So glad that I can finally write “Week 1” on an email rather than “update”, or “postponed” or things like that! I’ve got a few housekeeping tips prior to the season start, it’s a long email, if there are any questions please let me know.
Just as an intro to the newer people joining us, and as a refresher for those coming back, the age groups are split as per the following:
U8’s – those who have been around a while, they will be with Auskick for 5 weeks or so before playing home and away games, generally around the Lower North Shore (Willoughby, Mosman, etc), also on a Sunday morning but can be anywhere from 8am to 9am start times
Cats – in general, those who are 7 or 8 but not quite ready to go up to U8’s, or don’t want to play games against opposition
Swans – 6 year olds
Giants – 4 & 5 year olds, plus any 6 year olds who are new to AFL
I’ll then look at the kids through the sessions and potentially move them up or down depending on skill level (after discussing with the parents).
The Sunday morning sessions start between 7:45am and 8am, but feel free to get there a bit earlier to have a kick and warm up. We then break the kids into the age groups as per above and run drills in smaller groups (15-20 or so) to give the coordinators a bit more time to help out with individual skills. These drills are directed by the AFL to help the kids develop the basic AFL skills, kicking, marking, handballing, etc in a fun, engaging way. For the last 20 mins or so of the session, we break into small games, where we as the coordinators endeavour to ensure all the kids get a good go and as many touches of the ball as possible.
We then come together at the end for the presentation of awards and singing of the club song (the Geelong Cats song, with Lane Cove inserted instead of Geelong).
We do run a BBQ each week selling egg and bacon rolls, sausage sandwich, etc that is a great fundraiser for the club, particularly since our normal fundraising activities have been put on ice for this year. I will send out a request each week for the people rostered on to man that, for about an hour or so while Auskick is running, you won’t need to do it more than once a year, and it’s actually quite nice to be behind a warm BBQ on those cold Sunday mornings! If you can support it that would be great.
There is a coffee van that will be at Blackman Park from 8am each Sunday morning. James and Tea have supported the club for a long time and feed a percentage of their takings back to us as a club so I’d encourage you to get behind them and get your coffee/hot chocolate from them. They are the white/green coloured van, not the pink Mr Whippy van that is also there (they do have icecreams however so you may want to keep the kids away anyway!).
Finally, there will be a few changes that we need to make due to COVID-19, outlined as per below:-
we do encourage you to download the COVIDsafe app, it will aid in contact tracing in the event of a positive test- there will be hand sanitiser available at the entry to the oval- please maintain social distancing wherever possible, remaining 1.5m apart- we will wipe down the balls and equipment prior to the session-
I am required to take a log of all participants, officials and volunteers as per AFL NSW guidelines/requirements, we will need to be pretty strict on this so will take a bit more time up front than normal
If there is enough interest, I can be down at the shed at Blackman Park on Saturday for people to pick up their kids guernsey/short pack to come prepared on Sunday. It will likely be either 3-4pm or 4-5pm, so please let me know if this is of interest to anyone. If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
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