JL Ilsley High School Coaching Opportunities (04/17/2014)

J.L. Ilsley High School Football has a few coaching opportunities available for interested applicants. There is a wide range of positions available based on applicants experience. Previous coaching experience would be a definite asset but we are very interested and have roles available for committed, enthusiastic individuals that love football. There is also an opportunity for the right candidate to be involved in the Head Coach position.

Please contact Ilsley Football via email @ heather.leblanc@londonlife.com to express your interest


Football NS Is Looking For Coaches for their 2014 Provincial Flag Teams (04/11/2014)

Football Nova Scotia is committed to ensuring our competing athletes receive exposure to quality coaching and developmental preparation leading up to the P.E.I National Flag Championships.  We are now accepting applications for coaches interested in being involved in our 2014 Provincial Team programming.

Provincial Flag Coaching Criteria


2014 SMU Six-A-Side Program is Back this Spring! (04/11/2014)

The focus of the program is on skill development and the opportunity to try all positions!
Coaches will individually work with their players in a fun and inclusive environment.
 The program is for U12 (born in 2003, 2004 & 2005) current and new football players.
  • Perfect introduction to tackle football for boys and girls
  • Opportunity to try variety positions!  Everyone can play quarterback, receiver, defensive back etc.
  • Played on a smaller field with fewer players to increase opportunity for involvement and engagement on field
  • Five of the six offensive players are eligible receivers
  • Program goals are to ensure players gain new skills, continue to develop in sport and have fun.

For program details and online registration visit the SMU Six-A-Side page in the website.


Parent Meeting - Provincial Tackle Teams (04/02/2014)

On Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at the East Hants Sportsplex there will be parent meetings for the three (3) Provincial Teams.  Topics to be discussed;

- Athlete Agreement & Fees

- Code of Conduct

- Provincial Team Clothing

- Schedules.


The meetings times are;

U16 Provincial Team -  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

U17 Provincial Team - 2:30 pm -3:30 pm

U18 Provincial Team - 4:00 pm -5:00 pm


Football NS office is Moving (03/31/2014)

Football NS has moved back into Halifax on March 28, 2014.  Our offices are now in the Sport Nova Scotia building at:

5516 Spring Garden Road

Halifax, NS  B3J 1G6

Tel: 902-425-5450

Fax:  902-425-5606

The East Hants Sportsplex will remain the site of the Provincial Team programs and we will still have one office in the Sportsplex.


U16 Provincial Tackle Team Roster Announced (03/31/2014)

Football Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the U16 Provincial Team Roster for 2014, both staff and players.  In June, a 40 player TRAVEL TEAM will be selected from the Provincial Team list of 59 players.  The Travel Team will represent Nova Scotia at the 2014 Red River Cup in Winnipeg, Manitoba July 6th - 12th, 2014.

Provincial Team Roster

Team Staff


U17 Provincial Tackle Team Announced (03/31/2014)

Football Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the U17 Provincial Team Roster for 2014, both staff and players.  The U17 Team will represent Nova Scotia at the 2014 Spalding Cup (formerly Wilson Challenge) in Montreal, Quebec July 6th - 12th, 2014.  In 2013, Team NS finished 5th overall, or 1st in the Consolation Round.

Provincial Team Roster

Team Staff



2014 U18 Provincial Tackle Team Announced (03/25/2014)

Football Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the Provincial Team Roster for 2014, both staff and players.  In June, a 40 player TRAVEL TEAM will be selected from the Provincial Team list of 55 players.  The Travel Team will represent Nova Scotia at the 2014 Football Canada Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan July 6th - 12th, 2014.




2014 Senior Men's Flag Team Announced (03/25/2014)

Football Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the Provincial Team Roster for 2014, both staff and players.  

Player and Staff Roster

The team will compete in a best of three (3) series versus Team SK on April 26-27, 2014 at the East Hants Sportsplex, Lantz, NS.  The winner will earn the right to represent Canada at the 2014 World Senior Flag Championships.


2014 Tackle Rule Changes (03/25/2014)

Football Canada has made a number of rule changes for the upcoming edition of 'The Canadian Amateur Rule Book for Tackle Football'. See the link below for the details of changes. We will have the new Tackle Football Rulebook for sale through our office starting in May of 2014.

2014 Rule Modifications





The NSSAF in collaboration with Football Nova Scotia and the NS Department of Health and Wellness will be hosting   NCCP Football – Competition Introduction Position Coach  at Halifax West High School & Soccer NS Indoor Training Centre – Halifax on March 28-30, 2014.  This is open to all high school coaches and Football NS member coaches.  The cost for the training is $75 (regularly $125).

The theory component of the course will run at Halifax West High School:

Friday March 28 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday March 29th from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm

The following positional courses will be held on Sunday March 30th at the Soccer NS Centre (210 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax):


Offensive Line

To register:

1.  High School Coaches:  print off REGISTRATION FORM and email to jwarren@sportnovascotia.ca

2.  FNS Member Coaches:  Register through the LOCKER ROOM.

Pre-Requisite Learning
Prior to attending the Competition- Introduction training course, coaches need to complete Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation for Competition – Introduction.
This can be done by logging into www.coach.ca . For those coaches that haven’t created an account before you must do so to complete the M.E.D evaluation online. Simply click the link above and go to “My LOCKER”. Once you are on My Locker scroll down to eLearning and it will take you to the sign in page for existing and new members. Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation – Competition- Introduction will be located on the left hand.
By successfully completing the Make Ethical Decisions workshop you will be fully equipped to handle virtually any ethical situation with confidence and surety. MED is one of the NCCP’s cornerstone workshops, and leaves coaches with no doubt as to what to do when the going gets tough.

2014 Senior Men's Provincial Flag Selection Camps (03/07/2014)

Football Nova Scotia will select a team to  will compete in three (3) game series again Team Saskatchewan April 26-27, 2014 in Halifax, NS.  For complete details on selection and identification visit the webpage for Senior Men's Flag.



The selection camp on March 8th for the U18/U17 Provincial Tackle Team will run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the East Hants Sportsplex.  This change in time does not effect the U16 time of 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.



Dates set for the 2014 East Coast Mega Clinic (02/24/2014)

Once again the East Coach Mega Coaching Clinic will be held in Truro, NS April 4-5, 2014.  This year is going to be another excellent one! Our marquee speakers will be led by the new Head Coach of the Edmonton Eskimos, Chris Jones. In addition to Coach Jones, there will be many coaches from the Eskimos as well as the NCAA.

Please find attached a copy of the 2014 ECMC registration form.

There are some deadlines that are approaching quickly?  Be sure to take advantage of our special early bird offer before it passes.

Please note some important dates:

Mar. 14th - Deadline for early registration; deadline for special room rate at the Best Western Glengarry (Clinic venue)



Metro Youth Flag Football Registration (02/05/2014)

Registration for the 2014 MYFFL | Metro Youth Flag Football League spring season is now open. In 2014, the league will offer female and male divisions in the U15 and U18 levels.  For more details on the league and to register check on the MYFFL Registration page on the website.


Football Nova Scotia Hires Full Time Technical Director (12/13/2013)

Football Nova Scotia is pleased to announce Jason Warren as the new Technical Director of Football Nova Scotia. Jason has been involved in football as both an athlete and a coach for many years and has a wealth of knowledge about the sport that will be a great asset to our team.

Jason went to Saint Francis Xavier University where he obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology. Following his time there Jason went to the University of Maine at Fort Kent where he graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree. Prior to his new position with Football Nova Scotia, Jason was teaching at Churchill Academy and throughout the Halifax Regional School Board. Jason is now making the transition to technical director, and with his many years of coaching experience it is a natural fit. Jason has coached both boys and girls provincial flag football teams, Dartmouth High School football, the Dartmouth Destroyers peewee and bantam teams along with many others. He has also worked on a number of program development projects with many local football organizations in order to help educate and train the young athletes in this province. Jason has many great achievements in his own career having played in the Canadian Junior Football league, being invited to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats training camp and representing Nova Scotia and Canada while playing senior men’s flag football. His experience on and off the field will provide the guidance and knowledge it takes to grow our football program here in Nova Scotia.

Football Nova Scotia is committed to providing the very best training and opportunity for our athletes and coaches and we are very pleased to have Jason join our team.


Junior National Team Head Coach In Town For ID Camp (12/02/2013)

For Immediate Release

Halifax – December 2, 2013

Junior National Team head coach Warren Craney and members of his coaching staff will be heading across the country to identify players for Canada’s entry in the IFAF U19 World Championship.  On Saturday, December 7th, the only Maritime camp will be hosted by Football Nova Scotia at East Hants Sportsplex (1076 Hwy #2 Lantz) from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Registration opens at 9:00 am.  

For players that attend the selection camp, head coach Warren Craney explains that they will not only receive great coaching but also a taste of what it’s like to prepare for the national team.

For complete news release



Football NS to Celebrate Sport Day in Canada with "Try & Learn Clinics" (11/26/2013)


(November 26, 2013 – HALIFAX, NS.) - In celebration of RBC Sports Day in Canada Football Nova Scotia in partnership with the East Hants Sportsplex (1076 Hwy #2, Lantz, NS) are opening the doors to the indoor field house to the community to come out and “Try & Learn Clinics” in flag and tackle football.  All activities are free of charge. 

The goal is to promote and celebrate football and to get active!  Events begin at 9:00 am with a Try & Learn Clinic in flag football for ages 6 to 12 and will end with a Future Stars – Provincial Combine for players ages 11 to 14.

9:00 am – 10:00 am                 TRY & LEARN – FLAG FOOTBALL Ages 6-12

10:30 am – 11:30 am               U16 & U18 PROVINCIAL FLAG TEAMS SCRIMMAGES

                                                     TRY & LEARN – TACKLE FOOTBALL Ages 6 to 12

12 noon – 1:00 pm                  TRY & LEARN - FLAG FOOTBALL Ages 13 to 17

12 noon – 2:30 pm                  MITES & ATOMS CAMP & SCRIMMAGE (Tackle)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm                  TRY & LEARN – FLAG FOOTBALL Ages 18 plus

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm                  FUTURE STARS – PROVINCIAL COMBINE

                                                Ages 11 to 14

About RBC Sports Day in Canada

RBC Sports Day in Canada, presented by ParticipACTION, CBC and True Sport, will be held this year on Saturday, November 30 in communities from coast to coast to coast. This national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance, is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport, build community and national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living.

About Football Nova Scotia
Football Nova Scotia is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the organization, growth and development of football in Nova Scotia. 


For Media Information Contact:

Karen Ouellette                                                                                                                                

Football Nova Scotia                                         




2013 Minor Provincial Champions Crowned (11/18/2013)

2013 Nova Scotia MINOR FOOTBALL provincial CHAMPIONS Crowned

For Immediate Release

Halifax – November 18, 2013

The minor football season came to an end on the weekend with great minor football and the crowning of new Provincial Football Champions.  Congratulations to the new following teams on a great season;

Tier 1 Atom Champions – Dartmouth Destroyers

Tier 1 Peewee Champions – Dartmouth Destroyers

Tier 1 Bantam Champions – Timberlea Titans

Tier 2  Atom Champions – Truro Tide

Tier 2 Peewee Champions – Bedford Sackville Saints

Tier 2 – Bantam Champions – Truro Freightliners



Halifax Coach Name 2013 NFL Youth Coach of the Year (11/14/2013)

Quentin Tynes, a volunteer coach with the Halifax Gridiron Football Association was name the 2013 NFL Youth Coach of the Year. Tynes was selected from a shortlist of ten coaches from across Canada to receive the honour. A panel of journalists, Football Canada and NFL officials selected the winners. His former coach, Queen Elizabeth High School's Mike Tanner (Halifax), was the first-ever recipient of the award in 1999.

For complete release:  Halifax Coach - NFL Coach of the Year


Football Canada Unveils Junior National Team Identification Camps (09/06/2013)

Football Canada is proud to announce a series of player identification camps across Canada which will be used to help determine who will represent Canada at the 2014 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U19 (19 and under) World Championship.

Players born in the year's 1995 and 1996 with a Canadian citizenship and who are members of their respective provincial football associaiton will be eligible to attend the identification camps.

For details on camp and registration click here


Dean Jones named to Football Canada Cup National Team Coaching Staff (09/06/2013)

Football Canada is proud to announce its Canada Cup National Team coaching staff which will guide a group of standouts selected from the 2013 Football Canada Cup (birth years 1996-1997) as part of an international series between Canada and Team USA in February 2014. The event takes place February 3-8th in Dallas, Texas which will feature some events throughout the week at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington. 
The coaching staff were selected from each of the seven 2013 Football Canada Cup participating provinces.
The team is led by Quebec head coach, Brad Collinson who will serve the same role in Dallas. Under coach Collinson’s leadership, Quebec has won 3 consecutive Canada Cup titles, the last two as the team’s head coach. Currently an assistant coach with the Laval Rouge et Or, Collinson will also serve as an assistant with the Junior National Team in 2014.
Canada’s defense is led by longtime Okotoks area coach Bryan Brandford who has led the Wildrose province to the Canada Cup finals the past three years as head coach. On the other side of the ball, offensive coordinator, Joe D’Amore brings a wealth of experience to the national team, currently serving as Windsor Lancers head coach.
Rounding out the coaching staff are Ronald Hilaire (defensive line), Dean Jones (receivers), Chris Bochen (offensive line), Scott Brady (defensive backs) and Dwayne Masson (running backs).

Greg Hutchins selected for National Team (08/12/2013)


Lantz, N.S. – After Greg Hutchins’ impressive performance at the 2013 Football Canada Cup, there was a good chance he was going to be selected as an all-star, which lands a spot on the National Team.

Hutchins, 16, is currently the only player from the Maritime’s selected for the team.  At the championships held in Moncton last month Hutchins also received the MVP Special Teams Award. Over the course of the tournament he accounted for 24 of Nova Scotia’s 38 points including all 19 points against New Brunswick in their pair of mini-games. He also punted for a combined 876 yards, averaging 41.7 yards per punt.

With the selection of all-stars they have now earned an automatic invitation to the under-18 National Team to compete against Team USA. The game is tentatively scheduled to be played in February of 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The final 14 players will be decided once the coaching staff has been confirmed for the event. This staff will be made up of coaches that participated in the 2013 Football Canada Cup.


2013 Football Canada Cup all-stars

*= named a 2013 Football Canada Cup MVP




Hometown (Team)



* Frédéric Paquette-Perrault

Montréal (Aigles Collège Jean-Eudes)



Marquis Richards




Kayden Johnson

Kindersley (LCBI)



Tshitshi Bukasa Tshitenge

Montréal (Hornets Sun Youth)



Yol Piok

Regina (O’Neil)



Marc-Antoine Pivin

Sherbrooke (Harfangs du Triolet)



Khaliel James




Colton Hunchak

Calgary (Notre-Dame)



Samuel Lefebvre

Saint-Lambert de Lauzon

(Arsenal Académie St-Louis)



Brendon Philogène

Laval (Gladiateurs Georges-Vanier)



Justin Lawrence

Spruce Grove (Spruce Grove)



Mark Korte

Spruce Grove (Spruce Grove)



Darius Ciraco







Hometown (Team)



* Micah Teitz

Springbank (Springbank)



Trevelle Wisdom




Daniel Nesbitt

Regina (Regina LeBoldus)



Andrew Seinet-Spaulding

Montréal (Spartans St-Laurent)



Joel Van Pelt

Lethbridge (Winston Churchill)



Trevaughn James




Simon Aubin-Lavoie

Montréal (Aigles Collège Jean-Eudes)



Nicholas-Rohan Plourde-Hector

Saint-Constant (Warriors Lasalle)



Brock Letkeman

Steinbach (Eastman Raiders)



Zack Fitzgerald

Pierrefonds (Faucons Dorval Jean XXIII)



Jordan Rae

Okotoks (Holy Trinity Academy)



Craig Hinschberger




Special Teams



Hometown (Team)



* Greg Hutchins






New Football Nova Scotia President (08/09/2013)


Lantz, N.S. – Former Football Nova Scotia Vice President of Sport Development, Keith Skiffington, has been appointed as interim President. Keith replaces Richard MacLean, as he is the new President of Football Canada.

Skiffington commented on his new position, “I am honored to be appointed as the President of Football in Nova Scotia.  This is an exciting time for football in our Province and there are a lot of great committed volunteers who are passionate about the sport.  I look forward to leading and working with them to grow and develop football to its potential.”

Keith Skiffington has been involved in football from a young age. He played for the Acadia Axemen for five years (1978-82) as a Defensive Back. During this time he was named team captain and played on two Vanier Cup Championship Teams. Due to his success playing with the Axemen, his 1981 team is being inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of fame this November. After graduating with a BBA, Skiffington coached the Axemen for one year.

Currently Skiffington is the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach of the Dalhousie Tigers Football Club and has been coaching under-17 and under-18 Provincial Teams since 2010. Keith has served as the President of Nova Scotia Minor Football for many years, contributing to the establishment of many new Associations at the Mite and Atom level.




Six A-Side Spring Tackle League (04/02/2013)

Football Nova Scotia is excited to launch a new Spring Six-A-Side Football League!

The focus of the league is on skill development, where coaches will individually work with their players in a fun and inclusive environment.  The league is for U11 (born in 2003 and 2004) and U13 (born in 2001 & 2002) current and new football players.

The league runs May 5 to June 27, 2013 at Saint Mary's University.

Football Nova Scotia is proud to partner with Saint Mary's Football Team/University, Football Canada and Support 4 Sport. tp bring you this excellent game and new league!

For further details on the league and game and to register on-line click on SPRING-SIX-A-SIDE