Registrations and Transfers Policy
Each season, the FJFC provides opportunities for more than 500 boys and girls to play football. As the club is continuing to grow, it is vital that there is a strong, consistent and transparent registration and transfer policy in place.
2. Policy Statement
This policy has been developed to provide new, current and returning players and parents with clear information about registration and transfer processes, requirements and registration fees.
Priority registration for current players (players who played with the Club in the previous season) will begin in January each year.
Current players will receive an automatic registration email reminder from SportsTG, which will include instructions about registering for the new season and the closing date for priority registration. Notification will also be added to the Club’s website and Facebook page. Registration closing date for these players will typically be three (3) weeks from the opening date and after the end of the first week of the new school year.
Any player not registered by the closing date may forfeit their position at the Club if teams are at capacity. Late registrations from current players will have no priority over returning and new players or transfer registrations.
Players who are returning to the Club but did not register and/or play in the previous season and do not require a transfer from another Club, will fall under New Player Registrations (below) and should not register until New Player registrations open. Players who have been registered with the Club in the past but were unable to play in the previous season due to injury or other extenuating circumstances may apply to be considered as a current player by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Registrations for Returning and New Players will open in February, immediately after current player online registrations close. A Returning player is someone that has played in prior years and and would like to return for the current season, but did not register and/or play in the previous season and do not require a transfer from another Club.
Once the Club receives an online registration, it will be placed pending in order of receipt. Each new registration must be accompanied by proof of age. A scanned image or clear photo of the player’s birth certificate or passport must be scanned and added to the player file at time of registration. If the player is unable to complete the lodgement of their proof of age document at time of registration they may forward a copy to the FJFC Registration Officer (email@example.com). No player will be approved for registration without proof of age.
Once a position has been found in an appropriate team, the player will receive a confirmation/welcome email and general information to assist in the purchase of club gear.
If teams are at capacity and returning/new players are unable to be accommodated, the player will be notified by email and arrangements made to refund registration fees.
Transfer Applications will open in February at the same time as the New Player Registrations.
Transferring players are required to complete a YFJL Player Transfer Form and return the completed form to the FJFC Registration Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org). The transfer will only be processed provided there is sufficient capacity in the appropriate team.
Once the transfer has been approved, players will receive a confirmation email and a link to registration. Each new transfer/registration must be accompanied by proof of age. A scanned image or clear photo of the player’s birth certificate or passport must be emailed to the FJFC Registration Officer (email@example.com). No player/transfer will be approved for registration without proof of age.
If teams are at capacity, the player will be notified by email and the transfer will not proceed. Players may request to be placed on the Club’s registration waiting list if teams are at capacity. This request must be made via email to the FJFC Registration Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org). If a position on a team becomes available, players – in order of position on the waiting list – will be notified via email with a link to registration.
After registrations are received and teams approach capacity, the Club will finalise Coaches and Team Managers. The Coaches work closely with the FJFC Registration Officer and under the guidance of the Coaching Development Subcommittee to determine team structure, allocations and finalise player numbers. Please see the Age Group Policy and Player Placement Policy for further details on allocation of players to teams.
Once teams have been finalised, applications to Council for ground permits will commence. Team Managers/Coaches will contact players regarding training dates and times as soon as permits are approved.
These are reviewed annually and available through the SportsTG registration process and will be confirmed on the FJFC website prior to the commencement of registration for any given season.
Fees are due online at the time of registration, except for subsidy payments. Unregistered players with fees outstanding are prohibited from playing any games for the Club.
Club Fee Subsidies
Parent Coach Fee Subsidy
In recognition of the significant voluntary effort associated with the coaching role, the child/children in the team of a parent coach will be fully subsidised. If a parent coaches a different team from that in which their child plays, they are still eligible for one child at the club to receive a full fee subsidy.
Low Income/Financial Hardship Subsidy
Low income families or families experiencing financial hardship can apply for a fee subsidy. Application forms can be requested from the FJFC Registration Officer (email@example.com). All applications for financial hardship subsidy will be assessed by the Committee and applicants advised via email of the outcome. Subsidy amounts are at the discretion of the Committee and any payment plans must be approved by the Committee.
YJFL Championship Fee Subsidy
The Club will pay 50% of registration fees incurred by players selected by the YJFL to play in any championship squads. The Club will assist with registration fees for championship players already approved by the Committee for a season registration subsidy. Applications for assistance should be submitted with the FJFC Registration Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All registration refunds will be made via EFT to a nominated bank account and will be at the discretion of the Committee. Applications will be assessed and determined on the basis of each individual circumstance. Non-recoverable administration fees charged by the YJFL (or SportsTG) are generally non-refundable. Refund requests should be made by email to the FJFC Registration Officer (email@example.com).
4. Evaluation & Review
This policy was reviewed and updated in November 2016 and is scheduled for review in November 2018.
6. Related Policies