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Team count
« on: June 18, 2016, 04:25:39 pm »
Heard through the grapevine a few teams are going to be cut this year from several organizations.  Don't know how they do it in other organizations, but a little birdy was going around telling people that their kid may have new coaches this coming year.  The numbers sound stupidly large as well.  I don't have a problem with large numbers once you start competitive or school ball, but at the recreational level carrying close to 30 kids is absurd.  30 kids practicing 4 nights a week while many will get 7 plays.  Come on now, this is silly.  Did they even ask if the teams that are not being cut want to take on a lot more kids?  We only had around 4 coaches last year with our team, with those 4 most nights not being able to make it due to their real life jobs.  With 30 kids that means each coach is with 7-8 kids minimum.   The costs are different from city to city, but once you pay for pads, helmet and other equipment it looks like football might have to take a backseat to other sports.

30 kids needing 7 plays each
We averaged around 60 plays I think last year if memory serves correct.
I know that kickoff, punt, qb taking a knee all count as plays.  But, should they?
I don't want to see again this year someone call a timeout to get a player in the game, and watch the qb take a knee to get a player his mandatory plays counted. 

Hey INFC what about giving teams a price break for carrying more than 20 kids. 

Seems fair that if you are going to be a part time player you shouldn't have to pay full time playing money. 

Also, I think that the INFC should send out a letter to all parents letting them know that the league will be dropping teams and adding more players to each remaining team.  Explain to the parents that a lot of kids that used to get significant playing time will now be minimum play players (MPP).  I don't think having the coaches explain this to parents is appropriate for volunteer coaches. And, if parents go into the season knowing the circumstances I think it will stop a lot of hurt feelings.  Just my 2 cents.


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Re: Team count
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2016, 01:11:58 pm »
The INFC does not set player fees nor do we set team sizes (other than minimum and maximum sizes).  Both these decisions are set by the individual member clubs/organizations.


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Re: Team count
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2016, 09:52:48 pm »
That is correct the clubs set the decisions on how many teams they have in each grade which is in most cases based off the total number of player registrations for each grade. 

I would take this up with your clubs Board to get the answers to your questions and concerns. 

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Re: Team count
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2016, 10:12:58 pm »
Since when does the team practice 4 nights a week ?

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Re: Team count
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2016, 09:06:59 am »
Practicing 4 nights a week has been in the rule book for a while for I believe 5th thru 7th grade.
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Re: Team count
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2016, 01:22:42 pm »
In BA we can practice 4 nights a week untill the highschool starts their games. Then down to 3.
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Re: Team count
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2016, 10:23:38 pm »
Sometimes you can't find coaches, but we can split if you want to come coach
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