The football program will at all times be based upon the following principles:
The purpose of the Association will be the enjoyment of the game by the participants.
The program is designed to emphasize the development of football skills and sportsmanship by all players, parents and coaches.
It is of utmost importance that the SAFETY of all individuals at all times, be a priority.
The sport is open to all boys and girls at all levels. There are no weight or height restrictions at any level.
Novice: 6, 7 and 8 year olds as of the end of the current calendar year (December 31st) i.e. the end of the year during which the season is played
Atom: 8 years through 10 years of age as of December 31st.
Pee Wee: 11 through 12 years of age as of December 31st.
Bantam: 13, 14 & 15 years (as of December 31st) provided the player is not going to be in Grade Ten in the calendar year.
Midget: Currently in grades 9, 10 and 11 (under 19 years as of December 31st).
The designated recruiting area for the Cats Football teams is within the boundaries of the City of Leduc, Town of Beaumont, Town of Devon, County of Leduc and the County of Wetaskiwin (Excluding the City of Wetaskiwin). For those residing outside of the county, they may be eligible to play for a different team within the Capital District Minor Football Association. Players from outside of LDMFA's recruitment area who desire to play for the Cats CAN and are welcome if room permits (The LDMFA has a proud history of players from just outside the county); we simply need to ask for "fairly routine" releases from the affected teams.
Specific schedules and locations for practices and games will be distributed by the Team Director or other designated person when information is available.
SPRING - Midget Football: The league's season (full equipment) will start March 1st and all playoff games will be concluded by mid-May, thus eliminating any interference with a high school student's exam preparation. Additionally, practices will not start before 6:00pm in order to accommodate those students who are involved with other high school activities. Field conditions in the spring will determine the locations of the practices. All games are played on artificial turf fields in the Edmonton area.
SUMMER/FALL - Atom, PeeWee and Bantam Football: May or June spring camp practices are determined by the indvidual team's coach. Regular season play begins August 1st, continuing until mid-October, followed by league playoffs. League champions for PeeWees and Bantams progress to provincial playoffs in November. Roughly 2-3 of the regular season games are played on our home fields while the other half are played in various locations in the CDMFA. On most home game days, the Atom, Peewee and Bantam level teams will play in Leduc however, due to the variety of teams at each level, on road game dates, the different levels may play in different locations.
FALL - Novice Football: Regulare season play begins August 1st, continuing until the first weekend in November. Players will practice one day a week at home and have a practice/game season on weekends at the Edmonton Commonwealth facility on the indoor turf practice field.
All players registered with the Leduc and District Minor Football Association are provided with all the equipment necessary for the season with exception of footwear. Padded football pants (or girdle, in some cases) must be purchased through the LDMFA, these are available annually if last year's no longer fit or are worn out. Equipment will be handed out at the equipment building prior to the first practice and must be returned no later than May 15th for the Midgets and November 30 for the Atom, PeeWee and Bantam levels. The equipment issued to each player may be either new, used, or a combination of both depending on size. The new and used equipment is divided equally between all teams when possible. THE FIT IS IMPORTANT!
IT IS EACH PLAYER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THE EQUIPMENT IN GOOD ORDER. Before laundering...remove any removable pads from the pants (and girdle, if applicable). Wash equipment only in cold water (no bleach) and hang to dry.
Footwear: All players playing in the Leduc and District Minor Football Association are required to wear appropriate cleat type footwear. It is each player’s responsibility to ensure she/he has the correct footwear. Consult with the Coach or Team Director as to the type of footwear one should be considering.
***NO METAL CLEATS OR FLAT TYPE FOOTWEAR ARE PERMITTED***
Helmets/Shoulder Pads: Players are encouraged to only use the equipment provided by the LDMFA, which is maintained and updated regularly! In order to maintain the integrity of the helmet, application of tape, stickers, writing, painting or the fixing of any type of object to the helmet IS NOT PERMITTED. LDMFA EQUIPMENT MAY NOT BE ALTERED IN ANY WAY! If a player chooses to wear certain required equipment not supplied by LDMFA, a waiver must be signed.
Optional Equipment: If a parent, trainer or coaching staff deem it necessary, neck rolls or other speciality equipment may be supplied. VISORS are not permitted (as per Football Canada).
It is the goal of the league & the LDMFA to ensure that any player who shows an interest in playing the sport of football should be given the opportunity to do so.
The LDMFA believes that playing time is to be “earned” through a combination of talent, attitude and attendance. Playing time is not simply given out because a registration fee has been paid.
The LDMFA Playing Time Policy is:
1. All registered players will play in every game for which they have practiced, during both the regular season and playoffs.
2. The only exception to #1 is that Coaches must not play an athlete at any time the coach believes that playing exposes the athlete to undue risk of injury.
3. Within the confines of #1 and #2, the coaches have sole discretion to allocate playing time to each athlete (there is no expectation that every player will have equal playing time). The LDMFA does offer the following recommendations to coaches:
a. Take note that the league recommends [but does not require] that each player who fully commits to their team’s program in terms of full attendance at practices and positive attitude should play a minimum of eight on-field plays per game.
b. Attitude, as well as skill level, should affect the amount of playing time for each athlete.
c. Players who do not attend all practices in a week may be given less playing time. Throughout a practice week, several items are covered to prepare specifically for the coming opponent; therefore, those not in attendance will not have that experience and therefore, common sense dictates that the amount playing in the game would be affected.
d. Two-way play (having an athlete play both offence and defence in the same game) is strongly discouraged at the Atom and PeeWee levels. Two-way play should be used cautiously at the Bantam and Midget levels, balancing competitive and fair play.
The affairs of the Leduc & District Minor Football Association are managed by a volunteer board of directors (“The Executive”). The Executive consists of: a President, a Vice President, the immediate Past President, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Registrar, a Field Coordinator; a Events Coordinator, a Volunteer Coordinator, a Fundraising Coordinator, a Fundraising Assistant, Directors (one for each team in each level) and up to two Members-at-Large, as desired. Executive members serve renewable one-year terms and are elected by the general membership of the LDMFA.
All parents and legal guardians of players are “members” of the LDMFA for the entire calendar year for which their player is registered. Coaches are also “members” of the LDMFA.
The Leduc & District Minor Football Association holds the Annual General Meeting, as required under the terms of the By-Laws, in October of each year. All parents are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. The AGM is open to the public, but only “members” can vote. The purpose of this meeting to:
Present a forum whereby parents and those interested may express their ideas and concerns regarding the current football season and the upcoming season.