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By: Terry Frey
Posted: 04/30/2018 10:53 AM
A change to the Football Manitoba age groups for the coming football season has Eastman Raiders organizers hopeful that it will lead to the return of midget football to the Raiders program.
After operating for a number of years, there has been no midget team in the region in recent years due to a shortage of players.
But according to Eastman Raiders president Charli Champagne, with the midget age group now 16, 17 & 18, there is hope that graduating high school players might opt to join the Raiders for their final year of midget, which has opened up new possibilities for a midget team, and would again be coached by Brett Daley.
As well there will be a new introductory program offered this year called the Ist Down Program for ages 4-7.
Registration for all the Raiders’ teams will be this week, May 3, 4 & 5 at Clearspring Centre in Steinbach with registrations being taken from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. Registration for the various teams will be first come, first served as far as getting onto a team roster is concerned.
Registration will again be a two-part process this year, part of which is an MMFA registration that must completed online prior to the Raiders registration next weekend. For more information on the registration go to www.eastmanraiders.com.
For each player, registration costs range from $115 to $190, depending on age group, which includes equipment.
The new age groups are as follows: Ist Down (ages 4-7); Cruncher (ages 8 & 9); Atom (ages 10 & 11); Pee Wee (ages 12 & 13); Bantam (ages 14 & 15); and Midget (ages 16-18).
Players in the new 1st Down Program, which is non-contact, learning the fundamentals, will be divided into age groups of 4 & 5 and 6 & 7.
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