FOOTBALL CANADA CONTINUES TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE GAME TO ENSURE PLAYER SAFETY IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, BUT HOW WILL THIS IMPACT THE FOOTBALL LANDSCAPE IN ONTARIO IN YEARS TO COME.
The game of Football continues to make improvements in safety. From advances in equipment technology to a shift in culture regarding how the sport is coached and the type of hits that are now considered acceptable. These contributing factors have helped establish Football as a safe, inclusive and extremely affordable sport to play in Canada. However, in Ontario (the only province in Canada in which summer football is played and widely accepted) how will the football landscape change if and when Football Canada mandates that players can only play one season per year? Will fall football see a revival and spike in interest? Or will summer provincial wide football continue to be the destination for the best competition in the province? What do you think? Comment below....
Norman Cardinal (Cornwall Minor Football Assosiation)
5/13/2017 02:15:25 pm
I urge you, please, not to go with a single season. Our club hosts a spring/summer league. This is our house league that has almost 200 youth participate... It is not as competitive as our Fall program and let's the children enjoy the sport with out much prssure.
Jimmy D. Fata
5/13/2017 03:04:35 pm
I think it's a ridiculous idea. You are going to punish either Summer League or the NCAFA league...for what? Players safety? No one is going to buy that. With the new concussion protocol in place is more than enough. What the problem is the officials are not enforcing head shots or hitting with the head. Concussions are going to happen if you play football, soccer, water Polo, Hockey...any sport. By limiting their play is not the answer.
5/13/2017 05:33:01 pm
I like what we do in Quebec. There is no summer leagues. There is, however a regional identification tournament. It's 3 games. It's starts in May, there is 8 weeks of practices, and it's all done by July 18th. That player now has 3-4 weeks off to get ready fir a real season.
5/13/2017 07:55:28 pm
Unfortunately this would kill high school football as well which would be a shame.
5/13/2017 09:03:58 pm
I think that the whoever is in charge of the football in canada should just let everyone play whatever they want, how are you supposed to enjoy the sport by limiting the amount of play. And to prevent injuries? Football is a CONTACT sport and for some reason people are forgetting that
5/13/2017 10:40:47 pm
I think that this is ridiculous. Hockey has way more concussions than football does and yet these kids are not penalized for playing the sport. I think limiting the number of games per season is ridiculous, there is only a limited number of months to play anyway and playing both spring and fall ball should be allowed. I would maybe consider limiting games for a league but allow consecutive seasons. Many of the kids gain confidence through football due to a better team atmosphere than they would in hockey and so limiting the season to one prevents them from playing the sport they love...this would be unheard of in other sports like rugby, hockey, soccer etc.
6/6/2019 11:11:21 am
Thats because other sports dont have children slamming into each other EVERY. SINGLE. PLAY
5/14/2017 06:13:25 pm
Some great points here - thanks for the feedback. I have heard it is Football Canada's intention to mandate something like the one team rule by 2020. It might be a more complex - For example, limited amount of full contact participation by the amount of weeksyou can participate participated in a given year, such as; 14 weeks per year with camps and tournaments falling outside of this (Such as the Spalding Cup etc...)
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