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June 1, 2016 Langford, BC – June 1st marked another important step for Victoria’s Westshore Rebels as the 2016 BCFC season approaches. The Rebels, with the help of the Westhshore Rebels Cheerleaders, held their 2016 National Signing Day at Saunders Subaru as local media and fans got a first hand look at the official 2016 Westshore Rebels, ahead of their highly anticipated season.
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 he is essentially signing for his entire junior football career as the player then becomes the property of that team.
Some players have attended multiple Spring Camps to get an idea of their best fit. 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 Wednesday’s date, coaches can continue to recruit and sign a player immediately if he’s a good fit for their team. That said the bulk of the players ready to play in the CJFL will sign on Wednesday afternoon.
Once players sign on the dotted line, coaches will begin developing their schemes and systems around their potential starting players. They can also begin preparing for their Main Camp along with Week 1 of the regular season.
All three Conferences and 19 CJFL teams participated, signing players to their 2016 roster.
Fans can keep up to date with CJFL National Signing Day on social media with #CJFLSigning as we will be posting throughout this event for family and friends following across Canada.
Our first game kicks off at home on Sunday July 24 vs the Langley Rams at 4pm. Ticket information can be found at www.westshorerebels.ca.