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CJFL Gone Campin'

By Ryan Watters 06/27/2024, 8:15am PDT

Find out when each CJFL team opens main camp

The CJFL is under 30 days until the kick-off of the 2024 season with the BC Conference opening on Saturday July 20th. 

There are three teams that have already kicked off their main training camp in preparation for the season.  The Langley Rams, Valley Huskers and Ottawa Sooners started this past week as each team is trying to get a jump on the season as their players battle for starting positions. 

The five other teams will open their training camps after Canada Day, including the defending Cullen Cup champion Westshore Rebels on July 2, 2024.

In Ontario the defending champion St. Clair Saints are the final team in the Conference to open camp on July 26th.  Following the Sooners, the Hamilton Hurricanes are next on July 2, then the London Beefeaters on July 9th. 

As for the Prairie Conference, their teams don’t open training camp until after the middle of July.  The Regina Thunder is the first to open on the 18th while the defending Canadian Bowl champion Saskatoon Hilltops are the final team in the CJFL to start their camp. They will kick off officially on July 28th. 

Here is a list of the CJFL teams and their first day of main camp:

Langley Rams – June 24
Valley Huskers – June 24
Ottawa Sooners – June 25
Okanagan Sun – July 1
Westshore Rebels – July 2
Hamilton Hurricanes – July 2
Kamloops Broncos – July 3
VI Raiders – July 3
Prince George Kodiaks – July 5
London Beefeaters – July 9
Regina Thunder – July 18
Calgary Colts – July 20
Quinte Skyhawks – July 22
Edmonton Huskies – July 22
Winnipeg Rifle – July 22
St. Clair Saints – July 26
Edmonton Wildcats – July 26
Saskatoon Hilltops – July 28
GTA Grizzlies – TBD

 

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.
 

Reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year

By Ryan Watters 06/17/2024, 6:00am PDT

Linebacker Noah Nelson of the Ottawa Sooners

He blasted onto the CJFL scene last year with the Ottawa Sooners and made an immediate impact.

Linebacker Noah Nelson compiled 21 tackles, had seven assists, 1.5 sacks, forced a fumble and intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and was named the CJFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

His strength is crowding the box and has a knack for stopping the run.  He has a high football IQ and can read the opposition’s offence when they come to the line.

Outside of the team goals of winning an Ontario title and hosting the Canadian Bowl, Noah has a personal goal of strengthening the mental aspect on and off the field to become the best all around athlete he can be.

He’s played just one year in the CJFL but it was filled with personal highlights.  The one that stands out doesn’t really show up in the stats sheet and might be forgotten quickly by Sooners fans, but to Noah, his massive hit on a kick-off against the St Clair Saints is his favourite play to date.  He is a player that feeds off of making big plays.

Speaking of the Saints, his favourite CJFL game thus far came against the Ontario champs.  The game was his first at St. Clair on September 23, 2023 and the atmosphere was second to none.

He’s looking to build off a very successful rookie campaign and is looking forward to opening the season on August 17th when his Sooners host the Hamilton Hurricanes.

Noah Nelson is a CJFL Player to Watch in 2024.

 

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