Grading

This information applies to Miniroos (Under 6 – 11), Junior Comp (Under 12 – 18) and Junior Girls (Under 7 – 18). For senior teams, the VP of that group will communicate with players about grading.

Registered players are invited to a grading day where their skills are assessed against the curriculum relevant to their age. An athletic assessment may also be undertaken.

Grading is conducted as objectively as possible. Grading committees consist of professional coaches from XLR8, experienced senior players, and past coaches.

Dates and times for grading are published in advance each year.

After grading is finalised and teams are formed, the respective Age Coordinators announce teams during a ‘Meet the Team’ evening, typically held mid-March.

Girls can play in mixed teams in Miniroos or Junior Comp, as well as the girls competition on Sundays.

Trials for Development League (SAP, Diamond League and Super League) are held in November.

Which age groups are graded?

  • Junior players (Under 8 – Under 18 inclusive) will be graded into a team appropriate for their age and skill levels.
  • For U6 – U7 teams, the emphasis is on team work and having fun; this is the ‘Discovery Phase’ where enjoyment is the priority. U6 Miniroos teams are mostly formed by friend requests, and organised by the U6 Age Coordinator.
  • The respective VP’s submit Team Divisional Allocations to Northern Sydney Football Association (NSFA) for their approval. The aim is to place each KPFC team in an appropriate NSFA division to kick-off the season.

Why grade the players?

  • Children develop skills quickly and enjoy their games more when they are playing at a level suited to their abilities.
  • During the season, teams play in graded divisions within the NSFA competition. The aim is to place a team with other teams of similar capability to make the games challenging and fun. There is little to be gained for a team that wins by 20 goals each week, or vice versa. After approximately 5 games, the Miniroo teams are re-graded to ensure that no team is in this situation. Competition age groups can be re-graded through the playing season, at the discretion of NSFA.
  • Starting the grading process early allows more opportunity to establish the right level for every player, step by step.

Can my child be graded into a team with his/her friends?

  • In the younger age groups, this will be accommodated where possible. However, as the children progress through the competition age groups (U12 and up), this becomes less of a priority. Teams are graded against other NSFA teams of similar capability. Having players of significantly disparate capabilities within a particular team will have drawbacks, so friend request priority will diminish over time. Children quickly make new friends when put into a team of the appropriate skill level.
  • If a Miniroo parent (Under 6 – Under 11) would like their child to be graded into a team with a friend, we will do our best to accommodate this. Parents can nominate up to 3 (three) friends for their child to be placed with. We will then try to place that player with at least one of those friends – providing those friends have also nominated your child as a team mate (so the club knows the request is mutual). All children graded with a nominated friend will be graded down to the level of the lowest skilled player of the nominated children. For example, if your child is graded in the ‘A’ team and his friend is in the ‘C’ team – if the request is granted, both children will play in the ‘C’ team.

What do we do about late registrations or absentees from grading day?

  • Grading is not compulsory and players do not have to attend. However players will not be placed into a top team in age group without grading.
  • Players who cannot make a grading session should advise the grading co-ordinator in advance via email. The club will try to make alternate arrangements to have those players assessed.
  • Where a player is unable to attend any grading assessment sessions, then data provided from their team evaluations from the previous season will be used to make an informed grading decision.
  • If that player did not play at Kissing Point FC in the previous season, the player (and parent) is encouraged to provide as much detail of their football history as possible; thereafter the player must accept which team they are assigned to in such circumstances.

Can my child play up an age group?

  • Unless otherwise approved by Kissing Point FC, players will be initially graded into their correct ‘Year of Birth’ age group at registration.
  • We will try to accommodate requests for kids to play up in age to be with their friends, however grading rules still apply so there is no guarantee of playing with friends in the top teams. Requests should be made via email to the relevant VP.
  • Players in the correct age year will be given preference over requests to play up if team numbers are limiting.
  • On rare occasions the club may recommend or offer places for kids to play up a year where the club deems that this may be a better option based on the players skills or maturity.
  • The club retains sole discretion as to the final grading. While best endeavours will be made to accommodate all requests – it is probable that not all requests can or will be satisfied.

Can I appeal my child’s grading?

Yes – appeals must be made in writing to the VP of that age group, in accordance with the clubs communications policy. This appeal will be considered by the VP (after consultation with the grading team and at least one other club committee member). If any parent/player remains unsatisfied with that appeal – any further action must be lodged via the club’s grievance procedures.