FAQ


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, see our website for more information http://www.reddeerminorfootball.ca/content/pee-wee-general-information 

 

When does the season start? Registration typically 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:

  1. An undated equipment bond cheque in the amount of $500.00 has been submitted to Red Deer Minor Football (usually on equipment pickup night);
  2. An undated fundraising bond cheque in the amount of $200.00 has been submitted to Red Deer Minor Football (usually on equipment pickup night);
  3. An undated volunteering bond cheque in the amount of $200.00 has been submitted to Red Deer Minor Football (usually on equipment pickup night);
  4. Registration fees have been paid to RDMFS in full (available online through Registration link);
  5. Peewee Player has provided a copy of birth certificate or passport that verifies the player's age and date of birth to their team manager at least 7 days prior to the first exhibition game (usually on equipment pickup night);
  6. A signed liability waiver by the player's parent/guardian (usually on equipment pickup night);
  7. Each parent / guardian must sign off that they have read, understand and agree to abide by the rules, regulations and policies of the Red Deer Minor Football Society (usually on equipment pickup night);

    A player is not permitted to participate in any activities of the RDMF until the above conditions of registration have been met. It is the sole responsibility of the player/parent to supply the above information to their respective team manager no later than one week before the first pre-season or jamboree game (usually on equipment pickup night).

    The Red Deer Minor Football Society does NOT accept installment payments for registration fees.

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); gloves are optional but recommended.

 

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 can I do to make my child more comfortable, when it is:

a. Hot weather - bring lots of water, wear layers so they can be removed BEFORE THE HELMET is put on. (Once the helmet is on you are committed for the practice/game as it is not easy to get it on and off.) Make sure your athlete drinks lots of water before and after practice to be ready for the heat. Water can be poured over the helmet to cool athletes as well. 

b. Cold weather - it's best to create layers. For the neck, we recommend a neck warmer to go around their neck and keep the wind out. Make sure it is tight and close fitting as we don't want it grabbed when playing. For the hands, use little gloves with fingers (cheap little mitts), then put on a surgical/plastic gloves overtop to keep the players warmth in and the wet/cold out, and then consider purchasing football gloves to go over top which give the players grip for the football. You can also buy heat packs that can be held by the players at breaks to warm their hands. For the body, an under armor sweater with warm fuzzy inside and water repellent-like outside is best. We play Rain or shine! For the legs, girdles and pants must always be worn but you can add layers as long as they are close fitting. Make sure your athlete drinks water before and after practice to be ready. 

 

Are parents required to stay on site for ATOM practices? Yes, we require one parent or guardian to remain at the practice location. Bring a chair, a blanket, an umbrella, what ever you need to be comfortable! Come out and enjoy watching these athletes perform.

Are parents required to stay on site for PeeWee practices? We recommend that a guardian is available for your child for each practice or game. 

 

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. 

 

Why can't I click the "Continue" button when trying to register? Some Android phones are not compatible with the registration and you need to switch to "Request Desktop Site" or try using a computer. 

 

What App does Red Deer Minor Football use for coaches to communicate with parents/players? Currently RDMF uses RAMP Team App as it is connected to the registration system through this website. This is new in 2021! PRAMP Team App 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 RAMP Team app.

 

 

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