Fun and safety
Auskick is about learning physical and social skills.
The emphasis is on fun in a structured environment. The format is simple: fun warm ups; teaching skills by showing and practice followed by a non-competitive game of footy. In games, players are matched on size and ability for safety and to encourage participation. Players are positioned in three zones to reduce congestion, but rotate positions in breaks.
The AFL rules are modified for maximum participation and opportunity for personal achievement. Auskick does not permit tackling, smoothering, stealing the ball, diving on the ball or kicking off the ground. Further, to encourage skills, once a player gains possession all other players back off to allow the player to kick or handball unchallenged. The language of marks and possessions is AFL but the basic skills of kicking, catching and evasion are intrinsically useful and transferable to any sport.
Each week, encouragement awards are given out and the club song is sung. No Auskicker will ever feel left out. Emphasis is on being a good sport, developing physical and social skills and having fun.
Child and parental participation
Parents are encouraged to participate under the guidance of the coaches and they are amply rewarded by fun quality time in physical activity with their children.
For games, players are grouped according to age and experience for safety and to encourage participation.
Managed by the community for the community
Auskick depends on parental participation on the field and off the field. The program is well supported by the AFL and the volunteer coaches receive great training and support. Auskick families enjoy a friendly (non-competitive) atmosphere. Looking for numbers or being a reserve doesn’t happen in Auskick. Every player is included.
Auskick is all about having fun, getting to know the other folks and participating the development of your child/children and community.