Important points to note from last night's meeting:
Teams are not to access Leonay Oval until the 17th March
Penrith City Council does not officially hand over Leonay Oval to Emu Plains JRLFC until this date and if any team is found to be using the top or bottom field before this date, we may face consequences. Please don't be the team that ruins it for the whole club.
2012 Trial Dates
17th & 18th March - U6s > A Grade will play against Minchinbury at Minchinbury
24th & 25th March - Mod and International sides will play against Windsor at Leonay; Mini sides will play against Windsor at Windsor
31st March & 1st April - U6s > A Grade will play against St Pats at a location to be determined
Sharon McMaster will operate the clothing store at the bottom canteen every Thursday and Friday from 6pm-7pm.
Further Trials Information
Managers should ensure that a player register is maintained for each trial game. Managers might like to print multiple copies of the sheet at the bottom of this post to use during the trials.
The training schedule for all age groups will be provided to parents at the registration days and uploaded to the website as soon as possible.
The season will kick off on the 21st/22nd April. Regrading will take place after 7 weeks on the June long weekend when there will be a bye (unless there is a catch-up round due to washed out matches). There will be another bye later in the season but could also be used as a catch-up round for washed out matches.
Player jerseys belong to Emu Plains JRLFC. Managers should ensure that the jerseys remain as a set throughout the year and are not given out to players to 'keep' for the season.
Unless managers are informed otherwise, ALL JERSEYS MUST BE RETURNED BEFORE PRESENTATION DAY or your PLAYERS WILL NOT RECEIVE TROPHIES. This will be strictly enforced in 2012.
The annual trivia night will take place at King Henry's Court again this year (Date is TBA but should be around May). All teams are expected to make a donation to the prize pool to the value of $30.
The Junior Presentation Day will take place on Sunday 14th October at Leonay Oval
The Senior Presentation Night will take place on Saturday 20th October at CUA Stadium
If an Emu Plains team is playing on the same field as your team directly after you, coaches and managers are encouraged to have their team clap the Emu team onto the field.
Carol Neil from Emu Sports Charity Golf Day
Many of you may know Carol Neil, a long term staff member of Emu Sports. She was recently involved in a car accident on her way to receive medical treatment for cancer. Obviously this is a devastating set of circumstances and Emu Sports are hosting a charity golf day on Friday 23rd February to raise funds for renovations to the Neil home. If you are able to attend please do so. Club Vice-President John Corey will be representing Emu Plains JRLFC with a team of 4 playing in the event. See the Penrith Press advertisement attached below for more details.
Coaches and managers should ensure that Tania has their current phone and email contact details. Please be aware that Tania's phone number has changed to 0401 170 393 and you can phone/text your changes through to this number. A full list of all coaches and managers contact details will be distributed soon.
Coaching Guidelines Agreement
All coaches are required to return their coaching agreement that stipulates a range of conditions under which they coach. These include the following highlighted points:
* All U6s and U7s teams are to send at least one coach/trainer/parent to the free referee's course run by Penrith Junior League. The accreditation is valid for three years and you receive a free t-shirt. Further details can be found here.
* Every team is required to provide two representatives for BBQ duty, 45 minutes before every home game of the season. Managers should communicate this expectation through their team newsletter. Where possible a schedule should be drawn up early in the season so parents have advanced warning of when their duty will be.
* If you are the first game of the day, it is expected that your representatives will help set up the BBQ and prepare the fields for play. If you are the last game of the day, it is expected that your representatives will pack up the fields also.
* Teams who fail to provide representatives for BBQ duty, run the risk of breaking their coaching agreement and can consequently be banned from taking the field for their match that day.
Any team who wishes to fundraise must complete a Notification of Intention to Fundraise (see file below) and submit it to the committee. Regardless of whether it is a major or minor fundraising drive, this form must be submitted. If you intend to run a meat/fruit/prize raffle on game day then it is a condition that you have two raffles - one will raise funds for your team and the other will raise funds for the club. Please hand your form to a committee member well in advance of your fundraising date.
New Website & Facebook Page
We have updated our website - the URL remains the same at www.emuplainsjrlfc.com.au Please check this regularly and also encourage your parents to check it regularly. Information regarding washouts and other important club updates will be posted to the Latest News page.
We also maintain a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/emuplainsjrlfc If you have a Facebook account please "like" the page so that you can stay up to date with news via your news feed. Also encourage your parents to "like" the page if they are Facebookers.
The next coaches/managers meeting will take place on Wednesday 7th March, upstairs at O'Donoghue's at 7pm. The schedule for 2012 coaches and managers meetings can be downloaded below. You can also check the dates on the Emu Plains JRLFC Calendar.