Frequently Asked Questions
When and where do you train and play?
All teams train once a week, with some of our youth teams picking up an optional second day of training.
U5-u11: Training for our U5-U11 teams will be held at St Lukes Oval. Training times for all teams will be advised closer to the start of the season. Games are played on Saturday. We play home and away, so teams do travel to other ovals. Most of these are in the inner-west, but we do occasionally travel to Paddington and Maroubra.
U12-U17 and U12 Youth Girls: Training times will be advised closer to the start of the season. Games are played on Sundays. We play home and away. The location of away games will vary on the division played, but can be across Sydney.
How long is the season?
We start pre-season training in late February. Pre-season training is not compulsory as we recognise it can clash with summer sports, but it is recommended. Our season usually starts in early April and continues until late August/early September.
Do you play actual games, or is it just a clinic?
While there are some Auskick Centres that just run coaching clinics, all Concord GIANTS teams play actual games on a Saturday (for U5 to U11) and a Sunday for our youth teams (U12-U17 and U12 Youth Girls).
In U5 to U10, it is non-competitive allowing children to learn the skills of the game in an environment that focuses on learning, participation and – most of all – fun. In U9 and U10, the season ends with competitive gala days. This is the only time during the season that scores are recorded, with winning teams advancing to gala finals.
In U11 and above, the competitive element is introduced, and scores are recorded throughout the season, with the top teams advancing to the finals series.
What time do games start?
The draw is released just before the start of the season, but generally U5s are first up on a Saturday at 8.15am, and the games get progressively later as the kids get older. Generally it is the same game time each week. Times vary a lot more for Sunday teams, who could play in the morning or afternoon, depending on where they are playing.
Is it a contact sport?
While AFL is a contact sport AFL Auskick (U5-U8) is completely non-contact, allowing children to learn the skills of the game without the tackling component of the game. Tackling is first introduced in U9 in a limited way, but full tackling is not allowed until youth age groups.
Can girls play AFL?
AFL is a great sport for girls, and pathways for senior girls are improving all the time. Girls play alongside boys in all Concord GIANTS teams U5-U11. In U12, girls can choose to join a Youth Girls team, or continue to play alongside boys up to and including U14. Some girls do both!
Do I need to buy a uniform?
The uniform is included as part of the registration process. You’ll get shorts, socks and new players will receive a training t-shirt. Game day jumpers are supplied by the Club.
You’ll need to provide a pair of football boots.
What about mouthguards?
Mouth guards are optional in Auskick U5-U8 but compulsory in U9 and above.
Who coaches my child?
In most cases, coaches and managers are team parents. All coaches are required to undertake a coaching accreditation course, run by AFL NSW/ACT and paid for by the Club. All coaches and managers are required to provide a valid Working with Children Check to the Club. We encourage all parents to participate in the running of the Club, which is solely run by volunteers. Whether that’s cutting oranges for half-time, helping out on the BBQ, or a regular commitment such as coaching, managing, or taking on an administrative role, we’d love to see how you can be part of our community. Contact our wonderful Volunteer Coordinator, Fiona O’Hearn if you want more information.
Do you need volunteers?
Yes! Our Club is run by volunteers and we expect all parents to contribute in some way – whether that is coaching or managing a team, helping out with BBQ at home games, or a more formalised Club role. We’d love you to become part of our community, so please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Fiona O’Hearn
Who are the Canada Bay Cannons?
Little GIANTS grow up to become Cannons, joining our youth club, the Canada Bay Cannons, in U12-U17. The Cannons are a club alliance with neighbouring Drummoyne Power Junior AFL. By pooling our player numbers and resources, we’re able to maximise the opportunity for youth AFL in the inner-west. The Cannons started in 2013. It is run as a separate club, with its own Facebook page, and website. GIANTS players who graduate to the Canada Bay Cannons are still very much part of the GIANTS family, and register to play with the Concord GIANTS.