2003 was another year of growth for the Capital Area Minor Football Association. A record 564 players aged 7 and up played on 24 teams in 8 different programs. This represents an increase of 12% over the 502 that participated in 2002. On the field, the Oromocto Alouettes won the six team Squirt Flag (Ages 7-9) championship for the third year in a row in that league's 8th season while the Oromocto Red Dogs won the title in the 5th year of our six team Mosquito (Ages 9-11) program. The Albert Street Eagles were our Middle School champions, defeating the Oromocto Leopards 36-32 in the championship game. The Eagles lost 26-0 to the Simonds Sharks in the provincial PeeWee semi-final. 
                The Oromocto Junior Blues won the Capital Area Junior Varsity championship, dropping the Fredericton Junior Black Kats 14-0 in the final. The Blues defeated the Riverview Junior Royals 34-16 in the New Brunswick Bantam championship game and by doing so they became the first ever team football team from Oromocto to win a New Brunswick championship at any age level. The Blues would go on to lose 12-7 to the Timberlea Titans in the Maritime Championship game.
              The Capital Area "Gladiators" 17 & Under Elite, 15 & Under Elite and 13 & Under Elite teams all played a home and home series with teams from Fundy, winning all three series. In 15 & Under Elite Fundy and Capital Area combined to form Team New Brunswick West. Team West dropped a 28-19 decision to Team Nova Scotia before besting Team Moncton 33-9.
                  Capital Area Minor Football was actively involved in the third year of the four team New Brunswick Senior Football League. The Capital Area Gladiators team participated in the league and used C.A.M.F.A. gear. The Gladiators would end the season with a record of 2-4.
               Individually, a number of our volunteers were honoured. Our association's "Coach of the Year" was 
Ian MacMillan .  Ian acted as the Head Coach for both the Fredericton Junior Black Kats and the Fredericton Bantam Black Kats. Sylvette Basque was selected to receive the association's "Ted Mather Volunteer of the Year" award. Sylvette acted as Manager of the Leo Hayes Junior Lions for the past two seasons and worked well above and beyond the call of duty. Terry and Marion McIntyre received the City of Fredericton "Unsung Hero" award.
               Oromocto Junior Blues coach Jeff Murdock and his wife, team manager Kelly Murdock, were jointly selected as the 2003 Football New Brunswick Bantam Volunteer of the Year. The Blues defeated the Riverview Junior Royals 34-16 in the New Brunswick Bantam championship game and by doing so they became the first ever team football team from Oromocto to win a New Brunswick championship at any age level. Their fundraising efforts over the past two seasons also resulted in fitting the team with new helmets, game pants and game jerseys.
              Off the field a large number of significant events took place. Our website keeps growing in size and is becoming more and more popular. Since its launch in December, 1999 we have had almost 78,000 visitors.  Our website Trivia Quiz, now in its 5th year complete with CFL and CAMFA merchandise for prizes, continues to be very popular.  We held our 5th Annual Fastest Player Competition. C.A.M.F.A. players wearing their game jerseys were admitted free to the Fredericton High vs Leo Hayes High North-South Bowl football game. At halftime, representatives from each the teams in our four divisions participated in 40 yard races to determine the fastest player. We also held our 5th Annual Pass, Punt and Kick competition. Our 13 & Under winner, Jordan Gardiner went on to finish second in the New Brunswick championship.  
               On the fundraising front the association made $3,500 by selling "Varsity Gold Cards" and another $2,500 from having parent volunteers do team pictures. This money was used to pay for year end Pizza Parties for all teams and to buy trophies for every single player on every team.  The association raffled off a digital camera and other prizes to net $5,500. Tag Days at the Boyce Farmers market produced $1,000 and bottle drives netted another $3,000. All these initiatives have allowed the association to almost completely eliminate the debt accumulated from its rapid growth during the last five years.
              We were able to form a fourth Junior Varsity entry by dividing the Fredericton Junior Varsity Black Kats into two squads, the Junior Black Kats and the Bantam Black Kats. Many thanks to Pizza Twice for sponsoring the jerseys. Wal-Mart sponsored new jerseys for our Gladiators 15 & Under Elite team. Tim Horton's sponsored new practice jerseys for all the teams in our Mosquito League. For the third year Devon Lumber paid for the T-Shirts worn by our Squirt Flag teams. We converted our Northside Mounties PeeWee team into the Nashwaaksis Middle School Nordics with Dairy Queen covering the cost of the team's new jerseys.
                Capital Area Football paid $250 bursaries to John Fiset of Fredericton High School  and Josh Gervais of Leo Hayes High. The Town of Oromocto spent $2,500 on uprights that were installed at newly developed Hubbard Field, the first field in the area designed and developed specifically for use by our Squirt and Mosquito programs. Also, for the first time, the City of Fredericton painted a complete set of football lines on the two fields at Morell Park used by the Squirt and Mosquito programs. The Association had portable football uprights manufactured that were installed on top of the soccer goals at Morell before each Squirt and Mosquito game.   
                During 2003 we were also able to conduct a Canadian Football Officials Association Level I clinic and certify more much needed new officials for our programs. We now have 20 certified officials doing our games. We held a 
National Coaching Certification Program Level I Technical Clinic at Leo Hayes High School for 15 coaches.
                 Local football legend Donnie Davis held a quarterbacks and receivers development camp in July, 2003. Former Capital Area Minor player Dan McCullough was selected to play for Team Canada at the Global Junior Football Championships held in San Diego in conjunction with the Super Bowl. 

                 For 2004 we are very much involved with efforts to start a June-August New Brunswick Women's Tackle Football League. The local entry in the proposed four team league would be known as the Capital Area Lady Gladiators and would use C.A.M.F.A. gear that would otherwise be in storage. Efforts to involve females in our sport in a truly meaningful way are long overdue. If this league goes it would be the first all-female tackle football league in Canada.
                 We will once again be operating 13 & Under, 15 & Under and 17 & Under Elite teams that will compete in  tournaments scheduled for May 24 and May 30 against teams from Fundy, Moncton and Nova Scotia.  
                 Our teams and volunteers will continue their fundraising efforts in earnest. New practice jerseys and combination practice-game pants are our Middle School teams are our biggest priority. We also will continue to upgrade the helmets used by our Middle School and Mosquito teams.
                  The Town of Oromocto will be developing another playing field adjacent to Harold Peterson Middle School and have already ordered uprights for the site. It is likely that this will become our Mosquito practice and game field with  Hubbard Field  serving the same function for Squirt. 
                  The City of Fredericton will be installing our portable uprights at Morell Park at the beginning of the football season and leaving them there until the end of our season. This will save us a significant amount of work in setting up the two fields for games.
                   Capital Area Minor Football is trying to become a partner in the proposed field complex that is being organized by the Fredericton District Soccer Association for the Nashwaaksis Middle School Field. This project would include the installation of all-weather "field turf", lights, fencing and bleachers.
                   On the development front, CAMFA will be hosting a National Coaching Certification Program Level I clinic at Leo Hayes High School on May 1-2, 2004. 
                   While we got ourselves better organized in 2003 we still are in dire need of reliable volunteers in all areas of our organization. If you can help, please volunteer!

Terry McIntyre, President
Capital Area Minor Football Association
March 31, 2004