For some Tuesday 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, still to be determined as restrictions from COVID-19 are ongoing.
All three Conferences and 18 CJFL teams will participate on June 1st, signing players to their 2021 roster including the newest franchise, the Quinte Skyhawks.
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.
Photo courtesy of Louis Christ Photography
Former Saskatoon Hilltop running back Adam Machart (pictured) highlights the 2021 East-West Bowl roster recognitions announced Wednesday by the Canadian Football League.
The roster recognitions celebrate the next generation of top Canadian football prospects, with eight former CJFL standouts identified for the 2022 CFL Draft, following completion of the 2021 Draft on May 4.
For the next year, players from both squads will vie for coveted spots on the CFL Scouting Bureau Top 20 Prospects List – published in the fall, winter and spring – before showcasing their skills through virtual or in-person regional and national combines in advance of the Draft this time next year.
Machart earned 2019 Canada West Player of the Year and First Team All-Canadian honours and was a finalist for the Hec Crighton Trophy as U SPORTS regular season MVP.
The former CJFL players on the East-West Bowl rosters are:
James Parker of the VI Raiders
Brycen Mayoh of the VI Raiders and Westshore Rebels
Dawson Davis of Valley Huskers
Jayden Dalke of the Edmonton Wildcats
David Solie of the Saskatoon Hilltops
Adam Machart of the Saskatoon Hilltops
Donovan Burgmaier of the Edmonton Huskies
Ted Kubongo of the Calgary Colts
Good luck to all eight CJFLers.
The CJFL Life Member Award is saved for an individual that has contributed a great deal to their team, their Conference and to the CJFL as a whole. Today’s Life Member honouree has done all that and more.
The sport of football is usually a family affair. With their child on the field playing, parents, siblings and aunts and uncles are in the stands cheering them on. When one parent coaches a team, the other is involved on the management side.
In the case of the Johnson’s, when husband Gord is a diehard fan and is involved with a CJFL team, wife Helen decided to volunteer as well.
Helen Johnson started volunteering with a CJFL team in 2003 with the South Surrey Rams and was hooked. She stayed with them for two seasons, before joining her husband Gord with the Abbotsford Air Force in 2006 as the club’s secretary and registrar. Unfortunately for the Air Force, that was their final season.
Still wanting to volunteer her time with a CJFL team, Helen decided to go back to where it all started for her; the South Fraser Rams. She spent the 2007 season and some of the 2008 campaign back with the Rams before another adventure came calling.
In 2008 both Helen and Gord joined the VI Raiders board just in time to watch them win a Canadian Bowl championship that season. The Raiders finished the regular season at 9-1 then beat the Saskatoon Hilltops in Saskatoon, before dominating the Burlington Braves in Ontario to win the title.
Helen stayed with the Raiders as a volunteer and secretary until after the 2010 season. Incredibly in her three seasons with the Raiders, the team won two Canadian Bowl titles.
In 2009 while still with the Raiders, Helen took on the extra responsibility of becoming the BC Conference Secretary, volunteering countless hours. She stayed in this role until after the 2017 season. Right in the middle of her time with the Conference Helen along with her husband Gord shared the BC Conference Ken Smith Executive of the Year Award in 2015 for excellence off the field.
For all the long volunteer hours Helen sunk into the BC Conference, the Air Force and the Raiders the CJFL is proud to honour her with this Life Member Award. Congratulations Helen, who joins Gord as the only wife-husband team to be recognized with this honour, it is well deserved!