Parent / Caregiver Information.
Our Club – Is an all-volunteer organization – At Beerwah Glasshouse United Football Club (BeeGees) we aim to promote and encourage active participation in football at all levels through our players, coaches and managers.
Our goal is to keep all age groups both mini roos 5-11yrs and juniors 12-17yrs fit and active through the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through sport and recreation for the children.
We also run a Tiny Tot program for 4 year olds* (conditions apply) along with many men and Women’s Senior division teams that our young players will be encouraged to aspire towards as they grow and develop.
Playing Season – Our Season runs from mid March to the end of August with Finals and Grand Finals in September for the older age Groups (U12 +).
There will be weekly matches taking place at various football grounds around the Sunshine Coast usually consisting of 18 rounds.
On average 50% of games are played at home BeeGees home ground on Steve Irwin Way, Glasshouse Mountains and 50% away at the rival teams home ground.
This address will be on the fixtures website each week.
Games – The SSC age group competition is divided up into a number of competitions e.g. North, South, Gold and Green as well as Kangaroos
(Division 1) and Wallabies (Division 2) to accommodate players in certain areas of the large Sunshine Coast and avoid unnecessary travel.
You can follow the fixtures on websites.sportstg.com but they may go up slow to start with as teams are being finalised. You will also get this information from club coaches.
Please also download the Aldi MiniRoos playing formats and Rules so you have a better understanding of the game, it’s just a little different.
Carnivals – Miniroos teams with also have 2 Carnival Saturdays during the season usually in June and August. Here all teams from the Sunshine Coast Region are invited to play 3 games against each other in a round robin environment.
Often this event may take 4 or more hours so a Gazebo and refreshments should be thought about and early arrival is necessary as there will be hundreds of participants attending and parking and team locations and arrangements need to be made.
Carnival usually cost between $6 – $8 and all playing participants will receive a medal from the host club.
Miniroos (Under 6-9) Coaching – A new approach is being trialled for the 2019 season where by all players of the same age group will attend training together with our Miniroos Club Coaching Director Nathan Cobb.
Each session will be structured to allow all levels and abilities the time to develop their skills.
A team Coach or Manager will be still be needed to coordinate the weekend games.
Their assistance at these training sessions will allow them to learn basic training techniques and assist the lead coaches in providing an efficient training program for the kids.
Blue Card (working with children in Qld) – All Coaches/ Managers and Officials will require a Qld Blue Card (working with children).
Parents please also remember that all positions are volunteer positions; we encourage a proactive relationship between all members. Help where you can, inform us if you see something incorrect.
Teams – Our Miniroos teams (under 6-9) are not graded. Where possible we attempt to place children in a team with their friends but in some cases this is not always possible.
We do grade our Under 10’s to Under 16’s where it is required.
Grading of the children will occur at the discretion of the Miniroos and Junior coaching directors.
Playing for the other team – on rare occasions when the opposition has insufficient players BeeGees players have always stepped up and supplied a player (taking it in turns) to enable the game to proceed, its about having fun.
This can only occur in non-competitive games (under 6-11).
Scoring or Winning – Scores are not kept for any Mini roos teams 5-11yrs.
Although the children will probably keep score the main aim of the game is teamwork and participation, having fun and learning skills.
No Finals are played and there is no competition winner.
Parents should not post information about winning or losing on social media.
“Children should never skite to the other team about how good they are if they win” the aim is to have good sportsmanship win lose or draw. We loose our fair share as well! Scores are kept from U12s upwards where finals and grand finals are played.
Playing up – Some of the more experienced or talented players may be extended the invitation to play up an age group if deemed talented enough and when an illness or injury has caused a shortage in players in that age group.
This should be seen as an honour and recognition of a player’s abilities. Any decision on children playing up an age group, or two in some instances will be at the discretion of the Directors of Coaching.
Parents will need to sign the permission slip on the first occasion.
Playing Down – Playing down an age group is rare but may be granted by SSCFA if the player is considered small or for his or her age group. Players who are granted play down status and for some reason also then play up are no longer allowed to play down an age group.
Girls and or Mixed teams – Whilst most MiniRoos teams are mixed some clubs will play an all girls team if numbers are sufficient.
We currently field an U12 girl’s team, which is made of girls aged 10 -12. We also typically field an U14 and an U16 and two senior Women’s teams.
Manager/Transport/time Keeper/ Reserve-interchange and First Aid – Parents are encouraged to take on these important roles, as it really is too much for one person to organise.
Managers appoint each week a parent to bring oranges or other similar as well as a timekeeper and someone to look after swapping reserve players every couple of minutes to ensure all get an equal run and a small break.
Also filling in the Game Sheet is an important role. Parents are encouraged to assist each other with transport particularly on away games such as Bribie Is or Nambour; car-pooling can save costs if you take it in turns. Manager should also ensure that at least one parent carries a frozen pack in case of any injury, corked thigh, twisted ankle etc.
First Aid – A first aid kit is available for home games at the canteen along with a list of on site first aiders.
Frozen packs should be brought along to all games by a number of attending parents who should decide who brings what for each of their children’s games.
If there is a parent who has a first aid certificate then you are a more than welcome addition to the team.
You should be prepared to offer assistance if a child is injured.
Weekly Training/Attendance – The Miniroos teams will train once a week usually on an afternoon where the majority of players can attend. Attendance at training is not compulsory but is recommend to assist in your child’s improvement.
Typically teams from Under 10 to 16 will train twice per week.
Wet Weather – If the weather looks doubtful on a Friday night, the decision to cancel the Saturday competition will be made by Local Council or Club Officials early Saturday morning and passed on to all parents.
BeeGees fields are one of the better-drained fields and are often still played on when other clubs cannot play because of local flooding. Please unless advised otherwise attend the game wherever it is.
Training will proceed unless it is considered dangerous to do so.
Club App – with over 400 players and parents we cannot text important information to each mobile number.
Please download the free app – Team App on your mobile and then search for Beegees FC.
Once you have this App installed you will receive relevant club information concerning events and wet weather.
Please also be patient as this is a new process.
Volunteer Levy – All parents are expected to assist the club and earn their points for volunteer levy reimbursement.
This can be done by assisting as Coach or Manger and most importantly all parents will receive dates to help our Canteen Manager – Carol prepare buns and hamburger material for the days sales amongst other duties.
Most parents will receive 2 call-ups for canteen duty as a minimum requirement but you are more than welcome to help out more if you please.
Remember we are all volunteers and all funds go to benefit the children.
Newsletters – We will endeavour to get a newsletter out to all parents on a fortnightly or monthly basis using the website and possibly a printed newsletter as time allows.
If you are good at updating websites or using publisher here is another opportunity for you to volunteer.
Children’s Behaviour – All children are expected to be of good behaviour.
Time out at training may be allocated to children of an unruly nature after sufficient warning has been given.
Any form of bullying or aggression to other children is totally unacceptable and a 3 strikes rule will apply.
Parents are expected in such cases to attend training to help with their child’s behaviour issues.
Thankfully this is a rarity and we all hope it continues to be so.
Code of Conduct
- All Players must be a good sport and respect all good performances whether from your Team or the opponents and shake hands with and thank the opposing players and officials after the game – win, lose or draw.
- Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit.
- Always respect the referee’s decision.
Parent / Spectator
- Condemn violent or illegal acts, whether they are by players, coaches, parents or spectators and report to club officials.
- Respect the official’s / referees decisions – they are all impartial club volunteers (parents like yourself).
- Don’t complain or argue about actions or decisions during or after an event the games aim is to have fun.
- Unsportsmanlike language, harassment or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.
- Encourage team members to play by the rules and to respect opposing players and officials.
- At all times follow the directions of the Referee and/or other game day officials.
- If you are unhappy with something don’t sit on the fence and whinge – volunteer yourself and help change things.
- Be impartial! Also, be consistent, objective and courteous.
- Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else.
- Be alert to minimise dangerous physical play, fair or foul, especially on match days.
- Actively discourage foul play and/or unsportsmanlike behaviour by players.
- Seek to maximise the participation and enjoyment of all players regardless of ability, avoid the tendency to overuse a talented player, treat all players as equals, regardless of their talent.
Uniforms – Uniforms & correct footwear are compulsory and must be worn by all players for games.
This includes BeeGee Socks and green shorts available from our uniform shop along with football boots and “compulsory” shin pads which are available from most sports wear shops.
Considering our club colours are Green, White and Black, these colours would be my first choice for boots if available. From U8 upward goalkeepers are required and gloves must be worn by the goalkeeper.
Children may wear other sports attire to training but must wear football boots and shin pads.
Those without shin pads are NOT allowed to play or train (OHS issue).
A name tagged water bottle should be brought to all games and training.
On colder days / evenings something warm to put on as soon as training is complete is a benefit.
Come to games prepared you can always take something off but you cant put it on if you don’t bring it.
Senior Games – All parents are encouraged to bring their children along to home games of the senior teams both Men’s and Women’s to help cheer and instil team spirit with their barracking.
Each week a different junior team marches on with the senior team before the main event and will also take part in the game at half time.
Some nights can be rather cool so warm clothes are advised along with pillows and blankets.
The canteen and bar are both open for service.
Naturally if you can attend away games, that would be fantastic encouragement to the senior teams as well.
Missing Training or Weekend Games – It is a courtesy to let the coaches know if you can’t attend training.
Also very important to let your Manager know if you can’t attend the weekend’s game.
If we know we will be short we can shuffle players from other teams that may have a bye.
Children are encouraged to learn to play as a team and support their mates but no child should be forced to play or attend, it should be fun for them preferably with the burning desire to play and achieve.
Byes – Byes are only allocated if there is an uneven number of teams in your child’s competition e.g. with 11 teams you may play 5 games and then have a Bye (no game) as all the other clubs take turns in having a bye.
When you see a bye coming up please talk with coaching staff as there may be shortages in other teams through injury, sickness or family events and your child will still get a game with another club team, so here all teams work together.
Heading of Ball – We would prefer if children under the age of 8 not be heading the ball. At this age the ball rarely is kicked above head height so there is no need to practice heading drills.
Dogs – Most clubs do not allow dogs on their fields or surrounding play areas. Understandably you wouldn’t want your children playing, falling or rolling in dog excrement so please leave your dog at home.
He wouldn’t understand the game anyway.
Also it’s a massive safety issue if a child were to be bitten or attacked even by the friendliest of dogs.
Parking and Driving around Grounds – Most grounds have by law 10km/hr.
speed limits. Please adhere to this limit at all times and be aware of small children running around parking areas.
Photos – At times photos may be taken for our club information web site or our Facebook page which all parents are encouraged to like.
Small achievements will be placed here at intermittent times.
Team photos will be scheduled towards the end of the season; all team members will please attend this event.
If you do not want photos of your children used to promote the club please inform club officials and from the BeeGees side they won’t be posted.
It is however impossible for us to prevent other teams from taking photos of their own children (this is perfectly legal) and placing them on their own social media pages.
(Here your children could be in their photography as part of the game)
Photography as the law stands – There is no general right to privacy in Australia.
This means that on public land you are free to take pictures/videos of who ever you want to without permission.
What about a soccer game?
If the game is being played on a public space with no specific rules enforced by the owner of the land, then there is no impediment to taking photos.
Does the age matter? No.
Do they need parent’s permission? \
No, subject to commercial use of images which would require parental consent.
Facebook – Parents are NOT to make insulting, derogatory or disparaging remarks on any Facebook or other social media page nor attempt to bring the club or game into disrepute.
Appropriate action will be taken against those who partake in this behaviour.
Scores – Mini-Roos (6-11yrs) do not keep score (there are no losers, they all played well).
Scoring starts at U12 upwards.
For all teams we do not boast about a win nor complain about a loss or draw or in any way bring the game into disrepute.
End of Season break up and Trophies – an end of season Disco and Pizza afternoon, along with awards and Photo presentation is held at the end of each season (Usually end of August)
Late Sign ups – New members are always welcome to sign up and children with any ability can join so encourage your friends and neighbours.
We also look forward to seeing our existing members return each season; most are so keen they can’t wait for the season to begin.
Off Season – Training never stops – To be a really good player (and we have many) training should continue wherever possible.
We offer Futsal (Indoor Football during the summer months and the Academy Training continues all year except for Xmas holidays.
There are also many other sports to keep active for example Little Athletics, Cricket and Swimming but active you must be to become good at what you want to achieve. Many players do these summer activities so talk with other parents and enjoy their experiences.
Adverse Parental Behaviour – Good sideline behaviour by parents sets the right example for your children. Best to keep your critiquing to yourself.
No one likes to hear the “know-it-all” parent providing a play-by-play commentary on the game loud enough for everyone to hear.
How do you think your sideline behaviour is perceived by other parents, coaches and players? Imagine what a video playback of your behaviour would look like.
Parents are expected to set a good example for the children at all times by their positive behaviour, sportsmanship, attitude and language.
Abusive language, behaviour or physical assault may result in immediate suspension from the football program. Parents are expected to demonstrate respect for the referees.
Adverse Player Behaviour – Fighting, horseplay or any physical or verbal abuse will not be tolerated.
Penalties may include an official warning issuing a red card (in game) and or ejection from the game. For Mini Roos – will receive time out for reflection.
The Committee may impose additional penalties up to and including suspension from the club.
Disrespectful behaviour to coaches, referees or other players will not be tolerated.
The use of indecent or profane language is unacceptable. Use of such language may result in suspension.
Sideline Etiquette –
- Avoid ‘coaching’ from the sideline while watching your child’s game A common problem in youth soccer is the impulse parents have to shout instructions to their young player from the sideline, it doesn’t achieve anything.
- Do not criticize the referee
Spectators should realise that referees are people like themselves and will make mistakes
- Focus on the benefits of the game rather than the score
Far too often parents worry about the scoreboard rather than the experience their child has while playing youth sports.
- Think when interacting with opposing fans
“This is one that should be common sense. Grown adults should be able to go and enjoy their child’s experience without having any confrontation,”
- Don’t stress out over the game
Do you find yourself pacing up and down the sideline — anxiously following the action as it unfolds on the field? Stop it. Breathe. “Just calm down. Enjoy it. Stop being so attached to it. It’s not your game. Look at your child. Is he having fun? Is he active? Is he enjoying the social nature of the game?
- Save issues with the coach for the next day
Maybe you don’t agree with how much your child played in a game, how much ball he received or another decision the coach made during the match. It’s important to take some time to think about it rather than confronting the coach in front of your child and the team.
Any issues relating to a Beegees coach/parent or opposing coach/parents behaviour can be brought to the attention of the Directors of Coaching who can decide on appropriate action.