Category: OPFL

2019 Preseason Info

Welcome to you all!  We have many returning players as well newcomers for the 2019 season.

First of all, thank you for registering.  This post will have lots of information in it for you.

PARENT PLAYER MEETING: We will be having a parent/player meeting on Wednesday, February 20th at 6:15 at West Ferris High School in the Auditorium.  This information session will tell you a bit about the summer program, what is involved, parents and players will have the opportunity to meet the coaches for the Junior Varsity program for 2019.   What we expect from the players, coaches, parents, and everyone involved with the North Bay Bulldogs.  If you know of anyone thinking about playing, they are welcome to come out as well.  In the end, there will be an opportunity to ask questions you may have.  We will go over the player code of conduct which the player must sign.  And go over the parent code of conduct.

PRESEASON IN GYM SESSIONS: We also have set up our preseason in gym sessions at Widdifield High School in the Gymnasium from 5-6:30 on the following Saturdays: March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27 and May 4 (if the fields are not open by then).  Players are to wear gym clothes, indoor shoes and be sure to bring a water bottle.  Change rooms will be available to change before and after.   If for any reason your player can not make a session, please let me know so I can let the coaches know.  The purpose of the indoor training is to get the players moving, meet their coaches,  learn some new skills etc…  As once the fields open, we usually only have 2-3 weeks before our first game to put everything in place to prepare for the first game..

PLAYER FEES: As you know the cost for the season is $600, plus there is a $50 insurance fee that has to be completed online (more info on this coming soon).  Payment is due in full by June 1, 2019.  A deposit of $200 must be paid prior to equipment being handed out.   For every $100 you have paid before the parent player meeting on the 20th you will get a ballot in an early bird draw to win a bike valued at over $800 (donated by Hopper Buick GMC).  A big thank you to Hoppers for their ongoing support of the Bulldogs. The fee includes travel to and from away games, equipment (accept for mouth guard and cleats).  On away game days, we usually bring a boxed lunch or breakfast depending on game times and we usually stop for lunch or supper on the way back at an enroute so they will need a little bit of money for purchasing lunch or dinner or some prefer a boxed lunch.  We suggest $200 by April 1st, $200 by May 1st and $200 by June 1st, but we are accepting payments now in order to spread them out a bit more.

Ways to pay registration fees:  email transfer is the most popular these days and you can email me at christa@d-linsurance.com.  Source for Sports on Fisher Street also accepts payments and registrations, there you can pay by cash, cheque, credit or debit card.  Or in person at in gym sessions by cash or cheque.

For home game days we have a game day booklet and you can go to the community to offset your player fees.  The first $100 you collect in sponsors will go the club.  Any sponsors you get after the $100 can be applied to your player fees.  For example, if you get $700 in sponsors $100 goes to the club, $600 to player fees, or if you get $300 in sponsors the first $100 goes to the club, $200 towards player fees.  If you are interested in this option let me know and I can send you the costs for sponsors.

Bingos, we have a Bingo spot every second Saturday which if you volunteer, we can reduce player fees, please let me know if you are interested in this option.

Kidsport and Jumpstart programs are available as well.  Apply now to be sure to get approved.

GAME DAY VOLUNTEERS: Game Day, we are always looking for hydration crew, trainers, stats, film people, photographer for home and away games plus for home games we are always looking for help for things such as field set up and take down, working our BBQ, front gate (collecting entry fee of $5, selling 50/50, pop chips, clothing), and DJ/announcer and stick crew.  If any of these things interest you let me know and I can add you to our list.

 

Varisty Championship Game

This week we head out on the road for the CHAMPIONSHIP game against the Beckwith Irish; kick off is 3:00 pm.  We are heading to Tim Horton’s Field located at 64 Melrose Ave N, Hamilton, ON L8L 8C1

We will be leaving on the bus from Northgate Parking lot (Old Sears)  at 8:30 am sharp. Please remember to check your bags for all your game day equipment including jersey, game pants, knee pads, belts and mouth guards.  The bus ride is about 4 hours, so please bring a healthy meal, with plenty of water to keep hydrated.

We will arrive at the field for 1:00 pm which is only 2 hours before our game. There are change rooms at this facility which means you will be able to shower.  Supper will be along the way Please bring either money or a bagged meal. Bus arrival home is expected for 10:30 pm, but we will keep Facebook posted with our ETA.

I need to know from everyone if they are planning on taking the bus; as we have a few extra support staff looking to come to the game as well.

If you are unable to attend this game with us, please let me know as well.

For parents, and our fans;  (all players please inform your families of the game details, or share this email!!!)

 There will be a gate fee of $5 and kids under 12 will be free.

If you have any questions or need more information, please let me know.

OPFL Championship Games

2018 REGIONAL REP CHAMPIONSHIP DAY

Sunday August 5 – Tim Horton’s Field Hamilton – $5.00 Gate admission

Bantam Game – 11:00 AM – Woodstock Minor Football Association vs. Guelph Minor Football 

Junior game – 1:00 PM – Vaughan Football Association – Home of the Rebels vs Niagara Spears

Varsity game – 3:00PM – Beckwith Irish OPFL League vs North Bay Bulldogs

The games are being Streamed live by WeeStream. Here are the links:

BANTAM: https://www.youtubecom/watch?v=Yqh0Xx4gJGc

JUNIOR VARSITY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0630YLb8Y8U

VARSITY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXutiwSMuZ8

Away Game Information – Rebels

As per my earlier email, please continue to let me know if your player is not at Saturdays game and or if they are not taking the bus to or from the game.  This allows us to know what coaches, water boys etc… can fit on the bus and allows coaches to game plan around players not able to attend.

Remember to check and double check that you have everything in your bag to play, we do not bring extra, mouth guards, cleats helmets, pants etc.  If you don’t have everything you just don’t play.

Venue: 1 St Joan of Arc Ave, Maple, ON L6A 

Bantam Itinerary:

9:15 arrive at Rollie Fisher field and load bus
9:45 Depart Rollie Fisher for Vaughan
1:00 Arrival at the field
2:30 Kickoff
5:00 Depart Vaughan for Enroute
9-9:30 Arrive back at Rollie fisher.

Junior Varsity Itinerary:

11:15 arrive at Rollie Fisher and load bus
11:45 at the latest the bus will depart for Vaughan
3:00 arrival at 1 St Joan of Arc Drive in Maple.
5:00 Kickoff
7:30 or shortly after game depart the field

A quick stop at an Enroute (please bring money for what you will want to eat)

11:15-11:45 arrival back at Rollie Fisher

Please bring a lunch and snacks for the on the bus.  Remember lots of water.  No peanuts please this week and advise if anyone has peanut allergies.  No Red Bull, no rockstar, no coffee for players on the bus, please.

We will update the Facebook page to approximate time of arrival as well as game scores in case you can’t make it to the game.