Samford Rangers Football Club offers Junior Football fixtures for boys and girls from U12 – U16. In order to do this we, like many other Clubs, affiliated with a body known as Football Brisbane (FB) who Administer the BPL, BYPL and Divisional Juniors Competitions (Mixed or Girls).
Fixtures formally become competitive from Under 12. (i.e.: The player turns 12 during that calendar year).
FB requires all clubs to nominate their Junior Competitive teams into divisions according to ability.
As there may be more than 1 team per age group it is necessary for all clubs to grade individual players according to their level of football development, (ability).
Generally, our Junior Competitive teams are mixed gender. With the continuing success of the Matilda’s and an ever-increasing number of girls are registering to play football and Samford Rangers will offer “all-girl teams” where numbers permit to play in the Divisional Girls Competition.
Junior Grading Process
Assessment of player ability is based on player performance at grading sessions and advice from club coaches, who where possible, are also in attendance at grading sessions.
The first grading session will usually be run in early December. These sessions are an opportunity for all players (returning and new to the club) to be seen by the Clubs Coaching group and team coaches and allow interim squads to be selected. The more sessions a player attends allows a more accurate assessment of the player’s ability.
The second grading session will usually re-commence in early February immediately after sign-on day with the finalised squads to be announced shortly after grading concludes.
Where possible all players should play in their correct age competition, i.e. U12’s play in U12. However, some players may need to play up a grade due to player numbers in an age group.
Final teams will be announced by email and listed on the member’s website in February. Any queries regarding junior grading should be directed to the club Head of Player and Coaching Development. It is important to realise that team make up is not completely finalized until teams are announced by email, in February.
The overriding intention of grading is to place players into teams with teammates of a similar skill level and to enter each team in a division of the competition that is appropriate to their skill level. “Getting in the right team is far more important than getting in the top team.”
Samford Rangers Football Club values all of its members regardless of their level of skill and experience.
We are a Community Club, run by volunteers, on a non-profit basis and seek to provide for the development of each and every player, with an emphasis on fun.
Miniroos Kick-Off (Little Rangers)
Created for 3 – 5-year-olds, our Kick-Off program runs for the majority of the soccer season at the Parklands on Sunday mornings from 9 am – 10 am. Our volunteer coaches provide fun, football-based activities to develop basic skills and a love of the game. Through practise activities and age – appropriate drills, children learn control and movement with the ball, while strengthening their gross motor skills and general coordination.
The 12-week program costs $125, which includes insurance, a Samford Rangers training jersey, soccer ball and water bottle. You’re welcome to join at any time throughout the Kick-Off season.
All players in the U6 – U11 category play as Miniroos, on a smaller sized pitch with less players, with the idea of giving players more contact with the ball to develop skills. Games in this competition are played on Saturdays, either within a local hub or through Football Brisbane co-ordinated matches.
U6 – U9 age groups play against Dayboro, Mitchelton, and Pine Hills, whilst the U10’s and U11’s join a competition run through Football Brisbane, with access to a wider competition. Grading occurs once players are in the U9 age range and above, which happens at the start of the season.
Most Miniroos train on Wednesday nights at the Parklands, with many of our senior team members taking on a coaching role, developing players’ skills as they continue with the club through their junior years.
Registration fees include insurances, training jersey, game shorts and socks, training sessions and all game fees throughout the 18 week season.