What is the KMFL?
To foster and encourage participation by boys and girls aged 8 to 13 years of age in organized amateur football.
- Fair Play
- Team Work
- Education & Development
- Seek to ingrain the core values in all aspects of the KMFL
- Seek to achieve a quality experience for all participants including players, coaches, officials, parents, and families.
- Ensure that volunteer participants receive the necessary instructions, courses and training to permit a fun, healthy, safe and harassment free environment for the players.
- Promote the educational opportunities provided by football.
- Provide knowledgeable guidance on opportunities for players, coaches, trainers and managers to achieve their maximum football potential.
What are the ages?
The KMFL has two divisions:
- Junior Division:
To be eligible to play in the Junior Division, a player must be 8 years of age as of September 1st. A player who turns 11 years of age before September 1st is ineligible for the Junior Division and must move up to the Senior Division.
- Senior Division:
To be eligible to play in the Senior Division, a player must be 11 years of age as of September 1st. A player who turns 14 years of age before September 1st is ineligible to play
How long is a typical season?
The KMFL season starts near the end of August with player evaluations, team selections, equipment handout. Practices begin immediately after Labour Day. We play one game per week, after the second full week of practices, with the Championship Games typically played the first weekend of November.
Where will we be practicing / playing games?
To start the season, all teams practice at separate locations in Peterborough:
- Argonauts practice at St. Peters Secondary School
- Eskimos practice at Crestwood Secondary School
- Redblacks practice at Adam Scott CVI
- Tigercats practice at Kenner CVI.
After the 2nd game of the season, all teams move practices to Thomas A Stewart Secondary School, with two teams sharing the field.
All games are played at Thomas A Stewart Secondary School.
What does it cost to play?
The Kinsmen Minor Football League (KMFL) strives to provide one of the best values in the Peterborough area community sport. This cost is approximately $300/player (to be finalized March, 2020). The average KMFL player receives approximately 40 hours of on the field practice time and is guaranteed 7 games (6 regular season + 1 playoff game).
This cost covers:
- Equipment recertifications.
- Practice field rentals
- Jerseys and socks (Players are able to keep these at completion of the season)
- Game day field rentals.
- Game day officials.
Do I need to supply my own football equipment?
KMFL supplies all equipment required to play football with the exception of cleats and mouthguards. Please note that mouthguards are mandatory and required for the player to participate in on-field instruction.
We refit our players every year to make sure equipment fits properly for player safely.
The KMFL provides game jerseys and socks for each player every season.
Is the equipment safe for players?
Safety is our most important priority - it's that simple. With that, KMFL recertifies all helmets and destroys helmets if recertification cannot be performed (due to damage or age). All other equipment is inspected prior to issuing to players to ensure suitable for use.
What if my child knows little about the game?
Not a problem. Each season there is a large number of players that have never played football. The coaches work hard with all players to help them learn the rules and the fundamentals of the game.
Will my child receive fair play time?
Each player in the house league format is guaranteed fair play time at practice. All players will play during games; however, for player safety coaches must place players in positions that will provide the most safety for the players. If you have any concerns about a player’s playing time, the Head Coach of each team shall be contacted.
Do I sign my child for a position?
No. The player may express a position they wish to play to the coach and the coach can try the player out at that position, but ultimately the coach will have the final say on where he thinks the player should be playing.
Do you play in all weather conditions?
Practices and games are played in all types of weather except lightning. In the case of lightning, all players will be pulled from the field. There will be no make-up dates for cancelled practices due to field availability. Games may be rescheduled pending availability of the playing field.
Who do we address our concerns to?
If you have a concern with regard to your son on the playing field you should first approach the Head Coach. If you have concerns about the organization you may contact any board member. You can talk to a board member whenever you have a question or a concern. If the board member cannot answer your question, they will get back to you.
Are there many injuries? If so, what type?
We do not get many injuries, though some years are worse than others are. Most of the injuries are twisted ankles, bumps and bruises.
Are Board Members paid?
NO – all board members are volunteers.
Are coaches and their staff paid?
NO – all coaches and their personnel are volunteers.
What qualifications do the coaches have?
All KMFL Head Coaches are certified in Safe Contact. Further, the KMFL encourages and supports all our coaches in attending football clinics and further football certifications.
How much traveling is there and how far?
There is no travelling – all practices and games are in Peterborough.