Frequently Asked questions
For those who were not able to make the first training,registration and information night on December 5th we thought that the following update might be of interest. We had 15 players in attendance with many others who were not able to make it sending their apologies. We talked about how the competition would work and our expectations of the players. Attached is a list of Frequently Asked Questions which will cover most of the queries you might have. Please let us know if you have others by completing the form below.
THE VAFA COMPETITION
How long will the games go for?
It is proposed that games run for 4 quarters of 20 minutes each with no time on.
Will the competition be graded?
Yes, the first several games of the season will be used to assess where all the teams are at and there will be a “re-draw” mid-season to better align teams.
When does the season start and finish
The first game will be April 8th and the last game (grand final) will be August 19th. So we will play around 18 games
Will the other teams be older, bigger, stronger?
Most of the other clubs are entering a women’s team for the first time and their age demographics are similar to ours.
What days, times and where will we play?
This is yet to be determined based on a number of factors including ground availability and club preferences but at this stage there may be a Saturday and a Sunday competition to accommodate club preferences and shortage of grounds on Saturdays. Our home games will be played at Glenhuntly Oval and hopefully our away games will be reasonably close.
What teams will we play against?
There are around 30 VAFA clubs looking to field a team and they range from old school clubs to district clubs. Ideally the teams we will play against will be the ones who are of a similar standard and are relatively close geographically.
Are games scheduled during uni holidays?
There may be a couple of weeks where games are scheduled during uni holidays but generally there are byes during these times.
How many players can be on the interchange bench?
At this stage up to 7 players.
Do you have to be an ex CGS student to play?
The vast majority of players attended CGS but we CGFC welcomes players who did not attend CGS as we believe this broadens the exposure and horizons of our players.
Who provides the uniforms?
The Club will provide uniforms (jumpers, shorts and socks) which will be specially designed for women. You will also receive a club polo to wear to games and at club functions. Club merchandise (hoodies, tracksuits pants, beanies etc) is available for purchase.
Can girls still at CGS play for the CGFC team?
This would largely be a matter for each player and their parents noting that our games are likely to be played on Sundays. Boys in Year 12 often play for the Under 19s during school holidays and CGFC encourages early engagement with CGS footballers.
Players will need to be a minimum age which at this stage looks like being 16 as at the date of the first game April 8th 2017
Do we have to wash and clean our jumpers?
Yes, although the jumpers remain the property of CGFC and are to be returned at the end of the season or if and when you stop playing. You keep the shorts and socks.
How much will it cost us to play (subs)?
Yet to be determined but it will be based on the cost of running the team and will be offset by the amount of sponsorship we can raise. Any help with securing sponsors is greatly appreciated. We want to keep the cost to players as low as possible.
Who will be the captain and leadership group?
This process is yet to be finalized but generally CGFC on field leaders are appointed following consultation between players and coaches
Could we have two teams, like an A team and a B team?
If we get enough players this is a possibility. We probably need 60 registered players to be able to fill two teams for the entire season.
TRAINING & MATCH DAYS
When does pre-season start?
To be determined but we will run an Information and Registration night late November to discuss and agree this and other issues.
What if I cant get to training?
You are expected to notify one of the coaches
Could I play both football and netball for CGFC?
There is no reason why you couldn't do this subject to the timing of the games.
What social functions will we have?
We will have our own team functions as well as being involved in broader club functions. CGFC is a very social football club where the players themselves organise functions.
What are the changing facilities like?
At Glenhuntly the changing facilities not at the same standard high as the LTC but they are clean and functional. Other grounds will vary but many players come to and leave games in their footy gear anyway.
Do I have to play every week if I don't want to or have something else on?
If you are going to be unavailable for any match you are expected to advise the coaches with as much notice as possible.
When and where will training be held?
Pre-season is held at CGS and we move to Glenhuntly when the cricket season finishes. During the season training at Glenhuntly will probably be held on a Wednesday nights possibly between 5pm to 7pm. Players who want extra training or skill development may be able to join the men’s training sessions which are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
What will we be doing at training?
A combination of skill work, fitness and game strategy. The training program is based around preparing women to play footy often for the first time so there will be lots of emphasis on learning the basic skills.
How will the women’s team interact with the men’s teams and the women’s netball team?
The women’s team is part of the Club just like the other teams – the Seniors, Reserves, Thirds, Under 19s & Netball.
What if I’m planning to go overseas during the season?
As above, coaches are to be advised in advance.
MEDICAL & INSURANCE
What sort of health insurance should I have?
You are strongly advised to have private health cover including extras and ambulance cover. Anyone who is not adequately insured could be up for very significant costs in the event of a serious injury.
If I get injured does the Club cover my costs?
No, you are responsible for all your medical costs.
Will we have qualified medical people at training & matches?
We will have qualified or trained medical staff at all matches and training sessions.