About the Oatley FC Grading Days

When are the 2020 Grading Days?

Age GroupDateTimeLocation
U8sSunday 2nd Feb 20208:30amRenown Park
U9sSunday 2nd Feb 20209:30amRenown Park
U10sSunday 2nd Feb 202010:30amRenown Park
U11sSunday 2nd Feb 202011:30amRenown Park
U6sWednesday 5th Feb 20204:30pmRenown Park
U7sWednesday 5th Feb 20205:30pmRenown Park
BOYS U12sSunday 16th Feb 202011:30amPeakhurst Park
BOYS U13sSunday 16th Feb 202011:30amPeakhurst Park
BOYS U14sSaturday 15th Feb 202012:00pmPeakhurst Park
BOYS U15sSaturday 15th Feb 202012:00pmPeakhurst Park
GIRLS U12sWednesday 12th Feb 20205:30pmRenown Park
GIRLS U14sWednesday 12th Feb 20205:30pmRenown Park
GIRLS U16sWednesday 12th Feb 20205:30pmRenown Park

Please arrive 20 minutes prior to the session to collect a bib and get your name marked off.

What Is Grading Day?

Each year, clubs are required to ‘grade’ junior players to ensure they are playing in the correct competition in the forthcoming season. Oatley FC calls this “Grading Day” and this involves several sessions, split into age groups, with some games and activities that help us arrive at the decision regarding your child. This is run by committee members and headed by our qualified Club Coach, Matt Jones.

Children are split into ‘Beginner’, ‘Intermediate’ and occasionally ‘Advanced’ levels, though in most of the younger age groups there is no ‘Advanced’ competition.

What Is A Beginner or Intermediate Player?

These are the names assigned to junior football fixture scheduling by our local governing body, the St George Football Association. They are “non-comp” at junior levels until Under-12.

We are required to make an assessment as to which children should play in which competition. In nearly all cases this is ‘Beginner’ level, though some children are more suited to playing at a stronger level. Usually we might finish with one or perhaps two Intermediate teams at an age level, and many more Beginner level teams.

When are the Grading Days?

Please check the calendar on our website or keep an eye on the Facebook page for age groups and dates for the Grading Days.

Is It All About Talent With A Football?

No! We are looking for a number of factors that include size, tenacity, athleticism, and of course ball skill. The children selected for Intermediate teams are not necessarily those with the most obvious skills.

Is This Compulsory?

No. You are perfectly welcome not to attend Grading Day, especially if you have a team environment that everyone is happy with and wishes to continue. However, we’d still love to be aware of how children are progressing and please be aware that anyone not attending won’t be considered for the intermediate teams unless under special circumstances.

We Have A Great Player In Our Beginner Team. We Can’t Lose Him/Her!

Understood. But….please consider the best environment for that child to make progress in the game, and that dominant players at Beginner level through size, ability, personality or other reasons may also be holding back the development of other players on that team that may thrive in a new environment with new responsibilities. We also have new children join the club that require placing on existing teams, and we therefore encourage natural movement between ability levels to ensure everyone is correctly placed to enjoy the game to the maximum.

What Happens After Grading Day?

Each age group is assigned a coordinator that volunteers their time to ensure that teams are put together according to ability, parental wishes, school groups and so on. They’ll be in contact with you shortly afterwards with team arrangements. These are fluid, and will likely change before the seasons starts due to various factors. Please be supportive of the coordinator as this is not an easy task, particularly at age groups where field and team size changes that require teams to be changed completely.

That’s It!

We strongly encourage you and your children to attend Grading Day. It’s a fun event playing games against fellow Oatley FC players, and a great reintroduction to football ahead of the season starting again.

Thanks
OFC Committee

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Save the dates for trials at Kirrawee

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that we will be organizing some trial matches between Oatley FC and Kirrawee Kangaroos FC

The trials will be held on the 8th, 14th and 15th of March at Kareela Oval (457 Princess Highway, Kirrawee)

The teams participating and times are still to be determined

Kirrawee Kangaroos will have their facilities available, including Sausage Sizzle, Slushies, Drinks, Snacks and a Licensed Bar… And all proceeds will go towards the victims of the recent bushfires

Please keep an eye on our site and social pages for updates on the trials

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Introducing Oatley FC PLUS Development Program

In 2020, Oatley FC is introducing a new program called Oatley FC PLUS

The Oatley FC PLUS program will offer advanced football coaching for aspiring, talented young boys and girls seeking to enhance their skills and technique. The program will be offered to highly motivated players seeking to play in Oatley FC’s highest graded teams in the 8 to 11 age groups.

Places in each squad are limited with selection subject to a grading process. This will be included in u8 to u11 grading on 2nd Feb.
Please refer to the club website for grading times for each age group
http://www.oatleyfc.com.au/about-the-oatley-fc-grading-days/

The Oatley FC PLUS program includes the following benefits:

  • SAP training program as prescribed by the FFA focusing on the 4 Core Elements
    • 1 v 1
    • Striking the ball
    • Running with the ball
    • First touch
  • An additional game training element incorporated within module
  • FFA licensed coaches for training and mentoring of weekend partner coaches
  • Pre-season fitness “speed and agility” assessment early February
  • Play at a competitive level in the SGFA local league
  • Credit/discount towards Oatley FC 2020 holiday camps (April and July camps t.b.c.)

Oatley FC PLUS will be an 18 week program (+ pre-season grading and fitness/agility assessment)

The proposed Oatley FC PLUS squads training will be on either Tuesdays or Thursdays

There will be a cost associated with the program. For the 2020 program, Oatley FC will contribute a portion of the cost, with players asked for a contribution of $100.

I encourage all eligible players to try out for the Oatley FC PLUS program. Further details will be available on grading day.

Peter Jones
President
Oatley FC

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Over 30 Women’s Comp 2020

If you had fun playing football at our Over 30 Women’s social 6s nights in 2019 and over summer then why not join our Oatley FC Over 30 Women’s team for winter 2020?

Registrations are open now with teams submitted in mid February.

Comp runs in April-Sept on Sundays.

To register use this link: http://bit.ly/2020OFCSenior

If you have any questions email registrar@oatleyfc.com.au

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2020 Registration Fees

What do the age groups mean?

Example:

  • 6 means the player is 5, has already turned 6 or will turn 6 by 31 December 2020
  • 7 means the player has already turned 7 or will turn 7 by 31 December 2020
  • 8 means the player has already turned 8 or will turn 8 by 31 December 2020
  • Etc
  • Seniors will receive a $10 discount if registered before 18 February 2020.
6s 180
7s 220
8s 220
9s 220
10s 230
11s 230
12s 240
13s 250
14s 250
15s 250
16s 250
21s (Age 16-18) 260
21s (Age 19-21) * 400
All Age Men (Age 16 – 18) 260
All Age (19+) * 400
Over 30 /Over 35/ Over 45 * 400

Any questions please contact registrar@oatleyfc.com.au

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Jersey sizes for 2020

Please take a look at the jersey sizes below we will pack in the team kit bags in February.

When you register please indicate the player’s size.

Sizes can be swapped later if needed.

Please note we will do our best to accommodate sizes – it depends on the availability. 

These jerseys are NOT for the player to keep – they are to be returned at the end of the season washed and ready for 2021.

Jerseys

  • U6 to U12 – size 6, 8, 10, 12
  • U14 – ladies cut  – 8, 10, 12
  • U14 – boys – Xs or s
  • U16 – ladies cut – 12, 14, 16, 18
  • U15 – boys – s or m
  • U21s – ladies cut – 12, 14, 16, 18
  • U21s – mens – s, m, l
  • AAW-PWL ladies cut – 12, 14, 16, 18
  • Mens – m, l, xl, xxl

Any questions please email apparel@oatleyfc.com.au or registrar@oatleyfc.com.au

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Who’s that? Paul Spight

Seen a strange man in orange watching Oatley FC games this season? That’s Paul Spight, and he’s been around Oatley FC for many years. His company, The Currency Exchange, proudly supports the club and we caught up with him to ask the tough questions that everyone wants answered, including why he isn’t currently wearing the club colours.

Q) Hi Paul
A) Hi, OFC

Q) First things first, you supposedly love OFC but this season are playing for Lugarno FC. Whose side are you on?
A) How rude. I’ve played for Oatley for many years, currently sponsor the club and have been active on the committee. This season our over-45 team fell over and will be revived next year, allowing me to come back in all my glory. Lugarno offered me an option to keep playing Friday nights.

Q) Sounds suspicious to us. Where do we play our home
matches?
A) Renown Park

Q) Who is our President?
A) Peter Jones.

Q) What colour socks do we wear?
A) Red. How long is this going to go on for?

Q) Alright then. So, you made a lucky winner at last season’s OFC Gala Dinner a millionaire. That’s a very generous donation and we thank you. 
A) Always happy to make people millionaires – just has to be in Indonesian Rupiah. My business is The Currency Exchange and we buy and sell foreign currency cash.

Q) Nice segue into The Currency Exchange. So, your just change cash into foreign currency, right?
A) We change Aussie to foreign, foreign back to Aussie, and we also issue and reload travel cards called Cash Passports. These are a great way to take money away overseas, and also an alternative or backup to the  traveller’s own credit card, because these things can get lost. We have stores inconveniently located in Wollongong and the Northern Beaches. Oatley is….mutually inconvenient.

Q) So, no branches near here for us to use?
A) No, but we do have a home delivery service so can deliver currency or cards straight to people’s homes. It’s a great option.

Q) How long will it be before nobody needs to carry cash on a foreign holiday? And what will that mean to  you?
A) Cash is declining but there are pockets where cash is still the best. It’s usually best to have a bit of cash as  well as a card – especially for small purchases. Surprisingly Japan is very cash based – Ramen houses and  smaller shops are cash only. Other places like Hawaii and Vegas still love cash as well – easier to get tips! Sweden has a goal of becoming the first cashless country. They even want people to use cards to pay for  toilets and other small items., and many shops and restaurants there already don’t take cash at all. Obviously  the move away from cash will affect our industry, but as we also sell travel cards we are slightly insulated – I  don’t need a new job just yet.

Q) Back to football. Who’s your favourite team outside of OFC?
A) Tranmere Rovers.

Q) Tranmere who?
A) Pride of the Wirral – newly promoted back to  England’s League 1. I lived there when I was a kid. I guess it’s where I got the club sponsorship bug from – they were passing around a bucket to keep the club afloat when I first saw them play in 1983. 

Q) That’s cute. What about Lugarno? Where do they come on your list?
A) My catchphrase is “pass me the ball in the box and I’ll score you a goal”, as long as they keep doing that they are on the list.

Q) How do our members make use of your business?
A) Via our website https://thecurrencyexchange.com.au which has links to home delivery, and other  information including travel tips are regularly updated on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheCurrencyExchange/

Q) Lugarno are playing Oatley. It’s 2-2 in the last minutes of the game. Who are you rooting for?
A) You’re not letting this go, are you?

Q) No. Want to buy an OFC hoodie and prove your support? They’re available on TeamApp.
A) I’ve already got one thanks. Bye!

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