We are fast approaching the start of the season. Between now and round 1, we will be conducting a variety of training sessions and team events to prepare the boys and girls for the AFL Sydney Junior 2018 season.
This year we have a couple of new initiatives that should make it easier on volunteers and rewarding for the players. For mid-week training, we will have some assistant coaches from nearby youth and senior football clubs. This will be an invaluable resource for head coaches, enabling them to spend more time on improving the skills of individual players.
We will also be employing a ground manager to manage game days at Blackman Park. In the past, this very important job as been placed on parents from each team. However, we felt that the burden was too great. So we will have a dedicated person to make sure everything runs smoothly. Despite this, each team will still need to provide a volunteer to help assist the ground manager with jobs such as time keeping, or general crowd management.
Below are a list of club wide events that you should be aware of. Once teams are formed, your coaches and team managers may be in contact with you regarding team specific issues.
If you haven’t already done so, please register as soon as possible. We are in the final stages of submitting our teams to the AFL, so we need clarity on our numbers.
In particular, we are keen to here from any girls who are considering playing AFL. We are entering a girls team in the U10, U12 & U15 competitions. This isn’t just for accomplished players. Its a great way for new girls to experience what AFL has to offer in a fun and safe environment. In the younger age groups, there is minimal tackling and the focus is on skill development.
In some of the mixed competitions, we are also getting close to closing registrations in certain ages groups.
So don’t wait any further, click here to register your child.
Pre-season training started on Thursday for all junior players. From 7 March, we break up into two sessions; Wednesday for youth girls teams and Thursday for mixed/boys teams. Both sessions start at 5pm for one hour.
Club Education Sessions, 12/19 March
For parents who would like to volunterr in helping out your child’s team, please let us know. For those who have arleady put their hand up, we thank you greatly.
The AFL will be conducting education sessions for both coaches and team managers on the dates above. We would encourage all new volunteers to attend these session.
The venues have not been set but we will provide times and locations once notified by the AFL.
Sydney Swans club visit, 15 March
Our pre-season training will get a boost with some star members of the Sydney Swans joining us on 15 March. Enjoy mingling with other parents and club officials while the kids get a unique experience with the players prior to a meet and greet.
Please try and get to training before the normal start of 5pm. There will be LCC coaches there from 4:30pm. The Sydney Swans players will join us during the session, and then will hang around to chat and sign jumpers or hats.
Grading & Trial Games, 18/25 March
We enable the even spread of skills across all teams, we will be conducting trial games on Sunday 18 March between 8-11am. Full details, including times when your children will be playing will be sent out closer to the date. Following this session, we will announce the teams and their respective coaches and managers.
This will be followed by further pre-season trial games on Sunday 25 March (8-11am).
Guernsey Presentations, 25 March
After the trial games on 25 March, will be present guernsey’s to all junior players (boys and girls). This will be in conjunction with a Pie Night for both players and their families.
Further details will be communicated closer to the time but please block out the entire morning for this event.
Regular season games and training, 8 April onwards
The first game of the season commences on 8 April. Fixtures are not released until 28 March but will be sent out to parents and upload onto the website. In the meantime, please refer to a recent post outlining the key dates throughout the season.
However, we do know that U10YG will be participating in a gala day tournament on Sunday 8 April at ELS Hall. This is a great way to introduce these young girls to competitive football.
Don’t forget, all these dates are on our online calendar. Please refer to this for official confirmation of dates and times for all club events. .
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