SEJ Football League – Preseason Training Policy

PRE-SEASON TRAINING POLICY

Background
After consultation with the Member Clubs the League developed guiding principles that govern the conduct of training during the off season and are in line with the AFL Australian Football Match Policy.

The policy reflects the expectations of;

  • SEJ Member Clubs
  • parents
  • participants
  • and other industry stakeholders

This policy is designed to assist in the player welfare and volunteer management.

Pre-season Training
All training sessions must be authorised by the Clubs Executive or General Committee. Where training is conducted on council facilities, reserves and land, a club Executive MUST seek permission from Council or Committee of Management in writing. This expressed permission will alleviate any potential concern around insurance.

Based on the philosophies and principles for each of the following age groups South East Juniors and its clubs agree that training for the respective age groups should not commence until the following times.
Coaches who allow training outside these agreed times and not seek permission from their clubs will face sanctions in line with the Coaches code of conduct, and the League may take further action against the club or team.

To address issues of player movement, clubs will not allow Registered Players from other clubs to train
with another club until a ‘Permission to Train’ is completed and signed by the players registered club and provided to the Registrar of the club where the player would like to train.

(a) Training for Age Group’s U8 – U11 – No earlier than March
U8 – The focus in this age group is on the development of fundamental movement skills (ABC’s of athleticism – Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed) and basic game specific skills (kicking, handballing, marking and gathering) The match program for this age group provides an introduction of basic roles (forward, centre and back) and tactical principles of gaining possession, moving forward, disposal to a team mate.

U9 & U10 – The focus for these age groups is the further development of basic game-specific skills (kicking, handballing, marking, gathering, evasion and checking) and learning technical and tactical concept. The match program for this age group provides further opportunities to develop game-specific skills and the tactical principles of gaining possession, pressure, utilising space and positional play.
U11 – Consolidation of basic game-specific skills is still the focus for this age group rather than competition and winning, while further developing technical and tactical concepts. These concepts include position-specific and basic performance capacities – e.g. warm-up, cool-down, nutrition, hydration, recovery and goal-setting.

(b) Training for Age Group’s U12 to U14 – No earlier than February
U12 – Consolidation of basic game-specific skills is still the focus for this age group rather than competition and winning, while further developing technical and tactical concepts. These concepts include position-specific and basic performance capacities – e.g. warm-up, cool-down, nutrition, hydration, recovery and goal-setting.

U13 & U14 – Learning how to train and consolidate the basic skills is the focus at this age level. Advanced technical and tactical skills start to be introduced, including decision-making in games and training, positional skills (competency in a position) and basic performance-enhancing techniques, e.g. warm-up, cool-down, nutrition, hydration, recovery, goal-setting, pre and post-match routines.
It is important for players in this age group to feel an essential part of the team to develop self-efficacy, self-worth and a connection with the community, club and team.
The focus of training is on learning rather than competition and it is imperative that the balance between training and playing exists. The focus should be on fun and participation.

(c) Training for Age Group’s U15 & U16 (no earlier than February) & U17 & U18 Age Groups (No earlier than December)
As players get older (15-16 years), the emphasis at this age level is to optimise the development of players’ fitness levels and their individual, positional and team skills. Higher-level competition skills should be developed and appropriate competitions provided to enhance players’ learning and their chances of being identified for talent pathway programs.
The aim should be on expanding on the developing of fitness, individual, positional and team skills taught in the U12 to U14 age groups.