This is a section where we will post helpful advice and links for New Players and Parents / Guardians.
What is Minor Football in Thunder Bay?
The Fall league runs in September and October for kids born from 2004 to 2011 (for the 2017 season)
These ages are divided into Tyke/U8 (2010-2011), Atom/U10 (08-09), Pee-Wee/U12 (06-07) and Bantam/U14 (04-05)
New players are welcome in any Division.
$300 for all Divisions, except Tyke. Tyke Division is $200
All equipment is provided (except Cleats)
Weather appropriate attire should be worn under the equipment. Longsleeve under-shirt and full lenth under-pants are a good idea as the temperatures drop. An oversized jacket that can be draped over the shoulder pads on a cold or wet day could also be considered (and mitts or gloves). Talk to your team coach before or after a practice if you have any questions.
What to expect?
The Tyke division will emphasize involvement and fun for the kids, varying team size is currently being explored.
For Atom, Pee Wee and Bantam; expect 4 football days per week for the season (could be 3 practices and a game or two practices and two games). Weekday evenings and Saturdays.
Practice fields will be determied when the teams are formed and Games will be at the Fort William Stadium (adjacent to Delaney arena)
Year end Banquet
Check our events page for details
Interested or want more information
Early registration is in the spring and late registration in in late August. Dates and times are posted on the home page
Chapples Clubhouse. (on the inside of the chapples circle before you get to the golfcourse parking lot)
Dates and times are on the home page. Each player is evaluated by the current coaches in a attempt to balance out the teams. Once the teams are chosen a coach or manager will contact the players to let them know which team they are on and when the first practice will be.
Ways to help
TBMFA is entirely run by volunteers including the board members, coaches and team managers. There is always ways to help if you have the time, just mention it to your team manager or coach or another league executive. (The referees are paid a stipend per game and there is also opportunity to become involved with them.) At each game there is a responsibility for the home team to clean up the field and the visitig team to "hold the sticks". See the Schedule & Standings page for an explanation of "holding the sticks".
For experienced players...some new travel tips under the knights - summer program