For some this coming Friday is the biggest day of their young lives, as the CJFL presents its National Signing Day.
The day is earmarked every year on June 1st, the day in which players can finally sign with a CJFL club. When a player signs he is essentially signing for his entire junior football career as the player then becomes the property of that team.
Some players have attended multiple Spring Camps to get an idea of their best fit. So many considerations are made before signing with a CJFL club; location, team support, roster depth, coaching staff, scholarship program, etc all weighs in on a player’s decision.
National Signing Day is not only exciting for the players, but the coaches as well. Their ideas, hopes and hard work will finally come to fruition as they start to fill their roster spots.
Following Friday coaches can continue to recruit and sign a player immediately if he’s a good fit for their team. That said the bulk of the players ready to play in the CJFL will sign on Friday.
Once players sign on the dotted line, coaches can begin developing their schemes and systems around their potential starters. They can also begin preparing for their Main Camp along with Week 1 of the regular season.
All three Conferences and 18 CJFL teams will participate on Friday, signing players to their 2018 roster.
Fans can keep up to date with CJFL National Signing Day on social media with #CJFLSigning as teams will be posting once a player signs.
The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) offers thoughts, prayers and support to the Humboldt Broncos and their families affected by this terrible tragedy. We mourn the passing of those that perished and offer strength during this difficult time
The CJFL is supporting the Jersey Day movement to show our support and compassion for the tragic event. CLICK HERE for more information.
The Jersey Day is planned for this Thursday.
We also echo the thoughts shared by Pat Steinberg of the CFL’s MMQB. READ HERE
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The CFL has announced their rosters for the three regionals combines along with the national combine scheduled for this month and the CJFL is well represented.
On Friday the “Ontario Regional Combine” will kick-off and five players with CJFL experience will be on hand. They are:
Robbie Yochim – DB – Okanagan Sun
Shaun Robinson – LB – Okanagan Sun/Westshore Rebels
Johann Jenkins – REC – Hamilton Hurricanes
Johnny Grant – OL – Hamilton Hurricanes
Mitch Norman – OL - Hamilton Hurricanes
A few weeks later, on March 23rd, the “Western Regional Combine” will come to Winnipeg and 13 more players that played for CJFL teams will compete for an invite the main CFL Combine. They are:
Tyson Thompson – OL – Westshore Rebels
Anthony Daley – OL – Langley Rams
Thomas Huber – REC – Okanagan Sun
Michael Richott – RB – VI Raiders/Winnipeg Rifles
Jimmy Airey –RB – Edmonton Huskies
Jonathan Heidebrecht – K – Edmonton
Jayden Dalke – DB – Edmonton Wildcats
Jordy Kibamba – DB – Calgary Colts
Dylan Minshull – RB/LB – Calgary Colts
Odun Ogidan –RB – Winnipeg Rifles
Mitch Thompson –REC – VI Raiders/Okanagan Sun/Regina Thunder
Brooks Falloon - DB - Winnipeg Rifles
Trisitan Koronkiewicz - DL - VI Raiders
A pair of former CJFL players have already punched their ticket to the CFL’s Main Combine scheduled for March 24-25 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. These players will undergo medical examinations, performance, strength and speed tests, on-field football drills and team interviews with general managers, coaches and scouts from all nine CFL teams.
Rashaun Simonise – REC – Okanagan Sun
Archeleus Jack – REC – Hamilton Hurricanes
Good luck to these 20 players representing the CJFL at the CFL regional combines this month.