Grading Information for 2020
2020 will see the Club build on our prior year strategies for the development of our junior footballers. In particular, we will focus on the correct allocation of players to teams according to ability, the provision of improved team coaching through our Coach Education Programs and opportunities for specialised coaching through the Technical Training Program.
The key outcomes which the Club seeks to achieve and provide in 2020 are:
- a “soft grading” process for our Under 7 players;
- full grading opportunities for players in the U8 – U13 age groups;
- establishing two graded teams in each age group;
- supporting “play with requests” outside the graded team selections; and
- establishing our teams so the skill range among players in a team is within an appropriate band.
The grading process has been proven and refined over recent years. You can review the club's grading process by clicking here.
Aligned with these goals on team allocations, the Club is continuing to develop a strong focus on grassroots coach education for our volunteer coaches and, with that, better skill development for all our junior players. Coach Education Programs, fully funded by the Club, are offered to our coaches both in pre-season and during the season.
Our independent Grading Assessor
We are delighted to announce that Former WPFC Junior and Manly United National Premier League (1st Grade) player Rhys Williams has been appointed again as our independent Grading Assessor for 2020.
Team Allocation and Grading Sessions (TAGS 2020)
In 2020, all junior players (except Under 6 & Under 7) are required to attend Team Allocation & Grading Sessions (TAGS 2020) at the times and locations stated below.
IMPORTANT:- Studded football boots are NOT ALLOWED at these sessions due to council requirements
Mixed Juniors (Under 8 to Under 12) - 16 February and 23 February at Norman Griffiths Oval
U8: 8.00 - 9.00 AM
U9: 9.30 - 10.30 AM
U10: 11.00 - 12.00 PM
U11: 11.00 - 12.00 PM
U12: 12.30 - 1.30 PM
Girls (Under 8 to Under 11) – 16 February and 23 February at Norman Griffiths Oval
U8: 8.00 - 9.00 AM
U9: 8.00 - 9.00 AM
U10: 9.30 - 10.30 AM
U11: 9.30 - 10.30 AM
Mixed Juniors (Under 13 to Under 18) - 16 February and 23 February at Norman Griffiths Oval
U13/U14/U15: 4.30 PM to 5.30 PM
U16/U18: 6.00 PM to 7.30 PM
Girls (Under 12 to Under 18) – 16 February and 23 February at Norman Griffiths Oval
U12: 2.00 - 3.00 PM
U14: 2.00 - 3.00 PM
U16: 3.15 - 4.15 PM
U18: 3.15 - 4.15 PM
A further date, 1 March 2020, has also been reserved in the event that either of the above sessions is cancelled due to weather. The Calendar tab on the Club website also displays all these times.
Please also ensure that juniors are registered in advance of TAGS to ensure that we can be organised with exercises and can plan numbers of teams.
Please refer to our Training and Playing Policy here.
Participants are required to check in at the registration desk on grading day, the desk will be open from 30 minutes before your session commences. Please ensure that you arrive in plenty of time to register.
Attending TAGS is an important aspect of the team allocation process. We strongly encourage all players to attend both these sessions. We appreciate however that this is not possible for everybody. In those circumstances, you should certainly make every effort to attend at least one of the nominated sessions for your age group.
Most importantly, if you will be absent from one of the nominated sessions, we ask that notify the Age Manager (via the Club website) in advance. With almost 350 players in the U8 - U13 age groups, this allows us to plan and conduct the sessions more effectively, making sure everybody is considered.
Welcome to Football Day (U6s & U7s)
U6s & U7s will have a separate Welcome to Football Day on the morning of Sunday 1 March 2020 at Norman Griffiths Oval:
Under 6s - 8.30 am to 9.30 am
Under 7s - 10.00am to 11.00am
There will be no grading for these teams playing in these age groups. The day will enable teams to be finalised, players and parents to meet, and gear to be purchased. We will also be providing juniors and parents with information on the format and structure of small-sided football. More information on times will be provided directly to players.
The 2020 Season is about to start!
TAGS 2020 marks the start of our on-field activities for the season. It will be fun to get out there with all our friends and start playing football again. But remember, you must be registered before the sessions. Player lists for TAGS 2020 will be generated from registered players on that day.
If you know of any new players who plan to register this season, please forward this email to them so that they also can participate. Remind your friends too so that nobody misses out!
Good luck on the football field this season!
Do I need to be registered before the Team Allocation and Grading Sessions?
Yes, you must be registered before the sessions in order to participate in TAGS 2020.
When will I find out about my team for 2020?
The Team Allocation and Grading Sessions commence on 16 February are expected to be concluded with team allocation finalised by 1 March. We anticipate that the team allocations for 2020 will be released by the Age Managers by 15 March. Even if you have attended TAGS, you cannot be allocated to a team until you have paid your Registration Fees.
Following announcement of the team allocations, each team will be required to nominate a Coach and Manager. The Coach and Manager will liaise with the Age Manager to secure training venues and timeslots.
Where do I find out more important info about TAGS 2020?
Please also watch-out for further emails on TAGS 2020 and contact your Age Manager if you have specific queries or concerns.
When does the season commence?
The first round of competition matches commences on Saturday 4 April 2020 for mixed junior and Sunday 5 April 2020 for junior girls. Miniroos also starts on Sat 6 April 2020.