MiniRoos (U7 – U11) Frequently Asked Questions
What will the format be?
Usually 1 training session per week with the exception of some U11 teams that train twice a week.
One match on Saturday mornings.
When will the season commence?
Team training usually starts in Feb/March.
FV fixtures usually start in April.
Bayside fixtures start in May.
Where will training be?
Most training occurs at Emil Madsen Reserve, Mt Eliza Secondary College or Howard Parker Reserve.
Shin Pads must be worn to training and matches – this is compulsory.
What age group does my child play for?
U7 – Those who are no more than 6 years of age on the 1st January 2019
U8 – Those who are no more than 7 years of age on the 1st January 2019
U9 – Those who are no more than 8 years of age on the 1st January 2019
U10 – Those who are no more than 9 years of age on the 1st January 2019
U11 – Those who are no more than 10 years of age on the 1st January 2019
If your child is in Prep in 2019 (5 or 6 years of age) they may be more suited to register in our under 6 skills program which is a developmental based program - basically an introduction before they play in a home and away team in a competition. However if they are confident with the ball and want to be in a team and play games then our Under 7's teams are also great.
I have a girl who wishes to play. Does she have to play in a girls only team?
MESC allows girls and boys to play together in a mixed team until under 14s. At under 14’s girls still wishing to play
soccer must play in a girls only team in a girls only competition.
Does MESC grade players?
The current club policy is that players in the U7 to U11 age groups are not graded. We do look at the skill level of the
each team overall to try to place the team in the most suited division for the competition. There are 3 divisions
starting at Joeys (aimed more at an entry skill level), Wallabies (an intermediate skill level) and Kangaroos (players
have an advanced skill level and have been playing together for a few years).
Is there a discount for a second child?
Why do the Under 7’s play in a different competition?
The under 7’s play in the Bayside Competition which is a smaller, locally run competition offering a good
introduction to a soccer competition for our first year players. From under 8’s the teams are entered into the FFV
(Football Federation Victoria) competition which introduces different leagues for teams to be entered into. The FFV
Small-Sided Football competition focuses on enjoyment with a more limited emphasis on coaching, particularly in
the formative years of a players development. Less players on the pitch allow for each player to get more of the ball
and improve their technical abilities.
Do I have to do anything?
MESC is a true community club. We want you to attend to support your child and the team, while offering your
services to assist when rostered by the Team Manager, whether that to be assisting the coach, bringing a half time
revitalising snack or where your skills may help the club. We encourage all parents to help support
the club by volunteering for a committee role, or just even assist with one of the many tasks that need to be
completed throughout the year.
Is there any training outside of the team training?
MESC will be offering additional skills training sessions both in season and out of season in 2019. Further details on the specifics of these additional skills training programs and the dates they are offered will be available on our website.
- Additional player development sessions offered during the home and away season. Provided in blocks of 10
sessions to all players in the club. Participants are grouped according to skill level and age group and
program designed appropriately for entry/beginners, intermediate level and advanced level players.
- Additional player development clinics offered out of season – October to December and Pre-season end Jan
to March. Participants are grouped according to skill level and age group and program designed
appropriately for entry/beginners, intermediate level and advanced level players.
- Holiday clinics offered in the June and September school holidays. 3 day program for 3 hours each day.
All of these programs are aimed at:
- Improving player skills, whatever their position or ability
- Making players and quicker and more agile with and without the ball
- Ensuring players enjoy their football more, regardless of ability
What do I need to bring?
Each player must have their own football boots, shin guards and a drink bottle.
Does the club do any skills assessment or grading?
The club prides itself on bringing players and parents together to enjoy the game within our community.
Most of the teams are a mix of Joeys (new to the game) and Wallabies (players that have some ability).
It also caters for players at Wallaby and Kangaroo level wishing to develop their skills and offers skills assessment and grading for these players in the U10's and above.
How do I register?