HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE
This league has been in existence since 1908. It has had different names & teams over the years. Over the years it has served many different geographic areas of Ontario & Quebec . The one common denominator is that it has provided an excellent football program for young men between 18 & 22 years of age.
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Each year the QJFL awards educational bursaries at the QJFL Awards Dinner. The value of the bursaries varies each year depending on the generosity of our sponsors. Since the start of the bursary program in 1996 the league has been able to award bursaries for a total value in excess of $33,000.00 Every player who registers in the QJFL is eligible to apply for a bursary. The bursary awards have no relationship to your football skills. You can apply as long as you have paid your QJFL registration fee and are or will be attending an educational program that assesses fees to take the program. If you are awarded a bursary you have one year to start the proposed program. To apply for a bursary all you are required to do is fill out an application form that is available from your team manager. You will be requested to tell us in writing (maximum one page) why a bursary would help you to further your development.
After completing the bursary application form you must return it to your team manager by October 1 who will give it to the QJFL league office. The QJFL Bursary Committee will decide which applicants are the most deserving. The decision of awarding a bursary has no relationship to your football skills and the decision of the committee is final. The money for the bursary is paid directly to the institution that you will be attending.
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The QJFL makes awards available each year to the teams & players of the league. They are as follows:
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS ~ CYRIL F. WHITE TROPHY
Each year the league awards the Cyril F. White Trophy named after a founding President of the league to the team that wins the regular season schedule.
PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS ~ MANSON CUP
The QJFL also awards a trophy to the team that wins the playoffs each year, which is emblematic of the QJFL championship. The trophy is named after one of the major sponsors “Manson Insulation”. They have been a proud sponsor of the QJFL for the past 12 years.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR ~ BOB GEARY TROPHY
An award is given to the player considered to be the best player in the QJFL and the most respected player by his team and the opposing teams. The players’ leadership & inspirational skills are also taken into consideration when choosing this award winner.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER TO HIS TEAM ~ SPORT O’KEEFE TROPHY
An award is given to the player on each team who is voted by the coaching staffs as the most valuable player to his team.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR ~ KELVIN KIRK TROPHY
An award is given for the player voted by the QJFL coaching staffs as the offensive player of the year in the league. The trophy is named in the memory of Kelvin Kirk of the Ottawa Rough Riders.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR ~ SCHENLEY TROPHY
An award is given for the player voted by the QJFL coaching staffs as the defensive player in the league.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN CENTER ~ TREVOR BENNETT TROPHY
This award was introduced in 2000 in the memory of Trevor Bennett a former all star offensive center lineman with the Chateauguay Raiders. It is awarded to the best offensive lineman at the center position.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR ~ ALEX CHAPMAN TROPHY
This award is given for the best first year player in the league. The player must not have played for any junior, university or CEGEP football team before playing in the QJFL. The trophy is named in the memory of Alex Chapman the former equipment manager for the Greenfield Park football program.
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ALL STAR TEAM
Each year the QJFL honors its all stars and they are announced at the QJFL awards dinner held in November. The selection process is as follows:
- Only the coaching staffs nominate the QJFL all stars. They are asked to submit nominations immediately after the last game of the season.
- A team can nominate players from their own team as well as other teams. They are requested to choose who they believe to be the best in the QJFL.
To be nominated for an all star position the player must have played at least half of the season at the nominated position. They must have paid the registration fee in full and not be under suspension by the QJFL.
After the nominations are made the coaching staffs meet with the QJFL to make the final selections.
Each team & the QJFL Executive have one vote for each All Star position. Teams cannot vote for their own player and the vote is by sealed ballot.
The best punter and field goal kicker are not determined by a vote but by statistical performance on the field.
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The QJFL opposes the use of banned substance. This is based on the fact that banned substance artificially enhances performance in training and competition and is harmful to your health and is ethically wrong. The drug program is under the supervision and is conducted by the Canadian Center for the Ethics in Sport (CCES), which is a national non-profit organization. As part of their mandate, the CCES is responsible for the development and coordination of Canada ’s anti-doping campaign. It includes scientific research, public education, athlete testing, and investigations, maintaining the suspension registry and coordinating individual appeals for reinstatement. They conduct the same program and tests for all of Canada ’s elite athletes such as Olympic and world class athletes. As a member of the QJFL you are obliged to attend a drug seminar, which will be held by the team on team premises at least once per season. No player will be exempted from the drug program. As a player in the QJFL you must agree to the drug testing program otherwise you cannot play in the QJFL. The agreement to the drug program is part of the registration form that you sign to play in the QJFL.
If you are a first year player you are expected to attend a full educational drug seminar that will be held on the team premises. If you are a returning player and have previously attended the drug seminar you will only be required to attend an abbreviated version on policy changes and new drug material. Each year you are required to sign a “Doping Control Consent” form indicating that you understand the drug program and the policy should you be selected for testing. The consent form must be signed before any doping control procedures can be initiated. Failure to sign the form will result in your ineligibility to participate in the QJFL.
The deadline date for submission of the Doping Consent Control form is 24 hours before the first league game that you participate in.
Drug testing conducted by the CCES is done both on an announced and unannounced basis. Should a player refuse to take the test when requested by a CCES official they will be given a second opportunity to take the test and if they subsequently refuse to take it will be interpreted as a “positive” test and will be dealt with as such.
It should be clearly understood that should you test positive then Football Canada and the Center for Sports Ethics will issue a press release to the media announcing that you have tested positive.
The CCES provides accurate, up to date information on banned and permitted substances, you may contact your team manager or the CCES directly if you have any questions about the substances or any other issues related to doping in sport call 613-521-3340 or fax them at 613-521-3134.
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