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HEADCHECK Partnership Renewed

By Supplied 06/20/2024, 7:15am PDT

CJFL and HEADCHECK Extend Partnership Ensuring Highest Standard of Concussion Management

The Canadian Junior Football League ('CJFL') and HEADCHECK Health Inc. ('HEADCHECK') are thrilled to announce the extension of their partnership. This collaboration, in place since 2021, has empowered all teams across the CJFL to uphold the highest standards of concussion management, thanks to the robust digital platform provided by HEADCHECK and invaluable insights from aggregate data trends. 

Concussions pose a serious risk, potentially leading to life-altering brain injuries. According to Boston University, over 500,000 concussions affect 3 million youth football players annually. The CJFL and HEADCHECK are working together to eliminate the mismanagement of concussions. Evidence-based protocols are the foundation of concussion safety, when followed.

"The information and data we now have from HEADCHECK is very valuable," said Jim Pankovich, CJFL Commissioner. "With it, we can take proactive steps to improve player safety and measure the results. The results speak for themselves; it's hard to argue that the CJFL isn't a safer league today than before we started working with HEADCHECK." 

"Overall, using HEADCHECK has made it easier for medical staff to provide the best athlete-centered care for concussion management," said Allison Frenette, PFC Executive Player Health Consultant

"The CJFL is dedicated to ensuring the highest standard of concussion management across their league," said Harrison Brown, CEO of HEADCHECK. "Collaborating with league administrators, team medical personnel, and Dr. Czarnota has been instrumental in making the league as safe as possible for the players."

To learn more about how the CJFL has been able to track yearly safety improvements with HEADCHECK, read this recent case study HERE.
 

CJFL National Signing Day

By Ryan Watters 05/29/2024, 10:30pm PDT

June 1, 2024 players can officially sign with a CJFL team

For some Saturday 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 they are essentially signing for their 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 they are a good fit for their team.  That said the bulk of the players ready to play in the CJFL will sign on Saturday.

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 2024 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.
 

Not Your Average Colt

By Ryan Watters 05/17/2024, 7:30am PDT

Colton Meikle of the Kamloops Broncos

Photo courtesy of Jim Motokado

At 6’4, 220 pounds, Colton Meikle of the Kamloops Broncos has been an extremely deadly weapon over his first three seasons in the BC Conference.   He often draws the opposition’s best defensive back and sometimes is double teamed just to slow him down.

He has learned to use his size to create space on the field to make plays which is one of his greatest strengths.  He is also an excellent downfield blocker and takes great pride in springing one of his teammates loose to make a big play.

The Broncos are hoping for big things from the Kamloops native after a solid 2023 campaign in which he caught 39 passes for 598 yards and had seven touchdowns.  He was named a Conference All-Star for the second consecutive season. 

When he looks back at his three CJFL seasons, Meikle says his favourite game came last year against the Prince George Kodiaks when he had five receptions for 222 yards and hauled in three touchdowns. He and the offence were clicking that day as his club won by 30 points.

Out of all the plays he has made as a Bronco, the one that sticks out the most came in 2022.  It was one of the last plays of the game and season when the Broncos pulled off a flee flicker, with the end zone pass heading to him.  He made the reception over two defenders for six points bringing his team to within three points after being down 25-14 in the third. 

As he enters his fourth season, his personal goal is to continue to produce at a high level and to be named a CJFL First Team All-Canadian. 

The Broncos open their season on July 20 when they host the defending Cullen Cup champion Westshore Rebels at Hillside Stadium. 

Receiver Colton Meikle is a CJFL Player to Watch in 2024.