Contact Coach Larry Cooper 250-754-2079 to register.

SSMFA In Brief

The purpose of the SSMFA is:

(a) To promote amateur football for youth aged seven (7) to eighteen (18) years.

(b) To provide practice equipment, protective equipment, uniforms and facilities for the athletes who participate as a part of the South-Side Minor Football Association.

(c) To train and equip the coaches and referees who are a part of the South-Side Minor Football Association.

(d) To act as an engine of growth for amateur football in the immediate area.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Good Read

My son’s high school football team finished 1-9 this year, and I wouldn’t be prouder of this team if they had gone undefeated.

They made a game of it each Friday night, and while they often were outnumbered and overmatched, they never were outplayed. My son and his teammates have learned more about hard work, sportsmanship and resilience on the football field than anywhere else, and these lessons will make them better men.
But as much as I enjoy the tradition of high school football, I worry about its future.
My son’s school has nearly 2,000 students, but his team is lucky to suit up 20 players for a varsity game. There are a lot more young men who want to play, but whose parents won’t let them. Their parents think the risk of brain injury outweighs the benefits of playing.
I understand the concerns and share them, but I have concluded those concerns are misplaced. My children are the most important part of my life. I am a widower, and when my son wanted to play football his freshman year, every mom and my in-laws chastised me for considering it. Even President Obama wondered whether he’d let his theoretical son play.
I’m a physician and medical researcher at Stanford, and I only decided to let my son play after reviewing the medical research.
The study that best elucidates the risk of football-related brain injury comes from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDCP officials studied 3,439 former National Football League players with at least five years of pension-credited playing seasons between 1959 and 1988.
This is arguably the highest-risk group of players available for study. Among these players, the incidence of neurodegenerative disease is three times higher than in the general population. However, the risk of death from neurodegenerative disease was relatively low in both groups: 3 percent in NFL players, and 1 percent in the general population. The risk associated with a long NFL career is not insignificant but remains small.
The high-profile research that is regularly cited as connecting the dots between football-related concussions and dementia in NFL players lacks sufficient data to establish a causal link. Most of the cases considered focus on former NFL players involved in a lot of high-risk behavior other than football, and none of these studies included a control group. Research like this is typically filed away as “interesting, but we need better data.”
The key here is that high school football is not the NFL. The Mayo Clinic found that the risk of high school football players developing degenerative neurological diseases later in life is no greater than if they had been in the band, glee club or choir.
The data suggests that the normal life of adolescents puts them at risk for brain injury all the time. What would be the alternatives to my son playing football? Sports such as soccer, skiing, rock climbing or lacrosse have similar risk profiles to high school football.
My late wife rode horses competitively growing up. As an anesthesiologist at a hospital that treats more horse-related trauma accidents than any other in the country, I’m glad my son went with football.
I believe the benefits of playing high school football are worth the risks. Football is an equal-opportunity sport. All different types of athletes make up a football team, the skills needed don’t require years of practice, and there is no real advantage for kids with private coaches. A healthy, average athlete who shows up to all the team’s practice sessions and attends off-season weight training can usually find a spot on the team.
My son’s teammates are from the whole socioeconomic and racial spectrum. The only reason that his team was able to make a contest out of each game, despite that they had so few players to work with, is that the boys learned how to build on what they had in common instead of focusing on their differences.
As Jack Kemp, the former pro quarterback and congressman, once said, “The huddle is color-blind.” In an increasingly diverse world, opportunities to learn how to work together with a wide range of people who start out on equal footing should not be lightly dismissed.
When I sit in the stands, I worry when my 160-pound son lines up on the front line of the kick return team, but that is only slightly less than I worry when I sit in the passenger seat as he merges onto the highway. Adolescence is a scary time for parents.
To all you parents who are keeping your sons from playing football, I say, “Let them play.” They are just as safe on the football field as they are in most of the other sports and activities we regard as a necessary part of a healthy adolescence. You can save money on expensive club sports and specialty coaches, and your sons will develop skills that will serve them and the rest of us well.
Ed Riley, 56, is the younger brother of Oregon State football coach Mike Riley and is a former quarterback at Whitworth. He has two sons and a daughter. The youngest boy, Noah, is a senior quarterback at Gunn High in Palo Alto, Calif. Ed Riley works as a professor of anesthesia at Stanford University.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2019 Spring Flag Football

2019 Spring Flag Football Season Is Set To Go!

Flag Football Information

  • Pee-Wee: Age 8-11  Practices Tues and Thurs. Evenings, Barsby Field 6-7 PM

  • Jr. Bantam Age 12-14  Practices Wed. Evenings 6-7 PM Barsby Field.

  • Pee-Wee Games Saturdays 10-11 AM beginning March 9th and ending April 27th

  • Jr. Bantam Games Saturdays 11:30 AM-12:30 PM beginning March 9th and ending April 27th

  • Cost: $30.00

  • We supply mouthguard, flags and uniform.

  • You supply footwear and your own water bottle.

  • Registration Dates:  Every Saturday in February 12-2 PM in the Dawghouse Football Facility at the top of the Barsby Student Parking Lot located off of Bruce Avenue and Saturday, March 2nd 12-2 PM. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

2018 Pee-Wee and Jr. Bantam Tackle Football Registration Has Begun

Tackle Football Registration Now Under Way

Pee-Wee: 9,10, 11 yrs. (Cannot turn 12 in 2018)

Jr. Bantam:12, 13 yrs. (Cannot turn 14 in 2018)

We supply all uniforms and protective equipment.  You supply your footwear and your own water bottle.

You must register and pay online.  It is a multi-staged proccess.  Please follow all prompts.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 Fall Tackle Football Registration

2017 Fall Tackle Football Registration

Hi All, hope your summer is going well. We will begin registration for the up coming fall football season pee-wee ages 9-11 and can not turn 12 this calendar year and junior bantam ages 12-13 and can not turn 14 this calendar year.

Registration will be held at John Barsby High school in the Dawghouse located at the top of the student parking lot off of Bruce Ave starting Saturday Aug 12 from 12-2 and will run Saturdays throughout August.

The registration fee is $125 (cash preferred). You will need to bring a copy of the child's birth certificate, their care card and your child to get fitted for equipment .

We provide all the protective equipment. Your child will need cleats and a water bottle.

If you have questions feel free to call Larry Cooper at 250 754-2079. Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you soon.
Coach Larry Cooper

Thursday, February 2, 2017

2017 Flag and Tackle Football Registration

South-Side football will be holding registration for flag football (ages 8-12 cannot turn 13 this calendar year) cost is $35 cash only and tackle for ages (13-14 cannot turn 15 this calendar year) cost is $125 cash only. 

Registration dates are Saturdays in February 12-2pm @ John Barsby in the Dawghouse facility located in the rear student parking lot off of Bruce Ave.

The flag season runs from the beginning of March to the end of April with practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-7 PM and games Saturdays 10-11am with all practices and games taking place at John Barsby high school field. 

All participants will need their own water bottle and cleats (cleats are optional, but recommended) we provide a mouth guard, game jersey and a experience your child will not soon forget. Tackle season will run from March -June with practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7:30 PM. 

Games will be Saturdays or Sundays depending on where we play and should start around 1pm.   Home games and practices will take place at the John Barsby high school field. Players will need their own water bottle and cleats.  We provide all protective gear, a game jersey and a practice jersey as well as an experience that they will not soon forget.

For any questions feel free to contact coach Larry Cooper @ 250 754-2079. In the spirit of football, p.s spread the word. Larry Cooper.

Monday, June 27, 2016

2016 Tackle Football Registration (Harewood)

South-Side Minor Football Association


Thursday Evenings 6 PM-8PM

Throughout July and August

John Barsby Community School Field

Two Age Groups

Pee-Wee: Ages 9, 10 and 11 (Players born in  2005, 2006 and 2007)
Jr. Bantam: Ages 12 and 13 (Players born in 2003 and 2004)

Cost: $125.00

We Provide: Full Set of Protective Equipment, Practice and Game Uniforms
You Provide: A Commitment! Your own footwear and your own water bottle

Formal Practices Begin
Jr. Bantams: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8 PM beginning Tuesday, August 2nd .
Pee-Wees: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7:30 PM beginning Tuesday, August 16th 


Home Games are Saturdays.  We play some road games on Sundays. Schedule TBA. Season begins Sept. 11/12th weekend and ends Nov. 27/28th weekend with championship game.

**Note: Practices and Home Games are on John Barsby Community School Field.

Want More Information?  Jr. Bantams call Coach Larry Cooper 250-754-2079 and Pee-Wees call coach Kirsten Polz 250-754-0890

Safe, Fun, Fast Fundamentals!
A Great Opportunity To Make Friends For A Lifetime!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Jr. Bantam Tackle Football Workouts

2016 Jr. Bantam Tackle Football Workouts Begin

When: Thursday Evenings 6-7 PM John Barsby HS Field Beginning Thursday, May 12th

Ages: 12-13 yrs.

Uniform: Weather Appropriate Clothing/Cleates

Bring: Your Own Water Bottle and a desire to Get Better!

New Players Are Most Definitely Welcome!

Contact: Coach Larry Cooper 250-754-2079

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