The objective of FTF football is to familiarize each participant with the fundamentals of football and to provide them an opportunity to play football in an organized, adult-supervised, safety-oriented setting. We encourage good sportsmanship, fair play and a love of the game of football. While we foster athletic skills and believe that winning games is the product of strong preparation, our primary focus is molding good citizens and developing character in all participants while having fun. We require that each participant meets specific academic standards and adhere to a code of conduct.
Flag Football is operated by FTF in accordance with American Youth Football and USA Football standards. Fall Flag Football runs September to mid-October with games at the Camden Snow Bowl athletic field. Winter Flag Football season runs from late February through mid-April at Camden-Rockport Elementary School.
The JV and Varsity Jammers will compete in 2013 in a new league comprised of nearby Midcoast Maine communities. Home games and practices take place at the Camden Snow Bowl athletic field.
The Middle School Jammers compete within the highly competitive Eastern Maine Middle School Football League. Home games and practices take place at the Camden Snow Bowl athletic field.
Children living within the boundaries of Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport and outlying communities wishing to play football are eligible to participate. Children are divided into teams based on the following grade breakdowns:
Winter Flag 1-4
Fall Flag K-2
JV Tackle 3-4
Varsity Tackle 5-6
Middle School Tackle 7-8
* Grade as of September 2013
FTF requires participants to maintain good scholastic standards. FTF stresses that playing football is secondary to each child's schooling. If at any time it is brought to the attention of the FTF Board that a child is failing in school due to their participation in football, the Board will meet with that child and their parent(s) to discuss the matter. If necessary, the Board will suspend the participant until his/her grades improve.
Football is a rigorous sport. Practices are active, but structured so each child can succeed with effort and self-discipline. During the first week of practice, the participant is subjected to a vigorous training program designed to build strength and stamina needed to cope with the physical contact of tackle football. Conditioning continues throughout the season.
2013 Equipment Day is Targeted for Sunday, August 4, 2010
As a tentative plan the JV, Varsity and Middle School seasons begin with Football Gear Pick Up Day on Sunday,
August 4 at the Camden Snow Bowl.
Players will be fitted for and issued equipment and uniforms. Coaches will have handouts for parents.
Onsite Registration available at this event.
2013 Preseason Practice Schedule
To be determined.
The JV and Varsity regular seasons begin Labor Day
weekend and run through late October concluding with the league tournament for Varsity. JV and Varsity home games are played on Saturdays at the Camden Snow Bowl athletic field.
Away games are played on Saturdays. Players are to arrive for games 45 minutes prior to game start, whether
home or away game.
See the Homepage and Teams sections for schedules.
The Middle School regular seasons begins the first week of September and runs through late October. Middle School games are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school.
Players must show up for games 45 minutes prior to home game
start. Middle School players will be provided bus transportation to
away games. The bus will pick up players at their respective schools.
See the Homepage and Teams sections for schedules.
Generally, participants have been able to manage participating in after-school activities simultaneous with football, but it is difficult to make commitments to other sports/activities during football season.
Attendance is required at all practice sessions and games. Because of the conditioning required to play football safely, candidates should not miss practice. Parents of players missing practice for legitimate reasons (sickness, injury or parent schedule) should contact the team coach. Coaches reserve the right to limit the game playing time of participants not attending practice sessions and/or scheduled games.
What is Expected of FTF Players on the Field of Play
As unpaid volunteers, our coaches have the minimum expectation of respect, football focus and attendance from players at practices and games. The FTF Board supports these minimum expectations.
Focus on the part of players is particularly important in contact sports. Players who arrive on time focused on gaining football knowledge will become better prepared athletes and will have a more enjoyable experience. On the other hand, if a player is not focused on learning football that player – and other players on the field – can sustain injury. Lack of football focus also compromises the entire team’s ability to learn football skills and execute plays.
This 2012 season the following policy will be observed regarding player conduct:
Our coaches are empowered to protect the best interest of the team by managing the poor behavior of the individual player. Therefore, we urge parents to have their child arrive to practice and games ready to learn and participate. Let's all have fun and play safely by coming to practices and games prepared to learn football.
- A player who demonstrates difficulty in maintaining respect and football focus will be required to leave the drill/huddle to perform a conditioning drill.
- If poor behavior and lack of football focus continues the player will be immediately excused from practice. The coach will contact the parent by phone for player pick-up and will request a conference with the parent.
- If a player is excused from practice a third time the coach will have the option during the ensuing parent conference to remove the player from the team roster.
See the Registration section.