Team Placement Policy
We do not grade players at Albany Creek. It is the policy of the club to try to place players according to the individual requests of the player. If no special requests are made, the player will be placed in the appropriate age group.
To make it easier for existing players to register for the next season, we mail out registration forms in mid-to-late July each year. The forms are pre-filled with player details and there is always a Special Requests line on the form so that parents or players can make requests for where they would like their son or daughter placed in the coming season, for example:
‘same team as last season’
‘with Matthew Hayden’
‘with players from All Saints school’.
The mail package also includes details of when the sign-on is taking place etc. You don’t have to physically come down to the club to register – you can mail the forms to the club’s postal address (PO Box 82, Albany Creek) with payment.
Towards the end of each season, we publish the dates for the sign-on for the next season in our Hawk Talk newsletter. We also put a reminder in there to ask parents to advise us if they have or will be moving in the off-season so that we can alter our database, thus ensuring the mail out will go to the correct address.
As we grow bigger each year, the administrative task of organising the teams becomes more difficult. At the beginning of each season, our Registrar invests a huge amount of time reviewing all the requests and allocating players to teams. This starts on sign-on weekend and continues over the next several weeks, with new registrations and late registrations coming in right up until (and sometimes after) the first game of the season.
The process of sorting the teams is long and involved and once started, it is very difficult to move players out of one team into another. We also have to work around deadlines for nominating team to Brisbane North.
We now have over 350 players to try to keep happy, therefore if registrations are not received on the sign-on weekend, or the Registrar is not advised by the parent of their intent to return and their requested playing arrangements, special requests will only be met if it there is room in the nominated team.
While we have a very good player retention rate, there are still many players who do not return to play another season with us for various reasons. If no form or phone call has been received, we will assume that the player is not coming back to play the new season.
(20th October 2008)