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.
Photo courtesy of Joanna Kurowski Photography
The defending Ontario Conference champion London Beefeaters have lost eight important pieces to graduation as they leave big holes on both sides of the ball.
They will begin their title defence in August and will be looking for other players to fill the spots left by the veterans who join the CJFL Grad Class of 2021.
QB Clarke McCallum – after five seasons, he led the Beefeaters offence in 2021 and completed 55% of his passes for 1380 yards and 15 touchdowns
WR Spencer Foster – he spent four seasons with the Beefeaters and in 2021 making 19 receptions for 346 yards and scored an 88-yard touchdown
OL Brayden Bell – he was an Ontario Conference All-Star in 2021 helping the Beefeaters offence to score the second most points last season
LB Codey McRoberts – he was a CJFL All-Canadian in 2021 after four seasons with the Beefeaters. This past season he collected 18 tackles, five assisted tackles, two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, two sacks, three blocked kicks, two knockdowns, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, one of which was returned for a touchdown
DL Jordan Fletcher (pictured) – he was a CJFL All-Canadian and was the Ontario Conference Defensive Player of the Year after 20 tackles, four assisted tackles, had a Conference high eight sacks and recovered a fumble
QB/WR/DB Devon Smith – he was a Conference All-Star in 2021 after three tackles and one interception
LB Moe Kadri (pictured) – he was a big part of the Beefeaters stifling defence this past season making 12 tackles and assisting on 13 special teams tackles and had an interception
DB Jackson Werstine – he played three seasons with the Beefeaters and was an important part of their secondary in 2021 despite playing in only four games. He collected four tackles and had one assisted stop during the campaign