guys guys guys.
due to the fact there is not 100's of Millions of Dollars flowing into the CFL every season.. and they are still having problems getting the attendance in Toronto to respectable numbers. there are a lot of STEPS ahead of having the CFL start a developmental program for Canadian Talent.
first the CFL needs to establish success in all 9 cities (Ottawa too) they need to start having sell outs all over the country.
they need a nice big FAT TV contract from TSN..
they need to get the talent level of Canadians up higher first before they even think about it.
but that only happens by having Minor Football programs all over the country improved by having the local and provincial govts assist them in financial areas so that 1. Fees will drop so more kids can afford to play 2. start off season training camps for players. 3. stop having idiots who don't know anything about football being the coaches for these minor football teams.
you have to have coaches that actually know something about the game so they can properly develop these kids from the age of 9 up. they need to create a family atmosphere and a sense of belonging to these kids.
they need to start having a large # of High School leagues smarten up and increase the # of football games they play in a season from 4 or 5 to 8 or 9.
it's ridiculous, for example in Edmonton. Many High School teams have 4 or if they're lucky 5 games all bloody year!
so in 3 years of their HS playing career they get 12 or 15 games total. not exactly much to go by is it?
in the USA you have a lot more games. I think they play like 10 games in a season?
can anyone help me with that?
so you have in some schools 4 seasons to play (gr 9 to 12) so if you're really good you can play 40 games in your entire HS life.
so now you look at an NCAA school who is looking for prospects to bring to their school.
hmmm... now 9 times out of 10 who are you going to ask to come play for you?
A Canadian who's played a total of 15 games in 3 years? or an American who's got 30-40 games in 3-4 years of playing?
twice as many games experience and actually playing in front of crowds of more than 100 fans.
pretty sure they're going to take the American HS kid.
you have in Canada in most of the country about 10 weeks of playing time before the winter becomes way too difficult.
since School doesn't start till the beginning of September, you already lose 1 to 2 weeks with camp and practicing to get ready to play.
so now you have 8 weeks. that includes playoffs.
so that means for 4 lucky teams they will have 5 regular season games and anywhere from 1 to 3 playoff games.
majority of teams in Edmonton get 4 games.
that is NOT ENOUGH! how can you get any sort of playing experience in 4 lousy games?
High Schools across the country, will NEVER take football as serious to the point where they'll actually get their butts in gear.. have teams start their training camps a few weeks before school starts.. so that Game 1 of the season is the first week of School. and then you can play 8 games in a season. and then have your 2 or 3 playoff games in November.
IT'S NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN!
there isn't enough money from the Governments to be able to go HS Football, let alone other HS sports for them to be able to afford all this.