QMFA - Quakertown Midget Football

QMFA - Quakertown Midget Football

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Gerald

United States

#1 Dec 29, 2009
Could anyone comment on the QMFA? I have a son that I'd like to get involved next year and I've heard differing opinions on this League. My son keeps asking about playing tackle football this year, he's 8, and I don't want to commit without more info. I've already spoken with friends who have kids in QMFA and their opinions are very different too. Some say it's great and others say it's horrible with too much emphasis on winning and really strict coaches. Just thought I'd float this out there to get some more insight. Thanks.
Trust Your Friends

Northampton, PA

#2 Dec 29, 2009
Gerald wrote:
Could anyone comment on the QMFA? I have a son that I'd like to get involved next year and I've heard differing opinions on this League. My son keeps asking about playing tackle football this year, he's 8, and I don't want to commit without more info. I've already spoken with friends who have kids in QMFA and their opinions are very different too. Some say it's great and others say it's horrible with too much emphasis on winning and really strict coaches. Just thought I'd float this out there to get some more insight. Thanks.
I would be more trusting of what your friends say than from anyone on this forumn, thats for sure! Why not call the organization? Are you seriously considering hearing the responses on this website?! hahah oh boy.
Gerald

United States

#3 Dec 29, 2009
Trust Your Friends wrote:
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I would be more trusting of what your friends say than from anyone on this forumn, thats for sure! Why not call the organization? Are you seriously considering hearing the responses on this website?! hahah oh boy.
Well, I have called and spoken with the President of the Board of the QMFA, spoken with 2 coaches, spoken with friends...but, I've heard such wildly differing opinions? Seems odd? So, there's no value to opinions on this Board? I thought I'd hear constructive thoughts and opinions.
Gerald

United States

#4 Dec 29, 2009
Trust Your Friends wrote:
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I would be more trusting of what your friends say than from anyone on this forumn, thats for sure! Why not call the organization? Are you seriously considering hearing the responses on this website?! hahah oh boy.
Please, ignore my earlier request for comments. I've just finished reading through some of these threads and I'm at a loss for words as to the describe just how counter-constructive these comments are? Nothing like the forums up in Redmond, WA. This Forum has absolutely nothing to offer. I've never seen anything like this. Really, the moderator should consider shutting down such trash. Sorry for the waste of time.
UnwelcomeReality

Hatfield, PA

#5 Dec 29, 2009
Michigan Governorís Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports Position Statement:The Prevention of injuries in Amateur Football--

Age and Maturation: Children under six years old should not play competitive football. Tackle football should not be played by children under 10 years of age. Youth teams should be matched by skill level and size.

It is often advised that very young children should not play football. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation recommends that children under six not play the sport. Collision sports like ice hockey and tackle football should not be allowed until age 10.
Blumpkin

Drexel Hill, PA

#6 Dec 29, 2009
Your son will be fine in this organization. If you have a daughter, watch out for the softball organization, RASA. You see, the owner of the Q-Mart, Richard Woldow, LOVES LOVES LOVES little girls. Keep your daughters out of the Q-Mart and off the softball fields. Otherwise, its a great town.
Paranoid

Northampton, PA

#7 Dec 29, 2009
UnwelcomeReality wrote:
Michigan Governorís Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports Position Statement:The Prevention of injuries in Amateur Football--
Age and Maturation: Children under six years old should not play competitive football. Tackle football should not be played by children under 10 years of age. Youth teams should be matched by skill level and size.
It is often advised that very young children should not play football. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation recommends that children under six not play the sport. Collision sports like ice hockey and tackle football should not be allowed until age 10.
The board of Human Safety BHS also recommends that you do not go to the store for fear of being robbed, do not leave the house to prevent sunburn, don't drive because you could die in an accident, limit going for walks in the community for fear of tripping and landing on your head and please, please, PLEASE do not use the same toothbrush for more than 3 months EXACTLY.

Oh, and one more, please when you turn 40 the BHS reccommends all drivers to redo their driving tests, thats when people tend to start to get poor vision!
Non Biased Opinion

Springfield, NJ

#8 Dec 29, 2009
I have had first had experiences with this organization and almost every other in the Bux-Mont League. Quakertown is one of the best run org's in that league.

As for the competition. I have seen great teams play there, and horrible teams. No one likes losing, but its a part of life. QTMF has non competitive football until the kids reach a certain weight limit. Plus their are multiple teams per weight limit, so I am sure your son can find a good fit.

Their is nothing wrong with competition, it reveals character and teaches you how to deal with adversity, and its fun. That's why the competitive football doesn't start until a certain age/weight.
Kevin W

United States

#9 Dec 29, 2009
Non Biased Opinion wrote:
I have had first had experiences with this organization and almost every other in the Bux-Mont League. Quakertown is one of the best run org's in that league.
As for the competition. I have seen great teams play there, and horrible teams. No one likes losing, but its a part of life. QTMF has non competitive football until the kids reach a certain weight limit. Plus their are multiple teams per weight limit, so I am sure your son can find a good fit.
Their is nothing wrong with competition, it reveals character and teaches you how to deal with adversity, and its fun. That's why the competitive football doesn't start until a certain age/weight.
Thank you very much for an honest opinion. Yours, are the types of comments I was hoping to receive. Much appreciated.
NotZKM

Quakertown, PA

#11 Dec 29, 2009
Gerald wrote:
Could anyone comment on the QMFA? I have a son that I'd like to get involved next year and I've heard differing opinions on this League. My son keeps asking about playing tackle football this year, he's 8, and I don't want to commit without more info. I've already spoken with friends who have kids in QMFA and their opinions are very different too. Some say it's great and others say it's horrible with too much emphasis on winning and really strict coaches. Just thought I'd float this out there to get some more insight. Thanks.
QMFA is the MOST organized of all the local sports organizations. As for playing to win; competitiveness starts at the 105 lb level. If your son is 8, he'll probably be on an 80 or 90 lb team first. It IS a BIG commitment.

You have practice 4 nights per week prior to school starting and then 2 to 3 nights per week depending on how well the team is progressing as a whole.

The coaching can be strict, but the boys have to learn plays and work together as a team, but they will have fun doing it. Just to see the look on their faces when they win a game is work every drop of sweat put into it.
NotZKM

Quakertown, PA

#12 Dec 29, 2009
UnwelcomeReality wrote:
Michigan Governorís Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports Position Statement:The Prevention of injuries in Amateur Football--
Age and Maturation: Children under six years old should not play competitive football. Tackle football should not be played by children under 10 years of age. Youth teams should be matched by skill level and size.
It is often advised that very young children should not play football. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation recommends that children under six not play the sport. Collision sports like ice hockey and tackle football should not be allowed until age 10.
Go away, Richard. You don't live here. Leave us alone.
Eloise

Drexel Hill, PA

#13 Dec 29, 2009
NotZKM wrote:
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QMFA is the MOST organized of all the local sports organizations. As for playing to win; competitiveness starts at the 105 lb level. If your son is 8, he'll probably be on an 80 or 90 lb team first. It IS a BIG commitment.
You have practice 4 nights per week prior to school starting and then 2 to 3 nights per week depending on how well the team is progressing as a whole.
The coaching can be strict, but the boys have to learn plays and work together as a team, but they will have fun doing it. Just to see the look on their faces when they win a game is work every drop of sweat put into it.
just like when Richard Woldow imagines every drop of sweat (or other things) on the faces of the girls softball players!
philliesin2010

Canton, MI

#14 Dec 30, 2009
NotZKM wrote:
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QMFA is the MOST organized of all the local sports organizations. As for playing to win; competitiveness starts at the 105 lb level. If your son is 8, he'll probably be on an 80 or 90 lb team first. It IS a BIG commitment.
You have practice 4 nights per week prior to school starting and then 2 to 3 nights per week depending on how well the team is progressing as a whole.
The coaching can be strict, but the boys have to learn plays and work together as a team, but they will have fun doing it. Just to see the look on their faces when they win a game is work every drop of sweat put into it.
QMFA might be the "MOST orgaized" but the number of children participating is way down. Meanwhile over at baseball, QYBA, has been increasing it's fall ball schedule. People are leaving QMFA and heading over to QYBA. The QMFA board thinks the reason for it's numbers being down is "the economy"...of course thats not what I heard from the parents of former football players...some people like living in their own fantasy land
QMFA Comment

Gilbertsville, PA

#15 Dec 30, 2009
Had a son that enjoyed playing in the QMFA league years ago. My other son wanted no part - I do not blame him.

Coaches can be "too strict" at times with major emphasis on winning. Best way to control that is definitely get involved. Remember, these are volunteers with NO coaching experience (mostly contractors) or they "played" high school football so they think they can coach. I think everyone played high school football....does that make them coaching material? Absolutely not!

They have a coaches clinic but again, they are not real coaches - coaching can't be taught, it has to be learned by experience!

If I could have gotten involved I would have, but my schedule does not permit - get home at 730pm every night. I played ONLY HS football in Alabama where my step-father was the coach (yes transferred to the Quakertown area after college). Went to football camps in Kansas for two-years while in high school (during summers). Played college football as well at ECU - no I was not NFL material. NOTE: I never played midget football in my life as a kid (family issues back than) and ended up doing pretty well in the game from only playing in HS, camps and than getting a scholarship to play at ECU.

Overall, if you look at enrollment it has gone down (why do you think). Not the economy so much but the coaches/those in charge are the ones to blame (as I did witness many "lack-ofs" in this league). I heard as well in the last 5-years that a coach actually got fired! A volunteer gets fired - how did this person get a coaching job to begin with!

Use your own judgment on whether you should join, but again remember these are not REAL coaches. They are volunteers.......
Cara

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Dec 30, 2009
UnwelcomeReality wrote:
Michigan Governorís Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports Position Statement:The Prevention of injuries in Amateur Football--
Age and Maturation: Children under six years old should not play competitive football. Tackle football should not be played by children under 10 years of age. Youth teams should be matched by skill level and size.
It is often advised that very young children should not play football. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation recommends that children under six not play the sport. Collision sports like ice hockey and tackle football should not be allowed until age 10.
You are quite right even if people do not want to face reality. I work in a Pediatric ER & see many of these children's lives ruined from coaches & parents who push their kids too far. Many NFL players are starting to talk about this now & are donating their brains(after death !) to research the impact of contact sports. Children's necks are not strong enough to support the head in an impact & helmets do nothing to help this.There is nothing macho about brain injured or paralysis.Please be careful with your precious children.
FB Guy

Springfield, NJ

#17 Dec 30, 2009
Cara wrote:
<quoted text>You are quite right even if people do not want to face reality. I work in a Pediatric ER & see many of these children's lives ruined from coaches & parents who push their kids too far. Many NFL players are starting to talk about this now & are donating their brains(after death !) to research the impact of contact sports. Children's necks are not strong enough to support the head in an impact & helmets do nothing to help this.There is nothing macho about brain injured or paralysis.Please be careful with your precious children.
Millions of kids play the sport each fall, and injuries happen. Should baseball be played with a nerf ball to avoid injury, no!!! Injuries happen, and its a small percentage that get hurt. More kids are hurt in car accidents, but you still drive them around don't you?
Cara

Perkasie, PA

#18 Dec 30, 2009
FB Guy wrote:
<quoted text>Millions of kids play the sport each fall, and injuries happen. Should baseball be played with a nerf ball to avoid injury, no!!! Injuries happen, and its a small percentage that get hurt. More kids are hurt in car accidents, but you still drive them around don't you?
You have to drive to get from A to B,but you research cars for safety,keep your children in car seats etc. & protect them in everyway you can. Yet Kids are sent out on the sports field with little protection. Kids dont have to play dangerous sports,most injuries can be prevented.Sports are a great way for kids to learn how to work together as a team, great excercise & provide any benefits for sure. It's not such "a small percentage that get hurt" & small or not if it is your child it can be devastating.
Tom

Perkasie, PA

#19 Dec 30, 2009
NotZKM wrote:
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QMFA is the MOST organized of all the local sports organizations. As for playing to win; competitiveness starts at the 105 lb level. If your son is 8, he'll probably be on an 80 or 90 lb team first. It IS a BIG commitment.
You have practice 4 nights per week prior to school starting and then 2 to 3 nights per week depending on how well the team is progressing as a whole.
The coaching can be strict, but the boys have to learn plays and work together as a team, but they will have fun doing it. Just to see the look on their faces when they win a game is work every drop of sweat put into it.
Let kids be kids instead of scheduling all their free time. A lot of these parents are living through their kids .
FB Champs

Springfield, NJ

#20 Dec 30, 2009
NotZKM wrote:
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It IS a BIG commitment.
You have practice 4 nights per week prior to school starting and then 2 to 3 nights per week depending on how well the team is progressing as a whole.
When I played in the late 80's in another state. We practiced 5 nights a week, and played 1 game a week. That was from 3rd grade through 8th. Parents were just used to the 6 days a week commitment for the entire fall.

We all thought the coaches worked us too hard at the time. But when the guys and I see each other these days, we look back and admit how that gave us all a great work ethic. And most of us are very successful today because of that team work and work ethic.
NotZKM

Quakertown, PA

#21 Dec 30, 2009
Tom wrote:
<quoted text>Let kids be kids instead of scheduling all their free time. A lot of these parents are living through their kids .
Obviously, you don't have kids involved in sports. It's a big commitment, but it builds character. I'd sooner see my kids out on the practice field on a nice day than sitting in the living room playing video games any day of the week.

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