Junior Update March 2016

DFC Junior Update March 2016

U12 girls

Wow …where did that off season go!  I can’t believe that our senior teams start playing this coming weekend, and it is then only two more weeks until the junior competition starts.  As a junior sub-committee we continue to receive lots of questions so let’s start with some key information.

Teams & Coaches

Under 16 – we will field two teams with one coached by Josh Deeath & Josh Hopgood, and the other coached by Marc Rodway.

Under 14 – we will have a three teams again this year as we already have 52 registered players, however we still have players training who have not registered so cannot precisely glean numbers.  The U14 squad is being coached by Adam Bonner, who coached the second team last year.  Our second team this year is going to be coached by two senior players, Daniel Tester and Jordan Wilson.  It is great to have our players put their hand up to take on these roles. We have only tonight had a registration of interest in coaching the third team and we will announce this once it is finalised.

Under 12 – We are also looking at three teams in this age group, again subject to pending registrations. This group is being coached by Dean Hillman and Colin Foley with a further coach required if we field three teams.

Junior Girls U13 – we will again field a team in the junior girls and AFL Barwon have just for this year increased the age to U13 to retain girls who played last year.  The girls will be coached by Mel De Bruin.

Under 9 & Under 10 – with the addition of the new U9 age group we have decided to maintain them as one squad with the U10’s at least until we see where the numbers fall.  At this stage indications suggest we will be fielding two U9 teams. Ben Atkinson has taken on the role as a coach and we now require a person to coach another team in this age group. Please speak to Rory if you are interested. The Under 10 group are being coached by Rory McNamara and again we are looking for assistance coaching a second team.

Our coaches contact details are all on our clubs website, along with details of the junior subcommittee.  Just click on the ‘junior’ tab and hit the ‘junior contacts’ link.  Or click here

Training Nights and Venues

We have done the best we can to fit as many teams as possible on our one oval.  This process brought home just how vital it is that our town gets it new sports precinct which our club has lobbied so hard for over recent years (if you haven’t followed this have a look at the Drysdale Sports Precinct Funding Now page on Facebook).   To see where your team is training go to the junior section of the club website and hit ‘junior training schedule’ or click here

Season start

Junior Football commences at the end of the upcoming school holidays, on the weekend of April 9th.  We hope to have a draw for the first two weeks well before then, and at the completion of grading games we should get a fixture for the remainder of the season.  Please be aware that as in previous seasons junior games can be scheduled for Friday nights, Saturday or Sunday mornings.  The exception is junior girls who generally only play on Sunday mornings.

Rule Changes

There are always minor rule changes in football, but this year there are major changes to U9/U10 and Junior girls with the introduction of modified rules. These modified rules have been implemented state wide for all players up to U10, to encourage more open play and give all participants a better opportunity to win the ball and dispose of it properly. Just by way of further information I have included a link below to the AFL Community page which explains why the changes were introduced and provides a link to download the details of the rules.

Modified Rules

Our club is supportive of any moves that will increase participation, enjoyment and skills, which these are designed to do.

Playing Attire

As always the club will supply playing jumpers for all players to use for the season.  Please note there are still a number of jumpers that haven’t been returned from last season.  Our property steward, Mark Murone, is currently reviewing  team sheets to determine which players last wore the missing jumpers and will be following up with parents.  IF you have one please save Mark some of his valuable time and bring it down to training.  We have ordered another 4 sets of jumpers this year across various age groups, in keeping with our commitment to turnover team jumpers every three years.  Unfortunately with only ONE AFL Barwon approved supplier there is a 6 week wait on delivery so we expect to have them by the end of April.  Socks and shorts need to be purchased by the player. These are just a Hawthorn sock and can be purchased at most sports stores and even some department stores.  Shorts are another issue however.  Neither of the major sports stores in Geelong are stocking the AFL Vic approved shorts. For kids up to U12 who do not have league appointed umpires it probably won’t matter as long as they are brown or brown and gold. For U14 up, if you require shorts you will need to obtain them via a club order.  At around $30 per pair it is an expensive exercise for the club to purchase hundreds of pairs, so we would like an indication of the level of interest and sizes required.  IF you need to buy shorts via the club please indicate your requirements by completing the 3 questions in this survey   Shorts survey

Auskick

We are looking forward to an exciting year of Auskick at Drysdale this year under new co-ordinator Shane Lowe with assistance from Beth Cox.  Shanes contact details are available from our club website here  We already have our first grid game this coming Monday at the Geelong V Hawthorn game at the MMCG.  The regular training sessions will start on Sunday April 10th at the Drysdale Primary School and you can still register at http://www.aflauskick.com.au/

Good Friday Appeal – we need volunteers

Our club has been actively involved in raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal for over 40 years. We need junior players to run from door to door with tins, and adults to supervise them and drive them around.  Please be at the rooms by 9am to grab a tin and help out.

Communication

There are so many forms of communication available in our club that sometimes it is hard for us to keep track of them.  I get emails to our junior address and my personal address,  plus texts, FB messenger, and comments on  various Facebook pages.  Once the season starts most communication for your team will be via its Facebook page.  This will be where coaches and managers will let you know about training and games etc.  If you have an issue the first point of contact is to go to the age group co-ordinators Rory McNamara and Jay Bennett.  Their details are available on our website under the junior tab.  The next step is to email me at dfcjuniors@outlook.com.au