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Majura Football Club Coach’s and Manager’s Handbook 2010 Under 11 and Above

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SECTION 1

CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOUR .................................................................................................. 5

BEHAVIOUR ............................................................................................................................................................................ 5 CONDUCT ................................................................................................................................................................................ 6 Players ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 6 Coaches ................................................................................................................................................................................... 6 Parents ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Spectators ............................................................................................................................................................................... 7 CHILD PROTECTION ............................................................................................................................................................. 7 Tips for Coaches to Protect Children ................................................................................................................................. 7 Child Supervision ................................................................................................................................................................... 8

SECTION 2

ADMINISTRATION ........................................................................................................................ 9

Introduction ............................................................................................................................................................................. 9 Registration ............................................................................................................................................................................. 9 Eligibility .................................................................................................................................................................................. 9 Eligible Opposition Players .................................................................................................................................................. 9 Insurance ................................................................................................................................................................................. 9 Team Equipment .................................................................................................................................................................. 10 BBQ and Canteen Roster .................................................................................................................................................... 10 Presentation Day .................................................................................................................................................................. 10 Age Group Coordinators .................................................................................................................................................... 10 Role ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 10 Responsibilities .................................................................................................................................................................... 10 Majura FC Contacts ............................................................................................................................................................. 10 Pets ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 11 Injuries and First Aid ........................................................................................................................................................... 11

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SECTION 3

FOOTBALL OPERATIONS ...................................................................................................... 12

Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................... 12 Technical Director of Coaching ......................................................................................................................................... 12 Player Game Time ................................................................................................................................................................ 12 Training .................................................................................................................................................................................. 12 Planning Training ................................................................................................................................................................. 12 Training Locations ............................................................................................................................................................... 13 Training Times ...................................................................................................................................................................... 13 Inclement Weather ............................................................................................................................................................... 13 Game Day .............................................................................................................................................................................. 13 Game Day Checklist ............................................................................................................................................................ 13 Field Set Up ........................................................................................................................................................................... 14 Field Pack Up ........................................................................................................................................................................ 14 Match Arrangements ........................................................................................................................................................... 15 Kick Off, Playing Times, Referee Fees, Ball Size ........................................................................................................... 15 Interchange ........................................................................................................................................................................... 16 Match Cards .......................................................................................................................................................................... 16 Red and Yellow Cards ......................................................................................................................................................... 17 Forfeits and Abandoned Games ........................................................................................................................................ 18 Laws of the Game ................................................................................................................................................................ 19 Player Assessments ............................................................................................................................................................ 21 Pitch Locations ..................................................................................................................................................................... 21

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Attachments 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Majura FC Contacts Player Injury Report Training Session Plan Template Small Sided Games Table Playing Field Locations Example Match Card

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SECTION 1

CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOUR

BEHAVIOUR Unfortunately misbehaviour at junior sport appears to be more prevalent than ever. In an attempt to stamp out poor behaviour, the government and sports bodies are implementing codes of conduct and behaviour. What appears to be the fundamental aim of these codes for sport is to provide an environment that is safe for the children and free of discrimination, harassment, and offensive and violent behaviour. As a junior sports club, a member of Capital Football (CF), and in turn Football Federation Australia (FFA), Majura FC must abide by these codes including the Australian Sports Commission The Essence of Australian Sport template code of behaviour and the FFA Football Code of Conduct. Majura FC has lost 4 junior referees in the last 12 months due to the poor behaviour of coaches and spectators. The Majura FC Committee takes a very dim view of poor behaviour and offenders can be assured of swift and firm action. Coaches and managers should note that Junior League regulations include a schedule of fines for rule infringements and spectator misbehaviour. Note in particular that fines for misbehaviour by club officials, and spectators can be substantial, and the utmost restraint should be exercised at all times, especially when dealing with referees. Majura FC is held responsible for its spectators’ behaviour. At all times show respect for officials and referees. Like junior players, many junior referees are young and inexperienced and are also learning (referees make 7 – 10 decisions a minute during a game, up to 900 decisions per game for older children. If they only make 5 – 10 mistakes per game that is a success rate greater than 99%!). Encourage players to respect the referee‟s decisions by your own actions. New referees are hard to come by, and easily lost if adults give them a hard time. Referees are people and people make mistakes, learn to accept refereeing mistakes. It is unheard of that a complaint about a referee leads to a game being replayed or a result being altered. On the other hand abuse of a referee, regardless of the provocation, if it leads to the referee abandoning the game guarantees that your team will lose any points gained (under-13 to under-18 age groups) and Majura FC will be heavily fined. It may also see the abuser suspended. If control of a game by a referee has been seriously deficient (and this does happen), exercise restraint, report the matter to the President, VP Football, or Referees Coordinator and if judged appropriate this will be reported to Capital Football. Committee members can‟t be at every game, especially away games. We rely on coaches and managers to protect the Club‟s interests and would be grateful if, should a Majura FC spectator at one of your games become abusive or otherwise misbehave, you would attempt verbally to restrain the person. We don‟t expect you to place yourself in physical danger, but often a quick word can defuse a situation, and avoid a game being abandoned. At no time allow spectators or officials associated with your team to engage in negative or provocative banter with opposition officials or supporters. If a spectator associated with your team is regularly a problem, please alert the President or VP Football. Page | 5


If your team is involved in a match in which an incident occurs that is likely to be the subject of a referee's report, or a protest by another club, or about which you feel Majura FC should protest, please contact the President immediately. Whether the blame lies with Majura FC or an opposing club, the Committee needs to know about incidents to be in a position to protect the Club's interests. We should hear about them from team officials on game day, not days later via referees' reports and protests from other clubs. At some grounds you may find ropes erected to keep spectators back from pitch sidelines. If you do, please educate your spectators to respect them (and, of course, respect them yourself). If no ropes are present, ask your players and spectators to remain at least one metre from the sideline to give players space to take throw-ins, and assistant referees an unobstructed view of the sideline.

CONDUCT Players Guidelines for players include:         

play by the rules; never argue with an official; control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players is not acceptable; work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team's performance will benefit and so will you; be a good sport. Applaud all good play, whether by your team or the opposition; treat all players as you would like to be treated. Don't interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player; cooperate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition; place in a proper perspective isolated incidents of unsporting behaviour. Don't make them the highlight of the game or training session; and play for the fun of it, and not just to please parents and coaches.

Coaches Guidelines for coaches include:           

remember that children participate for pleasure and that winning is only part of the fun; never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing; be reasonable in your demands on young players' time, energy and enthusiasm. teach your players to follow the rules; whenever possible, group players to ensure that everyone has a reasonable chance of success; avoid over-playing talented players. 'Average' players need and deserve equal time; ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players; the scheduling and length of practices should take into account the maturity level of the children; develop team respect for both the ability of opponents and the judgment of match officials and opposing coaches; follow medical advice in determining when an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition; and as much as is possible, keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of children.

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Parents Guidelines for parents include:          

remember children play sport for their enjoyment, not yours; encourage children to participate, but don't force them; focus on the child's efforts and performance rather than winning or losing; teach children that honest effort is as important as victory, so that a loss is accepted without undue disappointment; encourage children to always participate according to the rules; never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game; remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good play by both teams; respect officials‟ decisions and teach children to do the same. Officials are no different from players - they do their best but will make mistakes; support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities; and show appreciation of volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them your child could not participate.

Spectators Guidelines for spectators include:        

remember that children play sport for their enjoyment, not yours; applaud good performance and effort from each team. Congratulate all participants upon their performance, regardless of the game's outcome; respect officials' decisions and teach children to do the same. If they make mistakes they are only being human. Abuse only injects unpleasantness into what is, after all, a game for children; never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake. Positive comments motivate; condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players; show respect for your team's opponents. Without them there would be no game; encourage players to follow the rules and accept officials' decisions; and do not use foul language or harass players, coaches, officials, or opposition spectators.

CHILD PROTECTION Tips for Coaches to Protect Children There are actions a coach can take to ensure children feel safe and protected when participating in sport. These good coaching practices include the following:   

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use positive reinforcement and acceptable language when talking about or to a child; develop a calm and non-confrontational behaviour management style; make any physical contact with children and adults in a way that makes them feel comfortable, for example, shaking hands and a congratulatory pat on the back. If a coach must make physical contact with participants as part of an activity, then they should explain the activity and what they will do, and ask for the participant‟s permission; when children need to be transported, ensure there is more than one child (and, if possible, more than one adult) in the vehicle; manage allegations (disclosures) of child abuse through established processes and reporting lines to ensure there is due process and natural justice; document all incidents involving physical restraint of children or violence involving children; document all incidents that seem to be unusual or „out of the ordinary; and coach children to be a „good sport‟, recognise that they have a right to feel safe, and know what they can do if they do not feel safe (if they are abused, harassed or discriminated against). Page | 7


A summary of child protection information relevant to the sports industry is available from the Australian Sports Commission: http://www.ausport.gov.au http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/coaches/tools

Child Supervision The safety of our players is paramount including before, during, and after training and games. There are a number of child protection and supervision laws and regulations that we must abide by. The comments in this section are certainly not designed to frighten away potential coaches and managers, the aim is to give you some common sense tips and make you better aware of what is expected of a coach or manager. You must avoid direct and unsupervised contact with persons under the age of 18 years at all times. If you believe this will be the case you must fill in a Member Protection Declaration, shown at Attachment 1, that must be signed by each players parent or guardian; it is for this reason that the change rooms are no longer in use. The list below offers some tips, however it is far from exhaustive and if you have any concerns you should seek out the relative laws and regulations regarding contact with children:   

always have at least one parent or the manager at training; strongly advise parents to remain at training and matches, you are not providing a babysitting service; and if a player‟s parent is late collecting them at the end of training or after a match, ask the manager or a parent to stay with you and the player until the child is collected by a parent or guardian.

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SECTION 2

ADMINISTRATION

Introduction This section is designed to help coaches and managers with club administration.

Registration Majura Football Club uses www.myfootballclub.com.au for all players U/5 and above for pre-registration day registrations. All younger (Pee Wee) players are registered on a Majura FC form. Once the second registration day has closed, all new registrations must be conducted through the Age Group Coordinator. No new registrations will be accepted without the age group coordinators approval.

Eligibility Only players who are registered with Majura FC (registration and payment have been received by the club) can train and play for Majura FC, there are no exceptions to this rule. Players must not play more than two chronological years above their own age or in a lower division in an older age group than the one the player normally plays in (e.g. Div 1 U/13 player can play Div 1 U/14 or Div 1 U/15, but no others, provided they do not breach the two chronological year rule).

Eligible Opposition Players Should you suspect an opposing team has played an ineligible player, note the player‟s shirt number, name and National Registration Number (the latter two items from the match card) and submit a written report on game day to the President or VP Football giving these details and the basis of your suspicion that the player was ineligible. A decision will then be made as to whether the Club should pursue a formal complaint.

Insurance The insurance provided by Capital Football only provides… ‘In respect to the Personal Accident coverage the schedule of benefits should be considered as basic and entry level. Capital Football encourage all players and others covered by this policy to take out private health insurance’. Majura FC asks that you visit the Capital Football web site and take the time to read the insurance information, and that you encourage your players parents/guardians to do the same. It is most important all are aware of the coverage provided and the procedure to follow in the event of a claim prior to an incident arising. Failure to be aware of the extent of coverage and procedures to follow often leads to unnecessary delays and, in some cases, disappointment. Please do not allow children other than registered Majura FC members to participate in training activities or games. Should an accident occur in which they are involved (including an injury to a registered player inflicted by an „outsider‟), insurance cover is liable to be compromised. Do not allow training activities to occur on grounds not properly booked for the purpose by Majura FC. Should accidents and injuries occur on grounds where these formalities have not been completed, insurances may be compromised and liabilities may be incurred by you, the Club, or both. Information on training is contained below in Section 3.

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Team Equipment Each team can expect to be issued training equipment and, if your team is U/8 and above, playing shirts. Equipment will be issued at the Coach‟s and Manager‟s meeting held at the start of the season. Should coaches want equipment before this meeting, please contact the Equipment Officer. Team equipment and playing shirts must be returned no later than 5.00pm on the day of the last fixture of the season unless prior agreement has been reached with the Property Officer due to exigent circumstances (e.g. playing away from home and unable to return gear by 5.00pm).

BBQ and Canteen Roster Majura FC is able to keep registration fees to a minimum by supplementing fees with proceeds from the canteen and BBQ. The Majura FC Committee give up many hours of their own time to manage the administration and operations of the club; it is unreasonable to expect them to also carry out the tasks associated with the BBQ and Canteen. Teams in the U/7 age group and above can expect to be rostered to carry out BBQ and/or canteen duty. This duty is not arduous and normally only happens once a year. It is expected that one parent for every child in the team will attend to assist with the duties. It is the responsibility of the Team Manager (if there is no team manager then the coach) to organise parents and ensure they arrive on time and stay to the end of the rostered period. Further details will be provided on the day. The third team duty is field setup which is described below in Section 3.

Presentation Day Presentation Day is normally scheduled to coincide with the last round of the season. Coaches and Managers of U/13 and above teams are required to provide names for their team‟s Player‟s Player award to the VP Administration by the end of round 12. All players are expected to attend the Presentation Day activities so that they can be presented with a participation award (trophy or medallion).

Age Group Coordinators Role The role of the age group coordinator is to provide advice to, and act as a conduit for information between teams and the committee in a specific age group.

Responsibilities Responsibilities include:    

Pass club information to teams; Answer team questions regarding club matters, or seek answers from the committee and then provide advice to teams; Assist with player allocations; Work with the committee to manage player numbers and registrations for the age group. A list of age group coordinators is shown at Attachment 2.

Majura FC Contacts In the first instance, players and parents should approach the coach or manager when they have questions or comments regarding team and club business. If the coach or manager needs to seek further advice or pass on information this should be done through the age group coordinator. If warranted, the age group coordinators will contact the appropriate committee member(s). Page | 10


A list of club contacts is shown at Attachment 2.

Pets Dogs are not permitted at any time, even if the dog is on a leash, at enclosed ovals or when formal sport is being conducted at an unenclosed ground, this includes training and match play. More information on dog control laws can be found at http://www.tams.act.gov.au/live/pets/wherecanitakemydog. If you see people with pets please ask them to remove the pet from the oval in accordance with ACT Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) regulations.

Injuries and First Aid In this litigious age the words „duty of care‟ must be taken seriously by all coaches, managers and club officials. Team coaches and managers have a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care to ensure players under their control are not injured. To that end, Majura FC has developed a series of guidelines we ask all coaches and managers to familiarise themselves with, observe, and where appropriate promote among others associated with their teams. 1. At all times use commonsense, and give absolute priority to safety. This is an overarching rule intended to cover situations not explicitly anticipated below. 2. Coaches should not participate in training activities or competitive training drills. The temptation to do so can be irresistible, but it is easy to get carried away and the fact is that players are there to play, and coaches to coach. Your ability to observe will be diminished and you may cause injury. Junior League regulations preclude children playing more than two years above their true age group - for safety reasons. 3. Do not allow an injured player to keep playing or training. No matter how important the game, or how important to the team a player is, her/his physical welfare is more important and must be given absolute priority. 4. If a player is injured, priority is to be given to obtaining appropriate medical attention and informing her/his parents or guardians. Be sure to have your club-issued first aid kit at training sessions – the primary purpose in issuing it is to enable you to deal with minor training injuries. All clubs are required to have first aid kits and ice available at match fixtures. At Majura FC home games you will find the first aid kit in the canteen and ice in the canteen storage room. For away games please ask an official from the home club if any first aid supplies or ice are needed. 5. If you have to treat an injury, please ensure you fill in the form shown at Attachment 3 and hand it to the VP Administration as soon as practical. 6. If you do not hold a current first aid qualification, do not offer to provide first aid other than ice or a band aid. If the injury requires treatment have the child‟s parent or guardian take the child away for treatment; or if deemed serious enough call for an ambulance. In the event that an ambulance is called, please inform a committee member as soon as possible. Majura FC will issue each team a basic first aid kit comprising ice, a bandage, and bandaids for use at training. If you need to use these supplies please ensure you fill in the Player Injury Report form at Attachment 3.

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SECTION 3

FOOTBALL OPERATIONS

Introduction This section is designed to provide information and tips to help the coach and manager with football activity.

Technical Director of Coaching The Technical Director of Coaching (TDC) is there to provide you with any assistance he/she can. If you would like help with the conduct or planning of training and/or matches, then please don‟t hesitate to ask. The TDC is also able to provide advice on gaining coaching qualifications.

Player Game Time Please remember this is junior amateur football and all players have registered and paid for the privilege to play and therefore deserve a fair go. As a coach or manager, you should always ensure each player gets a fair share of playing time no matter what the age group, division, or ability of the player. U/10 and below should get equal playing time each week, while U/11 and above should get equal playing time over the course of the season.

Training As it is often said, good coaching makes all the difference between a good season and a bad season. Please remember that we are here for the players, not the coach, manager, or parents. This section provides some guidance regarding training. If you are new to coaching or would simply like some help, please don‟t hesitate to ask the VP Football or Technical Director of Coaching for assistance. There are also a number of web sites that can help, some include: Coaching Resources | Majura Football Club http://www.majurafc.org.au/node/18 http://www.capitalfootball.com.au/site/coachingresources.php http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/coaches/tools/the_training_session Better Soccer Coaching http://www.bettersoccercoaching.com/landing.aspx?sReferrer=GoogleWW&gclid=CLXbuZTHjKECFQtgego dulg2Og

Planning Training Planning is the key to successfully conducting training. A simple plan will mean that your players are never bored and you are never caught wondering what to do next. A simple training plan template is shown at Attachment 4. If you would like any help preparing a training plan please contact the Technical Director of Coaching or VP Football. When you are planning training drills things to think about include:      

Is the environment safe and suitable for the session objective (topic)? How easily can I implement the session plan? Is it likely that the session will commence quickly (within 2 minutes) (Well organised, easy to explain)? What instructions and demonstrations do I need to clearly communicate the rules and objective? Will the activity “look” like football? i.e. area of play, rules, goals, objectives, opposition? Do I have a couple of modifications to make the activity easier or harder depending on how the team reacts that will retain the objective of the session? Page | 12


Training Locations All Majura FC team training must take place at the Dickson Playing Fields during the times shown below. If you wish to train or play practice matches away from Dickson Playing Fields you must first seek approval from the President or VP Football as you and the players will not be covered for insurance purposes. Practice matches against other clubs must be sanctioned by Capital Football or again, the players and officials will not be covered for insurance purposes.

Training Times As a guide, training for age groups U/8 – U/10 should be conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Tuesdays and Thursdays should be left for the competitive age groups. Approved field training times are: Pitch/Day Pitch 1

Monday

Tuesday

Pitch 2

5.00 - 7.00

Pitch 3

5.00 - 7.00

Pitch 4

5.00 - 7.00

Wednesday Thursday

Pitch 5

4.30 - 6.00

5.00 - 7.00

4.30 - 6.30

Pitch 6

4.30 - 6.00

5.00 - 7.00

4.30 - 6.30

Pitch 7

4.30 - 6.00

5.00 - 7.00

4.30 - 6.30

Pitch 8

4.30 - 6.00

5.00 - 7.00

4.30 - 6.30

5.00 7.00 5.00 7.00 5.00 7.00 5.00 7.00 5.00 7.00 5.00 7.00 5.00 7.00

Friday

5.00 - 7.00 5.00 - 7.00 5.00 - 7.00 4.30 - 6.30 4.30 - 6.30 4.30 - 6.30 4.30 - 6.30

Inclement Weather Training in inclement weather is at the discretion of the coach and parents, remembering that the safety of the players is paramount. The exception to this is where the sports grounds are closed by Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS), at which time no training can take place. Sportsgrounds are sometimes closed due to wet weather. Information on ground closures is emailed to the outdoor sporting associations and to the local media. Information is also placed on the Wet Weather Hotline which is updated every weekday at 9.00am, number to call is 6207 5957. For weekend closures please contact the Majura FC Clubhouse on 6230 0263. Do not allow a training session or game to continue if there is a threat of a lightning strike. Get your players as quickly as possible to a safe environment. During a game, call the referee over, ask for the game to be abandoned, and if the referee declines, call your players from the pitch.

Game Day Game Day Checklist Below is a simple checklist of things to think about prior to match day. This list is not exhaustive and should be used and adapted by each coach to suit his/her needs: 

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ensure you have your team shirts; ensure players are dressed in the correct uniform with shirts tucked in; ensure players have enough drink (particularly early and late in the season when the weather can be hot); do you have your player positions planned; have you thought about your interchange rotation; have you planned your warm up exercises; check if players have sustained any injuries or contracted any illness prior to playing; and have you planned your cool down.

Field Set Up Teams from U/7 to U/14 will be rostered to complete field setup. The rostered team is to complete field setup in accordance with the directions given on the day. The team must arrive by 8.00am. The more the better and the quicker the job is completed; as a minimum the field setup team should comprise one adult for every player in your team. Extreme care is to be exercised transporting, erecting, disassembling and storing pitch equipment. Adults only are permitted to carry, erect and store aluminium goalposts and corner flags steel pegs. Ensure that others in your team also know not to let children carry the aluminium goalposts or corner flags steel pegs– the danger they pose is pretty obvious. Don’t carry too much equipment, or allow others to do so. It isn‟t the end of the world to have to make two trips between your pitch and the storage point. Don’t congest a storage container. Be patient, wait your turn, and counsel others to behave similarly. Manoeuvring goalposts and corner flags in a confined space needs to be done carefully, and if you‟re impatient it may be you who is injured. Hammer net pegs right into the ground so they can‟t be tripped over, and ensure all pegs are removed when taking nets down. You should expect to retrieve 7 pegs per main goal net. If you find fewer, have a careful look around for others. This should rarely be a problem, as all pegs should be attached to rope. Please do not unattach them. When erecting and taking down nets, use, and ensure others use, the ladders provided, unless tall enough to do the job without stretching. On no account are nets to be attached to, or removed from, crossbars by a person lifted on another‟s shoulders.

Field Pack Up If your team is highlighted on the pitch allocation sheet, please ensure your team packs up the goals, nets, cones, and/or corner flags for your pitch. It is not the job of the Committee Members to go around after matches are complete and pack up all the equipment.

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Match Arrangements Kick Off, Playing Times, Referee Fees, Ball Size Number of Age Group Players on field

Time Start

Duration

Under 18 Open

11

3.10PM

2 x 45 mins

Under 16 Open

11

3.10PM

2 x 45 mins

Under 16 Girls

11

3.10PM

2 x 40 mins

Under 15 Open

11

3.10PM

2 x 40 mins

Under 15 Girls

11

3.10PM

2 x 35 mins

Under 14

11

1.45PM

Under 13

11

Under 12

Referees Fee (1/2 Ball Size for qualified assistant) $42

5

$36

5

$36

5

$32

5

$32

5

2 x 35 mins

$28

4

12.30PM

2 x 30 mins

$24

4

11

1.45PM

2 x 30 mins

$22

4

Under 11

9

12.30PM

2 x 25 mins

$16

4

Under 10

9

11.30AM

2 x 25 mins

$14

4

Under 10 Girls

9

10.30AM

2 x 25 mins

$14

4

Under 9

7

11.30AM

2 x 20 mins

$12

3

Under 8

7

10.30AM

2 x 20 mins

$10

3

Under 7

4

9.45AM

2 x 15 mins

$10

3

Referees and Assistant Referees at Junior Games (U/7 and above) must be paid prior to the commencement of the game, with each competing team liable for half the fee(s) due. The referee receives full payment while any qualified assistant referee receive ½ payment. Page | 15


Interchange Up to and including U/12, a team can have as many players as they like and interchange can occur at any time in accordance with the Laws of the Game. U/13 and above must complete a match card that has a maximum of 15 players per team; these are the only players eligible to play on the day and interchange occurs in accordance with the Laws of the Game.

Match Cards Match cards must be completed for all games in the under-13 and older age groups. The home team will provide the card and the away team will need to fill it out before the game commences. This system makes it vital for team managers to arrive early for games – either to make the card available to the opposition to fill out well in advance of the scheduled kickoff time after having filled out your own section (home games), or to receive it from the opposition and fill it out on the sideline before the scheduled kickoff time (away games). Match cards are in triplicate. Post match delivery is as follows: White copy - sent to Capital Football via the home team (when playing at home, deliver to the Points Registrar with the Blue copy); Blue copy – kept by the home team; and Green copy – kept by the away team. If you are away at a 3.10pm match, please phone the results through to the clubhouse on 6230 0263 as soon after the completion of the game as possible. Completed match cards must be delivered to the Majura FC Clubhouse on match day as soon as possible after the completion of the match. The Registrar cannot be expected to chase managers who fail to call through results and deliver cards to the Majura FC Clubhouse. Please cooperate in this matter as fines are attracted for failure to notify results and submit match cards on time. The procedure with match cards is as follows: 1. The two team managers fill out a match card prior to the game and hand it to the referee before kickoff. The referee retains it during the game, to enable him/her to check on interchanges/substitutions, fill in the result, complete the section for yellow and red cards, etc. When filling out a match card, please pay attention to the following: 

Fill in all the details asked for which are known prior to the game and are not the referee's responsibility to fill in. Match cards with date, age group, division, round number, etc. missing cause confusion (and attract fines).

Do not, however, sign the card before the game. Your signature shows your agreement with the result on the card.

Complete your part of the card neatly in BLOCK LETTERS, and complete it yourself. Don‟t allow players to write in their own names, and don’t use a felt pen – if the card gets damp, felt pen ink runs, yielding an illegible mess. Someone has to check hundreds of cards each week; so in consideration of him/her they need to be neat and legible.

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IMPORTANT: Please distinguish clearly between your team‟s name (e.g., „Majura FC‟), age group (e.g., „Under 13‟) and division (e.g., „Division 3‟). Please note, a colour is always a divisional identifier. It is not part of your team‟s name. Filling out these three details accurately on your card will greatly assist the club Points Registrar.

If your team is a girls‟ team, please add the word „Girls‟ to your division identifier; eg. Division 1 Girls.

Please do not use the acronym MFC or MJSC on match cards. The Club‟s name is Majura FC, and it should be spelled out in full wherever you are asked for your team name or club name.

Please note that it is not permitted to enter more than 15 players on a match card. Having more players listed renders you liable to losing the points for a game. If you have a squad larger than 15 you will need to roster players to stand down each week.

2. At the end of the game the two managers meet the referee, who fills in the result of the game and his name, and signs the card. After checking that the referee has recorded the correct result, each manager then signs the match card. When you sign you are indicating agreement with the result shown on the card. It pays to check the result. 3. You retain your copy(s) of the card and deliver it/them to Majura FC Clubhouse ASAP on match day. In the situation where you believe the result recorded is incorrect, or that there was something seriously amiss with the conduct of the game, contact the President or VP Football ASAP. Disagreeing with a referee's decision, or being dissatisfied with his/her performance overall, do NOT qualify. The Laws of Football say that a referee is the sole judge of fact. His/her decisions are never subject to appeal, so official protest over them in the hope of having a game replayed is pointless. If you believe a referee‟s performance was such that it should be brought to the attention of Capital Football Referees, this can be done by submitting a written account of their performance to the President, who will decide in consultation with VP Football whether the Club should lodge an official complaint. A final hint on filling out match cards. You should have sufficient shirts to allocate each player a shirt number for the season. It is unwritten club policy that you do this, because it helps in tracking down missing shirts at the end of the season. This also enables you to fill out a season's home match cards in advance. That way you spend a couple of hours on the job one night and save yourself having to do it every other Saturday. Do not enter the names of players not playing, especially if you have a suspended player. If a player appears on a match card, as far as the Junior League is concerned that player played. If you forget and add a suspended player who did not participate in a game, that player is likely to be convicted of playing while suspended. Points will be lost, the player will be further suspended, and the Club will be fined. An example Match Card is shown at Attachment 6.

Red and Yellow Cards Should one of your players in the under-13 to under-18 age groups receive a red card (i.e., be sent off), he/she incurs an automatic one-game suspension, to be served during your next scheduled Junior League fixture. Should a red card be issued in a younger age group the referee‟s report on the incident will come to Majura FC, which takes internally whatever disciplinary action it considers to be warranted. This may entail a suspension of at least one week. Page | 17


It is important that you make sure automatic suspensions are served. Ignorance is no excuse, and in the under-13 to under-18 age groups your team stands to lose points for playing an ineligible player if an automatically suspended player plays the following week. Make sure in these age groups that a suspended player does not appear on the match card. Also note that the suspension applies to all age groups, not just the players own (do not play in a different age group when under suspension). Automatic suspensions are designed to deal with less serious offences and ensure penalties are invoked promptly. They also adhere to the FIFA directive that any player shown a red card must be suspended. It is common, however, for suspensions beyond the automatic one week to be imposed, particularly for more serious breaches of misconduct or violence. An appeal may be lodged against the additional suspension by the President on Club letterhead at a cost of $350.00 cash or cheque. If the appeal is upheld, you get your money back, if not, the money is forfeited to Capital Football. In the under-13 and older age groups, records are also kept of yellow card offences. Players who accumulate three yellow cards incur a one-game suspension. If you have a player who has received three yellow cards in the one season, do not have them miss a game until Majura FC is notified by Capital Football of the suspension.

Forfeits and Abandoned Games A match will be considered abandoned and a forfeit will apply to competition games where: (a) A club has advised Capital Football and the opposing club of its non-availability; or (b) A team is not ready to commence a match within ten (10) minutes of the scheduled start of play for Under 11 games, or within fifteen (15) minutes of the scheduled start of play for Under 12 to Under 18 games; or (c) Fewer than five (5) players from a team (Under 11) are available for a match, or fewer than seven (7) players from a team (Under 12 and above) are available for a match. In circumstance (a) above, the Club Referee Coordinator responsible for Referee appointments for the match should, if possible, be notified in time to cancel those appointments. In circumstances (b) and (c) above, the match Referee is responsible for abandoning the match. Where a match is abandoned under (b) or (c) above, any officially appointed Referee or Assistant Referee shall be entitled to the match fees payable by the respective clubs, unless, in circumstance (a) above, the Club Referee Coordinator cancels the appointment with reasonable notice. In circumstances where neither the Coach nor the Manager of the visiting team presents for a forfeited game, responsibility for paying the Referee and any Assistant Referees lies with the home club. For a team to claim a forfeit under Rule (b) it must have taken the field and be ready to play. The Referee is to submit a Match Report to Capital Football within three (3) working days of the match. If a match is forfeited under Rule (b), the Manager of the team winning by forfeit shall complete a match card for the forfeited game, annotate it „won by forfeitâ€&#x; and send the original (white copy) match card to the Junior League Manager through their club Points Registrar. In the event of a forfeit under Rule (c) both team managers shall complete a match card for the forfeited game. The Referee must enter the result and sign the match card and the home team must send the original (white copy) match card to the Junior League Manager through the club Point Registrars. Page | 18


In the event of a team forfeiting a match the opposing team shall be awarded three (3) points and the match shall stand as three (3) goals to nil (0) win in their favour. Depending on the effort made to avoid inconvenience to the opposing team, a financial penalty may be imposed on the club of a forfeiting team. Any such penalty will be imposed by the Junior League Manager. Should the forfeiting club believe that a financial penalty imposed on it should be waived, it may make written representation on club letterhead to the Junior League Manager. In the event of a Referee exercising discretionary power to suspend or terminate a match by reason of the elements, interference by spectators or other causes, the Referee will submit a detailed Match Report to Capital Football within three (3) working days of the match. The Junior League Manager also requires both competing clubs to submit written reports within three (3) working days of him/her notifying them of a match being abandoned. These reports should fully describe the incident from each clubs perspective. This Rule does not apply to matches abandoned because of a forfeit. Where a game is abandoned due to spectator interference or other inappropriate behaviour, the matter will be dealt with under Rule 3. After considering evidence, Capital Football may impose fines on any offending club in accordance with the Disputes and Disciplinary Regulations, and other penalties deemed appropriate on offending individuals. In the event of a match being abandoned for reasons other than the state of the pitch or inclement weather, the result of the game shall be determined by the Junior League Manager. In the event of a walk-off by a team before the completion of a game the Junior League Manager shall determine the circumstances of the walk off, where it is determined that the walk off was not justified, the team taking such action will have a three (3) goals to nil (0) forfeit win and normal competition points in favour of the opposition. If the official match result is a win greater than three-nil in favour of the nonoffending team, that result will stand. The offending club shall be subject to a financial penalty. Further information can be found on the Capital Football web site under the Capital Football Junior League Competition Rules 2010.

Laws of the Game This section will provide some general guidance on the Laws of the Game as they apply to Majura FC. Particular attention is paid to Law 4 and Law 11 to ensure coaches and managers understand these laws and how they are to be applied. U/3 thru U/6 players play a Majura FC adaptation of mini football appropriate to the age of the players. More details are provided on the day. U/7 to U/11 players play football in accordance with the FFA Small Sided Games Handbook. An extract from the Handbook outlining player numbers, field sizes, ball sizes, etc is shown at Attachment 4. For all U/12 and above age groups Majura FC, like FFA and Capital Football, plays under the FIFA Laws of the Game 2009/2010. Exceptions, additions, and modifications to these laws are contained in the Capital Football Junior League Competition Rules 2010 shown at Attachment 8. LAW 4 - THE PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT Law 4 is outlined below so that there can be no confusion around what is acceptable attire and what is not. Page | 19


Safety A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewellery). Basic Equipment The basic compulsory equipment of a player comprises the following separate items:     

a jersey or shirt with sleeves – if undergarments are worn, the colour of the sleeve must be the same as the main colour of the sleeve of the jersey or shirt; shorts – if undershorts are worn, they must be of the same main colour as the shorts; stockings (socks); shin guards; and footwear.

Shin Guards  Are covered entirely by the stockings;  are made of rubber, plastic or a similar suitable material; and  provide a reasonable degree of protection. Colours  

The two teams must wear colours that distinguish them from each other and also the referee and the assistant referees; and each goalkeeper must wear colours that distinguish him from the other players, the referee and the assistant referees.

Jewellery All items of jewellery (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather bands, rubber bands etc.) are strictly forbidden and must be removed. Using tape to cover jewellery is not acceptable. Referees are also prohibited from wearing jewellery (except for a watch or similar device for timing the match). Things that the coach and manager can look for include:  earrings;  fake nails;  long nails;  rings;  bracelets (soft or hard);  metal or hard plastic hair clips;  visible compression clothing (skins, etc) must be: o the same colour as the shorts or the predominant colour of the shirt; and o Compression pants must not be full length (undershorts not under long pants); and  steel or plastic studs that are sharp or dangerous. Law 11 - Offside U/12 and above age groups are subject to Law 11, Offside contained within the Laws of the Game. To help coaches train players and parents to be an assistant referee, the law is explained below. It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position. A player is in an offside position if:  he/she is nearer to his opponents‟ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent.

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A player is not in an offside position if:  he/she is in his own half of the field of play;  he/she is level with the second-last opponent;  he/she is level with the last two opponents; or  he/she is level with or behind the ball. A player in an offside position is only penalised if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team, he/she is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by:  interfering with play, or  interfering with an opponent, or  gaining an advantage by being in that position. There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:  a goal kick,  a throw-in, or  a corner kick. You should instruct your parents acting as assistant referees to simply stay in line with the last defender, between the goal line and half way to the right hand end of the field as they look at it. That way they can see across the field and provide accurate judgments and assistance to the referee. Remember, it is assistance only and the final decision rests with the referee.

Player Assessments For all teams in the age groups U/10 and above, coaches are asked to provide an assessment of each player‟s ability at the end of the season. This assessment may be used as part of the trial process for the following year. Player assessment forms will be issued closer to the end of the season.

Pitch Locations A complete list of playing field locations is shown at Attachment 5.

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Attachment 1 – Majura FC Contacts

President

Rhonda Parkin

Vice President Administration

Julie Arnold

Vice President Football

Paul Cook

Secretary

Stephen Spencer

Treasurer

Kathy Hicks

Registrar

Kelli Finlayson

Equipment Officer

Jo Smith

Public Officer

Cheryl Warnock

Referee Coordinator Canteen Manager Assistant Equipment Officer Committee Member Committee Member Committee Member Committee Member

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the week before 8 pm please 62554546 Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the week before 8 pm please 62479077, 0422815125 Preferred method of contact is by work email Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the week 0423596573 Preferred method of contact is by home email Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the week before 9 pm please 62471442, 0407213910 Preferred method of contact is work email, calls during the week after 8pm please 0407296686

majurafc@optusnet.com.au gardrew@internode.on.net

julie.a.arnold@anu.edu.au

Paul.Cook@finance.gov.au spenlevy@webone.com.au

harrisontrio@live.com

jomsmith@bigpond.com

cheryl@officepcs.com.au

GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS Preferred method of contact is by work or home email, if mick.eddleston@defence.gov.au Mick Eddleston urgent, by mobile (but guran49@hotmail.com weekdays after 8 pm please) 0421692145 Preferred method of contact is Cliff Woodward c.woodward@adfa.edu.au by work email Jonathan MacClaren

Preferred method of contact is by email

jonomac@grapevine.com.au

Jason Thornton

jasgail@optusnet.com.au

Barry McGlynn

mcfam@skymesh.com.au

Donna Cook

Bob Parkin

Preferred method of contact is by email Preferred method of contact is by mobile all day up to 6:00pm then email if not urgent. 0401895665

pjdgcook@hotmail.com

bob.parkin@bluecirclecement.com.au

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Mini Coordinator (Pee Wees)

Under 6/7 G

Under 8/9 G Under 10 G

Under 11 G

Under 12 G

Under 13 & 14 G

Under 15 & 16 G

Under 7

Under 8

Under 9

Under 10

Under 11

Under 12

AGE GROUP COORDINATORS (GENERAL COMMITTEE) Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the Rhonda Parkin gardrew@internode.on.net week before 8 pm please 62554546 GIRLS Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the Julie Arnold julie.a.arnold@anu.edu.au week before 8 pm please 62479077, 0422815125 Preferred method of contact is Linda Shillington lshillo@bigpond.net.au email only Preferred method of contact is Margaret Jones notarpietro@grapevine.net.au email Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the Jo Smith jomsmith@bigpond.com week before 9 pm please 62471442, 0407213910 Preferred method of contact is Stephen Spencer by home email, calls during the spenlevy@webone.com.au week 0423596573 Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the David Hearder davroblin@yahoo.com.au week before 9 pm please 0421456237 Preferred method of contact is Stephen Spencer by home email, calls during the spenlevy@webone.com.au week 0423596573 OPEN (BOYS AND GIRLS) Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the Rhonda Parkin gardrew@internode.on.net week before 8 pm please 62554546 Preferred method of contact is Sharon by email calls during the week mothys@netspeed.com.au before 9 pm please Beaumaris 62305260, 0403190525 Preferred method of contact is by email calls during the week MaryEllen Miller Maryellen.Miller@ausaid.gov.au before 9 pm please 62629594, 0411779466 Preferred method of contact is work email, calls during the Cheryl Warnock cheryl@officepcs.com.au week after 8pm please 0407296686 Preferred method of contact is by work email, calls during the Di Bonner diana.bonner@defence.gov.au week only between 6 - 8 pm please 62491258 Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the Rosie Cataldo cataldo@webone.com.au week between 6- 8 pm please 0413004830 Page | 23


Under 13

Cheryl Warnock

Under 14

Elizabeth Jamieson

Under 15

Greg Mulvaney

Under 16 &18

Julie Arnold

Preferred method of contact is work email, calls during the week after 8pm please 0407296686 Preferred method of contact is by work email calls during the week before 9 pm please 62487942, 0408511653 Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the week before 8 pm please 61619593 Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the week before 8 pm please 62479077, 0422815125

cheryl@officepcs.com.au

Elizabeth.Jamieson@ombudsman.gov.au

mully@webone.com.au

julie.a.arnold@anu.edu.au

SUPPORT POSITIONS Technical Director of Coaching

Paul Whittingham

Volunteer Coordinator

Rosie Cataldo

Web Master Newsletter Editor

Craig Scott Eamonn Flanagan

japwhittingham@bigpond.com Preferred method of contact is by home email, calls during the week between 6- 8 pm please 0413004830 61615873 6248 5610

cataldo@webone.com.au spenscot@homemail.com.au flanagan.eamonn@gmail.com

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Attachment 2 – Player Injury Report

PLAYER INJURY REPORT Player‟s Name Player‟s FFA Number Date of injury and treatment Place where injury occurred Brief description of injury

How did the injury occur?

Brief description of treatment

Coach or Manager Name

Coach or Manager Signature

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Attachment 3 – Training Session Plan Template Date:

Attendance:

Equipment needed:

Drills and games:

Cool-down activities:

Venue: Duration: Introduction

(aims for session, reminders, etc.):

Warm-up activities:

Coaching tips/questions/challenges:

Class management/energisers:

Review/evaluation (key points from session, what worked and what did not, modifications for next session, etc.) :

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Attachment 5 – Playing Field Locations Aranda Belconnen Soccer Centre Bonython Oval Boys Grammar – Flinders Oval Boys Grammar – P & F Oval Boys Grammar – Junior School Oval Calwell Chapman Charnwood Chisholm No 2 Cookbundoon (Goulburn) Conder Combinations

Banambila St, Aranda cnr Owen Dixon & William Slim Dr, McKellar Barr Smith Av, Bonython cnr Monaro Cres & Flinders Way, Red Hill cnr Mugga Way & Flinders Way, Red Hill cnr Mugga Way & Alexander St, Red Hill Were St, Calwell Tauchert St, Chapman Lhotsky St, Charnwood Alston Street, Chisholm Opposite the racecourse - Rex St, Goulburn cnr Box Hill & Tom Roberts Avenues, Conder Dunstan St, Curtin Bayside Cct, Jerrabomberra Grose St, Deakin Antill St, Dickson Frenchham St, Downer Kitchener St, Garran Canopus Crs, Giralang Grey Street, Deakin

Curtin David Madew Oval Deakin Stadium Dickson Playing Fields Downer Ovals Garran Giralang Girls Grammar – Junior School Oval Girls Grammar – Senior School Melbourne Ave, Deakin Oval Gold Creek High School Kelleway Ave, Nicholls Greenway Soward Way, Greenway Gundaroo Cork Rd (Sutton Rd), Gundaroo Hackett Oval 1 and 2 Maitland Street, Hackett Hawker Playing Fields Murranji St, Hawker Hawker Football Centre (Enclosed) Walhallow Street, Hawker High Street Oval High Street, Queanbeyan Hughes Oval Webster St, Hughes Kaleen Playing Fields Birie Pl, Kaleen Kaleen Enclosed Turon Pl., Kaleen Kambah No 1 Reynell Pl., Kambah Kambah No. 2 Laidlaw Place, Kambah Kambah No. 3 off Summerland Circ., Kambah Lambert Park Anne St, Queanbeyan Latham Macrossan Crs, Latham Letchworth off Lanyon Dr-McCrae Rd to Maloney St, Queanbeyan Lyneham Southwell Park, Northbourne Ave Marist College Marr St, Pearce Mawson 1 Beasley St, Mawson Mawson 2 Heard St, Mawson Melba Verbruggen St, Melba

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Narrabundah District Narrabundah 2 Nicholls Playing Fields Nijong Oval O'Connor Enclosed Page Oval Palmerston Pearce Phillip Prell Park Radford College Riverside Stadium RMC (Duntroon) Scullin Oval St. Edmundâ€&#x;s College Southern Cross Stadium Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium Woden University of Canberra Wanniassa Waramanga Woden Park Enclosed Walker Park Yarralumla

Goyder St, Narrabundah cnr Sturt Ave & Captain Cook Cres, Griffith off Clarrie Hermes Dr, Nicholls Barrack St, Cooma Pedder Street, Oâ€&#x;Connor Burkitt St, Page off Kosciusko Ave, Palmerston off Hodgson Cres, Pearce Ainsworth St, Phillip Goldsmith St ,Goulburn College St, Bruce Carinya Street, Queanbeyan Hopkins Drive, Campbell Broadsmith Street Canberra Ave, Griffith Cnr of Athllon Dr and Cowlishaw St, Greenway Irving St, Phillip Allawoona Street, Bruce Wheeler St, Wanniassa Badimara St, Waramanga Ainsworth Street, Garran Merriman Drive Yass off Meuller St, Yarralumla

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Attachment 6 – Example Match Card

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Majura FC Coach and Manager Handbook 11+  

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