Q: How young can my child start? A: Typically about a quarter of our under 6s are aged 4 at the start of the year. A child turning 5 this year is not necessarily out of place; it depends on the child. Players are graded on ability not age, there is a tendency for younger players to be placed in lower graded U6 teams and for those players returning to U6 for a second year to be placed in higher teams. Football Federation of Australia sets a minimum age requirement, your child must be turning 5 in the year of their registration. back to menu
Q: Can girls play?
A: Certainly, girls are integrated with the boys up to the age 8. After this, most choose to play in an all girls/women competition (played Sundays). Some choose to remain in the boys competition or play both. Also, some girls who would normally play in the U10s mixed competition choose to move across to the U12 girls team early. back to menu
Q: Why are registrations early. A: The timetable of events is
- Registrations open from Mid January
-Grading is scheduled over 2 weeks of February U8-U18 age groups (not already selected players)
- Teams created first week in March U6-Over 45's age groups
- Draw prepared by NSFA 3rd or 4th week of March
- Training Commences mid March
- First game is normally the first week in April (season runs until the end of August) back to menu
Q: If I register am I guaranteed a place?
A: Each age group has a minimum and maximum team size, at times the number of registrations in a particular age group will be such that it is not possible to accommodate all players. For age groups U6 to U12 and adult teams we have many players so this is normally never an issue . If we experience problems with the U14-U18 age groups we try to assist to contact the clubs in the adjoining suburbs and hopefully arrange for players to be offered a place in either a club- combination or with those other clubs. back to menu
Q: Can I register late after teams have been formed
A: If you register after teams have been formed ( normally by early March) then any late registrations can only be accommodated provided these teams have vacancies. back to menu
A: The grading process has its challenges in any club. The Committee has taken the view that a primary emphasis on “play with friends” places the committee in the position of having to resolve non-football issues when forming teams during the pre-season.
Under 6-7 Players will not be graded individually. Players will be placed in teams based on schools attended, friendships etc, subject to overall team number limitations.
Under 8-11 All players will be graded in order to select the top 2 teams. U8-11 players not selected for the top 2 teams will be placed in teams based on schools attended, friendships, previous team etc, subject to overall team number limitations.
Under 12-18s Where numbers are greater than that required to form a single team, players will be graded. Placing players with friends is not the first priority but may be considered.
Q: Where and when will I play? A: Games are played at our home grounds in St Ives and at the home grounds of our opposition eg Asquith, Turramurra U6-U18 will have games scheduled for between 8:30 and 12:30 Saturday morning Mens teams play Saturday afternoons with the occasional Sunday afternoon games
Girls teams play on Sunday mornings
Womens teams play Sunday afternoon
Our All Ability program players, play Saturday afternoon at Toolang back to menu Q: When and where will I train?
A: Training time is arranged at the convenience of the coach. As these people are volunteers, we fit in training around when they are available. The only way to be certain when training will be is to volunteer to coach, then you get to choose your starting time. U6 -U7s train Wednesday afternoon at St Ives Showground for 3/4 hour between 3:45 - 6pm
U8-U11 train Wednesday afternoon at St Ives Showground for 1 hour between 4pm - 6:30pm
U12- U16s train Wednesday evenings at St Ives showground for 1 hours 6pm to 7:30pm
Adult teams train Wednesday's 7:30-9:00 at Warrimoo or St Ives Showground. back to menu
Q: How long is the season?
A: The season normally runs for 18-20 weeks starting in the first week of April. Adult games run each weekend, children do not normally have games on weekends in the middle of school holidays but due to easter and Anzac day holidays this year we will have games for juniors on April 18th (but do on weekends that start or end holidays). For U6-U11 at the end of the season there is a series of "Gala Days" where teams participate in a combination round-robin then knockout short games on a single day. Each team plays at least 2 and as many as 3 half length games. After the season and gala days are completed the club has a trophy day. For U12 and above there are semi finals and finals for those teams in the top 4 back to menu
Q: Can my child play above his/her age group? A: A player can potentially register in a higher age group( maximum 2 years) ,however, the team they are selected for will be limited by their ability and any vacancy within that team. Decisions to allow a child to play in a higher ager group will be made by the committee in consultation with the parents , the player and the coach. back to menu
Q: Is there a competition, league table etc? A: Only U12 and above have published tables of results and standings. NSFA publishes individual match results for ages below this level but does not rank teams against each other. This means each team is able to see its own results but has no idea of which division they are in.
Each age group has a number of divisions, prior to the start of the season St Ives Football club nominates the number of teams in each age group it expects to field and a division for them to play in. NSFA may adjust this nomination to ensure even sized divisions. Once the season starts, junior teams are reviewed several times during the year and moved either up or down a division if their results show them to be out of place. back to menu
Q: What do the different team names mean U06, U12w etc
A: U06 = Under 6 years of age, G12 = Under 12 women's/girls, MAA = mixed all age (18-34), M35 = Mens Over 35, All Ability = Intellectual disability. back to menu
Q: When is the draw available? A: Unfortunately we are not privy to any inside information for this. In recent years it has been published less than a week prior to games. For U6-U11 there is a regrading process after week 4, 8 and 12 so the draw for week 5-8 is not prepared until after the end of week 4.
For Age U12 and up the draw for the entire season will be up just prior to the season starting. back to menu
A: The coach and the manager for each team are elected from the parents or those with an interest in the team. The club can find coaches at an added cost. Teams that cannot find a coach or manager cannot take the field. The club will support both coaches and managers with training We have mentor coaches located at the showground each Wednesday - 1 mentor coach to 3 coaches to make sure we develop all our coaches in any way we can. back to menu
A: A full refund is available prior to team announcements. After we announce the team a 50% refund will apply reducing further over time.
Refunds during the season due to injury are subject to committee approval. back to menu
Q: Can I pay after grading day?
A: No. We cannot let a player take the field without insurance and our policy is such that coverage is extended only to those who have a valid registration. If you choose not to continue after grading you can receive a full refund. (excludes active kids voucher until we are directed to pay to another sporting organisation) back to menu Q: Are there any discounts? A: Yes. The third and subsequent registration from any one family receives a 10% rebate on the total registration fee. The discount is only applicable if payment is made in full by 25th February. Also, if you are experiencing difficulties paying please contact either our president or registrar. back to menu Q: Why does soccer cost so much/little? A: Registration fees make up almost all of our income. You can see a breakdown of our expenditure over recent years in our "about us" section of the web site. The majority of our expenditure goes to the Northern Suburbs football Association (NSFA). They, in turn, spend the majority of their funds on ground hire, insurance and referees. back to menu
Q: Are my details safe? A: Yes, the player details are kept secure on a system that has been in use for many years. Payment details are not accessible to the club, when registering you are passed to a "gateway" that takes payment and provides confirmation to the club that you have paid. The company used for this gateway is the same as is used by paypal and one of the largest such providers in the world. back to menu
Starting Out Q: What clothing/gear do I need?
A: The club provides game shirts to each team which are returned at the end of the year. Players need their own shorts ($22) and socks ($12) which are available from the canteen at Warrimoo Oval (grading days and Saturday morning during the season) along with boots and shin pads also available. We aslo have hoodies, caps, spray jackets and beanies to keep kids warm. back to menu Wet Weather Falling rain does not normally stop play or training, we play rain or shine. Lightning will always stop play and training.
Grounds may be closed if playing on them would cause too much impact.
In the case of wet weather, the decision to close grounds is made by the local council (usually at 4pm on any day). This information is then conveyed to the sporting bodies.
There are several ways to check grounds closure.
The link from the St Ives Website shows the latest information from NSFA.
When there are closures, NSFA website features a cloud which can be clicked on for details. NSFA also run a wet weather hotline 1 900 957 016. This information will relate to several Local Government Areas (useful if you are playing in Hornsby or Chatswood).
Ku Ring gai Council lists closures of their fields on their website http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/www/html/552-wet-weather-.asp?intSiteID=1They also run a hotline 1902 213 398.