Ashy Redbacks Newsletter - November 2016
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Dear Redbackers,

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those of you who I haven’t had the opportunity of getting to know just yet. My name is Steve Carlisle and I have been given the privilege of leading the club in 2017, having been the Vice President this past year.
By means of background, I first become involved with the club via the Auskick program in 2011 where I was an active parent on the sidelines before being encouraged to become an Auskick coach for a couple of seasons. My two boys started at the Ashy Redbacks in 2014 with me being an Assistant Coach of the mighty U8’s in 2015 and then swapping that for a role on the committee this past year.
We are a club with a great history and I wanted to firstly thank all members that have served in a volunteer capacity previously, as they have made the Ashy Redbacks what it is today. I look at this appointment as President to do all that I can to help build on that legacy and take the club further forward next year.
Season 2016
Season 2016 was a successful year for us. We had a club record number of 667 players (604 boys and 63 girls), we won Premierships across the U13 Black, U12 Black, U15 Girls Red, and U15 Girls Green teams, and the future of our club looks bright with three of our four U10’s teams winning their respective Lightening Premierships.

From an individual perspective we saw three boys earn Victorian and TAC Cup representative honours, five boys and girls earned Yarra League Best & Fairest awards, and 10 boys and girls were selected in the YJFL Metro Championships. A great contribution all around.
Our Club
As great as premierships and individual accolades are, the broader success of the club should be measured on the enjoyment that we all get from being a part of the Ashy Redbacks family. Friends playing with friends and meeting new ones, learning the values of team spirit, understanding that each person plays a key role in the success and enjoyment of the game, and what you put in is what you get out.

This applies not just to the players on the field, but also to the Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers, Trainers, Runners, club support staff, and ultimately to all the families who come out week after week to enjoy grassroots footy.

We participate because we want to see our children happy and enjoying themselves. We want to see them improve their skills and abilities, and ultimately we want to see them experience their own personal growth wrapped in a community environment. This is what junior footy clubs are all about. 
Ashy Committee in 2017
This year we have a fantastic committee who are all enthused and committed to making the club the best it can be. Returning for 2017 we have
  • Richard Zvirbulis
  • Nick Grogan
  • Sarah Ritchie
  • Ash Fernee
  • Anna Carlisle
  • Craig Harris

In addition, we welcome two new committee members in Brendan Foley and Mel Eardley. Brendan has been Auskick Coordinator for Watsons Park for the past few years and Mel was a Team Manager with the U14 Black side last year so both join with experience of the Redbacks and children who are current players at the club.

Please congratulate all of our committee members when you next see them as they give up their own time in a volunteer capacity week in, week out, to ensure that the club operates well, both on and off the field.

Click here to read the bios of our committee members in season 2017.
Planning for Season 2017
So whilst last season may feel like it has just finished, we are already deep into the planning for 2017. We have listened to your feedback from last year and I wanted to let you know of a few things that are underway so that you too can start to make your own plans over the coming months.
We have a strong number of coaches already lined up to coach again in 2017 with a view that all coaches will be appointed by early December. Once the coaching roster is finalised, we will publish this on our website so that you will know who will be coaching in each year group. This season we would like to get all teams in the same year group training together so that we can increase the bonds across the year groups (of both players and families), as well as focus on age grade training needs.
Developing our skills across the board
We are pulling together a series of skills assessment sheets that outline the skills that the AFL believes each year group player should have as part of their game development. We will publish these on the club website so that you can look at where your own individual skills (or your child/s) are at in comparison.

We wanted to provide this so that each player has a better understanding of where their levels are expected to be at well prior to pre-season and before any grading games begin. Having a clear understanding will give each player the knowledge of what they need to work on to improve and take that next step on from this year across the off-season. In 2017 skills development will be a big focus point for us across all levels.
Coaching for our Coaches
We will be investing in our support teams. We are working through an off season course to help Coach our Coaches so that they are better enabled to lead our teams next year. We are very thankful of each of the volunteers who step up to coach but understand that these people have the passion to give, they may not necessarily have a wealth of previous expertise in coaching. We cannot expect our children to develop if we are not investing in the development of our coaches as well.
We are looking to make this coming pre-season more focused around skills development and game understanding, as well as still having fun of course! We have access to a number of people who operate at the elite levels of Australian sport within our club, so we’re asking them to help us with things like – What running lines should I be taking? What are the techniques for developing more explosive jumping capability? What is the best way to tackle and take a tackle? Where should I stand? How do I tag? etc.

We want to bring these aspects into pre-season training so that base level fitness can be gained at the same time we’re learning about the game.  
Grading in 2017
The league has informed us that the season will start at the end of April. Given this, we are already in discussions with three other local clubs to get some grading games lined up. This means that in addition to pre-season, there will be an opportunity to demonstrate skills that have been developed in the off-season over a series of games so that we have plenty of time to observe and make grading selections.

From a selection perspective, we will include each of the coaches at the respective year groups as well as an independent person to help make the grading decisions. We feel this will be a fair way to conduct grading. Please refer to our grading policy on the website for any further details.
Off the field
We are in the process of reaching out to sponsors from this past season to see whether they would be interested in supporting the club again in 2017.

We finished 2016 strongly from a financial perspective and we are now looking at re-investing some of that money back into the club. We will be using some of our revenue to purchase new training equipment and introduce qualified medical professionals at our home grounds across all games this coming year.
We are also developing a plan around strategic development works that we can invest in, for example an electronic scoreboard that I know has been desired from a large majority of you.
Registrations for 2017 are now OPEN.  Early bird registrations prices are $230 for the first child and then $200 for subsequent children in the family which is less than the full season registration prices and will be available until the 31st of January, a month longer than in previous seasons.
There are three key benefits of registering early:
  1. It gives you a financial saving   
  2. It helps the club to get an early view of numbers across each of the year groups for our planning
  3. It helps avoid a massive crush of administration closer to the start of the season which greatly impacts our ability to respond quickly to your needs
Therefore, getting early registrations is a great help to everyone and we appreciate your support.
To register now, click here:
Finally, we are seeking your support 
The club operates on the generosity of volunteers. I have seen many of you kindly helping out across previous seasons asking “What can I do?”. Well, we would love to hear from any of you who want to be involved in any aspect of the club this year – big or small. Many hands make light work, and sub-committee members will allow us to be more effective in what and how much we can provide back to all members.
There are a few sub-committees we are establishing this year covering:
  • Footy Operations
  • Social
  • Sponsorship
  • Ashy Ball
  • Roving Reporters (parents or players)
  • Year Level Co-ordinators
More details of these roles can be found on our website at 

Please take a look and if you would like to put your name forward for this please let us know, we’d be very appreciative.

I hope that this provides you with a small snapshot of all the work that is going on behind the scenes. There are a lot of things that we are already doing and our intent is to be ready well in advance for the upcoming season so that all you have to worry about is what colour boots you’re going to wear!
Enjoy your off season and a well deserved summer holiday with family and we look forward to sending you regular updates around the progress we are making in the lead up to the pre-season – it won’t be far off!!
If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at or on 0405 421 323.
Yours in footy

Steve Carlisle

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