MiniRoos Coach & Manager info
Once you have attended the Coach & Manager Info Day you’ll be able to collect the gear bag and get a lot of other information. The information below is available in this manual.
Football gear and kit bag
Every team will be issued with a kit bag containing:
> Sufficient playing shirts for your team
> Ground Marshall fluoro vest
> Training bibs
> A Player of the Week / Encouragement Award trophy (U6 & U7 teams only)
> You will also receive several training balls in a mesh bag including one to be used as a match ball Gear can be picked up from the Clubhouse once team sorting has been done and team lists have been finalised. Responsibility to return ALL gear lies with you and the complete set of items must be returned the week after the season has finished.
End of year trophies will NOT be issued until all gear has been returned.
Balls should not be given out to players to take home or to be used other than at training or on game day. Balls get damaged or lost when given out separately and replacement costs will need to be passed on to all players in the form of higher registration fees.
It is recommended NOT to hand out shirts to individual players to keep/wash after the game. Shirt washing should be rotated each week amongst the team parents, with one player’s parents to wash ALL the shirts in one batch. Ensure that they arrive with the shirts in time for the next game. It may be helpful to align the shirt washing duties with the Player of the Week / Encouragement Award.
> ALWAYS WASH IN COLD WATER!
> DO NOT use a clothes dryer – let them dry naturally.
> Don’t mix white shirts with coloured clothing.
> Try and remove stains as soon as possible after the game.
Damaged shirts/balls and lost balls/cones/bibs can be replaced by contacting the Gear Steward: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following sets out the maximum number of players allocated to a team for each age group and the number of players allowed on the field during a match:
|Age Group||Squad||Players on the Field||Goalie?||Match Duration||Ball Size|
|U6||7 (max)||4 + 3 subs||N||15 mins each way||Size 3|
|U7||7 (max)||4 + 3 subs||N||15 mins each way||Size 3|
|U8||11 (max)||7 + 4 subs||Y||20 mins each way||Size 3|
|U9||11 (max)||7 + 4 subs||Y||20 mins each way||Size 3|
|U10||13 (max)||9 + 4 subs||Y||25 mins each way||Size 4|
|U11||13 (max)||9 + 4 subs||Y||25 mins each way||Size 4|
Training days and times
Generally training times are dictated by the availability of the coach but parents are free to discuss changing times so that the majority of players are accommodated.
You can request a training time on the Coaches Info Night and usually everyone can be accommodated.
Please bear in mind that the older teams tend to train later at night so all MiniRoos should try to train between 3:30pm and finish by 5:30pm with the normal length of training being 1 hour, once a week.
Older teams can train twice a week if required, as long as there is agreement amongst the parents.
Insufficient players for a game, forfeits and changing times/location
If your team is unable to field a full squad, there are several options available to you:
> borrow players from another Bally team in the same age group (or younger)
> ask the opposition to loan you a player or two
> change the day or time to a mutually acceptable one. This request needs to be made by the Club Secretary on your behalf and ratified by Football South Coast and will rarely be granted.
> forfeit the match. Again, you will need to contact the Club Secretary so you can arrange this well before the game. Lack of notification results in a fine to the Club as well as potential loss of points.
Checking your game time
It is your responsibility to check the draw – not the Club’s.
The draw is published on the FSC Match Centre – Fox Sports Pulse website
A link to the FSC Match Centre is provided from our Bally website home page under “Where & when am I playing?”
You can download the season’s draw (as far as FSC have created it) – Instructions for obtaining season draw for a team
You can also access the fixtures via the Bally Juniors website or using our smartphone app.
Reminding just the players (and not the parents) at training – especially the younger ones – is not recommended.
Normally the team manager passes on this information weekly directly to the parents, either by email or SMS/text message.
FSC can, and does, change the draw – sometimes quite late in the week – and the Club does what it can to notify you in exceptional circumstances but it is still up to you to double-check your game time. Any changes will generally be made by FSC by 5.00pm on the Thursday prior to the match weekend.
Ensure that your team arrives at least 15 mins before the game to allow for a warm-up and also to discuss playing positions.
To check whether the game has been cancelled due to wet weather, you can either:
> go to the Bally website home page: http://www.balgowniejuniors.com.au and click on the Grounds link.
> go to the Football South Coast website home page: http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-4704-0-0-0&sID=320431 and check the Notice Board.
> Wollongong Council website: http://www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/facilities/sportrec/pages/sportsgrounds.aspx
> Shellharbour Council website: http://www.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au/default.aspx?WebPage=222
DO NOT assume that just because it has rained that the game has been cancelled.
Please keep in mind that it is all about the kids and making sure they have fun. Ensure that all players get roughly equal time and share goalkeeping duties so that everyone has a fair go. It is not about winning.
It’s about enjoyment of the game.
Once the kids reach U8s, it can be quite complicated co-ordinating more than 10 players, but there are iPad apps available that can help with substitutions and tracking playing time.
Coach/Manager – Code of Conduct
Although the Club appreciates you volunteering as coach/manager, the role is not without responsibility.
Every coach and manager is expected to maintain the highest standards of behaviour at all times.
Remember, you are representing the Club and you are also a role model for the kids.
Kids look to you for guidance and to test where the behavioural boundaries are.
> If you continually question or backchat referees… they’ll back chat referees.
> If you exhibit an overly aggressive or physical attitude toward the other team… that will rub off on the players and you can expect an increase in cautions, yellow cards and send-offs.
As a more mature and experienced person, you need to provide a calming influence and lead by example, especially when things don’t go your team’s way. BJFC is a leader in exhibiting fairness and good sportsmanship – to other players, game day marshals, opposition officials, all spectators and referees.
Any Balgownie Juniors coach/manager brought before the Football South Coast Disciplinary Judiciary for any offence contrary to the Football South Coast Constitution or the Code of Conduct will also be accountable for his /her actions to the Balgownie Junior Football Club.
Any offence that the Football South Coast Judiciary finds to be proven for which a penalty is imposed will be enforced by Balgownie Junior Football Club. If any further conduct is deemed inappropriate, that coach/manager will be asked to relinquish his/her duties and a new coach/manager will be appointed by the club. The said coach/manager will also not be permitted to hold a coaching/managing position for the following year.
All coaches and managers are expected to read the Code of Conduct which is available on our website.
For serious incidents involving a coach/manager that don’t reach the FSC judiciary but are investigated by the BJFC Executive Committee and are found proven, will result in a written caution being issued.
Any subsequent proven incidents will also result in the coach/manager being asked to relinquish his/her duties and a new coach/manager will be appointed by the club. The said coach/manager may also be restricted from holding a coaching/managing position for the following year.
Setting up and taking down goals/cones
Teams playing the first game at Judy Masters on a Match Day need to help set up their field. Ask Ground Marshalls for help if you are not clear on what to do.
Teams playing the last game on a particular field need to help pack away the goals. Team sheets will be marked “Pack up” if you are the last scheduled game on that field.
Filling in team sheets
Team sheets should be filled in 20 mins before the game and is usually done by the Manager. Ensure that details are correctly entered and that the team sheet is signed. Incorrectly filled-in team sheets incur fines for the Club. If you are unclear on any issue, please ask the Senior Marshall on duty.
Forfeiting a game
When reporting forfeits, please email the Secretary with the following details:
> Your team name
Please do this as soon as you know as the Club is fined for all unreported forfeits.
And parents, be considerate. Please do not pull out your child just before a game as it makes it hard to field a team if your coach has to find a replacement for your child from another team.
The Manager’s role
The role of manager is an important one.
> You relay information from the Club to your team’s parents and players,
> Custodian of coach/manager ID cards and team ID sheet
> Confirm match details each week
> Assist the coach on game day
> Fill in team sheets
> Co-ordinate player rotation (particularly if the Coach is the Game Leader)
> Organise the weekly Best & Fairest award
> Organise social activities
> Do your best to create a harmonious team atmosphere.
> Notify the Club immediately if you are unable to field a team due to illness or players away on holidays. Parents should advise the manager if their child will be unable to play.
> Organise volunteers for Canteen and Ground Marshall duties.
Each team is required to provide 2-3 volunteers to assist in the canteen when rostered to do so. Your allocated day and time will be emailed to you as well as posted on the Bally website.
Each home team is required to provide a Ground Marshall for their game. A fluoro marshall shirt will be provided in the team bag or can be obtained from the clubhouse. The Ground Marshall shall be over the age of 18 and shall not be a Coach or Manager of a game in progress.
An explanation of a Game Marshall’s duties are available on the Bally website and on-the-job training will be provided.
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Where & when am I playing?
Balgownie Junior Football Club Incorporated ABN: 91 822 455 631
Clubhouse: Para Street, Balgownie
Postal address: PO Box 157, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519