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Coaches Must Complete Concussion Training  before participating or volunteering in MMRFL
All Coaches ( Football and Cheer), Attendants 16 or over, Board Member and other regular Volunteers that interface with participants must complete CDC approved concussion training before they may coach or volunteer in MMRFL Areas.  This is Michigan State LAW …. NO EXCEPTIONS.  Certification must be through CDC approved course and have been completed since November 1st , 2013, for 2014 MMRFL season.  Both Area Board and MMRFL must have copy of certification certificate. 
Mandatory Football Coaches Meeting -- Aug 19th  - at Mt Morris High School Auditorium
This is a reminder to all football coaches in the MMRFL that you are required to attend Mandatory Coaches meeting from 8:00-10:00 PM on Tuesday August 19 th, 2014, at Mt Morris High School Auditorium.  Any coaches not in attendance must be excused in advanced by MMRFL Executive Board in writing or they  will serve a one game suspension on date specified by MMRFL Executive Board.  This applies to Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and Coaches Assistants (up to 2 per team) for all teams in the MMRFL. It does not apply to team attendants (water persons, photographers, play recorder, etc) 

If you cannot attend you must send Email to President@MMRFL.org and Vicepresident@MMRFL.org explaining why you cannot attend and requesting to be excused.  You will receive response by email either approving or denying your request.  Until you have received a response do not assume you are excused... if no response within 3 days assume it got lost in email heaven.  You must have advanced approval and it can only be granted by MMRFL President or VP.....NOT Area Boards. 

Attendance will be taken and all coaches are expected to attend the full 2 hours.  Any coach not signing in or departing early (without prior approval by MMRFL Board) will be assumed to have not attended.  Do Not attempt to sign in anyone except yourself. 

James Brown - MMRFL President

Board of Commissioners  (FC) Meeting  August 5th
As previously announced the Board of Commissioners (Field Commissioners) Meeting is scheduled for August 5th starting at  7:00 PM at Fuddruckers  (I-75 and Miller Road).  All areas must have representation at this meeting in person from your area or by Proxy transferred to someone else or MMRFL Executive Board.  This is the last meeting before the start of this year’s season...you do not want to miss any of the changes this year and find your area in violation or out of the loop.

FC need to be there with information and documentation on the following as noted:

(1)  Estimated number of teams by division
(2)  Status of coaches with regards to background checks -- All Coaches ( Football and Cheer), Attendants, and  Board members must be checked and passed a nationwide background check  (I-check is not acceptable - state wide only).  Bring list of those submitted and passed and positions not filled yet.
(3)  Status of Concussion Certification Training  -- All Coaches ( Football and Cheer), Attendants 16 or over, Board Member and other regular Volunteers that interface with participants must successfully complete Michigan CDC approved training and provide copy of certificate to both Area Board and MMRFL.  Again bring list of people by position and status of certification. You should bring copy of certificates with you for review if needed (MMRFL will collect them at a later date).  Until certified these volunteers may not coach or assist in any capacity.  This is required by Michigan State Law.
(4)  Any areas wishing to purchase D&O policy must bring copy of signed application statement to meeting.  (Cost is $260 per area for D&O and additional $100 for Cyber coverage).

We will also review MMRFL Concussion protocol and documentation requirements,  status of areas and with regards to required Club registration and PSC registration with USA Football,  and team draft schedule.
Physicals and Insurance Waivers required before you can practice
This is a reminder to all parents, coaches, and Area Staff that all participants must have submitted valid completed Michigan Sports Physical certification signed and approved by Doctor before they are allowed to participate in any practice or scrimmages.  If using standard sports physical forms they must be approved with Football or competitive cheer approved as applicable.  If the doctor chooses to provide documentation in letter or prescription sheet format it must clearly specify the sports authorized or state full contact football for football players.

Per MHSAA (& MMRFL):  To be valid for the 2011 season the sports physical must be dated on or after April 15th, 2014,

It should also be noted that for those areas covered under MMRFL insurance policy all participants also must have submitted MMRFL insurance waiver  properly filled out and signed by legal guardian.  Child will not be allowed to participate if not signed

In addition medical treatment form must also be filled out and signed.  If parent declines to sign treatment consent they must agree in writing to be present at all times while child is practicing, scrimmaging, or playing. 

These actions are required by either the MHSAA or by order of the MMRFL Executive Board to comply with expectations of our insurance carrier.

MMRFL President - James Brown
About the Mid-Michigan Rural Football League
The Mid-Michigan Rural Football League, Inc.,  (MMRFL) is a youth football and cheerleading organization for kids from ages 8 to 13.  It is designed to organize and maintain recreational athletics (Youth Football & Cheerleading) in an instructional nature. We offer supervision, guidance, and instruction aimed at making our kids better athletes and better people.  Incorporated in 1990 we have grown from 7 districts with 19  teams to 22 Member areas plus 2 associate member areas with about 110 football teams in 2014.  These are coed – full contact football teams playing under MHSAA rules along with Cheerleading squads and POM squads as well in many areas to round out the experience.  With over 4,800 kids and over 500 volunteer coaches and staff we are proud to serve communities in 5 counties in Mid Michigan  (Genesee, Oakland, Saginaw, Shiawasee, and Tuscola).
MMRFL -  2014 Calendar of Events  ** Updated 07/30/14 **
01/07/14          -- 2013 MMRFL  Rules Meeting  -- 6:00-9:00 PM @ Fuddruckers
01/14/14          -- Backup Rules Meeting slot if needed

04/15/14            -- FC Off Season Meeting  7:00-9:00  @ Fuddruckers  (Scholarship, Draft
                              Procedures, New admissions, Out of Season & Summer restrictions)

06/03/14          -- FC Off Season Meeting  7:00-9:00  @ Fuddruckers  (Miller & I 75)  (Draft Updates,
                              New admissions, Safety / Concussion Training, Insuarnce, Pre-Seaso Preparations,

06/03/14          -- First Insurance Payment from Areas due to League  (50% of Est. Premium)

TBD                  -- Area Safety Commissioner (FC) Training  - Location TBD with USA Football - Heads Up Training
                              for each areas Safety Director in Concussion, Safe tackling and blocking, Stretching, and protocalls. 

07/22/14            -- FC Off Season Mtg - 7:00 PM at Fuddruckers (Miller & I-75)
                              (Review Draft schedule and preliminary team counts)

08/01/14        --  First Eligible date for team Drafts -- Last day for submission of special Draft Proposals

8/1/14 - 8/10/14  Pre-Season Downtime --->  NO open gyms or Clinics/camps which involve sport-specific
                              (football) activities may occur with any of Areas personnel present 

08/05/14            -- Preseason Board of Commissiners Mtg - 7:00 PM at Fuddruckers (Miller & I-75)
                              (Review Draft schedule and preliminary team count status, Coach's Code of Conduct forms due)TBD         

08/10/14            --  MMRFL Officials Meeting  --  GSID on Maple Road  7:00 PM after GCCOA Mtg

08/11/14            --  First day of Practice - Conditioning Only  (Helmets, Footballs, Cleats only --
                                (No Contact - No Pads- NO Blocking on opponents or blocking dummies)
                              NO PARTICIPANT will be allowed to practice without approved physical and
                              Insurance Waiver received by Area Staff..

08/12/14          -- Season Opener Board of Commissioners Meeting  --  7:00 PM at Fuddruckers (Miller & I-75)
                              Report preliminary number of teams by Division, Review Head Coach and Asst Coach
                              Status for completion of "Heads Up Concusion training.

08/17/14          --  Deadline for Competion of All Interdivisional Drafts  (Dividing players to teams if multiple in division)

08/18/14            -- First eligible date for Contact Practice with Pads

08/19/14            -- Pre-Roster Meeting  -- 7:00-7:45      Location TBD
                              All areas must submit team registration forms with final Field Availability,
                              Number of teams in Each Division, and Special Requests
                              List of all Football Coaches by team
                              (All Dues and fees now due and payable in full.)

08/19/14            --  Mandatory Football Coaches Meeting  -- 8:00-10:00 PM    Location TBD
                              All Football Head Coaches, Asst Coaches, and Coaching Assistants must attend.
                              Failure to attend will result in game suspension unless absence preapproved by MMRFL
                              Executive Board.

08/23/14            -- League Wide Multi Team Scrimmages - Details to Follow
                              ------ Hollly FouthFootball  at Holly Practice Field
                                ------ Kearsley Youth Football at Practice Filed  (Pero Elementary)
08/23/14            -- FC Training
                              ------ Hollly Practice Field  9:00 AM
                                ------ Kearsley Practice Filed  (Pero Elementary) @  9:00 AM
                                ------ Grand Blanc (GM Truck and Bus)  @  9:00 AM

08/26/14            -- Board of Commissioners Meeting  --  7:00 @  TBD
                              (Insurance Waiver Books to be turned in for all players, Out of District Player Waivers to
                              to be turned in, Game preparation reminders, game site schedule review)

09/02/14          -- Roster Meeting. – 6:00    Executive Board and ALL other Areas must be present at this Meeting !
                            ALL Areas must submit a completed roster to the League for all teams for Review and Approval
                            Schedules will be reviewed and approved.

09/06/14          -- First Game of Season.
09/09/14          -- Regular League Meeting (7:00)

09/13/14            -- 2nd week of Games of Season.
09/16/14            -- Regular League Meeting (7:00)

09/20/14            -- 3rd week of Games of Season.
09/23/14            -- Regular League Meeting (7:00)

09/27/14            -- 4th week of Games of Season.
09/30/14            -- Regular League Meeting (7:00)

10/04/14            -- 5th week of Games of Season.
10/07/14            -- Regular League Meeting (7:00)

10/11/14            -- 6th week of Games of Season.
10/14/14            -- Regular League Meeting (7:00)

10/18/14            -- Final week of Games of Season.
10/21/14            -- Regular League Meeting (7:00)  Last meeting. 
                              Officer elections (Vice-President & Secretary & Head Field Commissioner)

10/28/13          -- Official Close of 2013 Season

** Last Revised 07/30/14
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