The purpose of Team Formation is to ensure when we submit teams into the Canterbury competition, they are playing with peers of similar ability to other teams in the association.
[U8/9 note – For U8 & U9 (Mixed) this is a new process. It is the first year we have them playing against other Clubs in the Association’s competition. For this reason, additional notes have been provided where relevant.]
Why do you call it Team Formation and not Grading?
We changed the terminology to more accurately reflect what we are trying to achieve with this pre-season activity; which is to form teams that have players of comparable skill, are complementary to each other and will provide the most enjoyable playing experience in the competition.
We are looking to achieve this for our all our teams irrespective of the division they play in.
What if I have a pre-existing team that I wish to keep together?
If you are a team that is in Division 3 or lower, you don’t need to attend team formation sessions. Simply communicate your plan with your Age Coordinator.
If it is a Division 1 or 2 team, you will need to attend Team Formation.
[U8/9 note – given there is no historical competition teams, it is strongly encouraged that all players attend these sessions]
Does my child need to participate in team formation sessions?
Participation is not compulsory however it is strongly recommended to allow for them to be placed in an appropriate team.
For U8/9, it is strongly encouraged that all players attend these sessions.
For U10-13 Mixed, U14-16 Boys and U11-14 Girls, attendance is strongly encouraged for those wishing to play in higher division teams.
Do I need to attend both sessions?
If your age group specifies 2 sessions, it is strongly advised that you attend both sessions.
[U8/9 note – attendance at both grading sessions is strongly advised. If you can only make 1 session, the first session is preferable.]
What if I can’t make it to a Team Formation session?
Please notify the Coaching Coordinator and your relevant Age Coordinator if you wish to attend a session but are unable. Contact details below.
If my child does not want to play in the higher division teams, what are my options?
Hurlstone Park Wanderers is all about providing the opportunity for all to play football. If you do not wish to be considered for higher division teams, you can do the following:
To contact your Age Coordinator, go to http://hurlstoneparkwanderers.com.au/about-us/age-coordinators/
When are Team Formation sessions on?
All information is located at https://hurlstoneparkwanderers.com.au/teamformation/
Do you have a Div 1 team?
We may not have Division 1 teams in every age group. HPW will identify its highest graded team in each age group, but the final grading of the team is determined by the CDSFA grading committees, based on the playing history of all the teams submitted by all clubs. Contact the relevant Age Coordinator for more information.
What Division will I/my child be playing in?
HPW’s team formation process is designed to identify players of similar ability and place them in suitable teams. In each age group we will form one or more teams, and we will submit the teams to CDSFA. The CDSFA Grading Committees then determine the number and size of divisions in each age group based on the playing history of all teams submitted by all clubs. As a result, even an existing team may be placed in a higher or lower division than they played last year. Contact the relevant Age Coordinator for more information.
When will I know the results of team formation?
Results are typically communicated by your Age Coordinator, up to 2-3 weeks after the final session, if not earlier.
Who runs the team formation sessions?
For U8 -13 (Mixed/Boys) and Girls (U11-14), we use an independent body to run the sessions. For the, Mixed/Boys (U13-16) the HPW Grading Sub-Committee will run the sessions in association with coaches and experienced players within the Club.
What happens in a team formation session?
A session typically consists of a skills-based activity plus a series of small-sided games.
What information is considered in the formation of teams?
We realise that performance at a session does not always indicative of player ability. For that reason, all information available including player history and coach feedback is taken into consideration.
Contact our Coaching Coordinator, Terry Wong on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0411 604 813
For team allocations, contact you Age Coordinator, contact details at http://hurlstoneparkwanderers.com.au/about-us/age-coordinators/
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