was another year of growth for Football New Brunswick. A record 1,708 players, coaches and  officials were involved with 57 teams in 12 different age groupings (programs).
                The Capital Area Minor Football Association (Fredericton) operates a Squirt Flag Football League for youngsters aged 7-9. The Moncton Football Association has a Junior Touch Program for kids aged 10 & Under. Capital Area Minor also runs a Mosquito Tackle Football League for 10 and 11 year olds.
               Capital Area Minor (4 teams), Fundy Minor (Saint John) (7 teams) and Moncton Football (5 teams) all operate PeeWee Tackle Football Programs for  youth aged 13 & Under. The 16 teams that operated in 2002 represents an increase of 1 team over 2001. The new team was started in Capital Area. This team, the Albert Street Eagles would go on to win the provincial championship with a 56-6 victory over the three team defending champion Sackville Titans. The Eagles would go on to lose to Truro in the Maritime Championship game.
                Capital Area Minor (3 teams), Fundy Minor (6 teams) and Moncton Football (6 teams) all operate Bantam Tackle Football Programs for youth aged 14 and 15. The 15 teams that operated in 2002 is 1 more than in 2001. Fundy Minor started a new team in the Kennebecasis Valley that will hopefully eventually lead to a team at Rothesay High School. The Simonds Junior Seabees won the provincial championship with an exciting 15-8 victory over the MacNaughton Junior Highlanders. The Maritime Bantam Championship game was not played in 2002 because Nova Scotia players can be 15 months older than their New Brunswick counterparts. 
                 Capital Area Minor and Fundy Minor operated 14 & Under Elite and 16 & Under Elite teams in the spring of 2002. They played a home a series in late May and early June.
                  Moncton Football Association ran a 15 & Under Elite team that played a home and home series with Nova Scotia in late June and early July. Moncton lost the series by a narrow 28-25 margin.
                  Football New Brunswick's 17 & Under Elite Provincial team operated in its third season of existence. It played a home and home series against Nova Scotia for the Mullin Cup in late June and early July. New Brunswick edged their neighbours 35-32. 
                  Football New Brunswick's 19 & Under Elite Team operated for its ninth season of existence. In the Merritt Cup game New Brunswick edged Nova Scotia 16-14. Team N.B. competed in the Football Canada Cup in Ottawa from July 7-13. While our boys were unable to win a game they did gain much needed experience against top notch competition.
                  The New Brunswick Senior Football League completed its second season with great improvements over its initial year.  Started in 2001 as a June-August league using idle high school and minor equipment, this program represented a place for post high school non-university players to continue their playing days. In 2001 the three team league played in a weekly jamboree format to allow all teams to play every weekend. In 2002 an interlocking arrangement was set up with two teams in Nova Scotia. This permitted all three teams to have a full length games each weekend. The Saint John Wanderers finished first in the league and advanced to the Maritime Championship game against the Halifax Subways. The Wanderers lost a close 21-19 decision to their Nova Scotia opponents. Meanwhile the Capital Area Gladiators got by the Moncton Marshals 21-7 to advance to the N.B. final against the Wanderers. The Gladiators would repeat as champions by edging the Wanderers 17-13 in the final.
                  Football New Brunswick provided support to its members programs in a number of ways. Championship banners and gold and silver medals were supplied to PeeWee, Bantam and Senior as well as for the Maritime Senior Championship. Fair Play banners were given to one team in each of PeeWee (Fredericton George Street Crusaders), Bantam (Mathieu-Martin Junior Matadors) and High School (Harbour View High School Vikings) football. Football N.B. also paid for officials for the provincial PeeWee and Bantam championship games. Total cost $3,500.  Just under $4,000 was allocated towards the provincial 19 & Under and 17 & Under Elite teams. 
                  2002 was a very busy year for coaching development. Moncton and Fundy held Level 1 clinics, Capital Area hosted a Level 2 Technical and the Maritime Coaching Clinic took the form of a Level 3 Technical, the first in this region in a number of years. Football New Brunswick gave a contribution towards the travel costs of coaches attending the Nova Scotia Super Clinic and the Boston Clinic. For the first time each of the three minor football associations received a direct contribution to help offset the cost of hosting clinics. Football N.B. contributed a net of $3,000 to Coaching Development in 2002-3.
                   New Brunswick's football officials were busy in 2002 holding Level 1 clinics in Capital Area and Moncton. They also conducted a "Standardization Clinic" during the year. Football New Brunswick contributed $1,000 towards officials development in 2002-3.
                   No organization can operate without its volunteers. Some sort of recognition of their efforts is key to its long term success. Football New Brunswick held its annual awards banquet in April 2002 in Moncton. Lifetime Service Awards were given to Phil McGarvey and Mike Murphy of Saint John as well as Andy Atkins, Mark Lenehan and Louis LeBlanc of Moncton. LeBlanc was also chosen as PeeWee Volunteer of the Year. Leonard Gervais of Fredericton was selected as Bantam Volunteer of the Year. Marion McIntyre of Fredericton received the Gridiron Award for Outstanding Service to Football. Net cost of this event was $3,750. 
                    Football N.B. held it's 4th Annual Pass, Punt and Kick in  Fredericton. It contributed $500 to Dan McCullough of Fredericton to help offset his costs of attending the Global Junior Football Championships in San Diego as a member of Team Canada. Dan was the only Maritimer on the team. Finally it contributed $250 to help cover costs of holding an All-Canada Combine in Moncton in March 2003. A combine tests high school athletes in a number of football related skills and then makes the results available to university football coaches throughout North America. This information organization was instrumental in helping Billy Wilson of Oromocto obtain a full scholarship to NCAA Division I Syracuse University.
                    For 2003  there is reasonable expectation of further growth in participation levels. Capital Area Minor expects to add a PeeWee team in St. Stephen and Moncton Football plans a new PeeWee team in Dieppe. Fundy Minor is working on adding a Bantam team in East Saint John. The New Brunswick Senior Football League expects to add a fourth team from Saint John in 2003. For the first time our 17 & Under, 15 & Under and 13 & Under Elite programs are expected to operate with regional teams in Moncton, Fundy and Capital Area. These teams will participate in tournaments on May 25 and June 1. A provincial team in each age group will be selected to play Nova Scotia on June 28 and July 1.  
                    It is hoped that the Maritime Bantam championship last played in 2001 will be resumed in 2003. It was not played in 2002 because Nova Scotia players could be 15 months older. Nova Scotia is adjusting its ages in 2003 to lower the difference to 3 months. The PeeWee championship was played in 2001 and 2002. Nova Scotia is also changing its ages for PeeWee in 2003, making their players 9 months younger than N.B.. Because players in this age group have not yet reached puberty this age difference should not present a safety problem and hopefully this series will continue as well.
                    We will be attempting to lay the foundation for some form of female only tackle football. Only 33.2% of registered paid athletes in New Brunswick are female. Our sport has almost none. Consideration will be given to a summer tackle league for women that uses idle minor football equipment.
                     Football New Brunswick intends to spearhead some sort initiative to to start football in an area of  the province where there is presently none. Sussex, Woodstock and Miramichi have been targeted as areas where we would like to hold a camp or game in 2003.
                     Attempts continue to improve our relationship with high school football. Some sort of "East-West Bowl" or "Senior Bowl" is under consideration for 2004.
                     The NFL/CFL Flag Football program will be introduced to Moncton middle schools in the spring of 2003 with other areas to be introduced in future years.
                     Football New Brunswick will continue to be involved in improving the coaches and officials in the province. All three minor football associations plan to hold NCCP Level 1 clinics within the next year. Mount Allison University and Saint Mary's University both plan to hold clinics in N.B. within the next twelve months. Some of our coaches will also be attending the Nova Scotia and Boston Clinics.
                      There will be Level 1 Tackle Football Officials Clinics in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John before the 2003 season. The New Brunswick Football Officials Association will be holding Level 2 and Level 3 clinics in June 2003.
                      Finally, Football New Brunswick will be addressing the problem of abuse and harassment in our sport. A long overdue policy on this issue will be developed and adopted. A new constitution is being written with the intention of having it in force later this year. A Football New Brunswick "Wall of Fame" is under consideration. A committee will be struck to study how to set it up.

Terry McIntyre, President
Football New Brunswick
March 31, 2003