was another successful year for Football New Brunswick. 1,706 players, coaches and  officials were involved with 61 teams in 12 different age groupings (programs). This does not include the 700 participants in high school football who are not members of Football New Brunswick but still rely on FNB to certify their coaches and train their officials.
                The Capital Area Minor Football Association (Fredericton) operates a six team Squirt Flag Football League for youngsters aged 7-9. The Moncton Football Association has a Junior Touch Program for kids aged 8 & Under. Capital Area Minor also runs a six team Mosquito Tackle Football League for 9, 10 and 11 year olds. In 2004 Moncton started an Atom Tackle Football League for players aged 9 and 10.
                  The NFL/CFL Flag Football program was introduced to six Oromocto area elementary schools by Capital Area Minor in the spring of 2004.
               Capital Area Minor (4 teams), Fundy Minor (Saint John) (6 teams) and Moncton Football (6 teams) all operate PeeWee Tackle Football Programs for  youth aged 13 & Under. Fundy added the St. Stephen-Calais Silverados in 2004. This first year team went all the way to the New Brunswick championship before losing 30-8 to the Riverview Lions in the Bob Pierce Memorial Trophy game. The Maritime Championship game was not played due to bad weather.
                Capital Area Minor (3 teams), Fundy Minor (6 teams) and Moncton Football (7 teams) all operate Bantam Tackle Football Programs for youth aged 14 and 15. Fundy added the Saint John Junior Saints in 2004 and Moncton revived the Salisbury Bantam Silver Foxes after an absence of a couple of years The Fredericton Junior Black Kats won the provincial championship and the Samuel Babb Bowl with a 22-0 victory over the Moncton Junior Highlanders. The Kats blasted the Timberlea Titans of Nova Scotia 57-0 in the Maritime Bantam Championship game played in Moncton. With the victory the Junior Black Kats completed a "perfect" 10-0 season in which they scored 405 points and did not allow any points at all to be scored by their opponents. 
                 Capital Area Minor and Fundy Minor operated 13 & Under, 15 & Under and 17 & Under Elite teams in the spring of 2004. Moncton Football Association ran a 15 & Under program. The 15 & Under and 17 & Under teams participated in a tournament with Nova Scotia. In 13 &  Under, Fundy and Capital Area played a home and home series.
                    Football New Brunswick's 19 & Under Elite Team ran into problems in its eleventh season of existence. It was able to play the Merritt Cup game against Nova Scotia but was unable to field a team for the Football Canada Cup.
                   The New Brunswick Senior Football League completed its fourth season of operation with four teams. Started in 2001 as a June-August league using idle high school and minor equipment, this program represents a place for post high school players to continue their playing days and also to hone skills for university football . Outside of New Brunswick new teams were formed in Dartmouth and Prince Edward Island to go along with the existing Halifax team. The Moncton Marshals won the NBSFL championship Percy Burchill Trophy with an exciting last minute 29-27 victory over the Saint John Wanderers. The Marshals went on to win the the Maritime Championship game 30-3 over the Halifax Shockers and thus claim the McIntyre Cup.
                  In 2004 something new and historic took place. For the first time ever two Women's Tackle Football teams took the field. The Simonds Seagals and the Capital Area Lady Gladiators played a double home and home series plus a demonstration game in Moncton during the course of the summer. They then met for the New Brunswick Championship and the Judy Upward Trophy with the Seagals coming out on top 25-8.. 
                  Football New Brunswick provided support to its members programs in a number of ways. In the area of Awards, championship Banners and gold and silver Medals were supplied to PeeWee, Bantam and Women's. A championship banner was also provided for the NBSFL. Championship Banners and gold and silver Medals were also supplied, courtesy of Riddell, for the Maritime PeeWee and Bantam Championship games. Fair Play banners (sponsored by Valley Graphics) were given to one team in each of PeeWee (Kennebecasis Valley Raiders), Bantam (Lancaster Junior Vikings) and High School football
(St. Stephen High School Spartans) . Football N.B. also paid for officials for the provincial PeeWee and Bantam championship games as well as the Maritime Bantam Championship game. Football New Brunswick purchased the 
"Judy Upward Trophy" for the first year New Brunswick Women's Football League. Total gross cost of these items was $4,500. Cost net of donated items was $2,500.  
                  Football New Brunswick Bursaries were awarded to graduating high school football players Josh Tait of Harrison Trimble High and Colin Matheson of Bernice MacNaughton High. Total cost to Football New Brunswick is $600 The bursaries will be paid in the fiscal year 2005-6. 
                  In Caching Development  Moncton and Capital Area held Level 1 NCCP clinics. Moncton held a Level 2 clinic. Football New Brunswick paid the registration costs of coaches attending the Boston Football Coaches Clinic. 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 2004.
                   New Brunswick's football officials held Level 1 clinics in Capital Area, Moncton and Saint John. Level 2 
and 3 clinics were held in Moncton in June. Football New Brunswick contributed $900 towards Officials Development in 2004.
                   Football New Brunswick spent close to $14,000 on liability and accident Insurance for its members in 2004 as well as remitting $4,800 in dues to Football Canada and Sport New Brunswick.
                   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 2004 in Fredericton. Lifetime Service Awards were given to Larry Timms of Saint John, Paul Beardsworth of Riverview and Mike Young of Fredericton. Derrick Brien of Saint John was chosen as PeeWee Volunteer of the Year. Jeff and Kelly Murdock of Oromocto were selected as Bantam Volunteer of the Year. Les Ryder of Moncton received the Gridiron Award for Outstanding Service to Football. Net cost of this event was $2,200. 
                    Football N.B. spent $200 on it's 6th Annual Pass, Punt and Kick Competition at Mount Allison University in Sackville. Moncton area football "godfather" Ed Skiffington was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. Football New Brunswick spent $800 to sponsor a table in his honour at the banquet. 
                   Football New Brunswick executive member, Pat Parent, has been designated as the contact for those seeking information about football in French
                    For 2005  a number of initiatives are underway to increase participation levels. Moncton Football has plans for a Bantam team at the new French high school that will open in Moncton in the fall of 2005. Capital Area Minor is attempting to start Bantam team(s) in Miramichi and/or Woodstock.  Capital Area is also planning to add a PeeWee team affiliated with Devon Middle School in Fredericton. Football New Brunswick has allocated $5,000 to assist with expansion of the game into areas of the province where it is presently not played.
                      It is expected that the New Brunswick Women's Football League will expand to four teams in 2005. Organized groups are working hard to start a team in Moncton and a second team in Saint John. There is also the possibility of a team in Halifax.
                      The New Brunswick Senior Football League has changed its name to the 
New Brunswick Football
Conference and has combined with the teams in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. to form the 
Maritime Football League. The Moncton Mustangs have been accepted as the NBFC's fifth franchise. There is also the possibility of a third team in Saint John.    
                     The NFL/CFL Flag Football program was introduced to six Oromocto area elementary schools by Capital Area Minor in the spring of 2004.  Other areas are expected to follow suit in 2005.
                    There is an initiative in Moncton to start Junior football in 2005.
                     Football New Brunswick will continue to be involved in improving the Coaches and Officials in the province. Moncton is expected to hold NCCP Level 1 and 2 coaching clinics in the spring of 2005. Capital Area is planning for an NCCP Level 1 coaching clinic in May. Some of our coaches will also be attending the Boston Football Coaches Clinic. At present there is only one certified coaching course conductor for the entire province. Football New Brunswick has allocated $1,000 to assist in having a certified Level 1 coaching course conductor trained in each of Moncton, Fundy and Capital Area.
                      There will be Level 1 Tackle Football Officials Clinics in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John before the 2005 season. The New Brunswick Football Officials Association will be holding Level 2, 3 and 4 upgrade clinics in June 2005 in Moncton.
                      Finally, Football New Brunswick is in the process of developing a number of policies. An 
"Abuse and Harassment Policy"
and a "Volunteer Screening Policy" have been developed and will be submitted for approval by the membership at the 2005 Annual General Meeting". For 2006 committees will be formed to develop policies on "Conflict of Interest", "Discipline and Appeals", "Personal Information Protection" and "Code of Conduct".  

Dan Fearon, President
Football New Brunswick
March 27, 2005