2017-Oct-04
HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND 2017 NATIONALS

To all MTFL teams/players, families and friends,

The MTFL Executive wishes you a great and safet THANKSGIVING long weekend.

Also, for those participating in the TFOnt NATIONAL tournament in Hamilton this long weekend, may you continue to have fun and all of the best to your team in each game.

Sincerely,

Your Executive team

 



2017-Sep-10
YEAR-END CELEBRATION

The MTFL has concluded its 2017 season of touch football and is ready to celebrate.

Teams’ MVP and Sportsman Award nominees will be honoured and divisional award winners will be announced.

Two Lifetime Achievement Award honourees will be highlighted.

Players, team reps, game officials are all encouraged to attend and support nominees and award winners.

LOCATION: International Sports Bar (2480 Cawthra Rd)

DATE: Mon., Sep. 18, 2017

TIME: 7-11 pm

PRESENTATIONS: 8-8:30 pm

-review of the year

-honour team Finalists and Champions

-MVP Awards – 5 divisional winners

-Sportsman Awards – 5 divisional winners

-Lifetime Achievement Awards – 2 honourees

 

 

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2017-Aug-05
PLAYOFF GAMES AND SCHEDULE

1. Playoff games held at high school fields will begin at 6:30 p.m. to allow for the possibility of overtime and earlier sunset times.

2. To access your team's playoff games:

i) do NOT go to your division and search for games;

ii) go to the top line of the Home Page, and beside '2017 Season', click on 'Schedule'.

3. The League Standings do account for tie-breaking formulae. Thus, teams with the same number of points in the standings, will be listed in the correct order.

4. For teams in double divisions (A&B, D&E), look only at the teams in your division to determine your team's placement.

Note: Reapers are now placed in A Division for playoffs.

5. With the intensity of playoff action, players are reminded to support the league's motto of 'safe, fun, competitive' touch football and to adhere to the Players' Code of Conduct.

6. We wish all teams a safe, fun, competitive playoff experience.



2017-Jun-30
HAPPY CANADA

Everyone,

Have a great and safe Canada Day Weekend.

Happy 150th birthday to all of us "eh" :-)

Your Executive team.



2017-Jun-12
HEAT WAVE

Captains, Players, Game Officials are asked to drink plenty of water prior to and during their games to avoid dehydration.



2017-Jun-06
FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENTS ...

Frenchie Bowl

1.     Location: Chinguacousy Park
2.     Date: Saturday,   June 17th
3.     Time: 10 am – 4 pm
4.     Cost: $20/player
5.     Proceeds to Sick Kids Hospital
6.     3 Games/Team guaranteed
 
If you are interested in entering your team in this event, please notify James asap at 647-269-8824. For example, as of 1:30pm today, there is room for two more teams to register for this event.

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2017-May-25
GAME CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT

ThunderCats vs Offerdahl Ornery at Glenforest is CANCELLED due to the heavy rainfall and unsafe conditions of the field.

This game will be rescheduled.

Please notify your team-mates.

MTFL Executive



2017-May-24
REMINDER ON REGISTRATION PROCESS AND RECORDS.
MTFL Captains,
 
Firstly, thank-you for registering yourself and your teammates on KARELO.
 
Next, as  you may know, once you entered contact information for a player KARELO sends an email to that player .. and then that player is required to acknowledge/respond to that email (in order to complete their registration).
 
To conclude, as your team prepares for or before it plays its first game, please remind each of players to check their email (INBOX, or possibly their JUNK email folder) and then, if they have not already for this 2017 season, reply to the KARELO email (timely) to complete the registration process.
 
e.g., as of today, approximately 20% of the league's members have NOT yet responded. This could mean the email address given for them (in KARELO) was incorrect ... OR ... hopefully, it is a simple as getting them to respond to that email.
 
Thanks,
John Schiebel
 
PS ... MTFL players are also required to sign the paper based MTFL Player "assumption of risk and release of liability agreement"; please see your team captain for a copy of this form and who is going to co-sign/witness that form with you.



2017-May-21
THE MTFL 2017 SEASON STARTS THIS WEEK ...

Everyone,

Best wishes to all MTFL teams/players ... the regular season starts this Tuesday, 23-May-2017.

Have safe, competitive and fun games and best wishes to everyone on and off the field.

Sincerely,

Your Executive team.



2017-May-01
GOLDEN HORSESHOE TOUCH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION - PRE-SEASON TOURNAMENT, 13-MAY-2017
The Golden Horseshoe Touch Football Association (Burlington), is hosting our annual one day Early Bird Tournament on May 13th. This is normally an event for our GHTFA teams only, however, we are looking for 2 teams to fill out our draw. Hopefully, a couple teams from Mississauga may be interested in getting in some games prior to your regular season starts.
 
This tournament is for B & C (e.g., Tier 2 or lower) level teams only.
 
Early Bird Tournament
Saturday, May 13th
4 short games guaranteed (each game is two 20 minute halves)
All games @ MM Robinson HS in Burlington
$250 per team entry fee
 
Tourney Headquarters; Gator Teds Tap & Grill… offers wings & draft beer specials to teams
 
T-shirts & Prize Money to the winning teams in each of our two brackets.
 
PLEASE RESPOND ASAP IF INTERESTED!!
 
Dave Nelson
President, Golden Horseshoe Touch Football Association
(residence office/fax) 905-523-5017
david.nelson@investorsgroup.com



2017-Mar-12
MTFL 2017 AGM & REGISTRATION INFO

For MTFL Team Reps:

Three main topics are listed below. New information is presented. Your response to some questions is encouraged. No response indicates ‘no preference for change’.

Part A/ Registration Fees

Part B/ Payment Types

Part C/ Team Preferences

Part D/ Items Tabled for Voting at AGM

Part E / AGM

A/ REGISTRATION FEES

1. For 2017, registration involves:

a) Payment of MTFL fees [ $1800 ]

b) TFONT insurance [ $150 ] through Karelo.

c) Total: $1950

2. Payment of MTFL Registration Fees – Two Options – more flexibility

a) Option #1 – Full Payment

$1800 on or before AGM (Thu., March 23, 2017)

(Total: $1800) (Total: $1950 including insurance)

b) Option #2 – Two-Installment Payment

Installment 1: $1000 on or before AGM (Thu., March 23, 2017)

Installment 2: $850 on or before Mon. May 1, 2017

(Total: $1850) (Total: $2000 including insurance)

c) Late Registration Fees (applies to veteran teams)

$1050 ($1850) for payment between March 24 and March 28

$1100 ($1900) for payment between March 29 and March 31

$1200 ($2000) for payment between April 1 and April 13

Final Date for Registration is Thu., April 13, 2017.

Late fees also apply to second installments made after May 1, 2017 based on 3-business-day increments - $50 each increment.

3. INSURANCE - TFONT

i) Teams must register on TFONT site using Karelo.

https://www.karelo.com/login.php?&R=1&LR=1&nl=1&BT=10&Lang=EN

ii) $150 insurance payment must be made before changes to roster are made.

iii) Due on or before May 1, 2017.

B/ PAYMENT TYPES

i) Cash – have counted by Executive member and get a receipt

ii) Cheque – to be made out to “Mississauga Touch Football League” (not MTFL); date March 23,2017 or before

iii) E-Transfer - Password to be obvious to Executive.

C/ TEAM PREFERENCES

7:00 pm or 7:30 pm Valleys start time for first game – second game to start 90 min. later

Question: What is your preference? (7 pm or 7:30 pm)

D/ Items Tabled for Voting

1. New Executive for 2017

Glenn Stevenson – President; Matthew Vincent – Vice-President; John Avarino; Jeff Hubert

This Executive Committee has voting rights on behalf of the membership.

2. Accept Budget

3. Accept Changes in Bylaws:

i) all minor editing (no change in bylaw intent)

ii) (3.4) Roster size – change to 21 from 20

iii) (5.2) Late fee payment schedule changed to 3 business-day increments

iv) (7.3)(New addition) For a game that is defaulted by both teams, a score of 0-0 will be assigned. 

E/ AGM

i) Team Preferences – Teams’ preferences for Day of Week, and Location, and Dates to Avoid will be sought.

ii) Various policy changes will be explained at the AGM.

iii) All teams are expected to have representation at the AGM held on Thu., March 23, 2017 at Mississauga Valley Community Centre. Registration at 6:45 pm. AGM at 7 pm.



2016-Dec-11
MTFL 2017 SEASON

Team Reps are asked to start preparing for the 2017 season.

A/ AGM (Annual General Meeting)

-scheduled for Thu., March 23, 2017 at Valleys Community Centre

-room opens 6:45 pm

-meeting starts 7 pm (sharp)

-meeting concludes 8:30 pm

-all teams are expected to have representation (1-3 reps)

-new teams may stay longer for additional info

B/ League Fees

-req’d on or before March 23rd

-after March 23rd late fees apply

-approx. $1950 per team (still to be determined)

C/ Rosters

-max. 20 players (not 21 as in previous years)

D/ Executive

-John Schiebel (2016 President) may not return to the league executive due to employment commitments (travel) -early Jan 2017 confirmation

-consider assisting MTFL Executive with its duties by volunteering some time – contact Glenn Stevenson (gstevenson12@cogeco.ca)

E/ Game Officials

-interested in officiating MTFL games? Contact George Zielinski at gzielinski@cogeco.ca.

F/ Best wishes during the holiday season. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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2016-Oct-21
MTFL TEAM REGISTRATION FEE INCREASE PLANNED FOR 2017 SEASON.
All MTFL captains, members and candidate new teams:
 
The MTFL Executive has held its annual closing review of the 2016 season and in the matter of team registration fees wishes to inform you that a price increase of (minimally) $150 per team will be required for the 2017 season; i.e., team fees for the upcoming season will be (minimally) $1950 per team.
 
Since the league did raise team fees by $50 per team at the conclusion of the 2015 season ($1750 to $1800), you may be asking "why another price increase is needed so soon"? 
 
In short, prior to the start of the 2016 season due to a somewhat modest decrease in the number of teams registered, a decision was made to avoid scaring off any additional teams by having a larger than $50 fee increase. In addition, the league decided to limit many of the factors of distinction this league offers to its members during the season as a cost containment measure. For example, the planned budget allocated for play-off prizing, referee quality programs, team-selfie and regular-season photography programs were either greatly reduced, if not eliminated during the 2016 season.
 
Next, the Executive believes that the fee increase will allow the league to re-instate programs - considered factors of distinction - that were removed or altered prior to or during the 2016 season. In particular, the Executive believes:

- the factors of distinction are very much valued by its members;
 
- the league should increase referee fees (as discussed in a 17-Feb-2016 NEWS posting) to $50 per referee per game in order to retain and attract new referees (needed to replace retiring ones or if the league grows back in size modestly in a future year, have sufficient numbers of referees available as well as) and perhaps to increase scheduling flexibility;
 
- the league's (year-over-year) surplus should be increased (to a maximum of $10k) to also account for the possibility of having a ready on-hand legal-defense fund;
 
- in-season revenues (e.g., poker tournaments, 50/50 draws, proceeds from beer/food sales at Trillium tour) are dwindling and yet those revenues have often helped this league with goal-post pad purchasing and re-sale, and other league equipment / asset / automation expenses.
 
- there may be small price increases for other necessary / must have operational issues (e.g., insurance, field permits).
 
- the league should re-stock some new-team and/or new-referee assets (e.g,. goal posts pads, TC-7 field cones) as previously made purchases have been depleted over the last three years and it is necessary to buy for the next 3 to 4 year window of this league's operation. Bulk buying affords the league the best pricing terms/conditions, whereas buying smaller quantities would not qualify for volume discounts. These items would be available for purchase by teams and referees at the price paid by the league; thereby allowing these groups to reap some savings.
 
- the league should resume, if possible, a $1500 per year 'marketing program' to find the next generation of players/QBs/referees and teams.  For example, and prior to the 2016 season, the league was sponsoring a local youth tackle league - a nonprofit league - by assisting with the purchase of team jerseys with our league's name/logo on them.
 
- the league should continue to investigate the procurement of league/player insurance outside of that provided through its TFO affiliation. The league is demanding a record of payment and written policy particulars from its insurance provider at a reasonable and affordable cost, with the possibility of improved coverage for the league and its members. 
 
Assuming the registration fee increases to $1950 per team, this $150 more per team represents an increase of an average of $1 per player per game based on 15 players per team (an average roster size) in a 10-game regular season.  Other GTA leagues offering the same or near similar levels of service and number of games as the MTFL are charging over $2100 per team, or $150/player.
  
Finally, the MTFL wishes to communicate this planned team registration fee increase well in advance of the 2017 AGM to allow all team captains and players to plan for this eventuality. Should you have any questions or suggestions on this team registration fee price increase, please email them to the league before Monday, 12-Dec-2016.
 
Sincerely,
Your 2016 executive team

 

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2016-Sep-21
FOR THOSE INTERESTED ... NEW INDOOR FALL FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE

For those interested,

"Canlan" Sportsplex Mississauga is launching its first ever season of flag football; the season will begin in October and go for 12 weeks.

For more information, see http://canlansports.com/Mississauga/flag-football.aspx and/or contact Stefani Ierullo at stefaniierullo@gmail.com  

Thanks

Your MTFL Executive team



2016-Sep-16
THIS YEAR'S TRILLIUM TOUR NATIONALS TO HAVE A ONE DAY OFFERING FOR INTERESTED RECREATIONAL TEAMS.

MTFL captains who are not already participating regularly in the Trillium Tour,

This year the Touch Football Ontario (TFO) Trillium Tour National's are being hosted in Hamilton (at Mohawk Sports Park). New this year to that multi-day event will be a one day (, Saturday 08-Oct-2016) offering for interested recreational teams.

Further details will be coming from TFO President Russ Henderson shortly; e.g., a flyer containing the registration cut-off date, contact and payment information is expected to be available by end of next week.

Mean-time, please talk to the players on your team as to consider if you would like to participate in this kind of recreational tournament experience (whether as whole team or even a merged one with players from another similarly qualified and interested MTFL team in this league).

TFO is subsidizing the cost of this total of three games (in a single day) event as means of exposing your team/your players to the Trillium Tour as well as playing against other recreational teams from other affiliated leagues from Hamilton, Burlington, Toronto, Saint Catherine's, Kitchener etc.  For example, TFO currently anticipates requiring  $200.00 per team registration fee for this offering.

Finally, and special to this very offering, the MTFL itself will further subsize by providing a small credit/rebate to those eligible teams who do register and participate in this new event. For example, depending on the total number of MTFL teams that are qualified and that actually register for this single day event, the MTFL will provide no less than a $25 (to maximum of $100) further rebate per MTFL team. 

Thanks,

Your MTFL Executive team.

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2016-Sep-13
THANK-YOU FOR ATTENDING THE MTFL 2016 YEAR END PARTY

Everyone,

Firstly, a big thank-you to the over ninety persons in attendance last night for the MTFL's annual year-end party at the INTERNATIONAL SPORTS BAR.

We did things a little different this year by asking teams from the championship games to attend this event in order to collect their team and individual prizing as well as providing over $700 in door prize (gift certificates) to ensure anyone attending might have increased fun/reward in doing so.

Representatives of 17 (of 28) teams were present as well as a considerable contingent of this league's very valued referees.  Also in attendance were player friends/spouses and league partners like Justin Lahey from SUB-IN.

Food/snacks were great and plenty as was the "yummy" cake Glenn Stevenson arranged for all to enjoy too. Prizing for the divisional winners of the MVP and Sportsmen awards also handed out to some very well deserving players of this league.

Again, to all present last night, thank-you. It is also nice to get together to share memories, success stories and bragging rights for our next season (... which is only eight months away).

Finally, thank-you to league "photographer"/executive member Dan Ward; pictures of this event are to be found at  http://danwardphoto.com/Sites/MTFL%202016%20Year%20End/ and they will also be posted to FACEBOOK shortly.

Sincerely, the entire MTFL executive team.

PS- for those not present, please also take a few moments to look at the pictures and help this league share this event to you/your team-mates in all coming years.



2016-Sep-05
SEE YOU IN ONE WEEK'S TIME AND TO KICK THINGS OFF HERE ARE THE PHOTOS FROM THE 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES.

MTFL member teams/players/fans,

Happy LABOUR DAY (weekend). The executive hopes you are still enjoying all things "football".

The league's year-end party is next Monday night (, 12-Sep-2016). If you haven't RSVP'd yet please do so now; nearly 50 persons already have stated they are intending to come and the league has only heard back from 20% of all of the 2016 teams so far.

During the year-end party, the teams from each CHAMPIONSHIP game will be presented with team and individual player prizing. Also, for everyone in attendance, over $600 in door prizes will be given away that night with some lucky person getting at least $200 of that amount.

Next, the 2016 Championship game photos will be uploaded to the league's FACEBOOK account shortly (too), but to kick-off the year-end party you can get a sneak peak at them right now at:

 
So see you on the 12th Sep, 7:00pm at INTERNATIONAL SPORTS BAR.
 
Your Executive.

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2016-Aug-30
YEAR-END CELEBRATION - DETAILS FINALIZED

Our MTFL Year-End Party/Celebration is scheduled for Mon., Sep. 12th at International Sports Bar (located at 2480 Cawthra Rd, Mississauga) - starting at 7 p.m.

Schedule:

7 p.m. – Doors open

7:30 p.m. – Snacking Food is served

8 p.m. – Presentations

11 p.m. – Event is finished

Food will be served at 7:30 p.m. so one would be wise to be in attendance by this time; otherwise, the hungry troupes might well devour your share.

At this event, we will be celebrating the 2016 touch football season as well as honouring the MVP and Sportsman Award winners with presentations beginning at 8 p.m.

As result of the nominations made throughout the regular season by teams’ opponents, the list below shows the players with the most nomination points for their team.

We would like all these nominees to be present so that when the winners are revealed, the awards can be hand delivered and their accomplishments applauded.

Our goal is to have all teams and nominees represented on this evening.

The prize is $100 for each divisional winner. Where there are ties within a division, the $100 will be split amongst the winners. Each winner will receive no less than $25.

Top MVP Award Nominees include: 

(A) Cobras – Andrew Brimpong;Hawks – George Ioannides; Hounds – Marty Gonsalves; Piranhas – Jay Hayes and Cyril Adjeitey; Reapers – Stevan Ivancevic; YoungBucs – Jamie Shaw

(B) Angels – Phil Scarfone; Canes – Mike Hyatt; DWIW – Ashton Nelson; Gridiron - Dale Levarno; Renegades – Kevin Logan; Warriors – Eric Cartwright; Jamie Mitchell

(C) Axemen – Zac Bendenham; Bears – Ian Simpson; Death From Above – Stefan Steciw; Greatest Show on Turf – Kyle Badham; Kryptonite – Triston Hackett; Wolverines – Jordan Carterall

(D) Gators – Jon Schoutsen; Onyx – Rodney Charles; Shockerz – Mohit Ahuja; Stingers – Glenn Brettell; Trailer Park Boyz – Elden Foreskin

(E) Ghosts – Christian Stewart; Knibb High Football – Tom Lambros; Militia – Simon Harry; Offerdahl Ornery – Brian Merker; ThunderCats – Sutharsan Sivasoothalingham

Top SPORTSMAN Award nominees are:

(A)  Cobras - Myles Page; DWIW - Ashton Nelson; Hawks - George Ioannides; Hounds - Nathaniel Pinto and Ben Bilz; Piranhas - Nevin Blair; Reapers - Adrian Ferenc; Youngbucs - several players (equally selected)

(B)   Angels – Tex Thomas; Canes – Jamie Mitchell; DWIW – Ashton Nelson; Gridiron – Mark Zielinski; Renegades – Nick Draganjac and Ryley Wright; Warriors – Jamie Shaw

(C)   Axemen - Rick Zanon, Mike Gallagher, Aaron Gerber; Bears – Ian Simpson; Death From Above - Roman Pogoutse, Rilie Doolittle;  GSOT - John O’Brien; Kryptonite – Sahan Warnack; Wolverines – Harrison Thomas

(D)  Gators – Kevin Zolnieryk, Onyx - Kevin White, Crispin Barnes, Alex Tisma, Schockerz - Dave Nguyen; Stingers - Danny Turek; Trailer Park Boyz - Neal Robinson 

(E)   Ghosts - Giovanni Avarino; Knibb High - Tim Kiladze, Ryan Lippert; Militia – Elijah Soares; Offerdahl Ornery – Brian Merker; Thundercats – Sutharsan Sivasoothalingham

Please notify your team-mates so that they may attend and so that winners are present at the celebration.

See you at the party!

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2016-Aug-24
PLAY-OFF UPDATES ...

Everyone,

Firstly, congratulations to long-time league member team Greatest Show on Turf for earning the title of "MTFL 2016 C Division Champions" earlier this week. Nice to see a hard earned victory for everyone on the squad.

Secondly, if you have some time, there is still one further semi-final game to enjoy watching. So tonight please go to it and cheer on a division/league mate and take in what is likely going to be another great game in this year's play-off run. For example, of the eight semi-final games already completed this week, five of them were decided by a two or less point differential and all of them included terrific play and sportsmen in action.

Finally, and for next Monday and Turesday evening the "hot card" to attend will be the CHAMPIONSHIP games -- two each night under the lights at the VALLEYs. So again, please plan to attend if you are looking to see some great games.

Thanks,

Your Executive team

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2016-Aug-18
YEAR-END PARTY AND OTHER UPDATES FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Everyone,

Firstly, the league is moving through the play-off schedule as planned for the most part. "Yes", a bit of hiccup occured this past Tuesday night (... for which a revised schedule will be posted by midnight tonight for the two divisions implicated). So may all advancing teams continue to have safe, competitive and fun games.

Next, the league will be hosting a year-end party. Building on recent successes with that very event as well as to address some opportunities specific to this season, this year's party is intended to be one of best offerings yet:

  • book mark Monday, 12-Sep (7:00pm, International Sports Bar {Cawthra and Queensway area}).
  • although play-off CHAMPIONSHIP games will have professional photography services (and photo ops with trophy, friends, etc.) all actual other play-off prizing will be handed out at the year end party.
  • this year's play-off prizing budget was reduced (a bit in keeping with the overall contraction in league size) but there will be a gift for each team member of the CHAMPION and FINALIST teams. There is going to be a small cash gift to each of those very teams too.
  • similar to last year, door prizes will also be offered (on a random basis) throughout the evening -- including gift cards (... of which will be the "grand door prize" of a modest value).
  • also, the 3Star and MostSportsmen awards as well as other special person/contributor recognition and appreciations will be made that evening.

In short, the league wishes for at least six persons from each team to come the year-end party. There are many things to celebrate (whether your team was a division finalist/winner or not) so please plan on attending.

More announcements and emails coming shortly.

Sincerely,

The Executive team

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2016-Aug-16
AS OF 1:25PM ALL GAMES SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT ARE NOW CANCELLED.

All teams/players,

As of ~1:00pm today the league received written notification from the City of Mississuaga resulting in the need to CANCEL all games that had been scheduled for later this evening.

In summary,

a) please be advised no games are to occur tonight at any of the VALLEY or high school locations. Please contact your players and fans and notify them to not travel to the game site intend (tonight).

b) the league's master scheduler will be in touch shortly to identify possible re-schedule dates. However, in the case of the A-SEMI-finals, it is very much likely that these games will be re-scheduled to next Tuesday (, 23-Aug) at the same location and kick-off times as that which had been intended for this evening.

Sincerely,

Your Executive team

 

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2016-Aug-16
MTFL PLAY-OFF GAMES FOR TUESDAY 16-AUG-2016 (AS OF 10:00AM)

Teams/players,

Both of the play-off games scheduled to occur at the VALLEY's tonight have been CANCELLED (as this City of Mississauga Parks and Recreation Group has, in fact, delinated that site as "closed" for today).  The league scheduler will be in touch in the next 48 hours about possible make-up dates.

Next, there is a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ALERT in the GTA area right now; however, weather forecasts may have this clearing by mid-day today.

e.g., the games scheduled for high school locations this evening are still on. That being said, a final decision on that matter will be made by 3:15pm this afternoon.

Again, and regretably, weather conditions can change and although safety is number one concern for all us, the league feels it prudent to wait a few more hours on deciding about tonight's high school locations. Or more precisely, this league has no control over the VALLEY's (Paul Gilbert field) circumstance, as the City has instructed everyone to not use the outdoor field this evening; however, no such instruction from the City exists for any of the high school locations implicated.

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

MTFL President



2016-Aug-09
E DIVISION - REGULAR SEASON FINAL STANDINGS AND PLAY-OFF 1/4 FINAL GAME DETAILS
Firstly, congratulations to all teams in "E" division; the regular season has now completed for that division and all teams/players therein can now turn their focus towards the play-offs.
 
This year, a cross-over divisional format was executed for a total of two of the ten regular season games offered to that division with the final regular season "E" division standings shown below. Thus:
 
a) Militia, ThunderCats and Offerdahl Ornery get a buy through the quarter finals (directly into the semi-finals).
 
b) Knibb High will host the Ghosts for the sole quarter final game which is scheduled for Wednesday, 17-August (with a 6:30pm kick-off at Cawthra).

Thanks,

Your executive team

Wednesday, August 17th
6:30pm E-Qtr-1: (5th at 4th) (Cawthra)

 

Team W L T Pct PF PA Diff Strk
E-Militia 8 2 0 0.800 176 70 106 Won-2
E-ThunderCats 7 3 0 0.700 142 90 52 Won-2
E-Offerdahl Ornery 4 6 0 0.400 94 230 -136 Lost-4
E-Knibb High Football 3 7 0 0.300 133 145 -12 Lost-1
E-Ghosts 1 9 0 0.100 84 207 -123 Lost-1

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2016-Aug-05
MTFL-2016 C DIVISION PLAY-OFFS
C-Division Captains (, alternates and please forward to each of your players):
 
Firstly, congrats on an excellent regular season and may all of your teams continue to have safe, competitive and fun games throughout the upcoming play-off match-ups.
 
In your six team divisional format the top two teams of the regular standings (, Wolverines and Kryptonite) will get a bye (through the quarter-finals directly into the semi-finals). Thus, the C division quarter file match-ups, which are to occur this coming Monday 08-August, are as follows:
 
C-Qtr-2: has GSOT hosting the Axemen at Glen Forest (... a high school location, requiring an extra early kick-off time at 6:30pm in case over-time is needed); and
 
C-Qt-1: has BEARS hosting Death From Above at  the VALLEYs (...  which has a 7:00pm kick-off time as that facility has stadium lighting).
 
Remember, for an MTFL play-off game:
- the team that had the higher regular season record is the "HOME" team and "wins" the coin-toss;
- the game must have a winner (i.e., no ties allowed as facilitated, if necessary, by over-time period(s) of alternating convert play tries/attempts).
 
Next, and for budgetary reasons, the league has chosen to not go with any increased in size for the assigned referee crews for these two quarter final games; i.e. there will be three referees, as usual, at each of these first round of play-off games.  However, for the semi-final games and then the championship game itself, the referee crew size will be increased to a total of 4 and 5 referees each (respectfully).
 
Finally, I hope to "see you on the field".  Regardless, may each of you and all of your families, friends and fans enjoy these games to best possible outcomes for all.
 
Thanks,
Your Executive team.
 
Monday, August 8th
6:30pm C-Qtr-2 (5th at 4th) (Glenforest)
 
 
7:00pm C-Qtr-1: (6th at 3rd) (Mississauga Valleys)



2016-Jul-27
UPDATES FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Everyone,

Unfortunately, the heat wave and humidity continues; thank-you for playing through it and keeping yourself hydrated and observant towards preventing heat-stroke etc.

As of last night, the A division has completed its regular season games. The top two teams in it (e.g., Piranhas and Cobras) get a bye through to the SEMI-FINALS whilst the other four teams well get rested up for their respective QUARTER-FINAL games.

The play-off schedule was published in advance as to give persons time to arrange work and vacation commitments around it (as best they can).  Also, earlier this year, becuase mother nature interfered with some of the regular season games and a decision was made to re-schedule those games into the next two week period which meant a "gap" left to accelerate play-off scheduling was no longer available for that very purpose. Further to that point, that pre-planned "gap" was also left in play in case of any of the regular season games in Week9 through Week10 became affected by some re-scheduling need/demand.

Next, the MTFL play-off schedule is a fixed bracket style; i.e. re-seating is not attempted for the semi-final games. This style of post season match-up has been used because the league feels more players wish to know when/where their next possible game is etc.

In any case, please continue to have safe, competitive and fun games. Further announcements will be coming out shortly in regards to play-off prizing and year-end party.

Finally, due to budgeting constraints, professional photography opportunities will only be occurring during each divisional final. However, any persons who may have taken pictures of any MTFL regular season or otherwise pending play-off game are welcome to forward such (digital) images to the league for posting on FACEBOOK etc.

Sincerely,

Your Executive

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2016-Jul-20
SCHEDULE UPDATES - REGULAR SEASON AND PLAY-OFFS.

Captains and all players:

Various divisions do, in fact, have regular season games to complete on 2nd, 3rd or 4th of August. Games on those dates that are scheduled for a high school location are to kick-off at 6:45pm (not 7:00pm). The website SCHEDULE page will be updated as such no later than this weekend.

Next, as for playoff schedule, a fixed bracket play-off schedule is posted on SCHEDULE page on league website.

Take note:

a) for high school based locations, such play-off games will have kick-off at 6:30pm (to ensure provision for OT under reasonable light conditions is made).

b) for teams in "D" or "E" division, rest assured your play-off game will only be against an opponent in your ranked division. League's software has not been updated to separate things more clearly than shown on SCHEDULE page. However, separate emails will be sent to your respective divisions this weekend.

Finally, obviously it is summer time (rife with vacation needs or desires) but the league expects your continued cooperation in adhering to the play-off schedule. Also, please continue to have, safe, competitive and fun games.

Sincerely,

Your Executive

PS - announcements on play-off prizing and year-end activities are forth coming as well.



2016-Jul-12
UPDATES FROM THE MTFL EXECUTIVE

All MTFL Captains and players:

Some brief updates:

  • a draft of the play-off schedule is undergoing internal peer review right now; it should be posted on the website for all to see by 17th of Jul.
  • speaking of play-offs, all are reminded of MTFL's specific play-off entitlement rules (e.g., a player must have had at least three regular season games with the team AND of those three games, one must have occurred within the first six regular season games of that team. Some exceptions apply (e.g., pre-declared injuries, SUB-IN entitlements, disciplinary matter)).
  • game sheet actual attendance listed in your team's roster on the website will be updated by this weekend; e.g., several submissions for games ranging in dates from 16-Jun thru 11-Jul inclusive were exchanged with the MTFL Registrar last night.

Finally, it remains hot and humid so please continue to bring lots of water or power-aid like refreshments to your game, etc.

Sincerely,

Your executive team

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2016-Jul-05
MID SEASON ADVICE ... TAKE TIME TO AVOID HEAT STROKE

Everyone,

Going to be hot and humid next couple of days so do your best to reduce chances of heat stroke:

- drink plenty of water

- take frequent breaks (in the shade)

- watch others (including very young or older fans or persons you know to have breathing issues).

Also, recognize the warning signs and if you have them, get out of the heat and rest in a cooler shady place:

- pale skin

- dizzy or nauseous

- fatigue, weakness

- sweating profusely

- rapid pulse

- fast, shallow breathing

- muscle weakness or cramps.



2016-Jun-29
RE-SCHEDULING OF THE 20-JUN-2016 GAME CANCELLATIONS.

Att'n all teams implicated by the severe humidex driven game cancellations encountered on Monday, 20-Jun-2016. 

Five games were cancelled that night. Of the five, re-scheduled game dates have been published for all of them and of those new game dates, all have been published to the league's website (SCHEDULE page ... as being accepted by all parties save the DWIW-RENEGADES game. Re-scheduling of that game is still in progress but may involve refund of monies or the possibility of a request to make-up the game on an upcoming Saturday or Sunday morning in late July or early August).

Thank-you for your cooperation in finding an acceptable game re-schedule date. Much appreciated especially since all of us prefer "to play the game".

On behalf of the Executive team,

John Schiebel

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2016-Jun-20
GAMES CANCELLED ON JUNE 20TH

ALL GAMES SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 20TH HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE EXTREME HEAT WARNING AND THE LIKELIHOOD OF THUNDERSTORMS.

TEAM REPS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED. PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR TEAM-MATES.

GAMES WILL BE RESCHEDULED. CAPTAINS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE RESCHEDULED DATES.



2016-Jun-09
INTRODUCING SUBIN SPORTS

Att'n all MTFL players, fans and partners:

The MTFL is pleased to announce a new relationship with SUBIN SPORTS ... a local and Canadian owned service provider that allows sports teams to access temporary players which in turn can help a team grow its roster and a league to grow in size or overall wellness.

Each MTFL captain will be sent (later this evening) specific instructions on how they and their team mates can setup an account for themselves in order to enjoy this service and its capabilities free of charge.

1) Why is this relationship happening/important to 'me'?

Well, the MTFL Executive hopes you agree that although touch football is not dying by any means its growth in overall size in recent years is less than ideal /not trending in the best of ways. Furthermore, whether you are a captain or not, the MTFL executive hopes you will also agree that finding additional team-mates is proving tough and given that, the need to find reasonable and appropriate tools for helping that cause should be considered.

2) Why is SUBIN SPORTS presented as a prefered partner to the MTFL?

Well, besides being an organization trying to bring employment in our own very back-yard, one of the owners is actually an avid touch football player himself. Thus having someone well familiar with the running of (touch football) teams and leagues is likely to prove itself a very good thing. Also, the MTFL executive has vetted this "supplier" for suitability and appropriateness as evidence by documented partnership agreement and memo of understanding information that has been circulated to every team captain.

3) Sounds complicated. Are you sure this a good thing for 'me'?

First of all, no one is required to use SUBIN (as their sole means to help thier roster in a time of need, etc.). However, the league strongly recommends that you make SUBIN your own partner of choice because it has, in fact, invested some time in trying to ensure that SUBIN understands this league's objectives and principles of operation (... and that SUBIN will do its best to stay aligned with those very considerations / value sets.  In other words, the MTFL wishes to partner with entities of similar values and objectives as that typically gives synergy, focus and timeliness to closure of issues when they do come up).  Also, SUBIN gives teams chances to earn rewards (whether financial or prize awards) and that usually is not a bad thing either.

4) Well, what do I need to do next?

As stated, your team captain will be provided with a "Best Practices Guide Book".  That guidebook includes a very specific URL link for each member on your team to use for creating their SUBIN account/userid.  After that, as many of you already regularly survey your team-mates in advance on their availability, you can now consider advertizing for a "sub" well in advance of need (such as planned vacations, work commitment, etc.). SUBIN is not a guarantee to solving a temporary roster availability issue nor a long-term goal of growing your roster but it is another method for those very purposes.

5) What else should I know?

Well, let's say you were already familiar with SUBIN (as it does, in fact, already support multiple leagues in multiple sports), well then (or in the case of you just reviewing it now for the first time) you will see that MTFL's relationship with SUBIN is built upon a set of written policies/rules for how a substitute player engagement can be fulfilled.  The reasoning for that is that this league has a long standing tradition (and pride) in roster integrity issues. For example, some quick things to remember are:

  • SUBIN is not for play-off games.
  • persons in lower divisions of competitive play can substitute into any team of any division above them. That's been the natural progression of player getting more competitive (all along). However, persons can't just "sub" too far down into all of the divisions below them.  The reasoning for that is kind of obvious, correct? That is, no one would like a top division/tier QB dropping into the MTFL's lowest division of competitive play to be the QB of that team. Similarly, it is generally felt to be not a good thing to allow a player to 'sub' into a team in his own division.
  • their are other restrictions to how many games you, an existing "MTFL" player can SUBIN to an MTFL game as well as how many SUBIN requests you/your team can request for a MTFL game in one MTFL season.
  • such restrictions are specific to the MTFL; i.e., they are not automatically applied to any other league of any sport that you may connect to via SUBIN.  That is a decision for those leagues to handle. 
  • SUBIN is a way in which persons visiting the GTA temporarily can help your team (in a regular season game -- not just an inner squad scrimmage or practice). It is also handy for persons whose job requires them to be on continental shift work rotations but who still wish to help a team and the MTFL when they can jump into a game.

To conclude, the MTFL hopes you consider using SUBIN pro-actively and in-line with the rules defined. For example, maybe your team has some injured players and could try to find a "sub" for such a short term need right now.

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

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2016-Jun-02
QUESTIONS ABOUT FIELDS/GRASS CUTTING.

Everyone,

Couple of things with respect to grass cutting or field line painting:

- such services are provided for by the rental agreement/permit fee MTFL pays the City of Mississuaga.

- that being said, the City of Mississauga does not own, itself, all of the fields used by the MTFL. For example, the school board owns the high school locations (and logistical and communication snafus have been known to happen between the City and the school board).

- as for the City itself, their staffing ramps up later in "June" each year ... as they often hire "student" help for the summer to assist with things like this. Thus during month of May and early June some fields are likely to be under serviced.

- as for the grass cutting schedule; some tolerance must be shown to mother nature in all of this. For example, if weather conditions are very inducive to rapid grass growth, obviously the "fixed service schedule" may not be well aligned with what's actually happening/needed on your field. Specifically, if your team is scheduled to play on Thursday but grass is scheduled to be cut on a Friday -- well, you may have to bare with the system etc.

Finally, the URLs of interest are:

1. http://www7.mississauga.ca/Departments/Rec/parks/sport-fields/docs/appendix-B-guidelines.pdf ... for the "schedule" for field maintenance as per the field fee permits the league has paid for.

2. http://www7.mississauga.ca/Departments/Rec/parks/sport-fields/docs/Parks_Supervisors.pdf .. for a listing of "who" the MTFL or MOA Executive can bring your grass cutting or field lining need/ complaint to.

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2016-May-25
REV006 REVISION OF THE MTFL-2016 PLAYER REGISTRATION WAIVER NOW AVAILABLE.

Team captains/team members,

Sorry for the delay; the MTFL 2016 waiver (liability release and assumption of risk agreement) form is now available.

Please print for this website (onto a single double sided letter size sheet of paper), complete both sides and then hand in to the head referee at your first game.

All forms must include:

- the name of your team

- your name and signature

- your contact information

- your captain's name and signature.

Thanks,

John(MTFL-Registrar)

PS- black-and-white copies are sufficient; i.e., you don't need to print in colour format).

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2016-May-23
HOLD ON! PLAYER AGREEMENT STILL BEING REVISED - STAY TUNED

The Player Agreement (Waiver) is still being reviewed. It is anticipated that it will be ready by 3 p.m. Tue., May 24th. Captains: Please do not use the previously sent Agreement.

Please stay tuned.

MTFL Executive



2016-May-23
AGREEMENT ('WAIVER') - ALL PLAYERS TO SIGN

Team Rep:

Please accept our apologies for the lateness of the following requests.

MTFL has a new Registration and Waiver form which is entitled:

‘Mississauga Touch Football League Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement’.

This document replaces the old form. We believe the new ‘waiver’ is more thorough and comprehensive, and more meaningful; therefore, we are making it a requirement that ALL players – new to MTFL and Veterans – complete the form.

We have included the Code of Conduct because the Agreement refers to this document and requires the MTFL Registrant to read it.

Similar to the old waiver, a team captain is required to witness the player’s signature, and sign the document.

Please ensure that all information provided is legible, and that the form is filled in completely.

The Agreement must be signed by each player prior to their first game – before they play in the game. The sheets should be submitted to the Head Referee at the game (before the game, at half-time or at the conclusion of the game).

REQUEST #1: Please ensure that your team-mates are aware of their responsibility to fill out this form by forwarding this message to them. And please have extra copies available for your team-mates to fill out prior to the game in the event they do not arrive at the game with their Agreement and the Code of Conduct.

Note: The Game Sheet for each team has yet to be updated. The column for Waiver (Wvr) has last year’s info on it and should not be confused with this year’s Agreement and its signing and submission.

REQUEST #2: Print a copy of your team’s roster from the MTFL Website and take it with you to your game. Make any necessary changes to it (adding or changing names, jersey numbers, etc.) Submit your roster to the Game Officials at half-time. Fill out your selections from your opponents’ roster for Best Sportsman (SM) and 3 Stars (1 – first star, 2 – 2nd star, 3 – 3rd star) at the end of the game.

REQUEST #3: Submit your signed Agreements to the Game Officials.

REQUEST #4: Please enjoy a safe, fun and competitive season along with your team-mates and opponents in the MTFL.

Your MTFL Executive

 

 

 

 



2016-May-17
IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY, PLEASE COMPLETE THE ON-LINE PLAYER REGISTRATION.

All MTFL team captains/admins,

As discussed in AGM/AGM minutes, and new for this year, Touch Football Ontario (TFO) has secured a 3rd party service provider for player registration purposes etc.

e.g., all TFO teams (in all TFO affiliated leagues) are required to register themselves and their players within the on-line portal that TFO-Karelo has provided for that purpose. For example, the instructions for and the URL link to this portal are on the main page of www.tfont.com .

Thus, if you have not already done so, please complete the following steps on or before your first MTFL 2016 regular season game (or, your first Trillium Tour 2016 event ... which ever comes first):

a) register your team on that portal; the MTFL has provided an EXCEL scratch pad file template for you to collect the necessary data first so that the manual transcibing / data entry of it into that third party portal goes a little easier, etc.

b) then throughout the season, you the team captain must keep that portal as well as the MTFL Registrar up to date in a timely manner with any roster additions or deletions. Each player is expected to keep their contact information up to date too.

c) to use the portal and complete this new registration requirement from TFO, the captain of the team is required to make a $150 credit card payment. Upon confirmation of that payment, the MTFL will refund your team's captain of record with the $150 fees it has already collected from each of its teams.  As of about one week ago, eight MTFL teams have already complete their initial team registration.  In the past, the league made bulk payment of this concern on behalf of all of its teams. However, no such work flow or process has been accomodated (yet) in the 3rd party provided portal.

Again, this on-line registration is a new requirement from TFO. It is hoped that such a centralized registration portal will ensure appropriate obligations are met by each team and person in the league as well as by TFO itself (in arranging insurances for the leagues affiliated with it, etc.).

Should you have issue with the on-line portal (or a recommendation for its improved functionality/utility), please contact the MTFL Executive immediately. Glenn Stevenson and I (, John Schiebel) will serve as prime point of contact for all such issues originating from teams/players from this league (as to avoid redundancy, etc.). As an example, MTFL has already been pressing for more generic file upload import/export capability for team captains to use during first time registration attempts. Unfortunately, that kind of functionality is not likely to be available until next season.

To conclude, each MTFL teams must complete the $150 online TFO-Karelo registration before they will be allowed to play in any MTFL game. Disciplinary assignments are possible for teams or players that are not in compliance with this TFO player registration requirement.  Whether a player plays in a Trillium Tour tournament is not a concern; rather, all players of all TFO affiliated leagues must be registered in this system before they play a game.

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

MTFL President and Registrar

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2016-May-12
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HELPING THE LEAGUE INCORPORATE ...

Att'n all league teams and players,

As stated in the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM, and minutes thereof), the league is interested in incorporating itself (as a not for profit entity).

If you have any interest in helping the league obtain that goal and if you currently are a practising lawyer (in corporate or otherwise business and liability related matters), please contact a member of the executive team on or before Monday, 16-May-2016.  For example, the league would like to interview a few candidates for determining a best fit etc.

Preference will be given to candidates practicing their legal profession in the GTA and, ideally, who have a work office in a GTA "west" location.  Responses to this request should be directed to mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca (and please feel free to attach your resume/CV, or your LINKEDin URL or any other relevant information to help the current executive team to get to know you).

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

MTFL 2016 President

 

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2016-May-06
SCHEDULE HAS BEEN POSTED

The 2016 MTFL Regular Season Schedule has been posted.

The MTFL is comprised of 5 divisions this season. The 'D&E' Division page displays both divisions (D and E). Information about these two divisions is being sent to team representatives for explanation regarding reading and interpreting the standings.

To find a specific team's schedule, select the Schedule page then choose the team in the drop-down menu under 'All Teams'. That team's schedule will then be displayed.

All teams have 10 regular-season games scheduled.

When the schedule is modified, it is kept current on this website so if in doubt due to conflicting info, please refer to this website. The schedule was last updated May 5th.

In the event that a game requires rescheduling during the season due to weather or some other factor, games will be rescheduled:

i) on an open field within the existing schedule (one available each full week)

ii) during the 11th week of the schedule (should space be available)

iii) during the 12th week of the schedule

Should this not be possible, the game will not be played, and some fees will be refunded to the implcated teams. 

The Playoff Schedule will be posted around one month prior to playoffs beginning. Some playoff games may start as early as Aug 8th. Not all divisions will necessarily begin playoffs the same week.

Requests for modifications to the schedule will require a fee being paid by the team requesting the change. Min. $50. Max. $150. Fees are dependent upon degree of difficulty in honouring the request (number of games moved to create opening).

Request must be received at least 72 hours prior to kick-off; but ideally as soon as captains are aware of rescheduling necessity.

Request and related fees do not guarantee a schedule change as that is dependent upon other factors (field, date, referee availability; opponent's availability; etc.) A Game Rescheduling document is being created that outlines expectations, fees, payment method, etc.

A request for rescheduling may not end up being honoured if a reasonable solution cannot be found. Therefore, if a team’s request is denied for any reason, and the original game is defaulted by the requesting team, then default penalties will still be assigned. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free contact the league.

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2016-May-03
UPDATES FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE TEAM ,,, PLEASE BARE WITH US.

All,

A regular season schedule has been circulated to team representatives and is near finalization. The website will have a version of it and the divisional allocations this week.

Next, standby for a flurry of announcements and activities including but not limited to the following concerns as we move to be three weeks away from the first game of the season for many teams:

  • waiver  update;
  • (approved) bylaws update (with many teams already actually taking the time to affirm thier approval);
  • instructions for the teams who have not already done so to register on TFO-Karelo player registration portal;
  • status of SUBIn (player substitution service provider) "contract talks";
  • in-season re-schedule request payment policy / guidelines.

Also, if you haven't yet as your own, or where allowed, as a merged team, please consider going to the upcoming Brampton Trillium Tour event (28th/29th-May). Registration cut-off is 18-May on the www.mytournament.ca website.

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

League President and Registrar

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2016-Apr-22
DIVISIONAL ASSIGNMENTS WITH REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE TO FOLLOW.

Att'n all league teams/players,

The following divisional assignments will be used for the upcoming season.

Please note, for the two adjacent divisions with five or less teams in them, a fixed cross-over format will exist for a small number of their regular season games. That is, the:

  • teams natural to that division will be scheduled to play each other twice and then of the remaining games needed to make the ten game regular season complete, the league will schedule a cross-over match of them against a suitable opponent in the other division.
  • cross-over match-ups may occur at any point over the regular season.
  • rankings to determine the cross-over match-ups are determined by the league prior to the start of the season (just as the league allocates competitive teams to any division). However, for play-off purposes, the team's listed in each of the cross-over divisions will be ranked only against the teams in their very same division for play-off purposes (e.g., quarter-final assignments or byes).

The divisional allocation reflects "wellness/capability of play" inputs from all teams (including several that have, for this coming season, already forewarned the league they have roster challenges due to injuries of players assigned to a key position (e.g., QB) or at multiple positions on their roster).  

Next, the executive team is working on a draft of the regular season schedule. It will undergo an internal review and then be posted within the coming days.

Finally, may all teams have a safe competitive and fun season.

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

A: Cobras, Hawks, Hounds, Piranhas, Reapers, YoungBucs.

B: Angles, Canes, DWIW, GridIron, Renegades, Warriors.

C: Axemen, Bears, Death From Above, GSOT, Kryptonite (formally known as Raiders), Wolverines. 

D: Gators, Onyx, Shockers, Stingers, Trailer Park Boyz.

E: Ghosts, Knibb High Football, Militia, Offerdahl Ornary, ThunderCats.

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2016-Apr-16
UPDATES FROM MTFL 2016 EXECUTIVE TEAM

Everyone,

  • The league will be 28 teams in size this year. The divisional allocation of each team will be announced within the next week and a draft of the regular season schedule will be circulated shortly thereafter.  Right now, thank you to all of the team captain's/admins for keeping the league well informed of the the schedule preference data/information that was recently requested of them.
  • All persons interested in becoming a referee as well as those who currently are a referee, are reminded that the Mississauga Officials Associaton (MOA) is holding a referee clinic this coming Tuesday, 19-Apr-2016, at the Mississauga Valley's Community Centre (in Program Room #3, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.   If you are planning to attend, and have not already done so, please ensure that the MOA ( gzielinski@cogeco.ca ) is aware of your intention to attend this clinic. For those attending, please, prior to this clinic, review the on-line clinic trainng materials located at:http://www.mtfl.org/general-info.php

Thanks

Your MTFL Executive team

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2016-Apr-04
MTFL 2016 AGM - MEETING MINUTES.
  • AGM was held 23-Mar-2016 (1.5 hour meeting duration, representatives of 15 veteran teams were present; no candidate new team representatives were present (or expected)).
 
  • At the conclusion of the meeting, since not all of the expected or intended teams were present or had paid their team registration fees, a PROXY VOTE sheet was sent out to those team captains who had paid (or had indicated they would pay team fees by 01-April-2016) but were not actually at the 23rd March meeting.
 
  • As of 04-Apr-2016, 26 teams have paid in full. The MTFL is still in dialog with four other teams. Two of the teams that were not at the AGM have subsequently sent the league their completed PROXY VOTE form (and now, as of today, the MTFL Executive assumes the right of affirmation on all PROXY VOTE sheets not yet submitted). Tabulated voting results available upon request.
 
  • Thus, the 2016 AGM has now concluded and the results of that meeting are now summarized:

 

    1. John Schiebel, Glenn Stevenson and Matthew Vincent have been affirmed as executive members with voting privilege (in roles of President, Vice President and Finance respectfully).
    2. The league will be no fewer than 26 teams (and likely no bigger than 32 teams). An absolute final team registration fee payment date of 10-Apr-2016 now exists for 2016 season.
    3. The regular season is expected to start week of 23rd May (with a draft of the regular season schedule to be circulated for review/approval about four weeks prior to that).
    4. All teams are now restricted to twenty (not twenty-one) players per roster (as per legal obligations with the league's liability insurance provider). For the 2017 season, teams will be restricted to nineteen players (for similar reasoning and continued alignment with TFO practices). However, the MTFL has informed TFO (and now all member teams), that any further reductions in roster size are not aligned with any (current) need or benefits of the MTFL. 
    5. During the upcoming season, (minor) changes to MTFL's BYLAWs may occur in regard to "temporary players" (and, in specific, SUBIn (and SUBzie Inc.) should any business agreement between the MTFL and SUBzie Inc be a candidate for approval.  That agreement is being formulated and will be circulated amongst the MTFL captains should it be the case that both SUBzie Inc and the MTFL Executive think it can be agreed to. This matter is likely to be resolved before the start of the regular season.
    6. MTFL may consider, with total league size of 30 or less teams, scheduling only two games per night at the Valley's as a cost reduction. In the past, most teams have typically played three regular season games at the VALLEY's location; for this year, if the reduction in games occurs, most teams would only play two regular season games at the VALLEYs.
    7. The MTFL Executive will make or sustain other in-season cost reductions to ensure that the budget forecast (circulated with the AGM package) will be met.  This may include a reduction of the number of divisions of play (or, more likely, the reduction in expenses towards the $value of play-off prizing and the elimination of expenses like the year-end party, team selfie program, etc.). To the point of number of divisions, currently the MTFL expects to offer five divisions of play for the 2016 season. However, by no later than 10-April that might change to (no fewer) than four divisions of play.
    8. MTFL has collected $150 per team necessary to its relationship with TFO (and the required liability insurance fee). The MTFL Registrar will work with team captains over the next 14 days to ensure that they register their teams with the required player information using a 3rd party software (portal) that Touch Football Ontario (TFOnt) has arranged to every team captain with login access.
    9. a MOA referee clinic is to occur on Tuesday, 19-Apr-2016 (7:00pm thru 10:00pm) at Mississauga Valleys Program Meeting Room#3. Interested parties are to inform MOA Executive of their intended availabilities as well as read, prior to the meeting, the PPT presentation titled "2014 Referee Clinic (MOA)" posted on the  http://www.mtfl.org/general-info.php  web page.
    10. MTFL will remain an affiliated league of TFO. Furthermore, MTFL intends on providing a food and (soft drink and beer) beverage concession service at the upcoming Brampton 2016 Trillium Tour Event (28th/29th-May --- rain or shine).
    11. MTFL is likely to switch the league's bank account from the TD Bank to a CIBC account this year (to simplify logistics of travel for executive members - by using a single plaza location for league mail box and bank, etc.)
    12. MTFL still to require a "paper" waiver form to be completed by all new players before they play in any MTFL game. The MTFL will very likely renew (this year) a past practice of having all veteran players signing such a paper waiver form each season. Furthermore, the league's code of conduct will be co-presented with that waiver form when the request for a player's signature is made.

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2016-Apr-01
REFEREE CLINIC --- TUESDAY, 19-APRIL-2016 (7:00 TO 10:00 PM).

Att'n all existing Mississauga Officials Association (MOA) members and any person interested in becoming a referee.

There will be a referee clinic on Tuesday, 19th April-2016 between 7:00pm and 10:00pm in Program Meeting Room #3 at Mississauga Valleys Community Centre.

For planning purposes, those intending or wishing to attend should email George Zielinski (at gzielinski@cogeco.ca ) at least 48 hours in advance of this meeting's date.

The MOA looks forward to a most enjoyable, productive and rewarding season.

Thanks,

MOA and MTFL Executive

 

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2016-Mar-28
PRELIMINARY AGM MEETING MINUTES AND ACTION ITEMS

Att'n team captains and admins:

The AGM was held as planned on 23-March. Due to weather conditions or other factors that night, a clear majority of (veteran) teams were not actually present to complete league voting needs. Thus, over this past long weekend, the league executive nominees have taken steps to phone /email all teams that had been expected to join the 2016 season.

As of 10:30am this morning, 28 teams are indicating they wish to be part of the 2016 season. However, ~ 30% of these teams have not paid in full yet.

To be respectful of the teams that did make payment to the league, prior to or at the conclusion of the AGM, an additional late fee will be required by teams now attempting to make payment. The additional late fee will be applied on an escalating fashion (to a maximum of $200 per team). A league representative will be contacting the teams implicated later this evening ... to provide them with details on the escalation of late fee amounts/schedule.

Next, the AGM meeting minutes will be issued by the end of this coming weekend; e.g., league is in process of gathering proxy vote sheets from teams, absent from AGM, but that have, in fact, paid in full.

Next, team schedule preference data will be gathered (shortly and tabulated along with intended divisional assignments) as it is the goal to publish a draft regular season schedule no later than ~20-April-2016.

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

on behalf of your candidate nominee executive.

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2016-Mar-23
AGM PACKAGE

Returning and new team captains,

Hope to see up to three representatives from each team at tonight's AGM.

If you can't attend tonight's meeting, please review the AGM package handout.  A member of the executive will be in touch shortly to collect proxy votes (via email or phone).

Regardless, payment of team registration (, $1800) fees in full is due before the conclusion of tonight's meeting otherwise a team will risk:

a) assignment of an additional late payment fee (of up to $200); or

b) not getting into the 2016 MTFL season.

E-Transfer payment instructions are listed in the preceeding NEWs post.

Thanks,

John Schiebel

 

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2016-Mar-22
AGM READINESS AND TEAM FEE PAYMENTS..

Returning and new team candidates:

The 2016 AGM is less than 24 hours away. The league has received feedback from ~95% of last year's teams and believes it is on track for a 28 team or larger league size.

Next, for veteran teams, payment of team fees can now be attempted on-line via email money transfer. Please send the total amount due (, $1800) in one transaction. Please use something like "MTFL-yourteamname" as answer to the question asked (e.g., "MTFL-GSOT, "MTFL-Axemen") and send that email money transfer to the league's email address: mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca 

*** ten teams have already pre-paid via this on-line method; thanks!

Next, for candidate new team applicants, the league requires your registration application to have the team registration fee too. For example, on or before the AGM you can submit your team roster information to league's email address. However, for payment, please follow the payment instructions provided to you by John Schiebel (via his johnandlenore@bell.net email address).

In earlier an email and news bit it was identified that a portion of your team registration fee might be paid by you directly to TFOnt (for player registration/insurance purposes). This is no longer the case; specifically, the practice of MTFL making that payment on behalf of your team will continue. Again, all of the $1800 team registration fee is to be paid, in full, on or before the conclusion of the AGM.

Next, if you do make an email money transfer, please be patient in league's ability to accept it. In case you are not familair with Canadian banking process and policies, there can be a daily limit on the amount of total funds accepted (or withdrawn) from any bank account.

For teams wishing to make payment in-person at the AGM, cash is acceptable. Personal cheques will only be accepted from veteran teams in good standing; otherwise a certified cheque or bank money order is required (by all new team candidates).

All cheques and money orders must be made out to "Mississauga Touch Football League". Do not use "MTFL" as the league's bank will not accept a cheque made out to any acronym or abbreviated form of this league's proper name.

Finally, all teams are encouraged to have up to a maximum of three representatives at the AGM meeting. Please consider having one of your team members who has never attended an AGM be one of those persons. Bottled water will be available at the AGM and that meeting should last less than 1.5 hours for veteran team representatives. A further 30 minutes may be used for new team applicants - in order to give them a more detailed orientation to league policies etc.

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

Candidate Nominee MTFL 2016 Executive

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2016-Feb-17
AGM BUDGET COMMENTARY AND EXPLANATION OF TEAM REGISTRATION FEE PRICE INCREASE
 
All league members and players:
 
The following is the second email which gives greater explanation of our financial situation.
 
The 2015 Season
During the 2015 Season, as a result of the Pan Am Games, the MTFL chose to go from a 10 game regular season to an 8 game regular season. As a result of two fewer games being scheduled per team as well as not paying for artificial turf fields as budgeted for, $300 was refunded to team captains.
 
Also during the season, the league executive chose to increase referee fees $2.50/game to $40/game. This was not part of the 2015 budget but was felt to be an important step to bring referee fees more in line with other sports officials and would be a first step in attracting new officials. The last referee fee increase was in 2010.
 
The 2016 Season
Team fees have increased $50 to $1800. We continue to forecast expenditures and create a budget with a worst-case scenario philosophy to ensure that revenues pay for expenditures and to avoid a deficit at the end of the year. We are projecting that we will be dipping into our end-of-year bank balance by some $3000 during the 2016 season if we spend the maximum for each budget expenditure. Hopefully, there will be savings such that dipping into the bank account will be minimal.
 
In recent years, the MTFL has adopted the policy that those who end up volunteering more hours than what might considered reasonable should be compensated. In the 2015 season, executive members kept track of hours spent, on a time sheet. $6000 was spent on compensating effort by two executive members, with $500 being donated back to the league for a player recognition program which we hope will be deployed in 2016.
 
2016 and Beyond
Going forward it is important for members to realize that running the league comes at a cost and that cost can increase if fewer individuals are running the league. However, with more volunteers performing the various duties and activities, expenses could be significantly reduced in future years, thereby lowering team registration fees.
 
The budget for related fees (general administrative expenses) is set at $4500 in 2016. The reduction in expense compared with 2015 is a result of less time being spent dealing with Pan Am Games’ mitigation and the return of a valuable executive member who was unavailable much of last season. Consider that a volunteer could represent a savings of 40 hours and $400 minimally. Should more volunteers offer their services, this allocation for general administrative expenses could remain less utilized.
 
The surplus at the end of 2016 is expected to be minimal.
 
Fees for 2017 are likely to increase as another $5/referee/game is being considered to stay competitive with fees for other sports officials. This would require at least another $100/team for the 2017 season.
 
There are two attachments for your viewing and analysis:
i)                    General Ledger for 2015
ii)                  Cash Flow for 2015
 
  • AGM - Wed., March 23 at 7 pm at Miss. Valley Community Centre
  • To volunteer with the MTFL, contact: mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca
  • To inquire or offer your services as a game official, contact George Zielinski at: gzielinski@cogeco.ca
Keeping in Touch,
 
MTFL Executive Team (2015)
 
 
MTFL - providing organized touch football in a safe, fun and competitive environment

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2016-Feb-08
AGM, TEAM REGISTRATION FEES, VOLUNTEERS

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM is set for Wed., Mar. 23, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Mississauga Valleys Recreation Centre. Team registration fees are required to be paid in full on or before this date. Teams are expected to send representation to this meeting.

TEAM REGISTRATION FEE FOR 2016 SEASON

Your MTFL Executive has been working diligently on a 2016 Budget which we feel meets our mandate and suits our membership well. The 2016 team registration fee is being set at $1800 which is an increase of $50 over the 2015 season team fee. Although we had previously stated that we anticipated no increase, we feel the increase is justified. (More clarification will be given through email and at AGM.)

VOLUNTEERS

One key area of focus is the acquisition of volunteers to assist with running the league. We are strongly encouraging individuals to offer their services. We are seeking volunteers who might contribute 10 or more hours on league administrative activities. This is a wonderful opportunity to add to one’s resume and to participate as part of a dynamic, fun and innovative team. If you feel you can offer some volunteer time and you have an interest in helping the league, we would love to hear from you. Please see the list below. Let us know your area of interest and/or skill set (area of expertise) so we can match you up with appropriate tasks. Please email: mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca.

Those interested in refereeing should contact George Zielinski at gzielinski@cogeco.ca. 

COMMUNICATION

Again, if you can direct team-mates to this site, we will have a better chance of meeting our goal of acquiring valuable volunteers, and keeping our membership informed.

Volunteering – League Categories, Positions, Knowledge, Skills, Activities

- event planning

- AGM package

- Year-End Party and Award Ceremony

- website construction

- website maintenance

- SQL and Java scripting writing skills

- communication

- policy writing

- editing

- writing emails

- communication to team reps

- survey writing

- data management – collection, entry, analysis, reporting

- photography

- Social Media

- Facebook entries

- Twitter entries

- regular season scheduling

- playoff scheduling

- re-scheduling

- budgeting

- auditing

- quality control

- sales and marketing

- league discipline

- decision making

- banking

- accounting

- finance

- purchasing

- MOA liaiso


 

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2016-Jan-15
MTFL-2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WILL BE WEDNESDAY, 23-MAR-2016.

Att'n all returning veteran and candidate new teams,

The MTFL's Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 23-Mar-2016 in "Program Meeting Room#1" of the Mississauga Valley's Community Center.

The meeting will start no later than 7:05pm and is likely to require less than 1.5 hours to complete.

Each team is invited to have up to 3 representatives (only) at this meeting. Water will be available at this meeting. 

The AGM Handout package will be made available about two weeks prior to that meeting date as well as reviewed during the meeting.

Next, persons interested in becoming an MTFL Executive member should contact the league immediately (and no later than midnight 07-Mar-2016). As of this time, the following persons have identified themselves as candidates (for affirmation by vote during the AGM) to the executive: Glenn Stevenson, Matthew Vincent, John Avarino, Jonathan Schoutsen, Dan Ward and myself, John Schiebel.

Finally, candidate new teams are reminded to contact the league well in advance of this meeting as to begin their registration package/process (as described on the FAQs pages).

Sincerely, your MTFL2015 Executive Team.

ref: Contract #716243.



2015-Dec-23
SEASONS GREETINGS AND EARLY PLANNING INFORMATION FOR THE UPCOMING CY2016 SPRING SEASON

Everyone,

On behalf of the entire Executive team, may you, as well as all of your family and friends, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

At this busy time of year we reflect upon our successes over the last 12 months. At the same time, we appreciate our on-going challenges. We use this time to renew and re-charge ourselves for another year of safe, competitive and fun touch football.

Planning for the 2016 season has already begun! For example, the league will be submitting its forecasted field-permit needs within the next two weeks.  So, in addition to ensuring you remain on Santa's 'who has been good' list:

a) if you represent a new team interested in joining our league, please send the league an email indicating so right away. Ideally, the league wishes to seek a firm commitment from all new candidate teams before 01-March-2016.

b) if you represent an existing team that is considering moving to another league or disbanding (due to creaky bones and/or tired muscles or some other reason), please let the league know right away.

c) if your team intends on returning to play but is interested in getting some profiles of new candidate players, please don't hesitate to contact the league right away. If you are seeking to address a specific need (rusher, centre, QB, etc.), please make this clear in your communication.

Next, the league's 2016 Annual General Meeting is likely to occur in late March-2016. This year, in addition hosting an in-person meeting, the league may also provide a dial-in capability.

At this time, the league is not forecasting any substantial team registration fee increase. Although the budget for the CY2016 season is still being drafted (right up to the conclusion of the AGM itself), it is likely that team fees will be held near the 2015 rate of $1750 per team (for the ten regular-season and one play-off game (minimal) entitlement).

Finally, if you are interested in becoming an executive team member or a referee, please contact the league as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Your Executive Team.

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2015-Oct-22
UPDATE FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE TEAM ... MEETING DEFERRED BY ONE WEEK.

For those interested,

The league executive meeting planned for 21-Oct-2015 has been deferred to 28-Oct-2015. Persons wishing to become an executive member are welcome.

Thanks,

John Schiebel

PS- the meeting scheduled for 07-Oct-2015 did occur as planned. One newer person interested in joining the executive team did participate in that meeting (with Glenn, Matthew, Jon and myself).



2015-Sep-23
INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN MTFL EXECUTIVE MEMBER ...

Captains, players or other interested persons:

MTFL Executive members are identified and elected at the AGM (held ` March each year). However, during the season or periods just prior or post to it, you can get a first-hand look at the operation and day to day mechanics of being an executive member by attending an executive meeting.

If you are considering becoming a MTFL Executive committee member, please contact an existing member via the league's email address immediately so that you can be invited to upcoming meetings.

As an example, the current MTFL executive team is meeting here in the Mississauga (central) area on the 7th and 21st of Oct-2015 (begining at `5:50pm for about two hours each night) to close off the 2015 season.

So please feel free to contact the league or anyone of the current executive team (of Glenn, Matthew, Jon, John and myself) and we will be delighted to meet you. For planning purposes, please make that contact at least one week in advance the published meeting dates.

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

MTFL-2015 President and Registrar

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2015-Sep-15
YEAR-END CELEBRATION & AWARD CEREMONY

The MTFL Year-End Party and Award Ceremony were held on Sep 14th at International Sports Bar.

This year’s Finalists and Championship teams were honoured.

The top nominees for each team’s Sportsman and MVP Awards were announced. The names of the winners of each award were announced and those individuals were presented with a brand-new football (choice of CFL or NFL).

Congratulations to the following:

  SPORTSMAN
DIV. TEAM PLAYER
AA Piranhas Nevin Blair
A Cobras Joey Skinner
B Bears Ian Simpson
C Shockerz Sinh Nguyen
D Offerdahl Ornery Brian Merker
E Valley Rebels K Kolia
     
  MVP
DIV. TEAM  PLAYER
AA Piranhas Jay Hayes
A Warriors Damien Crone
B DWIW Ashton Nelson
C Renegades Kevin Logan
D Raiders Triston Hackett
E Onyx Rodney Charles

Six door prizes were presented to winners ($50 gift cards).

The celebration was capped off with a 50/50 Draw.

Many thanks to those who attended this event and provided a celebratory atmosphere.

This event concludes the 2015 MTFL season.

We are grateful to all those who helped to make this a fun, safe and competitive season.

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2015-Sep-03
YEAR-END CELEBRATION & AWARD CEREMONY

On Mon., Sep. 14th, it will be time to PARTY and CELEBRATE the 2015 MTFL Touch Football Season. It will provide one last chance to celebrate your team’s success and efforts, and plan for next year, and to celebrate MTFL’s successes.

All players, officials, and team supporters are invited to attend. We hope that each team will be represented by at least 2 players.

Please RSVP as soon as possible so that the league can plan accordingly. Please email the MTFL by Sep. 6th the approx. number of attendees expected to represent your team.

If you know your team will not be represented this year, please let us know so that the 4 seats reserved for your team can be assigned to other interested attendees.

Location: International Sports Bar    Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  

Address: 2480 Cawthra Road          Presentations: 8 p.m.

Details:  v  6 Door Prizes: $50 Gift Cards

v  Presentations for MVP Award Winners

v  Presentations for Best Sportsman Award Winners

v  Team Selfie Program Award Winners

v  Team Refunds      v  50/50 Draw ($5/ticket; 3 for $10)

v  Free Pizza, Wings, Quesadillas

v  One Free Pitcher per team - must RSVP by Sep 6th (min. 2 players req’d)

v  NFL game on TV (Eagles vs Falcons)

See you at the PARTY!



2015-Sep-02
CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS AND YEAR-END CELEBRATIION

In the C Division Championship, the Renegades and the Greatest Show on Turf put forth an entertaining display for fans and observers. Both teams demonstrated their touch football talents on Aug. 24th at the Valleys. Renegades edged out the Greatest Show on Turf by a score of 20-13. 

On Aug. 25th, in the D Division Championship the Raiders squared off against Offerdahl Onery in an equally exciting and entertaining game. By whistle's end, the score was 21-13 with the Raiders celebrating their victory. 

On Mon., Aug. 31, Onyx proved victorious over Showtime with a final score of 26–9 in the E Division.

Later that evening, in the AA Division, Piranhas outscored Killer Instinct 36-23.

On Tue., Sep. 1, Axemen prevailed over Mustangs with a 35-13 convincing win in the B Division.

In the A Division, Cobras concluded the championship games by handling the talented Canes in a 33-6 decisive win.

Regardless of the division of play, fans were rewarded with interesting and exciting games and strategies.

The final outing of the year will be the Year-End Award Ceremony and Celebration to be held on Mon., Sep. 14th at the International Sports Bar. Team representatives are asked to provide the league with their number of anticipated attendees so that proper preparations can be ensured. Players and game officials are encouraged to attend, but with limited capacity, it is crucial that teams RSVP with numbers of representatives expecting to attend.



2015-Aug-30
MTFL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT VALLEYS - JOIN US!

In the C Division Championship, the Renegades and the Greatest Show on Turf put forth an entertaining display for fans and observers. Both teams demonstrated their touch football talents on Aug. 24th at the Valleys. Renegades edged out the Greatest Show on Turf by a score of 20-13. 

On the following day, the D Division Championship took place at the Valleys field. The Raiders squared off against Offerdahl Onery in an equally exciting and entertaining game. By whistle's end, the score was 21-13 with the Raiders celebrating their victory. 

Regardless of the division of play, fans are being rewarded with interesting and exciting games and strategies.

On Mon., Aug. 31:

i) Showtime battles it out against Onyx in the E Division Championship starting at 7 p.m.

ii) At 8:45 p.m., Killer Instinct will seek to upset the hungry Piranhas in the AA Division Championship.

On Tue., Sep. 1:

i) With a 7 p.m. kickoff, Axemen are planning to chop down the Mustangs who hope to run wild over the Axemen in the B Divison Championship.

ii) At 8:45 p.m., Cobras host the Canes in the A Division Championship. Both teams are evenly matched having beaten each other during the regular season.

If you are looking for live, entertaining action, why not attend any or all of these games.



2015-Aug-22
2015 MTFL YEAR-END PARTY - LET'S CELEBRATE - MON. SEP. 14

On Mon., Sep. 14th, it will be time to PARTY and CELEBRATE the 2015 MTFL Touch Football Season. It will provide one last chance to celebrate your team’s success and efforts, and plan for next year, and to celebrate MTFL’s successes.

All players, officials, and team supporters are invited to attend. We hope that each team will be represented by at least 2 players.

For budgetary reasons, the event will be limited to approx. 150 attendees.

Please RSVP as soon as possible so that the league can plan accordingly. Please email the MTFL by Sep. 6th the approx. number of attendees expected to represent your team.

If you know your team will not be represented this year, please let us know so that the 4 seats reserved for your team can be assigned to other interested attendees.

Location: International Sports Bar

Address: 2480 Cawthra Road

Directions: Located between Dundas Street and Queensway on west side of Cawthra – across the street from Tim Hortons and slightly north – traveling north on Cawthra, turn left on Needham Lane; traveling south on Cawthra, turn right on Needham Lane

Date: Mon., Sep. 14, 2015

Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Presentations: 8 p.m.

Details:

v  6 Door Prizes: $50 Gift Cards

v  Presentations for MVP Award Winners

v  Presentations for Best Sportsman Award Winners

v  Team Selfie Program Award Winners

v  Team Refunds

v  50/50 Draw ($5/ticket; 3 for $10)

v  Free Pizza, Wings, Quesadillas, Cake

v  One Free Pitcher per team (min. 2 players req’d)

v  NFL game on TV (Eagles vs Falcons)

See you at the PARTY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2015-Aug-20
GLENFOREST UNPLAYABLE

The field at Glenforest is under construction/repair. Therefore, games scheduled for Glenforest have been moved to PORT CREDIT. Please be sure that your team-mates are aware of this change as many players may have put them into their calendars and will need to make the necessary adjustment. Games moved are:

Mon., Aug. 24th - Canes vs Hounds (A Division)

Wed., Aug. 26th - 3rd Ranked vs Killer Instinct (AA Division) 

MTFL Scheduler



2015-Aug-18
WED. 'E' DIVISION SEMI-FINAL MOVED TO GORDON GRAYDON

The E Division Semi-Final between Militia and Showtime has been moved to Gordon Graydon. There was an irrigation tractor on the field Tue. night which affected a scheduled game. To ensure this does not happen again, we are moving the game to GORDON GRAYDON. Start time remains the same: 6:45 p.m.

Sorry for the inconvenience.



2015-Aug-18
GLENFOREST UNPLAYABLE

GAME SCHEDULED AT GLENFOREST TONIGHT IS BEING MOVED TO CAWTHRA.

FIELD AT GLENFOREST IS UNPLAYABLE DUE TO A TRACTOR ON THE FIELD.

PLEASE CONTACT THOSE TEAM MEMBERS WHO ARE IMPLICATED AND LET THEM KNOW OF THIS CHANGE.

IF NEED BE, THE GAME CAN BE STARTED AT 7 P.M.

GLENN STEVENSON



2015-Aug-17
POSSIBLE GAME CANCELLATIONS

Captains,

The weather forecast for Tue., Aug. 18th is not favourable. If the games are played as scheduled on Tuesday, then there is no issue.  However, there is the possibility that heavy rain during the day may cause the Valleys to be closed. Or, lightning may cause games to be cancelled.

Therefore, in anticipation of the possible cancellation of games on Tuesday, we would like to set the ‘RESCHEDULING DATE’ for the D Division Semi-Final games for Thu., Aug. 20th at our high school fields. Game time would be 6:30 p.m.

NOTE: This is ONLY if the games are cancelled on Tuesday.

In the event that games go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday but are cancelled on Wednesday:

i)                    AA Division Semi-Final will be rescheduled for Thu., Aug. 20th

ii)                  E Division Semi-Final will be rescheduled for the next week.

Please IMMEDIATELY notify your team-mates of these ‘possible’ outcomes (cancellations and rescheduling of games) and notify the league IMMEDIATELY if you have concerns regarding fielding a team on Thursday. (You can email the league.)

Keeping in touch,

 

Glenn Stevenson



2015-Aug-07
PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
DATE TIME FIELD DIV VISITOR HOME
Mon., Aug. 10 7:00 PM Valleys E Ghosts Knibb High
Mon., Aug. 10 8:30 PM Valleys C ThunderCats Renegades
Mon., Aug. 10 6:45 PM Applewood A Bulldogs Canes
Mon., Aug. 10 6:45 PM Cawthra C DFAbove TPBoyz
Tue., Aug. 11 7:00 PM Valleys D O. Ornery Stingers
Tue., Aug. 11 8:30 PM Valleys B Saints Gridiron
Tue., Aug. 11 6:45 PM Applewood E Valley Rebels Militia
Wed., Aug. 12 6:45 PM Applewood D King  Gators
Wed., Aug. 12 6:45 PM Cawthra C Shockerz Wolverines
Wed., Aug. 12 6:45 PM Glenforest A Warriors Angels
Thu., Aug. 13 6:45 PM Applewood B DWIW Bears
Mon., Aug. 17 7:00 PM Valleys C (TBD) (TBD)
Mon., Aug. 17 8:30 PM Valleys C (TBD) GSOT
Mon., Aug. 17 6:45 PM Cawthra E (TBD) Onyx
Tue., Aug. 18 7:00 PM Valleys D (TBD) Raiders
Tue., Aug. 18 8:30 PM Valleys D (TBD) Wolves
Tue., Aug. 18 6:45 PM Glenforest AA Reapers YoungBucs
Wed., Aug. 19 6:45 PM Cawthra AA Hustlin Owls Hawks
Wed., Aug. 19 6:45 PM Glenforest E (TBD) Showtime
Mon., Aug. 24 7:00 PM Valleys AA (TBD) Piranhas
Mon., Aug. 24 8:30 PM Valleys C C Division Final
Mon., Aug. 24 6:30 PM Cawthra B (TBD) Axemen
Mon., Aug. 24 6:30 PM Glenforest A (TBD) Hounds
Tue., Aug. 25 7:00 PM Valleys AA (TBD) Mustangs
Tue., Aug. 25 8:30 PM Valleys C D Division Final
Tue., Aug. 25 6:30 PM Cawthra A (TBD) Cobras
Wed., Aug. 26 6:30 PM Glenforest AA (TBD) Killer Instinct
Mon., Aug. 31 7:00 PM Valleys E E Division Final
Mon., Aug. 31 8:45 PM Valleys AA AA Division Final
Tue., Sep. 1 7:00 PM Valleys B B Division Final
Tue., Sep. 1 8:45 PM Valleys A A Division Final

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2015-Aug-07
PLAY-OFFS TO BEGIN

The playoffs begin this coming week.

The standings as posted on the MTFL website are accurate and thus, the teams are listed in order of their ranking. Where teams have the same number of points, the tie-breaker system has been implemented and therefore, the team listed higher in the standings is indeed given higher ranking than the team listed lower in the standings.

For Playoffs, the Quarter-Finals start this coming week. E-6 vs E-3 has the 6th placed team playing the 3rd placed team based on the E Division league standings.

The top two teams in each of the 6-team divisions have a bye in the first round. In the 7-team division (C Division), only the 1st place team has a bye the first week of playoffs.

For Semi-Finals, in a 6-team division, the 1st and 2nd place teams play the winners of the quarter-finals. The 1st place team plays the team ranked lower in the final standings; the 2nd place team plays the team ranked higher in the final standings. In a 7-team division, the 1st place team plays the lowest ranked team of the winners of the quarter-finals. The remaining two teams play against one another in the other semi-final game.

Only players who have ‘played’ two games in the regular season are permitted to play in the playoffs. ‘Played’ means having been recorded as present on a game sheet for that game.

Teams that play ineligible players are subject to league discipline including game default, fines and suspensions.

Although the stakes are higher in playoff action, captains and players are encouraged to display good sportsmanship and self-control.

We wish all teams a competitive, fun and safe playoffs.



2015-Aug-02
PLAYOFFS, FINANCES, YEAR-END CELEBRATION

Playoffs

i)              Playoffs begin Mon., Aug. 10th.

ii)             All divisions have their Quarter-Finals during this first week except for AA Division whose games start the week of Aug. 17th.

iii)            With weather and other factors permitting, we anticipate playoffs to finish prior to Labour Day.

iv)            Remind your players (and yourself) that player conduct at playoff games (before, during and after) is susceptible to discipline. Please show good sportsmanship and self-control so that play in 2016 and/or other leagues is not jeopardized.

Playoff Eligibility

i)              Teams are reminded that players must have been recorded as present at any TWO regular-season games for their team in order to qualify for playoff action.

ii)             Players who play in a game but are not present prior to half-time, are not considered present in terms of attendance.

iii)            Players who attend games (prior to first half) even though injured are considered present for those games.

iv)            Qualification is based on game-sheet attendance.

v)             In situations where there is a dispute regarding eligibility, it is the responsibility of team captains to prove eligibility; it is not the responsibility of the league to prove ineligibility.

vi)            If Captains are unsure whether or not a player qualifies, they are best not to play that player until he has been given clearance by the league.

vii)           Playing ineligible players can have drastic consequences including game default, team fine, player suspensions.

League Finances

i)               The league is on track for refunding each team $75 in addition to the $200 that each team received previously. This additional refund is driven by two key factors:

a.     Budget was based on Valley-like fields with lights being rented – did not happen.

b.    There were additional savings – some due to an 8-game (shortened) regular season

Remember: We try to budget based on ‘worst-case scenarios’.

ii)             “Team Selfie” program rewards for each team, as well as the grand prize payouts likely to be announced by no later than 30-Aug-2015.

Pan Am Games and Parapan Games

i)              The Executive expects to share the results of its survey regarding the Pan Am Games Mitigation Strategy.

ii)             Players and families are encouraged to support the Parapan Games.

YEAR-END CELEBRATION

i)              The League is in the process of planning the MTFL 2015 Year-End Celebration.

ii)             All players, coaches, managers, game officials are invited to attend. (Spouses who supported players through game attendance or other ways are also invited.)

iii)            Party to be held on a weekday in Sep (or early Oct)

iv)            Details will be available and communicated shortly

Planned Events During Celebration

i)              Team refund ($75)

ii)             Team Selfie Rewards (for each team who participated)

iii)            Selfie Reward – Grand Prize

iv)            MVP and Sportsman Awards

v)             Free Snacks

vi)            Door Prizes – Cash/Gift Cards

vii)           Divisional Champions Recognized

viii)          Game Officials Recognized

MTFL Executive

 

 

 



2015-Jul-23
PLAYOFFS ON THE HORIZON

Pan Am Games are nearing their close. Para Pan Events are still to come.

MTFL playoffs are on the horizon – starting the week of Aug 10th.

Please note that for playoffs, Valleys games will start at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. High School games will start at 6:45 p.m.

During the last week of August when daylight hours continue to shrink, High School games will start at 6:30 p.m.

The reason for the earlier start times is to allow for the possibility of overtime play.

During overtime play, each team is given 3 convert opportunities with teams alternating convert attempts. After 3 rounds of converts, if the game is still tied, teams will continue their rounds of converts until there is an ultimate winner.

There are no coin tosses during playoff games. The Home Team (higher ranking in the standings) gets an automatic coin toss win and thus, is given the first choice in options to start the game as well as for overtime play should it be necessary.

We trust that players will remain SPORTSMANLIKE and follow the Players Code of Conduct through to the end of regular-season play and maintain their sportsmanlike behaviour and attitude during the playoffs regardless of the results.

The Executive anticipates exciting and crowd-pleasing touch football to be played while the Discipline Committee is looking forward to an ‘uneventful’ round of playoffs.

Best of luck to all teams.



2015-Jul-10
PAN AM GAMES BEGIN AND MOST OF OUR LEAGUE HAS SOME QUIET TIME TO ENJOY THEM.

Everyone,

~50% of the teams in our league have played seven or more of their eight total regular season game allocation already.

With tonight's opening cermonies for the PAN AM games, all are reminded that the league's execution of schedule goes fairly quiet for the next couple of weeks.

Please enjoy this brief pre-planned period of down-time and the PAN AM games as you see (and stay) "fit" for your team's final regular season game(s) or possibly your first play-off game later in August.

To date, the PAN AM mitigation strategy approved at the AGM has been deployed with minimal disruption (by mother nature or any other in-season re-scheduling request). Hopefully, this pre-planned period of down-time continues to prevent the circumstance of a possible game default (and avoids any frustration with traffic delays counter to your remaining MTFL 2015 commitments).

Speaking of play-offs, just a reminder all teams qualify (although some in each division will have a "bye" over the quarter finals planned for thier division). Otherwise, your executive is now in process of coordinating purchases of play-off prizing and logistics/candidate dates for the year-end party.

Please continue to send in a "team selfie" for any of your remaining 2015 regular season games. Credits earned will be paid-out this year. Further to that point, the league is endeavoring to create another "PAN AM" refund for each team this year; recall every team has already received a $200 refund for only having eight (not ten) regular season games, so if all of the in-season spending goes well the league wishes to provide another (but smaller valued) refund to each team (in addition to any "selfie" photo credits they have earned).

Thanks

Your Executive team

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2015-Jul-02
PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

The playoff schedule is now posted. In the event that you notice any irregularities, please let us know.

Interpreting the schedule: AA-6 Qtr vs AA-3 Qtr means the 6th placed team plays the 3rd placed team in the AA Division Quarter-Final - ranking is based on the final regular-season standings.

A-3 Semi vs A-2 Semi means the 3rd place team plays the 2nd place team in the AA Division Semi-Final - the 4 Semi-Final teams are re-ranked from highest to lowest based on the regular-season standings.

Please note the earlier times for playoff games at high school fields. With earlier sunset times, and the need to allow for the possibility of overtime play, games must best started earlier.

Note also the change in starting times for Valleys games - 7:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Again, these earlier times allow for the possibility of overtime play.

In Playoff Games, there is NO COIN TOSS. The higher ranked team is automatically awarded the coin toss win and thus has first choice in terms of the options.

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2015-Jun-29
HOV LANES NOW IN PLAY; TEAM PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN STARTING THIS WEEK.

Everyone,

The PAN AM HOV Lane restrictions have begun and although the majority of the league's master schedule is going into "quiet" time for the next few weeks, the league has arranged for a professional photographer to come out to various game sites to take the official "team photo".

If your enjoying the PAN AM games .., you may also wish to check out either of these two websites:

for maps of best routes, travel tips and how to use HOV lanes.

Otherwise, please have a terrific start to the summer-time and continue to have competitive, safe and fun games in all of your touch football endeavors.

Finally, if the league photographer is at your game site, please co-operate by having your team take its official team photo as quickly as possible before the kick-off of your actual game.

Sincerely,

Your Executive team.

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2015-Jun-23
MTFL GAME TIME CHANGE 7:15 PM HIGH SCHOOLS

We have decided to change HIGH SCHOOL game time starts to 7:15 p.m. for all high school games that are scheduled in the period of Mon., June 29th to Thu., July 9th.

During this period of time, there is an issue with traffic congestion due to the Pan Am Games and the addition of HOV lanes and the change in HOV requirement from 2 to 3 individuals in each vehicle. We expect that this will cause transportation times to games to increase significantly.

As a result, we have decided to start games at 7:15 p.m. However, given that we anticipate significant delays; we have communicated this concern to all teams; and we have changed games starts to a later time; we would be extremely disappointed if teams were to default games with the excuse being the traffic due to the Pan Am Games. Teams that default will be required to pay the $275 default fee.

Please emphasize with your team-mates that players are expected to leave their homes or workplace with enough time to allow them to arrive at games on time which may mean leaving even earlier than they normally would for 7 p.m. game starts. Players should NOT delay their departure time 15 minutes!

Please also keep in mind that officials have the same issues in terms of arriving at game sites on time.

In the event that teams and officials are ready to start the game before the 7:15 p.m. start time, they may all agree to start the game prior to this time especially with overcast conditions. However, no team should feel pressured to start sooner than the 7:15 p.m. start time if they are waiting for their team-mates to arrive. Starting earlier than 7:15 p.m. is optional.

Please ensure that your team-mates are aware of this change in start time.

MTFL Executive



2015-Jun-23
COUNTDOWN TO PAN AM GAMES

Everyone,

The HOV lane restrictions begin on Monday 29th of June (and run to Tuesday 18th of August) from 5:00am to midnight daily.

i.e. we are six days away from the pre PAN AM game activities anticipated to impact traffic flow/patterns within the GTA.  As such, and very shortly, the MTFL regular season schedule will enter its "quite time" when the PAN AM games themselves begin.

At this point in our 2015 regular season, well over half of the league has played five (or more) of their eight game regular season entitlement.  A play-off schedule will be published very shortly but please realize as stated during all pre-AGM and AGM correspondence that the next few weeks of the regular season is where your team is likely to have some "off weeks".

Thanks,

John Schiebel

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2015-Jun-11
NEWS FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Everyone,

Most teams have now played nearly 50% of their allocated eight regular season games. There has been a couple of logistical incidents styming further progress on that but for the most part, the season is going well.

Some further remarks to that success:

a) the executive team is growing and is very delighted to announce that Jon Schoutsen (GATORS) has offered to help operate this league to everyone's benefit.  Let's look forward to Jon's contributions as a divisional rep and a person helping out on the publication of the "team selfies" to FACEBOOK.

b) it is about 2.5 weeks until the PAN AM HOV lane restrictions begin. So the league's regular season schedule will be going into some "quieter time" during that period as to help all of you avoid delays and potential frustrations for arrivals or game forfeitures.

c) speaking of frustrations, so far two games have had ejection incidents.  Your executive is very appreciative of everyone who continues to work hard to keep to this league's objectives of safe, competitive and fun games. Keep up the good work and let's target ZERO ejection incidents for the 2nd half of the regular season!

d) majority of teams have been given their $200 refund cheque and have cashed it through their bank accounts. Your executive team is still committed to attempting to gain a further (but smaller) refund per team based on budget controls or other in season cost reduction decisioning. Stay tuned for more details on this in the coming weeks.

e) speaking of money matters, unfortunately this year's host role for the recent Brampton-2015 Trillium tour weekend did not generate a surplus.  A total of $500 for the rental of league assets (goal post pads, TC-7 cones and other infrastructure for the beer canteen) has been deposited to the league's general coffers.  However, unlike previous years, this year's inclement weather stymied the amount of further proceeds that typically get generated from beer and food sales. In specific, the tournament encountered poor, rainy and cold weather on both days -- beer sales were off by 60% and food sales were similarly off by about 50%.  Long and short of it, there will not be any splitting of proceeds with any of the actual MTFL teams who had attended this event this year.

f) GAME SHEETS ... it is imperative you fill them in correctly/completely.  This league has recognition programs for the most sportsman and the three stars. So, "check" a single player as the sportsmen AND then number (as 1, 2 and 3) the top technical contributors to the game.

g) WAIVER UP ... your executive team will be contacting the implicated teams shortly. All players must have a waiver in order to be considered as member of this league AND play-off eligible.

Sincerely,

Your Executive team

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2015-Jun-10
YIPPIE ... FIRST SET OF GAMES COMPLETED AT VALLEYS, TUESDAY 9-JUNE.

Everyone,

The three set of games scheduled to occur at the VALLEYS for the evening of Tuesday 09-Jun were completed. Great!!!!

Also, it appears that City of Mississauga has no further issue with PORT CREDIT.i.e. as of 8:20am 10-Jun, all games "on" for tonight as planned.

Thanks,

Your Executive Team



2015-Jun-08
SOME GAMES CANCELLED FOR MONDAY, 08-JUN-2015.

Teams,

Earlier this afternoon, City of Mississuaga listed VALLEY's PAUL GILBERT field as "closed". As such, the implicated teams were informed that their game for Monday 08-Jun at this location was cancelled and that Glenn Stevenson and I will be formulating a make-up plan for them in next 48 hours (to review/approve).

Next, all games planned at the high school based locations are still "ON" for this evening. Those teams are to proceed to game site (tonight) as scheduled.

Next, the City of Mississauga may have detected some temporary issues with PORT CREDIT SS; further announcements may be made on this location tomorrow or day after.

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

MTFL President

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2015-May-28
UPDATES FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Everyone,

The HOV lane restrictions for PAN AM game events will begin in approximately four weeks. As of today, the MTFL2015 season is progressing reasonably well but here are some updates on "glitches" you/we might be able to eliminate going forward:

a) "grass not cut" Unfortunately, some field maintenance was not done.  City of Mississauga Parks and Rec team have apologized and are hopeful rest of our season will go well.  If you feel the grass needs cutting, please don't hesitate to send a quick email to the league.

b) "lines not painted" Fields are to be re-lined every two weeks. Rain and regular use can affect these lines and their visibility. In some cases this did not occur and the City has apologized and correct the situation. Should you notice that lines need to be re-applied, please notify the league.

c) “final game scores” A small number of delays and discrepancies were reported to the executive in terms of final scores. A best practice is to ensure that both game sheets have the correct final games score recorded on them. This should be done while filling in the Most Sportsmanlike and 3 Stars.

d) "team selfie" A new team rewards program has been deployed this year and the executive is trying to ensure that all teams/league members are aware of it.  You can help your team earn some money as well as a chance at a year-end draw for even more cash if you commit yourselves to this program.  Effectively, and ideally, at half-time of your game, take a team roster "selfie" - a picture of everyone on your roster that is at the game site that night.  This picture is NOT (necessarily) going to be your official team photo -- as the league will provide professional photographer for that). However, if you take such a picture and email it to the league's email address (with title line of your team name and "selfie" and game location) within 72 hours of the actual game date, your team earns $5. Then if your team takes a "selfie" each game of the regular season, your team will earn a chance to win a further cash prize (e.g. $200 to $300) at the end of the season.  This "selfie" program is meant to be non-confrontational ... you are NOT to take picture of your opponent. The program is meant to help "good" teams enjoy yet even more "good things" in this league. It is also seen as simple vehicle to serve as a possible aid in any roster attendance verification prior to play-off eligibility. Monies earned (and drawn) will be paid out by this season's year-end party (or, if you prefer, can be left as "credit on account" towards next year's team registration fees).

Thanks,

Your Executive Team

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2015-May-07
SCHEDULE POSTED - GOOD LUCK!

SCHEDULE

The schedule has been posted. 

37 Teams

6 Divisions

8 Games/Team

148 Regular-Season Games Scheduled

Any changes to the schedule after today may require the requesting team to pay a fee.

Please notify the League if your Roster has not been updated. Please arrive at your game with your updated roster from the MTFL Website.

TEAM PHOTO POLICY

Teams may submit to the league a team photo taken at half-time as proof of their own players’ attendance at a game.

Where a player’s attendance is in question, the photo may be used for verification purposes.

For a game in which a player’s attendance is in question due to the game sheet indicating the player was not present, the player might not be given credit for attending the game unless a team photo taken and submitted by the team suggests the player was at the game.

Note: Photos taken at the end of the game do not necessarily prove that a player was there in the first half – a requirement for attendance purposes.

Teams who forward, within 72 hours of the start of the game, clear team photo taken at half-time of their games, will be rewarded with a $5 per game credit -- the total of each which will be awarded at the conclusion of the season.

Each team is to submit a photo of its own roster only. The team is NOT to take a photo of its opponents.

A (smaller file sized) PDF or JPEG should be emailed to the the league's email address within the 72 hour limit. The title line of that email should read something like "Team XYZ Selfie". The title line could also include an indication of the location that game was played at: "Team Ghosts Selfie -- Applewood".

Having the camera's time and date stamp option enabled in the photo is also preferred but not required (as only photos received by the league within the 72 hours of the start of the game implicated will qualify for the team financial reward).

Finally, for each team that does submit one "roster selfie" for each of its regular season games within the required time will qualify for a cash prize draw to be awarded at the conclusion of this season. This cash prize is anticipated to be between $200 and $300.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL TEAMS!

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2015-Apr-30
MTFL REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING

The MTFL is releasing its schedule for the 2015 Regular Season so that Team Reps and players can review their team’s schedule. Please notify the league of any irregularities or major concerns.

The schedule has been built with the teams’ preferences as reported by Team Reps. 

Teams have been scheduled 8 regular season games with:

i)                    Minimum 2 games at the Valleys

ii)                  No games on consecutive days

iii)                The first week being May 11th (Brampton)

iv)                Maximum one weekend game

Field location was given the least priority.

In the vast majority of cases, the first or second choice of ‘Preferred Day of the Week’ was granted. However, the degree to which preferences could be accommodated was affected by:

i)                    the number of fields available for the day of choice

ii)                  availability of referee crews

iii)                preferences by teams made in other divisions

iv)                preferences by opponents

v)                  holidays

vi)                requests by TFOnt tournament teams to avoid days immediately preceding or following tournament weekends.

Complicating and limiting factors included:

i)                    No access to Valleys until the 2nd week of June.

ii)                  Valleys only available Mon. and Tue.

iii)                During the two weeks prior to the Pan Am Games when HOV lanes will be employed/modified, the 6:30 p.m. Valleys time was not scheduled. 

iv)                During the Pan Am Games, only the two later time slots at the Valleys were scheduled, and no games were scheduled at high schools

v)                  July 1st holiday on Wed – no games

vi)                Two holiday Mondays: Mon., May 18th & Mon., Aug. 3rd - no games

vii)              Only one Thursday slot available at time of scheduling

viii)            Staggered start within a division due to selective scheduling during first week

ix)                6 teams playing 8 games means not everyone plays everyone else twice

Due to all the above, we have the following results:

i)                    Some teams have 3 games in a week or less.

ii)                  Some teams have lengthy periods between games.

iii)                Some teams play the same opponent twice, back to back.

iv)                Some teams play the same opponent twice before playing a different opponent.

v)                  Teams play some opponents twice and others once.

Early and quick response regarding serious problems is requested as schedule changes are time consuming, and opponents and referees need to be notified.

If you are interested in REFEREEING this year, please contact George Zielinski or Peter Cover.

For those individuals playing in the first week in Brampton, please ensure that you and your team-mates know the location of the field, know the quickest route to the field, and allot enough time for travel to ensure arrival prior to the start of the game.

Don’t forget your GOAL POST PADS, your GAME SHEET (from the website), and completed PLAYER REGISTRATION & WAIVER FORMS for all players new to your team!  (This means any player who did not play on your team last year must fill out a form and hand it in to the referee crew prior to playing.)

We wish all teams a wonderful season full of healthy, friendly competition. 



2015-Apr-25
MTFL 2015 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

The MTFL Executive was thrilled with the response it got to its request for teams’ input in terms of MTFL regular-season game-scheduling model to be employed this season. 35 of 37 teams responded. THANK YOU for surveying your team and sharing your results with us!

Review of Choices:

Choice #1: 8 games (Pan Am Mitigation Plan employed)

Choice #2: one game/opponent

Choice #3: 10 games (Pan Am Mitigation Plan not employed)

Of those teams that responded, almost 70% were in favour of the 8 Game Model.

Consequently, MTFL will be employing the 8 Game Model this season.

This model will adopt the following:

1.      >Week #1 will start in Brampton May 11th for those teams who were willing and flexible enough to offer this option to the league.

2.      >Three weekends will be used to provide teams ONE GAME ONLY for those who were willing and flexible enough to offer this option to the league.

3.      >Only the two later times at the Valleys (8 pm & 9:30 pm) will be used during the Pan Am Games –no high school fields will be scheduled (except perhaps for rescheduled games).

4.      >During the two weeks prior to the Pan Am Games when HOV lanes will be employed/modified, the 6:30 p.m. Valleys time will not be used. 

Teams’ Preferences and input and other key factors have been used to build the schedule. These have included:

1.      >Teams’ Avoidance Dates

2.      >Teams’ Preference for Days of the Week

3.      >Valleys – matching teams and preferences

4.      >Even distribution of teams at Valleys

5.      >Tournament teams avoiding Mondays following tournament weekends, and Thursdays preceding tournament weekends, providing their preferences allowed this.

6.      >Some consideration where possible was given to field choice but also ensuring that requested fields did not get over used/assigned. 

Complicating issues this year included:

>1.   >4 more teams than last year

2.      >One extra division

3.      >There was a shortage of teams with Mondays and Wednesdays preferred/availability – many wanted Tuesdays

4.      >We only had access to one Thursday high school field – we hope to acquire another one or two Thursday fields

5.      >Access to Valleys was not until the 2nd week in June

6.      >For the period when Pan Am Games affects the HOV lanes (4 weeks), it was decided not to hold any 6:30 pm games at the Valleys

7.      >No high school games were scheduled during the Pan Am Games

8.      >No more than 4 game sites per weekday due to number of referee crews

Results: Because some teams are playing in Brampton the first week; some teams are playing on weekends to free up some space during the week; the concept of “all teams in a division playing their third set of games this week” went out the window right off the bat. Therefore, ensuring that all opponents are played once before playing them again, was not possible. Therefore, teams may play the same opponent twice before they play another opponent. In some cases, they may even play the same team twice in a row.

2.      Some teams will be scheduled to play twice in a week - no team has been schedule two nights in a row.

3.      All teams will be scheduled two games at the Valleys.

4.      For most games, teams will receive their first or second choice in terms of Day of the Week.

5.      It is believed that no games will be scheduled on dates that teams said they could not play on.

6.      It is believed that no games will be scheduled on days of the week teams said they were not available to play.

The schedule is still being analyzed before being released. The first two weeks of the schedule has been shared with Team Reps.

NOTE: Rescheduling of games due to field shutdowns or due to inclement weather, will be difficult and will require teams to play more than once in a week.

2.      For rescheduled games, teams may need to demonstrate greater flexibility in terms of availability.

3.      Depending on the number of rescheduled games required, some games may not be rescheduled.

4.      Aside from catastrophic events or extreme unforeseen circumstances, the likelihood of requests for changes in the schedule is highly unlikely.



2015-Apr-20
URGENT RESPONSE REQUESTED OF TEAM CAPTAINS REGARDING SCHEDULING.

Team Captains as well as members in general,

Thank-you for your patience and for re-affirming the MTFL has had a correct understanding of your intended team scheduling preferences (for game days, times and locations).

Next, after studing the data and reviewing the PAN AM games mitigation plan (from prior to the AGM meeting), Glenn and I are attempting one final vote from each team's captain in regards to the 2015 schedule.

Firstly, and regardless of choice made, the MTFL will be in action for the Week of 11-May (at the Brampton high school locations indicated in previous emails and NEWS bits). The teams playing that week will be notified by end of this week.

Next, the executive remains of the firm opinion that a PAN AM event mitigation plan is needed. Furthermore, please realize that the executive also wishes to conduct this season as best as possible such that:

- each team and each division is treated as similarly as possible.

- a "regular" season of a reasonable and fair number of games exists as a precursor to the elimination games that occur during the play-offs.

- Friday and week play is minimuized and is based on a team's availability and preferences.

- 3 officials per crew are scheduled for as many games as possible (as usual) to maintain officiating quality this league has benefited from in all previous seasons.

Next, in the next 72 hours, each team will submit one vote for one of three possible scheduling methods to be used for the upcoming season.  A description of those methods, there motivations/benefits as well as implications/problems has been emailed to all captains (and is available upon request to any league member (from their captain or the league itself).

The three scheduling methods are:

OPTION#1:EIGHT-GAME regular season. 

OPTION#2: PLAY ONE regular season game AGAINST EACH OF YOUR DIVISIONAL OPPONENTS.

OPTION#3: TEN-GAME regular season.

Your executive team feels that a schedule made for OPTION#1 or OPTION#2 would be best for the league this year. Specifically, the executive remains convinced that OPTION#3 will put teams into a position of creating game defaults (... due to anticipated PAN AM traffice delays ...) which will irrate those players attending games only to find out that the game is defaulted (as one or both teams have insufficient players at the site by the designated kick-off time etc.), and will cause defaulting teams to pay significant funds (... $275 per game ...) to the league for "no shows".

Thanks,

John Schiebel

 



2015-Apr-14
MTFL-2015 DIVISIONAL ASSIGNMENTS.

Everyone,

The divisional assignments for the upcoming 2015 season are:

DoubleA (six teams): Hawks, Hustlin Owls, Killer Instincts, Piranhas, Reapers, YoungBucs.

SingleA (six teams): Angels, Bulldogs, Canes, Cobras, Hounds, Warriors.

B (six teams): Axemen, Bears, new team DWIW, GridIron, Mustangs, Saints.

C (seven teams): Death From Above, GSOT, Renegades, Shockerz, ThunderCats, Trailer Park Boyz, Wolverines.

D (six teams): Gators, Kings, Offerdahl Ornary, Raiders, Stingers, Wolves.

E (six teams): Ghosts, Knibb High Football (formerly SWAT), new team Militia, new team Onyx, Showtime, new team Valley Rebels.

That's right, the league has grown to 37 (from last year's total of 33) teams.  Your executive can't emphasize enough the need to gain additional referees in order to meet and sustain this type of growth.

Thanks, John Schiebel

 

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2015-Apr-08
LOCATION OF BRAMPTON GAMES - NOW FIRM.

As you may find it helpful, here are the Brampton high school locations the league has, as of 14-Apr-2015, secured for actual use during the Week of May 11th:

North Park SS : May 14 ... 10 North Park Drive (Williams Parkway and 410).
 
Chinguacousy SS #1 : May 11, 12 & 13 ... 1370 William Parkway (Williams Parkway and Bramalea Road).
 
Fletcher’s Meadow SS : May 11, 12, 13 & 14 ... 10750 Chinguacousy (Chinguacousy and Sandalwood).
 
Harold Brathwaite SS : May 11, 12 & 13 ... 415 Great Lakes Drive (Sandalwood and #410).

 

Louise Arbour SS : May 11, 12, 13 & 14 .... 365 Father Tobin Road (Bramalea and Countryside Road).
 
Also, as contingency, the league has secured Turner Fenton HS (Kennedy and Steeles) for most "Friday" nights of May, Jun and July and August. That is, once regular season starts, if there is some unplanned game cancellation or re-scheduling need, then teams will be offered "Friday" night as well as any existing "spare" field dates on other days of the week for game make-up purposes.

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2015-Apr-06
DIVISIONAL ALLOCATION -- HEADS-UP

Team Captains,

34 teams have already registered with the MTFL for 2015 play. There is a small number of other teams still considering registration with this league for this season.

As per past practice, team registration is allowed up to the 2nd week past the date of AGM. That is, the executive will close-off the 2015 season registration to interested teams at 9:30pm (EST) Thursday, 09-Apr-2015.  This will allow for timely finalization of divisional allocations and for a preliminary (draft) regular season schedule to be constructed and reviewed (internally by executive etc.).

The league expects to be operating in a six division format this year with the majority of those divisions having at least six teams in each of them.  The final divisonal allocation will be announced no later than the evening of Saturday 11-Apr-2015.

Glenn and I are still pressing to have the regular season schedule finalized by 01-May-2015 (with no game starting earlier than 11-May-2015).  Drafts of that schedule will be available as earlier as next week.

Finally, the play-off schedule will be finalized by mid-June-2015.

Thanks,

John Schiebel



2015-Apr-02
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT.

Att's all captains/team reps:

 
 
Firstly, thank-you for your patience and understanding.
 
I can only assume you might be asking why the flurry of emails and the need to re-visit team schedule preference data (that you have already provided).
 
Well:
 
1. Glenn/I wish to ensure we have your data (and understood it correctly).
 
2. In my opinion, certain schedule implementation suggestions or possibilities become more relevant only after the AGM had concluded and only after teams had made payment to the league for the upcoming season. Specifically, many have expressed interest in starting the season earlier than normal (for as many divisions as possible). Furthermore, some had indicated playing a shorten (calendar time based) season might not be a bad idea (for any year) ... and yet, many felt "Friday night" football as a contingency for an in-season game cancellation or otherwise re-scheduling need might be helpful to everyone.
 
As such, post the AGM, your executive team ... who still is leaning heavily towards a eight regular season game for 2015 ... has done some more due diligence towards use of fields other than those in Mississauga. For example, City of Brampton appears to have capacity for games in the two weeks immediately prior to any capacity of fields being available from the City of Mississauga. Hence, Glenn/I need to know which if any of the league's teams (and referees) will use Brampton (for those periods of time on the Mondays thru Thursday nights).
 
Next, during the AGM (and prior to it), I still did NOT gain enough evidence from actual members that the use of Saturday and Sunday games would bode well in this particular PAN AM year.  As such, the use of games on Monday thru Thursday at Brampton is seen as a way to reduce what, if any, need for weekend play (this particular PAN AM games year ... and in particular to the eight game regular season proposed, with even less likelhood of any Saturday or Sunday games is the ideal that most teams/members may be assuming will occur).
 
Glenn/I are beavering away at the data to "see" the possibilities; we appreciate your support. Next, Glenn/I are still targeting 01-May-2015 for releasing the regular season (finalized) schedule. No games would start any earlier than eleventh of May-2015.
 
Finally, have a great and safe Easter Weekend
 
John Schiebel
President

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2015-Mar-27
AGM 2015 RESULTS (DRAFT)

All,

The AGM meeting was held last night and as promised the meeting was broken into two major components:

- MAIN (all invited); lasted ~1 hour and 15 minutes.

- SUPPLEMENTAL (new team candidate reps and any other invited guest interested); lasted ~30 minutes.

Next, in-person representation was obtained from 21 veteran teams and four new teams (of the 38 teams expressing interest in the league this year).

In addition to proxied votes submitted in advance of this meeting, the results were:

a) VOTE#1 ... executive members recommended in the AGM package were affirmed.

b) VOTE#2 ... consensus that OPTION#2 of PAN AM MITIGATION STRATEGY is the most likely outcome for the construction of the anticipated regular season schedule (which will be finalized and released by 02-May-2015).

c) VOTE #3 (selected divisions) ... consensus obtained that, if plausible and within budgeted cost, some MTFL regular season games (of leagues non Trillium team based divisions) could be scheduled to occur at a (local) Trillium tournament event (and most likely would be scheduled to occur on the Sunday of that event). Please note, the executive has other conditions to arrange for with TFOnt in order to ensure such a "see you at Brampton" event occurs successfully.

d) informal polling of six other topics made; all non-binding. Separate report to follow.

e) One action item assigned (and to be resolved within next two weeks).. consideration of relaxation of play-off entitlement rule "part A" in lieu of eight game regular season. That is, should 2015 regular season actually be planned as only eight games, then play-off entitlement rule "part A" should be relaxed from "three" to "two" games played on team to qualify for a play-off game. However, "part B" will not be modified (i.e. a player must, still have one of those two games occur as one of the first six regular season games of that team).

f) other topics were covered and will be discussed in a separate report to follow. This includes more specific clarifications on predeclared injury based play-off entitlement exemptions as well as game attendance practices and policies for games cancelled at game site.

g) MTFL executive needs more volunteers. Persons with interest in finance or (HTML and CSS based) website maintenance are most desired. However, having a "representative" for each of the expected six divisions of play is also very much needed. Please consider these opportunities as a way to give back to the league as well as to improve your resume.

Finally, as of ~11:30pm of the evening of 26-Mar-2015, 30 (of 38 applicant) teams for the 2015 season had made or attempted to make payment in full of the required $1750 team registration fee. The executive needs final answer from other eight teams asap. Of these eight, 50% appear to be nearing a "firm" recommit to this league situation but room exists for all eight of these teams.

Thank-you

John Schiebel

President MTFL, 2015.

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2015-Mar-26
THE AGM IS TONIGHT. DOORS OPEN ~ 6:45PM.

Att'n MTFL veteran and candidate new team "reps",

The 2015 AGM is tonight at Mississauga Valley's Community Centre (Program Meeting Room #1).

Hope to have the meeting started by 7:05pm and over before 9:00pm.

Team registration fees of $1750 are due on or before the conclusion of this meeting; otherwise late fees apply.

Please arrive on-time, bring a pen and an open mind.

To save costs, printed copies of the AGM package will not be available. However, an electronic edition will be circulated before 4:00pm today; you may wish to bring your WIFI or internet capable tablet or cell phone with you to follow along the overhead presentation.

See you tonight :-)

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

Glenn Stevenson

 

 

 

 

 

 



2015-Mar-08
MTFL 2015 SCHEDULING PROPOSAL - REQUEST FOR RESPONSE

All MTFL league members,

Due to the upcoming PAN AM events scheduled to occur in the GTA area this summer, the league executive is recommending changes to the league's scheduling strategy.

Please review the MTFL 2015 PAN AM Games Mitigation Plan and then let the league know before midnight Sunday 22nd March (by reply to its email mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca address) the following information:

a) I agree with the need of this PAN AM game mitigation strategy and I will support OPTION "X" (indicate one of: "1" or "2").

b) I disagree with any need for this plan and just want the MTFL season to be scheduled using the practices of the past (e.g. games scheduled on Monday to Thursday only, ten regular season games over ~ 13 calendar weeks, kick-off times as usual)

c) I don't care either way and I will let the league decide which of the two proposed scheduling options is best for me.

d) In addition to my response above, I wish to share other ideas on how the MTFL might handle anticipated traffic delays OR the lack of other players and referees at my scheduled MTFL games during the PAN AM event's duration. For example, ....

 

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

MTFL President and Registar

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2015-Mar-03
TRILLIUM TOUR BRAMPTON 2015 - HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS AND OTHER NEWS.

Everyone,

If you are interested in attending the upcoming Trillium Tour Brampton-2015 (, 30th and 31 May) event, please also consider staying at the event's host hotel.

Whether you are playing in the tournament, providing referee or other services to it or are attending to cheer on a team, please consider staying at the host hotel to maximize your enjoyment of this rain or shine event.

Also, when making your hotel reservation be sure to:

a) fully take advantage of the deep discounting for those who pay in full by the required cut-off date;

b) follow the exact instructions in the attached flyer.

Finally, for persons new to the possibility of forming a team for a tournament, this year, TFOnt has established new eligibility rules making it easier for a brand new team to be formed. So, now there is now execuse for not gathering up others with similar interest and eligiblities and becoming a Trillium Tour participant. 

 

Thanks 

John Schiebel

MTFL President and Brampton-2015 Lead Co-host

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2015-Feb-19
MAKING PAYMENT FOR 2015 TEAM REGISTRATION FEES

Veteran team and new team candidate applicants,

As previously announced:

  • the 2015 AGM will be held on Thursday, 26-March (at Mississauga Valley's - Program Meeting Room #1). Doors open at ~6:30pm and the meeting itself should be underway by 7:05pm). 
  • team registration fees will be $1750 per team this year (with 50% of that $150 price increase over last year's rate being potentially refundable later this year should certain PAN-AM game traffic delay mitigation plans for game schedule dates/locations to exploit lit fields not be realized by the league as intended).

Now as for the actual payment, it is due on on before the conclusion of the AGM meeting. Payment is to be made in cash or cheque from veteran teams in good standing but it must be in the form of a certified cheque/bank draft from all new team applicants. New team applicants declined entry to the league this year will have that money returned to them within three weeks of the AGM.

Cheques must be made out in the name of "Mississauga Touch Football League" (and not "MTFL" as the league's bank will not accept any cheque with any acronym as its payee).

Payments can be given directly to any executive member (at the AGM meeting) or in advance using one of two techniques:

a) CANADA POST ... send the cheque for the complete amount due to the league's PO BOX address listed on the CONTACT page of the website; or

b) similar to previous years and preferred by many, Canadian bank based email money transfers (to johnandlenore@bell.net ) will also be accepted. If you choose this route, please use your team name as the answer to the security question. Upon receipt of such an electronic transfer, you will get confirmation (from the league) of payment.

Finally, as of 05-Mar-2015:

- all but three of the teams composing the league last season have indicated they intend to return to action this spring.

- six new team candidates have engaged the application process; 4 of these teams wish to play in an entrance level division whilst the other two are requesting to play in a division of mid to higher level of competitive play.

- one veteran team has made payment for 2015 as has one new candidate team.

Thanks,

John Schiebel

MTFL President

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2015-Feb-14
INTERESTED IN BEING A REFEREE ON THE TRILLIUM TOUR CIRCUIT THIS SUMMER ...

For those interested ...

If you would like a part-time job as a tournament capable referee on some weekends this coming summer then please contact Mary Kennedy (, marykennedy@rogers.com ) right away.

Touch Football Ontario (TFOnt) is looking for additional officials for its Trillium Tour tournaments. There will be a training session scheduled for April.

Finally, there are also some other leagues around the GTA looking for officials and Mary can provide you those details too.

Thanks.



2015-Feb-04
GAME SHEET INFO

The AGM is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2015.  As such, it is time to review your team roster and to inform the league of any changes to it so that your game sheet can be modified.  

Team Captains/Reps, please do the following:

i)                    on league's website, click on your division of past record, then click on your game sheet and compare it with your team’s roster for 2015.   

ii)                  let the League Registrar know what info to add or subtract.

You should also ensure that the game sheet:

a)      has a maximum of 21 player names on it.

b)      shows one main Contact [C] and two Alternate team contacts [A].

     [If yours does not or this info has changed, please provide the Registrar with that information.]

c)       indicates one unique jersey number for each player listed (no duplicates).

d)      can be printed on your computer system’s printer on one page. [If not, please notify the Registrar.]

If you like, feel free to provide any of the following information towards other significant roles such as Quarterback [QB], Rusher [R], Snapper [S].

During the season you can still request modifications to your roster. However, get them done now and help the league get a better estimate of its total (person) size in order to better forecast its expenses for things like play-off prizing, etc.

Staying in touch,

Your MTFL Executive

MTFL – providing organized touch football in a safe, fun, competitive environment

 

 

 

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2015-Jan-27
MTFL 2015 TEAM FEES AND PAN-AM GAMES RISK MITIGATION PLAN

Everyone,

Team registration fees for the 2015 season will be $1750; this is a $150 increase from last year. As usual, the team fee is due in full on or before the AGM (Thursday, 26-Mar-2015). Additional instructions on how to make payment to the league will be provided in early March-2015.

Reasons for the registration fee increase:

1)  To fund a plan your Executive has built to mitigate anticipated attendance issues due to PAN-AM/PAN-AM-Para Games in July and August and the anticipated traffic delays associated with those events particularly for 6:30 p.m. kick-off times. “Turf-lit” field locations could be one of the main solutions used for an aggressive regular-season schedule this year.  That is, teams could be scheduled two games in a week (e.g. week day, weekend or combination of both). As for games being scheduled on a Saturday or Sunday in May or June,  that will depend on results of survey on this topic now in progress. Regardless, "double headers" would also allow fewer games to be scheduled in July and early August when the Pan-Am Games are being held.

2) There are some price increases from the suppliers of record for the various goods and services essential to running this league. These increases in expenses range from 2% to 10%.

Notes

a)      The fee increase for team registration would have been a lot higher were it not for the monetary surplus (for various reasons including use of alternative fields with the loss of the Valleys) in the 2014 season that the league executive wishes to use now to assist with contingency plans – one of which is the use of turf-lit fields for this coming season.

b)      The plan is based on an attempt to ensure that each team is given a similar degree of access to turf-lit fields. Should such assets not actually be available for rent, then as much as $75 of this year’s price increase will be returned to each team (at the conclusion of the 2015 play-offs).

c)      The 2015 budget forecast has minimized the planned spend for “factors of distinction”; i.e. expenses normally embraced for year-end party, photography, donations to other leagues, etc.  These expense items will be minimal if not cancelled entirely for this season depending on how many lit or turf-field locations are made available to the MTFL.

d)      Field permit allocations are not finalized and made known to sports leagues until late April each year. Furthermore, other sports leagues may similarly be trying to mitigate the PAN-AM Games influence. The MTFL Executive expects the City of Mississauga and the City of Brampton may for various reasons change our field allocations even after our season has begun.

e) Extending the season (whether regular and/or play-off) past its normal conclusion in early September of each year is not seen as readily possible.  For example, field permits for such may be very hard to obtain (due to existing agreements with other leagues/schools) and it is felt many of our own league's players expect to jump into other events/sporting leagues at that time of the year.

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2015-Jan-12
MTFL-2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ... THURSDAY, 26-MAR-2015.

Everyone,

The MTFL 2015 AGM will be held Thursday, 26-Mar-2015 ("Program Meeting Room #1", Mississauga Valley's Community Centre).  All teams are requested to have at least one and up to a maximum of three representatives present.

Doors will open around 6:30pm for those wishing to make team fee payments in advance of the actual meeting; i.e. the meeting itself will begin no later than 7:10pm.  The meeting will be broken into two major parts, the 2nd of which will include a detailed question and answer period for new team candidates and any invited others interested.

Team fees for 2015 will be determined shortly. The 2014 Executive team is still formulating/reviewing a budgetary forecast for the upcoming season.  For CY2015, an expectation that some regular season and play-off games will be played at turf based location exists. Other factors that necessitate a per team fee increase include but are not limited to:

- inflation (on field rental permit fees and prizing costs ... ~3%);

- supplier cost increases (voluntary and non-voluntary).

Finally, if your team is disbanding or joining another (home) league, please let the executive know that as soon as possible. For example, the MTFL has already received new team candidate interest from four teams and along with its general budget/planning needs as well as well as the currently known field location/availability restrictions the league size might be clamped to "36" teams total.

Thanks, and on behalf of the executive, may everyone have a safe, competitive and fun 2015.

John Schiebel

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2014-Dec-12
SEASON'S GREETINGS

On behalf of the entire MTFL-2014 executive team, please have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years.  May you have continued good health and success in all of your endeavors both on and off the football field.

Announcements for the upcoming spring 2015 season will begin no later than the last week of Jan-2015. For example, the date, location and time of the league's Annual General Meeting (for the 2015 season) will be made known around that time. Please expect that meeting to occur in the Mississauga area sometime in late March-2015.

Sincerely,

Your Executive Team.



2014-Nov-17
CONGRATS TO ALL TRILLIUM TOUR 2014 NATIONAL ATTENDEES AND WINNERS.

Here are some pictures of the winning teams from the Trillium Tour 2014 "Nationals". Enjoy.

Have a great Christmas break everyone ... and watch for emails/announcements for the upcoming 2015 Annual General Meeting (to be held in Mar-2015).

Thanks,

Your MTFL Executive team



2014-Nov-04
LEARNING ABOUT CITY OF MISSISSAUGA'S SPORTS PLAN AND TOURISM STRATEGY

All,

As persons interested in growing the sport of touch football on the local and provincial level, you may first wish to ensure that you are aware of how a league like ours fits into the City of Mississauga's own plans and strategy for growing sports.

The city's SPORT PLAN and SPORT TOURISM STRATEGY documents are the starting point for your awareness.

Please note that:

  • the SPORT PLAN document is not updated every year (but rather on as needed basis as determined by the persons assigned that responsibility for the City of Mississauga.
  • the SPORT TOURISM STRATEGY is similarly managed/updated.

Another URL of interest is that for City of Missisauga's "Council Calendar" and "Agenda & Minutes" information.

e.g. see the MAYOR AND COUNCIL portal.

Your executive team wishes to, in responsible, timely and collaborative ways work with other (rectangular based) sporting leagues to voice possible facility improvements and needs to the City of Mississauga in order for the embetterment of all leagues.  More specifically, the creation of (new or by renovation / re-configuration of existing) sports park assets that are multi-purposed and multi-lit field based is one the key goals we look forward to having your continued support with.

In particular, if you have interest in attending various meetings hosted (annually) by the City of Mississauga parks&rec group on the topic of field asset allocation, fees and maintenance policies then don't hesitate to give your executive team a shout. Also, if you would like to attend a council meeting as a representative of the MTFL please also confirm that in advance with your current MTFL executive team.

Sincerely,

Your 2014 executive team.

 

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2014-Oct-23
YEAR-END NEWSLETTER - MTFL'S FUTURE SUCCESS
Attention All Members,
 
As the 2014 MTFL season has concluded, the league executive wishes to share some information and ideas with you to help ensure the continued success of this league.
 
Thank-you to all teams who helped us to manage the 6-week loss of the Valleys that started our 2014 season, and the change in field locations and times due to various maintenance activities at high school fields. The cooperation and timely response by team captains, players, and referees helped ease the chaos.
 
Although the kick-off to our first game of 2015 season is still several months away, it is important to review the following ideas and needs with each of you and then to embrace feedback (in advance of the AGM to be held in March-2015):
 
1) VOLUNTEERS
i) More volunteers are needed for the executive team.  Ideally, a total of five to six persons (one from each division) can be enlisted to help ensure our league responds to the needs and desires of our membership in an accurate and timely manner.
ii) Furthermore, for 2015, valued executive member Matthew Vincent will be less available due to his work commitment in supporting the PAN-AM games all of next summer.
iii) If you are interested in committing a mere 20 to 30 hours to assist the executive, please don't hesitate to contact the league (ASAP).
iv) Also, please feel free to indicate what we could do to encourage you or others you know to volunteer.
 
2) TEAM FEES
i) Team fees may be raised significantly - by as much as $300 per team. 
ii) If anything, this year taught us all that our league would benefit from another Valleys-class field. Since comparable fields that are available are likely to be turf based, they come with a hefty rental fee. Thus, such fee increases need to be incorporated into our budget.
iii) Furthermore, minor increases to the cost of field permits, refereeing and photography program costs are also anticipated. 
iv) Finally, a program that rewards teams and/or players who best demonstrate compliance with league policies will be implemented. To this last point, the current executive has come to realize that rewarding teams/members who consistently ‘do the right things’ is equally important as disciplining those who do not.
 
3) TOUCH FOOTBALL GROWTH
Growing football programs within our league and within the province continues to be a challenge.  On the one hand, locally, without field-rental-permit stability and without continued growth in numbers of "white cap" referees, it is hard to justify establishing yet other programs for growing touch football. On the other hand, seeds for growth (such as our continued next four-year agreement with Mississauga Youth Tackle) must continue to be planted and watered in order for their intended fruits to blossom.  On the provincial and even national level, support of Trillium Tour will continue, but increased focus on getting players and teams to tournaments must occur using more realistic Trillium Tour entitlement policies than those currently in play. There is no sense in MTFL hosting an annual Trillium Tour event if it continues to be poorly attended likely due to restrictive team and player eligibility requirements.
 
4) REFEREE RECRUITMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
We continue to encourage players to become referees and we continue to assist MOA through funding of the Quality Assurance Program for development of its officials. If you are interested in refereeing MTFL games, please let us know. Feel free to let us know what would entice you or others you know to become a referee, or what is keeping you from joining this valued group.
 
5) LEAGUE TRANSPARENCY AND OPERATION
We continue to strive for transparency, and robustness in terms of the league's operational policies, tooling and databases. Two key areas include the "must have" deployment of an online player/team registration system and the diligent scrub-up of the league's website to ensure all policies can be found there, there are no inconsistencies or errors, and that such policies are updated, clear and concise to everyone's delight.
 
Being part of the MTFL is a privilege that all of us enjoy.  Giving back to the community as an executive member, team captain and/or player dedicated to safe, competitive and fun games is something that we continue to promote and strive for.
 
Sincerely,
Your MTFL Executive

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2014-Oct-11
MTFL YEAR-END PARTY AND AWARDS CELEBRATION

The MTFL held its annual Year-End Party on Sep. 29th at International Sports Bar on Cawthra. Those who attended were supplied with ample, delicious food. 

Long-time MTFL referee, Sylbert Lindsay, was honoured. Syl was a valued official who refereed hundreds of touch football games over his years of service. He passed away suddenly in Sep. Syl will be greatly missed by the touch football fraternity including officials and players.

The winners of the MVP and Best Sportsman Awards for each division, based on their play during the 2014 regular season, were announced and honoured. The winners were:

                   MVP
Div. Team Player
AA Killer Instincts Marko Glavin
A Warriors Derrick Ogden
B Saints Chadwin Bartley
C GSOT Kyle Badham
D Stingers Dieter Kusel
                Best Sportsman
Div. Team Player
AA Killer Instincts Delroy George
A SuperTroopers Peter Hoang
B Axemen Wayne Dimaline
C ThunderCats Tharsan Sivaramalinghan
D Raiders Warsame Garad

Congratulations to all the 2014 award nominees and winners.

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2014-Sep-24
WITH GREAT SORROW WE SHARE THIS TRAGIC NEWS ...
Family and Friends of the MTFL,
 
It is with great sorrow that we share this tragic news with each of you that Sylbert Lindsay has passed away.
 
Visitation and funeral arrangements are found at: http://turnerporter.permavita.com/site/SylbertLindsay.html?s=40  
 
In summary, visitation will be this Sunday (28-Sep), 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the TURNER and PORTER - NEWEDUK (Erin Mills) Chapel (1981 Dundas Street West) in Mississauga and the funeral will occur at that same location at 11:00am Monday (29-Sep).
 
Sylbert will remain an integral part of our league's identity, operation and legacy. In particular, he was a true friend and loving supporter of all our actions both on and off the field of play. 
 
Let us offer his family our deepest sympathies and condolences at this saddened time of need.
 
With regret and sincerely,
John Schiebel
MTFL President

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2014-Sep-18
YEAR-END CELEBRATION & AWARD CEREMONY

The MTFL Year-End Party is scheduled for Mon., Sep. 29th at International Sports Bar (2480 Cawthra - just north of the Queensway).

Free food - Team Camaraderie - League Unity - JOIN THE CELEBRATION AND FUN!

The awards for MVP and Best Sportsman for each division will be announced and presented.

Click here to see the top nominees for each team.

All players and referees are welcome. Please notify your team captain and/or the MTFL if you plan on attending so that an appropriate amount of food can be ordered.

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2014-Sep-17
SEE YOU AT THE PARTY ... MONDAY, 29-SEP-2014.

MTFL YEAR-END PARTY 

Join your team-mates and fellow touch football players in celebrating the 2014 season.

Location: International Sports Bar

(2480 Cawthra – north of Queensway)

Date: Mon., Sep. 29, 2014

Time: 6:30-11:00 pm (8 pm Presentations)

Cost: No Admission Fee

Details: Snack food will be provided free of charge. Pay for your own drinks (pop is free).

Events: Award Presentations – MVP and Best Sportsman Winners for each division

            Watch Patriots vs Chiefs on TV

            Share season’s highlights

Please help spread the word about these events so that your team-mates have the opportunity to attend. Your support for these events through your attendance is strongly encouraged.

Your 2014 MTFL Executive

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2014-Sep-06
LET'S CELEBRATE!

       MTFL Playoff Results

DIVISION

CHAMPS

FINALISTS

AA

Trojans

Reapers

A

YoungBucs

Cobras

B

Bulldogs

Axemen

C

Greatest Show on Turf

Wolves

D

Renegades

Gators

A/ POKER / EUCHRE Night intended for 13Sep

     - HAS BEEN CANCELLED - However, consideration towards Friday 7th-Nov or Friday 14th-Nov is being made. If you are interested please contact johnandlenore@bell.net before 01-Nov-2014.

due to lack of a sufficient-sized response. See you at YEAR-END party.

B/ MTFL YEAR-END PARTY 

Join your team-mates and fellow touch football players in celebrating the 2014 season.

Location: International Sports Bar

(2480 Cawthra – north of Queensway)

Date: Mon., Sep. 29, 2014

Time: 6:30-11:00 pm (8 pm Presentations)

Cost: No Admission Fee

Details: Snack food will be provided free of charge. Pay for your own drinks (pop is free).

Events: Award Presentations – MVP and Best Sportsman Winners for each division

            Watch Patriots vs Chiefs on TV

            Share season’s highlights

Please help spread the word about these events so that your team-mates have the opportunity to attend. Your support for these events through your attendance is strongly encouraged.

Your 2014 MTFL Executive

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2014-Sep-03
THE 2014 SEASON HAS CONCLUDED ... LET'S PARTY!

It is time to celebrate and recognize accomplishments of the players, teams and game officiating partners. For your enjoyment, please consider joining in on the fun scheduled for:

i)  Sat., Sep. 13th (6:15 pm doors open) Charity Progressive Euchre and Texas Hold’em Poker Night at MAX’s Diner (located near Derry and 410). Euchre is $50 and poker is $70. Either event includes an all-you-can-eat buffet. Event will offer 50/50 draw and door prizes.  Get your registration done via email to johnandlenore@bell.net. Any team wishing to be a partner for this event and to share in the proceeds should make their interest known immediately. Door prizes include golf bag, gym bag and t-shirts.

ii)  Mon., Sep. 29th (7:15 pm doors open) MTFL YEAR-END PARTY (at International Sports Bar (located on Cawthra near Queensway). Admission is free but requires RSVP for planning purposes as there will be complimentary food and desserts for all.  This evening will also include Award Presentations for MVP and Best Sportsman winners for each division. Candidates will be announced shortly. Eligible players on teams who have demonstrated top-notch understanding of this league’s purpose, policy and objectives will also be recognized. For NFL supporters, the “Patriots-Chiefs” game will be available for viewing. Please send your intent to attend by email to mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca.

Please help spread the word about these events so that your team-mates have the opportunity to attend. Your support for these events through your attendance is strongly encouraged.

Your 2014 MTFL Executive



2014-Aug-28
NEARING SEASON'S END - PLANNED EVENTS

MTFL Members, Supporters, Partners and Friends of Touch Football:

Although this season has been full of challenges with the sudden loss of the Valleys which turned out to be for a six-week period, we survived the devastating news and the resulting schedule changes.

The MTFL Executive Team extends its sincerest thank-you to all its league members and MOA participants who showed incredible patience and flexibility while the excessive and complicated game re-location process was executed. The loss of the Valleys and its multiple-game-per-night capability, stressed even the most patient and flexible. Captains and players, and referees helped us to find solutions to ensure that our season kept rolling along.

It would appear that the acquisition of a 2nd field with stadium lighting (grass or turf) is highly desirable if not a necessity in order for our league to maintain and perhaps grow its service of providing recreational touch football.

The MTFL has been busy monitoring and analyzing its processes and policies so that it can deal effectively with various pressures and changes (cancellation of fields, playoff eligibility, game sheet info, etc.)

At this point, three of the five divisional FINALS have been completed. On Tues., Sep. 2nd our Single-A and Double-A Finals are scheduled at the Valleys. These final two games will conclude our 2014 Season (weather permitting). 

All are welcome to come out and enjoy these remaining match-ups, and to cheer on the various participants. 

On that note, it is also time to celebrate and recognize accomplishments of the players, teams and game officiating partners. For your enjoyment, please consider joining in on the fun scheduled for:

i)  Sat., Sep. 13th (6:15 pm doors open) Charity Progressive Euchre and Texas Hold’em Poker Night at MAX’s Diner (located near Derry and 410). Euchre is $50 and poker is $70. Either event includes an all-you-can-eat buffet. Event will offer 50/50 draw and door prizes.  Get your registration done via email to johnandlenore@bell.net. Any team wishing to be a partner for this event and to share in the proceeds should make their interest known immediately.

ii)  Mon., Sep. 29th (7:15 pm doors open) MTFL YEAR-END PARTY (at International Sports Bar (located on Cawthra near Queensway). Admission is free but requires RSVP for planning purposes as there will be complimentary food and desserts for all.  This evening will also include Award Presentations for MVP and Best Sportsman winners for each division. Candidates will be announced shortly. Eligible players on teams who have demonstrated top-notch understanding of this league’s purpose, policy and objectives will also be recognized. For NFL supporters, the “Patriots-Chiefs” game will be available for viewing. Please send your intent to attend by email to mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca.

Please help spread the word about these events so that your team-mates have the opportunity to attend. Your support for these events through your attendance is strongly encouraged.

Your 2014 MTFL Executive



2014-Aug-23
ATTENTION DOUBLE-A AND SINGLE-A SEMI-FINALISTS.

The intend matchups scheduled for the upcoming semi-final games are:

for DOUBLE-A division:

a) PIRANHAS (Home) versus Trojans (Away) at Cawthra with 6:30pm kick-off Monday 25th Aug;

b) SPARTANS (Home) versus Reapers (Away) at Glen Forest with 6:30pm kick-off Monday 25th Aug;

 

and for SINGLE-A division:

c) YOUNGBucs (Home) versus Canes (Away) at VALLEYs with 7:00pm kick-off Tuesday 26th Aug;

d) HOUNDS (Home) versus Cobras (Away) at Glen Forest with 6:30pm kick-off Tuesday 26th Aug;

 

Sorry for confusion earlier this weekend; the website "bracket" has been fixed to match the schedule listed.

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2014-Aug-16
IMPORTANT CHANGE - PLAYOFF START TIMES AT HIGH SCHOOL FIELDS

Captains, Team Reps, MOA:

In previous years, we have been able to finish play on high school fields by the middle of August so playing in the dark has been an infrequent problem. However, we know of at least two games last year where lack of light was an issue and those were 6:45 p.m. start times. 

As a result of the loss of the Valleys throughout all of June, we have ended up playing later into the year without sufficient room at the Valleys to accommodate all playoff games. Therefore, we are still using high fields for semi-final games. We are now nearing the end of August. With each successive day, we lose about a minute and a half of daylight.

As stated previously, on clear days, without injury time-outs and officials’ time-outs, it is possible to have 6:45 p.m.-started games completed with sufficient light. However, overtime play, might not be possible.

With sunset time for Mon., Aug. 25 at 8:05 p.m. and Tue., Aug. 26 at 8:03 p.m., we run the risk of a much shorter game with a 6:45 p.m. start time. Therefore, for these three scheduled games, the MTFL Executive has decided to start these games at 6:30 p.m. We know this may be an unpopular decision for some who have significant distance to travel and thus, find it difficult to arrive by kick-off time. But in the best interest of the players’ safety; opportunity for a full, unshortened game; fairness to referees who must make decisions on when to call a game due to darkness; a 6:30 p.m. start makes the most sense overall.

Thus, the two ‘AA’ Division Semi-Final games and the one ‘A’ Division Semi-Final game at the high school fields will kickoff at 6:30 p.m.

MTFL Executive 

 

MTFL – providing organized touch football in a safe, fun, competitive environment



2014-Aug-13
CAWTHRA FIELD STILL IN PLAY

For now, the Cawthra field is still in play. Tonight's game between Hawks and Spartans will be played at Cawthra as originally posted with 6:45 p.m. kickoff.



2014-Aug-12
CAWTHRA FIELD REPLACED BY APPLEWOOD FIELD

Commencing Wednesday, 13-Aug-2014, all remaining games previously scheduled to occur at Cawthra HS will now be played at Applewood HS. However, for Tuesday 12-Aug-2014, the HOUNDs-CANES game has been moved from Cawthra to the VALLEYs (7:00pm).

This includes: Hawks vs Spartans (Aug 13th) and Bears vs Axemen (Aug. 19th), and all playoff games.

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2014-Aug-07
PLAY-OFFS

The MTFL starts its playoffs beginning the week of Monday, August 11th for the 'B', 'C', and 'D' Divisions.

As final seedings are established, the playoff schedule with team names will be updated 

Captains are asked to ensure that only players who are playoff-eligible play in their games. For this year, the only requirement is that each player is registered as having played in/attended 3 of that team's 2014 MTFL regular-season games. There is no 'one game in the first 6 games' stipulation - that has been waived.

High school games start at 6:45 p.m. Valleys games start at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

As always, we encourage all players to enjoy the playoff experience and to allow all participants (team-mates, opponents, officials, spectators) to enjoy their experience.

For ties at the end of regulation time, overtime is played with each team alternating converts - each team choosing to go for 1 or 2 pts each time. After a minimum of 3 attempts each, if the score remains tied, sudden death overtime is played with both teams getting one convert attempt each. Overtime continues until a winner is decided.

In the event of a tied game being called due to darkness, the higher-ranked team is assigned the win.

The Referees are given the sole task of determining when it is too dark to play based on player safety and/or effectiveness of calling the game.

Good luck to all teams - players and officials.



2014-Jul-21
PLAYOFF SCHEDULE, ELIGIBILITY & ENJOYMENT

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE - We have released the playoff schedule which is subject to change based on any changes needed due to postponed games during the remainder of the regular season as a result of weather or field conditions. Therefore, it may be necessary to postpone some divisional playoffs by a week.

For the playoffs, teams are identified by their division (letter) and place in the standings at the end of the regular season (number). Thus, B5 is the team that came in fifth in the B Division.

For each round, the remaining teams are re-seeded based on where they ended up in the regular-season standings. Thus, the 2nd ranked team did not necessarily end up in second place in the standings, but rather, is the 2nd ranked team of the remaining teams.

In the Semi-Finals, of the remaining teams, the 4th ranked team plays the top-ranked team while the 3rd ranked team plays the 2nd ranked team.

Similarly, in the Finals, of the two remaining teams, the 2nd ranked team plays the top-ranked team.

PLAYOFF ELIGIBILITY – NEW - Due to the large number of rescheduled games this year largely due to the Valleys shutdown, the MTFL Executive has decided to relax somewhat the playoff eligibility requirements. Players must be registered as having played 3 games for their team but no longer have to have played one in the first 6 games. Thus, players will still be eligible if they play in their 8th, 9th and 10th games or any 3 regular-season games.

NOTE: Captains of teams that allow players to play in the playoffs who have not met the playoff eligibility, risk disciplinary action by the league and risk defaulting their game. It is the responsibility of captains to know the playoff-eligibility status of their team’s players.

PLAYOFF ENJOYMENT - Although we recognize that stakes are higher during the playoffs and mistakes and perceived mistakes by referees are magnified, please remember that the referees, like the players, are doing their best, and are making calls from their vantage point based on what they see. And remember too, it is our recreation – and thus, by definition, our fun time. Arguing with referees, making a scene, showboating, takes the enjoyment of the game from others. Just as you show support and respect for your own players, please do the same for the game officials.

 

We wish all teams to have playoffs that are not only competitive, but safe and enjoyable.



2014-Jul-10
VALLEYS REMAINS CLOSED JULY 14TH & 15TH

The Valleys remains closed for play this week. We trust that it will be open for the following weeks.

Otherwise, captains implicated have been notified of rescheduling by email. Please check your team's schedule on the league website as it has been modified to account for the loss of the Valleys. 

We apologize for any inconvenience that this disruption to the schedule has caused.

Remember to enjoy every play, whether the play results in a positive outcome for your team or not, as every moment of recreational activity is a gift we should cherish.

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2014-Jul-08
ROSTERS

Team Captains/admins and all players,

Further announcements on player play-off entitlement will be made later this week. In particular, with the various abnormal re-scheduling demands (due to not having VALLEYS field to date), your executive team is recognizing there is an unplanned complication to our league's normal play-off entitlement rules. A temporary change (for this season) in play-off entitlement is expected.

Regardless, and in the mean-time, all teams are expected in the most timely of manners to:

a) print from and then use the latest game sheet made available to them on the league's website. Yeap, go thru your vehicles glove box, gym bags and team equipment boxes and purge all gamesheets from previous years/seasons.

b) send simple text email (to mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca) of which players need to be ADDED or DELETED from your current roster.  This year, many teams apparently have larger than previous year's average size rosters.  For example, although every team is allowed 21 active players per game, in year's gone by the average team size in the league was about 17 players.  This year, the average team size is 21 players. Your executive suspects that some of this increase is due to rosters that have yet to be updated (with DELETE requests).

c) Whether you are a TRILLIUM TOUR team or not, MTFL would like you to use the MTFL game sheets for your MTFL games. Furthermore, MTFL does not want you to electronically modify those gamesheets. Rather, just simply, at each game, cross out the players who are not there and hand in the game sheet to the head referee as requested.  Why? MTFL game sheets are "alphabetized" ... making MTFL registrar data entry a snap.

Finally, somewhat related to gamesheets, upon return of operation of the VALLEYS location, MTFL approved photographers will be making game site visits for team / roster photo purposes.  Your co-operation before (or after) your game in taking a few pictures of the team's roster will be greatly appreciated as usual.

Thanks, John Schiebel

MTFL President and Registrar

 

 



2014-Jul-03
VALLEYS REMAINS CLOSED JULY 7TH TO 10TH

The City of Mississauga has decided to keep the Valleys field closed for another week. Games scheduled for Monday, July 7th have been rescheduled for other fields and times (and dates, in one instance). 

We apologize for the disruption in the schedule.  Teams affected should check the league website for the revised schedule. Captains have been notified by email. Please make sure your team-mates have been notified.



2014-Jun-27
VALLEYS REMAINS UNAVAILABLE ... PLEASE REMAIN PATIENT AND FLEXIBLE.

All teams/players,

 

Unfortunately, the City of Mississauga has still not re-opened the VALLEYS field location. Decisioning on that matter, which is not within the control of this league, may occur on a week by week basis.

Your executive team understands your frustration but respectfully requests your continued patience and flexibilities as the league's regular schedule gets adjusted to ensure that the 2014 season can be completed with the original parameters set for its total duration and time.  Specifically, as many members of our league have a "routine" both in our league and in their activities outside of our league (and the May to August time frame), we are obviously impacted negatively by the VALLEYS still being closed.  However, as our regular season is now about 45% completed the league will be taking steps to ensure that games moved from an intended date at the VALLEYS will occur at one of league's other high school locations even if it means reducing referee crew size (from three to two members).

Next, since all teams have paid for a referee crew size of "three", as usual, if your game occurs with a lessor amount of referees than your team will be given financial credit for that.  Obviously the league is calling on all persons/players with referee capability to keep MOA fully informed of their availabilities ... as anything you can do to help ensure each game has three referees would be great.

The league will continue to execute the regular season under this "stress" (.. for what might be the remaining portion of this summer). However, the league will take steps to ensure that play-off game date and referee crew sizes remain fully consistent with its original plans and your delightful experiences with them from previous seasons.

On a personal note, please give Glenn Stevenson your fullest cooperation in any re-schedule need now being forced upon our league. It is greatly appreciated and will help our league work thru this challenge this summer.

Have a terrific CANADA DAY weekend/week.

Sincerely, John Schiebel

MTFL President

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2014-Jun-21
PLEASE HELP ENSURE OUR FIELDS ARE KEPT CLEAN/TIDY.

A letter from the various directors of parks, recreation and forestry within the City of Mississauga to help ensure you leave the area of play clean and tidy.

Also, if you feel there are too few trash or recycle cans at the field then please contact the MTFL executive immediately so it can forward that request onto the City of Mississauga.

Sincerely, your

MTFL Executive Team

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2014-Jun-16
APPLEWOOD GAMES MOVED TO T.L. KENNEDY

Please be aware that MTFL has just been notified by the City of Mississauga that all games that have been scheduled for Applewood Heights Secondary School have been moved to TL Kennedy Secondary School (Address: 3100 Hurontario St, Mississauga, ON L5B 1N7).

This change takes place immediately and will be in effect for the remainder of the season.

Sorry for the inconvenience and short notice.

MAPQUEST link is ... http://mapq.st/UG5Sk3 

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2014-Jun-08
THE LATEST WORD

We are assuming that the Valleys will continue to be closed for play until June 30th. We apologize for the inconvenience. Should this change, Captains will be notified.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Remember that games can only be cancelled by the Head Referee at the game site; except for very special circumstances such as flooding, in which case the City will close fields and notify the MTFL, who in turn will notify Captains by email and all parties through Facebook. 

SAFETY IS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN: When there is thunder and lightning, for games already started, they are to be stopped and put on hold until it is safe to play (30 min. after last evidence of lightning). For games not started, they are to be delayed until safe. When you are asked to take shelter, please do so. Please also respect Officials' decisions to delay or terminate games.

See Resources -> Policies -> Weather.

 

 



2014-May-28
URGENT MESSAGE SCHEDULE CHANGED

Due to the delay in opening Valleys (Paul Gilbert) field such that it is presently closed to all leagues, the MTFL has revised its schedule.

All team representatives have been contacted through email with the schedule revisions. 

The website schedule has been modified to reflect these changes.

It is anticipated that Valleys will remain off-limits for at least the first four weeks of June. Should it be available for use during that time period, the previous schedule will be reinstated for the dates remaining. For now, the posted schedule is based on the Valleys being unavailable until June 30th.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank teams for their flexibility.

Please stay tuned.

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2014-May-25
PLEASE REMEMBER TO COMPLETE/VALIDATE THE GAME SHEET AFTER EACH GAME.

Captains/admins:

Please remember to complete the game sheets at the conclusion of your game; i.e. ensure that

- the final score is listed on it;

- what, if any, players from your own roster arriving after half-time have been correctly indicated and recorded on it;

- the game location and date fields are filled in;

- and on your opponent's gamesheet, you have indicated your team's assessment of the most sportsmen like player (with a check mark) and then a 1-2-3 indication of the three most valued contributors of your opponents team in that game.

Thanks,

The league executive



2014-May-23
WEEK#1 RESULTS POSTED

Everyone,

The game result scores have been posted for all games scheduled to occur in Week#1 of the regular season.

Game sheet (actual) attendance will be posted in the coming days as the actual paper sheets work their way to the registrar.

Enjoy the weekend,

John



2014-May-01
MTFL-2014 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Everyone,

The regular season schedule has been posted to the website.

Please review your team's schedule. Although the executive is confident you will find, in most cases, all of your regular season games have been scheduled to your reasonable satisfaction, please be advised that the league has taken a lot of time to try to get your team to play on dates/times/locations of its preference and that requesting changes to that may not always be possible due to some extraordinary circumstances occurring this year.

In particular, the diversity of each team's own preferences is always an issue (against finding alignment to its opponents); however, other factors such as the total number of teams in a division, number of spare fields available as well as the number of or availability of referee crews are always implicated in any re-scheduling request/circumstance.

This year, there are a few divisions with either more than six teams per division OR an odd number of teams in the division.  Juggling in "off" weeks over the entire calendar of the regular season is yet another consideration in any re-scheduling request/circumstance. 

As such, this year, the league executive wishes to further (and regularly) remind all teams/players that:

a) re-scheduling requests are not guaranteed

b) re-scheduling might open your team (and your opponents) to the necessity of playing two games
 in the same week.

c) games will be played on the evening of a "Stat" holiday Monday (long holiday weekend).

In short, in addition to your team's own preferences, it is important to remember that re-scheduling needs/circumstances can originate from things not in any of our control (e.g. weather extremes, unsafe field conditions) and that the league must have the capacity to address these circumstances in its proposed schedule specifics (whilst still ensuring everyone gets to the play-off period in the calendar time expected for the entire division and league's overall operation).

i.e. please be 100% sure you need to make a schedule request before asking for one AND also please continue to remain flexible and receptive to the alternatives that might be proposed for your team.

Sincerely,

John Schiebel

MTFL President

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2014-Apr-20
UPDATES FROM YOUR 2014 EXECUTIVE TEAM ...

Everyone,

Happy Easter. The league hopes you are having a terrific long "spring" weekend and that you are continuing to get ready for the upcoming touch football season.

Your executive team has constructed a regular season schedule and it is undering an internal peer review for the next couple of days. The executive team hopes to have that review finalized and the regular season schedule released by mid-week.

In other news, the City of Mississauga has given the league a draft copy of its proposed field permit allocations for this year.  In addition to the field (date and time) locations all enjoyed last year, this year ERINDALE High School location will also be added to our potential game site list.

Finally, for all interested, MOA will be holding a referee clinic on the evening of Thursday, 01-May-2014.  Pre-registration is preferred.  Either way, if your interested in becoming a referee and/or are trying to improve your referee skills/experiences, please plan to attend.  For further information contact the league or the head of MOA 'George'.

THANKs

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2014-Apr-05
POST 2014 AGM UPDATES... NEAR TERM MILESTONES BEFORE THE SEASON STARTS.

Team Representatives/Captains:

 

At the AGM, the Constitution and By-Laws amendments, and the Executive Committee were approved by majority vote (13 teams in person, 8 teams by proxy, no abstentions).

The MTFL is preparing to construct its 2014 Regular Season Schedule. It appears we will have 5 divisions with a total of 33 teams – all of whom have paid their league fees.

We welcome the veteran teams from 2013; the newly registered teams: Piranhas, Killer Instinct, Raiders and S.W.A.T.; and the teams returning to the MTFL after an absence: Trojans, Saints and Greatest Show on Turf.

Some teams have decided to change their identities. Sentinels have become Renegades; and Delta Force have been renamed Shockers.

Unfortunately, it would appear that Rack, Panthers and Hurricanes have decided not to return to the MTFL.

If possible, please spread the word that the cut-off date for team registrations (with team registration and late fee) is Monday, April 7, 2014.

Shortly after this cut-off date, a spreadsheet displaying all teams’ preferences for game time and location will be sent to team representatives. We will be asking that you check the information displayed to ensure that it matches your team’s preferences accurately. Obviously, we don’t want to have to make any changes to the schedule based on ‘new’ information from teams.

We hope to have the schedule constructed and circulated by Monday, April 21st, so a timely response regarding the accuracy of your team’s preferences will be required.

We are confident that there will be competitive balance within the 5 divisions.

Payment for field permits will be made shortly once our league size is confirmed and we have established our field requirements.     

The regular season is expected to start the 3rd week of May.

 

Keeping ‘in touch’ on behalf of the MTFL Executive,

Glenn Stevenson

Director of League Communications

 

MTFL – providing organized touch football in a safe, fun, competitive environment



2014-Mar-12
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AGM AND TEAM FEE PAYMENTS.

Team Representatives/Captains,

1. MTFL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Thursday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Mississauga Valleys Community Centre. All teams are encouraged and expected to have representation. Teams may have up to 3 representatives at this meeting (but only one vote). It is important that teams are represented as major decisions are voted on at this time, that have repercussions for the entire league, and thus, all members. In the event that you are unable to attend, please ensure that another player from your team is at the meeting to represent your team and express its interests.

2. TEAM FEES In earlier correspondence regarding team fees due at the upcoming AGM, the MTFL Executive was considering setting team registration fees at $1800. This increase was meant to address the possibility of needing to rent more expensive fields for a significant portion of our games for the 2014 season. At this point, our on-going dialogue with City of Mississauga (Parks and Recreation) suggests that our requirements can be met in a similar manner to last season (similar locations and time slots). As such, the league executive is now seeking the same team registration fee as last year, namely, $1600 per team.

3. PAYMENT DUE DATE All teams are required to provide their team fees in full to the League Executive on or before Thursday, March 27, 2014. Money must be received by the Executive prior to or at the conclusion of the AGM.

4. PAYMENT METHOD a. New team applicants New team applicants may pay using ‘certified’ cheque, money order or cash. If using a cheque, it must be ‘certified’. Should your application for the league be denied for any reason, your money will be refunded in full. b. Veteran teams Veteran teams may pay using one of the four options listed below.

i) Cheque – preferably ‘certified’ cheque

ii) Money order

iii) Cash

iv) Online transfer

Note: Cheques and Money Orders Cheques and Money Orders must be made payable to: Mississauga Touch Football League and not ‘MTFL’. Please also put the name of your team name at the bottom of the cheque. Note: Email/Online Transfer Payments Please send email money transfers to johnandlenore@bell.net with a one-word password of your team name.

5. LATE PAYMENTS Teams that do not submit their fees by the allotted time – March 27, 2014 - (including those whose cheques cannot be cashed / bounce) will be required to pay $1800. Furthermore, these teams may find they are excluded from membership in the MTFL in 2014.

6. GOAL POST PADS Any team wishing to acquire goal post pads is reminded the league has new goal post pads available for the price of $200 per set.

7. TEAM ROSTER Teams are asked to submit an updated team roster.

8. GAME TIME AND LOCATION PREFERENCES Teams will be asked to indicate their preference for days of the week and field locations for their games. This will assist with scheduling. Although every effort will be made to honour teams’ requests, various factors will influence the scheduling, and thus, no guarantees can be made.

We look forward to seeing team representatives on the 27th of March.

Staying ‘in touch’,

John Schiebel (MTFL President)

Glenn Stevenson (MTFL Vice-President – League Communications)

MTFL – providing organized touch football in a safe, fun, competitive environment



2014-Feb-25
POTENTIAL TEAM REGISTRATION FEE PRICE INCREASE

All veteran and candidate new team applicants,

As per emails sent to you earlier this month, the MTFL executive team may be requesting a team registration fee price increase. The need of the increase is primarily due to ongoing dialog with City of Mississauga for which fields will be assigned to this league for actual game play.

In short, team registration fees may be in the order of $1800 per team (not $1600) for the upcoming 2014 season.  However, a portion of this increase may be refundable to your team ... should the actual field permit situation be finalized without need for significant number of games to be played at (outdoor) turf based field locations.

Please continue to monitor the league's website as wellas emails from the league for more information on this matter as we draw closer to the AGM meeting date.



2014-Feb-03
MTFL-2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - THURSDAY, 27-MAR,

Team captains/admins/organizers:

Firstly, congrats to the Seattle Seahawks for a simply fantastic Super Bowl win.  Their game was a great example of solid defense, offense and special team play.

Now as our own minds turn towards the game of touch football and warmer weather, please take note that the MTFL's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place Thursday, 27-Mar-2014 at 7:00pm in the Hazel MaCallion Room of the Mississauga Valley's Community Centre.

All teams are expected to attend this meeting with up to three players per team (maximum).

Please continue to monitor league emails and website for further details and news on the upcoming season. At this time, your current executive team is forecasting:

- league growth (in total team size); and

- team registration fees to remain the same as last year (e.g. $1600 per team).

As usual, an "AGM package" will be prepared and made available for the meeting itself to address changes/issues.

For now, please contact your players and determine their availabilities and readiness for action. Regular season is expected to start 2nd week of May.

Thanks,

Your Executive Team.



2014-Jan-20
CHARITY FUND RAISER FOR MISSISSAUGA YOUTH TACKLE FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Super Bowl Monte Carlo Night Rama Gaming Centre Mississauga 2295 Battleford Road.

Value for $50 ticket Watch on our HD 12’X6’ integrated Jumbo Screen in our newly renovated bar and gaming facility Pound of Wings, Bowl of Chilli, 14oz draft Beer or fountain pop Draw for NFL Jersey & (2) NFL tickets (Toronto Date 2014) Entry into Monte Carlo Event featuring Black Jack, and Crown & Anchor Winnings are a chance to win prizes totalling $1,000 The only facility in Ontario where you can watch and bet through Pro-line

 

Event starts at 6:00pm. Kickoff at 6:30pm Proceeds in support of the Mississauga Football League

Visit www.m-f-l.ca For more information and to order tickets



2013-Nov-28
HELP THE MTFL - GET INVOLVED

The MTFL is preparing for the upcoming season. Please read below to see how you might assist the league.

Our league prides itself on its success in providing a fun, safe, enjoyable recreational outlet for men in the Mississauga area. In order to fulfill this goal, our league needs individuals who have the same interest. These individuals assist the league by:

·         - officiating games through the Mississauga Officials Association (MOA)

·         - participating on the league executive

·         - assisting the league executive with various activities and functions

·         - performing the role of team representative

·         - acting as team captain

·         - playing as a member of a team

·         - managing a team during a game

·         - attending games as a spectator

All of these roles are important in helping the MTFL meet its mandate of ‘providing organized touch football in a safe, fun, competitive environment’.

If you are interested in Officiating, please contact George Zielinski at gzielinski@cogeco.ca. A game official is a paid position and comes with the responsibilities of enforcing touch football rules during games. Positioning, rules, rule application, interaction with players are some of the areas discussed in detail during referee training programs run by George. Officiating games will give you an opportunity to gain a new perspective on sports and touch football; to develop your decision-making skills; to develop your interpersonal skills; to get exercise; and to make new friends and associations. Don’t wait any longer, get whistling!

The MTFL Executive is always interested in hearing from individuals who are interested in participating at the decision-making level and in helping manage the league. Areas covered by the executive include the league constitution and by-laws, team and player registration, divisional organization of teams, scheduling of games, team and player discipline, finance, purchasing, advertising, website, and league-organized activities. Please feel free to express an interest by contacting the league at mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca.

Perhaps you feel more suited to being an Assistant to the Executive rather than participating at the decision-making level. Whether or not you have an area of expertise or just an interest in helping, there is a role waiting for you and the league is interested in hearing from you. This is one way that individuals can give back to the league that has given them so much recreational enjoyment and to learn more about league management, and help ensure that there is a succession plan to ensure that the MTFL remains healthy for years to come. Please contact mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca.

If you are a Team Representative and are interested in joining the MTFL, be sure to notify the league by the end of January 2014 at mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca. If you are presently a team rep, be sure that we have your current contact information so that you can be notified of league activities and deadlines. Team reps are expected to attend the Annual General Meeting.

Team Captains are contacts for game officials before, during and after games. It is critical that they represent their team and the league in a sportsmanlike and suitable manner at all league events. They have the valuable task of setting the tone for their team; acting as role models for team members; knowing the rules of the game; following game procedures as expressed by the league; and monitoring and controlling team members.

If you are a Player interested in joining a team, please contact the league at mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca.

As a Spectator viewing games and cheering on your favourite players or teams, we hope you enjoy the experience.

In the meantime, enjoy the off-season, then decide how you can best assist the league and get involved.



2013-Nov-06
REFLECTIONS

On Mon., Nov. 4th the MTFL held its Year-End Party at International Sports Bar to celebrate the completion of a successful 2013 touch football season.

During the celebration, the names of the winners of the MVP Award and Best Sportsman Award for each division were announced. The individuals in attendance were recognized and presented with their prizes.

The players, officials, executive team, photographers and volunteers were thanked for their efforts which ensured that the league operated successfully and with the purpose of providing a safe, fun, competitive environment for touch football.

Best of luck in the off-season. Have fun and stay safe.

Players and/or teams interested in joining the MTFL and individuals interested in becoming referees are encouraged to use the links above and communicate their interest to the league by Jan. 31, 2014.

 

 

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2013-Oct-18
TIME TO CELEBRATE!

YEAR-END PARTY - MON., NOV. 4TH

At 7:30 p.m. our celebration begins at INTERNATIONAL SPORTS BAR at 2480 Cawthra Road (just north of Queensway on west side).

We wish to celebrate MTFL’s successes from 2013.

The votes have been tallied and the Most Sportsman Like and the Most Valuable Player Award nominees have been identified. The winners will be announced and given their awards at this event.

The ceremonies will begin at around 8:45 p.m.

Please spread the word to ensure that you and your team-mates can celebrate together.

So that an appropriate amount of food can be prepared and provided, please RSVP to mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca. (Please include name, team name, number of attendees if spouse and/or other family members are attending.)

Remember, there is a limited capacity so your prompt notice is appreciated.

 

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2013-Sep-07
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Congratulations to the 5 divisional Championship teams:

(AA) Reapers, (A) Panthers, (B) Hounds, (C) Trailer Park Boyz, (D) Ghosts.

Congratulations to the 5 divisional Finalist teams who challenged the championship teams to produce their best effort:

(AA) Gridiron, (A) Rack, (B) Bulldogs, (C) Death from Above, (D) Delta Squad.

Congratulations to all the teams and players who played inspired football while promoting safe, fun, competitive touch football for team-mates and competitors.

Many thanks to the numerous referees who did their utmost to officiate our games in an impartial and fair manner while enforcing the rules of the game.

To our fans, officials, and membership, we hope you enjoy the off-season and find enjoyment in your various other pursuits.

We are looking into organizing a year-end party (banquet) in October so please stay tuned.

MTFL Executive



2013-Aug-30
YEAR-END BANQUET

If you know of a banquet facility that would be suitable for our MTFL Year-End Party, we would be interested in hearing from you. The facility (banquet hall, bar) would need to support 125-150 participants.  We are looking for a date in October.  If you feel you know of a facility that might be appropriate, please provide details to mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca. 



2013-Aug-29
FINAL NIGHT OF MTFL FOOTBALL

We've only got one more night of exciting touch football left which will showcase four teams in two exciting Championship games held at Mississauga Valleys.  Why not come out and cheer on your division/league "mates" in what will be their (and our) final games of the season.  

Tuesday, September 3rd - CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
7:00pm 'C' Division - Death From Above at Trailer Park Boyz 
8:30pm 'AA' Division - Gridiron at Reapers

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2013-Aug-27
SEE YOU TONIGHT AT THE VALLEYS.

MTFL schedule resumes tonight, Tuesday 27-Aug-2013, as planned.

Should be a couple of awesome final games tonight ... "B" and "A" division.

See you there!

Please note, Monday's cancellations have been reset as follows:

a) Hustlin' Owls vs Reapers is now scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29th at Glenforest H.S. at 6:30 p.m.

b) Ghosts vs Delta Squad is now scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28th at Cawthra H.S. at 6:30 p.m.



2013-Aug-26
VALLEYS FIELD CLOSED - OTHER FIELDS GAME-TIME DECISION

Unfortunately, the games scheduled for tonight at the Valleys have been rescheduled as the Valleys field has been closed by the City of Mississauga due to the inclement weather conditions.

Other fields will remain open but are subject to game-time decisions by the officials.  If the field or weather conditions are UNSUITABLE for play, the game will be cancelled and rescheduled.

Hustlin' Owls vs Reapers is now scheduled for Thursday., Aug. 29th at Glenforest H.S. at 6:30 p.m.

Ghosts vs Delta Squad is now scheduled for Wed., Aug. 28th at Cawthra H.S. at 6:30 p.m.

Please stay tuned for further updates.

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2013-Aug-20
PLAYOFF ACTION INTENSIFIES

After the first round of playoffs with 3rd to 6th place finishers battling for supremacy, it was clear that not all higher seeded teams would advance as some minor upsets occurred based on final standings.

In semi-final action Monday, however, upsets were absent as Delta Squad defeated Sentinels 26-12 in 'D' Division as expected. Likewise, in 'B' Division, Bulldogs chopped down the Axemen 25-19 while Hounds sniffed out a win over the Bears 20-6 setting up an exciting championship match.

On Tuesday, Panthers pounced on the Canes to the tune of 33-14 while Rack shelved the Warriors 40-28 in 'A' Division action.

Ghosts squeaked out a 21-20 win over Gators in double overtime on Wednesday in 'D' Division with their 4th convert attempt being the deciding difference.

Photographers have been and will continue to be busy during our exciting games. Please make sure you and your team-mates are available for team photos when requested. 

Although playoffs lead to highly intense competition, we must all be cognizant of our goal of fun and safe games and ensure that our behaviour coincides with this goal.

Continued good luck to all participants - players, officials, fans.

 

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2013-Jul-22
STARTING TIMES FOR GAMES & PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Please note that (rescheduled) games played Aug. 6-8th have an earlier starting time. The ‘new’ starting time is 6:45 p.m. (not 7 p.m.)

The playoffs are rapidly approaching. Please click on the link below to see the playoff schedule for your division. 

Please note that playoff games at high schools start at 6:30 p.m.  This is to allow for possible overtime play.

Playoff games at the Valleys are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

(Click here) 2013 Playoff Schedule

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2013-Jul-14
IT'S HOT! STAY COOL!

With temperatures rising and the humidex making it feel like over 40 degrees C, please be sure to hydrate and encourage team-mates to do the same (during the day before the game and during the game). Come prepared to your game with plenty of fluids.

Know the signs of heat stroke and dehydration (disorientation, headache, nausea, shivering). Should you feel these symptoms, please take safety measures (stop exercising, drink fluids, find shade). 

As games become more meaningful and heated, remember to keep cool. Encourage team-mates to do the same.

Be sympathetic towards our officials who must also deal with the heat.  Please do your best to help them stay cool.

Remember to support our goal of 'providing organized touch football in a safe, fun, competitive     environment'.

After all, it is a 'cool' game we play.



2013-Jul-10
GAMES TONIGHT AND RESCHEDULING

The games scheduled for tonight are 'ON' but subject to cancellation/postponement based on weather and field conditions. This is a game-site decision by game officials.  Let's hope the weather cooperates.

Previously changed/rescheduled games include:

1. Sentinels vs Gators - Tue., July 16 at Cawthra (7 pm)

2. Ghosts vs Showtime - Thu., July 18 at Port Credit (7 pm)

3. Angels vs Panthers - Mon., July 22 at Applewood (7 pm)

4. Delta Squad vs Stingers - Tue., July 23 at Applewood (7 pm)

5. YoungBucs vs Canes - Tue., July 23 at Valleys (6:30 pm)

6. Axemen vs Wolves - Tue., July 30 at Glenforest (7 pm)

7. Rack vs Warriors - Thu., Aug. 1 at Port Credit (7 pm)

8. ThunderCats vs Death From Above - Tue., Aug. 6 at Cawthra (6:45 pm)

9. Gridiron vs Reapers - Wed., Aug. 7 at Applewood (6:45 pm)

Please note that games played at high schools starting Aug. 6th will begin at 6:45 p.m. (not 7:00 p.m.) to ensure that games are completed in the allotted time with the natural light available.

Please notify the league of any major discrepancies.



2013-Jul-09
TONIGHT'S GAMES AT VALLEYS POSTPONED

Mississauga Valleys is closed today.  Games at the Valleys location will be rescheduled.  Games at other locations will be game site decisions as to whether or not the field is safe to play on.



2013-Jun-28
PROMOTING THE MTFL

We are blessed to have the opportunity to play in a league that provides so much recreational fun for so many adults and is held in such high esteem.

Many teams have completed the first half of their regular-season schedule.

Be sure to promote the MTFL through your positive comments in social media and through excellent sportsmanship. The comments and actions of our league members are viewed by many at our game sites and through social media. We want to ensure that we make our wonderful league attractive to prospective participants, and spectators.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Canada Day weekend.



2013-Jun-26
HEAT ADVISORY & THUNDERSTORMS

Games scheduled for tonight are 'on'.  However, with the heat and humidity, be sure to have lots of fluids on hand for yourself and your team-mates.  

If you are playing this week, be sure to drink lots of fluids.  If you start getting a headache, feel nautious or disoriented, stop sweating and start to shiver; stop all physical exertion, seek assistance, find shade and drink water.  

In the event that there are thunderstorms in the area, game activity will be delayed.  Game activity will resume 30 minutes after that last evidence of lightning (visual sighting or thunder).  Please respect officials' decisions regarding the safety of players, fans and themselves when they delay or postpone a game.

In the event that there is lightning in the area or the field conditions make the game unsafe and the game must be postponed, please note that this is a game-site decision.  Teams that do not show up, risk being in default and risk not only losing the game but owing the league money for fines accrued due to the default.

Always remember that safety is our number one priority and thus, decisions based on this priority must be supported by all.

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2013-Jun-12
SEVEN GAME RECOMMENDATIONS

1. Remember to bring your goal post pads, footballs, tee, and sportsmanship.

2. Compliment excellent plays by your opposition.

3. Support those tough but fair and reasonable calls made by the officials.

4. Enjoy and celebrate those great plays made by team-mates (without showboating, of course).

5. Congratulate and shake the hands of your opponents and the referees at the end of the game.

6. Be sure to indicate on your game sheet your selection for your opponents’ three MVPs (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and Sportsman of the Game. 

7. Enjoy the competition, the camaraderie, and the great sport of Touch Football!



2013-Jun-10
GAMES AT VALLEYS (TUE., JUNE 11TH) ARE ON TONIGHT

The Valley field is open for play tonight.

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2013-May-22
MTFL SUPPORTS YOUTH TACKLE PROGRAM
During Mississauga Football League's (youth tackle) annual general meeting, league president Jack Finley and treasurer Barb Moore were presented with a $1000 cheque by Taylor Jones and Glenn Stevenson. The money is used to assist with purchasing jerseys for one of the MFL teams.  Last year's team, Bears, was a divisional champion.
 
Supporting MFL promotes and brings awareness of our league to this group of potential, future players. We look forward to seeing MFL players playing in our league in the not-too-distant future.
 
Taylor is the volunteer student intern MTFL has secured in an arrangement with the Humber College Sports Management program. You will be seeing Taylor regularly throughout the season as one of his duties will be team photo-taking and the creation of game story-line reports for submission to the Mississauga News for their weekly publication consideration.  Be sure to introduce yourself to Taylor and make him feel welcome.  We appreciate his efforts on behalf of the MTFL.
 
 
 

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2013-May-10
SCHEDULE NOW POSTED BUT REVISED

The schedule was last revised May 18th at 11:00 a.m.

The 2013 MTFL Regular Season is now posted on this website under Schedule. Also, you can click on your Division link, scroll down and find your team name in the Division Schedule box, select it, and all your team's games will appear quickly and conveniently!

Please note that changes have been made to the schedule based on various team requests; and therefore, it is different from that which was distributed previously.  Be sure that your team-mates know that the schedule posted on the website is the schedule that is the most recent and accurate.  Even if your team did not request changes, your schedule may still have changed due to the alterations that were made for other teams.  Please check carefully!

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2013-May-05
2013 SCHEDULE

The 2013 Schedule has been finalized.  It is anticipated that the schedule will be up on our website by Friday, May 10th – perhaps sooner.  Feel free to check back here later in the week.



2013-Apr-11
REFEREE CLINIC

Are you interested in becoming a touch football referee?  If so, contact George Zielinski (gzielinski@cogeco.ca) for more info.

The 2013 Referee Clinic is scheduled for 7:00-10:00 pm on Thu., Apr. 25th at Mississauga Valley Recreation Centre in Room #3.  All officials - veterans and rookies - are invited to attend.  A brand-new presentation has been created for this special occasion which is designed to entertain and educate.

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2013-Apr-02
2013 AGM

 The MTFL held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 28th.

Teams were registered for the 2013 Season.

The AGM Package was handed out to those in attendance. 

The revised Constitution was voted on and adopted, as were the newly revised League By-Laws.

During the AGM, key issues and concerns were discussed.

We are down to ‘Last Call’.  Teams still wishing to register for the 2013 are asked to do so this week before we close off registrations.

 

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2013-Mar-12
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MARCH 28TH

 Team Representatives

The MTFL is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Mississauga Valleys Community Centre (Hazel McCallion Room).  All teams are required to have representation (max. 2 per team).

Date: Thu., March 28, 2013

Team Registration: 7:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

AGM: 7:35 p.m. (sharp) to no later than 9:30 p.m.

Veteran Team Fees: $1600

New Team Fees: $2000 [Team Fees $1600 + Performance Bond $200 + Goal Post Pads $200]

·         Payment to be made on or before the 28th of March with cash or certified cheque.  (Personal Cheque will be accepted from Veteran teams in ‘good standing’.)

      After this date, a 'late' payment fee will be charged.

·         Reps are asked to bring contact info (phone & email) for 3 players (Captains) on their team.

·         Reps will also be asked to provide their schedule preference in terms of Days of Week, Field Location, and Valleys start times.

·         During the meeting, league issues will be discussed and team reps will receive an AGM package.

·         Please read, prior to the AGM, the Pre-Meeting Document that provides insight in the present financial situation and issues.

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2013-Mar-05
3RD ANNUAL POKER TOURNAMENT RESULTS

On Saturday, March 2nd, a fundraising Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament was held at Max’s Diner.  MTFL League President, John Schiebel, organized the event which raised $1025 for the league. It was almost a ‘full house’. Two card sharks tied for first and each went ‘straight’ to the bank with $800.  Dave Bye (MTFL – Canes player) took home $360 based on his shrewd play.  The fourth place player pocketed $260 while Agyeman Marksman (MTFL – Canes player) intercepted $170. With over $1000 worth of door and raffle prizes, many left the event smiling. The 50/50 draw yielded a cash payout of $260. Many thanks to those who attended and those who contributed to make this such a successful event.

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2013-Jan-27
MTFL'S 3RD ANNUAL POKER TOURNAMENT

The MTFL is hosting a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament as a fundraising activity. This key event is scheduled for Sat., March 2, 2013.

To entice participants, we are offering a healthy potential cash prize pool, an all-you-can-eat buffet, a professionally run tournament, a 50/50 draw, and door prizes.

Bring your best poker face, your card-playing skills, and your good luck charms.  Last year's winner took home $1243.

When: Sat., March 2, 2013

Dinner Buffet: 6:00 p.m.

Cards Fly: 7:00 p.m. (sharp)

Where: Max's Diner at 975-3B Midway Blvd., Mississauga, Ontario

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2013-Jan-27
MTFL'S 3RD ANNUAL POKER TOURNAMENT

2013 Event Details

Buy In: $70 gains 4K in chips

Top Up: (optional) $15 gains 2K in chips plus 3 tickets for 50/50 draw & prize table

Add On: (optional) $20 gains 4K in chips at end of 6th blind

Re-Buys: (optional) $35 first 6 blinds, cash games to follow

Players: 100 max.

Blinds; starting at 15 min. durations with initial blind value of 25/50

Payout: 10% of players win cash

Dinner: included

Beer: cash bar

2012 Payouts: 1st - $1243; 2nd - $753; 3rd - 420; 4th - $315;

5th - $245; 6th - 210; 7th - $175; 8th - $180

RSVP to John Schiebel (MTFL) jschiebel@sympatico.ca

 

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2012-Dec-19
MTFL WISHES PLAYERS & THEIR FAMILIES HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Captains/Team Organizers,
 
Firstly, at this very special time of the year, the MTFL wishes all the best for you and each of your family members and friends. May you have a wonderful Christmas and terrific New Year filled with continued blessing and success both on and off the field of play.
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2012-Dec-08
POKER TOURNAMENT RAISES LEAGUE FUNDS

Friends of the MTFL raised $210 during a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament held recently in the Mississauga area. In addition to the $1900 in cash prizes awarded to top six players, tournament participant Derek Phillpott won a pair of VIP tickets to the 100th Grey Cup.
Photo above: John Schiebel, MTFL President / Derek Phillpott / Ted Sherlock, VP Operations at Aversan
 
 



2012-Nov-12
MTFL FINANCIAL STATUS

The MTFL financial status is available for viewing.  A letter by the league president explains the current situation.

Team representatives, captains and players are encouraged to read this document so that they are properly informed of the league's current financial status.  (See: Financial Status Document)

 



2012-Nov-06
REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS

If you have benefited from the hard work by those behind the scenes which has allowed you to enjoy and play touch football, you may wish to give back by volunteering some time to the MTFL.  Our league has various committees and initiatives which might benefit from your energy and expertise.  Depending on your experience, interest and availability, we may be pleased to have you assist the League Executive.  If you are interested, please email John Schiebel (league president) at jschiebel@sympatico.ca.



2012-Oct-18
MTFL ARGO NIGHT
Reminder for those who have tickets for the MTFL Argo Night, that the game is Fri., Oct. 19 at Rogers Centre at 7:00 p.m. Please remember that this league social event is designed to promote unity amongst all its teams and players. Please drink responsibly and act in a manner that helps promote our league. And finally, be sure to cheer on our beloved Ar-r-r-r-go-o-o-o-o-s!



2012-Oct-11
MTFL ARGO NIGHT

On Friday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m., players, relatives and friends will huddle at Roger's Centre to watch the Toronto Argonauts host and challenge the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. With 300 MTFL tickets purchased, this unifying event is all but sold out. Should you be interested in purchasing any of the remaining tickets, please contact John Schiebel at jschiebel@sympatico.ca



2012-Sep-24
CONGRATULATIONS!
At the MTFL Year-End Party, the following award winners were announced. (Selections were based on opponents' votes after each game.)
Sportsman of the Year
'AA' Division - Devin Henry (Spartans #47)
'A' Division - Bart Zemanek (Hustlin' Owls #5)
'B' Division - Daryl Brady (Bears #75)
'C' Division - Greg Kowalski (Death From Above #11)
'D' Division - Bill Chan (Arrows #27)

Most Valuable Player
'AA' Division - Josh Granek (Cobras #7)
'A' Division - Melios Arsic (Canes #7)
'B' Division - Chris Rauch (Bulldogs #25)
'C' Division - Ben Bilz (Hounds #24)
'D' Division - Mark Mlakar (Delta Squad #88)

Congratulations to all winners!



2012-Sep-14
CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE! JOIN US!

All MTFL Officials, Players and Their Spouses Welcome

Wed., Sep. 19th at Boston Pizza (Square One) 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Help us celebrate another great year of touch football with:

8:00 p.m. Best Sportsman of the Year Awards and Most Valuable Player Awards for each division

Division Most Sportsmen Like Nominees …
AA    Devin Henry (Spartans #47),
   Stevan Ivancevic (Reapers #81),
   Anthony Gregory (Cobras #9)
A  Craig Morgan (Ashanti Warriors #22),
Bart Zemanek (Hustlin Owls #5),
Justin Tang (Canes #12)
B    Daryl Brady (Bears #75),
   Warren Croft (Hard Core Nerds #7),
   Will Northcote (Unit #54)
C Greg Kowalski (Death From Above #11),
Phil Attrell (Wolves #5),
Terrell Niles (Hurricanes #4)
D     Dave Cowell (Ornarys #91),
   Paul Carnevale (Sentinels #97),
   Bill Chan (Arrows #27)
   
Division Game Star Nominees …
AA    Dale Levarno (GridIron #7),
   Josh Granek (Cobras #7),
   George Ionnides (Hawks #6)
A  Jamal George (Angels #15),
Shane Bryans (Rack #5),
Melios Arsic (Canes #7)
B    Maroc Rodrigues (GSOT #87),
   Drew Smith (Super Troopers #92),
   Chris Rauch (Bulldogs #25)
C Aaron Douglas (Showtime #)89,
Ben Bilz (Hounds #24),
Geoff Lubert (Death From Above #2)
D     Kevin O"Carroll (Thunder Cats #77),
   Mark Mlakar (Delta Squad #88),
   Emmett Bernais (Arrows #11)

Argos Game Night Tickets available for purchase ($20 each, $32 value)

50/50 Draw : Door Prizes : Game Photos : Food + Drink

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2012-Aug-31
2ND ANNUAL MTFL SKILLS COMPETITION & FRIENDLY GAME & A DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

What a night!  Wed., Sep. 5th at Valleys

Skills Competition and Friendly Game are both open to MTFL players and MOA referees.

A/ 2nd Annual Skills Competition 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Participants choose one of 3 events:

          1. Passing Accuracy

          2. Punting Distance (and Accuracy)

          3. 40 Yard Sprint

i) 6:30 p.m. - participants sign up for event of their choice

ii) 6:45 p.m. – Skills Competition begins

iii) 7:15 p.m. - competitions are closed to new participants

iv) 7:45 p.m. - competitions are completed - winner announced

B/  Friendly Game 7:50-8:55 p.m.

Participants are split into 2 teams.  Friendly game is played.  Lots of fun!

C/  ‘A’ Division Championship Game 9:00-10:30 p.m.

High calibre touch football excitement!

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2012-Aug-20
VANIER CUP TICKET OFFER!

As a member of the MTFL, we are pleased to offer you preferred access to the best available tickets for the 2012 Vanier Cup at a discounted rate.

Included with this pre-sale opportunity is:

      30% Discount – A per ticket price of $36.00*compared to a public sale price of $51.00*

·         Preferred Seating – Access tothe best seat(s) available at your time of purchase.

·         Priority Access to the 2012 CIS National Championship Game

o        7:30 PM Kick-Off - Friday November 23rd at Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON.                                                                              

Please go to the Ticketmaster website http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004899DF5DA940?artistid=891720&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=8

and enter the password footballin order to take advantage of this pre-sale opportunity and secure your 2012 Vanier Cup tickets.

This pre-sale opportunity will remain open until Sept. 14th at 5:00pm EST at which time all remaining Vanier Cup tickets will be made available for general public sale at a per ticket price of $51.00*.

For more information regarding your Vanier Cup experience please go to  http://www.vaniercup.ca.

2012 Vanier Cup Committee

*Plus applicable service charges

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2012-Jul-29
GAME SHEETS

When you visit the Game Sheets page and select your team, you will see your team's roster and official game sheet. The areas shaded in green are for the Officials to fill out. The areas in bright and pale red are for Captains to fill out. Please note, however, that these areas are not printed in colour when you print out your game sheets.

The Stars of the Game are to be filled out with a 1, 2 or 3 based on their first, second or third-star status. The new heading should act as a reminder.



2012-Jul-29
HIGH SCHOOL GAMES - CHANGE IN STARTING TIME

A quick reminder that starting Aug. 7th, games played at the high school locations will start at 6:45 p.m., not 7:00 p.m.  This time change ensures that games can be played in their entirety without fear of darkness.

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2012-Jul-29
GAME SHEETS

When you visit the Game Sheets page and select your team, you will see your team's roster and official game sheet. The areas shaded in green are for the Officials to fill out. The areas in bright and pale red are for Captains to fill out. Please note, however, that these areas are not printed in colour when you print out your game sheets.

The Stars of the Game are to be filled out with a 1, 2 or 3 based on their first, second or third-star status. The new heading should act as a reminder.

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2012-Jul-17
PLAYOFF SCHEDULE IS READY

The 2012 MTFL Playoff Schedule is now posted on our website (see Schedule).

Good luck to all teams and players. Enjoy a safe, fun, competitive playoff season!



2012-Jul-04
HALFWAY POINT

With about half of the MTFL regular-season games having been played, most teams have a good sense of how they match up against the competition within their division.  

We hope that you are enjoying the competition provided by your opponents; that you are appreciating the efforts of the officials who referee your games; and that you are enjoying the camaraderie of your team-mates.

Heat Stroke

As the temperature and humidity continue to rise, be sure to stay hydrated – drink plenty of liquids the day of your game and be sure to keep a healthy supply of water available at your game.  Know the signs of heat stroke, as well as its prevention and treatment, for your own benefit as well as that of your team-mates and other game participants. 

(See: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/gl_heat.php)

Tempers

In the past, as outside temperatures rise, tempers of players become shorter.  It is important that captains keep team-mates focused on their own play and continue to show respect for opponents and the game officials.  Watch for signs that players are becoming overly focused on previous plays and/or referees’ calls.  

Most major incidents that the league has investigated in the past could easily have been prevented by captains and team-mates as there were ample warning signs.  

So far this season, we have been pleased with the lack of incidents requiring league discipline.  

Sportsmanship

Your conduct represents yourself, your family, your team, and the MTFL so all the acts of sportsmanship that you show on a regular basis are greatly appreciated by others including your MTFL Executive.

Immediately after your game, remember to:

-         shake hands with your opponents

-         shake hands with the referees

-         select the three most valuable players from your opponents’ roster

-         select the sportsman player of the game from your opponents’ roster

-         verify the score and scoring

-         and provide your signature on the game sheet.

Rules

Should you have any questions regarding touch football rules and/or their application, feel free to ask them.  You can use Facebook to ask your question or send an email to mtfl_mississauga@yahoo.ca.

Best of luck in the remainder of your touch football season.

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2012-May-28
OPENING WEEK IS IN THE BOOKS
The first week got off to a hot start!

Check out the scores and see what action is scheduled for this week.



2012-May-11
CHECK OUT THE SCHEDULE!
The 2012 season is almost upon us!  Please check your division schedules for dates, times and fields for your games!

Please also take a few minutes and verify your team's game sheet to ensure it is accurate and that the players listed have all completed and submitted a Player Registration & Waiver Form.

Good luck to everyone on the upcoming season!



2012-Mar-12
PRE-ORDER YOUR 2011 MTFL YEARBOOK
The definitive recap of the 2011 MTFL season is available for pre-order right now!

The 2011 MTFL yearbook is a great way to look back last year.  It has it all!  Last season's final standings, complete week by week results, and playoffs for the entire league, your division or even just your own team!

Each Division spotlight is complete with team rosters, team photos, and some amazing game photos captured by the League and the Mississauga News.  It's a perfect keepsake for those who won the Championship last season so you can share it with friends and family!  It's just as great if you are a die-hard player or fan of the MTFL! Pre-order your copy today! Only $10.

E-mail billchan.mtfl@gmail.com to order.
Deadline to pre-order is March 23rd, 2012.



2012-Jan-29
FUNDRAISER POKER TOURNAMENT
MTFL Players, Do you like playing Texas Hold'em Poker?  Well we have a tournament just for you!

The MTFL is holding another charity card tournament on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012.

Funds raised at this event will help offset the costs anticipated for hosting at least one Trillium Tour touch football event for the 2012 touch football season.  This is a great event for those who want to help grow touch football in Ontario, and have fun doing so by playing poker.

The event will be limited to the first 100 paid registered participants, so register today!
If you want to be a part of this great event and want more details, please visit this link

Visit our Facebook Event Page for this tournament, RSVP and feel free to comment.



2011-Sep-05
2011 TFO PROVINCIALS
The 2011 Touch Football Ontario Provincials are this coming weekend.

The event will be held at the Creditview Sandalwood Sport Complex in Brampton on Saturday, September 10 through Sunday, September 11, 2011.

Click on the tournament logo to visit the MTFL host site and get more details.



2011-Sep-01
50/50 DRAW WINNER
Congratulations to KEVIN ROBINSON of Hurricanes for winning the 50/50 draw.

Kevin won $150 plus two Argos tickets for the MTFL Game Night on Saturday, October 1st, 2011 when they take on the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

Kevin, your prize will be ready for pick up at the MTFL Year End Party being held at Boston Pizza Square One on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 starting at 7:00pm.



2011-Jul-19
2011 MTFL PLAYOFFS KICKOFF TONIGHT
It's the best time of the year!  The 2011 MTFL Playoffs kick off tonight!

Get ready as the best football all year starts tonight!

If you haven't watched a game all season, come on out tonight and see what the MTFL is all about.



2011-Jul-18
POKER TOURNAMENT POSTPONED
Please note this event has been postponed.

We appreciate the interest we received, and thank those that registered early.

More details to come about rescheduling it for the fall.



2011-Jul-11
MTTEPC POKER TOURNAMENT
Do you like playing poker?  Well we have a tournament just for you!

The MTTEPC is running a poker tournament to raise funds for the upcoming Provincials Touch Football Ontario (TFO) Tournament being held in September.

This is a great way to have some fun and raise necessary funds to make the Provincials one of the best TFO has ever seen.  Cost to register is $65 per person.  Price of entry includes your first set of chips and an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner.

If you want to be a part of this great event and want more details, please visit this link



2011-Jul-04
2011 MTFL ARGO GAME NIGHT
What you have been waiting for has arrived!

The League's annual MTFL Argo Game Night is being held on Saturday, October 1, 2011.  Every MTFL team this season received four complimentary tickets to this game!  Extras may be purchased, so contact an MTFL Executive Committee Member today!

We have a had a great success with this event in our first two years of holding this event, so we need you to help keep this great tradition going!
More and more players are seeing this as a great way to enjoy a great game of football, with fellow League members in the spirit of fun, share great stories and reflect on the season that was.

If you want to be a part of this great event and want more details, please visit this link



2011-Jul-02
MTFL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE RELEASED
The 2011 MTFL Playoff schedule has officially been released.

The playoffs will begin Monday, August 15, 2011 opening up with the 'D' & 'AA' Division.  As it has been in the past couple of seasons, all teams within a division will play on the same evening to allow for convenience of scheduling and team preparation.  It is important to note there is one exception this year as 'C' Division will open their playoffs on Tuesday and Wednesday with two games on both nights, but will fall back to the one scheduled night the following week.

To see your division's schedule, please visit the division page for details.



2011-Jun-21
GILBERT FIELD OPEN FOR 2011
Week six of the 2011 season kicked off last night, with the first games for Paul Gilbert Field at the Mississauga Valley Community Centre for the year.

Triple headers are now a common part of the MTFL schedule when this field is active, making for a busy week for the officials and more teams getting in some action.

One of the games last night featured the 2010 'A' Division Champion, Gridiron face off against the 2010 'AA' Division Champion, Trojans in 'AA' Division action.  Visit the MTFL Facebook page to catch some of the video highlights from this game!  What a way to kick off Gilbert Field.



2011-Jun-13
PICK UP YOUR COPY
Have you picked up a copy of The Mississauga News or checked out the sports section of their web site?

The Mississauga News is back and they will be covering MTFL games again throughout the 2011 season.

With amazing action photos and some great stories, be sure to check out their web site or pick up a copy of their paper and read up on what's happening all around the MTFL.



2011-May-28
READ UP ON THE RECAPS
Wanna catch up on the weekly recaps?

Visit the Canadian Football Chat Forums to read the weekly recaps from around the MTFL.  It is a quick read about the past week broken down by each division.  It provides more insight behind the games in the MTFL, so it's more than just scores and standings.

It's a great avenue for those of you who are passionate about the sport of touch football.  Register and chat with others about touch football in Ontario or across Canada.  Help grow the sport and bring awareness to others.  Let others know how they can get involved and what they can do, to do their part in letting others know where they can play and compete, about leagues in there area or upcoming events.



2011-Apr-29
CIRCLE YOUR CALENDAR!
Mississauga, are you ready for some touch football?!

The 2011 MTFL season schedule is now available.  The League's 40th season will be kicking off Monday, May 16th and will run for thirteen weeks.  Be prepared for another exciting season of some great quality football all season long.  Games will be played at selected high school fields all over the in the City of Mississauga, and at our premiere field, Paul Gilbert Field located at the Mississauga Valley Community Centre.

Go to the League Schedule page to download the entire schedule for the MTFL, or to just download the schedule by Division, visit the Division page.



2011-Apr-16
WE'RE NOW ON FACEBOOK!
Have you seen?  The MTFL has joined the social network!

The MTFL now has a facebook page and those of you who have a facebook account, we encourage your to visit it and become a fan!

Click the 'Like' button and let others you know about the page.  It has wonderful photos and videos from the League with the occasional update on news.  We welcome you to 'tag' yourself in any photo or video that you are in so others get to know who you are.

Become a fan today and see you on facebook!



2011-Apr-05
2011 MOA CLINIC
Date:Saturday, May 7th, 2011
Time:11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Place:Mississauga Valleys Community Centre
1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd
Jim Beam Room (subject to change)

MAJOR POSITIVE CHANGES FOR OFFICIALS IN 2011

At the Touch Football Ontario (TFO) Annual General Meeting this year, we agreed to go back to the GRASS ROOTS of OUR GAME.  All TFO member officials will have their local associations certifications registered at the TFO office.  Associations will implement the use of exams, clinics and on-field evaluations of their officials.

As many of you know, Mississauga Officials Association (MOA) has used these tools since the program was introduced in the mid-eighties.  MOA will re-introduce the continuous improvement program of on-field evaluations of officials.  This program is to be used by all TFO associations in 2011.  Our objective is to continue to have our senior officials mentor our newer members as they move up the certification levels.

I believe that these changes were long overdue.  MOA does have an advantage since most of you have been part of the certification program since the beginning.  Looking forward to a most enjoyable, productive and rewarding 2011 season.

More details about the clinic to come, in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks,
George Zielinski



2011-Apr-04
NEW MTFL TEAMS IN 2011
2011 had the greatest turnout for interest in applications by new teams, in recent history.  A total of nine teams expressed their interest in becoming a part of the 40th season of the MTFL, and now officially, all nine have now been accepted.

Never has the MTFL seen such a turnout by new applicant teams, ready to join our League.  In recent years our League has turned down teams due to restrictions.  In 2011, we are proud to have accepted them all.

We welcome the following new teams for 2011:

  • Booearns
  • Bulldogs
  • Cobras
  • Hounds
  • Irish
  • Sentinels
  • Stingers
  • The Unit
  • Wolfpac

    We look forward to seeing you on the field this season!



    2011-Mar-17
    2010 MTFL YEARBOOK
    Attention MTFL Members!

    Your favourite recap of the MTFL is back for another season!

    The 2010 MTFL Yearbook is now available!

    This is the ultimate source of information from the 2010 MTFL season.

    Enjoy looking back on the season's final standings, complete week by week results, and playoffs for the entire league, your division or even just your own team!

    Each Division is complete with team rosters, and some game photos captured by the League and the Mississauga News.  Also included are recaps the League's social events; such as the 2010 AGM, the Argos MTFL Night at the Rogers Centre, the MTFL Friendly and the MTFL Year-End Party!

    What more could any die-hard player or fan of the MTFL ask for?!
    Two versions available for download, you choice of either low or high resolution.

    It's an wonderful part of MTFL history, download your copy today!  You'll be glad you did!
    2010 MTFL Yearbook (lo) (9 MB)
    2010 MTFL Yearbook (hi) (148 MB)



    2011-Mar-01
    2011 MTFL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
    Attention all returning and new team captains:

    The 2011 MTFL Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Mississauga Valleys Community Centre (1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd) and will be held in the Hazel McCallion Room.

    Map: Mississauga Valleys Community Centre

    Registration begins at 10:30am, and the Meeting will start at 11:00am sharp!

    All returning teams, as well as all new team applicants, are asked to have two representatives at this meeting.  These two representatives should be a team captain/assistant captain and a non-captain/assitant captain, preferably someone who has never attended an MTFL AGM.  In having two representatives from your team attend, we hope to meet as many people face-to-face and encourage effective communication between the Executive Committee and our Membership.

    We encourage all team captains to hold a team meeting as soon as possible to review your team's roster needs well in advance of this meeting.  Each year, several teams and/or players move to other locations and the League wishes to finalize League size and Divisional Alignment details as quickly as possible.  It would be greatly appreciated that you inform the League as soon as possible if either of the following apply:
    1. Your team is no longer interested in being a member of MTFL
    2. Your team has (or will have) significant roster changes that suggest a Division different than the one you played in last year, may need to be considered
    Please also ensure that you are discussing with your players well in advance of the AGM, the finances of submitting your Annual League Fee on time.

    For returning teams, the 2011 Annual League Fee is $1300*.  This payment is due no later than Saturday, March 26, 2011 by cheque or money order (no post-dated cheques).  Teams choosing to submit payment after Saturday, March 26th, 2011, are required to pay $1500* and have until Saturday, April 1st, 2011 to do so.  Failure to submit full payment by Saturday, April 1st, 2011 will result in your team not participating in the 2011 season.
    * plus $200 Performance Bond (if applicable), other related costs not included

    New team applicants, your payment via certified cheque of $1500 is due at the 2011 AGM, on Saturday, March 26th, 2011.  This amount includes the 2011 Annual League Fee of $1300 plus the $200 Performance Bond.

    See you all at the 2011 AGM!

    Thanks,

    John Schiebel
    League President & Registrar