For some Wednesday June 1st 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.
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 National Signing Day 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 June 1st.
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 19 CJFL teams will participate on June 1st, signing players to their 2022 roster.
Fans can keep up to date with CJFL National Signing Day on social media with #CJFLSigningDay as teams will be posting once a player signs.
The CJFL in conjunction with the Ontario Conference (OFC) have released their 2022 schedule that will see the six-member Conference open the CJFL season the weekend of August 13, 2022 with a full slate of games.
The defending Conference champion London Beefeaters begin their title defence that afternoon at 5:00pm when they visit the Ottawa Sooners who return to Conference play after missing 2021. The St. Clair Fratmen who finished as the top seed last year open their season at home when they welcome the Quinte Skyhawks at 7:00pm in a semi-final rematch and then the following afternoon the GTA Grizzlies entertain the Hamilton Hurricanes at 1:00pm.
The teams are scheduled to play an eight-week regular season concluding on October 2nd. The Conference playoffs will open on October 15th, following a bye weekend with a pair of semi-finals before the Conference championship game scheduled for Saturday October 22nd.
The winner of the Ontario final will host the BC Conference champion in the CJFL National Semi-Final on Saturday October 29th. The winner of this game will travel the Prairies for the 2022 Canadian Bowl on November 12th.
After taking the 2021 CJFL season to realign and readjust their organization the Ottawa Sooners will return in 2022 to the Ontario Conference and have announced a new head coach.
Former Sooner Gord Hudson takes the reigns in the nation’s capital and has high expectations for this team in his first season. During his playing days, he played three years for the Sooners compiling an incredible record of 44-4 and making three straight trips to the Canadian Bowl, winning one in 1984 when they beat the Richmond Raiders 46-23.
Gord talks with Ryan Watters about coming back to his former team to coach and to restore some of the glory within this storied organization.