Following a conference call last Monday evening, the BCFC, along with the 6 member teams has adopted a new letter of commitment for university players and some post-secondary players who wish to commit to a BCFC team beginning March 1.
National official signing day for Canadian Junior Football League Clubs is June 1. No player is allowed to be locked in to a BCFC, PFC or OFC teams for the upcoming season. June 1 has been the official signing day for the past number of years and will continue this year.
The BCFC “letter of commitment” is unique in 3 ways;
- It only commits the players to the specific BCFC club if he chooses to play in the BCFC. The player will still have the option to sign an official CJFL form as of June 1 with a PFC or OFC team which would void his commitment to the BCFC club. A CJFL registration signed with the BCFC after June 1 becomes official at the national level.
- BCFC commitments between March 1 are limited to university players or high school or community players who did not play in the 2018 season.
- Teams are limited to 5 letters of commitment
BCFC President Tyler Mclaren’s rationale on the conference new concept.
“This was suggested by two of our teams last year. A high profile offseason commitment can be an opportunity for the team to market itself in the community. Not to mention it can help with recruiting and retaining other players who see progress the club is making.
We believe in the June 1 signing date overall as it gives players a chance to attend various spring camps and visit teams before they make a decision. But this allows some players to make an early decision if they choose.”
The BCFC will post the player commitments on bcfootballconference.com as they occur.
The annual general meeting of the BCFC takes place March 9.