2005 was a banner year for Football
New Brunswick. 2,141 players, coaches and officials were
registered. This represents growth of 22% over the 1,756 registered in
2004. (Numbers for 2003-1,840 and 2002-1,708) This does not include the 700 participants in
high school football who are not members of Football New Brunswick but still
rely on FNB to certify their coaches and train their officials.
|Members # of
|Moncton Football Association
|Capital Area Minor Football Association
|Fundy Minor Football Association
|New Brunswick Football Conference
|New Brunswick Women's Football League
|New Brunswick Football Officials Association
|19 & Under Provincial Team
The Capital Area Minor Football Association (Fredericton) operates an eight team Squirt Flag
Football League for youngsters aged 7-9 up from six teams in 2004. Capital Area Minor also runs
a six team Mosquito Tackle Football League for 9-11 year olds. In 2005 Moncton
had an Atom Tackle Football League for players aged 7-10. Also in 2005
Fundy Minor (Saint John) started an Atom Flag Football League for youth ages
Capital Area Minor
(5 teams), Fundy Minor (6 teams) and Moncton
Football (7 teams) all operate PeeWee Tackle Football Programs for youth
aged 13 & Under. Capital Area started the Devon Wildcats in 2005 and Moncton
revived the Dieppe Alouettes after an absence of one year. The Riverview Lions
won the New Brunswick Championship and the Bob Pierce Memorial Trophy with an
8-2 win over the Albert Street Eagles of Fredericton. The Lions fell 24-6 to the
Halifax Raiders in the Maritime Championship game played at Huskies Stadium at
Saint Mary's University in Halifax.
Capital Area Minor (3 teams), Fundy Minor (7 teams) and Moncton Football (7
teams) all operate Bantam Tackle Football Programs for youth aged 14 and 15. Fundy added the St. Stephen-Calais Silverados in
2005. The Moncton Junior Highlanders won the provincial championship and the Samuel
Babb Bowl with an exciting 8-6 victory over the Hampton Junior Huskies. The
Huskies represented New Brunswick in the Maritime Bantam Championship game
played at Huskies Stadium at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. Hampton
defeated the Truro Freightliners 27-6 to claim the Ed Edmonds Cup, newly named
in honour of long time football official and volunteer Ed Edmonds of Moncton.
Capital Area Minor and Fundy Minor operated 13 & Under, 15 & Under and
17 & Under programs in the spring of 2005.
Moncton Football Association ran three team leagues for Bantam (ages
Midget (ages 15-17).
In 2005, it's fifth season of existence, the New Brunswick Senior Football League
joined the Maritime Football League and changed its name to the New Brunswick
Football Conference. With the addition of the Riverview Mustangs and the
"SJ" Seadogs the NBFC grew to a record six teams. The Saint John
Wanderers won the the NBFC championship and the G. Percy Burchill
Trophy with an exciting last minute 34-31 victory over the Riverview Mustangs. The
Wanderers went on to win the MFL championship in Maritime Bowl IV by a
count of 28-18 over the Dartmouth Knights and thus laid claim to the McIntyre Cup for the second time in three years..
2005 was the second year for the New Brunswick Women's Football League.
The league grew from two to three teams with the formation of the Moncton
Vipers. The Saint John Buccaneers upset the Vipers 24-14 in the league
championship game to win the Judy Upward Trophy.
Football New Brunswick provided support to its members programs in a number of
ways. In the area of Awards, championship Banners and gold and silver
Medals were supplied to
Bantam and Women's. A championship banner was also provided for the NBFC.
Championship Banners and gold and silver Medals were also supplied,
courtesy of Riddell, for the Maritime PeeWee and Bantam Championship games. Fair Play
banners (sponsored by Adams) were given to one team in each of PeeWee
(Nashwaaksis Nordics), Bantam (Saint John Central Outlaw Greyhounds) and High School (Odyssee
Olympiens). Football N.B. also paid for officials for the provincial PeeWee and
Bantam semi-final and championship games as well as providing travel subsidies
to the teams traveling to Halifax for the Maritime PeeWee and Bantam Championship
games. Total cost of these programs was $6,250.
Football New Brunswick Bursaries were awarded to graduating high school football
players Tom Lutes of Riverview High and Mike McCarthy of Leo Hayes High. Total cost to Football New Brunswick is $600.
In Coaching Development Capital Area held a Level
1 NCCP clinic. Football New Brunswick paid the
registration costs of coaches attending the Boston Football Coaches Clinic. Each of the three minor football associations received a
direct contribution to help offset the cost of hosting clinics. Football N.B.
contributed $4,000 to Coaching Development in 2005.
New Brunswick's football officials held Level 1 clinics in Moncton and Saint John.
Football New Brunswick contributed $900 towards
Officials Development in 2005.
Football New Brunswick spent close to $19,000 on liability and accident Insurance for its
members in 2005 as well as spending $5,000 on memberships in Football Canada and
Sport New Brunswick.
No organization can operate without its volunteers. Some sort of recognition of
their efforts is key to its long term success. Football New Brunswick held its Annual
Awards banquet in April 2005 in Moncton. Lifetime Service Awards were given to
Norm and Cathy Seguin of Fredericton, John Cowan of Moncton and Gillies Lavoie
and Brenda Teed of Moncton. Chris Ives of St. Stephen was chosen as PeeWee Volunteer of the
Year. Mike Young of Fredericton was selected as Bantam Volunteer of the
Year. Michele Madore of Oromocto won the Gridiron Award for Outstanding Service to
Football. Net cost of this event was $2,500.
Football N.B. spent $250 on it's 7th Annual Pass, Punt and Kick Competition
at Mount Allison
University in Sackville.
For 2006 a number of
initiatives are underway to increase participation levels. Moncton Football has plans
for a Bantam team at Odyssee , the new French high school that opened in Moncton
fall of 2005. As well efforts are underway to organize minor football in
Amherst, Nova Scotia. Capital Area Minor is attempting to start Bantam team(s) in
Miramichi and/or Woodstock. Capital Area is also hoping to add a PeeWee
team affiliated with Ridgeview Middle School in Oromocto. Fundy Minor Football
is targeting Sussex for expansion in 2006. Football New
Brunswick has allocated $5,000 to assist with expansion of the game into areas
of the province where it is presently not played.
Efforts are underway to organize province wide Spring Developmental Football
Leagues in the
17 & Under, 15 & Under and 13 & Under age
categories. It is hoped that the creation of these leagues will lead to
establishment of Provincial Teams with significant representation from
all areas of the province that will compete in regional and national competitions
in the future.
It is expected that the New Brunswick Women's
Football League will expand to four teams in 2006. A group from Halifax has
applied to join the league which, if this happens, will become known as the Maritime
Women's Football League.
clinic to certify Level 1 Football Technical Course Conductors for
each area of the province will be held in Moncton in the spring. Football New Brunswick
will cover the cost of this clinic. This will be a huge step forward for
coaching development as there will soon be at least one certified Course
each of Moncton, Fundy and Capital Area. Previously there was only one, located
in Moncton, for the entire
There will be Level 1 Tackle Football Officials Clinics in Moncton, Fredericton
and Saint John before the 2006 season. The New Brunswick Football Officials
Association will be holding Level 2, 3 and 4 upgrade clinics in June 2006 in
Finally, Football New Brunswick is in the process of developing a number of policies.
"Abuse and Harassment Policy" and a "Volunteer Screening
Policy" have been developed and adopted. For 2006 committees will be
formed to develop policies on "Conflict of Interest", "Discipline
and Appeals", "Personal Information Protection"
and "Code of Conduct".
Dan Fearon, President
Football New Brunswick
March 1, 2006