2006 was a successful year for Football
New Brunswick. 2,266 players, coaches and officials were
registered. This represents growth of 6% over the 2,141 registered in
2005. 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.
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|Capital Area Minor Football Association
|Moncton Football Association
|Fundy Minor Football Association
|Maritime Football League
|Maritime 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
Football League for youngsters aged 7-9. Capital Area Minor also runs
a six team Mosquito Tackle League for 9-11 year olds. In 2006 Moncton
had a six team Atom Tackle League for players aged 10-11 and a Mosquito
Tackle League for players aged 8-9. Also in 2006
Fundy Minor (Saint John) had an Atom Flag League for youth ages
(7 teams) and Moncton
Football (6 teams) both operate PeeWee Tackle Programs for youth
aged 12-13. Capital Area Minor operates a 6 team Middle School Tackle
League. Fundy started the Sussex Scotia Spartans in 2006. Capital Area began the
Oromocto Tigers in 2006. The Calais-St. Stephen Silverados won the New Brunswick Championship and the Bob Pierce Memorial Trophy with
a 33-0 win over the Salisbury Silver Foxes. The Silverados fell 44-8 to the
Halifax North End Argos in the Maritime Championship game played at Rocky Stone
Field in Moncton.
Capital Area Minor (3 teams), Fundy Minor (7 teams) and Moncton Football (7
teams) all operate Bantam Tackle Programs for youth aged 14 and 15.
The Calais-St. Stephen Silverados won the provincial championship and the Samuel
Babb Bowl with a 44-6 victory over the Fredericton Junior Black Kats. The
Silverados represented New Brunswick in the Maritime Bantam Championship game
played at Rocky Stone Field in Moncton. They defeated the Annapolis Valley
Bulldogs 56-14 to claim the Ed Edmonds Cup.
Capital Area Minor and Fundy Minor operated 13 & Under, 15 & Under and
17 & Under programs in the spring of 2006.
Moncton Football Association ran three team leagues for Bantam (ages
Midget (ages 15-17).
In 2006, it's sixth season of existence, the New Brunswick
Football Conference operated as part of the Maritime Football League.
"SJ" Seadogs were granted official "club" status at the
University of New Brunswick Saint John campus and thus changed their name to the
U.N.B.S.J. Wolves Tackle Football Club. The Saint John
Wanderers won the the NBFC championship and the G. Percy Burchill
Trophy with a hard fought 36-33 victory over the Riverview Mustangs. The
Wanderers went on to win the MFL championship in Maritime Bowl V by a
count of 52-26 over the Dartmouth Knights and thus laid claim to the McIntyre Cup for the
third time in four years..
2006 was the third year for the New Brunswick Women's Football League.
The league grew from three to four teams with the admission of the Halifax
Xplosion. The league changed its name to the Maritime Women's Football League.
The Capital Area Lady Gladiators were victorious 20-8 over the Halifax
Xplosion in Maritime SupHer Bowl III. With the win they took
possession of 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 were given to one team in each of PeeWee
(Dieppe Alouettes), Bantam (Northside Junior Lions) and High School (St.
Stephen Spartans). Football N.B. also paid for officials for the provincial PeeWee and
Bantam semi-final and championship games. FNB subsidized travel costs to Halifax
for 15 & Under teams from Moncton and Capital Area. Total cost of these programs
in 2006 was $7,800.
Football New Brunswick Bursaries were awarded to graduating high school football
players Richard Philips of Riverview High, Will Haley of Oromocto High and Jon
Oliver of Simonds High. Total cost to Football New Brunswick for 2006 was $900.
In Coaching Development a Novice & Level 1 Learning Facilitator
Certification clinic was held in Moncton in April. Six people were certified.
Previous to this only one person had been qualified to give these courses. That
person had moved to Alberta in 2005. Football New Brunswick paid the
registration costs of coaches attending the Boston Football Coaches Clinic.
contributed $2,300 to Coaching Development in 2006.
New Brunswick's football officials held Level 1 clinics in Moncton and
Football New Brunswick contributed $1,500 towards
Officials Development in 2006.
Football New Brunswick spent over $18,000 on liability and accident Insurance for its
members in 2006 as well as spending $6,700 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 2006 in Saint John. Lifetime Service Awards were given to
Stewart and Patti Fraser of Moncton, Larry Wisniewski and Elizabeth MacFarlane
of Fredericton, Kevin and Carolyn Clifford of Saint John and Rusty and Gisele
Kirkpatrick of Saint John. O.J. Burnett of Fredericton was chosen as PeeWee Volunteer of the
Year. Ed O'Neill of Hampton was selected as Bantam Volunteer of the
Year. Sheri Adams of Moncton won the Gridiron Award for Outstanding Service to
Football. Net cost of this event was $3,400.
Football N.B. spent $250 on it's 8th Annual Pass, Punt and Kick Competition
at Mount Allison
University in Sackville.
For 2007 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 considering starting an 8 man Bantam
League to supplement its current 12 man league. Fundy Minor Football
is planning to add a Bantam team in Sussex to complement the PeeWee team that
began operations in 2006. Fundy will also be trying to get a new Atom Tackle
League for 10-11 year olds going for 2007. 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, 13 & Under and 11 & Under
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.
that there are Novice & Level 1 Learning Facilitators in each area, Novice
and Level 1 clinics will be held in 2007 to certify the backlog of coaches
There will be Level 1 Tackle Football Officials Clinics in Moncton, Fredericton
and Saint John before the 2007 season. The New Brunswick Football Officials
Association will be holding Level 2, 3 and 4 upgrade clinics in May 2007 in
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 2007 committees will be
formed to develop policies on "Conflict of Interest", "Discipline
and Appeals", "Personal Information Protection"
and "Code of Conduct".
As well a five year Strategic Plan will be developed in 2007-8.
Dan Fearon, President
Football New Brunswick
April 7, 2007