Club Policy (Playing Time, Team Sizes etc.)


In line with our policy of participation and encouragement as set out on the 'Home Page', the club has developed a set of policies which came into effect a number of years ago

These policies have been developed as a result of the 'feedback' we have received from our members.

We have also developed a policy for grading of players where we have two teams in the one age group. This policy is set out in detail below.

These policies continue until further notice.


1. Player Numbers

The number of players per team will be set to the maximums as follows:

Under 8s:


Under 9s:


Under 10s:


Under 11s:


Under 12s:


Under 13s:


Under 14s:


Under 15s:




Should coaches wish to extend beyond these numbers, this may only be done with the permission of the Committee.


2. Player Rostering

Where a player roster is required, the roster should, as far as possible, ensure an equal number of games for all players.

The coaches of U14,15 & Colts teams are given discretion to depart from the roster based on:

The calibre of the opposition,
Safety of players,
Status of the season,
Player preparation.


3. Minimum Game Time

Greythorn Football Club promotes participation, development and enjoyment.

With these considerations in mind, the Committee has developed the following minimum game policy.

Under 8s:

3 Quarters


Under 9s:

3 Quarters

Under 10s:

3 Quarters

Under 11s:

3 Quarters

Under 12s:

3 Quarters

Under 13s:

3 Quarters

Under 14s:

Equal Playing Time*

Under 15s:

Equal Playing Time*


Equal Playing Time*

*  Equal Playing Time – all players should play an equal amount of time over the course of the season. This does not require equal playing time in each game.

The coach is also granted discretion on how this is administered based on:

The calibre of the opposition
The safety of the player concerned
The status of the game
The preparation of the player

A commitment from the coach to play players equally also requires a commitment from the players to try their hardest in games and at training.

When players do not fulfil this commitment, the Policy provides that the coach is no longer obliged to fulfil his commitment to equal playing time.

Note to Coaches:
The most important thing to remember regarding the above policy, is that every member of your teams wants to play in the game. That is why they have joined your team.

Parents attend and watch games to see their child play.

A secondary consideration will be that it’s nice to see the team win, but their number 1 priority is to see their child participate.

If a coach keeps these principles in mind when a game begins, he/she will be on the way to a successful season regardless of wins or losses.

This means that if a game is well won or lost in the last quarter, this is an opportunity to fulfil your commitment to equal playing time.

As coach, you must be aware that your decisions have implications. It is natural that winning is a basic desire of coaches and players and this policy is not designed to conflict with this. However, the policy requires that as a coach of a junior team, you must wherever possible disassociate yourself from a “win at all costs” attitude.


Coaches are to be given discretion on the implementation of this policy in finals.

While we all understand the more competitive nature of finals football, an attitude of fairness should still override an attitude of “win at all costs”.

Coaches are to communicate clearly with players and parents any changes to the implementation of this policy before the finals series begins.


Policy for Two Teams in Same Age Group

If there are two teams in an age group and the teams cannot be evenly split based on a logical basis such as friendship or school groups, the players will be split into teams with equal numbers using a standard assessment process.

The goal is for this to be an independent, transparent and fair process for all involved and for the end result to be equal numbers in each team.

Process Summary

  • Minimum of two training sessions conducted with whole age group

  • Process of teams selection explained to players and parents530

  • Grading session conducted

  • Review of player assessments from session and initial grading determined

  • Individual advice to all players within five days of grading session

  • Two days for people to lodge request for change

  • Change requests review by Assessment Committee using common sense principles

  • Final notifications and Listing on Club Website within five days of initial advice.

The age group as a whole will complete at least 2 weeks of training together before the Assessment session.

The group and parents will be fully advised of this policy and the process will be explained. It will be stressed to all the importance of the final session and the boys will be encourage to try their best that day.

An independent experienced football coach will run a training session for all the players.

Each player will be uniquely identified by jumper and number to allow the Assessment Committee to identify them during the session. The aim of the session is to give all players the opportunity to show their football skills and will consist of:

  • Explanation of how the session will run and a Warm-up

  • An extended dynamic session of marking, kicking and handball

  • A game sense session with opportunities for all to participate equally

In total, the assessment session will run for 90 minutes and during the session the Assessment Committee, consisting of the following people, will assess the players:

  • The President or another independent committee member

  • The Coaches Coordinator or another independent committee member

  • 2 Coaches from the club with no association to the age group being assessed

  • Both identified Potential Coaches for that age group

The Assessment Committee with assess the players during the session and they will look at two key areas:

  • Attention to instructions, skills in action, participation in the dynamic session

  • Game sense and football ability in the practice match

During the session, the Assessment Committee members will record the number of times they note that a player shows good football skills, awareness or ability. After the session the Committee will meet to determine the grading of all of the players. This will be based on assessment at the session and agreed by consensus.

The committee will also look at the previous year’s Coaches assessment sheet to ensure there are no major unforeseen discrepancies with the assessment session.

If they were absent from the session the committee may need to revert to the previous year’s assessment sheet and observations performance and participation at training. 

After grading and during the period up to the end of round four (i.e. YJFL Team Grading period) additional players may join the group and it may be necessary to grade them into the teams if they are new to the club.

In these circumstances, initial grading will be determined by the Team Coaches and presented to the President or the Coaches Coordinator. It will be ratified by at least two independent members of the Assessment Committee who have viewed the player’s abilities during at least one training session or game.

Any disagreement is to be referred to all independent members of the Assessment Committee and should be decided within a week.

After round four any NEW player brought into a team by another member of that Team will be placed in that team for the remainder of the season, unless it is felt that his abilities and or other circumstances are identified that would suggest he be moved for his development or safety.

Initial grading is to be finalised and announced by email to all families ASAP but at latest within 5 days of the grading session. The final teams will be posted on the club website 5 days after notification is sent by email.

NOTE: Any special circumstances potentially affecting the team the player could be graded into MUST be advised to the President BEFORE the grading session for it to be taken into consideration in grading.

Also any issues after the announcement of the teams must be submitted in writing to the President within two days of the email announcement so it can be reviewed in a timely manner before the final announcement of teams.


Concerns or Queries

If you have any concerns or queries with the implementation of these policies please contact the President - Joe Losinno or the Coaching Coordinator - Glenn Rush








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