Canadian Junior Football League cancels 2020 season

Jr. football pulls the plug

There will be no junior football in Canada this year.

The Canadian Junior Football League became one of the first leagues outside of high school and college programs to officially cancel its upcoming season.

The CJFL made the decision during virtual meetings involving the B.C., Prairie and Ontario conferences Wednesday night.

“It is very disappointing to make this announcement today, but our priority is the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, and team administrators”, said CJFL commissioner Jim Pankovich.

The decision to cancel the season across the country was unanimous.

Pankovich says at this time, return to play guidelines do not allow large enough gatherings to make training and competition safe for the athletes.

"Despite our hope that the situation in Canada would improve and allow for the CJFL to proceed with the 2020 season, the health and safety challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing risk to our players, coaches and staffs make it unfeasible for the CJFL teams to compete in 2020. "

Wednesday's national meeting followed similar league meetings.

BCFC president Tyler McLaren says the league, which includes the Okanagan Sun and Kamloops Broncos, also voted unanimously to shut down.

"We have to think about the health and safety of the players, coaches and everyone involved," said McLaren.

The three conferences will now focus on a return in 2021.

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