What age range is Atom? 8-10 year old players
What age range is Peewee? 11-12 year old players
If the player turns 13 this calendar year then he / she must register for Bantam football through one of Red Deer's three high schools.
When does the season start? Registration opens in April and closes July 31. Late registration fees apply (if space is available) but early registration is preferred. Equipment and assessments occur early to mid August. Season runs from mid-August to October.
What is involved with registration? Please see the Registration Policy which indicates that a player will be considered registered with the Red Deer Minor Football Society when the following has been fulfilled:
What is Spring Training Camp? This is a new initiative that invites all kids to try football. Kids are invited to attend one or all three days of Spring Training to sample the game of football.
What is the cost for equipment? RDMF provides all the football protective equipment that is required. Parents are required to provide an equipment bond in the form of an undated cheque. Each player must provide their own athletic footwear (cleats).
How does the weather affect games or practices? Football Alberta has standards for when the air quality is poor and games/practices must be cancelled. The City of Red Deer may close the Rosedale football fields due to rain. Great Chief Park/Setters Place is turf it doesn’t get closed down by the city the way grass fields do as the turf can not get same damage as grass.
What App does Red Deer Minor Football use for coaches to communicate with parents/players? Currently RDMF uses TeamSnap. TeamSnap allows parents to view important event dates, times, and locations as well as indicate the player availability for such events. It also allows parents to message coaches with any questions. Usually after equipment pick up night parents will be notified to join TeamSnap.
What is the trick to getting the helmet off after a player tries it on? The helmets are designed to fit tight and when a player sweats it makes it easier to remove the helmet. The use of a water bottle to spray water down the helmet and onto the head helps. Also, wetting the players hair before putting the helmet on will make it easier to remove if wearing for short duration.