Divisionalisation Policy

East Sydney Bulldogs divisionalisation policy recommends the following actions among others to maximise participation, enjoyment and to support retention of players within the Club. To achieve this we require Coaches and Players to embrace the following values of the Club:

COMPETITIVE IN ALL DIVISIONS: The Club aspires to field competitive teams across ALL divisions. With the exception of those players that are listed on a Registered Player List (“RPL”), players may be rotated between divisions on multiple occasions during the season. The rotation of players typically benefits players in some or all of the following ways:

(i) skill development,

(ii) their understanding of the game (in particular the roles of different players on the field),

(iii) player efficacy,

(iv) interest in playing and

(v) socially expands their friendship groups within our community.

ONE SQUAD: The whole Age Group trains as one squad in pre-season and in part at most training sessions. During the season, teams will divide to spend some time focusing on individual team based skills and structures.

ONE CLUB: We are one Club. When East Sydney Bulldogs have multiple teams competing in the same division, the Club encourages players of both teams to celebrate post game by singing the Club song all together.

Note: Coaches and players should be mindful to ensure that rotating players comply with eligibility rules as finals approach, refer to the rules on www.aflsj.com.au. Coaches are encouraged to share their coaching philosophy for team selection at the beginning of the season with the whole of the playing group.

What is Divisionalisation?

The AFL competition provides divisions for teams from the age 11 years and up. The purpose for divisionalisation at a Junior Level is to provide a competition structure where games are played between teams comprising players equal in age and similar in ability. Such a competition enhances both player experience, skill development and retention of players in the game.

Club Rotation Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines and transparency for Coaches, Players & Parents of our Club with respect to player participation, rotation of player positions (including between teams) as players progress through the different age groups at our Club.

  • Auskick – Ages 5 to 8 years

Auskick is NOT a competition. Auskick is about learning the principles and skills of the game and having lots of fun in your local community playing AFL. The rules are modified, the game is played in thirds and as regularly as possible each player should rotate playing positions during the course of a game.

  • Junior Football – Ages 9 – 10 years

Junior Football is an expansion of the Auskick game. All players can expect to rotate through the different playing positions during a game or at least two of the three zones. Player selection is based upon establishing teams within each age group of equal playing ability. Games are not scored until the end of season gala days which culminates in a Finals series and an overall winner of each age group.

  • Youth Football – Ages 11 – 17 years Boys/ 18 years Girls

Youth Football is the introduction of competitive AFL football, divisionalisation of teams and player selection begins here. If the Club fields two teams in Division 1, teams should be of equal playing ability when established. The AFL rules require each Division 1 team to complete a Registered Player List (“RPL”) (these are players participating in AFL Academies, representative games and/or talent players in that Age Group) and they are limited to participating in the Division 1 competition within their Age Group; all other players should be offered an opportunity during the season to play across multiple divisions in their Age Group.

Whilst AFL games become competitive in these Age Groups, it is important for our players to always play in the spirit of the game and our Club. East Sydney Bulldogs Rotation & Divisionalisation Policies are aligned with the AFL values for Youth Football. For more information on Youth Football, Code of Conduct for Players, Coaches and Parents refer to resources on www.aflsj.com.au.

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