Primary School Sport Guidelines – Diocese of Wollongong Sports Council
The Wollongong Diocesan Sports Council is a body representative of the Catholic Education Office, Principals and Sports Coordinators from all Diocesan primary schools. The Sports Council meets four times per year to coordinate inter-school sports activities and facilitate the representative pathways open to our students and teachers. All schools should be represented at these meetings as important decisions effecting policy and distribution of information may impact on individual school participation.
Meeting Dates for 2015:
Because of the number of schools in the Wollongong Diocese, schools are clustered into two regions for swimming, athletics, basketball, netball and soccer carnivals. These regions are the Coastal and Western Regions as outlined below:
In the Diocese of Wollongong, primary schools are invited to participate in annual carnivals for Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics. These major events also serve as a selection process for Wollongong Diocesan teams. Children may progress from school level, to Diocesan, to Mackillop, to NSW PSSA and ultimately National Level in selected sports. (See pathways)
Primary school children are also invited to attend trials for positions in Wollongong Diocese representative teams for the following summer and winter sports: Basketball, Tennis, Cricket, Touch, Softball, Football (Soccer), Rugby League, Rugby Union, Hockey, Netball and Australian Rules. These trials are held annually and link to the Mackillop selection trials.
Gala days in Soccer, Netball, Basketball and Cricket are also staged. These carnivals are not for selection purposes but rather to encourage participation. A Rugby Union knockout day is also scheduled with the winning team representing the Diocese against other Diocesan winners. Catholic school invitation gala days organised by sporting associations are also offered in Rugby League, AFL and Dragon Tag.
CARNIVAL ORGANISATION / ALLOCATION OF RELEASE DAYS
The following arrangements need consideration:
Note: At times, the NSW Catholic Primary School Sports Council event organisers require the diocese to provide teacher officials. Under these circumstances, extra teacher relief provisions may be allocated.
School teams attending regional carnivals need to be accompanied by a supervising teacher. Schools are asked to send a teacher/parent to act as an official to facilitate the running of the carnival (as prescribed by the journal). Individual schools must make their own arrangements for teacher release.
DIOCESAN TEAM MANAGERS – ALLOCATION OF RELEASE DAYS
DIOCESAN TEAM MANAGERS – REIMBURSEMENT FOR PRIVATE VEHICLE USE & OTHER EXPENSES
DIOCESAN SPORT SUPERVISORS – ALLOCATION OF RELEASE DAYS
At major diocesan sporting events a teacher will be employed as a sport supervisor to monitor and supervise both student and adult behaviour outside competition areas. The sport supervisor will also be responsible for venue risk assessment and work closely with the carnival convener and executive officer of the Diocesan Sports Council.
SCHOOL AFFILIATION FEES
An Affiliation fee for secondary school sport has been struck by the Catholic Schools Sports Services (CSSS), a body representative of the council of Diocesan Directors and the Association of Catholic Schools Principals.
The levy is a means of financing the activities of NSW Catholic Primary Schools Sport Council which allows the access of our students and teachers into representative teams that compete at MacKillop, NSW PSSA and Australian levels.
The fee for 2015 affiliation has been set at $3.77 per student in years 3 – 12 (this includes the Director's contribution) Schools will be invoiced mid-February for this CSSS levy based on the August, 2014 census.
For Wollongong Diocesan events, a levy of $8.00 per student in the swimming and cross country and athletics carnivals and $50.00 per team in Basketball, $35.00 per team in Football (Soccer), Rugby Union, Netball, Cricket gala days will be charged to contribute to the cost of venue hire, equipment, convener release, first aid and administration. Schools will be invoiced for activities they participate in. Schools and team managers will not be required to bring money to carnivals.
Conveners hosting carnivals will be required to send any invoices directly to the CEO for payment. These invoices must be Tax Invoices and clearly list:
First aid providers (including St. John Ambulance) will be paid on receipt of an invoice. Payment of accredited officials (eg. NSW Athletics, NSW Swimming, approved UOW students etc) will occur only when each individual official has completed a Statement of Supplier form (These forms should be given to the Executive Officer after the carnival). Outside providers of sporting services will be required to send an invoice for payment.
REPRESENTATIVE STUDENT LEVIES
Students selected in Diocesan teams will receive a permission note containing carnival information and consent forms. All cheques returned by individual students are to be made payable to the school. Schools will then arrange a transfer through the Catholic Development Fund/Catholic Education Office for the total amount. Within this transfer schools are requested to indicate the amount that is for the student levy (no GST) and the amount that is for uniform (GST applicable).
CHILD PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS/CONSIDERATIONS
The Diocesan Sports Council in organising events will on occasions use volunteers to assist as officials at carnivals or sporting trials. Schools are also required to supply officials at Diocesan events. These officials may be parents or come from sporting associations such as NSW Swimming, NSW Athletics or sporting organisations such as the AFL, Soccer, Rugby League or Basketball. The use of university students to assist at carnivals is also applicable in this instance.
Sporting activities are enhanced by the valuable role of parents who volunteer to help in various ways. Parents and schools have high expectations of how children will be dealt with and have certain rules that must apply. Schools are encouraged to talk with parents involved as volunteers in all diocesan events and highlight the following points:
When assisting the school with students:
Always act in the
best interest of children
If a student misbehaves:
Refer the problem
to the teacher or a school staff member who will take appropriate action
Volunteers should be suitable for child-related work (it is not appropriate for a person who has been barred from working with children to volunteer). Volunteers should treat children with respect, maintain personal boundaries and cooperate, at all times, with supervising teaching staff.
DIOCESAN REPRESENTATIVE TEAMS & ONLINE REGISTRATION
For all individual and team sports a Wollongong diocesan team is selected to participate at the Inter-Diocesan (Mackillop) Trials. The Mackillop region includes Wollongong, Parramatta, Sydney, Wagga, Canberra/Goulburn and occasionally Wilcannia-Forbes dioceses.
Parents of students selected in Wollongong teams will be required to register student details online through the NSW CSSS website (https://www.csss.nsw.edu.au). This will require you to log on, receive a password then enter relevant details. Once on the website listed above click into the HELP icon for instructions on what to do to register.
Individual children are invited to participate in trials for the following Wollongong representative teams: Tennis, Basketball, Softball, Cricket, Touch Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Australian Rules Football, Soccer, Hockey and Netball.
Children wishing to attend such trials must be proficient in the particular sport and have their entry endorsed by the school Sports Coordinator and Principal or complete the online requirements for team participation. Schools may need to run their own school based trials to lower the number attending the diocesan trials. If schools are unsure about the eligibility of students to attend trials they will need to contact the sports/trial convener for clarification.
To facilitate the efficient organisation of such trials and to enable the best team to be selected to represent the Wollongong Diocese, it is vital that the school sports coordinator promote events adequately and ensure that nominations are sent to the relevant convener by the proposed date.
Teachers holding appropriate experience and qualifications are encouraged to apply to be trial convenors, managers or coaches of the above listed representative teams. Development officers from community clubs may be involved in team selection.
Teachers facilitating the Diocesan Trials may need to call on assistance depending on the number of trialists. This may require a specialist development officer or another teacher with expertise in this particular sport.
A list of nominated students will be circulated to sports coordinators shortly after the closed date.
TRIAL GUIDELINES (ADOPTED BY THE PRIMARY SPORTS COUNCIL OCTOBER, 2007)
Each year primary school children are invited to attend trials for positions in Wollongong Diocese representative teams for the following summer and winter sports: Basketball, Tennis, Cricket, Touch Football, Softball, Football (Soccer), Rugby League (11 years and Open), Rugby Union, Hockey, Netball and Australian Rules. These trials are held annually and link to the Mackillop selection trials. The selected Wollongong teams trial at Mackillop level against the Dioceses of Wagga, Canberra/Goulburn, Sydney and Parramatta.
These trial procedures have been in place for over 12 years now and have provided great pathway opportunities for students and teachers to represent their schools. The Diocesan Sports Council constantly evaluates trial procedures in an attempt to provide fair and equitable sporting experiences for all involved.
Trial conveners over the years have provided feedback about trials. Some of their comments below:
Generally the response from schools to trials is very positive with students attending in good numbers. Some sports are more popular than others and these sports can make the process of selection a little more difficult. For example, some sports have had close to 100 students trialling to be selected in a team of 10 or 14. At times there have been 10-12 students all trying out for a similar position, sometimes 4 or 5 coming from the same school.
Historically, the sports of boys football (soccer), rugby league (11 yrs and open), cricket and girls netball have traditionally attracted big numbers making it difficult to select a team in a given time allocation. As mentioned the other dimension to this dilemma is when a convener receives 10-12 nominations for the same position in the team. For example, a netball convener may receive 10 nominations for the centre position or a rugby league convener may receive 10 nominations for the half back position.
In order to address these issues conveners have 'tightened' the criteria to ensure the students who attend trials have a realistic chance of making the Wollongong team.
Schools and parents are encouraged to nominate students when they are sure they meet the set criteria and have spoken to their sport coordinator. If there is any doubt over the eligibility of students, sport coordinators may need to run a school based trial or discuss the nomination with the convener. Generally all primary teams are open teams (except the 11 yrs rugby league) and will in the majority of cases attract year 5 and 6 students only.
The success of trials relies on good communication from all parties involved. The trial process can therefore be promoted in the following ways:
Sports Coordinators can assist in the trial process by:
Parents can assist in the trial process by:
In some circumstances (eg. boys football) a convener of a sport may decide to cull the nominations after soughting through positions and background information. This will be advertised on the original nomination form if this is the case.
The need for open communication is required between parents, students and schools in an attempt to make trial numbers manageable and fair to all participants. It is hoped that these guidelines will ensure the continued success of the selection process and ensure pathway opportunities remain a viable and important part of a student's education.
All students need to be given a fair and equitable trial with equal time to display their talents.
Selected teams will generally be announced on the day with distribution of an information letter. A convenor / manager may decide to announce the team at a later stage if deemed necessary.
Representative teams are selected on the basis of performances at diocesan carnivals and trials. Children selected to represent the Wollongong Diocese at the Mackillop sports fixtures are required to travel to venues throughout NSW. Parents must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements for their children. Any child unable to travel privately will need to contact their respective team manager or sports coordinator.
Team members are required to pay a levy to cover the cost of team uniform and carnival administration. An information and consent form signed by the child's parents and school principal must be completed and returned to the team manager for the child to be included in the team.
Children representing the Wollongong Diocese are expected to behave appropriately at all times. Any breeches of an acceptable code of conduct are treated seriously and may result in the child's exclusion from any further team selections.
CONVENERS, TEAM MANAGERS, OFFICIALS (DIOCESAN, MACKILLOP, PSSA)
Diocesan Convener and Manager positions for each year will be advertised at the term 3 and 4 sports meetings and via email to all schools.
Teachers looking to fill the roles at a Diocesan level as a convener, team manager or official must complete the application form and have it signed by their Principal.
Mackillop positions are advertised via the CPS website (https://www.csss.nsw.edu.au/nswcps-home.aspx). A MacKillop teleconference to finalise manager positions will take place either mid term 3 or early term 4 to finalise these appointments.
NSWPSSA positions are advertised via website (http://www.sports.det.nsw.edu.au)
WOLLONGONG CEO SPORT HOMEPAGE – (This site)
Visit the CEO sport homepage will provide an up to date information including:
NSW ALL SCHOOLS SPORTS STRUCTURE
The following structure operates in NSW for primary school students.
NSW CATHOLIC SCHOOLS SPORTS STRUCTURE
The following structure exists in NSW for Catholic schools.