Programs


OUR PROGRAMS:

The West Edmonton Raiders strive to provide quality football opportunities to all players.  Our programming includes Tackle Football as well as Female Tackle and Non-Contact, Flag Football.  We also offer Spring Training Camps each season.  Please read below for more information on our programs!

FULL CONTACT FOOTBALL

ATOM (AGES 8 - 10 YEARS) TACKLE FOOTBALL

(Player turns 8, 9 or 10 during the Calendar Year)

6 on 6 - Tackle Format

The goal of our Atom program is to provide a safe, positive and educational environment for players to learn the fundamentals of football.  The skill of tackling is broken down step by step following safe tackling guidelines so that players learn proper technique.  The goal of the Atom program is 100% Developmental.  Winning is a bonus, but it is NOT our main priority.

Atoms enjoy skills fun, an introduction to the game and lots of developmental opportunity in both practice and game formats.  Games are introduced in late August / early September and are played against other Atom teams in the CDMFA (Capital District Minor Football Association) region. 

During the Pre-season (May & June), Atoms practice Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 7:30 or 8:00pm.  Once equipment has been distributed, all practices are full equipment.

There is NO football at any of our levels in July - Happy Holidays!

During the regular season, August to October, Atoms will practice from 6pm to 8pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (*NOTE: Coaches may opt to end practice earlier at this age level.  Please attend your Team Meeting, or see your Team Manager/Liaison for more information).   Games are always held on the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.  

 

PEEWEE (AGES 10 TO 12 YEARS) TACKLE FOOTBALL

Peewees are players that turn 11 or 12 during the Calendar Year

12 on 12 - Tackle Format (9 on 9 starting in 2020)

The Peewee program is designed to introduce players to the strategy, and teamwork involved in 12 on 12 Canadian football.  Practice continues to focus on skills, safe tackling, technique and fitness.  As the season unfolds, more emphasis is placed on learning the team Playbook (both Offensive Plays and Defensive Plays) and a great deal of vocabulary is introduced.  There is a 50/50 focus on player development vs. competitiveness at the Peewee level.

Peewees experience a much faster game with more “thinking” required by players on the field, and practice is designed to provide players with the ability to make these decisions on the field.   Special Teams are introduced at the Peewee level.  Players at the peewee level can range from barely 5 feet tall and 100lbs (soaking wet) to well over 6 feet and 250+ pounds.  Coaches will often adjust positions and play time based on such factors to maintain player safety at all times.  If there is a concern about your player’s field time, please see the Coaches.

During the Pre-season (May & June), Peewees practice Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8:00pm.  Once equipment has been distributed, all practices are full equipment.

There is NO football at any of our levels in July - Happy Holidays!

During the regular season, August to October, Peewees will practice from 6pm to 8pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.   Games are always held on the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday, and MAY include long weekends.  Play-offs can run as late as mid November.

 

BANTAMS (AGES 13 TO 15) TACKLE FOOTBALL

Bantams are Players that turn 13, 14 or 15 during the Calendar year and that are NOT starting high school during the football season.

12 on 12 - Tackle Format

The goal of our Bantam program is to provide a safe, fun and team environment where our players can further their skills, their game knowledge and their fitness levels while playing in a much more competitive environment.    Less time is spent on the fundamentals of the game and much more time is spent on the Playbook, reading the field and special teams.   There is a 90% focus on being competitive at this level.

Our Bantam program is the culmination of our Atom and Peewee programs, but NEW players are always welcome!  As there is less time spent on the fundamentals at this level, players are encouraged to join the Raiders Spring Training, to participate in other football training events (we can point you in the right direction) and to speak to the Coaches as additional training can be arranged - PLEASE keep in mind that our Coaches are volunteers.

All Bantam players are provided equal training and developmental opportunity at practice.  Game time is predicated on skill level, competitor, effort and attitude.  The goal of our field staff, and of the Raiders Football Club is player safety at all times.  If we believe that there is a chance a player could be injured - they will NOT play.  If you are concerned about play time, you are invited to speak to the Coaches.  If you are unhappy with the results, you are welcome to escalate your concerns.

During the Pre-season (May & June), Bantams practice Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8:00pm.  Once equipment has been distributed, all practices are full equipment.

There is NO football at any of our levels in July - Happy Holidays!

Duing the regular season, August to October, Bantams will practice from 6pm to 8pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.   Games are always held on the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday, and they are typically back to back of the Peewee level games.  Note that Bantams often play on long weekends.  Players are expected to arrive early for games - be sure that you are aware of how early YOUR Coach wants you.

Play-offs for Bantams begin at the end of October / start of November.  Play-offs are played in a single elimination format so you play until you lose.  Play-offs can run as late as the 3rd week in November depending on Tiering and performance.

 

FEMALE TACKLE FOOTBALL

     2019 Tier 1 Champions

Female Midgets (U16 and U19)

6 on 6 - Tackle Format 

The Female season usually kicks off in February with a mini-camp to introduce the fundamentals of the sport to all females in our league.  This camp is optional and is hosted by our league, the Capital District Minor Football Association (CDMFA.ca).  Club practices begin during, or after this camp with days and times varying according to indoor availability.  The U16 and U19 teams are coached by the same staff and practices are combined with both age groups.  Practices typically occur two or three times per week.  Games commence in April and are usually played on Friday evenings with the season culminating in the Championship game which is played on Mother's Day in honor of all of the strong females out there. 

The U16 team is for players that turn 16 years or less during the calendar year.  

The U19 team is for players that not be older than 19 years of age during the calendar year.

NOTE: If there are not enough participants to field teams at both levels, U16 players may play at the U19 level.  Should this happen, players will be contacted in advance to determine if they'd like to play up, or, if they would like a refund. 

 

MIDGET (AGES 15 to 17) TACKLE FOOTBALL - Cancelled due to upcoming Football Canada Rule Changes.  

Midgets are Players that turn 15, 16 or 17 during the Calendar year and that are NOT in their senior year.

12 on 12 - Tackle Format

The Raiders Midget program is currently suspended due to pending changes by Football Canada that will limit the amount of contact a player can have in a year.  These changes will challenge community and high school football as players will be unable to play both.  We are reviewing options and looking for alternatives for our Midget players.The Midget program is a condensed season of approximately 6 games.  The season usually starts at the end of January and finishes near the end of April.  Playoffs may, or may not, occur.  Midget practice schedules vary greatly due to the requirement for indoor training facilities.  We try to offer reasonable practice times, locations as well as reasonable practice duration. 

 

NON CONTACT FOOTBALL

NOVICE (U8 - ages 6 - 7) FALL FLAG FOOTBALL

Our coed flag football teams practice footwork, eye-hand coordination, catching, throwing and technique during their 2 practices a week, and they test those skills with game day on the weekend.  These athletes learn the fundamentals of football movement, terminology, routes and more while learning to work in unison.  Our Novice Flag program is designed to develop skills, provide a basic understanding of football terminology, and will allow players to expand their skills.  Our flag program is designed to benefit athletes that are interested in moving into tackle football, as well as for those that prefer non-contact.

The Fall Flag Football season will start in August and runs until the end of October.  Practice days will coincide with our Tackle schedule (Mon-Wed-Thur) but will end 30 minutes earlier (6:00pm to 7:30pm).

We are hoping to make Fall 2020 our FIRST EVER season of Novice Flag Football.  To make this happen, we need Players, Coaches and Volunteers.  If you're interested in getting involved, or have a player ready to play, we'd love to hear from you.

ATOM (10U - ages 8-10) FALL FLAG FOOTBALL

Our coed flag football teams practice footwork, eye-hand coordination, catching, throwing and technique during their 2 practices a week, and they test those skills with game day on the weekend.  These athletes learn the fundamentals of football movement, terminology, routes and more while learning to work in unison.  Our Novice Flag program is designed to develop skills, provide a basic understanding of football terminology, and will allow players to expand their skills.  Our flag program is designed to benefit athletes that are interested in moving into tackle football, as well as for those that prefer non-contact.

The Fall Flag Football season will start in August and runs until the end of October.  Practice days will coincide with our Tackle schedule (Mon-Wed-Thur) but will end 30 minutes earlier (6:00pm to 7:30pm).

We are hoping to make Fall 2020 our FIRST EVER season of Atom Flag Football.  To make this happen, we need Players, Coaches and Volunteers.  If you're interested in getting involved, or have a player ready to play, we'd love to hear from you.

 

PEEWEE (U12), BANTAM (U14) and MIDGET (U18) SPRING FLAG FOOTBALL... Coming soon!

 

SPRING TRAINING CAMP

Each winter your West Edmonton Raiders invite some talented and well known professional Football players to host our Winter Training (we call it Spring Training because it means that it's almost football season).  This training consists of cardio, skills training and some fun.  Spring Training times and dates vary from year to year so we suggest that you join our Facebook page or visit our web page often for updates.

Training Camp is open to Peewee and Bantam level players.  These are players that will be turning 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 in the calendar year. NOTE: athletes turning 15 in the calendar year do NOT qualify as Bantam IF they will be attending high school in the fall.  

The cost, duration, dates and times vary from year to year, but we start in February or March and usually run until the end of April.

 2019 Training Camp with Calvin McCarty (#31 Edmonton Eskimos)

2018 Spring Training with Edmonton Eskimo #53, Ryan King

 

 2018 Spring Training, Raiders Coach Mackenzie Mair assisting

 

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