With the fall football season not too far away, the London Minor Football Association will once again lead the way in innovative rule changes to keep the game safe for its players. As a house league, the focus of our players and coaches is on player development and safety – instead of wins and losses.
In 2018, the LMFA made the decision to eliminate all special teams from the games. This was done because the kickoff and kick return plays are full speed plays that take a lot of time and effort to train for properly. Eliminating these plays means that coaches have more time to concentrate on fundamental offensive and defensive skills. In other words, teams focus on safe contact and safe blocking instead of kicking plays.
Meanwhile, punting and extra point kicks were eliminated to facilitate the change from three practices per week to two practices per week. The league wants to make sure that players have time for other activities and sports, and this also allows teams more time to bond with team-building events and community service activities.
This summer, LMFA will host the 2nd annual Quarterback passing camp for aspiring quarterbacks and receivers, while a brand-new lineman camp will also start up (both at Centrefield Sports).
Fall registration for London and area’s only house league football season is open online for everyone ages 7 to 13 until July 1. Please visit www.lmfafootball.ca or call 519-852-4465 for more information.
Submitted by London Minor Football Association