2013 TEAM UPDATES
|Atoms (9 & 10)|
|Written by Kevin Kavitch|
The Atom age level (9 & 10 years) is a game of 9 man football that focuses on the development of skills and knowledge of the game.
The Atom level plays on a standard size field (65 yds x 110 yds) and they play four, 12 minute quarters (regular stop time).
This level follows the fair play rules that are set by the MMFA. Fair play rules ensures that every player on offense or defense plays for a minimum of 50% of the offensive/defensive plays.
This is the 1st year of football where scores and standings are kept. Typically there are around 20 to 24 Atom teams in the league (some clubs have more than 1 team) with the finals played during Football Manitoba's Championship weekend (October 27-28 in 2012).
Teams play 8 or more regular season games starting around the middle of August. The top 8 teams in each division qualify for playoffs which take place in October. The playoff format is currently 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, etc.
Players begin to specialize in positions, either on offense or defense. However, there is the flexibility to play more than one position during the season and individual games.
As a general practice, practices begin in late July or early August. Atom teams typically practice 2-3 times per week and play games on Saturdays or Sundays. Practices are generally 2 hours or less. Teams are designated as "Saturday" teams or "Sunday" teams before the start of the season. The number of practices and duration are at the discretion of each individual coach.
Mustang players are provided with a helmet, shoulder pads, game jersey, football pants, etc. as part of the registration fees. Other equipment items are required and are not included in the registration costs. These items are relatively minor and will be discussed prior/during equipment fitting sessions.
For more information about the MMFA and existing by-laws that govern registrations, specific rules for the various age divisions, and other assorted topics please click here. Note that these are the MMFA By-laws as of September 2010. A link to a more recent copy will be posted once it's available.