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As parents and athletes you'll have lots of questions about how we run the football program here at Hunting Hills. As coaches, we welcome all questions, and we hope to be able to provide the answers you are looking for. Here are a few commonly asked questions that we field regularly:

How much does the football season cost?

Generally, costs vary. Expenses incurred is directly related to the needs of the team from year to year. Overall, cost range in the $300-$400 for the year, which is relatively cheap overall in comparison to other sports at this level. Surplus of any funds is retained for the following year's program.

Where is the money spent?

  • Utility costs of our team room

  • Fuel and usage of team bus

  • Personal equipment depreciation / upgrades

  • Team equipment depreciation / upgrades

  • Trainer materials (bandaging, etc)

  • Coaching materials (paper / ink)

  • Supportive equipment (communications / video cameras)

  • Professional development (coach's clinics, seminars)

  • Concussion screening

  • League Fees

  • Facility Rental

  • Football Alberta Insurance

  • Football Alberta Membership

  • Player gift pack (clothing)

Do the coaches get paid?

No, coaches do not get paid. All the staff volunteer their time to the program. Some coaches have their own children playing on the team as well. Based on a screening process, coaches are awarded a professional development clinic every three years, which helps to retain the coaching staff and helps to develop the program as a whole.

How much play time will my son / daughter get?

Playing time is directly related to your son's / daughter's dedication to the program. Coaches are constantly evaluating athletes throughout the year to determine who deserves play time. Ultimately, the question needs to be directed back to the athlete:

  • Have you been on time to practice? Consistently?

  • Have you let coaches know if you're going to be absent?

  • Are you respectful on and off the field?

  • Do you meet our academic and behavioral expectations?

  • Are you out early for practice, working on your skills before coaches show up?

  • Do you bring a positive, hard working, attentive effort to the field?

  • Are you a leader?

  • Do you feel like you've put the effort forward? Have you earned it?

  • Do you pay attention when it's not your rep? Are you trying to improve?

Do you play or practice on bad weather days? Snow, rain, wind?

Weather is obviously unpredictable, so coaches watch for any weather warnings and make a judgment call on whether it is safe to play or practice. Weather would have to be fairly severe for a practice or a game to be cancelled, so rule of thumb...get geared up unless otherwise told not to.

My son / daughter is concerned about their academics if they play football, should I worry?

We consider academics a priority. If your child is struggling with their education, efforts must be focused towards their future. Practice is routinely conducted right after school is done, right up to 6:30 pm on most school days, leaving very little time afterwards for school work. If your child is having difficulty in managing these time frames, then we recommend that they should focus on academics rather than athletics.

My son / daughter has behavioral issues, will that affect his/her football time?

Absolutely. Coaches do not tolerate bullying, disrespectful, or disruptive behavior. Coach Sorensen is a full time teacher at Hunting Hills High School and is fully aware of the behaviors of all of his athletes...even away from Hunting Hills. Behavior issues are character issues, and play time will be taken away from athletes who do not buy in to the fundamentals beliefs of our program. School counselors can assist in finding resources for chronic behavioral issues.

What if my son / daughter misses a practice?

If they haven't reported to any of the coaches about the absenteeism, then play time will be affected. We want our athletes to be accountable for their responsibilities and learn to communicate if expectations cannot be met.

What if my son / daughter has a medical condition? Can they still play football?

It depends. Certain medical conditions like diabetes can be managed while playing football, however the athlete needs to be very familiar with their needs. Parents should be present, initially through practice, to see how their child is coping with the physical demands of the sport. Some medical conditions, like epilepsy, may be exacerbated with contact so in these cases we may not allow for the athlete to participate. Coaches will likely request a medical clearance letter (from a family physician) prior to being accepted to the team. Coach Albert is a registered paramedic and is comfortable with many medical emergencies, however the safety of your child takes precedence over the sport.

My son / daughter has had concussions (or other injuries) in the past, can they still play football?

We may request a medical clearance letter from your family physician prior to being accepted on the team. Injuries like previous knee issues (ligament tears) are concerning at this age as your child is still growing, and repeated injuries to joints can cause many issues as they go into adulthood.

Previous concussions are concerning as well, as they are cumulative. We do host annual concussion assessments through Collegiate Sports Medicine in Red Deer so that we can have a baseline prior to an athlete suffering a concussion. This give coaches an accurage gauge of what is normal, and what may be abnormal after head contact has occurred. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) can occur early in football which is why we teach a 'heads up' style of football, however head contact will always be a real possibility in the sport of football. If you are at all concerned, please consult Collegiate Sports Medicine for an assessment of your child. Ultimately, we will require a clearance letter prior to being accepted on the team.

Does my son / daughter need to dress up for games?

Yes. When coming to a home or away game, we expect the athletes to be in clean 'dress like' attire which may include shirt, tie, and clean non ripped pants. It shows pride in our program, and shows respect to other teams. It's a tradition.

What can my son / daughter do to improve in the off season?

Every child is different, however children at this age are still growing, so heavy weightlifting is discouraged. Generally speed training, agility training, body resistance exercises (push ups, etc), core stabilization, and cardio training are fairly safe for children in the bantam years. Please consult a gym personal trainer or physical education teacher for more information regarding your child's needs and capabilities.

Many children also play other sports, which is somethign we strongly encourage. Team building doesn't just start and end in football, it's present in all sports. Many 'dual-sport' athletes often go and play at a College or University level, in fact, many pro athletes are often trained in other sport disciplines.

Mental prep also helps. Kids can review playbooks, study their position on YouTube, and even play Madden (in moderation).

What do we need to buy for my son / daughter to paly football?

  • Properly fitted mouthguards

  • Football cleats (non metal cleats)

  • Warm clothing for winter conditions

  • Indoor running shoes for Spring Agility Camps

  • Football gloves / hand warmers (personal preference)

My son / daughter has their own helmet, can they use it?

Yes, however the helmet needs to be inspected by our equipment manager, and it will ultimately be their decision whether the helmet can be used. The helmet must be white, with a white facemask. Decaling can be done by our equipment manager.

Hunting Hills Bantam Football Program : Hunting Hills High School : Red Deer Alberta