Making the decision to join the SEQFA program
How do parents know when their child is ready to move into the SEQFA program?
- The player has a high interest level in football and practices on their own or with friends.
- The player is the best or one of the best in their team and starts to seem bored with a recreational competition level.
- The player sees higher-level players and wants to be like them.
- The player is mature enough to commit to more frequent practices and more strenuous training.
- The player like competition.
The rule of thumb is to let your child guide you. Don’t push them into trying out for a higher standard of football just because you want it. Some players are ready at age 8 and some aren’t ready to move up to a higher standard until they are 13 or 14. Talk to your child and gauge their feelings about tryouts. There is always a risk that your child wont make the team, so before you tryout find out what their commitment level is.
Your child should also understand that it is them alone trying out. The best buddy may not make the academy squad, in addition sometimes a whole team or a significant part of the team wants to move up together which may not be achievable due to tiered ability. Some players may not be ready but try for an academy because their friends are doing it. They would not have tried out for the academy otherwise. Sometimes this situation results in an unproductive and frustrating experience for the players and the parents.
What will be asked of the player and the parents when the child is chosen for the SEQFA?
- Regular attendance at all practices and games. If a player cannot attend the player/parents must notify a coach as soon as possible. Players need to arrive 15 minutes before the session is due to start.
- If playing multiple sports the player should prioritize football above other sports when conflicts occur, especially during the season.
- Proper attire. Higher level football players must dress accordingly
- Responsibility for equipment and uniforms. Players should learn to take care of their equipment and uniforms and bring them when required.
- Financial responsibility. Parents should budget the costs of competitive football and prepare to take care of expenses in a timely manner.
- Maintain standards and behavior. Players and parents must control their actions and words. The level of play in competitive football becomes more physical as players move through the age groups and skill levels. Players must learn to keep their play and emotions under control on and off the field. Parents must remain quiet and allow the coaches to address any issues with players and referees.