Auskick 2020 almost 1 week to go

Hi Auskickers,
Almost only 1 week to go before we can finally get started for the year!!

7:45am on the 19th July is when we kick off, running through until the end of September. I’m sure we’re all pretty keen to get out for a run around on a Sunday morning again and keep getting back towards normal. Unfortunately due to a multitude of reasons we haven’t managed to get the U8’s up and going early, however they will start on the 19th July with the rest of Auskick and then start up their home and away games around week 5 or 6 (16th or 23rd August) for an approx 5 week season.
Just a couple of housekeeping points to mull over:- Socks are not included in the subscription this year, so if you don’t have any from last year, you can order them from the club here.- If you’ve got any specific guernsey and short size requests (big or small for their age), I’ll be going through and allocating sizes over the holidays so please let me know.

Finally, if you can help out as a co-ordinator to run some drills/groups, please let me know. Looking down the list of parents there’s a few that I’ve locked in already, so even if you don’t volunteer, you may well be “nominated”… 

As always, if there’s any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Go Cats!

Junior sport to reopen across NSW

The NSW Government announced this week that junior sport will be allowed to recommence from 1 July.

As a consequence, AFL NSW is now working towards getting the 2020 Community Football and NAB AFL Auskick Season started on the weekend of 17 – 19 July 2020. This will be proceeded with full contact-training and match preparation phase during the NSW school holiday period.

The AFL will provide us with more information next week around the protocols regarding “return to contact training” and “competition play”. More importantly, there will be a lot of work to get through, including season length, fixtures, bylaws and financials.

In the meantime, if you have any issues or questions regarding the club’s policies and procedures, please contact our COVID Safety Officer.

Registrations for 2020 now open

While the children are enjoying the off-season, you can get organised early by registering them now for the 2020 season.


For children 8+ years old
Cost: $240 per child
Each player will receive a jumper and shorts. These will need to be returned at the end of the season. Socks can be purchased at any time via our online store.

Please note that the NSW government announced earlier this year that each child would be eliglbe for two ActiveKids vouchers per year. For further details, head to the ActiveKids website.

You also have the option of donating an extra $50 to help fund the purchase of a canteen/club room down on Steve Chisholm Oval. This will help create an even better atmosphere on game day, and make the process so much easier on volunteers.

We are planning to enter teams in the AFL Sydney Juniors (Harbour North) league in 2019 across multiple divisions. This includes youth girls teams in U10, U12, U14 & U16 age groups.

Click here to register for 2020.

All junior registrations before 8 December will also receive a FREE training top. To make use of this offer, go to our website, select your training top and add the coupon code “2020bonus” at checkout. The tops will be delivered with your playing gear at the guernsey presentation day early next year.


5-8 years old
Cost: $190 per child
Each player will receive an Auskick membership pack, jumper, shorts and socks.  Jumper and shorts to be returned at the end of the season.

We have another great season of Auskick planned in 2020. And you will be under the tutelage of some great coaches. In fact, coaches at the Lane Cove Cats have scoped the Auskick Coordinator of the Year (Sydney North) in four of the past six seasons.

Once again, children will allocated to age groups; Team Blue (Older kids, the Cats), Team Red (Swans) and then the little ones Team Orange (Giants).

Click here to register for 2020!  

Remember, all Auskickers get a great footy pack including a backpack, NAB AFL Auskick size 1 football, football pump, personalised door sign (with their club of support), bag tag, football card album and pack of footy cards. You also get a LCC guernsey & shorts (which need to be returned at end of season). Socks can be purchased anytime via our online store.

If you pay before 9th December 2019, you should receive the Auskick 2020 pack prior to Christmas.

Lane Cove Cats in 2020

The pathway for children in the AFL can be confusing. Community club football has been joined by a variety of school programs.

We are also a growing club, with new and different avenues opening up every year. In 2020, the Lane Cove Cats will continue to expand the number of programs we operate.

Our award winning Auskick program will return bigger and better. In addition to our regularly sessions, we will be looking to develop a girls-only stream to accommodate those children that may be reluctant to mix it up with the boys.

Due to the strong numbers in U8 Auskick, we should see a strong number of teams in the younger junior divisions. However our U11 and U12 age groups are also expected to be strong as well.

In the youth division, we will see further expansion in our joint venture with North Ryde. This will result in JV teams in U13 through to U15.

So in the name of simplicity, we’ve tried to summarise it all for our members.


Auskick is the premier AFL program for children new to the sport. It makes learning to play AFL fun, safe and easy for boys and girls. Through weekly coaching sessions they will learn the skills of the game in an exciting, social and safe environment.

Children will learn the fundamental motor skills vital for future physical activity and sport participation as well as learning how to interact with other children as part of a team in small group activities.

Within the Auskick program, we have two main streams.

Auskick 5-8 years

This involves Sunday morning sessions for approximately one hour. It consists of drills that teach the fundamentals of the game in a safe and fun environment. It also involves some internal grid games, using modified rules and no tackling.

Auskick U8’s Non Competitive Games

Around week four of the season, the children aged 8 are invited to participate in the Auskick U8 competition. This is a step up from the internal grid games, with boys and girls playing against other Auskick programs around Sydney.

Its always played on Sunday morning, and has no competition tables or divisionalised or graded team. Its played on a reduced field size separated into zones to avoid congestion and spread opportunity. The rules are modified including no tackling.

School and Community Programs

There are a host of programs tailored to primary school students across the nation. These aim to introduce the game to new children.

These include:

  • Learn AFL Auskick – a development program targeted at students with limited to no knowledge of AFL. The curriculum linked program to specific educational outcomes achieved through practicing the core skills of the game and learning about the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants.
  • Experience AFL Auskick – a development program targeted at students with some understanding of AFL. The curriculum linked program expands on this knowledge via specific skill sessions and modified match play whilst learning about the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants.
  • Sporting Schools Program – the AFL Sporting Schools Program has been developed to facilitate the delivery of AFL in schools. The program provides schools the opportunity to access Australian Sports Commission funding to assist with the delivery of the program.
  • After School Auskick Centre – after school clinics based on participant abilities, run on school grounds, after school by qualified AFL staff.
  • Multicultural/ Indigenous Programs


This involves children aged 9 and above, although in certain circumstances we can have children aged 7 or 8 play in this competition.

Junior Football is the next step for kids who are ready to move on from NAB AFL Auskick or other introductory school and/or community programs. It’s the perfect environment for kids to have fun learning through play, make new friends and create memories that last a lifetime. Rules of matches are modified so children can continue to develop their skills in an enjoyable, safe atmosphere.

At Lane Cove Cats, we have two main programs; mixed juniors and girls. The mixed juniors involves boy ands girls playing in age groups from under 9 up to under 12.

The youth girls program is relatively new. In fact, this year is the first year for the under 10 age group, while the under 12 age groups is in its second year.

These competitions are female specific competitions aimed at introducing new players to AFL and continuing the pathway for females aged 13 to 18 years.

Many girls prefer to play Australian Football in single gender environments, and where possible we recommend girls over age 10 do so. However, should your daughter prefer to play in mixed-gender team or competition they are permitted to do so until age 14.

Youth Football

Tailor made for players of all abilities and aspirations, Youth Football caters to teenage boys and girls aged from 13 to 18. An ideal progression from either NAB AFL Auskick or Junior Football, Youth Football provides children with the opportunity to play in a graded competition within a club environment.

Fun, fast and often skilful, Youth Football is a chance for children to play football with their friends and establish new friendships, with a distinct focus on team building.

At Lane Cove Cats, our youth football program is provided through a joint venture with our neighbouring club, the North Ryde Dockers.

In most sports across Australia, you get a natural decline in participation as children enter high school. This is when study, social activities and part-time work pressures are increasing. Participation drop-out then accelerates through the teenage years. In Sydney we are also facing diminishing available green space and an explosion in Auskick and junior clubs on the North Shore.

Under this strategy, we will have a much better chance of providing a club environment that caters to all age groups and skill sets the school years.

This structure is a common set up across the North Shore and the wider Sydney basin. Willoughby Wildcats have a joint venture with Mosman Swans from the U13 age groups and higher. Drummoyne Power and Concord Giants have also formed the Canada Bays Cannons for U13-U17 age groups.

Player Pathway

Below is a diagram outlining the structure of the club and the pathway for children from Auskick to senior football. We hope this provides some clarity for parents.

Lane Cove Cats Auskick Round 12 : 21st July 2019

What an awesome morning it was today, cold to start with, but as soon as the sun peeked over the tree’s it was really nice.

Little bit down on numbers as well, but hopefully everyone that came out had a great day. The kids are looking really good, some really good teamwork in the games, plus a lot of great skills both in the games and during the drills.

Couple of reminders:

– I’ll have the photo’s at Blackman Park again next week, please come and see me to pick your’s up.

– Gala Day is coming up, August 4th, so please make sure you can stick around until about 10:00am, we’ll have a jumpy castle (for the kids, not parents…) plus the parents vs kids game, there’s a U8’s game starting at 9:15, so thats when the trophy presentation will start in the corner near where the BBQ is set up.-

If your child hasn’t received an award this year, please let me know, and please turn up this week, we may be able to sort something out!!

– Lastly, the Legends Lunch is happening on Friday the 2nd August, order tickets here. For the rest of today, if you enter “BUYONEGETONEFREE” at checkout, you can get 2 for the price of 1, it’ll be a great day out.

Lane Cove Cats Auskick Round 11 : 23rd June 2019

Hi Auskickers

Great morning this morning, good to see people ignoring the rain that was forecast, gladly it turned out to be a great day!

We’re looping back to get a bit more work on the basic skills, kicking and handballing will be the areas we’ll focus on over the next couple of weeks, just trying to bed in the skills leading towards the parents-kids game at our season ending Gala Day.

Few housekeeping items:-

the AFL School Holiday Clinic (see attached) is being held at Gore Hill Oval, on the 16-17 July from 9am-3pm. Really good chance to get the kids out of the house over the holidays. Sign up at the link here.

Double check the names if you can, if there’s no spelling changes required, don’t worry about it, if there are, please let me know.

Other than that, have a great week, we’ve got one more week before a couple of weeks off for holidays
Go Cats!

Nominations open for NAB AFL Auskick Volunteer of the Year!

NAB AFL Auskick Volunteer of the Year nominations are now open and we want to recognise those superstar Auskick volunteers that are truly ‘out of this world’!

From running super fun activities to cooking delicious barbeques – whatever your amazing volunteer brings to your Auskick experience, we want to hear about it!

Coaches, Centre coordinators, activity helpers – anyone at all that helps make Auskick amazing, tell us how awesome they are!

One winner from each State & Territory will be selected as the NAB AFL Auskick Volunteer of the Year. The winner from each State & Territory will be flown to Melbourne to be acknowledged for their contribution at the 2020 Toyota Good for Footy AFL National Volunteer Awards in May where a National Volunteer of the Year winner from each category will be announced. For more info on what’s included in the prizes for the winners, head to the website here.

Nominations close August 15th (closing 28th June for Queensland), so show your appreciation for special person today!

Thank you once again,
NAB AFL Auskick

Lane Cove Cats Auskick Round 10 : 16th June 2019

It was a true winter’s day yesterday for Auskick, well done to all the kids, and parents, who braved the conditions, hopefully everyone had fun.

A few of the other Dad’s that I spoke to were reminiscing about playing footy in conditions like that, so we nearly called a parent’s vs kids game, maybe next time…

The skills were pretty good, no doubt aided by a bit of shelter here and there in the groups by an umbrella held by a kind parent!!

We’re starting to move onto the more advanced skills now, such as kicking on the run and over the mark, so keep practicing the basics at home wherever you can.

We’re also looking at moving some of the kids within the various groups, generally based on skill level, to even it out a bit more so they are playing with a similar skill level. If you want to have a chat about this please chase me down on Sunday before or after the session or drop me an email. 

We’ve got 2 more weeks before another break for school holidays (can’t believe they’ve come around so quickly), so please keep coming out!!

Lane Cove Cats Auskick Round 9 : 2nd June 2019

Hi Auskickers

Thanks for coming out today, was a great morning again at Blackman Park. Really great to see the numbers still staying up, hopefully that continues when it gets colder…

The kids are really getting the hang of the skills, as evidenced by the number of “I know how to handball” comments I heard during the drills! The practice will certainly help them going forward.

The games are also getting a lot better, we try to rotate them in their positions during the game so they’re not stuck doing the same thing, a lot of sharing and passing to teammates going on in the Cats and Swans teams, a lot of swarms of kids following the ball in the Giants still, we’ll work on that though!

As mentioned, we’ve got next week off for the long weekend, but please keep the ball in the kids hands, take them to the park/backyard to have a kick around, just to keep their skills up. We’ll see you back at Blackman Park on the 16th June.
Go Cats!

Lane Cove Cats Auskick Round 8 : 26th May 2019

It was good to get back to a normal week this week where we could focus on working on some skills. It was a nice morning, a bit cool with a few rain drops here and there but nothing significant.

It’s really great to see the skills developing, the kids are starting to use the ball well in the games with handballs and running to space, and also working on the basic skills like bouncing, kicking, hand balling and marking during the drills.

We aim to get the ball in the kids hands as much as possible, so any parent assistance in the drills to reduce the time the kids spend waiting at the back of the group is greatly appreciated.

Few pieces of housekeeping:-

Soiree – it’s on this Friday night at The Alcott, great chance to get along and have a few drinks & nibbles with parents from around the club, not just Auskick. $45/head gets you entry, finger food and involvement in Quizmaster Dan’s famous quiz, hopefully not on obscure Geelong history this year! Book your tickets at please get them as soon as possible to we can lock down on numbers.

– Please keep supporting Tea and James in the Coffee Van, they feed money back in to the club each week as a thank you, so please get along and buy your coffee’s from them.

– If I can see the Giants parents next week, we just need to confirm some of the newer kids in the group photo from last week before sending them off to print.
Go Cats!!