Secretaries' Scoop

Edition 9 (30/3/2015 - 3/4/2015)
Upcoming Dates
Wednesday, 1st - RSVPs OVERDUE: Coaches' Meetings & Season Launch
SMJFL Offices Closed Thursday 2nd - Monday 6th inclusive
Friday, 10th - Feedback on Draft Fixtures Due

Sunday, 12th - Junior Coaching Course
Monday, 13th - Modified Rules Coaches' Meeting
Tuesday, 14th - Other Competitions Coaches' Meeting
Tuesday, 14th - Club Umpire Training
Wednesday, 15th - Season Launch
The first draft of fixtures (rounds 1-4) is now available to view on Secretaries' Corner. Please note this is only a first draft so please do not pass this on to coaches/parents as things will change.
At this point in time I (Emily) haven't taken specific requests into account and in some instances I haven't taken into account ground closures. An updated draft will be posted on Secretaries' Corner by 12pm next Wednesday so final comments can be sent through ( by 9am, Friday 10th April.
What do you need to do now?
1. Please check fixtures and let me know if there are any basic principles your club would like me to be following (for home games) that I haven't been doing in this draft.
2. Start thinking about any games you'd like to host at night (from round 2 only) and potentially start contacting opposition clubs to confirm they are able to participate.

3. Put 12pm next Wednesday in your diary to check updated fixtures on Secretaries' Corner then provide feedback by 9am, Friday 10th April.
Additional Training Ball Top-up 
SMJFL will be placing another Training Ball order with Sherrin, which gives you one last chance to top-up with extra training footballs for the season ahead. ORDER HERE
All orders must be received by 5pm Thursday April 16th.
Due to the production time on certain styles, no orders will accepted after this date
Order Pick-Ups :  Officials Bibs & Modified Rules Wristbands
Orders are expected in next week and pick up for any orders will most likely be Thursday & Friday next week (9th & 10th April). Please refer to next week's Scoop to confirm details and make a time to come in. All pick ups from SMJFL Offices and should be between 9am-5pm. If there is no other option and you need to come in earlier or later, please contact Zoe Driver at
Age Exemption Requests - Underage Players
As per previous communication from the league, players must be turning at least 8 years old this year to be eligible to participate in any junior football league across the country. This is an AFL policy and not one the SMJFL can provide dispensation for.
Please click here for an AFL Vic memo regarding this issue.
Additional Coaching Course
The Inner Southern & Central Regions are now taking applications for the additional 2015 Level 1 Youth Coaching Course (Under 13 – U/17). All coaches must be accredited to coach in 2015.
Date: Saturday May 23, 2015 @
Where: Oakleigh Chargers Football Club, Warrawee Park Oval - Warrigal Rd, Oakleigh
Cost: $190 which includes:
-AFL Victoria Coaching Manuals/Handouts
-E- Newsletter
-Coaches Education Seminars
-4 years AFCA Membership
-4 years Coach Accreditation
- Magnetic Coaches Board with player tags
 Bookings: Click here to book you spot in the course (including payment)
It's not the World Cup! (or the AFL!)
We found an interesting article in the paper last week that club may find useful in dealings with parents. Click here for the full story.
Raffle Prize Collection
Congratulations to clubs that won an SMJFL donated Football Giveaway at the Partners Trade Show – these need to be collected from the SMJFL offices. Or if your club won a Schweppes donated Gatorade Prize Pack – 2 leather SMJFL footballs need to be added to these packs.
Please email to arrange a time before Round 1 to come and collect your SMJFL Footballs.
for you chance to win!

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2. snap a picture of their Shock Doctor smile and mention your #clubsname to go into the running. 
St Kilda FC Membership Posters
There are plenty of SFC promotional posters for clubs to collect. A3 size are perfect to place around the club rooms and canteen area, and heaps of A4 are available as well.
WIN – the club that signs up the most SMJFL Members by the end of May 2015 will receive an exclusive tour of the Linen House Centre and a training session run by SFC coaching staff. Please find an electronic copy and related images on the Secretaries' Corner.