Junior Football Season Information

Junior Football Season Information 2017

Welcome to a new season with Chatswood Rangers Junior Football Club! We hope you have a great year with us.

Registration

Registrations for 2017 are now open: FOOTBALL REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

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The registration process is similar to last season. Football Federation of Australia (FFA) requires player registrations to be entered through their FFA website.  The link to the FFA registration website is on our Football Registration Instructions Page where further details of the process are explained. Please look under Junior Football on the club website for more information.

All registrations are due by 26 February 2017. Any late registrations will go on a waiting list and will only be accepted at the club’s discretion, pending there is space in a team.  Registrations for teams in the Under 12 age group and older will likely close earlier once teams have reached capacity. Please register early to avoid disappointment!

 

Fees

In 2017 the player registration fees for Chatswood Rangers Junior Football will increase slightly from the prior year and are as follows:

Age   group Registration  fee  Increase from 2016  % Increase
U6-U11 $220  $5  2.3%
U12-U18 $235  $5  2.2%

The total fee amount is to be paid at time of registration.

Our fees compare very favourably with those of other football clubs in the local area.

Over 70% of registration fees are paid directly to the Northern Suburbs Football Association (NSFA) to cover player registration, insurance and ground hire. NSFA fees levied on clubs increase as players get older due to increased insurance and the allocation of field hire costs and this is reflected by the slightly higher registration fees for the older age groups.

In 2017 NSFA costs have broadly remained static or within CPI. However local councils continue to increase their ground hire fees above CPI and in the past three years have levied children’s usage of fields at the same rate as that for adults. Councils also continue to charge clubs for the ground usage even when they have been closed due to bad weather. Willoughby City Council charge ground hirers double the hourly rate for the use of synthetic fields ($40.50/hour vs $20.50/hour for grass fields).

Please note that Chatswood Rangers have been able to maintain our registration fees at broadly the same levels as prior seasons mainly through our sponsors. Please support those businesses that continue to generously support our club.

 

Sibling Discounts

There is a 50% discount for the 3rd child and any subsequent children in a family will be FREE. This applies across both football and netball. If your family qualifies for the sibling discount in one sport only the online system will automatically process the discount.

However if you qualify for the discount across two sports, please DO NOT use the on-line payment system, as it unfortunately cannot calculate the discount (this is because of the FFA requirement to register via their website). You can still register on-line and then select to the ‘pay by cheque’ or ‘mail credit card payment’ options. Alternatively you can contact the club administrator (Michelle King 0419 500 099).

 

Uniforms

All players are required to wear the Chatswood Rangers playing uniform.  In 2017 the club will be using the same playing strip (shorts, shorts and socks) as was used in 2016 and thus there is no need to purchase any uniform items again unless you wish to do so for size and wear reasons.

For players in the U12s and above age groups players do not need to purchase a playing shirt. The shirt will be provided by the club and is expected to be returned at the end of the season i.e. it remains the property of the club.

Shirts, shorts or socks can be purchased from club sponsor Kingsgrove Sports in Artarmon (481 Pacific Highway, underneath Barbecues Galore). The items are priced as follows:

Shirts – $35 Shorts – $23 Socks – $13

Please note that the team uniforms are provided to players at the club’s cost prices.

Details of how to purchase shirts, shorts, socks and other club merchandise will be provided via a separate email.

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Training by professional coaching company – Soccer KickStart

The Club is pleased to announce that we will continue our relationship with professional football training company, Soccer KickStart, in 2017. Soccer KickStart will provide coaches each week to assist our volunteer coaches train all age group teams, from U6 to U12 under their Co-operative Coaching program.

Please note that volunteer coaches will still be required to oversee training sessions and are responsible for the weekend game day coaching. Our volunteer coaches will be provided with session plans each week prior to training and will benefit from the training tips, advice and structure that Soccer KickStart will supply. Volunteer coaches will provide feedback and input gained from weekend games. The club will benefit from a consistent approach to football throughout the various age groups. To facilitate this program, while at the same time ensuring player registration fees are not significantly increased, it will be necessary to conduct the training at a single location. The newly-laid all-weather synthetic pitch at Thomson Park in Artarmon is the confirmed venue. Subject to Council confirming our training day allocation we again expect to have access to the ground on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week.

Further details of the Soccer KickStart training program will be provided at a later date.

Rangers will also be providing dedicated goalkeeping training to those players who wish to improve their skills in this area.

It is important to note that there will be no additional cost for the training program i.e. it will be covered by the player registration fee.

The proposed training times for each age group is as follows (subject to final confirmation):

4.00 – 4.45pm: U6 and U7
4.45 – 5.45pm: U8 and U9
5.45 – 7.00pm: U10, U11 and U12

Training will be held on Monday and Tuesday nights at Thomson Park in Artarmon.

We understand that many families have commitments other than football and thus we are working to try and provide some flexibility if possible.

Example of what the Soccer KickStart training program will look like:

• Soccer KickStart will supply a minimum of two coaches for each training session.
• This works out to be one coach for every two teams hence why the proposed schedule has four teams for each session.
• The Soccer KickStart coach will set the weekly program and send this information to the volunteer club coaches before the training session. Our club coaches will run the sessions with the Soccer KickStart coaches supervising, assisting and running some of the drills i.e. they will split their time between the various teams.
• Sessions are generally 45 to 60 minutes but increases to 75 minutes as players get older.
• The intention is to avoid having the young children train too late and thus the older players will start their training sessions later.
• To be cost-effective the training program is to be held to be at one location (Thomson Park, Artarmon) for logistical reasons including lighting.
• Training may need to be completed at Thomson Park by 7pm due to other ground hirers requiring it for training. However we have requested later timeslots, with this to be confirmed by Council.
• It is intended to keep similar age groups together to enable the players to get to know each other better and make it easier for the coaches to set programs.
• As mentioned above there may be some flexibility in some teams moving between days and vice versa as long as we stick to four teams for the hour and we don’t have U6s training with U11s. However it may not be confirmed until registration numbers have been finalised.
• The coaches of teams in age groups U13 and above will be provided with programs. There will be an opportunity to assist these teams if requested by the coaches of these teams.

We understand that the designated training days as outlined above is a big change for families and represents a significant cultural change for the club. We realise it may reduce flexibility for some families.  However after listening to parent feedback and then weighing up the potential disadvantages we believe the benefits outweigh the downsides:

  • better training for our children by experienced coaches
  • our own volunteer coaches being provided with professional programs to train our children while being assisted to improve their own coaching skills
  • consistent training methods introduced across the club

We believe the introduction of this program will encourage other potential volunteers, who may have felt they did not have the technical competency to coach a team, to nominate as coaches knowing they will be assisted by professionals.

For more information on Soccer KickStart please see their website:

www.sportkickstart.com.au

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Pre-Season Skills Training: Continuation of Program

The Club will be providing pre-season skills training for all age groups in 2017. Soccer KickStart will supervise and facilitate the sessions.

Program: Skills Sessions

  • Coach-to-player ratio: 1:20 maximum
  • Days and Age Groups: Tuesday (U6, U7 and U8), Thursday (U9, U10, U11 and U12)
  • Time: 6pm to 7pm
  • Start dates: Tuesday 31 January and Thursday 1 February
  • End dates: Tuesday 28 March and Thursday 30 March
  • Total duration: 6 weeks
  • Venue: Thomson Park Artarmon
  • Cost: first and last three weeks free, $20 for the middle 3 sessions (i.e. approximately $7.00 per week)

The training sessions are for all age groups, both mixed and girls football.

Junior Football Grading: 19 and 26 February (age group times to be advised)

However, the below provides an example of the format we used in 2016. Please note we will be holding at least two grading session in 2017.

Our Junior Grading Day will be held at Thompson Park Artarmon on Sunday 19 and 26 February.

Grading times will be as follows (TBC, guide only):

U8: 8.15 to 9.00am

U9: 9.00 to 9.45am

U10: 9.45 to 10.30am

U11: 10.30 to 11.15am

U12: 11.15 to 12.00am

The U6 and U7 age groups are not graded and typically form as friendship and/or school groups. The older age groups will be graded separately in 2016 and thus will not be required to attend.

Please note that grading is not compulsory and if you and others would prefer for the team you were in last year to continue along friendship group lines there is no need to attend. In other words, if you decide to attend grading there is no guarantee the players in the team will be the same as the previous year, although school and friendship groups will remain an important overlay. However we do encourage as many players to attend grading as possible to try and ensure players are placed in teams with others of similar current ability.

Soccer Kickstart will be assisting the Club with the grading process. However we still require a few volunteers to help with logistics such as field set up and possibly even gradings in particular age groups. If you have any previous experience in assessing players or have coached please let me know.

I understand that unfortunately there may be a few absences of players who would like to be graded  due to unavoidable clashes with other commitments. Finding available grounds at this time of year is particularly difficult. Please note that past performance and coach feedback from previous seasons is taken into account of you are unable to attend.

 

Team Uniforms

Due to rising wholesale purchase costs (largely due to the fall in the Australian Dollar) these team uniform prices have recently been increased.

Prices

Playing shirts  $35

Shorts               $23

Socks                $13

Training shirts $15

All team uniform items are sold at the Club’s cost price.

We will also be selling old (“retro”) playing shirts (from the previous kit manufacturer) for $5 at training sessions and other times as advised. These can also be used as training shirts or even casual wear!

 

Fund-raising Barbecues

Dates to be advised.

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Important Dates for your Diary (NB: some to be updated)

Tuesday 31 January and Thursday 2 February: Pre-Season Skills Training

Tuesday 7 February and Thursday 9 February: Pre-Season Skills Training

Tuesday 14 February and Thursday 16 February: Pre-Season Skills Training

Tuesday 21 February and Thursday 23 February: Pre-Season Skills Training

Tuesday 28 February and Thursday 2 March: Pre-Season Skills Training

Tuesday 7 March and Thursday 9 March: Pre-Season Skills Training

Tuesday 14 March and Thursday 16 March: Pre-Season Skills Training

Tuesday 21 March and Thursday 23 March: Pre-Season Skills Training

Tuesday 28 March and Thursday 30 March: Pre-Season Skills Training

Registration and Information Day. Date to be advised. Venue: Mandarin Centre Chatswood (11.30am to 3pm).

Sunday 19 and 26 February – Junior Player Assessment Days (a.k.a. “Grading”; not compulsory, U8 and above – mixed teams only)

Sunday 26 February – Junior Registrations Close

Saturday 20 and 27 February – Skills Training Certificate (target age group 9-13 years).  Please direct any enquiries to technicaldirector@nsfa.asn.au or contact the Club.

Monday 1 March – Grassroots Coaching certificate (Target age group 5-9 years) – TBC

Thursday 23 March – Coach and Manager information evening at club sponsor The Great Northern Hotel 7.30pm to 9.00pm. To register click on the link:

https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=53

Sunday 5, 12 and 27 March – MiniRoos (U6 to U11) Trial Matches planned (venues TBC but likely to be Thomson Park, Artarmon)

Saturday 25 March – U6 Welcome to Football Day, St Ives Showground, 8am to 3pm

Saturday 1 April – Junior Mixed and MiniRoos season commences. Junior Mixed U12 Grading Round 1.

Sunday 2 April – Girls Competition and Girls MiniRoos season commences.

Saturday 19 August – Gala Day for Junior Mixed, MiniRoos Mixed and MiniRoos Girls U6-U7

Sunday 20 August – Gala Day for Girls Competition and MiniRoos Girls U8-U12

Sunday 10 September – Chatswood Rangers Junior Football Presentation Day: The Big Day Out!

 

Girls Football

In 2017 the NSFA will run girls-only competitions in U8, U9, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18. All girls-only competitions will be played on Sundays. Girls can choose to play in the Saturday mixed competition, the Sunday girl’s competition or both.

A GU7 competition to be played on Saturday has also been announced.

 

How Teams are Formed

Chatswood Rangers and the Northern Suburbs Football Association believes it is in the best interest of all players that, where possible, they play with and against players of similar ability, We therefore undertake varying degrees of player grading across our junior teams. In 2017 Chatswood Rangers will take the following approach to team formation:

Under 6 and 7 Teams typically formed on school and friendship groups
Under 8 and above An A team will be selected. Where player numbers  permit other teams will be formed on school and friendship groups

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When and where are weekend games played?

A: For the younger age groups (e.g. U6, U7, U8, U9) all games are played at grounds in the local area, with mixed team playing early on Saturday morning (typically 8.30am to 10.30am) and girls on Sunday at approximately the same times. For example games are played at Bales Park in Willoughby, Blackman Park in Lane Cove and Tunks Park in Cammeray. Older age groups usually play later in the morning, mostly in the local area however there may be some travel involved to clubs in the northern part of the association.

Q: Which night is training and what time does it start?

A: Training nights are largely determined by the team allocation, the availability of the volunteer coach (usually a parent) and the preference of the majority of the team. This is confirmed following the end of the registration and team allocation process, usually at the end of February.

MiniRoos teams  (U6 to U11) will be training on either Monday or Tuesday, depending on their team allocation.

Q: What if the training night does not suit?

A: If a player is not available to train on the night allocated due to another commitment, the player can switch to another team if there is space available and/or a player from that team is willing to swap.

If no alternative arrangement can be found a player can de-register and, if the registration fee has been paid, it will be refunded in full if requested prior to the start of the competition season.

Q: Do players need to attend training?

A: We strongly encourage all players to attend training as not only does it improve skills, combination with teammates and help to understand the coach’s approach and tactics, attending training is also an important part of showing good sportsmanship. Players should not just show up for games but also make a commitment to train, as every other player does.

However if there is a prior commitment or occasional absence from training that would not be an issue, although as a courtesy this should be discussed with the coach and/or manager of the team prior to training.

Q: Is the team uniform all a player needs?

A: No. All players will be required to purchase their own football boots and shinguards, which are available from major sporting goods stores (e.g. Rebel Sport in Chatswood Westfield, Kingsgrove Sports in Artarmon). Kingsgrove Sports will provide a 5% discount on all sporting goods (except team uniforms) to Chatswood Rangers members, although you will have to tell them first!

For safety and insurance purposes players are not permitted to take the field without shinguards being in place.

Q: Where can team uniforms be purchased from?

A: Starting in 2016, team uniforms can be purchased from Kingsgrove Sports.

Q: The registration fee seems high. What does it cover?

A: The registration fee covers player insurance, ground hire for training and competition matches, equipment, NSFA registration fees, professional coaching and club administration costs (e.g. the website). The vast majority of the fee basically covers the cost of each player participating in football.

Our fees compare very favourably with other local football clubs. The professional coaching is an added benefit that players do not have to pay any additional money for and is covered by the existing registration fee.

If viewed over the 14 weeks of the competitive season in addition to pre-season training (from February to September) it is not particularly expensive on a cost-per-week basis.

 

Parent Involvement

Our Club is run by parent volunteers and everyone is expected to take on a role to help with the successful organisation of the teams or the Club itself. Involvement in junior sport is an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience and we encourage you to join in and help. After all, many hands make light work!

To improve the structure and help with the organisation of the club we intend to introduce several new roles this season including age group managers and a girls football coordinator. As the Club continues to work to broaden the cultural diversity of the Chatswood Rangers playing base to better represent the demographics of the local area we will also be calling for volunteers to act as community liaison representatives. These initiatives will be outlined in a separate email.

Each team needs a coach and manager before the club can register it with the NSFA. The Club would highly recommend that in the U6/7 age group each team also has an assistant coach to help out on Saturdays, as managing two simultaneous games can be challenging.

Teams also require a referee. While you do not need formal qualifications to referee in the younger age groups, it is important that you have a clear understanding of the rules which may apply to the specific age group.

Welcome once again to the 2017 season of Chatswood Rangers.

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