Category: League News

New About the North Bay Bulldogs

2021 BYTFL

Welcome to all the new players and welcome back to the returnees!

We will be doing an equipment handout this week on Wednesday and Thursday, September 8 and 9 in the evening from 6-7:30 at Krown Rustproofing at 514 Gormanville Road.  We ask that all players and parents wear a mask while in close contact with others.  All equipment is supplied except for cleats and mouthguards.  If you have old cleats that no longer fit we accept used cleats, if you have outgrown your cleats and could use some gently used ones we can check what we have available.  There are lots of cleats and mouth guards available at Source for Sports to purchase as well.  Soccer cleats are also good for football.  I suggest having a couple of mouthguards on hand as if they lose theirs or forget theirs they can not play.

The camp is on Saturday, September 11th  Bantams will be at 5:30-7:30 at Rollie Fischer field.  We ask them to wear full gear including a mouthguard. After the camp, the coaches split up the teams and you will be contacted about which team your player will be on and what nights they will be practicing.  You should hear from your coach no later than September 15th, the first games are September 25th.

Kids are back to school Tuesday, tell them to tell their friends about football and get them to sign up too!  We try to accommodate friend requests as best we can.  Register at www.northbaybulldogs.com.

Player fees can be paid by email transfer to me at this email christa@d-linsurance.com or at the Bulldog’s Store https://northbaybulldogs.com/shop/ or at source for sports on Fisher Street.  The fees are $275.  If you are having problems with player fees, you can apply for kid sport or jumpstart.  We also run a BINGO every second Thursday and you can work off your player fees by working bingos, if interested let me know.

Games will be on Saturdays at Rollie Fischer Bantams are at 12 and 1.  Tykes play before this so there is a chance games could start a bit later.  They play 2 one hour games back to back each Saturday.

Volunteers, we are always looking for volunteers.  Game days we always are looking for refs, stick crew, trainers to tend to bumps and bruises.  If you are interested in coaching also let me know.  If you are interested in working Bingos we always need help there too!

Bulldog Football Scheduling a June Kick Off

The North Bay Bulldogs are excited to announce the progress of its 2021 non-contact summer football programs. Bantam and JV registrations are ahead of last year’s fall season’s pace with limited spots left.

The Bulldogs NFC edition will be coming together to work on the passing game and will be involved in NFC competitions vs other NFC teams where permitted by regional guidelines. In addition, the Bulldogs organization will be operating a local full spectrum of non-contact football divisions Sunday game action across the City.

This year the Bulldogs are operating 6 divisions with
TYKE (09, 10, 11),
BANTAM (07 & 08)
Jr. VARSITY (05 & 06)
Sr. Varsity (02, 03 & 04),
Open Adult and
brand new for this year an OPEN WOMEN’s Touch Football League

“We recognize there is an important need for our kids and adults alike to get out into the fresh air and get exercise. Our volunteers are shaking the cobwebs off the footballs and preparing for football in June!” said Bulldogs President Marc Mathon

The actions all starts 2nd week of June and spots are limited so it will be important to get registered before the spots fill up. In 2020, the Bulldogs operated a very successful non-contact football league in the Fall filling up 5 divisions in a very short 3 weeks. The 2020 Fall season comprised of 126 games in 6 weeks so executing a heavy schedule is nothing new for this club.

“We are excited to offer for the first time ever in North Bay an open Women’s touch division. We have room for 4 or 5 teams and 6 players. Women in football is expanding all over the world, including tackle and we really want to offer than here in North Bay.” Explained Mathon.

The action will start with training camp-style practices for the kids on June 8 while games for everyone will be starting June 12th and running through until August.

Registrations for the NFC team are being accepted for NFC non-contact action at the same time and NFC players will automatically eligible to play in the Sunday adult league as well.

“We do need people to help out, so if you are looking for something exciting to contribute to, there is no shortage of fun working with the Bulldogs family”, says Mathon.

Players and volunteers looking to join the Bulldogs are encouraged to please visit our website www.NorthBayBulldogs.com, visit North Bay Bulldogs on Facebook or call us at 705 498-5929

Players are encouraged to register now to reserve their jersey number.

Bulldog Football Returns

Football is Back! If you miss football you will want to be part of this!

To ensure that we are keeping our players and volunteers safe while staying in accordance with the guidelines from the province and city we are ready for Non-Contact football.

Our varsity players can get ready for the NDA Season. For $20 Upfront payment you will take part in a skills session, assemble teams of up to 15, practices then compete in a tournament on the weekend of September 12th. IF the NDA cancels full-contact football, pay an extra $100 and take part in an 8 game, 7 on 7 season so that you get to have a football season. The North Bay Bulldogs work with the NDA and will not host games, or a season, if they are actively running a football program.

For our Non-Contact Youth league: PeeWee (2008, 2007, 2006 if in grade 8) and Tyke (2009 or later) we will be operating two divisions with four teams in each age division in 2020

Register Now: https://northbaybulldogs.com/registration/

All Varsity Aged Players.
$20 for the camp on Aug 28 Weekend + assemble into teams + practices leading up to Weekend of Sept 12th major 7 on 7 Tournament.
* After a summer of nothing, use this to prepare for 2020 Fall NDA Football Season.
* IF the pandemic rules force the NDA to cancel the 2020 Tackle Football Season, the Bulldogs 7 on 7 programs will extend to a full 8 game season, for only $100.
* Policies will be in place to comply with provincial pandemic requirements.
* Great Coaching to help you develop as a player in a fun & safe environment.
* This will be the BEST opportunity to work on the PASSING GAME for 2021!
* This will be the BEST opportunity to work on PASS DEFENSE for summer 2021!
* Up to 3 Practices per week with pro-style practice schedules – all Non-Contact!

Youth Non-Contact Football League

* As usual you Keep the Bulldog Team Shirt!
* Bulldogs Football proudly holds one of the TOP SAFETY records in Canada.
* THIS FALL: 2-3 practices weekly at 6pm + 8 games.
* FUN & SAFE Football Learning Environment – no experience necessary …. FUN!!
* BYTFL Starts August 28th weekend & ends Championship day on October 25th
* 20+ Practices and 8 Games including a Championship game for everyone!!
* ALL kids receive a team photo package … memories forever!
* FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE is available … all kids should be able to play!
* SAFE & FUN WAY TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS & LEARN TO PLAY FOOTBALL

Men’s recreational league and competitive league will have an announcement soon.

2020 Season Update

“Good evening Bulldogs family,

Well, this weekend was supposed to be our OPFL game 1 which because of the pandemic did not take place. As things stand now, all sports fields not being rented to football and other sports involving close contact with other athletes. The Province will be releasing the opening up of Ontario, including outdoor sports through the next several weeks. It is expected that municipalities will be making fields available to football once the Province deems it safe to do so.

We hope this will take place in July, but depending on the region, some municipalities may not open fields to football until later. North Bay has the lowest statistical number of COVID19 cases in the province so we expect that we will be among the first to see fields become available for football, but we don’t expect this until late June or early July.

Since 3/4 of the OPFL season is completed by July 4 it is clear the Provincial State of Emergency has caused the OPFL to suspend all football activities which means the 2020 football season as planned is canceled. As we learn what municipalities will be re-opening fields to tackle football and when the OPFL will look to put together scheduling in the various divisions and levels with available teams to conduct 6 or 4 game schedule. We need to identify the clubs that will have field availability for July and rework football scheduling around that group.

As you can imagine, where the schedule will be significantly less than the 8 game season, we will also be adjusting the player fees to reflect the shorter season we may be playing.

As a result, refunds will be issued to those who have paid their fees for 2020 and we will look to re-collect fees when we have firm information on start dates and game schedules.

We hope everyone has a great week and we will update you as more information becomes available both from the OPFL and from the government.

Sincerely,

Marc Mathon – President