ROUND 1 FOR SEASON 2024 BEGINS IN...
Dear Shark’s Families,
Thank you all for your support of the club in 2023. What a fantastic year it was. A special thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who gave up their time – we could not have done it without you!
We are excited to announce that registrations are open for the 2024 season and we can’t wait to see you all again!
2024 Registration Information
Please note, there has been a slight increase in fees for the 2024 season after no increase in 2023. The new fees are outlined below. It is roughly a $30 difference.
Returning Players: $347
All New Players: $387
Sibling Discount of 6% applies automatically to all siblings.
FIRST TIME CAMBERWELL SHARKS PLAYERS receive a FREE Sports Bag and socks with registration!
We have created links for you to register into your exact age group based on year of birth below, please hit the correct link. If you are registering multiple children, come back to this page and hit the new link for the next child.
Just a few quick points about registration:
- The YJFL uses an operations system called PlayHQ. If you have used PlayHQ before for basketball or cricket you should be able to log in using the same username and password.
- We are opening registration for all age groups.
- New players from other clubs, anywhere in Australia, including other YJFL teams, will need to wait until the 1st February 2024 to register with us as the national transfer window only opens then.
- If you or any player you know would like to transfer to our club, please ask them to complete the following form: CJFC Transfer Form.
- There is an option to donate $20 per player to the CJFC Development Fund, which enables us to subsidise and deliver activities and programs for our players (outside of core football operations) and will also support our club room redevelopment. This is an optional contribution so please do not feel obliged to contribute.
- You may notice a difference in how fees are allocated across players U8-10 and U11+. That is because our club incurs the cost of umpiring for U8-U10 and the YJFL carries the cost for U11+.
Key Charity Partnerships:
We are proud to announce we are partnering with 2 charities this year – for the Pink Round, with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BNCA) & for the Big Freeze, with Fight MND. We are making it even easier to get your socks organised by including it in the registration process. Just select your size, and when the time comes, your TM will distribute to you and your entire team.
We can’t wait to see every Sharkie showing their support again throughout these community rounds.
The club will not hold any sanctioned pre-season training until February 2024. Please refer to your age groups relevant information below.
- U13+ Boys and Girls
Pre-season will commence mid Feb 2024 for all registered players (date and time to be confirmed). These sessions will be on a group basis and not split by team or age group.
- U12 Boys and Girls
Pre-season will commence early March (date and time to be confirmed) for registered players. These sessions will be split by team or age group.
- U8-U11 Boys and Girls
Pre-season and introduction to football will commence mid March (date and time to be confirmed) for registered and interested players. These sessions will be split on an age group basis.
It is unlikely due to the timing of Easter School Holidays and oval access that practice matches will be played. Where the club has two teams in an age group (U13+ Boys), the first four rounds of the season will be used to finalise the composition of these teams.
Round One – 14th April:
The season will commence on the 14th of April which is the last Sunday of school holidays. School starts on the 15th of April so we advise you to please be mindful of Round 1 when considering your holiday plans.
IMPORTANT NOTE – U16 BOYS, U13 GIRLS & 14 GIRLS
These sides are currently full. Should you wish to join the waitlist, we encourage you to complete our waitlist which you can access via this link.
If you have any questions regarding the waitlist, please get in touch with us via email at [email protected].
PLAYER REGISTRATION AGE REQUIREMENTS:
It is important that all players are registered in their correct age groups. Age groups are determined by the age that the child is turning by the end of that season year For example if the player is turning 12 in 2024 they will be in U12s for Season 2024.
YEAR OF BIRTH – AGE GROUP
2016 and before 30 April 2017 – Under 8
2015 – Under 9
2014 – Under 10
2013 – Under 11
2012 – Under 12
2011 – Under 13
2010 – Under 14
2009 – Under 15
2008 – Under 16
2007 & 2006 – Youth Girls
Exemptions to play up or down:
All players must register to their correct age group. Should you wish to have your child considered to play up or down from their age group, please follow the below steps after registering.
If your intention is for your child to play at a higher age group than their assigned date of birth category, please contact us at [email protected] once the registration to their correct age group has been completed. These requests will be subject to club approval.
Where a player has a physical or intellectual disability or has physical size and/or development issues, and a medical physician certifies the player is unable to play in his correct age group, a club may apply to the League for approval for that player to play in a lower age group, using the official form. Such approval shall be at the discretion of the League and shall be for one season only. Please contact us at [email protected] once the registration to their correct age group has been completed for assistance with submitting a request to play down.
If you would like to register for the Youth Boys team and are born in 2006 please email us at [email protected] with your full name and date of birth. Female players born in 2006 will not need to complete this step and can register as per normal below*.
Click here if the player is born between 01/01/2016 – 30/04/2017
Click here if the player is born between 01/01/2015 – 31/12/2015
Click here if the player is born between 01/01/2014 – 31/12/2014
Click here if the player is born between 01/01/2013 – 31/12/2013
Click here if the player is born between 01/01/2012 – 31/12/ 2012
Click here if the player is born between 01/01/2011 – 31/12/2011
Click here if the player is born between 01/01/2010 – 31/12/2010
Click here if the player is born between 01/01/2009 – 31/12/2009
Our U16 Boys team is full – please express interest to email above.
Click here if the player is born between 01/01/2015 – 30/04/2017
Click here if the player is born between 01/01/2013 – 31/12/2014
Click here if the player is born between 01/01/2012 – 31/12/ 2012
Our U13 Girls team is full – please express interest to email above.
If you are transferring from another club (anywhere in Australia), please complete the following form: CJFC Transfer Form so that we can reserve you a spot. Registrations for transfers will not be open until 1st February 2024.
We understand that the last couple of years have affected our members differently, some more than others. Camberwell Sharks has always and will continue to, put our Sharks community first. If you require support, please email [email protected].
How much are Registration Fees?
Is there a Registration Day where we can come down to the club and register there?
My child is of age group U10s by birth, but their best friends are a bit younger and are playing U9s, can he/she play down an age level in U9s?
No. Players are not permitted to play down an age level in any grade. Occasionally an exemption may be granted upon application to the YJFL on medical grounds, supported by doctor’s advice and a medical certificate.
My son will be U12 in the upcoming season and I would like some guidance on which team development option to select?
If you are looking for guidance on this question you should discuss with your previous season coach or contact the Club Football Director at [email protected].
As a guide, players wanting to be considered for the team in the highest grade, should see football as their priority sport in winter, be available for all training and matches in the season, appreciate that the focus of training is about match situation development, not be concerned whether their team mates are from their current friendship cohort and also be prepared to play a varied number of positions throughout the season.
My son is in the U13 age group and I would like to understand more about the grading process in this age group.
We have had a successful grading policy that has been in operation for many years. This policy can be found at https://camberwellsharks.com.au/policies/
My child would like to play up an age group. Is that possible?
For boys, please refer to the Sharks Team Composition Policy where we only allow players to play up an age group if they are able to play in the highest graded team in the upper age group. Please read the policy for a full understanding.
Please note, all players must be registered into their correct age group prior to submitting a request to play up.
How do I make sure my child is in a team with all his / her friends from school?
If for family and logistical reasons there are specific families that should be grouped together (limited to 3 families), please contact [email protected] for us to consider your request.
Are there any modified rules for the younger age groups or girls football?
Yes. There will be reduced numbers of players on the field for U8s (12 player on field) and U9s (15 players). Oval sizes will be smaller. There is no scoring, ladder or finals for these age groups.
Girls football differs slightly to the boys also. For more information on Female Football and rules associated, please follow this link to the YJFL page.
Is tackling involved?
There is no tackling in U8s.
For U9s and U10s the following ‘Modified Tackle’ rule applies:
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). Bumping is not allowed.
For U11s and up full tackling is permitted.
Girls football differs slightly to the boys. For more information on Female Football and rules associated, please follow this link to the YJFL page.
When does the 2024 Season start?
When will pre-season training start?
What day will training be?
Most teams train once a week between Tuesday and Thursday at Lynden Park. Football Operations will allocate grounds and times according to the team’s coach’s request and availability. Exact details for your team will probably not be bedded down until some point in March.
These will be announced via your Team Manager and will be found on our website once locked in.
What day/time will matches be in the regular season?
The YJFL competition is played on Sundays with matches commencing between 8.45am and 3.00pm. The younger grades play earlier in the day, older grades later. U8s might expect the majority of their games to commence at 8.45am, but may get the odd game starting at 10.00am or even as late as 11.00am on occasions.
How will I get uniform items?
Playing jumpers and headgear are provided by the club.
All new registrations receive a sports bag and socks.
My child has decided football is just not for them, do you have a Refund Policy?
Yes we do have a refund policy.
Due to the logistics around team structure including player numbers and coaching numbers, our refund policy is set that if you withdraw your child prior to 1st March, we will refund you the Club Levy less a $20 administration fee per child. Unfortunately, there will be no refunds for withdrawals after this date.
As you will be aware there is a Yarra Junior Football Club League Fee that is part of your child’s registration fee. This payment is separate to Camberwell Sharks and as a result the refund must be raised directly with the YJFL – [email protected]
How do I transfer from another club?
If you would like to join the Camberwell Sharks Junior Football Club from another club, please contact [email protected] as soon as possible.
It’s that easy !!!
I am too old for Youth Girls / Colts. Where can I play now?
Camberwell Sharks Junior Football Club has created strong pathways for former players through to Old Scotch Football Club. Follow this link to Old Scotch for further information http://www.oldscotchfc.com.au/