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2018 Registration Open

Merry Christmas Bulldogs,

2018 will be an exciting year for the Bulldogs family as we are hard at work planning for another great fun year of football. We are pleased to announce that we have moved from the OVFL and will be competing in the OPFL AA division and will be facing our old adversaries such as TNT, Toronto Jets, and Orangeville among others.

For Christmas, we have released our early registration program to get as many players registered during this Christmas holiday season as we can.

We will be holding a draw for an authentic NFC jersey in January for early-bird registrations.

In order to qualify, you must submit the registration forms to the Club along with a $150 deposit.

**VERY IMPORTANT**

Getting your registrations in earliest will give you priority over your choice of available jersey numbers. Returning players within the team will get first rights to their jersey numbers, however, newly available jersey numbers will be handed out on a 1st come 1st serve basis based on registration & deposit date.

We have had many people asking us for registration forms so we will be getting a heavy run on registrations during this Christmas…so be sure to register early to ensure you get your choice of jersey number. DON’T WAIT!!! Register ASAP!

On another note….we are excited & looking forward to a positive fun & competitive football season in 2018…together.

Have a great Merry Christmas and don’t hesitate to contact any member of our executive.

Bantam age group is those born in 2004, 2005 and 2006
Junior Varsity age group is those born in 2002 and 2003
Varsity age group is those born 1999, 2000 or 2001
Senior age group is open age group

Hope over to our online registration: http://northbaybulldogs.com/registration/

Marc Mathon – President 705-200-4856
Christa Morgan registrations 705-498-5929

2017 Bulldog Schedule

Summer is fast approaching and the OVFL and the NFC have issued their final drafts of the game schedule. This will be a compilation of information to help you navigate the game schedule and add clarity to the dates and time for practices and games.

For our Bantam and Junior Varsity team here is a graphic to help with the game days at a glance. Additionally, we have provided a calendar with dates, times, and google map locations that can sync with your device at the links listed. Keep in mind that change happens so check back on a regular basis to ensure you have the current information. Further to that your webmaster is still filling in all the appropriate times and is only finished the month of May with the practice schedule.  He procrastinates but will be working to complete the remainder shortly. North Bay Bulldogs.com and our Facebook page will keep you informed of upcoming events and changes.

 

Please note the OVFL has altered the game schedule slightly for the Bantam and JV teams.

Bantam Game Day Schedule:  http://northbaybulldogs.com/calendar/2017-bantam-game-calendar/
Junior Varsity Game Day Schedule: http://northbaybulldogs.com/calendar/2017-jv-game-calendar/
NFC Mens Game Day Schedule: http://northbaybulldogs.com/calendar/2017-nfc-bulldogs/

For those who want to have a physical copy here are the printable media:

Bantam Printable PDF Calendar: 2017 Bantam Schedule
Junior Varsity Printable PDF Calendar:  2017 JV Schedule
NFC Senior Printable PDF Calendar: 2017 SR Dogs Schedule

Online Complete Event Calendars with games and practices:

Bantam: http://northbaybulldogs.com/calendar/bantam-calendar/
JV:  http://northbaybulldogs.com/calendar/junior-varsity-calendar/
Mens:  http://northbaybulldogs.com/calendar/2017-nfc-mens-events/

Weather will not cancel practice unless there is lightening in the immediate area or the city closes the field. We will let you know when the practice is called off. Otherwise dress for the conditions.

The Bulldogs are looking forward to a great season of action so we don’t want you missing any of the lead-up or the games.

 

Know thy Enemy 2017

The Overview

With the long-awaited return of men’s football to North Bay and North Bay’s return to the Northern Football Conference, it’s time for a primer on our scheduled opponents.

Keep in mind this is just opinion and speculation to give our Bulldog players and fans a sneak peek at our 2016 opponents. This being our first foray back into Men’s football in half a decade we will keep expectations in the realm of reality. It is always the Bulldogs mandate to make the game of football fun while being competitive – this applies to the men’s division too.

The Enemy

The first opponent for our renewed Bulldogs is the Sault Steelers. They are a divisional opponent who had a rough year in the 2016 NFC season going 1-7. While they did make an appearance in 2015 NFC post season the 2016 championship fell out of reach. The Steeler’s defense has struggled to keep the opponents out of their end zone. For a  team getting back into competition, this may be a good match. Under no circumstances should we, the Bulldogs, take them lightly but leverage the opportunity to find our strengths and weaknesses. It could be the Steelers endured a rebuilding year and have found some renewed life to surprise the NFC West.

The next game in the 2017 campaign will be a road trip to Toronto to battle the Phantom Raiders (or Raiders for short). The Raiders took a year off to restructure their organization in 2016. In 2015 the Raiders made it to the postseason but hit the juggernaut of the GTA Allstars and were ousted from the tournament. They have experienced coaches and staff and a large talent pool to draw from.  This will be a test for both returning Bulldogs and Raiders.

The Oakville Longhorns had a turbulent year in 2016. Their offense never seemed to gain momentum and their defense struggled with only glimpses of true stopping power. The Longhorns program has been constantly moving with an indoor program keeping their players game-ready even in the offseason. They are hungry to move up the ranks at the expense of the Bulldogs and may prove to be a tough divisional battle.

The Sudbury Spartans are a team always teetering on the upper NFC echelon.  Our neighbors have a great football culture and a strong program that has matured in the NFC trenches. This may be the team that the Bulldogs have grueling battles grinding each and every yard. The Spartans are a tough, respected team that have lost heartbreakers in 2016 to earn their 3-5 record. Sudbury had a brief appearance in the 2016 postseason but struggled against the Ottawa Invaders.

The Sarnia Imperials had the best record in the 2016 season at 7-1. The “Red Army”‘s crown logo isn’t just for looks as they were the undisputed kings of the NFC West division and the number one team in the regular season. They have a high octane offense that can march down the field and a tough bend-not-break defense. In the 2015 postseason, they lost in the semi-finals and took it a step further in the 2016 NFC postseason to reach the championship match. In the end where they fell to the GTA Allstars in a great clash of teams. Each year is different but this is the team to beat.

Tri-City Outlaws sat in the middle of the pack through the regular season finishing at 4-4. The Outlaws are a rugged team only a few years off winning an NFC championship. The Outlaws made waves in the 2016 postseason and were within 5 yards of making it into the 2016 NFC championship game in a pitched battle with the Sarnia Imperials. This is a club that is persistent and constantly makes adjustments to achieve better results.  The Outlaws are a dangerous divisional opponent that demands respect.

Clinton Major

Bulldogs Men’s Division Returns

WE never left, we were just in training!

From 1952 through 2010 North Bay has fielded Senior teams to compete provincially in the Northern Football Conference (www.nfcfootball.ca). Since 1991 the North Bay Bulldogs competed in the NFC yet recognized the challenges of fielding a team. Several elements drove the success of the team from talent pool population, to injuries and player retirement.  By identifying the gaps in fielding a successful team year over year it was decided to take a leave from the NFC in good financial standing and rebuild our talent pool.

Over the past 6 years, the North Bay Bulldogs have focused on building their football club to generate additional football pedigree and hunger for the game.

Almost 1,000 players later since 2004 through our fall youth and summer programs, our numbers have spoken & we have notified the Northern Football Conference that we will field a team the summer of 2017.  

NFC football isn’t a new thing to football in North Bay, but this time around what is new is the amount of football experience players will be coming in with. Prior to 2010 players joining the Bulldogs were coming with a few seasons of high school football.

Today, thanks to the many volunteers in the North Bay Bulldogs organization, after completing the Bulldogs youth, Bantam and Junior Varsity programs, a player can have as many as 7 to 10 seasons of football even before reaching grade eleven!

Details:
For the upcoming season, the Bulldogs will be suited up in their familiar colors of Black, Gold, Gray and White. With feedback from many players looking to play football this summer, we are going to a gray color jersey with gold numbers and black / white trim. 

We are excited about the prospect of NFC football in North Bay… and so are the number of players asking us to move this project forward. 

To date, there are a couple dozen players who have formally expressed their intention to play and at a player fee cost of under $300, its going to be very affordable….but most importantly a great football experience.

Players should register with the team as soon as practical. Jerseys will be ordered March 1st. Jersey sizes and numbers will be assigned on a 1st come 1st serve basis, so early registration will secure the preferred jersey number & size.

Players are so excited one of them produced a video: “Love of the Game

Register here or offline with this form: Club Player Contract – 2017

Time to hit the weight room!