A fantastic, fun, grass roots program for boys and girls Under 6, Under 7 and Under 8
AFL Auskick is where champions begin. It is where boys and girls first pull on the boots and learn their drop punts from their torpedos.
Safe and fun, AFL Auskick is the ideal introduction to football for children aged from four years old
Through skill games, activities and modified match practice participants will learn and familiarise themselves with all the skills required to become the next AFL champion!
AFL Auskick is fun for the kids and stress-free for parents and is facilitated with the help of parents and volunteers and managed by the community, for the community.
The NAB AFL Auskick Rookie program is where it all starts. Children aged from five to eight learn the fundamental skills required to participate in Australian football. The kids are grouped depending on their age.
Kids will learn new skills and play fun games. Children are grouped by size and ability for safety and participation. No Auskicker ever feels left out. There’s no tackling or rough play. Parents are encouraged to participate and enjoy a physical activity with their children.
Willoughby Wildcats Auskick is played on Sundays, 8.00 am at ELS Hall Park in 2018 whilst our home ground Gore Hill Oval is redeveloped. Thanks for the support from the North Ryde Dockers.
Sessions usually consist of a warm up, skill activities designed to improve and familiarise participants with the necessary skills of the game and ending in a modified game where children can hone their skills in a safe, controlled environment. A normal Sunday morning would consist of the following;
10 minutes warm up activity and welcome;
30 minutes learning skills and practicing drills;
30 minutes mini games; and
5 minutes team song, finish.
Players rotate between forward, centre and back positions in all games. We conclude each session with the Club song.
In Auskick there is no tackling and no scrimmage. In Auskick our EMPHASIS is on fun, safety, fair play and inclusion. Games are relaxed and non-competitive. Everyone is encouraged and get a fair go. Kids play in three age ranges for safety and to encourage participation.
We attend a few gala days at other club venues, play at half time at senior and Swans matches and end the season with a mega gala day for all of Sydney North clubs in September.
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.