Grading 2021

2021 Grading Nights Schedule

Please click the link below for details about grading nights in February.

Grading Timetable 2021 V6

Please note: This year we have moved AAM and O35 and O45 to Monday night in order to give junior age groups individual timeslots to grade. We need to have one junior age group per field as there are so many players needing to be assessed. Multi ages on fields in the last few seasons has presented us with too many headaches.

Seniors, I thank you for your understanding. You can choose to train during the three weeks of grading or not. If you do not train YOU MUST notify us of your team/s composition and intention to play. Registering alone does not guarantee you a team or position in a HFI competition. It's important you communicate with us.

As in previous years during February be aware that Cricket have the lease of the grounds and have allowed us to work around them. Cricket use of the fields throughout February takes priority over any football activity. If you are asked to move please do so respectfully and without complaint.

Tony Hughes
BHFC President

Request for Volunteers on Junior Grading nights

Hi Club Members,

We are looking for lots of volunteers to help us in February 2021 as our club continues our new approach to grading for the 2021 season. Please read on. All you really need to know for now is that YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU, so please don’t be shy in replying to this email and letting us know that you’ll be able to help out in February.


For the 2021 Season the club is planning to continue our 2020 model for the grading of junior teams:

  • Wherever possible, grading sessions will be run by volunteers not associated with that age group. e.g. they will not be parents or previous coaches of that age group. Players will be objectively assessed multiple times during the 3 weeks of grading by many different assessors, and will be following a structured set of grading drills to ensure the process is fair and comprehensive. The assessment process is straightforward: each player has a number on their arm (assigned at the age-group rego table on the appropriate field), and as they rotate around the various skill stations / games they will be assessed based upon their capability. They will not be told their result. Assessment sheets are collated after each night and entered into a spreadsheet. Over 3 weeks grading we expect each player to be assessed many times by different assessors; their results should therefore be a genuine reflection of their performance and any “abnormal” results will be averaged out thus minimising the chance of misgrades at the end of the process.
  • Teams will be announced by the end of February.
  • Coaches will be appointed to teams after the grading process has been completed (not before).
  • Requests by players/parents to be graded differently will not be considered on grading nights. Such requests will need to be forwarded to the club secretary for consideration.
  • The process will be transparent: parents and players will be informed of the club’s approach to grading up front.
  • There is no limit to how many assessors we need - the more we have the better the process!
  • We already have several senior players including Premier League and O35/1 players on board, but need more help.
  • Our grading coordinator Rob Vallis will be available to oversee and assist with any issues as they arise.

How can you help?

In order for this process to work, we need help from you, our club members. We are recruiting volunteers to help with the grading process during February. This will typically involve 1 night a week for 3 to 4 weeks. Even if you can only help for an hour once during the whole process, every little bit helps to broaden the independence of the process.

We will need people to act as:

  • Grading session facilitators whose role will be to run the drills, games, etc that form the grading activities for each age group.
  • Independent assessors who will observe the above activities and grade players.
  • Admins for each age group, to take attendances, send players to have rego photos taken, etc.

We need lots of volunteers, so now is the time to put your hand up and volunteer to help. We really do feel that our approach will produce great outcomes for our kids, for this year and into the future. But we need your help to make it happen.

If you think you’ll be available to help in February, please reply to this email.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Rob Vallis,
Grading Coordinator,
Baulkham Hills Football Club.

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