Frequently Asked Questions

Grading can be a stressful time, particularly for parents.  In order to demystify the process, the Club’s grading policy is outlined here in the form of FAQ’s

We grade teams from the Under 10’s age group to Under 17’s.  Teams in the older age groups (seniors and Over 35’s) are often organised by the players themselves and are therefore not necessarily graded although the Club does have a say on what division the teams apply for, usually based on the previous Season’s results.

As teams from Under 10’s and above play competition soccer, grading is the only fair and equitable way of ensuring teams play with and against players of similar skills and ability.  Grading ensures that your child’s involvement in the game, their contribution to the team, as well as their soccer skills is optimised.  While children may not always be able to play with their best friends, experience has shown that they quickly form friendships and bonds with their new team mates. 

With the exception of Goalkeepers, players are not usually graded into team positions (e.g. fullback, right fullback, right midfield, striker etc).  Rather they are graded into teams based on their overall performance at grading sessions.  Information from the previous year’s coach on each player’s ability and commitment (Player Assessment Sheet) are taken into consideration by the Club Assessors at each grading session.

Time, weather and resources permitting, grading sessions are generally run over a two week period and they are compulsory.  If your child has a problem attending a grading session please contact the Committee or Age Group Co-Ordinator immediately.  If a child has played with the Club previously but is unable to make sufficient grading sessions for a fair assessment to be made, then the Grading Panel may examine the Player Assessment sheets completed by the coach at the end of the previous season prior to making a final decision regarding their graded position.  Similarly any new players who do not attend grading sessions will be placed in the lowest graded team and will be assessed at upcoming trial games if necessary.

At the end of each season coaches are asked to fill out Player Assessment Sheets.  These sheets contain an assessment of individual player performances throughout the season both at training and during matches.

The Assessors are made up of experienced Club coaches and/or players.  While the Club strives to appoint 4 independent coaches to a grading panel, this is not always possible.  Limited numbers of suitably qualified graders sometimes means that many of the Club’s most qualified and experienced coaches grade ages that include their own children.  However, where this occurs that person is disqualified from giving their child a grading score.

Very successful!  While grading involves a degree of subjectivity this is significantly lessened by the following:-

•    The grading panel is headed by experienced, officially qualified and trained coaches.

•    Final decisions are based on consensus after input of all members of the grading panel.

•    The grading procedures follows ‘best practice’ principles and cover a broad range of soccer skills including ball-skill drills and small sided games.

Team selection should be finalised by the 1st March and you will be advised either at the completion of the grading sessions or by phone call from either the Coach or Age Group Co-ordinator.

Initially, teams are structured to allow for the borrowing of players, late registrations and any possible re-grades.  The Club does not allow for players to be re-graded down (without their consent) but players can be moved up.  For this reason higher graded teams may possibly start with fewer players than the teams below.

General issues, comments or enquiries regarding grading or the grading process should be directed to the Club Secretary.

The training times are organised by your Coach, usually after consultation with his/her player’s parents to find a time most suitable and also field availability.

Absolutely!  Anybody involved with your child signs a Prohibited Employment Declaration and through the implementation and strategies that assist in preventing child abuse from occurring our Club takes a pro-active role in helping foster a safe and positive environment for every child to participate.  Copies of our Policy Statement or Procedures are available on request.

Unless Clubs or Councils have closed the grounds because there is a danger to the players through poor field condition, play will proceed, raining or not.  Washed out games are played within two weeks of the washout or as determined by the Association.  Optus Small Sided Format games (U/5, 6, 7, 8 and 9’s) do not have to play these catch-up games it they do not wish as their activities are ‘non-competitive’ in accordance with Granville District Association’s regulations.

See our Weather Info page for contact/website links for Councils in our competiton area & GDSFA grounds & weather info pages.

Managers are sourced within your own team.  Coaches are ideally sourced from within your team, particularly in the younger age groups.  If the Club has any ‘free’ coaches they will be appointed as the need arises.

If you are unsure about anything, please contact a committee member.  If they can’t answer your question, they will be able to direct you to the person who can.

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