Welcome to Balmain DFC - servicing the football community in the CBD and Inner West
Balmain DFC has defined its football philosophy to encourage participation by its Coaches and Players and focus on enjoyment, enthusiasm, confidence, positive self-esteem, good teamwork and spirit, as well as developing a life long love of football.
Balmain DFC has developed a community based football development program to meet the objectives of all members - be it purely social based or supporting those who have a desire to one day become a Socceroo or Matildas player.
For information on the following FAQs please select READ MORE ... twisty at the end of this message:
- What age group will I, or my child play in?
- Can I play in the same team as my friends?
- What will my child need to wear when playing and training?
- Where and when are games played?
- Where and when does the team have training?
- Can I coach or manage my child's team?
- Whom do I contact when there is bad weather on training or game days?
- What do I do if my child is sick or cannot make it to training or a game?
- How can I get involved in the running of the Club?
- What are the funds from the Guessing Competition used for?
What age group will I, or my child play in?
Players play in the age they turn that year. For example, if your child is playing in the 2015 season and turns 7 that year, they will play in the Under 7's. Children who are turning 5 or 6 in that particular year can play in the Under 6's.
Children can also register for Tiny Tigers if they turn 4 or 5.
Can I play in the same team as my friends?
We try to keep children (and Parents) in the non competitive age groups (under 6s to under 11s) happy by placing the children in teams where they will know other children. However, this is not always possible.
Please bear in mind that if your child ends up in a team where they will have the opportunity to make new friends - THIS IS A GOOD THING - It broadens the child's horizons and helps them interact and develop new friendships.
What will my child need to wear when playing and training?
For safety reasons - All players must be wearing Shin Pads and 'Proper' Football Boots when training and playing a game.
Training - Players can wear whatever they like, except the Club Jersey. Please bear in mind that Shin Pads and 'Proper' Football Boots are essential.
Playing a Game - Players must wear the Club's full strip, ie: Jersey, Shorts and Socks along with Shin Pads and 'Proper' Football Boots.
Jerseys: Jerseys will be supplied by the Club at no cost to you and will be given to you by your Coach or Manager. Jerseys always remain the property of the Club and are ONLY TO BE WORN WHEN PLAYING A GAME!! They are NOT to be worn to training, shopping, socialising, school mufti days, fancy dress or for any other purpose other than playing a game when representing Balmain DFC.
Shorts and Socks: A free pair of socks is provided. Shorts and additional pairs of Socks can be purchased from the Club at the Registration Open Day or at the canteen at Callan Park.
Shin Pads and Football Boots: Shin Pads and Football Boots can be purchased from Balmain Village Sports store or at any other retail sports store, eg: Rebel Sport, In Sport, Athletes Foot, Paul's Warehouse, etc.
Other Apparel: You will find that other apparel is available for purchase from the canteen. Available items will change from time to time and are subject to availability.
Where and when are games played?
Our Club Home Grounds are Easton Park, Birchgrove Oval, Callan Park, Glover St Oval, Cohen Park, Balmain High School and Wentworth Park. Away Games are located here 'Ground Locations'
All Under 6 (Mixed) & Under 7 (Mixed) games are played at Callan Park, Lilyfield on Saturday mornings between 8.30am and 11.30. U6's kick off between 8.30 & 9.30am and U7s kick off between 10.30 & 11.30am. Kickoff times can rotate throughout the season in approximately 4 week blocks.
All Under 8's, 9's, 10's and 11's (Boys & Mixed competitions) are played on Saturday mornings between 8.30 - 1pm at home and at various fields within the Canterbury district.
All Age and Over 35's/45's are played on Saturday afternoons at either 1:15pm or 3:00pm at home and at various fields within the Canterbury district.
Under 12's to under 21's (boys) & Under 8's to under 21's (girls), & All Age Women's competitions are played on Sunday's at various fields within the Canterbury district.
The Under 8 to under 11 girls are scheduled for either 9am or 10am timeslots when playing home and away games.
The Under 12 - 21s boys or girls are scheduled for either 9am or 1pm timeslots when playing home and away games.
The All Age Womens are scheduled for either 11am or 3pm timeslots when playing home and away games.
Under 6 and 7 girls may participate in a Small sided Games format (4 vs 4) at Cohen Park Annandale (Home) between 9am and 11am.
For a list of Ground Locations please click on the 'Ground Locations' tab which can be found on this website.
The above schedules will be reviewed close to season commencement and may change.
Where and when does the team have training?
All teams train on week days, between Tuesday and Fridays at one of Balmain DFC training grounds (Birchgrove Oval, Easton Park, Cohen Park, Callan Park or Glover Street), after school or business hours.
For a list of Ground Locations please click on the 'Ground Locations' tab which can be found in the 'Players & Teams' dropdown of this website.
Can I coach or manage my child's team?
YES... of course you can!
The club is run entirely on volunteers and without the help of people like you, the Club simply will not function.
You're welcome to Coach or Manage your child's team as long as nobody else has put their hand up before you.
Coaching: We have a Coaching Director who is always willing to help you out should you need it and the internet has a wealth of information available when it comes to coaching and training drills. All coaches are encouraged to obtain an appropriate FFA license (Junior - up to 12 years, Youth - up to 16 years or Senior - 16 years and over).
Managing: The role of a Manager is simply the conduit of communication between the Club and the team. Basically, anything to do with the team 'Off the field' is the Manager's responsibility. There's really nothing to it!
Please Note: The appointment of all Coaches and Managers remains at the discretion of the Club's Executive Committee.
Who do I contact when there's bad weather on training or game days?
If there's one thing that's completely out of our control, it's Mother Nature!
In the case of bad weather on training nights or on game days, the first person to contact is always your Coach or Manager.
They will have been notified by the Club as to whether local parks have been closed, and they will have the tools available to find out if other parks have been closed on weekends.
Please DO NOT call CDSFA or the Club's Committee members, only contact your Coach or Manager.
You will also find some more information of you click on the 'Wet Weather' tab which you'll find in the in the 'Players & Teams' dropdown of this website.
What do I do if my child is sick or can't make it to training or a game?
We understand that sometimes children get sick or something comes up that's prevents you from attending training or a game.
Once again, you should always contact your Coach or Manager to let them know as early as possible.
Coaches and Managers often take the time to plan and organise game plays, training drills, positions, etc. and if you can't make it to a training session or a game without letting them know, that can throw a big spanner in the organisation of the team and make their job so much harder.
PLEASE... don't leave it until the last minute to let them know, contact them asap to give them as much notice as possible.
After all... It's just common courtesy anyway!
How can I get involved in the running of the Club?
The club is run by volunteers and without the help of people like you, the Club simply will not function.
The best way to get involved in the behind the scenes workings of the Club is simply by attending our monthly meetings. Generally they are held on the second Monday night of each month - meeting are advised in the upcoming events section on top left side of our web site.
You're more than welcome to come and we'd love to see you there
What are the funds from the Fundraising Guessing Competition used for?
The club decided in 2011 season to raise additional funds for specific infrastructure purposes.
50% of the funds were to be used for prizes and the other 50% used for purchasing urgently needed facilities and equipment.
The club's player uniforms were purchased for 2012 season using these funds.
In the 2013 season, the ground at Waterfront Oval was upgraded with underground drainage and levelling of the surface using laser technology.
For the 2014 season, we upgraded the Canteen facility and continued improvements to Waterfront Oval.
The Fundraising approach is being changed in 2015 to replace the concept of a few high value prizes with a much broader spread of smaller prizes across the Club. More to be announced,