8th - 9th Grade Transition

Introduction to 9th Grade - Information for Parents

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Key Points

  • 9th Grade means moving from First Kicks grades (5th - 8th) to Junior grades (9th - 12th)
  • 9th Grade features 7 a-side games which are played on a 1/4 of a full sized field with Junior 7 a-side goals. 
  • Games are played with retreating lines. Please CLICK HERE to watch a video explaining how the retreating line works.
  • Games will be home and away. Home games will be predominately played at Bayswater Park and away games will played across North Harbour.
  • Kick off times will vary between 9am - 11am 
  • Players will be required to arrive for games at least 30 minutes before kick off
  • Team formation is based on a mix of friendship and ability. There is no "one-size-fits-all" formula
  • Players will be placed into a team. That team will have one team training session a week with a club coach. Players are then encouraged to attend the second training session of the week called the Skills Centre.
  • On most occasions, a parent gameday coach is required, If you are keen to be a gameday or even training day coach, please contact Football Development Manager, Ryan Ward, fdm@nsu.org.nz
  • Players will need to purchase shirt, shorts and socks. CLICK HERE to view the club shop. 
  • Each team will need a manager and parent assistance is required for field set up/pack down for home games and refereeing. Teams also need to provide a referee for at least one half and assistant referee.