2020 Onslow Junior Football Club Trial Information

Grade names:
For 2020 Capital Football has changed the names of their age-grades from “Grade” to “Under”.
Where I refer to a 2019 team, I use the old terminology e.g. Grade 12 or G12
Where I refer to a 2020 team, I use the new terminology e.g. Under-12 or U12.
The restrictions and cut-off of which players play in which grade have not been changed, and can be
found at the bottom of this document.
Trial Information Evening: Monday, February 24th, Ngaio Community Hall (7:00 PM).

Times dates and venues:

Under 9:
Saturday February 29th; 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Saturday March 7th; 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Nairnville artificial turf
Under 10:
Saturday February 29th; 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Saturday March 7th; 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Nairnville artificial turf
Under 11:
Sunday March 1st; 1pm-3pm
Sunday March 8th; 4pm – 6pm
Venue: Raroa Park
Under 12:
Sunday March 1st: 4pm – 6pm
Sunday March 8th; 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Raroa Park
Under 13:
Friday, February 28th, 6 pm – 7.15 pm
Friday, March 6th, 7.45 pm – 9 pm
Venue: Wakefield Park
Under 15:
Friday, February 28th, 7.45 pm – 9 pm
Friday, March 6th, 6 pm – 7.15 pm
Venue: Wakefield Park

General Information
From U9 all players enrolled with OJFC are welcome to trial for the streamed teams. Generally, there are two streamed teams per grade and the travel league starts in U10.
We appreciate those players who take their football more seriously will be more interested in trials, however, we encourage all keen competent players to trial.
Girls playing in the Saturday mixed league teams are welcome to trial in either their grade or one grade younger but not both grades.
Trials are not held for the Sunday Girls Only Leagues.
Successful trialists will be offered a place in one of their grade’s streamed teams. By accepting a place, players are committing to:

  • attending training up to twice a week
  • playing games that may be outside the central Wellington area (i.e. Kapiti and Wairarapa); and
  • Attending tournaments – some of which may be outside the central Wellington area.

Trialists must be fully enrolled with OJFC via the online enrolment system “Club Hub” and your subscriptions must be paid in full.
The Selection Panel comprises:

  • Trial convenor
  • One or two independent selectors
  • Coaches who have previous knowledge of the players may be used during the second trial.

Please note that on the day of the trials, as well as making an assessment of your football ability, selectors will also be looking at:

  • punctuality – this also means arriving early ready for a prompt start
  • appropriate football attire – this means shin pads, football socks & football shorts
  • attitude – ie. keen, focused & enthusiastic
  • fitness – ie. good level of fitness.

Trial format and preparation.
Trialists should arrive and be ready to trial 15 minutes before the start time, with proper footballing attire, including shinpads (covered by socks), and suitable footwear. Trialists should not wear peaked caps, watches, or any jewelry or other attire that could cause injury.
Trialists should have their own water or drink, and keep that with them as they move about the trials. They may wish to have a small snack also.
Trialists should be prepared for the weather, including sunscreen, and warm clothes for when they are not playing.
For grades U9 – U12 the trials will be a series of short-format, small-sided games.
They will be organised into teams, with each team delegated a parent volunteer to manage the team through the day, including substitutions.
Aside from some brief direction before the trial from the trial convenors, trialists will not be receiving any coaching or direction. This is so we can select on the basis of how the trialists respond to the game situation, rather than from sideline direction.
Parents will be directed to stand away from the pitchside, with the insistence that no sideline direction be shouted out to trialists. Parents who do will be respectfully asked to stop. This is for the reasons above and out of respect for the club, the club volunteers who worked very hard to run the trials, the other trialists who are striving to do their best, and the other families who have respected this request.
The teams will be selected by independent selectors. Selections are based on players’ technical skills – their ability to control and move the ball, and to make decisions on the field in response to game scenarios. Game results are not recorded and do not impact selection decisions. Trialists are encouraged to play with risk and positive creativity.
Two teams of 9 players will be selected for U9 and U10s (see below to changes to U9s).
Two teams of 11 players will be selected for U11 and U12 (see below re compulsory training program for a-teams).
The number of stream-teams selected in U13 and U15 will depend on player interest. Teams will be made up of a minimum of 14 players.
Team selections will be announced the following day. For successful trialists, this will be by phone, where you will be asked to accept the offered place. We cannot contact the remainder of the grade until both teams have been fully confirmed so it is important that families are available and prepared to make a quick decision. The remainder of the grade will be contacted by email. We also ask families to consider that where there is success and excitement for some kids, there will also be disappointment for others and that as a club we want to  support all our tamiriki to have a positive footballing experience.
In grades, U11 to U15 selectors will be looking for goalkeepers. Any player who wishes to be considered as a goalkeeper will need to come prepared to trial in goal, and play outfield also. The selection of goalkeepers for stream-teams will be based on players’ overall technical  ability, not just goalkeeping skills.
Changes to the make-up of the Grade 9 stream-teams.
As with previous years, two teams of 9 players will be selected. However, in 2020 we will not be selecting an A and a B side. Instead, the two teams will be put together by taking into consideration past-teams, friendships and relationships as indicated on the club registration form, coaching availability for both teams, as well as providing a balance of strength and ability across the two teams (these factors are what Grade Coordinators consider when putting together non-stream sides). In the past, Grade 9 A-teams have tended to dominate competitions to the point where the challenge was undermined while B-teams were left in a position that was either too easy or too challenging, and that, coupled with being separated from team-mates, undermined the development and experience of those players. With this in mind, these changes are made in order to improve the football experience of both teams. This change affects Grade 9 only, with the Committee set to take feedback on the change, at the end of the season.

Grade 11 and 12 compulsory training:
In 2019 Onslow introduced a pilot scheme where the Grade 11 and 12 A-teams had one compulsory training a week with Onslow’s Football Director, Milan Bartosz. This will continue in 2020.
The rationale was to provide a step-up in training for players in the 9v9 game, to better prepare them for the 11v11 game. This is in line with Onslow’s player-centered, development-based football philosophy.
The training comes with a cost of $150 per player which is in addition to the club’s registration fees. This means, that in accepting a place in either the U11 or U12 A-teams, parents are also agreeing to this cost.
More information regarding the reasons behind this, as well as the decision-making process, can be found here.

Additional Training Opportunities, all players U9 – U14/15
As well as the additional training opportunities offered to the U11 and U12 A-teams, Onslow will also offer additional training opportunities for all players from ages U9 to U14/15. These will be offered in two age-banded sessions, on Tuesday evenings. Details of times and costs will be available soon.

Talent Development Program (TDP); U13 and U14/15 stream-teams.
In 2020 Capital Football has introduced a Youth Development League for U13 and U14/15, which will have a significant impact on the stream-team and competitions for those grades.
Details about these changes can be found here.
Through its partnership with North Wellington Football Club, OJFC has a TDP license. As this is a dual-club license, each team will be a selection of players from both Onslow and North Wellington.
In December last year Onslow sent invitations to the Grade 12 A and B-sides, and the Grades 13 and 14 A-sides to trial for the U13 and U14/15 2020 TDP sides. If you were part of these teams and did not receive an invitation, or were not in one of these sides but have an interest in trialing, please email Scott Crookston at urgently.
Players who accept a place in the TDP side will not be eligible for selection for the Onslow stream teams.
The U13 and U14/15 stream-teams will compete Capital Football’s Wellington Combined Premier competitions, either A, B or C, as per previous seasons.
Onslow will be selecting at least one stream-team in these grades, but the selection of a second team will depend on interest and feedback from families. At U13 and U4/15 access to the Premier Competitions (A, B or C) is open to all teams through regrading.

Age Grades for 2020 for Mini-Football and Youth-Football

Grade Birth year Boys Birth year Girls
First-kicks 2015/2014 2014-2016
U7 2013 2013/2012
U8 2012 2012/2011
U9 2011 2011/2010
U10 2010 2010/2009
U11 2009 2009/2008
U12 2008 2008/2007
U13 2007 2007/2006
U14/15 2006/2005 2006-2004

Dispensation: In general, OJFC does not provide dispensation in the Saturday mixed competition for players to play outside of their “correct” grade. This is because of the significant level of disruption dispensations places on existing teams without there be any clear argument for it improving either the football experience or football development.
Onslow will seek a dispensation for players to play down a grade, where there are very real and significant health and safety risks to a child playing in the correct grade. In such a situation medical evidence may be asked to support such a request.