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 and BC Conference (BCFC) are proud to announce their 2022 regular season schedule that will see the seven-member Conference open play on Saturday July 23rd with a full slate of games.
This season’s schedule is particularly exciting as the newly expanded Prince George Kodiaks will kick-off their inaugural season. Their first game will be on the road when they visit the Valley Huskers on the 23rd before their home opener on August 7th.
The defending Canadian Bowl champion Langley Rams will open their title defence at home when they host the Westshore Rebels while the Okanagan Sun visit the VI Raiders that afternoon.
The teams will play a 10-game regular season schedule concluding on October 8th. The Conference playoffs will open the following weekend with a pair of semi-finals before the Conference final Cullen Cup game scheduled for Saturday October 22nd.
The winner of the Cullen Cup will head to Ontario for the National Semi-Final on October 29th with the winner of that game playing for the 2022 Canadian Bowl in the Prairies. The last time a team from BC travelled to Ontario for a National Semi-Final was in 2013 when the VI Raiders beat the Windsor AKO Fratmen.
The Ontario Conference continues to work on their schedule and do anticipate releasing it in the coming weeks. The Prairie Conference released their schedule last week HERE.
The Okanagan Sun have announced their new head coach to lead the team into the 2022 CJFL season and beyond. Former player Travis Miller takes over after Jamie Boreham stepped down last week.
Miller was the offensive coordinator in 2021 as the Sun compiled a 7-1 regular season record scoring a BC Conference high 360 points, averaging 45 points each game. He saw running back Malcolm Miller achieve CJFL greatness winning the league’s rushing title with 1360 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was named the CJFL Offensive Player of the Year becoming the first Sun player to be honoured since 2004.
The new head coach was an offensive lineman for the Sun playing five seasons from 2005-2009. He moved onto play at Acadia University in Nova Scotia from 2010-2011 then returned to his hometown of Grande Prairie. He decided to get into coaching and started at his alma mater guiding the Grande Prairie Composite High School Warriors. He took on the role of head coach and offensive coordinator and helped the school to a Tier 1 Provincial Bronze medal.
Miller talks with Ryan Watters under the CJFL Spotlight.