FAQ Pre season and Grading
For your convenience, please find below 26 hints and tips to guide you through pre-season. Please make careful note of Grading details.
What is grading?
Grading is the process we undertake to put players into teams based on their ability so they are challenged, competitive and engaged in their games. At BHFC we grade according to ability.
Are all players graded?
* Funskills players : U6 and U7 are not graded.
* Juniors U8 – U17 are graded into ability based teams.
* PL & PYL & WPL are selected.
* All other senior players are graded as a team rather than individual players
Where does Grading take place?
Grading is conducted at our home ground Ted Horwood Reserve. Cnr Renown Rd & Park Rd Baulkham Hills.
When are Grading sessions held?
Grading is conducted over the first 3 weeks of February. The times and field locations of each age group are on the schedule on our website.
Is Grading the same as Trials?
At Baulko Grading and trials are separate programs. Grading is the process of selecting players for teams and nominating teams in particular HFI competitions, while Trials are the practise matches you play once your team has formed.
What do I do first, register or grade?
Definitely register and pay in full online first. This means you are eligible to grade into a team. If you are not registered your place in a team is not secured.
Where is the grading timetable?
The Grading timetable is on our BHFC website. Look up the age group/ competition in which you will be playing and attend grading on those nights. Locations and times are on the schedule.
JNRS: Do I just attend one grading night?
No. It is important to attend all grading sessions. Each session assesses something different. A more complete picture is formed by assessing players in a variety of areas.
What if I am sick on Grading night?
DO NOT ATTEND GRADING IF YOU ARE UNWELL. Stay home. However it is important you contact us to tell us, so we know you are still interested in playing. Contact Rob email@example.com
Do I need to wear a uniform to Grading?
It is not necessary to wear a uniform to Grading. The only compulsory items to be worn at Grading are football boots and shin pads. You are not permitted to train without these.
Last year I was not placed in a team?
If you register but don’t attend grading, and don’t tell us, we do not know to put you into a team. Be proactive and tell us whether you are playing. Or we may presume you deregistered and left..
Are seniors graded? I want to play with my mates.
We do not grade individual senior players. Seniors are welcome to play with mates. Your team will be assessed for the most suitable HFI competition based on the full team’s ability.
Snrs: I don’t have a team so I don’t know where to grade?
If you are new to BHFC and are looking for a team, contact Cath firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know your past experience, where you’d like to play, and we’ll advise you of vacancies and what options we can offer you.
Snrs: What if my team won’t be grading as we have enough players?
If your team is complete and you don’t need players/won’t be grading you must contact us ASAP so we know who is in your team. We can not nominate your team in an HFI competition if you do not contact us. email@example.com
When are teams announced?
At the conclusion of grading the grading coordinator forms the teams, notifies our registrar, and you will be contacted. The teams are then submitted to HFI to form competitions.
Can I be a coach/manager?
If you would like to coach or manage a team, send your nomination together with an expression of interest to the secretary: Kevin. firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: all team officials are volunteers at BHFC.
How do I access coach courses or resources?
Our coaching committee offers a variety of funded courses and resources. Let us know what you need and participate in any or all of what we have available.
When will training be?
Teams get together and work out a night to train based on what suits the team members. The manager applies for a training timeslot and training is confirmed. Your coach/manager will communicate with you about this.
When are Trial matches?
Trials matches will be announced after Grading has concluded. Your coach/manager will communicate with you about these. The Trials timetable will also be published on the club website when we know how many teams we have.
What is the Baulkham Hills Football Club Uniform?
The BHFC uniform for U8 – O45 consists of Maroon branded BHFC shorts and maroon socks. Full uniform is compulsory or you will not be permitted to play competition games.
Can I wear my school maroon shorts?
No. BHFC shorts are branded. You must wear BHFC shorts. You may wear any all maroon socks. You may not wear socks with different coloured stripes or hoops, only full maroon socks are considered uniform.
Where do I buy my uniform?
The uniform shop is now only online. Follow the steps on the website. Uniform shop info can be found on the BHFC website at the top menu bar.
Do I need to buy a playing shirt (jersey)?
No. The BHFC jersey is the property of BHFC. You are loaned a shirt for the season and return it at the end of the season. Missing, lost or damaged shirts will need to be reimbursed by the player. You may subsequently be placed on a bond.
What are the compulsory items of clothing I will need for the season?
BHFC shorts, socks and jersey are the only compulsory items of clothing for the season. Caps, club shirt, hoodies, jackets and all other clothing is optional.
Are there any other compulsory items?
Yes. Shin pads and football boots are compulsory safety items. You are not permitted to play without these items. You can choose your favoured style of both. Neither of these items are branded BHFC.
How do I stay informed?
Your first point of call is the BHFC website and our Facebook page. Be sure to like the page and turn on notifications so you are aware of all updates.
Coaches/managers/coordinators & club officials are also on hand to assist.