1.     Team Size and Composition, Minimum Age and Game Time

The East Sandringham Junior Football Club has established policies on team size, team composition, age and game time which are designed to achieve the following key outcomes:

  • Equal opportunities for all girls and boys to play football, regardless of their size or skill level;
  • To provide girls and boys in their early football years the opportunity to play in friendship and/or school groups;
  • As players get older, to ensure they are playing with and against players of similar skill levels, thus extending their enjoyment of the game;
  • To encourage the development of a very strong team ethic, where the contribution of all the players is valued equally.

 1.1 Team Size and Composition

Teams will be restricted to 24 players a side unless in exceptional circumstances.

From Under 8 to Under 12 inclusive, the ESJFC encourages all players to play with friends and schoolmates, subject to ensuring adequate numbers on all team lists.

From Under 13, the club reserves the right to organise teams and players to the best of its ability to provide an environment in which they can be competitive and continue to develop their skills (see Grading Policy at 1.5 below).

If team lists extend past the maximum numbers, some players will be required to be rostered off each week during the season. If possible, Coaches and Team Managers should give parents and players the opportunity to advise in advance any times of unavailability to ensure these games missed are counted as games rostered off. It is expected that all players will be rotated equitably.

An accurate record of player selection must be kept, including dates when players were rostered off.

Finally, no player is allowed to be a full-time member of more than one team.

1.2 Minimum Age Requirements

The East Sandringham Junior Football Club has a minimum age policy for players as follows:

  • All players joining the club must turn a minimum eight years of age in the calendar year of their first season.

1.3 Home and Away Game Time

From Under 8 to Under 12 inclusive, numbers permitting, all players will play a minimum of three quarters game time.

1.4 Finals Game Time and Selection Policy (U11-U17)

It is generally recognised that finals football is different from the home and away games. The policy will be based on the following principles:

  • All players must play a minimum of half a game to ensure as many players as is possible to experience finals football.
  • Otherwise, player selection and playing time for individual players should give the team the best possible opportunity to win.
  • An understanding that the policy will provide coaches from Under 11 and above  greater scope for varying playing time for individual players than in a home and away game.
  • Other than the minimum requirement, the Coach will have full discretion over the length of playing time that individual players have on the field and the time each player spends on the bench.

1.5 Grading Policy

From Under 8 to Under 12 inclusive, the ESJFC encourages all players to play with friends and schoolmates, subject to ensuring adequate numbers on all team lists.

From Under 13, the club reserves the right to organise teams and players to the best of its ability to provide an environment in which they can be competitive and continue to develop their football skills.

For more detailed information please refer to the separate “Grading Policy” document here.

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