Tackle Football

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Tackle FAQ

When does the Tackle Program run?

Practices for tackle football start in mid-July. Games start in early September, typically after Labor Day.
Depending on your team record, the season will end in late October or early November, after playoffs.

What are the age divisions?

For 2019, KMFA offers three age levels of competition for tackle football:

  • U10/Atom
  • U12/Pee-Wee
  • U14/Junior Bantam
What does it cost?

U10 – $175
U12/U14 – $275.
Each player is also required to obtain an annual membership from our umbrella organizations (Football Canada,
BCPFA, and BCCFA) totaling $49. If you have previously registered in other football events including Flag
Football or other BCPFA organized events in 2017, you will already have paid this fee and it will not apply.

Do I need to buy equipment?

KMFA has invested in the highest quality equipment. All equipment including shoulder pads, helmets, jerseys, pants, belts, socks, and mouth-guards are supplied by KMFA. Other equipment, such as cleats or optional protective gear (rib protectors, etc.) are not supplied. An equipment deposit cheque of $350 is required (note that this cheque is not cashed, only held until the end of the season, and returned/destroyed upon equipment return.

I need to apply for funding, what should I do?

Please contact us for details on financial aid.

What days and times are practices/games?

Teams typically practice twice per week. The actual weekday will vary between Tuesdays and Fridays. These practice schedules are determined by the head coach.

Games are played on Sundays. Typically, the start time for U10 (Atom) is 10AM, U12 (Pee-Wee) is 12pm, and U14 (Junior Bantam) is 2pm. Although infrequent, some games may be on a weekday (Thursday).

What if we are not around in the summer for practices?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone! KMFA recognizes that young athletes have many other interests and priorities, including summer vacation! Each team is equipped with excellent coaches to help develop players equally when they are available to attend practices. It’s important that your coach is aware of each player’s availability so that proper time and attention can be allocated to safe contact principles as well as conditioning prior to progressing further into the season.

How many games are in a season?

The regular season is generally 8 games for each age level. Depending on your team record, the season will end in late October or early November after playoffs.

How long are the games?

Games for all teams have four (4) quarters. U10/U12 game time is 10 minutes per quarter with normal stop time procedures. U14 game time is 12 minutes per quarter with normal stop time procedures.

Do we have to travel for games?

Kelowna participates in the Southern Interior Football Conference (SIFC). Teams from Kamloops, Vernon, and Salmon Arm are also part of SIFC. Each team will typically have 3-4 “road-games”.

Is it safe?

Football is a contact sport and as such, sometimes injuries can occur. However, Football Canada (of which KMFA is a member organization) has gone to great lengths in developing a Safe Contact training program that teaches and emphasizes safer tackling and blocking techniques. This ensures that all players are engaging in football in the safest and most current techniques possible. Every KMFA Coach must be certified by this program to be eligible to coach in our organization.

My child wants to play but is scared to get hit...

Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many players have an initial fear of contact and this is completely normal. Our coaches are required to be Safe Contact trained (a mandatory training initiative from Football Canada) to help build player confidence and ensure player safety is incorporated into all aspects of contact. Tackling and blocking techniques are developed in a safe, controlled and progressive manner. This process allows players to be successful early in the teaching progression which in turn builds player confidence. Following this process also helps gain the support of players’ parents who may also have similar concerns. Additionally, KMFA cares about its players and invests in the best available equipment (pads and helmets).

What if I want to help coach my child's team?

If you’d like to help coach with your child’s team, please reach out to the head coach. Alternately, check out our tackle coaching page for more details!

What certification do I need to coach?

As an assistant level coach, you are required to submit to a criminal background check. Additionally, you will be required to attend a Safe Contact Training program that is conducted via Football Canada. If you’d like more information on how to get started, please contact us.

My kid wants to play but is over 14, what are my options?

Unfortunately, KMFA does not offer tackle football at this age level due to the lack of player support within our community and neighboring communities to play against. This age level has shifted to high school level and is not provided as part of KMFA’s lineup of programs for 2017.

Registration Guide

Interested in registering your child for tackle football? Registering for KMFA football programs is easy and only takes a few minutes:

  1. Register as a Football Canada member (this link will take you to Football Canada’s website). IMPORTANT: if you are a returning player, you must select YES!
  2. Fill out the registration form with the correct season and discipline (flag or tackle). The coach and team name fields may be left blank. Once you have completed this process, you will be asked to pay an $11.00 deposit. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you that includes your Football Canada Membership Number (Access Code). You will need this Access Code in order to continue registration in eSportsdesk for KMFA Flag Football!
  3. Proceed to eSportsDesk and enter your access code from Football Canada. Note: if you already have an access code from a previous season, you can use that. If you don’t know your access code, retrieve it from the Football Canada website. Click continue and follow any instructions on the website.
  4. Complete your payment to KMFA. You will receive an email confirming your purchase. If you do not receive a confirmation email, the registration was not completed. If you are experiencing issues, please contact us!