For those of you that have children or other family members between the ages of 11 and 13 and would like them to play football, the Hamilton Minor Football Association (HMFA) Atom Eskimos are looking for players to fill out the roster for the 2006 Season, which begins in September.

The league has three age groups and weight maximums for the Atom level player to meet(child must be at or below the weight maximum by September 10, 2006):

12 as of September 1st- Weight Max-140 lbs
13 as of December 31st- Weight Max-110 lbs
11 as of September 1st- Weight Max-150 lbs

The earlier the decision to join the better, as once 36 roster spots are filled there will be no further registrations accepted.

The league has designated teams depending on the address of the child, and if you would like to play for the Eskimos you must reside in the lower city West of Ottawa Street. Exceptions may be made if teams in other areas have full rosters, in which case the boundary rules are not enforced.

Some benefits to joining the HMFA are:

Experienced Coaching Staffs
Full Equipment included
Tiger-Cats Timbit Camp (practice with the big boys at Ivor Wynne)
Team Pictures
Team Jersey
Team Functions
Practice visits by Hamilton Tiger-Cat players
Teach football skills as well as Life skills
Minimum of 10 Games (up to 2 possibly at Ivor Wynne Stadium)

The cost to join is $210 and both the parent/guardian and the child must be present when registering, and must also bring along a copy of the child’s Birth Certificate.

For a practice and regular season span of close to 4 months, your child can take the initial step towards being the next Wayne Smith, Marwan Hage and Jesse Lumsden, all top draft picks by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Please feel free to send me a private message at any time for further information.