Pre season training – change of venue

Hi all, pre-season training is on again this week from 5:30 to 6:30 at Sawyers Valley Oval. See you all there and please pass on the message to others.

Pre-season training

Hi all, a reminder that pre-season training starts this Thursday. 

Where: Eastern Hills High School Oval

Time: 5:30 to 6:30

Remember:

* byo water bottle, sanitise your hands before and after the session

* you must arrive and leave the training session wearing a mask, and only take it off when you are training

* we will need everyone to sign into our COVID register

* if you are unwell or have any cold like symptoms then do not attend the training session 

Parents/carers are welcome and encouraged to help run the session, please advise if can help run a drill. All equipment and instructions will be provided. 

See you there, Hills Rangers Committee.

COVID update

Due to the COVID lockdown implemented by the WA Government from 6pm Sunday 31st January, all pre-season training is postponed until further notice.

We will advise next steps once the lockdown is lifted.

Thanks, Hills Rangers Committee.

Season 2021 – Whole of club update – Jan 2021

Hi folks, it’s hard to believe that we are now starting to talk season 2021 for the Rangers. The Committee has met a few times already and this update is to bring you all up to date on our plans and highlight some key points at this stage of the season.

Items for discussion in this update:

  • Emails, our website and communications
  • Teams in 2021
  • Player fees for 2021
  • Player registrations
  • Coaching nominations
  • Club committee roles to be filled
  • Sponsorships
  • Fundraising
  • Key dates for the season
  • Pre-season training

Emails, our website and communications

We are still having issues with our service provider around our club emails, in the meantime, please use hillsrangersfooty@gmail.com to email the club.

We are investigating alternative providers at the moment.

Teams in 2021

Junior teams

  • Girls – Yr 3-4 and yr 5-6

Youth teams

  • Girls – Yr 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12
  • Boys – Yr 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11-12

Player fees for 2021

Junior teams – $130

Youth teams – $210

Player registrations

Player registrations are now open. Use this link to register for the 2021 season:

https://membership.sportstg.com/regoform.cgi?aID=22153&pKey=342f0ce4a955cafe59ab616585c6d22c&cID=228024&formID=36056

Coaching nominations

Those of you that are keen to nominate to coach a team this season need to email hillsrangersfooty@gmail.com with the following information.

  • Name
  • The team you would like to coach
  • Email
  • Mobile

We will then contact you to discuss the nomination process and next steps.

Club committee roles to be filled

The following roles are still needing to be filled – please contact the club via hillsrangersfooty@gmail.com if you are interested in undertaking these roles. Without these roles, the club will struggle to function well this season and so everyone is encouraged to volunteer to assist the club. All new members of the committee will be fully supported and receive handovers as required.

  • Treasurer
  • Equipment Manager
  • Canteen Manager x 2
  • Website and Social Media co-ordinator

Sponsorships

We have several sponsorship opportunities this season, and detailed sponsorship proposals are available on request from hillsrangersfooty@gmail.com. If you or your workplace or a company you know might be interested in sponsoring the club, please contact us.

Fundraising

We have several fundraising ideas already in the pipeline, and additional suggestions are welcome anytime. We are looking for volunteers to oversee/coordinate the following fundraising events already in place. Donations of items/goods (where applicable) for any of these types of activities are welcome.

  • Bendigo Bank Raffle – tickets on sale from Feb through to May 2021
  • Bunnings Sausage Sizzle – when is tba, we have asked for this to occur somewhere in May/June/July.
  • Various raffles through the season – wood, fruit baskets, meat trays, etc.

Key dates for the season

At this stage, the WAFC have advised the season will consist of 14 rounds plus 3 weeks for finals. This takes us back to a normal schedule.

Round 1 – Friday 30th April to Sunday 2nd May

  • Round 2, 3, 4 and 5 will follow.

Bye – Friday 4th June to Sunday 6th June

Round 6 – Friday 11th Jun to Sunday 13th June

  • Round 7 and 8 will follow.

Bye – Friday 2nd July to Sunday 4th July

Bye – Friday 9th July to Sunday 11th July

Round 9 – Friday 16th July to Sunday 18th July

  • Round 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 will follow

Finals week 1 – Friday 27th August to Sunday 29th August

Finals week 2 – Friday 3rd September to Sunday 5th September

Finals week 3 – Friday 10th September to Sunday 12th September

Pre-season training

Preseason will start on Thursday 4th February from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm at Eastern Hills High School oval. Please note that these sessions will run much better with more volunteer coaches, so please be ready to assist on the day – all the equipment and instructions will be provided.

New email address

Please use this email to contact the club from now on: hillsrangersfooty@gmail.com.

Thanks, the Hills Rangers committee.

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Shire of Mundaring supporting local footy

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.

COVID-19 update

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 following recommendations:

  • Wash hands regularly
  • Cover your mouth when coughing
  • Byo drink bottles to all training and games
  • Don’t shake hands
  • Stay home if you are unwell

Player numbers

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.

Boys teams

Age group Players allowed per game Recommended max squad size
Yr 7, 8 and 9 20 (15 playing, 5 on the bench) 23
Yr 10 and yr 11/12 25 (18 playing, 7 on the bench) 27

A similar table will be developed for the girls teams in due course.

2020 registrations – now open

Please click on the ‘Registration‘ link to get the latest information relating to player registrations, teams we are offering, fees and transfer information for the 2020 season at Hills Rangers.

Also on this page will be a regularly updated ‘player count’ for each team showing how each team is tracking.

Please note, if one team is full, that doesn’t mean you can’t register, we will do our best to place all registered players.

Any queries, please email Stewart via president@hillsrangers.com or Ash via registrar@hillsrangers.com.

How our teams are determined

The attached document (2020 WAFC Junior Football Policies, Rules & Regulations) is from the WA Football Commission and details the 2020 rules for footy in WA. It is strongly recommended that players and families look through the document before the season commences.  

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.  

NOTE

  • 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.