Frequently Asked Questions
While everyone enjoys winning, youth sport is a time to develop skills and friendships and to have fun. By learning together, you can create a special bond with the team, often including your own child!
Who can play for the Springwood United Football Club (SUFC)?
SUFC registrations are open to all persons turning 5 years or older in the year they wish to register. Our oldest player to date is 69.
How do I register and how much does it cost?
Registration for the winter season runs from early January to early February. Costs are determined annually, they are based on previous years registration plus allowances for any increases in governing body fees and/or inflation.
What does the registration fee cover?
The registration fee covers both external and internal expenses that must be covered to ensure all teams are able to take the field. The external fees includes; for Football players, the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) Levy, Football NSW (FNSW) Levy & Player Insurance, NFA Levy, BMCC Levy, NRG (Referees) fees. Internal costs include; field maintenance, field equipment, team equipment, telephones, electricity (all lights at Summerhayes Park are paid by the club), insurances, medical supplies, GST, advertising, trophies, presentation day expenses, line marking and administration expenses.
My child played for a different club last season. Is that a problem?
There is no restriction in transferring from one club to another. If you are already registered please contact the Registrar for further information.
Do I need to buy a uniform?
A team shirt is supplied for each match (and handed in at the end of the game). You will need to purchase club socks, a pair of black shorts, shinguards and boots.
Do you have teams for U9 and under?
All teams from U11 and below play non competition matches to improve and practice skills.
U5, U6 and U7 play on a Small Sided Field (SSF) field of 30m long x 20m wide and play at the same location and time every week. In U5-7 Springwood runs an "in house" competition of approximately 10 teams in each age group.
U8 and U9 play on a field of 40-50m long x 30-40m wide and play mainly against local Blue Mountains clubs in a home and away format.
U10 and U11 play on a field of 60-70m long x 40-50m wide and play across the Blue Mountains, Nepean and Hawkesbury regions in a home and away format.
How are teams assigned?
Non competition U5 - U10 teams are formed by the parents and players during our "muster" to enable friends join the same team. Any new kids will be placed into teams that contain kids from the same school, street or suburb as best we can.
U11 and Competition teams are formed by grading all players over a period of up to three weeks to group similar skilled players together. These teams are then graded into divisions and entered into the NFA competition. Players who wish to play with friends may always drop down divisions and most special requests are granted.
How do I know what age group my child should be in?
The age that your child turns during the competition calendar year will determine the age group they are placed into. Special requests to play up an age can be granted but players may not play down an age group.
Are teams same sex or mixed?
Boys and girls may play in a mixed team for all non competition age groups. Boys and girls may play in a mixed competition up to and including the U12 age group. Girls only competition starts at U12. Boys only competition starts at U13.
Where do my fees go?
All fees are put back into the running of the club for the benefit of members.
What do I do in case of a football related injury?
1. Under the resources tab on SUFC website there is a Sports Personal Injury Claim Form. Please read the important information section.
2. The form should be completed for or by those who suffer injuries or have an accident whilst carrying out their function as a member of SUFC i.e. playing, training, coaching, managing, carrying out volunteer duties including volunteer refereeing. Claimants must be registered in one of the following categories, Committee Member/Official, Coach, Manager or Player.
3. Only complete the form if you are likely to incur or have incurred medical costs that are not listed on the medicare benefits scheme.
4. The player/member is to complete all of section A, injury details in Section B and Section C. Section D is to be completed by your Physician either general practitioner, physiotherapist, chiropractor or dentist.
5. The player/member should then email the secretary (email@example.com) to make arrangements for the secretary to complete Section B and the declaration and forward it to the office of the NFA for the memberís registration to be verified and their employment status confirmed. .
6. The form will then be forwarded to the Insurance company by Association Staff.
7. A record of the claim will be kept by the Association.
8. Once received, the insurance company (QBE) will contact the claimant directly and inform them of a claim number. From this point onwards, members may forward claim receipts to the insurance company directly.
9. Members have 90 days from the date of injury to lodge a claim. The insurance company will only pay out on claims for a 12 month period.