A big thank you to our club coaches and managers who kindly volunteer their time to help develop and engage our players throughout all levels of club football and a big thank you to all our new and returning players and families. We know we have many clubs to choose from in our area. We thank you for supporting our club and we will work very hard to ensure your experience is a happy one. We might not always get it right but we strive to do our very best.
If you have never managed before, do not fear. Refer to our Manager’s page for more information:
Once finalised, Managers will be sent an email with final team lists and confirmed training times. All Managers will receive information about TeamApp – how to set it up for the team and what team parents need to do.
If you are new to coaching, our TDs will run coaching courses and assist you throughout the season but please also refer to the following Coaches guide for more assistance:
Parents – you have a role too.
- Make sure you are read the information your Managers and Coaches issue – make sure you are informed. They are volunteers, they do not have the time to keep chasing you, ensuring you are informed and up to date.
- Ensure the coach and manager are notified, well in advance, of sickness, holiday absences and other reasons for non-attendance of training and games.
- Remember your coaches are here for you and plan sessions for your development, please respect their time and effort
- Be polite to staff and volunteers, raise your concerns respectfully and appropriately
If you are a parent please be aware of your role in football:
Creating a player who is passionate, driven, confident and skillful is awesome but let’s not forget to teach them humility and respect. Lead by example.
Some reminders to all parents (extract from www.playbytherules.net.au):
You are not the coach
The coaches you will come across are most likely volunteers who are dedicating their time and energy to helping your child develop an understanding and a love of the game. You are not the coach. Don’t try to be the coach. If you want to be the coach, put your hand up next time you register your child. Unless you have been specifically asked by the coach to help, your instructions from the sidelines will be; annoying the coach; confusing the players and quite simply, not helping.
You are not the referee
The referees are human and doing the best they can. Many of them are still children or very young adults. Unless they have specifically come to you at the beginning of the match and personally asked you for help, then they do not need your help. Your child may be that referee one day. Think how you would like sideline parents to treat your child. Can you honestly say that you know what the off-side rule really is? It is amazing how many parents will say yes until they are asked to run the line in a game.
You are modelling behaviour
Consider the type of sportsperson you would like your child to become. Often we witness parents audibly shouting at the referee, disputing decisions and becoming visibly angry and frustrated. During these games, players are awarded a yellow card for…guess what? Arguing with the ref. Enough said.
Your child doesn’t want you shouting instructions from the sideline
Unless your coach has specifically asked you to let the players know where you think they should be standing and what moves you think they should be executing, then resist the temptation to do so. Your advice will more than likely earn you a reputation, not a good one… and your child will soon be asking that you no longer attend the games.
The results don’t matter
Really, they don’t. Whether they win or lose, whether the ref makes good calls or not so good ones, whether the coach plays the strongest players or not – our players learn, we learn, we all grow. In the grand scheme of things the results really, really don’t matter.
- Learning to grow through each experience matters.
- Learning to gracefully accept defeat or victory matters.
- Learning to respect the umpire and the coach matters.
- Learning how to improve matters.
- Learning sportsmanship and teamwork matters.
- Learning a love of participation matters.
If you slip up and openly blow off some regrettable steam, publicly apologise to those who witnessed it… especially the children. We all make mistakes, often. It is what we do to fix our mistakes that is important.
Above all, remember it is both a privilege and a pleasure to have a child who you can watch play sport. Enjoy it… holler encouragement and applaud the players on BOTH teams, thank the coach and the ref EVERY time and help to foster a love of sport in all the children you are fortunate enough to cheer on from the sideline.
We wish you all a great season!