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Under 7 to 11

MiniRoos (U7 – U11) Frequently Asked Questions

What will the format be?
1 training session per week (depending on the team and coach but usually a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) with
one match on Saturday mornings.
When will the program commence?

Team training will begin in March.
Home and away season usually starts at the end of first term. In 2017 this would either be the weekend of 15 th or
22 nd April (depending on if after Easter or not).

Where will training be?

Training will be held at either Mt Eliza Secondary College or Howard Parker Reserve. In 2017 some training may be
moved to the new pitches at Emil Madsen Reserve.

Shin Pads must be worn to training and matches – this is compulsory. No shin pads no play.

My son is turning 9 in 2017, what team would he most likely play for?

Your son would be eligible to play for the U9 (or older teams) but could not play for the U8 team.
U7 – Those born in 2010 (or after)
U8 – Those born in 2009 (or after)
U9 – Those born in 2008 (or after)
U10 – Those born in 2007 (or after)
U11 – Those born in 2006 (or after)
If you were born in 2011 or 2012 you would be ideally suited to register in our under 6 program which is a skills
based program for kids just starting out who are either 5 or 6 years old and is an introduction before they play in a
home and away team in a competition.

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. In 2017 we hope to have girls only teams from under
9s as well as mixed teams.

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).

What are the fees?
Age Group Year Fee Included in Fee
Under 7 2017 $295 Playing kit (shirt, socks & shorts) + Club Hoodie

Bayside Competition Player and team fees
Under 8 – Under 11 2017 $335 Playing kit (shirt, socks & shorts) + Club Hoodie
FFV Competition Player and team fees
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. 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 player's 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, in the canteen, 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 2017. A summary is
supplied below however, 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.

How do I register?

Registrations will open online in October and we will also hold a registration information day in November where
you can come and chat to the committee and check out the merchandise and uniform for 2017. You can try on
uniform on this day and place orders for 2017. Keep an eye out on the Mt Eliza Soccer Club Website for details or
registering your interest by emailing us at mesc.registrar@gmail.com
Mt Eliza Soccer Club Committee