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The Unofficial Kick-Off

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 02/02/2023, 7:15pm PST

Teams can now sign up to 10 players with the Letter of Intent

It’s the unofficial kick-off to the 2023 season!

As of February 1st, all CJFL teams are able to sign up to 10 players to their upcoming roster with a “Letter of Intent,” (LOI).   Once an LOI is signed the player agrees, should they play in the CJFL for the 2023 season, they are bound to that team which is stipulated in the LOI agreement. 

Before entering the LOI agreement the player signing cannot already be committed to another team or on a protected list within the CJFL.

If a player decides not to continue with that particular team after signing the LOI, they can be released from that commitment by the team.  However the team does not have to agree to release that player until the LOI expires on the 15th of September. 

These LOIs are used by teams for several different reasons, the main one is to obviously sign a big recruit and have a commitment to their roster for that season.  Signing an important recruit can also encourage other players to give that team serious consideration if they are on the fence of which CJFL team to join.

The LOIs began several years ago in the BC Conference, but now all 19 teams take advantage of getting a commitment before National Signing Day on June 1st. 

Follow along on social media to see which players have agreed to an LOI for the upcoming CJFL season. 

VI Raiders Search For Head Coach

By Supplied 01/20/2023, 8:45am PST

The Nanaimo based team is looking for a leader

The VI Raiders storied franchise is looking for their next head coach.

Winning is part of the Raiders’ fabric, capturing three CJFL Canadian Bowls and eight BC Conference Championship titles. They are enshrined in the BC Football Hall of Fame in just 18 years of existence and are a high sought after destination for junior football players from across the country playing out of beautiful Nanaimo, BC. 

The Raiders are looking for a head coach who shares the same passion of winning and who can help young people grow athletically and personally. 

They are not only looking for just a head coach, but a leader that has a strong background in football, good organizational skills, as well as someone who works well with people.  

The head coach will join an established coaching staff along with some fresh faces looking to make their mark and help players grow into their full potential.  Just before the holidays the Raiders announced the following coaches have joined their staff and front office:

Shawn Arabsky is the new Associate General Manager, after winning a Cullen Cup with the Raiders in 2017.

Harvey Stables was named the new defensive coordinator.

Former Raiders receiver and Conference All-Star North Rainey is the new receivers coach.

Mike Gillcash has been named the new Assistant Head Coach playing for the Victoria Rebels from 1997-2001.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume, via email, to the President of the Raiders, Kabel Atwall at prior to January 31, 2023.

This is an open competition and consideration will be given to all candidates.