What is grading?
The purpose of
grading is to accommodate players into teams with the appropriate capabilities
for a particular division, so that they will be playing with and against
players of similar ability.
The MWFA has adopted the small sided games format. The
concept aims to try and give younger players more touches of the ball and
thereby increase both their enjoyment of the game and their skill development.
With each year the field size and number of team members gradually increases
until they are playing on a full field with 11 players at U12.
U6 and U7 are
ungraded. In U8 and U9 the teams are loosely graded into strong,
middle and weak. From U10 and up the individual players are
U10 and U11 are
transitional years where there are no points, tables or prizes but the teams
are graded into Red (strongest 25%), Blue (middle 25%) and Green (50% - often
referred to as social divisions).
Who is graded?
The MWFA requires us to grade individual players
from mixed U10s and up unless there is only 1 team in that age
Due to the expansion of the girls' comptition, from 2017 Curl Curl will be grading W-12 and up where there is more than one team.
W8 - W11 remain ungraded with placement being determined by friendship groups and individual registrants slotted in where there are spaces.
Who gains from
Has your team
ever been completely outclassed? Or maybe your team has won games so easily the
kids hardly got going? This sometimes happens and is not an ideal situation.
The MWFA believe that for juniors it’s best to give all the kids a chance to
find their feet for the first few seasons before progressing to a more competitive
level. Everyone benefits from grading:
How do we
Curl Curl grading committee is a group of trained, experienced coaching
volunteers led by our coaching director.
Players are put through a varied set of drills and
some small-sided practice matches in order to evaluate a range of skills,
physical attributes, footballing awareness etc. We often use input
from the previous year’s coach to give some initial direction.
At U10 when grading is first undertaken we encourage younger players who have
been playing up in the age group above for many seasons to remain at U9 for
another season and grade in their own age group. The exception to
this is particularly skilled younger players. If a younger player
grades in the top 4 in the age group above, then they are permitted to continue
to play up. This is in line with the policies implemented at the MWFA.
Players are then recommended into particular
teams. Grading decisions will be a joint decision made by 3 people
and none of them will have a child in that age group. If you are unable to
attend grading you will be graded into a team at the discretion of the grading
committee. The decision of the grading committee is final.
Grading usually occurs throughout February at Adam St
ground which is across the lagoon from Abbott Rd. Make sure that you are registered early so you are advised of any grading requirements or changes. Your age
coordinator will inform you of specific dates and times.
Feel free to come along and observe.
Transition to a new team
years together it can be difficult moving to a new team. Sometimes
in life you have to grit your teeth and try and get on with a new bunch of
people. The kids will be fine - they do it all the time.
If you are particularly keen for a group of kids to
be kept together who you feel are much the same standard, you can make a
request BEFORE grading. We can’t promise that they will be kept together
but it can be part of our deliberations.
Sometimes parents are disappointed that their child
wasn’t graded higher. Possibly we got it wrong, but they could be slightly
biased, so there probably wasn’t that much in it. A child that scrapes into a
higher grade is likely to have more time off the field, see less of the ball
and is less likely to be in their favoured position than a child who is better
than most of their team-mates. Also, you know your child is a decent player,
but have you looked at ALL the other players in the age group like we will do?
It’s a difficult and thankless task.
We are all volunteers aiming to be fair and do what is right for the Club as a
whole. Please bear this in mind.
If you have any queries please contact Alex Brazete: email@example.com ph: 0410 343 034