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MiniRoos (U7 – U11s) Frequently Asked Questions

What will the format be?

Usually 1 training session per week with our Kangaroos teams training twice a week. 

Games are played on Saturday mornings vs local clubs.

When will the season commence?

Exact dates have not been confirmed however we would expect a mid March start date

Where will training be?
Team training is held Tues/Wed or Thurs nights, most training will take place at our home grounds at Emil Madsen Reserve or our summer base at the Mount Eliza Secondary College.  Once teams are finalised and coaches/team managers confirmed the training schedule for all teams will be advised by email.

Please note that shin Pads must be worn to all 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 2023
U8 – Those who are no more than 7 years of age on the 1st January 2023
U9 – Those who are no more than 8 years of age on the 1st January 2023
U10 – Those who are no more than 9 years of age on the 1st January 2023
U11 – Those who are no more than 10 years of age on the 1st January 2023

How to work out my correct age group?

'U" Or ‘Under‘ means the age you are under on 1st January, for example if you are aged 10 on the 1st January then you will play in an U11s team that year.  Please note that an Under 11 team will consist of players who are turning 11 years old in that calendar year.  Younger players can play in an age group above if approved by parents, coach and Club Technical Director.  

If your child is in Prep in 2021 (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 however we encourage girls from 7 years old + to join one of our many girls only teams from U8s to U16s

Does MESC grade players?
Generally there is no grading until U9s, children can choose to remain with their friendship groups or can try out for one of our Kangaroos teams from U9s.  This is for children wanting to push themselves to play the highest community club level available.
We do look at the skill level of the each team overall to try to place the team in the most suited division for competitive games.
There are 3 playing levels - 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?
Yes 10%

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 in a 7 v 7 playing format. From under 8’s the teams are entered into the FV
(Football Federation Victoria) competition which introduces different leagues for teams to be entered into. The FV
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 offers additional skills training sessions both in season and out of season throughout 2023 for both players and goalkeepers. Further details on these additional skills training programs will be advertised on our website, socials and communicated to all members via email.

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 U9's and above.

How do I register?

Registration will open soon 

Registration Registration

Gary Talbot Technical Director

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