TORONTO — On the heels of announcing the selection process for the 2020 Junior National Team on Wednesday, Football Canada has unveiled the dates and locations for the identification camps that will take place in seven major Canadian cities in the coming weeks. Those who register will also receive two months free on Volt Athletics Strength and Conditioning platform to train.
Overall, these camps will help determine players for the team that will represent the nation at the 2020 IFAF World Junior Championship, hosted by the United States. Canada will be returning to the tournament as the two-time defending champions having won the gold in Harbin, China (2016) and Mexico City, Mexico (2018).
Once all seven camps are completed, the field of participants will be pared down to a Top 100 which will be tracked by Football Canada and the Junior National Team coaching staff while getting strength and conditioning, fundraising, and educational support.
The identification camps, sponsored by Volt Athletics, are open to those athletes born in 2001 as well as 2002. Participants must be a Canadian citizens and must be a current or former member of their respective provincial football association that are in good standing with Football Canada.
“Providing opportunities across the country for 2001 and 2002 athletes to have a chance to show their skills and earn a spot on our Junior National Team is fantastic for our sport,” comments Football Canada Manager of Program Development Aaron Geisler. “We want to shine a light on the amazing talent across our country and give them a chance to keep growing the strong tradition of success we are building on the international stage.”
Players interested in attending these identification camps will be required to complete a registration form. Junior National Team hopefuls must bring their own shoulder pads, jersey, helmet, mouth guard and appropriate footwear.
It all kicks off on April 13th in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and will conclude June 22nd in Langley, British Columbia.
“We are so excited to be running these Junior National Team ID camps across the country,” said Junior National Team head coach Steve Sumarah. “We look forward to having all of the best 2001 and 2002 born athletes from all over the nation come out, represent themselves and help us three-peat in the World Championships.”
The list of dates and locations are as follows:
Saturday April 13, 2019 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Sunday April 28th, 2019 – Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo, Ontario
Date TBD – Ottawa, Ontario
Saturday May 18, 2019 – St Mary’s University Halifax, Nova Scotia
Saturday June 8, 2019 – McMahon Stadium Calgary, Alberta
Saturday June 15, 2019 – Concordia University Montreal, Quebec
Saturday June 22, 2019 – Langley, British Columbia
The cost to participate in the identification camp is $99.99. Registration will be taken at the time of event but cost will increase to $125.