Information for Players & Parents



Who we are

Welcome to the Coledale Waves Junior Football Club! From small beginnings in 1999, our club has grown to become one of the largest in the Illawarra and continues to go from strength to strength. We have almost 400 junior players, aged from 5 to 17. Our club philosophy is ‘football for everyone’ and everyone is welcome at St James Park, home ground for our girls’, boys’ and mixed teams. We encourage everyone to join in and play, regardless of ability and experience.

How we roll

We are a community driven football club. Our club is a registered sporting association and is run entirely by committed volunteers. Even with this organisation, we still require the help of parents to make the club work. It’s important to acknowledge that our kids only get to play the beautiful game thanks to the generosity and commitment of our volunteers. Many hands do make light work and there is an expectation that if your child plays for the club you help whenever you can.

Parents are required to assist with various tasks throughout the season, such as coaching, and assisting coaches, managing teams and possibly participating in the club organisation. Your help is particularly needed on local game days at St James Park to ensure your child has the best experience possible. This contribution is important so that our children and visiting children really enjoy their football safely.

Your assistance is may also be required to help with Canteen duties to feed hungry patrons and help raise funding to maintain a vibrant, healthy club. When registered with our club, parents and carers are also required to contribute to the maintenance and values of the club by complying with policies, procedures and codes of conduct.

Please read on to find further information about these tasks and what is required of you to enjoy your time at the club, as well as other information that will assist you and your children enjoying themselves playing football for Coledale.

The club colours are pink and white. The Junior Club plays in white shorts and pink socks, and these can be purchased from our uniform shop on our website, or at the uniform shop located in the Canteen at St James Park. Other optional club merchandise is also available from the uniform shop.

Shirts are issued to team managers in kit bags at the beginning of each season at no charge. The kit bags and the shirts must be returned at the end of each season to the gear steward.

All children are required to play in football boots or football artificial turf trainers. Wearing shin pads is compulsory at games and we strongly recommend wearing them for training as well. Boots, trainers and shin pads can be purchased at retail outlets through the Illawarra region. Rebel Sport has an extensive range.

We are partnering with rebel in their rebel Community Givebacks program that entitles our club to receive 5% of all our member purchases at rebel back as credit to spend instore on sports equipment.

To support our club all you need to do is join the rebel active loyalty program and link your member accounts to our club next time you visit your local rebel store. A rebel team member can help you do this instore.

Just remember to swipe your rebel active loyalty card instore or log into your account online when making a purchase at rebel and our club will receive 5% back as credit to spend on sports gear.


All equipment is provided by the club. All our training equipment, such as balls, cones, goals and bibs, is stored at St James Park, our home ground. This gear is available for teams training at St James and for our game days on the weekend.

Teams training away from St James will be given all the equipment they need to run fun and engaging training sessions.

Team coaches and managers will be issued cones, bibs and balls to keep in their kit at the start of the season. These items will all need to be returned at the end of the season and given to the gear steward.

U6-U8 will be given a set of pop-up goals to keep in their kit and instructed to use these for all training sessions.

U9-11 and competition teams U12-U17 will have access to a variety of goals stored at St James Park. Coaches will be instructed to use these at all training sessions.

All children are required to bring water bottles to games and training for personal use. There is a Sydney Water water bubbler and water bottle filling station at St James Park, and bottled water is sold at the canteen on game days. The park is large and children need to have access to drinking water while games are underway so bottles are a must.

Please note it’s a Football South Cost rule of no earrings / jewelery or piercings – tape-over not accepted. Please plan new piercings with the football season!

All gear for game day is stored at St James Park and parents may be required at times to set up and pack away goals, cones and flags. Team managers will be advised in advance which teams must perform these duties on a given day.

Team Coaches will be given a key for the gear room located at the south west end (rear) of the clubhouse. Balls, pump and additional cones and bibs can be found here.

Goals for games and practice can be found in the gear room located at the north east end (front) of the Clubhouse. A key is required for this room which is held by senior coaches and committee members. This room will be opened for afternoon training sessions during the week.

Ages and Grading

Players qualify for their age group based on their age as of 31 December the previous year. For example, a player in this year’s Under 9 group must be 8 as of 31 December last year – or in other words must turn 9 during this year. The online registration system will place your child is his or her correct age group based on his or her date of birth.

Mini-Roos is available to children age 5 and over. If your child turns 5 in the calendar year, they will be required to play in the under 6-age category for two consecutive seasons.

Generally the Club does not grade our players during U6-U11. U10 and U11 players may be grouped in teams of similar ability and enthusiasm for the game, where player numbers allow. This allows for coaches to provide the best environment for young players to fall in love with the game, learn and develop their skills. The aim at this stage is never to produce a team focused on winning – rather one focused on fun and learning.

Grading for teams U12-U17 may be undertaken in order to find the best learning environment for our players. Again, the aim is not to produce winning teams but to provide an environment focused on fun and learning. As players progress to the U17 ages players develop their understanding of team play and may begin to focus on how to win games. Of course if our teams win in the process of learning that is great!

Coaches and Managers

All teams require a manager and a coach, who are usually parents of players. At the beginning of the year during team formation, and/or following final team selection, parents are required to select a coach and a manager from their team’s pool of parents.

For U6 to U9s, managers and coaches are supported by the Age Manager, Club Coach Coordinator, Club Secretary and Committee.

As teams get bigger from U10s onwards, and individual coaches’ and managers’ gain experience, they tend to take control within their teams without the need for age managers. All junior coaches of course still have the resources and support of the Club Coach Coordinator, Club Secretary and Committee.

All coaches must agree and adhere to the FSC Coaching Code of Conduct Should you have any questions regarding coaching or managing of your team, first discuss the matter with your coach and manager. If you do not get a satisfactory response Contact the Club Coach Coordinator who will then liaise with you, the coach and the Committee to address your concerns.


Coledale Waves are keen to ensure that we establish and maintain a great environment for our Coaches, Players and Parents.

This environment should:

1/Be fun and safe for our young players to learn all about the game of football,

2/Be consistent and engaging for our players throughout their time with the Club,

3/Enable Coaches, players and parents to feel like they are part of a well supported and caring environment where information and help are always easily accessible.

Junior Coaches are responsible for developing players individual and team skills and knowledge while ensuring maximum enjoyment is had by all participants. Achieving this primarily through training and gameday activities, more specifically they are to:

progressively and sequentially develop each players technical skills and awareness and understanding of team play,
implement an effective coaching program in conjunction with the Club Coaching Coordinator
Provide relevant training/game information to players and parents
Ensure that all players receive a fair go with equal game time
Teach players about the importance of fair play, respect and responsibilities towards each other, coaches, managers and match officials
A key part of developing this environment is Coach Education. The Club is committed to ensuring our coaches have access to the knowledge, equipment and support they require to perform what can be a rewarding at times a challenging experience.

To make the coaching experience as easy as possible we ask all new Mini-Roos coaches to undertake a free introductory 3 hr course.

Details of upcoming courses can be found here:
We strongly encourage our coaches to undertake courses and update their education as they progress through the phases of the game.

There’s great resources here at Football South Coast:

B. Managers

Team Managers are responsible for Player Identification Sheets. A Player Identification Sheet is a single piece of paper with the FFA number, date of birth and a photograph of each player, coach and manager in a team. This sheet must be brought to each game. Keeping a copy of the Identification Sheet on your phone is a great way to remember to bring them. Alternatively store the sheet in the kit bag.

Managers will be given the contact details for all committee members prior to the season starting.

Collect the team kit bag and shirts prior to the first game of the season. Each bag is numbered and audited to keep track of club equipment. Kit bags must be returned to the Gear Steward at the end of the season.

Liaise with other team parents to assist the coach to decide upon a training day.

Let team parents know when and where training is.

Let parents know when and where games are each week, and if games are cancelled on account of wet weather. Suggest a creation of a WhatsApp group. This can allow each communication of information from the Club, also.

Check the draw on the GameDay app, particularly on Friday afternoons as times and venues can occasionally change at short notice

Check the Coledale Waves Junior Soccer Club WhatsApp Group for updates. Notify the team of any essential information

Check the Wollongong City Council website during the week for grounds as grounds may be closed in wet weather. The website is here:

Ensure that all team members have access to transport to games and training, particularly away games.

Draw up a shirts roster so that each week a different family takes the kit bag and the shirts home to be washed. Some teams find it more convenient for each family to keep and wash their own shirts, with the coach or the manager taking possession of the kit bag for the season. The later option is encouraged for U9 and above to foster a sense of responsibility to the team.

Draw up a fruit roster if your team is keen for players to have oranges, watermelon or any other kind of fruit at half time. Some teams find it easier to make ad hoc arrangements each week.

Ensure that team parents know how to set up a soccer field and know where to find the relevant gear.

Let parents know when your team is rostered for canteen duty during home games. The canteen manager or your age group manager will advise you via email or WhatsApp when your team is rostered

Let parents know when your team is rostered to act during home games as ground marshal.

Advise the Gear Steward of any breakages/damage to equipment during games or training.

If you are interested in becoming a coach or manager please contact the Club Coach Coordinator or visit

Upcoming Courses


Coach or Manager Registration

A valid Working With Children Check is required for both Managers and Coaches only if they do not have a child in the team. It is the club’s responsibility to ensure that this check is valid at the start of the season. More details here:


Coledale Waves currently has limited space available to train and with high numbers of players registers we have many teams that require space to train. Our main training ground is St James Park, Coledale.

Some teams will need to, or choose to, train at alternative locations such as Clowes Park or Glastonbury Gardens or local school grounds with the permission of the school.

The club have recently worked with Wollongong City Council to install floodlights at St James Park. We will work on a training roster to manage the use of floodlights and the pitch. The Club will ensure that there’s an even spread across the week so there is sufficient space for all teams. Training times will be extended in the evenings through to 9pm during the weekdays.

If you need assistance with transport to and from, let your team manager or coach know so that assistance can be arranged.

U6 – U8 Teams typically train one session a week for approximately 45 minutes. U9-U17 teams are encouraged to train a minimum of 1 session per week with some advanced teams training 2 sessions per week. This age will train for 45 – 1.5hrs per session.

It’s up to coaches and players to settle on which day or days suit the team the best. We do encourage similar ages to train at the same time and place so that we can better offer external coaching assistance from time to time, and encourage a supportive environment.

Priority for access to St James Park will be given in order to:

U12-U17 Comp teams
U8 – U11
U6 – U7

This is to allow the older teams access to the equipment suitable for their age. Younger age teams will be given the equipment they need to run successful training sessions away from our home ground as required.

The aim of our training for U6-U8 is to allow the young players to fall in love with the game by providing fun game based activities. This stage is know as THE DISCOVERY PHASE or ‘Ball and I’ phase and players are given the opportunity to get to know the ball and develop some basic coordination and ball control skills.

The aim of training for U9-U13 is to allow players to develop the core functional skills. This phase is know as the SKILL ACQUISITION PHASE or the ‘Golden Age of Motor Learning’ and it is essential that players in this phase learn correct technique in the for key skills of:

o First Touch

o Striking the ball

o Running with the Ball

o 1 v 1

The aim of training for U14-U17 is to allow players to develop their understanding of the team and tactical side to the game. This stage of the game is known as the GAME TRAINING PHASE. Core skills are reinforced and as teams progress through the ages players and teams are encouraged to solve the problems presented by opposing teams to win a game.

Parents are responsible to get their children to training early so they are ready to start training at the time nominated by the coach.

Players are expected to be respectful and committed to training. Players that regularly do not attend training may risk having reduced time on the field come game day.

All Players are to respect the coaches instructions in relation to looking after our gear. Poor behavior which may damage equipment will not be tolerated.

Poor behavior towards coaches and players similarly will not be tolerated.

Your coach will discuss with you any player behavioral issues that may require your assistance to manage.

Parents may be required by coaches to help run training sessions (fetching balls, organise kids into teams, help with bibs, cones and goals set out etc) . This will ensure that kids get the maximum out of their training time.

During all the phases of the game, training prioritises the learning of core skills and developing a love for the game over winning games. Players are encouraged to test themselves and make mistakes in a continual learning process. Eventually a firm grasp of skills and knowledge will lead to teams winning games.

Game Day

Game day provides players the opportunity to get out on the pitch, and express themselves in a fun and safe environment. Players should always be encouraged to have a go and never discouraged from making mistakes as they learn about the game. Games should be viewed as an opportunity to put into practice what players have been working on at training. Winning the game should never come at the expense of trying, failing, learning and having fun.

Games are played on Saturdays for Mini-Roos teams. The youngest players usually play earlier in the morning and some older age groups may play in the afternoon, but this can vary. Approximately half of each team’s games each season are played at St James Park and half are played away. Away games can be played as far north as Helensburgh, as far south as Gerringong and as far west as Dapto.

Competition Games U12-U17 can be played on Sundays and Friday nights.

Parents are responsible for their child’s transport. Many parents choose to organise car-pooling with fellow team members. If you need assistance with transport, let your team manager know so that assistance can be arranged.

Please be aware that games can be and are often played during school holidays.

Coledale Waves has an equal game time policy. Playing stronger players for more game time to get better match results runs contrary to the Coledale Waves motto of ‘football for everyone’. Our aim as a participation-based club is to maximise the enjoyment of all players and provide an environment where every player, regardless of skill and experience, is allowed to develop to the best of their ability.

Punctuality and reliability is important in helping our valued volunteers perform their roles. In order for a player to qualify for equal game time, they are required to attend the majority of training sessions. Players are also expected to arrive at the specified time at training and on game days

Players should also be well behaved, courteous and respectful to coaches/managers, teammates, referee officials, grounds persons and volunteers.

Players who continue to be uncommitted, unreliable or disruptive members of a team can be subject to losing game time at the discretion of the team’s organisers.

Unless your coach advises you differently expect to arrive 30minutes prior to kick off time ready for a warm up and coach instructions for the game.

Players should stay with the coach and manager at the start, half time, and end of game so that information can be easily relayed to team. By starting this early good habits can be formed which will help players focussed and attentive.

The Coach shall be the sole person to issue on field instructions to players. Parents are only to offer encouragement and support.

How are parents required to assist?

Please read and comply with the code of conduct on the Football South Coast website. Ensure your child reads with you, and understands the player’s code.

Please read the parental code of conduct on the Football South Coast website:

If your team is playing the first game of U6 – U7, U8 – U9 or U10 – U11 you will be required to set up the field ready for play for that age grouping. If your team is playing the last game of U6 – U7, U8 – U9 or U10 – U11 you will be required to pack up the field ready for play for the next age grouping. Your manager will advise you if this is required. Your team manager will advise you if this is necessary, or in the absence of your team manager the field plan outside the canteen will advise of the playing schedule. Please be aware games can start as early as 8am.
On game day a field plan will be posted outside the canteen and will advise you of the area in which your team is playing.

U6 – U7 small sided games use Aluminium fold out portable Alpha Goals (W) 1.5-2m x (H) 0.9-1m. 1 person can generally manage 1 goal.

U8 – U9 small sided games PVC Samba goals

(W) 2.5-3m x (H) 1.8 – 2m. 2 people are best to set these goals up.

U10 – U11 small sided games use Portable Aluminium goals on the sides of each half of the main pitch. (W) 5m x (H) 2m These goals have separate nets. 2-3 people are best to set these goals up. Goals must be pegged to the ground when in use.

All Portable goals need to be fixed to ground with 3 U shaped pegs per goal during windy conditions. Pegs are located in the Gear Store Room.

U12-U17 full size competition games use Portable Aluminium Goalposts. We have large goalpost pads to cover the metal posts when small-sided games are being played.

Your team manager will provide you with instructions regarding field layout. Please advise your team manager of any breakages, damage to or loss of equipment.

Please arrive at game venues each week at least 30 minutes before games are scheduled to begin. This will allow time to park, find your field and get your children. Always check travel time to away game venues to allow sufficient time.

Occasionally during home games, your team will be required to assist in the canteen. Two parents are required for each 30-minute shift. The canteen is an important source of revenue for the club and without parent volunteers it cannot run. Your manager will advise you in advance as to when you are required.

Occasionally during home games, one or two team parents will be required to act as ground marshals. The club is required to provide ground marshals at St James, and clubs have been fined for failing to do so.

Ground marshals are provided with high visibility vests so that they can easily be identified and are tasked with:

Preventing and dealing with any incidents that may arise involving poor behaviour
Giving directions to visitors
To ensure every player has the best time at the club, please discuss in confidence with your coach and manager any behavioral issues, learning difficulties, medical conditions or allergies that will assist your coach to provide a fun safe environment for your child.

Please clean up your area after games. Lost property can be taken to the canteen for safe keeping.

Occasionally teams will be required to help keep facilities clean and tidy. A roster will be sent out at the beginning of the season to each team with dates they are required to help clean the grounds and clubhouse. You will be provided with instructions detailing what will be required.

As a community organisation staffed solely by volunteers, we rely on parents, grandparents and carers to help us to provide a clean, safe, inclusive and vibrant environment in which children can play football, develop their skills and learn the value of teamwork. Many hands really do make light work, and the fringe benefit is being part of a close-knit community working towards a common goal.

Welcome aboard, and have fun. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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