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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.
 

Guiding the Raiders

By Ryan Watters 04/23/2024, 2:30pm PDT

Receiver Paul Romanoff has high expectations

Photo courtesy of Paul Williams

The VI Raiders have high expectations this season as they try and turn the corner and get back to the CJFL Canadian Bowl playoffs.

Not only do the Raiders have playoff aspirations, but receiver Paul Romanoff is focussed on getting this team back into contention in the BC Conference.  He enters his fourth season on the island with a personal goal of cracking the All-Canadian list.

A year ago, he finished with 21 receptions for 395 yards and four touchdowns.

Speaking of touchdowns, the first of his CJFL career is a very memorable moment, scoring it in his rookie season at Valley.  The major came within the final minute before halftime to give the Raiders a lead.  The quarterback that threw him the ball, Jake Laberge is now the offensive coordinator, so he is aware of how dynamic of a player Romanoff is. 

His most memorable CJFL game was last season, again on the road, but this time at Okanagan at the storied Apple Bowl.  He finished the game with three touchdowns on nine catches and he gathered 110 yards through the air. 

The Raiders will open the season on July 20th on the road in Prince George when they take on the Kodiaks. 

 

Paul Romanoff is a CJFL Player to Watch in 2024.