Match Day Changes for Under 9 & 10 commencing from 2015

AFL Junior Match Guide – for YJFL 2016 Season

YJFL LogoThe AFL Junior Match Policy Guide has been developed by the AFL with the stated aim of establishing a framework that ensures learning and development of young players towards the adult version of the game. The AFL wants to provide an environment where the young players can play the game and sequentially develop their skills through activities, games, match rules and conditions commensurate with their stage of learning and level of ability.

Over a period of time consultation with leagues and clubs was carried out, and in 2012 a research project was carried out by Deakin University into the impact of the presence or absence of the junior match policy on enjoyment and skill development of participants and on the attitudes and match day behaviours of parents, coaches, officials and administrators.

Although the introduction of the Junior Match Guide changes has been left to individual Leagues, nearly all Leagues in metropolitan and country Victoria have already adopted the basic changes. Some have made small modifications or not adopted minor parts of the Guide. During 2014 I have had the opportunity to meet with other League representatives and in particular our comparable metropolitan neighbours South Metro Junior Football League, South East Junior Football League, Eastern Football League, Northern Football League, Essendon District Football League and Western District Football League. I have been able to glean from them what is working, what doesn’t and the changes they have made to the Guide. Some YJFL Board members also had a chance to look at some matches in other leagues where the changes had also been adopted.

Below is a chart of the changes endorsed by the AFL Board at its meeting on 14 July 2014 to be introduced for season 2015.

Peter Nicholls
General Manager

YJFL

Rules and Regulations

  • Phase Introductory
    Players 12 a side
    Maximum Ground Size – Use of Zones 80m x 60m approx.
    (2 games per oval)
    3 equal zones
    Match Length 4 x 10
    (1 hour)
    Competition Details No scores, ladders or finals.
    No recording of best players and goalkickers permitted.
    No representative teams.
    Contact No tackle or bump.
    There is absolutely no contact or spoiling, except when accidental in nature.
    The ball Size 1 Synthetic
    Umpiring 1 field, 2 goal umpires
    Parents.
    Coaching position Onfield (1)
    Bounces 1 bounce before disposing
    Marking A mark is awarded, irrespective of the distance the ball has travelled, to any player who catches it or makes a reasonable attempt to mark it.
    Out of Bounds From a kick, a free kick is awarded against the player who last kicked the ball. From hands, or if there is doubt, the umpire shall call a ball-up 10m in from the boundary.
    Kick off the Ground Not permitted unless accidental.
    Stealing, smothering, shepherding, barging No stealing, smothering, shepherding or barging.
    Penalties No distance penalty applies.
    Players can be ordered off at the umpire’s discretion.
    Age Group Day Under 8’s Round Robin during season
  • Phase Development
    Players 15 a side
    Maximum Ground Size – Use of Zones 100m x 80m approx.
    3 equal zones
    Match Length 4 x 12
    (1 hour 15 minutes)
    Competition Details No scores, ladders or finals.
    No recording of best players and goalkickers permitted.
    No representative teams.
    Contact Modified tackle*/no bump.
    Players cannot bump/push an opponent, knock/ steal the ball out of their hands or smother an opponent’s kick.
    The ball Size 2 Synthetic
    Umpiring 1 field, 2 goal umpires.
    Parents.
    Coaching position Onfield (1)
    Bounces 2 bounces before disposing
    Marking A mark is awarded, irrespective of the distance the ball has travelled, to any player who catches it or makes a reasonable attempt to mark it.
    Out of Bounds From a kick, a free kick is awarded against the player who last kicked the ball. From hands, or if there is doubt, the umpire shall call a ball-up 10m in from the boundary.
    Kick off the Ground Not permitted unless accidental.
    Stealing, smothering, shepherding, barging No stealing, smothering, shepherding or barging.
    Penalties 10m penalty can be applied at the umpire’s discretion if they feel a player has been hindered in any way. Players can be ordered off at the umpire’s discretion.
    Age Group Day Under 9’s Round Robin during season (free YJFL ball for each player)
  • Phase Transition to Competition
    Players 18 a side
    Maximum Ground Size – Use of Zones Up to Full size
    No zones
    Match Length 4 x 15
    (1 hour 30 minutes)
    Competition Details Scores allowed but not published, no ladders or finals.
    Goal umpires cards to be submitted to League for grading purposes.
    Contact Modified tackle*/no bump.
    The ball Size 2 Synthetic
    Umpiring 1 field, 2 boundary umpires, 2 goal umpires.
    Club Supplementary Umpires
    Coaching position Sideline
    Bounces 2 bounces before disposing
    Marking A mark is awarded when a player catches the ball directly from another player’s kick that has travelled at least 10 metres.
    Out of Bounds Boundary throw-in.
    Kick off the Ground Not permitted unless accidental.
    Stealing, smothering, shepherding, barging No stealing, smothering, shepherding or barging.
    Penalties 25m penalty can be applied at the umpire’s discretion if they feel a player has been hindered in any way. Players can be ordered off at the umpire’s discretion.
    Age Group Day Lightning Premiership in first weekend of finals for each division of Under 10’s

*Note – Modified Tackle – A player in possession of the ball may be tackled by an opponent wrapping both arms around the area below the top of the shoulders and on/above the knees. The tackle may be from either side or from behind, providing the tackle from behind does not thrust forward player with the ball (i.e. push the player in the back).

Further information (PDF Documents):

AFL Junior Match Guide 2015

Junior Matchday Guidelines

Under 9 Coach Information Kit

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