Team Selection & Grading (TAGS) 2018
2018 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 2018 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 1st Grade player Rhys Williams has been appointed as our independent Grading Assessor for 2018.
Team Allocation and Grading Sessions (TAGS 2018)
In 2018, all junior players (except U6 & U7) are required to attend Team Allocation & Grading Sessions (TAGS 2018) at the times and locations stated below:
Mixed Juniors (U8 to U14) - 11 February and 18 February at Norman Griffiths Oval
U8: 8.00 - 9.00 AM U9: 9.30 - 10.30 AM U10: 11.00 - 12.00 PM U11: 12.30 - 1.30 PM U12: 3.00 - 4.00 PM U13: 4.30 - 5.30 PM U14: 6.00 - 7.00 PM
Girls – 18 February at Norman Griffiths Oval
U8 - U11: 9.00 - 10.30 AM
U12 - U16: 10.30 - 12.00 PM
Mixed Juniors (U15 to U18) - 6 February and 13 February at Norman Griffiths Oval
U15: 6.00 PM to 7.00 PM U16: 7.30 PM to 8.30 PM U18: 7.30 PM to 8.30 PM
U18 Girls / All Age Women – 13 February at Norman Griffiths Oval
U18: 6.00 - 7.15 PM
WAA: 7.15 - 8.30 PM
A further date, 25 February 2018, 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 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 U8 - U13 age groups, this allows us to plan and conduct the sessions more effectively, making sure everybody is considered.
U6s & U7s will have a separate Welcome to Football Day on the morning of Sunday 11 March at Norman Griffiths Oval from 9.00 am to 10.30 am for Under 6 & Under 7s. 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.