Mini Roos Co-ordinator: Achillie Costabile
Mini Roos Technical Director: Terry Parle
ALDI Mini Roos Progam at Eastern Lions
We hold at Mini Roos program at Eastern Lions Soccer Club every year.
The MiniRoos gives young soccer kids a great chance to learn the game in a fun way and utilising a FIFA approved synthetic pitch.
The Miniroos soccer coaches are all licenced and accredited soccer coaches and have all undergone the Working With Children Check and education to ensure the playing experience is safe and fun while learning to play the beautiful game.
The MiniRoos is for players from the age of 7 to 12, and we intend to have multiple teams in the Under 8 thru to Under 12
The coaching sessions are following the FFA National Curriculum and adapted to suit the age and skill level of the players. The emphasis for players in their soccer program is on Skill Acquisition. The sessions will usually consist of
A drill or game for a particular skill
Running with the ball
Passing, striking the ball
A themed game that is designed to help the particular skill
We welcome new families and players to our club, however, we will be limited to the number of teams that we can field, and we tend to lean towards having existing players having the best opportunities to retain their position in the squad. We value loyalty and developing players to play for our first team or to play at higher levels where the opportunity arises
ALDI MiniRoos is Australia’s largest group of grassroots and community level soccer clubs that hold kids soccer programs for girls and boys and girls, catering for all levels of ability between the ages of 5 and 12. The format is having soccer training on one or two nights or days a week and then have a game against a local club at the weekend.
The program not only develops the skill levels of players, but also valuable life lessons, such as sharing and respect for others and gradually learning to be a valuable member of a team, and more than likely they will make life-long friends and have fun.
The environment is very family-friendly and relaxed, ensuring that players enjoy participating in and developing their soccer skills at the same time.
The games are called small-sided, meaning that there are fewer players on the team and in the squad. Playing small-sided soccer has numerous advantages.
With smaller squads, the player to coach ratio means more individual attention from the coach, and the game of soccer is made simpler by having reduced numbers. The rules are also relaxed, making it easier for young soccer players to play.
The MiniRoos small-sided games are held on smaller pitches and the players use a soccer ball that is the right size for them to play with.
Small-Sided Games in soccer is by far a better way for kids to learn how to play soccer. Eventually, the size of the teams and soccer pitch will increase to the stage where the soccer players are ready to play 11v11.We do hope that you join our MiniRoos program as it is a great stepping stone for kids to learn the game, love the game, make friends, get some exercise and hopefully keep playing to become the best they can be, both on the soccer pitch and in society in general.
An experience for every child If your child is between the ages of 4-11 and wants to play football, there is an option available to them.
For a number of reasons, there are many children that have not been exposed to regular physical activity or sports programs in their pre-school years.
Some of these children may not be physically, socially, or emotionally ready to participate in a full season of team sport. There are other children who have been involved in many different sporting activities but have never tried football and are not sure they want to commit to the full season.
ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off may be the best option for these types of children. Some Experience Some children seem to be born with a ball at their feet. They are always ready to try new things and are physically competent enough to run, kick, catch and jump at an early age. Others develop a sense of social confidence and emotional strength much earlier than others and maybe ready to move straight into a team sport environment. ALDI MiniRoos Club Football would suit these types of children. Girls Only Playing and spending time with their friends is a key motivating factor for girls’ sports participation. A Girls Only environment may prove to be the perfect option for young girls that may find the mixed-gender environment a little intimidating or less appealing. Ask your local club if they offer ALDI MiniRoos For Girls playing options.
ALDI MiniRoos Philosophy All forms of ALDI MiniRoos aim to provide an experience and an environment that promotes ongoing participation in football and a lifelong love for the game. The ALDI MiniRoos philosophy is based on the principles of why kids play sport.
Role of a Parent
Much of the focus in junior sport on competition and winning is propagated by adults and is generally a construct of their own involvement in sport, not their child’s. As parents and coaches, we need to consider the kind of environment we are creating for our children and be mindful of the messages we are sending.
When a child comes home from a game is the first question you ask: ‘
Did you win?’ or is it
‘Did you have fun?’
What the research says:
• Players want their parents to be involved in and to be supportive of their sporting experience. Instead of behaviour that pressures players to perform and succeed, they would prefer supportive comments about the positive aspects of their attitude, sportsmanship and effort (Sanchez-Miguel, Sanchez-Olivia, Amado, Garcia-Calvao, 2013) •
Participants that perceived more pressure from their parents generally experienced a negative relationship with sport enjoyment. Whereas appropriate parental participation promoted an increase in players’ enjoyment and motivation. (SanchezMiguel et al., 2013) Parent Code of Behaviour The behaviour of players, their parents, spectators, officials and administrators is absolutely critical in ensuring that young players enjoy an appropriate environment in their formative years of playing football. Bearing in mind that the whole philosophy of ALDI MiniRoos is based on replicating street football, where children play without adults and referees, the major focus should be on letting the children play with minimal instruction and plenty of encouragement. Below are a series of Codes of Behaviour that all people involved in junior football, and in particular ALDI MiniRoos, must be aware of and abide by. Clubs may decide to have a Team Manager exchange a Code of Conduct before every game with each person giving an undertaking, on behalf of their players, parents and spectators, to behave in an appropriate manner. If this does not eventuate, the other Team Manager is entitled to refer the other person back to the Code, and if inappropriate behaviour persists, club representatives would need to become involved.
Parent Code of Behaviour
Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours;
Encourage children to participate, do not force them;
Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than whether they win or lose;
Encourage children to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence;
Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition;
Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performance and skilful plays by all participants;
Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities;
Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise;
Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators - without them, your child could not participate; and
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
Players Code of Behaviour Players
• Play by the rules;
• Never argue with an official - if you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the competition;
• Control your temper -verbal abuse of officials, sledging other players or deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted;
• Work equally hard for yourself and your team - your team’s performance will benefit and so will you;
• Be a good sport - applaud all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition;
• Treat all participants in your sport as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor; • Cooperate with your coach, team-mates and opponents - without them, there would be no competition;
• Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please your parents and coaches; and
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural.
Child Protection The FFA Member Protection Policy will work towards maintaining ethical and informed decision-making and responsible behaviours within our sport. It outlines our commitment to a person’s right to be treated with respect and dignity and to be safe and protected from abuse. The Policy informs everyone involved in our sport at the national, state and local levels of his or her legal and ethical rights and responsibilities and the standards of behaviour that are required. The Governing Bodies are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people accessing our service. We support the rights of the child and will act without hesitation to ensure that a child-safe environment is maintained at all times. We also support the rights and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers and encourage their active participation in building and maintaining a secure environment for all participants.
The Governing Bodies acknowledge that our staff, members and volunteers provide a valuable contribution to the positive experiences of children involved in football. The Governing Bodies aim to continue this and to take measures to protect the safety and wellbeing of children participating in football. It is the responsibility of each ALDI MiniRoos deliverer to adhere to their state-based legislation and act in accordance with their respective administrative protocols. Any individuals engaging in work associated with ALDI MiniRoos are required to carry the appropriate clearance for that state or territory.
Copies of the current Policy and its attachments can be obtained from FFA’s website at www.footballaustralia.com.au