If you are new to minor football in southern Alberta, you might be hearing a few names like LMFA, SAMFA or one of our teams (Jr Bulldogs, Jr Cougars, Jr Coyotes, Coaldale Spartans, Jr Rams).
You might have a few questions:
- What do all these acronyms mean?
- What do these groups do?
- What are the differences?
- How do they work together?
- Why does it matter?
This article is an attempt to provide some clarity.
I will begin by explaining from the team perspective as the teams are the group that most of our players and parents are most familiar with.
There are a number of teams in southern Alberta and are found in the the following communities:
- Pincher Creek
Each team has a parent organization / board that oversees the team and takes care of a number of planning activities such as coaching staff, communications with parents & players, practice scheduling and so forth.
Each team has a bantam, peewee and atom division based on the age of players.
LMFA is the acrynom that represents the Lethbridge Minor Football Association. This association serves the teams in Lethbridge and Coaldale:
- Coaldale Spartans
- Jr Bulldogs
- Jr Cougars
- Jr Coyotes
- Jr Rams
LMFA began as it was realized that the teams in Lethbridge and Coaldale had common needs that could be taken care of by a central group so as teams we would not duplicate those services. Hopefully, saving time and money. The services include (and represent the mandate of LMFA):
- To register players
- Manage and maintain select player equipment
- Work with Football Alberta to provide insurance for all players
As indicated in the About Us section of this website, LMFA is managed by a Board of Directors according to established bylaws. Each member team has a representative on the Board along with a few additional elected officials.
SAMFA is the acronym that represents the Southern Alberta Minor Football Association. They are a member of Football Alberta and operate the league that all bantam and peewee teams participate in across the regions of southern Alberta. This includes the teams associated with LMFA and those that are not.
SAMFA is responsible for scheduling games, playoffs and referee officials for bantam and peewee games.
As a registered association in Alberta, SAMFA is governed by a Board of Directors according to established bylaws.