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JUNIOR YOUTH DIVISION
PLAYER INFORMATION 2017

 PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE REGISTERING

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR PLAYERS WANTING TO PLAY IN A TEAM FOR THE WINTER 2017 SEASON.  MATCHES ARE PLAYED MOST SATURDAYS (or SUNDAYS FOR Metro & Conference Grades only) BETWEEN 1st/2nd April AND THE END OF AUGUST (or early September in some cases).

EACH TEAM WILL TRAIN MIDWEEK AT TIMES DETERMINED BY THE TEAM COACHES IN DISCUSSION WITH PLAYERS/PARENTS AND/OR AT DESIGNATED WHOLE OF FOOTBALL SESSIONS FOR 5TH TO 8TH GRADES.

MEMBERS MAY ALSO REGISTER FOR ADDITIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT COURSES IF DESIRED


 

Season Dates
Internet Based Registration System
Eligible Players
Age Grades for 2017
Playing Formats and Number of Players in a Team
Subscription Rates
Refunds Policy
Early Bird Registration Benefits
Requests to Play with Friends or Classmates
Fulltime Director of Football
Player and Coach Development Opportunities
Trials
Competitions and Leagues
Match Days
Whole of Football
Training Times/Days
Training Venues
Uniform Requirements
Volunteers
Financial Support of Club
 

 Season Dates

 
At the time of writing we have been advised that the first round of 2017 competitive games for all Junior and Youth teams will be on the weekend of 1st/2nd April 2017.
 
Games will be played (weather and ground conditions permitting) on all weekends except the middle weekends of the April and July School Holidays.

Please note some youth teams MAY be required to play games in September if such matches are vital to determining a league winner etc. 


Internet Based Registration System and Database

 
The Club will again utilise an online registration and database system (called ClubHub) for 2017.
 
The key features include:
 
Online player/parent/guardian registration and payment facilities.
Online facilities for members to change contact information, view financial transactions, pay outstanding accounts, change passwords etc.
Online ‘Noticeboard' for up to the minute information and messages.
Enhanced ability for administrators to email all members individually, in teams, in grades, in selections of teams etc.
 
You can access the registration system by clicking the “Go to Player Registration” Link at the foot of this page
  
PLEASE NOTE - 2016 Ellerslie players and parents can shortcut the 2017 registration process by logging in using their username and password from 2016 (for any family member). You will be taken to the registration screen with partially completed data from last year. Please CAREFULLY CHECK AND UPDATE YOUR DATA if necessary before completing registration.
 
If you cannot recall your 2016 username and password you can register again from scratch for 2017.

Eligible Players

 
Players born between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2012 are eligible to register with the Junior/Youth section of the Club. Anyone born on or before 31 December 1998 will need to register as a senior player in 2016.

Age Grades for 2017

 
Registrations will be accepted in the following grades:
 
Grade Birthday Range
05th Mixed - Starters 01 Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2012 inclusive
06th Mixed 01 Jan 2011 to 31 Dec 2011 inclusive
07th Girls Only 01 Jan 2010 to 31 Dec 2010 inclusive
07th Mixed 01 Jan 2010 to 31 Dec 2010 inclusive
08th Girls Only 01 Jan 2009 to 31 Dec 2009 inclusive
08th Mixed 01 Jan 2009 to 31 Dec 2009 inclusive
09th Girls Only 01 Jan 2008 to 31 Dec 2008 inclusive
09th Mixed 01 Jan 2008 to 31 Dec 2008 inclusive
10th Girls Only 01 Jan 2007 to 31 Dec 2007 inclusive
10th Boys 01 Jan 2007 to 31 Dec 2007 inclusive
11th Girls Only 01 Jan 2006 to 31 Dec 2006 inclusive
11th Boys 01 Jan 2006 to 31 Dec 2006 inclusive
12th Girls Only 01 Jan 2005 to 31 Dec 2005 inclusive
12th Boys 01 Jan 2005 to 31 Dec 2005 inclusive
13th Girls Only 01 Jan 2004 to 31 Dec 2004 inclusive
13th Boys 01 Jan 2004 to 31 Dec 2004 inclusive
14th Girls Only 01 Jan 2003 to 31 Dec 2003 inclusive
14th Boys 01 Jan 2003 to 31 Dec 2003 inclusive
15th Girls Only 01 Jan 2002 to 31 Dec 2002 inclusive
15th Boys 01 Jan 2002 to 31 Dec 2002 inclusive
16th/17th Girls Only 01 Jan 2000 to 31 Dec 2001 inclusive
16th Boys 01 Jan 2001 to 31 Dec 2001 inclusive
17th Boys 01 Jan 2000 to 31 Dec 2000 inclusive
19th Girls Only 01 Jan 1998 to 31 Dec 1999 inclusive
19th Boys 01 Jan 1998 to 31 Dec 1999 inclusive
 
*The Club recommends all players play in their correct age grade and will make every endeavour to place all players in their correct age grade.
 
*For 7th grade and above, female players are encouraged to play in girls' grades where available. Click here for details on Girls' Football at Ellerslie
 
Where registration numbers do not allow teams to be formed in correct age grades, players may need to be moved to another grade to allow a team to be formed. Players can play up a grade in certain circumstances, but almost never down a grade (an Auckland Football Federation dispensation is required to play down)
 
Registrations in all grades are accepted subject to sufficient players numbers to form a team.
 
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Playing Formats and Number of Players in Teams

 

For 2017 the Club is adopting (in almost all cases) the playing formats suggested under the NZ Football "Whole of Football" plan. Click here for details. 

 


Subscriptions (Registration Fees)

 
Fees for this season have an increase in Junior/Youth grades. The Club continues to face cost increases in some areas and contunues to provide a playing shirt for all players for the season.
 
ALL MEMEBERS ARE REQUESTED TO PAY FEES BY THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT EXPIRY DATE OF 27th FEBRUARY 2017.
 
The Club tries very hard to keep fees to a minimum as it continues try and offset cost increases incurred in delivering the services members expect.
 
The handling fee for all manual transactions (ie not completed online) remains at  $10 to reflect the significant extra time and cost of processing.
 
The Early Bird discount amount ($25.00 per player) can be deducted where subscription fees are paid in full before midnight on Monday 27th February 2017. Paying fees before that date enables members to pay the lowest possible amount.
 
Grade Full Fee Early bird Discount* Early Bird Fee Handling Fee **
5th $105.00 $25.00 $80.00 $10.00
6th/9th $160.00 $25.00 $135.00 $10.00
10th to 17th $195.00 $25.00 $170.00 $10.00
13th to 17th $245.00 $25.00 $220.00 $10.00
 
*   Applies only if full payment made on or before midnight on Monday 27th February 2017
 
**  Applies to all payments not made through our online system or by internet banking.
 
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Refunds Policy

Click here to see our subscriptions policy which contains a section on refunds.

 


Discounts

Early bird discounts cease to be available at midnight on Friday 27th February 2017. All registrations paid on or before that date qualify for our early bird discount of $25.00 per player.

A second, and each subsequent, junior or youth member of the same family qualifies for a 10% discount on subscriptions. Players must be registered as part of the same family group to qualify. (NOTE: There is no discount for a single player family)

(see our subscriptions policy for full details)

 


Requests to Play With Friends or Classmates

The Club receives a number of requests for players to be placed in the same team as a friend or classmate. The Club will attempt to meet such requests, but cannot guarantee to do so, particularly in graded teams.

 
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Junior/Youth Coaching Director – Ryan Shiffman

 
Mr Ryan Shiffman is the Club's Junior/Youth Coaching Director. Ryan has been with the Club since 2012 and is recognised for his delopment of junior and youth players.
 

Player and Coach Development Opportunities

 
The Coaching Department is planning a number of player and coach development courses in 2017.
 
Go to our Player Development  and Coach Development (updated soon) pages for further infromation and details on how to register.
 

School Holiday Skills Programs

 
This year our first School Holiday program will start in the April school holidays. This course is ideally placed to upskill during the early part of the season. Ideal for those returning from last year, or those just starting in the game.
 
We have similar courses running during both weeks of the July School Holidays and during the first week of the September school holidays.
 
Get more details and registration instructions for all courses here.
 

Trials

 
The Junior/Youth Division holds pre season trials for 9th Grade players and older. These trials form part of various processes whereby the Club attempts to ensure all players play in a team, and at a level, appropriate to their skills, commitment etc.
 
We request all players attend trials if at all possible. Please go to the trials page for further information and details including dates and times, what to bring etc.

If a player is likely to be unavailable for periods during the season (ie other sports, extended holiday etc) please let the trial organiser know to ensure that teams have the appropriate number of players for the season.


Competitions and Leagues

 
Ellerslie Junior/Youth teams play in two different competition structures as follows:
 

Tamaki League 

 
These leagues are provided for 6th to 9th grade players with teams taking part from various local clubs and schools. Emphasis is on participation, fun, enjoyment and the team environment. Games are competitive but no league tables are maintained for 6th to 9th grades. Teams in 6th to 9th grades are streamed mid season based on the number and margin of victories in an attempt to ensure matches are as even as possible in the second half of the season. Games are normally played in the general east Auckland area.
 
Players in the 6th-8th Grades will be allocated to teams in the Tamaki League and advised of their team at the Tamaki League "Muster Day" on Sunday 19th March 2017. Please refer to the calendar for details.
 
Players in the 9th Grade, who are not included in AFF terams after the February trials, will be included in a Tamaki League team and advised by email.
 
Auckland Football Federation (AFF) Leagues 
 
These leagues are administered entirely by the local Federation and involve teams from throughout the Auckland Football Federation area. These leagues are competitive with teams initially placed in grades requested by their Clubs, then re-graded before the championship rounds start around week 8 of the season. Medals are awarded to championship winners. Games may be played against clubs from Auckland Football Federation, and, for metropolitan, conference and combined  leagues, Northern Football Federation Clubs.
 
More Information on Auckland Football Federation

Match Days

Matches are played on Saturdays for all Junior/Youth Grades except:
 
5th Grade (Starters) - Friday (3:45pm to 4:30 pm)
13th Grade Metro/Conference - Sunday
14th Grade Metro/Conference - Sunday
15th Grade Metro/Conference - Sunday
16th Grade Metro/Conference - Sunday
17th Grade Metro/Conference - Sunday
 
Detailed draws are published here for all grades approx 1 to 2 weeks before the start of the season.

Training Times/Days

All teams are trained weekly by volunteer Coaches who freely give of their own time to assist the players and the Club. For this reason training days and times are normally decided by the Coach in discussion with the members of the team. Most teams train one night a week but Premier, Metropolitan and Conference grade teams are expected to train twice weekly. Parents and players need to be aware of these requirements when offered/accepting places in graded teams.

 
In the event that a player in a Tamaki League team cannot attend a particular training day and time arranged by the team, the Club will attempt to find an alternative team that trains on an acceptable day. If this cannot be arranged a full refund of fees will be made.
 

Training Venues

 
The Club is based at Michaels Avenue Reserve in Ellerslie. A number of teams train at this venue and at Liston Park but this space is not large enough to cater adequately for all Club teams. The Club has arrangements with a number of local schools allowing teams to train at their premises.
 
The  Whole of Football structures to run in 2017will enabble 6th to 8th grade players to receive a team-based training session at Michaels Avenue each week. The proposed days/times are:
 
6th Grade          Thursday        4:00pm to 5:00pm
7th Grade          Tuesday          4:00pm to 5:00pm
8th Grade          Wednesday     4:00pm to 5:00pm
 
All teams in these grades are encouraged to arrange additional team trainings at schools and other outside venues.
 

Playing Uniform

Teams are issued with a set of playing strip, including a goal keeper’s shirt and gloves where teams play with a keeper. Some (Metro Grade) teams are also issued with Club shorts and jackets. All items remain the property of the Club and MUST be returned at the end of the season or earlier if a player leaves the Club. The Club reserves the right to seek compensation for any club property that is damaged or not returned.

 
Players will normally need to provide the following items of their own:
           
            Boots
            Shin pads (players without shin pads will not be permitted to play)
            Black shorts
            Gold Socks
 
Shorts, socks and plus supporters items (caps, beanies, jackets etc) can be online for Score Sportswear (Lotto) via special online shops for Ellerslie players & supporters.  Click here to get more information.
 

Volunteers

Like any organisation dealing with children’s activities, the Club relies heavily on adult involvement. The vast majority of teams are coached by a parent or somebody connected to players in the team. Your family’s involvement in the activities of the Club would be greatly appreciated. Please put your name forward during the registration process and we will contact you.
 
In order to organise teams this year, we must have coaches and managers for all teams. Please help the Club help your children by indicating how you can help (you will be asked during the online registration process). The Club runs specialised training sessions for new coaches and managers, and supports coaches who wish to up skill through various training programs run both internally and by our parent Federation.
 
Contact Us if you would like to discuss ways you can help. Please volunteer to assist when asked through the online registration process.
 

Financial Support

 
In common with most community based sporting organisations, the demand for, and desire to, improve services to our members is often constrained by funding shortfalls. There is continual pressure to maintain an appropriate balance between reasonable subscriptions and fees, and providing more and improved quality services for members.
 
In 2017 we have committed to employing a full time Director of Junior/Youth Coaching, part-time academy coaches, operations and administration staff. We are certain these moves will continue to have tremendous benefits for player and coach development at all ages in the Junior/Youth division, enhance the opportunities for our older teenagers as they progress into Senior football and enhance the way we deliver our services to members.
 
We urge all members to financially support these initiatives by:
 
  • Paying subscriptions in full and on time
  • Adding a donation at registration time if you are in a position to do so

 

Contact Us if you are in a position to financially assist as a sponsor, with fundraising initiatives etc

 


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