Late in 1991 Keith Currie, Don Wiens and Wayne Bjorge decided that minor football had been missing from Chilliwack for far too long! Chilliwack Minor Football was born as a result of this decision. Our inaugural season started with one Junior Bantam and one Flag team in 1992, both of these teams were named the Greyhawks. By 1994 our association had grown to cover all six age divisions from Flag to Midget, and the team names had been changed to the Giants.
Up until 1995 all divisions had played in the Vancouver Mainland Football League. In the 1996 season all divisions moved over to the Valley Football League. The teams that make up the VCFL are on average located much closer than the teams that made up the VMFL, so our traveling times are much less.
Since then, the Chilliwack Giants have grown to an average of 320 kids playing football or part of our cheerleading squad.
We are a volunteer organization registered under the Societies Act. We endeavor to provide the opportunity for children to play football from ages six to eighteen. The majority of our money is raised through parent and children participation in fund raising events. The club has an annual operating budget of $320,000.00 of which approximately 20% is raised through registration fees. Unlike other sports, such as hockey, parents are not responsible for buying football equipment for their child. The equipment is worth $600.00- 800.00 per child, and is supplied by the club. Registration fees go towards paying for new equipment and uniforms, field rental, referee fees, insurance for players and club members, insurance for club assets, league fees and the daily running of the club.
To insure against loss of equipment, parents will be required to provide to the club at the time of issuance of the equipment, a post dated cheque for December 1st in the amount of $400.00. This cheque will be returned to you upon the return of all the loaned football equipment. Failure to return the equipment to the club will result in the club cashing your cheque to cover the cost of the missing equipment.
The club relies on volunteers to operate. Without the volunteers, the club would have to charge another $300.00 - 350.00 per player. This would mean putting the game of football out of reach of many parents, especially those with two or three children playing. In order to distribute the work load between parents, we require each family to volunteer at least 10 hours per season. This may range from working in the concession, to holding the down and yard markers for a game, or helping set up the game field or picking up the garbage at the end of home games, selling 50/50 tickets at home games or raffle tickets at a special fundraiser. Parents who are already working as coaches, trainers, managers or executive members are not required to volunteer additional time. In the past we have required a post dated volunteer deposit which would be cashed at the end of the season if your family hadn’t volunteered the required 10 hours. Beginning in 2015 with the introduction of online registering, we do not require the deposit up front, however, if your family does not participate in the volunteer program, a $200 charge will be added to your next year’s registration costs.
Much of the club’s income, comes from raffles held during home games and special functions. The club seeks the assistance of parents who either own businesses or work for a company, to donate monies or prizes for the raffles. These prizes will be raffled off at home games and special fund raising events throughout the year. A letter from the club to your business or employer can be obtained from the club president. Those organizations that contribute early in the season will have their names advertised at all of our home games.
Policy on Registration and Refunds
All registration fees must be paid at the time of registration. Chilliwack Minor Football encourages children of all ages to try playing football. However, some children after attending some of the practices, will decide that football is not for them. The club policy for refunds is as follows:
Quit before July 15th – 50% refund (less BCCFA fees and insurance). No refund after July 15th.