Auskick is the junior version of Aussie Rules that represents a great introduction to the game in a non-contact and non-threatening way. Auskick is known in Australia as one of the leading winter sport options for young kids for three main reasons:
- it is based around kids having fun in a series of skills stations that boosts their confidence and builds their co-ordination and ends with a fun game of Aussie Rules
- the sessions are run by trained and passionate parent helpers in an organised setting each week
- the sessions only last 1 hour on a Sunday morning - no away games and no training during the week
- 'Jedis' (ages 7 and 8)
- 'Wookies' (age 6)
- 'Ewoks' (ages 4-5)
Ages for Auskick
Children aged 4-8 generally make up the core of the Auskicker group. Within that age group, at Hornsby Berowra Eagles we split the Auskickers into the following groups:
Sunday mornings April - August from 8.30am-9.30am.
Rofe Park, Galston Road, Hornsby Heights.
We usually start at 8.30am with a warm-up led by one of the coaches and sometimes also with one of the older players in the club. This can involve a jog, an obstacle course and stretching.
Next up is an Auskicker favourite - the 'all-in' game such as Rob the Nest, Parent Zombies or Scarecrows. This short, fun game that we play first up serves to further warm everyone up and get them in the mood for the skills stations that follow.
After the 'all-in' game, we split the Auskiskers up into their age groups and run age-appropriate skills stations in a 3-way rotation. The skills stations usually involve relays that focus on the core skills of AFL such as running, marking, kicking and hand passing.
We then finish the session with a 15-minute game where age groups split into two teams and play each other in a simple game of Aussie Rules where the focus is on having fun, teamwork and encouraging everybody to become involved.
Introduction to U9s
This year, for those Jedis that choose to, we will be organising a small round robin with some other local teams in the second half of the season. These sessions will replace the usual Auskick session and will involve playing a game of Aussie Rules with simple Auskick rules. We trialled this last year in a simple 3-game competition and this year we will expand the competition to 6 games, where 3 will be 'at home' and 3 will be away (St Ives, Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook).
Girls and Boys
We welcome both boys and girls into Auskick.
We encourage all parents who are able to be involved, to help out during the sessions. They are emailed session plans during the week and are assigned to Station Leaders for the season. Parent helpers are given a level 0 coaching clinic one Sunday during Auskick early in the season to help refine their skills/introduce them to the basics of Aussie Rules and how it is to be taught to juniors. Auskick T-shirts are given to parent helpers at the start of the season. Don't worry though - it's all very low-key and fun and a great way to spend some time with your child.
You can register online for our 2014 season. Registration is $110 and includes an awesome backpack full of goodies - as well as your very own footy!
Benefits of Auskick to Children
- Children learn the fundamental motor skills for future physical activity and sports participation
- Children learn the basics of fitness conditioning, including how to train and practise
- Children learn the basic principles and importance of health and nutrition
- Through specially arranged physical activities and games, some very important mental and psychological skills are nurtured. These include self-motivation, self-responsibility, self-management, persistence, resilience and a best effort always attitude
- Through specially arranged team activities, children learn important social skills, including cooperation and respect for others
- Contact with older children and adults provides valuable role model experiences
- Generally, children benefit from greater levels of confidence and self-awareness and improved health, fitness and overall well-being
- Physical activity develops motor and social skills and intellectual capacities.
- Auskick can assist in reducing self-destructive and delinquent behaviour in young people and contribute to a more disciplined attitude
- Community structures often serve as positive models for other community programs that rely on volunteer support
- Physically active children are more attentive, have a more efficient memory, enhanced creativity and better learning, and problem solving and attitude capabilities
- Auskick helps children develop to their full potential.
Benefits of Auskick to parents
- Convenient, local opportunities for safe, quality family time that results in family bonding
- The opportunity to engage with children and other families in physical activities and games
- Greater social contact and interaction
"Auskick is a great way to introduce your kids to sport. It's inclusive and fun for the kids regardless of their skill level. The Hornsby-Berowa Eagles has a friendly culture and my son loves going. Plus it's at the same place and time every week which is perfect for parents. You even get a chance to meet Swans players throughout the season!" - Dan