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.


Marc Mathon – President

Stay Positive Message Ray Lewis

Hi everyone,

Coach Mathon here. I know its tough waiting this out knowing we should be on the field by now. Ray Lewis is one of the toughest linebackers every to play the game and no matter what the circumstances he was always ready. Please watch the following message from the newest friend of the Bulldogs. #StayPositive

CTV news article –  https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/super-bowl-champion-ray-lewis-sends-inspirational-message-to-north-bay-bulldogs-1.4933306?cache=%2F5-things-to-know-for-tuesday-november-26-2019-1.4702572#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=Facebook&_gsc=yVO3pEa

North Bay Nugget article on the message from Ray. https://www.nugget.ca/news/local-news/super-bowl-champ-inspires-local-football-players

In Honor of Rhys Teeple

It is with our deepest condolences and heavy hearts that we pay respects to Rhys Teeple, a lost member of our Bulldog family. The big man with a big heart will be sincerely missed. “You will be missed by your football brothers and sisters both on and off the field – Coach Christa”. Rest well Bulldog/Trojan. Rhys’ celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Bulldogs OPFL 2020 Madden NFL Tournament

Hi Everyone!

We are stuck indoors for a little while longer. We are still waiting for fields to open up so we can get outdoors and play football. In the meantime, we have organized something super fun for all Bulldogs players to compete against many other football players across the province in a MADDEN20 football tournament.

The entry fee is only $16. Yes, you can register now and pay before Friday.

If we can’t play outside yet….we’ll play indoors online!

Let’s see if a North Bay Bulldogs can win the Provincial Championship this coming weekend.

Please read the poster below as it contains the instructions, rules, and times.

Coaches, volunteers, and players are all welcome to play in this tournament.

The action starts Friday at 8:30 pm…BUT registration deadline is Wednesday night – so hurry!!

Madden20 is available for Xbox and PS4
PlayStation Store here

Microsoft Xbox

First thing you need to do is register by clicking here:


And to pay the $16 you can make an e-transfer to airkjaxregistrar@gmail.com Make sure you include the Player Gamer Tag and Player name in the e-Transfer Message!




The OPFL/OFL Madden NFL 20 Invitational is scheduled to kick off May 1st at 8:30PM (EST) and is open to OPFL/OFL members, non-members, coaches, parents and volunteers.

Games, player interviews and guest commentators will be streamed on Jr Mustangs TV`s YouTube Channel, so even if you are not playing, you can still take part by cheering on your teammates.

Participants must be Xbox One or Ps4 users. There will be 2 divisions; Under 14 years and Over 14 years, with a total of 29 teams over 6 regions for each division and each console type. * Subject to adjustment depending on the number of registered participants

24 Regional Champions will win an NFL jersey on Saturday, and the 4 Provincial Winners will be awarded a cash prize of $250.00 on Sunday


Fri May 1 – First Round
Sat. May 2 – Regional Qualifying Rounds – 24 Regional Champions will win an NFL jersey
Sun. May 3 – Provincial Championships – 4 Provincial Championship winners of a $250 cash prize


Players can register by Wednesday April 29th 10:00 pm online at


There is a cost of $16 per player for participation. Payment are required to be made by E-transfer to airkjaxregistrar@gmail.com  Make sure you include the Player Gamer Tag and Player name in the e-Transfer Message!

This fee is to offset cost of production, live stream and coordination by a team consisting of a Director, a Producer, a Videographer, 4 Broadcasters, 8 Viewing screens and 42 volunteer staff! Part of proceeds will be donated to the Club Centers participating in this inaugural tournament.


  1. Madden NFL 20 on Xbox One or Ps4
  2. Twitch or YouTube Account
  3. Be on Whatsapp
  4. Register online
  5. E-transfer your registration fee


  1. Start on time according to schedule, you have a 45 mins. window, if delayed contact Regional Convener
  2. Using Madden updated rosters
  3. All Pro Settings
  4. 5 min quarters
  5. 29-point mercy rule
  6. If you quit it’s a loss
  7. You must always rush three players, QB contain equals two rushers, be sure to have one more rusher at QB to equal three. If you don’t follow this rule your game could come to sanctions.
  8. Do not use the same blitz for the entire game, mix your play calling up, this could also be put to sanctions if you are found to be using the same play for the entire game.
  9. Disconnected games in the first half will be replayed.
  10. If in 2nd half we will take the score differential, who had ball and play the remaining quarter or half
  11. If in a disconnected game goes to overtime will include one possession each until a winner is found
  12. Onside Kicks can only be done if you are trailing in the 4th quarter or down by 21 points
  13. 4th Down Rule: 4th and 5 or less you can go for it anywhere at anytime
  14. Any other 4th down you must be trailing in the 4th quarter to go for it or if you are down by 17 points at anytime
  15. Stream Rules
  16. In settings
  17. Set your commentator volume to zero
  18. Turn your mic off
  19. Twitch or YouTube streams and make sure they are archived
  20. Please send you final game scores to your Team Manager @ Cell #
  21. Be prepared to have an on-air interview after a game, be positive and be ready for an interview at any point
  22. Each bracket winner will receive an NFL Jersey of their choice, winners please send desired Jersey and Size by Monday May 4th to your Regional Convener


Fri May – First Round

  • 8:30 – Round of 64

Sat. May 2 – Regional Qualifying Rounds

  • 9:30 am – Round of 32
  • 12:30 pm – Sweet Sixteen
  • 3:30 pm – Elite Eight
  • 6:30 pm – Final Four
  • 9:30 pm – Regional Champions

24 Regional Champions will win an NFL jersey
Sun. May 3 – Provincial Championships

  • 9:30 am – Sweet Sixteen
  • 12:30 pm – Elite Eight
  • 3:30 pm – Final Four Game 1 PS4
  • 4:15 pm – Final Four Game 2 PS4
  • 5:00 pm – Final Four Game 1 Xbox One
  • 5:45 pm – Final Four Game 2 Xbox One
  • 6:30 pm – Provincial Championship U14 Xbox One
  • 7:15 pm – Provincial Championship U14 PS4
  • 6:30 pm – Provincial Championship 15+  Xbox One
  • 7:15 pm – Provincial Championship 15+  PS4

4 Provincial Championship winners of a $250 cash prize


Will be posted online on the OPFL and OFL websites and social media platforms.
Let’s have fun! The times we are living in are difficult and challenging, this tournament is a great opportunity for us to reconnect in a positive way.

Thank you for playing!