CJB Football is a developmental football program whose primary goal is to develop players, both physically and mentally, for their Cambridge High School football experience. The expectations and requirements of players are intended to build independence, character, and accountability.
Organization – CJB Football is a non-profit organization, operated by volunteers. CJB Football fields one 6th grade, one 7th grade, and one 8th grade team that compete in the Georgia Middle School Athletic Association (GMSAA). Though an independent entity, CJB Football partners with the Cambridge High School (CHS) football program for guidance, expertise, facilities, fundraising, and events.
One team with varsity and junior varsity (JV) squads – CJB Football is committed to providing positive experiences that will develop the skills and confidence of all players. Each grade level has ONE TEAM that fields BOTH a varsity squad for Saturday official games and a JV squad for weekday JV games. Each week, players earn positions on these squads with some players moving back and forth between squads. GMSAA rules allow for players to appear in six quarters each week. This enables programs to provide Saturday playing time for JV squads when the situation allows. While the varsity squad will participate in pregame drills for weekday JV games, the varsity squads will not appear in these games.
What a season entails – The summer workout program, held two mornings each week, builds player stamina as well as acclimates them to the summer heat. Practices, which begin July 25th, are in the evenings at the CHS stadium and practice fields. Preseason contests include two mini-scrimmages at the GMSAA Kickoff Classic, a more robust scrimmage, and one formal preseason game. Eight regular season varsity games will be played on Saturdays (generally 9 a.m. or 3 p.m.) and seven or eight JV games will be played weekday evenings. The state playoffs begin October 29th with higher seeds hosting playoff games. The state championship will be held November 19th at a neutral site.
Success on the field – In just five years, CJB Football has become one of the winningest programs in GMSAA. It is one of only three programs that placed all three teams in the state playoffs in both 2014 and 2015. These teams collected four region championships, five semi-final appearances, two state runner-up finishes, and one state championship.
Traditions – CJB Football players wear their game jerseys to school on Fridays, greeting teammates with “Go Bears” or the program mantra “All in, All the Time”. Many players and parents attend the Friday night CHS varsity games with players wearing their CJB Football jerseys. CHS hosts a “feeder night” with the CJB Football teams introduced on the field before a varsity game. The 8th grade CJB Football team joins the CHS varsity team for one of their pre-game meals and escorts the varsity team into the stadium. Individual teams develop their own traditions which have included pregame prayers, player or family tailgate parties before CHS varsity games, and pre-playoff game bonfires.
Safety – CJB Football provides state-of-the-art equipment including Riddell Revolution 360 helmets, Riddell Power Phantom shoulder pads, and Guardian Gaps for use during practices. All coaches are trained in “heads up tackling” and teach these techniques to all players. Contact during practice is limited each week and drills are designed to minimize injuries. Professional trainers are present during all home and away games. CJB Football employs the Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) program to assist team physicians / athletic trainers in evaluating and treating student-athletes’ head injuries (e.g., concussion). The tool not only helps assess the severity of an injury but also helps determine when the injury is completely healed. This program is used by many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country.
Parent participation – CJB Football is run entirely by volunteers and coordinates operations with CHS. Parents of CHS varsity players work parking, concessions, and field operations at CHS JV and freshman games. CHS JV and freshman parents work CJB Football’s games. CJB Football parents (6th, 7th, and 8th) work Friday night varsity games. All parents are asked to make a commitment to work parking or concessions at least one Friday night during the season.
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