully committed to putting together a program that will be engaging, fun and enjoyable for all ages! Even in light of the current COVID-19 situation, just like any other professional sports, we are still committed to put together an exciting season.

Registration for the 2020/21 season will be opening in September. Watch this space and don’t miss it! You can contact president@rchfa.org if you have any questions.

Stay safe, stay fit, and stay tuned!

Move it!

From the spectator stand on stage at the gym came the shouts, “move it! MOVE IT!” That might be the picture you would have of the over zealous parent egging their kids on at the game. You might think, “hey buddy, that’s just a game!” That’s what I’ve always thought too…until my son got involved in the Richmond Cosom Floor Hockey Association!

My older son, Evann, started to get involve when he was in grade 2 in the Mites. We thought it might be a better way for him to spend his time instead of being in front of a screen. He was a small boy for his age so tend to be out powered to the larger kids. What’s more, when he first started with game, he didn’t seem to have any idea or sense of going after the puck. He’d just seem to be standing around, waiting for the puck to come to him! So as he played more games and his team wasn’t doing as well, I might get a little over zealous and just want him to just move around! That first season, I think his team lost almost every game! But of course, that never phased him and we thought he is learning. Learning to be a team player, learning new skills, learning to win and (mostly) to loose gracefully. And most importantly, how to have FUN!

It all started somewhere…

That first season was actually tough in other ways. We were still living in Vancouver while our boys were going to Richmond Christian. On practice nights, it was impractical to go home after school and then come back out for practice and we ended up eating at the local food courts at least once a week. But we stuck with it for another season. We eventually did move to Richmond which made things easier, and we kept at it year after year. That first season was 2011, and now, almost ten years later, we are still at it! It’s like when you find a good thing, you aren’t going to let it go!

…and how fast they grow!

Evann has certainly grown as a player, from the first season where he didn’t seem to know where he was, to the last season where he was among some of the top league players, and even starting to learn to ref, as many of his peers are learning to do. We must credit his growth to the countless volunteer coaches he had over the years. For their dedication to the game, and never let “what is” get in the way of “what could be”. And most of all, allowing the kids to have fun!

Well, this coming season promises to be a little different than the past, but we are still looking forward to getting our boys off the screen and on the gym!

Do you have a story about how you or your kids benefited from playing cosom hockey? Send them (with photos too) to webmaster@rcfha.org

Stay safe, stay fit, and stay tuned!

2020/2021 Season: Are you ready?

Have you and your kids been stuck at home for too long? Are you looking forward to our new season of exciting floor hockey?
The 2020/21 executives and coaches are working hard to see how the coming season will work.

Plans are in place and we are waiting for school board and city approvals. We are expecting registration for a modified 2020/2021 season soon. Thank you for your patience!

Stay tuned and watch this place for the latest details shortly!

Marcel Doucet Scholarship

RCFHA is sad to announce that Marcel Doucet passed away in September of 2019. Marcel’s daughters requested that the Marcel Doucet Scholarship trophy be present at his memorial service which is strong reminder of the lasting memories and bonds that RCFHA and team sports can forge in our communities. Marcel embodied the RCFHA philosophy and we are proud to continue to honor his legacy.

At the end of each season, RCFHA will accept applications for the Marcel Doucet Award and Scholarship. This award is given to a player who has made significant contributions to the sport and the league, displayed a high level of sportsmanship and team spirit, all while maintaining the RCFHA philosophy. This award may not be given out every season. For more details see the full description and rules: http://rcfha.org/rcfha-scholarship/

To apply for the Marcel Doucet Scholarship, please use the online application using the link below:

Apply Online Now

Player Evaluations

All registered players in Grade 1 through 12 (Mites through Bantam) are required to attend the RCFHA Player Evaluations on Saturday, September 21st at Burnett Secondary.

Please note the following important information:

  • Players that are not yet registered are still allowed to attend evaluations (please let the registration desk know if you are not yet registered)
  • If teams need re-balancing after the season has started, it may be necessary to swap players between teams. Players to be moved will be chosen in this order:
    1. Players that did not attend evaluations and were not registered by September 21st will be the first to be moved
    2. Players that did not attend evaluations but were registered by September 21st will be second in line to be moved
    3. Players that did evaluate but were not registered by September 21st will be the last to be moved

These are not tryouts but just a simple assessment of each player’s skill and experience level which will help us to form more balanced and fair teams. Players simply need to come out and play like they would at any regular season game.

The evaluation will involve playing in a short scrimmage with players in the same age bracket, followed by some simple skills drills in the small gym. New players are encouraged to review the rules on our website however, penalties and running fouls will not be called, but may be pointed out to the player as necessary. Players should wear their knee and shin pads (new players unsure of equipment, please see our FAQ on our website).

Players will be taken in on a first come first serve basis so please arrive early for your division’s time slot. All players must register upon arrival at their designated time for their division as listed below in order to participate:

Saturday, September 21st:

Mites (2011/2012/2013) – 9:00am

PeeWee (2005/2006) – 10:30am

Junior Squirts (2009/2010) – 11:30am

Bantam (2002/2003/2004) – 1:00pm

Senior Squirts (2007/2008) – 2:00pm