Playing Football

Health & Safety

Football is a contact sport with inherent risks and that should be understood before anyone engages in the game. During the course of a year players will likely experience bumps and bruises, they will be tired and need extra rest and they will have to stay hydrated and increase their fluid intake to stay healthy. Injuries can occur although the risk is no greater than in other contact sports. Player safety and well being is the number one priority for Twin Cities Football. Equipment maintenance guidelines and schedules are strictly adhered to. Directors, coaches and program organizers are constantly reviewing their activities to ensure that the safety of all participants is being met.

Twin Cities trains it coaches and staff in injury prevention by making sure:

  • proper playing techniques are taught
  • well-fitting and maintained equipment is worn properly
  • activities are played within rules that are appropriate to the age and abilities of the players
  • all teams conduct their business with a "child first" attitude
  • games and practices are well staffed by volunteers

To mitigate these situations and to make every effort to prevent anything greater, your coaches will regularly inspect fields and equipment used for practice and competition. We will be teaching the safest blocking and tackling techniques to help players avoid injury and we will be taking frequent water breaks.

Parents play a role in player safety so please do YOUR part. Make sure your player has a water bottle and keep equipment clean and in good working order, in addition to knowing how the player should properly wear it every time they take the field.

Fitness

We want to help players become fit so that they can play football safely and successfully. By appreciating fitness for its own sake, we can encourage players to want to be in shape on their own, understand the value of fitness and enjoy training. We will strive to make it fun to get fit for football and make it fun to play football.

Concussion Awareness

What causes a concussion?

Any blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body which causes a sudden jarring of the head may cause a concussion (i.e. a helmet to the head, being knocked to the ground). To better understand what a concussion is and how to manage it imediately, the CFL and Football Canada have created one-page Concussion Awareness and Management fact sheet that can be found here.

What should you do if your child gets a concussion?

Your child should stop playing his/her sport or activity right away. He/she should not be left alone and should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible that day. If your child is knocked out, team staff are instructed to call an ambulance to take him/her to a hospital immediately. Do not move your child or remove any equipment such as helmets until the paramedics arrive. Football Canada has created Concussion Guidelines for Parents and Caregivers that can be found here.

​Football Canada 72 Hour Rule

Twin Cities continues to follow the changing trends for player safety and therefore adheres to Football Canada's 72 Hour Rule, and as such TCMTFA does not permit its players to play 2 games within 72 hours. For questions on this rule, please contact president@twincitiesfootball.ca