The Estevan Minor Football season is about to start, as practices are well underway.
The teams this year are the Westmoreland Coal Atom Miners and the Century 21 Peewee Chargers. There will be no Lions Club Bantam Steelers team due to low registration numbers.
EMF president Kevin Mortenson said he is disappointed there won’t be a bantam team, but he hopes that it’s only for one year.
There are 26 youth committed for the Miners team, according to Mortenson.
Miners coach Wanda Harron is excited for the season to begin, and expects to see leadership from the returning players.
The team will focus on blocking leading up to the first game.
“Right from day one of practice…I want to see us focus on our offensive line,” she said. “Football is a total team sport… if it isn’t for the guys on the O-line doing their job, we’re not in that end zone.”
They will also have a smaller play book this year.
“Instead of throwing too many plays at the kids, let’s get really good at 10 plays and try to get some success there,” said Harron.
Sixteen players from last year’s Miners program have graduated to the Chargers program. The Chargers are returning after a one-year absence.
There are only 21 players for the Chargers, and Mortenson said they can use more. He believes more youth will join the team before the season starts.
Even though they are a young team, Mortenson said they show a passion for the sport, as he coached the majority of them last year in atom.
“That group of kids does have big hearts when it comes to football,” he said.
Chargers coach Paul Duncan believes that the team can win.
“Obviously every coach and every team’s goal is to go out and win,” “I do believe that we’ll have a good crew of players this year, from the players we have coming up from the Miners team last year.”
He also wants the team to have fun playing the sport that they enjoy.
His goal is to “produce a fun and competitive learning experience for the players to develop their football skills.”
Both teams open their football seasons in Regina on August 16.