Player Development Program G9+

Player Development Program G9+

From grade 9 up (for the 2021 Season, that’s those born in 2012 and earlier), Taupō players have the opportunity to take part in Player Development Programs.

Dates & Fee

Sessions will be held on Monday nights starting Monday 17th May through to Monday 9th August (no sessions Queens Birthday or School Holidays). The club will charge a fee for these practice sessions. This has been set at $35 for 2021.

Player Development Programs

While the focus in the Player Development Programs remains to have fun, it is a step up from the Saturday football competition, with more technical coaching. It does require a coachable attitude – the ability to focus and take direction and instruction from a coach.

To enhance the quality of the sessions, we would ask that players are reminded at drop-off to listen carefully, try their best, and really focus on their skill development.  Practicing the skills taught throughout the week is also very beneficial!  The more the players put into it, the more the players will get out of it.

Players who attend these practices and show good commitment and attitude may get selected to represent the club in the McCartney tournament which takes place in October. McCartney team selection will be made by Tuesday 10th August.

Whilst we love your support and encouragement from the sidelines, please try to refrain from ‘coaching’ your children from the sideline.  Please leave the coaching to the coaches – that way the players won’t be getting mixed messages and second-guessing themselves on the pitch.

Many thanks to our Player Development Coaches, who also coach Saturday teams, all on a voluntary basis.  Their time and effort is hugely appreciated.

Late entry to the Player Development Squad will be at the discretion of each coach.

We also note that ‘player development’ does not necessarily mean each player gets to play in their favoured position.  In fact, NZ Football recommends for proper development of junior players, they should get used to a range of positions.

 

Girls Development

Female players Grades 9 and up can choose to train in a Monday girls-only session; or they can chose to train in the mixed teams (above).

 

Inter-club Friendlies

It is our intention to organise several club friendlies during this time (Covid willing).

Different team compositions may be chosen for various interclub games to give experience to a greater number of players. (Our preference will always be to form multiple teams and take all eligible players in the grade IF the other club can also form multiple teams)

  • Game time is not a ‘right’, and is not promised.  Please try to minimise disappointment of your children missing out on any particular game.
  • ‘Winning’ is not our primary goal – skill development and having players enjoy their football are our prime drivers.
  • Players may feel they are played ‘out of position’, however this is necessary for proper player development.

 

Dispensations

Each player will be put in the applicable grade based on their date of birth.

Dispensations to play in a higher or lower grade will be considered on application for the Saturday competition.

For Player Development Squads and McCartney Teams, no dispensations will be allowed.

The only exceptions to this are for the Grade 9 Player Development Squad, where we may allow Grade 8 players to take part as we have no Grade 8 Player Development or McCartney team. This will be on application and at the coaches discretion.

 

McCartney Tournament Teams

From Grade 9 up (for the 2021 Season, that’s those born in 2012 and earlier), Taupō players will have the opportunity be selected to represent the club at the McCartney Tournament. This takes place 15-16-17 October 2021 in Taupō.

Grades Boys 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 and Girls U10 & U12 will all have a team selected to represent Taupō in the McCartney Tournament and possibly other tournaments within the WaiBOP region.

This requires additional training time and may require some travel to tournaments / friendly games are organised against other clubs. These are likely to be on Sundays during July-September.

Preference for McCartney Tournament team selection will be given to those who have attended the player development program for their age group, and selection takes into account aptitude for the game, commitment and good attitude. While the focus remains to have fun, it is a step up from the Saturday football competition, with more technical coaching, and does require a greater time commitment.

Practice sessions for McCartney Tournament training will be on Mondays from 16 August until the tournament begins, with likely additional Thursday sessions closer to the tournament (at the coaches discretion).

Team selection will be 9th August 2021.

There will be a cost of $35 for those selected and this will go towards tournament fees.

Consideration for McCartney teams without attendance in the Development Program will be at the discretion of each coach.

 

Girls McCartney Teams

Female players are encouraged to represent Taupō AFC in the McCartney Tournament Girl-only grades (G10, G12 & potentially G14).  These girls teams will be run as a single training squad, but with break-out sessions for each team.  The same cost, training days and selection criteria as above applies.

Dispensations

Each player will be put in the applicable grade based on their date of birth.

Dispensations to play in a higher or lower grade will be considered on application for the Saturday competition.

For Player Development Squads and McCartney Teams, no dispensations will be allowed.

The only exceptions to this are for the Grade 9 Player Development Squad, where we may allow Grade 8 players to take part as we have no Grade 8 Player Development or McCartney team. This will be on application and at the coaches discretion.

 

 

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