PLAY FOOTBALL! Esks Team Up With Football Alberta for Novice Football (age 6-8)
May 24, 2012
The Edmonton Eskimos and Football Alberta will be launching a new novice football league. The league will be a flag football league for ages 6-8 years old dealing with developing an entry level version of football for kids at a younger age.
The league will consist of 160 players broken into 16 teams of ten players; the league will be broken down into two divisions of eight teams each based on the initial abilities of the players to ensure players of equal skill get grouped together. Both divisions will be named after a former Eskimo great, and the teams will take on the names of the eight CFL teams as well as wearing their colors. Teams will be coached by the top high school football players and each team will have a current Edmonton Eskimo as an honorary coach as well.
The program hopes to extend its boundaries and broaden the participation, while hoping for around 25 percent of the enrollment to be female. The "season" will start on Saturday, September 8 with a two to three hour skill session for all players where they would be evaluated on their abilities then sorted into teams post-session; the beginning of the regular season would kick-off the following Saturday, September 15, 2012. From there teams would be scheduled once during each following weekend up until Saturday, October 27, 2012 for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes of on-field time which would include 30 minutes of warm-up and skill development followed by a 45 minute game. Teams would then be given one more week of a "playoff" game on Saturday, November 3, 2012 where they will play against the closest team to them in the standings to bring out the best competition in the last week of play. In total the season will amount to a nine week experience and the fee will be $150 per player which will cover the costs associated with running the league.
All events of this program will take part at the Field House in the Commonwealth Stadium Fitness & Recreation Centre thus becoming Canada's first indoor football league.
How to Register:
This league is capped at 160 participants and no prior experience is necessary. Registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis and boys and girls are welcome on an equal basis. A waiting list will be created once the 160 mark has been reached. For more information please visit the Football Alberta website at www.footballalberta.ab.ca
Registration is now open and accepting players for the upcoming inaugural season. Successful applicants will be contacted in late June with further information.