Archive for February, 2010
We will begin the Midget and Bantam season with the equipment hand out on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 from 6:30 to 8 PM, at the Bear Den. The Bear Den is a trailer, located at the Mill Woods Park, 7008 – 23 Avenue. You can access it from the parking lot, just off of 23rd Avenue, when you are travelling west on 23rd Avenue from 66 Street.
The Bantams start practices with the Midgets, which begin with Coach Schwabe’s “super weekend” on Friday, February 19th. All of the practices below will be at McKernan school, except for the one on March 1st. The address for McKernan school is 11330 – 76 Avenue.
Friday, February 19th 6:30 to 9:15 PM
Saturday, February 20th 10 AM to 12 noon
2 to 4 PM
Sunday, February21st 10 AM to 12 noon
2 to 4 PM
Wednesday, February 24th 6:30 to 9:15 PM
Thursday, February 25th 6:30 to 9:15 PM
Monday, March 1st 6:30 to 9:15 PM This practice will be at the Butterdome at the U of A
Wednesday, March 3rd 6:30 to 9:15 PM
Thursday, March 4th 6:30 to 9:15 PM
We do have a few spots still remaining for the Midget and Bantam teams, so please forward this e-mail to any friends or family that are in grades 9 – 11, that are not turning 19 this calendar year for the Midgets, and ages 13 – 15, that are not entering grade 10 in September, 2010 for Bantams.
To register for the 2010 Midget and Bantam levels, please call Paresha at 780-904-4670.
Football Alberta has passed a season of play regulations this past month. Below are the details of the regulations of play. We wanted to inform all of our parents once this was decided at the Football Alberta Annual General Meeting on January 30th, 2010 in Calgary.
Once we have more information from the CDMFA on when the regular season will start we will work with our Coaches and parents for solutions to ensure all players have ample practice time prior to their first game.
Please Note: This proposal affects every team that plays minor football in the Province of Alberta. This information and information regarding the AGM will be posted on the website for everyone to view as well.
Dear Minor Representatives, League Presidents/Commissioners and Board Members:
The following are items addressed by the Minor Football Committee, voted on and passed at our recent Football Alberta AGM for inclusion in the Minor Provincials Policy and Procedure Manual. Please ensure that this information is distributed accordingly throughout your league so that all member clubs are aware of the following:
The Football -
Starting in the 2010 season the official football to be used for Provincial Playoffs will be the Wilson TDY Leather football for Bantam and Wilson TDJ Leather Football for Pee-Wee and Atom. Leagues and teams may continue to use whatever they wish during league play but for the purposes of Provincials the host team must have a good selection (minimum 3) of quality TDY or TDJ leather balls for usage by the officials. No ball switching will take place during Provincials as per the rule book.
Season of Play -
Season of Play for all Minor Football in the Province to be included in the Minor Provincials Policy and Procedure Manual read as follows:
- Off-Season: This includes the months of December, January, and February in their entirety. Teams and association may do all the administrative activities they wish and are also free to host gatherings for their players in whatever venue they wish (i.e. gym nights). Players can attend off-season camps as individuals or whatever indoor team activity their club provides.
- Spring Season: This includes the months of March, April, May, and June in their entirety. All teams may do any and all on and off-field activities they wish during this time. This will allow for ample time for the Midget season to take place and all other levels of minor football to run as much or as little spring programming as they wish.
- Summer Break: This includes the entire month of July. Teams and associations may continue to do administrative activities during this time (i.e. registrations, equipment handouts), but no formal on or off field activities for the players will be allowed in equipment or not. Athletes may attend summer football camps (i.e. University of Calgary Summer Football Camp) or Alberta Summer Games/Football Alberta elite program events as individuals but no coach, team, league, or association that is a member of Football Alberta at the minor football level may be the sponsor or organizer of summer camps for the purposes of training their athletes as a team.
- Fall Season: Teams and Associations will be allowed to start practices on August 1st of each year. Leagues and Associations will be allowed the flexibility to determine when they can start their regular season and/or pre-season tournaments but it would be recommended that 10 calendar days and at least 6 practises be allowed before any competition between teams takes place. The regular season for all leagues will conclude with their championship games played the first full weekend in November (i.e. both Saturday and Sunday are November dates). This will allow for 14 weeks of league play including playoffs.
- Provincials: Provincial play for Pee-Wee and Bantam representative teams will commence the second full weekend in November and will conclude as per the schedule set by the Minor Football Committee and the previous years Planning Meeting. Atom football will continue finish up at the end of the regular season with the champions of the Capital District Tier I division declared Provincial Champion at that age category.
Consequences for not following the Seasons of Play Guidelines would fall into two categories:
TEAM - if a single team chooses not to follow the Seasons of Play Guidelines they would then forfeit any right to access Football Alberta programs and services. This would include everything from insurance to coaches clinic access to Alberta Summer Games and Bantam Bowls. Their League or Association would be free to choose whether or not they would be allowed to continue in regular season play or not but regardless of their record on the year, should they be allowed to continue, they would not be eligible for Provincials.
LEAGUE or ASSOCIATION - if an entire league or association chooses not to follow the Seasons of Play Guidelines they would suffer the same consequences as in the TEAM section above as a group and none of their representative teams would be eligible for Provincials.
NOTE: In either situation above the discovery of these incidents would have to be proven by evidence provided and would be dealt with on a case by case basis.
Extra Week for Pee-Wee Playoffs -
This years schedule will see an increase in the Pee-Wee playoffs by one week thus eliminating the need for mid week semi-finals. Following our standard protocol of having no BYE’s or teams sitting around for a week with no one to play the schedule is filled accordingly for the Pee-Wee semi-finals. Those second teams at Tier III and IV would rotate amongst the leagues each year. The last item is that since the Pee-Wee and Bantam Finals would now take place on the same weekend we would try for 2010 to concentrate the possible locations for the finals in the South for Bantam and the North for Pee-Wee. In 2011 we would switch and so on and so on. The concept being that we don’t want to put a strain on facilities and officials if that can be avoided.
Here is the proposed schedule for 2010:
SEMI-FINALS – Saturday, November 13
Southern Alberta “A” at Capital District “A1”
Capital District “A2” at Calgary “A”
Central Alberta “A” at Capital District “B”
Southern Alberta “B” at Calgary “B”
Capital District “C” at Wheatland
Central Alberta “B” at Calgary “C”
Grande Prairie at Capital District “D”
Southern Alberta “C” at Central Alberta “C”
FINALS – Saturday, November 20
Tier I – Capital District “A2”/Calgary “A” host
Tier II – Southern Alberta “B”/Calgary “B” host
Tier III – Central Alberta “B”/Calgary “C” host
Tier IV – Southern Alberta “C”/Central Alberta “C” hosts
* – switch from past years with Southern Alberta “C” dropping to Tier IV thus eliminating the need for a quarter-final in Tier III and a second team from Capital District in Tier IV
Semi-Finals – Saturday, November 13
Calgary “A2” at Capital District “A1”
Capital District “A2” at Calgary “A1”
Calgary “B2” at Capital District “B1”
Capital District “B2” at Calgary “B1”
Calgary “C2” at Capital District “C”
Central Alberta “A” at Calgary “C1”
Lloydminster at Capital District “D1”
Capital District “D2” at Central Alberta “B”
FINALS – Saturday, November 20
Tier I – Calgary “A2”/Capital District “A1” hosts
Tier II – Calgary “B2”/Capital District “B1” hosts
Tier III – Calgary “C2”/Capital District “C1” hosts
Tier IV – Lloydminster/Capital District “D1” hosts
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