Team Selection & Grading 2016
2016 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 2016 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. 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.
Team Allocation and Grading Sessions (TAGS 2016)
In 2016, all junior players (except U6) are required to attend Team Allocation & Grading Sessions (TAGS 2016) at the times and locations stated below:
Mixed Juniors -14 February and 21 February at Norman Griffith Oval
U8: 8 AM to 9 AM U9: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM U10: 11 AM to 12 PM U11: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM U12: 2 PM to 3 PM U13: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM U14: 5 PM to 6 PM
Girls – 14 February and 21 February at Norman Griffith Oval
U16: 9am - 10am U14: 10am - 11am U10 - U12: 11.15am - 12.15pm U8 - U9: 12.15pm - 1.15pm U18: 1.15pm - 2.15pm U6s & U7s will have a separate Welcome to Football Day on the morning of Sunday 13 March at Norman Griffiths Oval. There will be no grading for these teams playing in these age groups and 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. U15s-U18s Mixed team TAGS will be held on Tuesday evenings 16 and 23 February at Norman Griffiths Oval. Further details on times for each age group will be sent separately to players. A further date, 28 February 2016, has also been reserved in the event that either of the above sessions is cancelled due to weather. We will shortly update the Calendar tab on the Club website to display 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. 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 therefore strongly encourage all players to attend both 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 U7 - U13 age groups, this allows us to plan and conduct the sessions more effectively, making sure everybody is considered.
Our independent Grading Assessor
We are delighted to announce that Former WPFC Junior and Manly United 1st Grade player Rhys Williams has been appointed as our independent Grading Assessor for 2016.
Do I need to be registered before the Team Allocation and Grading Sessions? Yes, you must be registered before Thursday, 11 February to participate in TAGS 2016. Registration Fees must be paid no later than 28 February 2016. When will I find out about my team for 2015? The Team Allocation and Grading Sessions commence on 14 February are expected to be concluded by 1 March. We anticipate that the team allocations for 2016 will be released by the Age Managers by 17 March. However this date is subject to all players having paid their Registration Fees in full. 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 2015? Please also watch-out for further emails on TAGS 2015 and contact your Age Manager if you have specific queries or concerns. When does the season commence? The first round of matches commences on Saturday, 2 April. Miniroos starts Sat 2 April 2016. TAGS 2016 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 Thursday, 11 February. Player lists for TAGS 2016 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!