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!)
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.