Last night our Hills Rangers Football Club Coaches along with coaches from Mundaring, Parkerville and Darlington Junior Football Club’s were exposed to development program styles and insight into training techniques that will improve football skills and participation in our great game.
Swan Districts Football Club’s Talent Manager, Greg Harding ran a session with our Y7, Y9 and Y9/10 girls with coaches were assisting and observing the best practice insight into football skills including high touch and high volume training.
Following the practical session, coaches were privileged to hear from Greg who reinforced the importance and value of community coaches and the support and initiatives on offer at SDFC. The messaging came across strong, that working in partnership with community clubs to ensure that the district players and coaches to have the best learning environment for football.
SDFC are committed to investing in coaching and game environment in our zone. To do that, we will be doing everything we can to engage with community clubs and resource them with information and footballs. Due to phones and social media, our kids are handling the ball sparingly in their spare time. To allow our players to progress through the WA talent pathway, we have to adapt and commit to finding new ways to get them the necessary volume so they can succeed in years to come. Through this program and club philosophy we hope to help our participants develop quickly so that they enjoy their footy, and we retain them year to year at all levels of the game
Greg Harding, Talent Manager, Swan Districts Football Club
Hills Rangers Football Club Coach Coordinator, Robyn Fitall acknowledged and thanked the Swan Districts Football Club and Greg for their support.
Coaches have a tough gig… to have the support of Swan Districts Football Club to share their coaching philosophy allows for the our coaches to provide the best learning environment. We know that the Swans are invested in the community and they continue to demonstrate this through programs such as these. We grateful for their insight and education for our coaches.
The Shire of Mundaring recently supported the Hills Rangers Football Club providing $2000 towards equipment and programs that enabled the host our preseason event Footy for Life program.
Whilst we did get cut short due to COVID19 we would like to thank the over 150 players that attended the event and to the parents volunteers who worked on the POD stations. Coach Coordinator Robyn Fitall described the event as a huge success.
“It was great to see so many old and many new faces either coming to play footy for the first time or returning hungry for the footy. We acknowledge and thank the Shire of Mundaring for their support of grassroots footy. Footy is a really important part of the Hills community and without their support and the support of so many parents volunteering to assist, some of them for the first time…. it wouldn’t have been able to be the great success it was without them …. it was just great to be a part of it”
The program was hosted over a 4 week period and saw its members touch the footy thousands of times, a great preparation for the season ahead.
The Club is following advice and procedures provided to us
by the WA Football Commission. Based on their latest update, only events with
over 500 people need to be cancelled. Accordingly, no changes to our current
pre-season program are required.
All players and parents/carers are asked to note the
The executive committee has recently met to discuss player
numbers and recommend a ‘cap’ for teams in each age group.
The following table has been developed, and is the approach we
will take for this season and beyond. This decision was made by the Executive
Committee based on historical playing numbers, player retention, equality and
the promotion of playing football.
Note this is the recommended approach, and will be assessed
by the Executive Committee on a case by case basis if/when required.
Players allowed per game
Recommended max squad size
Yr 7, 8 and 9
20 (15 playing, 5 on the bench)
Yr 10 and yr 11/12
25 (18 playing, 7 on the bench)
A similar table will be developed for the girls teams in due
Of particular importance to Hills Rangers is the new advice relating to team formation – you can find these guidelines on pages 28-33.
Pending the number of registrations, Hills Rangers will be adopting these guidelines to determine team formation of our yr 7 boys intake this season if we need to set up 2 or more teams.
As one of the fundamental elements of the Hills Rangers Football Club is to nominate teams of equal strength, having these guidelines in place makes the team formation process very clear in scenarios where we have two or more teams in a single age group.
The club doesn’t expect to undertake this process every year for age groups with 2 or more teams. We plan to make the assessment in the initial year of registration, then review after 2 seasons. As an example, the allocation of players in the yr 7 boys teams of 2019 will remain as is for the 2020 season – pending numbers of returning and new players.
New players in age groups where 2 or more teams already exist will be placed into teams based on the balance of the team and the fit of new players with existing players.
The Hills Rangers Football Club have partnered with the Shire of Mundaring, the WA Football Commission (WAFC) and Swan Districts FC to host a Festival of Female Football at Mundaring Oval.
This FREEevent supported by the Shire of Mundaring will host both junior and senior women for skills development and modified games. It’s perfect for anyone that wants to come and give football a go. Groups will be broken into various age categories.
Date: Friday 9 March 2018
4:30pm – 6.00pm – Junior and Youth
Ages: Year 3-6; Year 7-9; Year 10-12
1 hour clinic supported by Swan Districts Football Club with games to follow clinic (modified rules) – 10 minute halves.
6.00pm – 7:30pm – Senior Women 18 +
Skills stations with games to follow the clinic (modified rules) – 10 minute halves.
This is a FREEevent which includes a sausage sizzle, bouncy castles, AFL inflatables, music and much more so bring the whole family along.