Greater Victoria Minor Football Association

What Footballs are used?

Atom: Baden (100 or 150) or Wilson Size 5 K2

Pee Wee: Baden 150 or Wilson Size 6 TDJ

Junior Bantam: Baden (200 or 250) or Wilson Size 7 TDY

 
Can I wear a visor?

Yes, but all visors must be clear, not tinted. No medical exceptions are allowed.

 
How big is the field?

Standard sized field – 110 yards in length, 65 yards in width

9 man field size – 110 yards in length, 50 yards in width

 
FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

 
What is the schedule for football throughout the year?

Each year we offer two fun seasons of football!

One is called Spring League that goes from March to June.

The other is called Fall League which starts in early August and goes to late November.


If you want to know specific dates and times, please check out our Schedule here. The schedule has a Calendar of all the activities going on.

 
How does Flag football work?

For our Spring Season - Flag football is open to kids in Kindergarten or Grade 1. Kids in Grade 2 have the option of playing either Flag or Tackle football.

In all likelihood, there won't be dedicated teams. Teams will be picked (and balanced) for each session.

WHERE: Copley Field

WHEN: Saturday from 9:30AM to 11:00AM (the odd time it'll be Sunday due to tackle football game conflict)

Sessions start in early April each year.

WHAT: Each session will involve about 1 hours of practice and then finish off with a game.

 
What is the practice schedule?

Each team holds two practices per week for 2 hours during weekdays and will have an hour long practice and warm up before each game. (This can also be found on the Schedule tab.)

SPRING

Westshore Warriors
  • Where: Wishart Elementary
  • When: Tues & Thurs 4PM-6PM (first 4 practices) then 5PM-7PM
Gordon Head Raiders
  • Where: Mt. Doug High School
  • When: Mon & Wed 5PM-7PM (first 4 practices) then 6PM-8PM
Saanich Wolverines
  • Where: Copley Field
  • When: Tues & Thurs 6PM-8PM

FALL

Victoria Renegades and Junior Renegades

  • See our Practices page under the Schedule tab.

Westshore Warhawks

  • See our Practices page under the Schedule tab.

Victoria Wildcats

  • See our Practices page under the Schedule tab.
 
How old does my child have to be to play?

Mighty Mites (Flag)

  • Ages 5, 6 and 7 (Grades K and 2)

Atoms (Tackle)

  • Ages 7, 8 and 9 (Grades 2 through 4)

Pee Wees (Tackle)

  • Spring - Ages 10 and 11 (Grades 5 and 6)

  • Fall - Ages 9, 10 and 11 (Grades 4, 5 and 6)

Junior Bantam (Tackle)

  • Spring - Ages 12 and 13 (Grades 7 and 8)

  • Fall - Ages 12 and 13 (Grades 7 and 8)

For registration, year of birth is used for placement.

 
Are there lots of injuries in Football?

Injuries do happen in all sports unfortunately, but we feel Football gets a bad rap compared to other sports - and there is research to support that:

Injuries Uncommon in Youth Football, Mayo Clinic Study Reports

ROCHESTER, MINN. -- A Mayo Clinic study of youth football showed that most
injuries that occurred were mild, older players appeared to be at a higher risk and that no
significant correlation exists between body weight and injury.

The study, which appears in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that the
data for athletes grades four through eight indicated that the risk of injury in youth
football does not appear greater than the risk associated with other recreational or
competitive sports.

"Our analysis showed that youth football injuries are uncommon," said Michael J. Stuart,
M.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon and the principal author of the study.

Full Story

Football, hockey not leading causes of concussions in children: B.C. study

Vancouver, BC (Global News) - Feb 18, 2016: It turns out football and hockey are not the leading causes of childhood concussions, according to a new B.C. study. Kylie Stanton has more on what the biggest danger is, and what, if anything, can be done about it.

See Global News Video Coverage

 
My child is not very big, is that a problem?

The wonderful thing about football is that there is a position for everyone regardless of body shape or size!

The great things is, the coaches typically arrange it so the smaller kids go against each other on the sides (Receivers and Defensive Backs) and the bigger kids go against each other in the middle (Offensive and Defensive Lineman).

Everyone is out here to play a great team sport and there truly is a position for everyone to contribute.

 
How much does it cost?

Registration for our Spring League is $250 or $225 if you register early.

Registration for our Fall League is $250 for Peewee and $300 for Junior Bantam.

We wholeheartedly support all financial assistance programs in our area because in football, there truly is a position for every child. So, we accept assistance through KidSport, Langford Assist, Jumpstart and Athletics4Kids.

 
How do I obtain a Tax Receipt?

This is a popular question as we can all benefit from saving a few bucks on taxes!!

In order to get your own tax receipt here are the following steps:

  1. Click on the "Member Login" button on the top menu of our website... or CLICK HERE
  2. Login with your account - your email.
    1. If you forgot your password, there is a link there to reset it.
  3. On the page that loads after logging in, select the button on the left that says "My Registrations".
  4. On the "My Registrations" page, beside each card with the season and player are two buttons: "Print Form" and "Print Statement". The "Print Statement" option will show the dollar amount spent.
 
What equipment do I buy?

This is a trick question - you don't have to buy any equipment!!

The league supplies all the required equipment and we regularly replenish our inventory to stay current.

The only equipment that you would need to supply are cleats... and they don't need to be football cleats, soccer cleats are just fine.

We do recommend getting big water bottles as these kids get lots of exercise at practices!

 
Can I get a Refund?

We really want to encourage kids to try out this great game!!

So, a player who withdraws from GVMFA Football before week 2 of the schedule will receive a refund of registration paid, less a $40.00 administration fee.

(The Greater Victoria Minor Football Association is a non-profit, minor sports organization, part of the British Columbia Provincial Football Association (BCPFA). Every GVMFA registered player is also registered with BCPFA and British Columbia Community Football Association (BCCFA) and is insured through a general insurance policy held by BCPFA. As there is a processing cost, a registration and an insurance cost incurred by GVMFA for every player, no one will receive a "full refund".)

Since the first game doesn't start until after about 6-7 weeks of practices, this will give each player over 12 practices and one game to see what he or she thinks... the good news is that this pretty much never happens :)

A player who withdraws from GVMFA Football before the second regular season game will receive a refund of registration paid, less $40 for insurance paid and registration processing.

There will be NO Refunds after the week 2 of the schedule; this includes if week 1 or week 2 your divisions team was on a BYE week.

For special circumstances, such as medical reasons (documentation maybe requested), pro-rated refunds may be available upon request.

 
How do I get off your mailing list?

While this does make us sad, eventually everyone leaves our mailing list as their kids get too old for football in our league.

While we do filter our outgoing email based on ages, some do slip through and reach people that don't want it, so... if you don't want to ever receive an email from us again, here's what you do:

  1. Go to any email we've sent you.
  2. Scrol to the bottom of the email message.
  3. Click on the text asking if you'd like to Unsubscribe.
  4. That's it! You are in control of our spam :)

 
How much can they expect to play during the game?

While the games are competitive, in that we do keep score and team records, the GVMFA is an inclusive developmental league where every player is required to play a minimum number of plays per game.

This will vary depending if you are playing a 9 or 12 man game and how many kids are playing that day.

 
Why do I need an account with your website?

The account you create during registration is a great way for you to gain access to current communication with the league and your team. You will also be able to get text messages and access to our mobile app for even better communication.

This is important as sometimes practices are cancelled due to weather and there are always interesting updates and events that you'll want to know about.

Also, registration information will be saved so you will not be required to fill out registration forms over and over and over again.

Lastly, and sometimes most importantly, this league is run on unpaid volunteers (yes, that is redundant but I'm trying to make a point here) and getting everyone registered with an account tremendously reduces the amount of time we spend to keep things running.

 
How long has the GVMFA been around?

Greater Victoria Minor Football, a non-profit sports organization, has been running the ball around in your community since the Spring of 1989. Teaching youth the principles of fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork and friendly competition.

Having been around for this long, we have many past GVMFA players now giving back and coaching today's players!

 
Any more questions?

If you didn't find the answer you were looking for, drop any one of us a note on the About Us page, we're eager to help - cause if we weren't passionate about football in this community, we wouldn't be here!