The most frequently asked questions

Updated Tuesday February 14, 2017 by Admin.

  1. Who is eligible to play for the Grenadiers?
  2. How is Grenadiers football different from minor league / high school football
  3. Who are the coaches?
  4. How do I register?
  5. When does training camp start?
  6. How much does it cost to register?
  7. Why are the fees lower for the Bantam program?
  8. Why are registration fees so high?
  9. Is financial assistance available?
  10. Why did the Grenadiers move to the OPFL?
  11. When does the Regular Season start and what teams do we play?
  12. Where do the Grenadiers practice and play?
  13. Will the bus pick me up on the way to an away game?
  14. We are going on a family vacation close to one of the away games can I leave from there?
  15. We are going away on holiday for several weeks in the summer will this impact my position on the team?
  16. I play high school rugby will affect his playing time if I am tired or can’t make practice?
  17. When is the year-end banquet?

 

Who is eligible to play for the Grenadiers?

  • While many players travel to Kingston from Belleville and Brockville, anyone can try out for the Grenadiers. Bantam players will have been born in 2003 or 2004, juniors in 2001, 2002 and senior varsity in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

How is Grenadiers football different from minor league / high school football

  • The Grenadiers are a competitive Rep Football Club similar to an AAA OMHA hockey franchise -- the best players see the field. Our coaches at all levels do their very best to ensure all players see playing time. Safety of the player, performance level, practice attendance, attitude, game situation all factor into the coaches decision.

Who are the coaches?

  • Mark Magee will return as the head coach for the senior varsity team. We are currently working with the coaching staff to determine what level each will be involved with. All our coaches are members of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). All coaches will be in place prior to the first day of training camp and we will keep you updated.

How do I register?

  • First you need to register with the Football Canada’s National Registry. You then sign up on our website and the last step is to complete the Medical Information and Consent Form. A detailed “How To” can be found at  http://www.gmen.ca/site/ClientSite/article/1606764

When does training camp start?

  • Indoor training camp begins on Saturday, Feb. 25 at noon in the sports dome at Royal Military College and continues on Saturday, Mar 4 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Mar. 25 at noon. In April training and tryouts move outside at Queen’s West Campus field. This schedule is yet to be confirmed and will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

How much does it cost to register?

          Age         Tryouts fees  Season fees

  • Bantam          $125               $250
  • Junior             $250               $450
  • Senior            $250               $450
  • In addition all new players at the senior and junior division are required to purchase a Rep. Package at the cost of $250 which includes home and away jerseys, pants, two pairs of socks, belt, travel bag and a polo shirt.
  • Bantam uniforms are supplied to players from existing stock and remain property of the Club. Practice jerseys, pants, pads, shoulder pads and helmets are supplied for all players.

Why are the fees lower for the Bantam program?

  • The Ontario Provincial Football League requires that all organizations at the Premier Level field teams in all divisions (senior, junior and bantam). Although the bantam division is not new to Grenadiers, it is coming back from a three-year hiatus. As the entry point for the Rep Program, we need to ensure that bantam division attracts the best players at that age group while remaining competitive with other programs offered.

Note: The older age groups are not financing the bantam team. In fact fees at the junior and senior levels have not increased in the past two years. The executive will be working hard to secure additional sponsorships to support the bantam team.

Why are registration fees so high?

  • While registration costs may be considered expensive for some families, the Grenadiers organization is committed to keeping the cost of playing football affordable and providing great value for the money.  Players receive full equipment and uniforms, travel by coach buses to and from away games and play an 8-12 games schedule over the summer not to mention playing at Richardson Stadium and the cost of officials
  • Player fees account for approximately 70% of the per-player cost to run the Grenadiers. The rest must be made up through fundraising and sponsorship.

Is financial assistance available?

  • If you let us know early enough and are willing to stick to a plan, we can work with you through our many resources to assist you in paying your fees. We are experienced in working with families and players to break down obstacles to achieve a player's highest potential. This is the cornerstone of our mission statement. You want to play? Commit to us we will commit to you!

Why did the Grenadiers move to the OPFL?

  • With the changing landscape of football in the province, the Grenadiers made the decision to join the Ontario Provincial Football League for long-term growth and financial reasons as well as from a competitive perspective. This is a new league, formed this fall and comprised of many of the teams we have been playing for years. The vision and mission of the OPFL are better aligned with those of the Grenadiers.

When does the Regular Season start and what teams do we play?

The league will kick off its inaugural season on Saturday, May 13 with all teams playing in the Hamilton, Cambridge and Burlington areas. Players will be bused to all away games.

Here is the rest of the 2017 season schedule. Away Game times are still to be determined. At home junior play at 11 a.m., bantams at 2 p.m. and seniors at 5 p.m.*

  • May 13 away vs Niagara
  • May 20 bye for entire league
  • May 27 home vs Durham
  • Jun 3 away vs Ottawa
  • Jun 10 home vs Cambridge
  • Jun 17 home vs Burlington
  • Jun 24 home vs Cumberland
  • Jul 1 away vs Mississauga
  • Jul 8 bye for entire league
  • Jul 15 away vs London
  • Jul 22 Division semis 1vs4, 2vs3
  • Jul 29 Division championship
  • Aug 5 OPFL finals at Cumberland

* Home games times are tentative and will be input to the schedule page of our website once confirmed.

Where do the Grenadiers practice and play?

  • Once the regular season starts practices will likely be held on Tuesday, Thursday and some Wednesday’s from 6 p.m. to dusk but the schedule will be finalized by the each teams individual coaching staff. Bantam players will always practice at LCVI or the field across the street. The junior and senior teams will practice at LCVI and once a week on the turf at Queen’s West Campus. All home games will be played at Queen’s Richardson Stadium and away game location will be confirmed closer to the start of the season. A map is always included on the schedule page.

Will the bus pick me up on the way to an away game?

  • Yes. Depending on the direction of travel the buses will stop along the 401 corridors (ie: Gananoque Thousand Island Casino, Brockville Days Inn, Belleville Walmart, Trenton Wooler Road). If your home is located in the the direction of travel you are expected to board buses in Kingston in the West Parking Lot of LCVI (the west parking lot is the lot on the side of the football field). Your head coach must be notified if you are boarding the bus at another location.

We are going on a family vacation close to one of the away games can I leave from there?

  • No. You must get the team Governor to pre-approve all alternative travel arrangements to and from away games. The head coach is responsible for all players returning on the bus from away games. You may cause confusion and/or delay by leaving without prior notification.

We are going away on holiday for several weeks in the summer will this impact my position on the team?

  • Yes. The Grenadiers coaching staff conditions and trains players for each individual opponent they face. Being absent for practice will mean you will need to re-establish your position and prepare to compete for upcoming games.

I play high school rugby will affect his playing time if I am tired or can’t make practice?

  • Most of the Grenadier players are multiple sport athletes representing their high schools proudly. Players should communicate their schedules in advance and inform coaching staff of their level of physical activity and any rugby related injuries prior to a practice so the coaches can adjust drills for these players accordingly. As with any representative team, all practices are mandatory and a key element to participation on the team.

Please note that according to Football Canada rules, players must have a 72 hour period between football games. This is particularly important at the bantam level. You can NOT play in two football leagues/teams under this rule.

When is the year-end banquet?

  • When the season ends many of our graduating Grenadiers pack up and start practicing with their respective university football clubs or move on to other post secondary opportunities. And the rest of the players get busy with their high school teams. Past experience dictates that it’s best to wait until after high school football is over, we get past the holidays and we are ready to become one again as Grenadiers. Our banquet usually happened mid January to early February depending on availability.

Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@gmen.ca