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Principles

Principle 1

Our Club community

Rationale

Naturally soccer is our raison d'etre. Whilst we aspire to be professional in everything we do, by desire and necessity the Club is very much community based and oriented. We wish to be part of and reflect the values of our community, and also recognise the prohibitive costs in running the club as a truly professional entity.

Implications

  • Playing for Ashburton Junior Soccer Club (AJSC) involves more than a mere payment of the fees but being part of the Club community. As such parents' involvement is both encouraged and expected.
  • Most Club positions are voluntary and the 'nominal' paid positions are limited to the more demanding task of coaching and the likes.
  • The Club recognises that as parents we are all busy individuals, hence the more reasons for involvement from a greater number of parents
  • In return we believe that both players and parents will be richly rewarded with what the Club community has to offer.

Principle 2

The Club will have the final say in Teams composition

Rationale

  • Individual player or group's requirements may not always coincide with the needs of the club community.
  • Without this the Club won't be able to strive towards fulfilling its missions.

Implications

Whilst individual or group requirements will be taken into account, ultimately the Club will decide on Teams composition.

Flow-on Rules:

  • Ultimate power on Team composition rests with the Club.

Principle 3

Learning and personal development through team sport

Rationale

  • Proper coaching of our youngsters is the vital ingredient in excelling in the sport, and in life.
  • Through team sport they can learn about discipline, teamwork, listening, good behaviour, sportsmanship and, above all, also to have fun.

Implications

  • Within the budgetary constraints the Club will strive to recruit professional and/or volunteer parent coaches, and will encourage and finance ongoing training through Football Federation Victoria (FFV)
  • The Club is seeking to promote appropriate behaviour on the sports field eg. Bad language and bad sportsmanship will not be tolerated.
  • The Club will look for as much parent participation as possible. Parents are expected to be role models in sportsmanship and behaviour for our youngsters.

Flow-on Rules:

  • Bad language or unsportsmanlike behaviours may result in suspension or expulsion from the Club.

Principle 4

Participation

Rationale

Simple sport participation is very important to the majority of AJSC players, and the team spirit and camaraderie that this engenders.

Implications

AJSC through its FFV competition will endeavour to offer a place to any youngster wanting to take up or play in a soccer team, subject to having enough applicants to form a complete team.

Flow-on Rules:

  • VCSA competition is open to all players wishing to participate in the sport.

Principle 5

Strive for Excellence

Rationale

One can not deny that sport is about excellence. Those with drive, talent and passion in the sport either will go to another club or, worse still, get disillusioned and give it up completely if this notion is not recognised and catered for. The Club recognises that both the 'participation' and the 'meritrocacy' streams have their place and can co-exist, and this is reflected originally through participation in both the VCSA (Victorian Churches Soccer Association) and FFV competitions. However, for logistical and a more efficient running of the club these notions are now reflected in the Club's participation in the various grading of the FFV competitions.

Implications

Talented players with the drive and desire to play in a more competitive environment will be reflected in the higher grading team in the FFV competition. The selection process within the FFV will ensure that those with skills and commitment to soccer will be placed in the higher grading teams fielded by AJSC. Assessment will be on merit and may be conducted by way of tryouts well in advance of the start of the season. This will allow those not finally selected enough time to be slotted in another team if available, and the Club will also contact other neighbouring clubs if a place is not available in AJSC. The Club recognises that there could be anxieties involved in the selection process, and must be handled with care and sensitivity.

  • The Club will stress that this is not about a good and bad team.
  • That it has to do with player's experience, demonstration of superior skills and the player's commitment about the game.
  • There is no guarantee of a player’s position in an Ashburton team from year to year. Players will be selected on performance and previous year’s records that can also be taken into account by the selection team or the team coach.

Flow-on Rules:

  • FFV competition is targeting interested players who possess the desire, aptitude and skills to play in a more competitive and demanding environment within the appropriate grading of the teams.
  • For FFV teams, players will be advised of their place in any particular team well in advance of the commencement of the season to allow individuals to organise alternative arrangement in case a place can not be offered. The club's decision will be final.

Principle 6

The club will field similarly sized and equally competitive teams within each competition category

Rationale

This applicable if AJSC fields more than one team in a same age and grade group. The Club is about fostering good morale and for players to have fun while playing the sport with ASC. The Club is fully aware of the potential negative factors, such as self-esteem, that a weak team may have on the players. Similarly sized and skilled teams will ensure that everyone in the competition will get a fair go at playing, and prevent lopsided matches between Ashburton teams. The 'averaging-out' of the teams will also make it easier for the club to identify skill problems and address additional coaching requirements, if needed.

Implications

Where more than one team is fielded in a category, the Club will endeavour to 'even-up' those teams in numbers and skill level to make them similarly competitive.

Flow-on Rules:

  • The Club will advise on the ideal numbers that each team in a particular competition category shall have, to allow for absenteeism and reasonable amount of time each player will spend on the field.
  • The Club will decide on the final numbers and name of individuals in each team.

Principle 7

First come first served

Rationale

This is for fairness to all players and parents that observe the rules and register early or on time. These players should not be disadvantaged in any way.

Implications

  • 'First come first served' selection criteria will be applied in selecting players of equal merit
  • Late applicants will be considered only if there is place available, regardless of merits. Late fee penalty may also be imposed.

Flow-on Rules:

  • The players are advised to register at the earliest possible dates. Places will be offered to late applicants strictly on the basis of availability of place, and late applications will incur additional late application fee.

Principle 8

More interaction, not 'tribalisation', of the Club community

Rationale

School or previous ties may be a motivating factor for players wishing to be in the same team throughout their 'career' with ASC. Potential drawbacks to players and club from this are:

  • Less flexibility for the club in mixing the players to meet the other selection criteria
  • The Club community may miss out from the richness that this interaction has to offer
  • Players will be deprived of extra-school integration and social skill opportunity that a 'mix-and-match' approach will offer
  • New set of environment requires more commitment from players and parents, but also with richer benefits
  • Large number of same school players in one team will adversely affect team’s performance during school activities such as school camps etc.

Implications

Whilst the Club will not actively seek to break up school or previous ties, these ties will not be used as a selection criteria for Team composition. However, exceptions will be granted especially in the early years where familiarity is an important encouragement for some of these youngsters to join the Club.

Flow-on Rules:  

  • Players' affinity will not be a factor in team selection as the Club promotes greater interaction within our Club community.
  • Players' affinity can be catered for in the Indoor Competition.