Junior Football Overview

Junior Football Season Information 2019

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

Registration

Registrations are now open. Please go to the Registration page for details and links to the FFA portal. 

All registrations are due by 3rd March 2019. Any late registrations will be placed 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!

Take a look at our STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR REGISTERING.

Fees

In 2019 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 2018**  % Increase
U6-U11 (MiniRoos) $265 (inc GST)  $35  15%
U12-U18 $285 (inc GST)  $35  14%

*Previous registration fees have been inclusive of GST.

**Please note that the Northern Suburbs Football Association (NSFA) has introduced a compulsory Facilities Fee of $15 for all players in 2019.

Age (i.e. age in 2019) FFA National Registration Fee Football NSW Capitation Fee Total
5yo to 9yo $14.00 $11.46 $25.46
10yo to 11yo $14.00  $17.00  $31.00
12yo to 17yo $14.00 $21.20 $35.20
18yo $14.00 $28.71 $42.71

The total fee amount is to be paid at time of registration. Important: please see the information below re Active Kids.

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 2018 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 ($43/hour vs $21.50/hour for grass fields, with floodlights an additional $27/hour).

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.

Active Kids Rebate

Commencing 31 January 2018, the NSW Government’s Office of Sport will allocate $207 million over four years to establish Active Kids. Active Kids is a program to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and active fitness and recreation activities.

Parents will be able to claim up to $100 for each school-aged child in their family per calendar year as a voucher to reduce the cost of sport registration or membership fees for after-school, weekend and structured fitness or physical activity.

For example, the rebate will reduce the MiniRoos registration fee to $125 (i.e. $225 – $100 = $125), a considerable saving for parents.

Who is eligible to claim the voucher?

Every child (4.5 to 18 years old) enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12 will be eligible for an Active Kids voucher. This includes those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW.

Active Kids Rebate Vouchers and Services NSW

The rebate vouchers will be available via Services NSW. If you don’t already have an account, we would strongly encourage you to set one up at your earliest convenience

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 2019 the club will be using the same playing strip (shorts, shorts and socks) as was used in 2018 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.

Pre-Season Skills Training

Our extremely popular pre-season skills training program will again be running this year, with the first sessions to be held in the week beginning Monday 4 February. Over 300 children participated in 2018.

The program will run for 8 weeks at two venues: Chatswood High School and Thomson Park, Artarmon. All sessions are for boys and girls*.

XLR8 will be providing the coaching, who charge the club on a per-head basis. The program will be provided at cost to participants. Here are the details, including links to register:

Monday (CHS)

4.30pm to 5.30pm: Under 6 (i.e. players turning 6yo or younger in 2019), U7, U8, U9

Link to register: https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=122

5.30pm to 6.30pm: U10, U11, U12, U13, U14

Link to register: https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=121

Tuesday (Thomson Park)

6.00pm to 7.00pm: U6, U7, U8, U9

Link to register: https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=119

Thursday (Thomson Park)

6.00pm to 7.00pm: U10, U11, U12, U13, U14

Link to register: https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=120

*we intend to run girls-only age groups, depending on demand.

If you would like to participate, please register by Friday 1 February at the latest. The program has been running for the past three years and has proven to be very popular. However, we will be capping numbers this season to ensure the quality is maintained.

Development Squad and Diamond League Training: starts from Monday 4 February

Just a reminder that pre-season training for the development squad and Diamond League teams starts in the week beginning Monday 4 February. Players will be meeting their new coaches for the first time so please make sure you are available to attend training.

A reminder about pre-season training arrangements will be sent shortly.

We will also require payment of the second fee instalment by the start of training. Further details will be provided soon.

Important Dates for your Diary 

  • 15 January: registrations open
  • 4 February (week beginning): development squad and Diamond League training begins; pre-season training program starts
  • 25 February: Junior Mixed and Girls team nominations submitted to NSFA
  • 3 March: registrations close. Any registrations after this date are at the discretion of the club and will attract a $15 late fee

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 2019 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 and B team will be selected as development squads following trials. 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). Most of the fee basically covers the cost of each player participating in football.

The football season runs over 6 months and three school terms. When compared to other activities such as swimming and musical instrument lessons, it is very reasonably priced at approximately $5 per week.

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.

The NSW Government’s new Active Kids rebate program, launching on 31 January 2018, will enable families with school-aged children to apply for a $100 voucher for each child to reduce club registration fees.

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 girl’s 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 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.

Code of Conduct

Everyone involved with the Club should make themselves familiar with the Code of Conduct.