Grab your clipboard and join the OSEG Foundation for the upcoming Football Coaching Clinic hosted by the Ottawa REDBLACKS. The one-day clinic is designed to give youth football coaches the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques that will help them to improve minor football programs. Coaches will be exposed to strategies for all aspects of the game and have the chance to network and learn from professional CFL Coaches. Register today for the OSEG Foundation’s Football Coaching Clinic. Limited spaces available.
OTTAWA, ON - uOttawa Sports Services announced today, January 30th 2019, it will partner with the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) in the creation of two Summer Elite Teams (S.E.T.). Beginning this year, both the U15 and U17 teams will be branded as the NCAFA Junior Gee-Gees.
This multi-year partnership connects two long-standing football institutions in the National Capital Region in hopes of further promoting and supporting high-level youth football in the Ottawa area.
Throughout NCAFA’s 50+ year history, their member clubs have produced countless Gee-Gees athletes, alumni, and coaches. With this new agreement, the University of Ottawa continues to foster amateur sport by giving area youth access to top facilities and experience in a collegiate football setting.
The NCAFA Junior Gee-Gees will call Gee-Gees Field and uOttawa’s Lees Campus home for games and practices in the 2019 season.
The Junior Gee-Gees teams will be comprised of the top 88 players aged 13-16 from NCAFA’s 14 member clubs that span the City of Ottawa, Gatineau, and Cornwall, as well as some outlying areas. The S.E.T. teams will play up to five exhibition games against teams in Ontario and Quebec, with their season culminating in the three game tournament formally known as the Spalding Cup, annually held in Montreal in early July.
"The S.E.T. program is designed to expose Ottawa area kids to a high level of coaching while giving them a tremendous football experience", stated Steve Dean, President of NCAFA. "We will be playing top opponents from Quebec with the objective to educate all our players on the right path to take to get to the next level. The program will be comprised of many facets other than football to assist in maximizing the overall development of each player. Partnering with uOttawa Gee-Gees Football Program is our first win of the season."
The Gee-Gees football team, established in 1881, is one of the longest-running collegiate football programs in North America, and one of the most successful in U SPORTS. With the creation of the NCAFA Junior Gee-Gees banner, elite young athletes have the opportunity to come together to suit up in the Gee-Gees’ classic garnet and grey while representing their respective teams across the area.
“uOttawa is very excited to partner with NCAFA in the creation of the Junior Gee-Gees program,” said Michel Guilbeault, Associate Vice-President, Student Life at uOttawa. “The NCAFA Junior Gee-Gees is a great opportunity to further promote the Gee-Gees brand and football legacy in the National Capital Region. We hope to see many Junior Gee-Gees become full-fledged uOttawa Gee-Gees in the years to come.”
NOUVELLES : L’Université d’Ottawa s’associe à la NCAFA pour créer les programmes de niveau élite Gee-Gees juniors
OTTAWA, ON – Le Service des sports de l’Université d’Ottawa a annoncé aujourd’hui sa collaboration avec la National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) dans la création de deux programmes de niveau élite. À compter de cette année, les équipes U15 et U17 porteront le nom de Gee-Gees juniors de la NCAFA.
Ce partenariat pluriannuel relie deux institutions établies du football de la région de la capitale nationale dans le but de favoriser et d’appuyer davantage le football de très haut niveau pour les jeunes de la région d’Ottawa.
Un grand nombre d’athlètes des Gee-Gees, diplômés et entraineurs sont passés par les clubs membres de la NCAFA au cours de ses 50 ans d’existence. Ce nouvel accord permettra à l’Université d’Ottawa de contribuer à l’excellence dans le sport amateur en donnant accès aux jeunes de la région aux meilleures installations et à une expérience du football interuniversitaire.
Les Gee-Gees juniors de la NCAFA joueront au terrain des Gee-Gees du campus Lees de l’Université d’Ottawa au cours de la saison 2019.
Les équipes des Gee-Gees juniors seront formées des 88 meilleurs joueurs de 13 à 16 ans provenant des 14 clubs membres de la NCAFA établis dans la Ville d’Ottawa, Gatineau, Cornwall et ses environs. Les équipes joueront jusqu’à cinq parties hors-concours contre des équipes de l’Ontario et du Québec. La saison se conclura avec une participation à la Coupe Spalding, un tournoi de trois matchs, qui se déroule annuellement en juillet à Montréal.
« Le programme élite vise à permettre aux jeunes de la région d’Ottawa de vivre un très haut niveau d’entrainement tout en leur offrant une riche expérience de football, a déclaré le président de la NCAFA, Steve Dean. Nous affronterons de solides adversaires du Québec dans le but d’inculquer aux joueurs la voie à suivre pour passer au niveau supérieur. Le programme touchera plusieurs autres facettes que le football pour aider au développement de chaque joueur. Notre partenariat avec le programme de football des Gee-Gees d’Ottawa est notre première victoire de la saison. »
Le programme de football des Gee-Gees, fondé en 1881, est l’un des plus anciens programmes de football interuniversitaire en Amérique du Nord, et l’un des meilleurs des rangs U SPORTS. La création de la bannière des Gee-Gees juniors de la NCAFA permettra aux jeunes athlètes élites de revêtir les couleurs des Gee-Gees tout en représentant leur équipe de la région.
« L’Université d’Ottawa est très fière d’être partenaire de la NCAFA dans la création du programme des Gee-Gees juniors, a déclaré le vice-recteur associé de Vie étudiante à l’Université d’Ottawa, Michel Guilbeault. Le programme des Gee-Gees juniors de la NCAFA est une occasion de développer la marque des Gee-Gees et l’héritage du football dans la région de la capitale nationale. Nous espérons voir plusieurs Gee-Gees juniors devenir des athlètes interuniversitaires des Gee-Gees dans les années à venir. »
Good day and welcome to the NCAFA Summer Elite Team (SET) Program!
This email is being sent to all registered families and is designed to be an introduction to the Program and hopefully provide some answers to questions you may have. I'll break this up into bite-sized pieces, because there is a lot of information to share.
The official announcement of the head coaches will be made. Jeff Koradi is the U15 Head Coach and Dan Lachance is the U17 Head Coach. Each staff is nearly complete and I can promise you that there will not be a more experienced collection of coaches anywhere. Coordinators and position coach announcements will be made in the days ahead. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your coach should you have any questions or concerns.
Coach Koradi can be reached at email@example.com
Coach Lachance can be reached at Knightspresident@outlook.com
Equipment for the Program is the responsibility of your home NCAFA club. Please begin to make arrangements with your club for drawing the equipment. It will be required before Feb 16th. Practice jerseys will be provided by the SET program but please bring your own on the first night. In the event a player does not have an NCAFA Club or cannot draw equipment for any reason, please let me know and I will ensure equipment will be provided by Cumberland (a $600 deposit check is required for Cumberland equipment that is returned when the equipment comes back).
Try Out Dates
Our first sessions will be in the uOttawa Lees Ave gymnasium (next to the uOttawa dome). We will then have two sessions inside the uOttawa dome, and then another gymnasium session.
Sun, Feb 10th - 10:00am - 12:00pm @ Lees Gymnasium - NO EQUIPMENT
Sat, Feb. 16 - 4:00pm - 6:00 pm @ U Ottawa Dome - FULL EQUIPMENT
Sun, Feb. 17 - 3:30pm - 5:00 pm @ U Ottawa Dome - FULL EQUIPMENT
Sun, Feb 24th - 10:00am - 12:00pm @ Lees Gymnasium - NO EQUIPMENT
Sun, Mar 3rd - 10:00am - 12:00pm @ Lees Gymnasium - NO EQUIPMENT
Sun, Feb 10th - 12:00pm - 2:00pm @ Lees Gymnasium - NO EQUIPMENT
Sat, Feb. 16 - 4:00pm - 6:00 pm @ U Ottawa Dome - FULL EQUIPMENT
Sun, Feb. 17 - 5:00pm - 6:30 pm @ U Ottawa Dome - FULL EQUIPMENT
Sun, Feb 24th - 12:00pm - 2:00pm @ Lees Gymnasium - NO EQUIPMENT
Sun, Mar 3rd - 12:00pm - 2:00pm @ Lees Gymnasium - NO EQUIPMENT
These sessions are guaranteed for all registered players. Following these sessions, the Head Coaches may cut down their rosters depending on the number of players registered. Dome and gym sessions will continue through March and these dates/times will be made available in the coming days. In April, once the fields are clear, practices will move outside and both teams will begin regular practices on Tuesday and Thursday nights, usually located on the uOttawa Lees Turf Field. Additional practices may be added by the coaches as required and these practices may be located at other high quality facilities.Teams will be reduced to 44-player rosters by May 1st.
In addition to the high-level training the players will receive, games will of course be played. The Spalding Cup (this name may be changing) will be held in Montreal July 5th through 15th. Each team will play three games in the tournament. These will be day trips and will be spread over the course of the 10 days. In addition, numerous options for competition are being considered. Games against OPFL, OFC and Montreal-area teams beginning in early May are being planned, but we are a bit early to confirm these games due to our partners not having firm schedules in hand. There will be at a minimum 6 full games in the Program, with the potential for more should our coaches and players wish.
The SET Program isn't just about practices and games though. We will be delivering learning opportunities, including sessions on "Getting to the Next Level" and "How to Improve Your Training". Through our staff members and partners, we have a wealth of experience to share with the player who has his sights on moving forward with his football career. We also have almost a dozen current and former football professionals, both players and coaches, who will be acting as guest coaches.
In addition to the $50 registration fee already collected, the season fees will be $425. These fees go towards the facility rentals, the purchase of equipment, transportation to and from games, player and coach apparel and tournament registrations. No one associated with the NCAFA SET program is drawing any salary, stipend or per diem. The full cost is invested into the Program and the players. The Program budget will be available to registered parents on request.
Season fees are playable as of March 1st though an online process similar to your registration process and must be paid in full by May 1st. Players who are not paid in full or who have not secured sponsorship (from their NCAFA team, for example) or a grant (from JumpStart, for example) will not be permitted to continue beyond the May 1st date. Special circumstances should be communicated directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
All participants, players and coaches included, must be registered with the OFA before their first dome session. Registrations can be done at the following
Once the OFA number for 2019 is obtained, please email me for inclusion with your registration. Please note that 2018 OFA registrations must be renewed for 2019. The good news is that your number can carry over into your fall NCAFA seasons without any further action required on your part.
Shortly, we will be able to announce a major brand partner for our NCAFA SET Program. This is an exciting opportunity for the entire league and we will speak more of it in the coming days