Football

Welcome to the 2019 Season

Thank you for registering for the 2019 Season! We are looking forward to a great fall and some new changes.

This package will give you a lot of information to help your player and his/her fans understand what is going on and what you can expect.

Our Goal

The focus of SMAA Football is player development and player safety.

This means your player will go through the basic fundamentals and Safe Contact strategies.

Players who regularly attend practices and actively participate will receive equal playing time.

Football is the ultimate team sport and requires each player to do their job and do it will for the team to be successful (and have fun!)

Combine: July 30th @ 6PM-9PM Norm Perry

All players in the Peewee and Bantam divisions should attend.

If you are requesting a specific coach or to be on a team with a friend, you must be at the combine for your request to be considered.

Players will be put through key drills to assess their speed, athleticism, and football skill using a point system. These results will be used in building the teams, to ensure that teams are adequately balanced with size, experience and skill.

Please come to the combine dress for physical activity: t-shirt, shorts and cleats (pads & helmets NOT required).

The sooner you arrive, the sooner you can leave. Once a player has complete the drills, they can go

Questions? Please email Fishpond202@gmail.com

Practices & Games

This year all games (except the scrimmage) will be played on Saturdays from Sept. 7 to Nov 9th.
Semi-finals are Nov. 2nd and the Championship Nov. 9th.

Practices will be two weeknights per week during the regular season. YOUR COACH determines the days and times based on his availability as a volunteer.

Coaches will contact players mid-August by phone and/or email to advise which team and when practices will start. Not all coaches start practicing the same week. If you have not heard from your coach by August 21st, please email Fishpond202@gmail.com.

On Game day players will be asked to show up at specific times prior to the game, again at the coach’s discretion for proper warm ups and preparation.

A game schedule will be provided to all families mid-August.

PUNT, PASS, KICK (&DASH)

This is our main fundraiser for SMAA Football and will take place Saturday, Sept. 28th on the back field behind Norm Perry from 9AM-1PM. Players must have at least one sponsor of $5 to participate.

Prizes will be awarded for superstar fundraising players.

PICTURES

Pictures will be scheduled near the start of the season and communicated through coaches and on Facebook.

Equipment

  • You have received on loan shoulder pads, football pants, helmet.
  • Socks are provided for players to keep.
  • Game jerseys will be handed out at practice, by the coaches, at a designated practice.
  • Mouthguards are REQUIRED: these MUST
    tethered/strapped onto the helmets.
  • Cleats are REQUIRED: these may be football or soccer cleats. These should be molded plastic and not metal/screw in.
  • Visors are optional but MUST BE CLEAR. No tinted visors allowed.

Care Instructions

Wash pants and jerseys in cold water and hang to dry. Please hang up helmets and shoulder pads in a
ventilated area to air out instead of leaving them in
bags.

Other Gear

Players may also wear Compression shirts, Arm
pads/Forearm sleeves and gloves. These are not
required to play but at your option.

Pants, shoulder pads and helmets MUST be returned and returned prior to the year-end banquet to attend. Dates will be organized for their return.

Game Rules

We use a ‘combination’ of CFL and NFL Rules and have modifications for our own league. We DO NOT follow all the rules as set out in adult/professional leagues.

A copy of our rules for each division is available on your website and posted to our Facebook page. Please read them.

Some specific rules are written with the development of our players in mind so they can learn proper fundamentals of the game and vary among the division levels based on their age/expected abilities.

These rules are comparable to those used by other
youth football leagues in London and Chatham and
written by experienced, trained coaches in
collaboration with our coaching volunteers.

The Officials

The Sarnia Officials have gone through additional training and will be focused on high tackles as we strive to make football safer.

The rules for the league have changed as to what is a ‘high tackle’, ‘spearing’ and ‘leading with the head’. There will be low tolerance for these actions and players may be removed from play and suspended from games.

Officials on the field are responsible for specific ‘zones’ in which they can call. They have no idea where the plays are going, just like you, and must watch for multiple actions at the same time. Some calls will be missed and others made in error.

We will be recording every game. These will be available to the officials to continue their learning and improvement.

Our convener and/or a member of council will be on the field for every game to work between coaches and officials. If you have a particular concern please email the convener at smaafootball2018@gmail.com and the video will be reviewed and appropriate action taken.

Concessions & Volunteers

Our concession stand will be open this year and
volunteers are needed:

  • Concessions
  • Highlighting
  • Score keeping
  • Clock
  • Sticks

This is a great way for high school students to earn their hours! Also great on resumes for teenage job seekers.

If interested, please email fishpond202@gmail.com

Need Football Gear?
Want to Sell Gear?
Join our Facebook Group
SMAA Football Buy, Sell, Swap

Fan Seating Area

Both the North and South bleachers will be open for fan seating this year.

HOWEVER, there will be a section beneath the press box roped off which spectators must avoid.

Parents are also asked to let your child play without
interruption. Players must learn to participate as a
team both on the field and on the sidelines. When they are distracted and/or talking to parents on the
sidelines, they may miss a call to the field or
instructions from their coach.

If you are providing a forgotten item to your child,
please give it to a coach.

If your assistance is needed, a coach will call for a parent; otherwise, please wait until the end of the game to speak with your child.

Complaints

We understand parents and players may get frustrated during the season (coaches do too!)

We are asking that if you have something to share,
please take a 24hr ‘cooling off’ period before writing
that email. Please take this time to focus on what you want to say, not to show how angry you are.

Replies to emails will be made within 24hrs of receipt.

There is ZERO tolerance for Facebook rants: if you post one, it will be deleted and you could be removed from the group. End of story.

Convener: smaafootball2018@gmail.com
Chair: fishpond202@gmail.com

Did Someone Say Swag?

If teams would like to have swag and ‘cheer gear’ for
their players and fans we recommend one parent per
team organize the order.

We encourage you to buy local.

Standards of Behaviour Expected of Players

  • Follow and play by the rules.
  • Never argue with a sports official. If you disagree, have your coach or manager positively approach the official.
  • Control your temper at all times. Verbal abuse of officials and verbalizing other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable behaviors in any sport.
  • Work hard for yourself and your team.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all skilful plays whether they are made by your team or the competitors.
  • Use proper technique and DO NOT purposefully injure other players either during play or in retaliation after the whistle.
  • Treat all participants in your sport as you like to be treated.
  • Cooperate with your coach, team-mates and opponents.
  • Respect the rights of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background, race, orientation or religion.

YES! Coaches have a Code of Conduct too!

In fact, they sign one with their applications.

They are stated in our By-Laws but are too long to put here.

Standards of Behaviour Expected of Parents,
Families and Spectators:

  • Always remember that kids participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Encourage kids to participate, do not force them.
  • If your child no longer wishes to play, please talk to the coach. Player safety can be compromised by other players who do not want to play as required; tackle football requires teamwork for the protection of players.
  • Be positive on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • Always encourage kids to play according to the rules following the code of conduct.
  • Never make negative comments about other players. If you have a concern please direct it to your coach or a member of council.
  • Remember that kids learn best by watching great role models.
  • Reinforce the stance on removing verbal and physical abuse from kids’ sports games.
  • Always respect the officials’ decisions and teach kids to do likewise; even if you do not agree with them.
  • Always show appreciation for coaches, stick crews, press box and council: we are all volunteers giving time to instruct, support and encourage your child.
  • Respect the rights of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background, race or religion. DO NOT use language that marginalizes or objectifies.
  • Complaints may be directed to a member of council in writing, after a 24 hour waiting period.

What You Need to Know About Concussions

SMAA Football is committed to protecting the health and safety of our athletes. Although we strive to prevent concussions, the reality is concussions can happen. As a result, we have partnered with Complete Concussion Management Inc. (CCMI), a Canadian-based, international research and concussion care organization. From initial pre-season baseline testing to concussion treatment and rehabilitation, CCMI practitioners are trained to collaborate with primary care physicians to comanage concussions and ensure athletes safely Return to Learn, Work and Play.

Concussion Quick Facts

  • Helmets and mouth guards do not protect or reduce the risk of concussion
  • 90% of concussions do not result in loss of consciousness
  • MRI and other diagnostic scans show structural damage in the brain, and do not identify energy deficits caused by concussion
  • Symptoms of concussion typically go away in 7 – 10 days; however, the actual recovery of the brain can take much longer

Concussion Sideline Course

All coaches are required to complete the Concussion Sideline Course, equipping them with an understanding of what a concussion is, how to recognize them, and how to assist in safely managing a concussed athlete back into the classroom and sporting environment. Coaches will also receive access to the mobile Concussion Tracker App, allowing them to assess and report suspected concussions to recognized CCMI clinics as well as track recovery status on injured athletes.