FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why you should read this document
These questions and answers will tell you most things you need to know about playing with Bass Hill Rangers Football Club (BHRFC) during the season, as well as what the Club expects of its players and parents. You should refer back to it regularly as it will answer most of your questions that arise during the season.

Who runs Bass Hill Rangers Football Club?
Bass Hill Rangers Football Club (BHRFC) is a voluntary community organisation serving junior and senior football players.  The Club is run by an executive management committee of players, parents and interested community members and is a member of the Bankstown District Amateur Football Association. All tasks involved in organising and running the Club are carried out by volunteers and members. As a player or parent of a player, you are a member of the Club and your participation would be most welcome.

When does the football season start and end?
The official 2024 football season will commence on the first weekend in April and finishes in late August.  Unless exceptional conditions occur such as COVID-19 impacts or adverse weather, no games or training sessions are scheduled during the middle weekend of school holidays though games are regularly played on the first and last weekends of school holiday periods.

When does player registration open?
Registration for the 2024 season will open in early January 2024.  Details on how to register can be found at Registration.

What does the Bass Hill Rangers Football Club registration fee cover?
Your registration fee covers levies and payments for Football Federation Australia, injury insurance, Football NSW, the Bankstown Association (BDAFA), council ground hire & lighting costs, team kits (balls, jerseys, cones etc), ground equipment (e.g. nets, flags), referees fees , fees for coaching and referees’ courses, and general administration costs of running the Club. It also covers the cost of one club jersey, club shorts and pair of socks for each registered player. 

Is a playing kit included in the registration fee?
A jersey, shorts and a pair of socks are provided for players joining the Club in 2024 as part of your registration fee. 

How do I know which age group my child will be in?
Players qualify for their age group based on the birthday they have during the calendar year of play. For example, a player who has their 10th birthday during 2024 will generally play in a team in the Under 10 competition. 

Can my child play with his or her friends?
Yes.  The club is very aware that many players who are new to football are invited by, or wish to play with their friendship groups or previous team-mates.  Wherever possible, Bass Hill Rangers will do its best to support this participation.

Can my child play “up” or “down” an age group?
Playing down an age group is not permitted by Bankstown Association rules, except for extreme situations, such as medical disadvantage or disability. Playing up an age group may be considered from time to time depending on several factors such as player numbers and individual skill level. This will be at the Club’s discretion. Occasionally in the older age groups, players may be invited to play up an age group to ensure appropriate numbers in teams.

What gear do I need as a player?
Players will require shin guards, boots and a named drink bottle. Please note that shin pads/guards must be worn for all training and games.  This is critical for player safety – NO shin pads, NO play.

If I decide to withdraw after registering, can I get a refund?
No full refunds are available subsequent to registration, unless there is a medical reason (doctors certificate required), due to the amounts paid out to third parties (see above).

What happens next after I register as a player with Bass Hill Rangers Football Club?
Bass Hill Rangers may elect to hold team formation days where players are grouped into teams.  In certain circumstances where there are too few or too many players, additional discussion and coordination may be required including sourcing several new players.  Once complete, the Club registers these teams with Bankstown Association. 

The dates and times for team formations days will be posted on the website and Facebook as well as emailed to those players/parents who have registered.

What are the rules for on-or off-field player, coach, manager and spectator behaviour?
The Bankstown District Amateur Football Association (BDAFA) has published Codes of Conduct and Child Protection Policies for players, coaches, parents and spectators, all of which are available on its website. Please ensure that you take the time to read these. Bass Hill Rangers Football Club supports these Codes and, like the Association, has a zero-tolerance policy towards inappropriate behaviour by anyone associated with our Club. Negative behaviour towards referees, other players, or spectators will not be tolerated. Football Canterbury Association has set penalties and sanctions that are applied for inappropriate behaviour. The Club reserves its right to impose additional sanctions such as suspension of a player, compulsory forfeiture of one or more games, or expulsion.

While we understand that it is easy to be caught up in the excitement of a game, the Club asks that parents refrain from excessive barracking for their children’s team. Experience shows that shouting at children while they are playing has a negative effect, even if such shouting is meant as encouragement. You wouldn’t like your child standing next to you and shouting whilst you are doing something, so why would you do it to your child?  Bass Hill Rangers Football Club takes the protection of its members seriously. If you have any concerns about the welfare or treatment of children, please contact the club Secretary at secretary@basshillrangersfc.com.au.

When does my team train?
Bass Hill Rangers Football Club team training will typically be at least one night per week held on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. The training night and time selected for your team will be determined by the team members, parents and the Coach and Team Manager, subject to pitch space being available at this time.

When are Bass Hill Rangers Football Club matches played?
Bankstown District Amateur Football Association matches are played at grounds located throughout the Bankstown District.  The football season runs from the start of April until the end of August.

The game schedule, results and age division league tables are published by the Association.  Please check the schedule regularly for last minute changes, as game times and locations do change particularly if it has been raining, as grounds may be closed and games re-scheduled.. 

Pre-season games may also be organised by team managers and coaches in March prior to the season start.

How will I know if training or games are cancelled?
Please check the Canterbury Bankstown Council website (training) and the Bankstown District Dribl website (for games on weekends), our Facebook page and Instagram on a regular basis in the event of rain or bad weather.  The Club endeavours to update all of these information sources as soon as possible. 

The Club trains and play on grounds that are owned and maintained by Canterbury Bankstown Council and in wet weather, a Council may decide to close a specific ground to preserve its condition. Often a decision to close a ground due to wet weather is not made by Council until mid-afternoon on weekdays, or at the last minute before scheduled games on weekends.

It is important that Team Managers check these sources and communicate any news to their team (and parents).

Who coaches my team at Bass Hill Rangers Football Club?
In the younger age groups, each team will need to provide an interested parent or relative to act as the coach for the team. Advice and assistance will be provided by the Club’s coaching coordinators. No experience is necessary but a ‘Give it a Go” attitude means everyone has fun.

In the older player age groups (Under 9 and above) we strongly encourage coaches, whether parents or other interested community members, to undertake an accredited Football NSW coaching course. Bass Hill Rangers Football Club funds this training for interested coaches and course are run regularly throughout the year by Football NSW and the Bankstown District Amateur Football Association (BDAFA). 

What is required to act as a coach at Bass Hill Rangers Football Club?
All prospective coaches at Bass Hill Rangers Football Club must register with the Club. 
In accordance with Football NSW Regulations, ALL coaches are also required to complete and obtain a clearance through the Working with Children Check process.  The Club also holds a coaches and managers’ induction session during March of each calendar year.  The date and time of this session will be posted on our website, Facebook and emailed directly to coaches and managers.

What is required to obtain a Working with Children clearance?
Obtaining a Working with Children clearance is a simple process via an online form and also requires a visit to a Service NSW centre or motor registry.  Details of the process can be found on the NSW Government Office of the Children’s Guardian website at Working with Children Check.  

Who organises my team during the season?
Each team will need to appoint a team-spirited parent to act as the Team Manager to undertake administrative responsibilities of the team. Depending on the age group, of your team, these responsibilities include:
  – Handling communications between the Club and your team members.
  – Ensuring that all team members know the times and locations of weekend matches
  – Informing team members of last minute changes in venue or timing that may be needed when grounds are closed in wet weather or if an opposition team forfeits
  – Ensuring that when scheduled to do so, your team completes pitch setup and packing away of goals, ropes and other equipment for home games
  – Ensuring that two ground officials are present for Bass Hill Rangers Football Club home games

What is required to act as a team manager at Bass Hill Rangers Football Club?
All prospective team managers at Bass Hill Rangers Football Club must register with the Club. 
In accordance with Football NSW Regulations, ALL team managers are also required to complete and obtain a clearance through the Working with Children Check process.  See above for details on this process.

Do parents of kids playing football with Bass Hill Rangers Football Club have to do anything if they’re not coaching or managing?
The Club does not require parents to work in the canteen or run raffles.  On game day, parents are required to help with setting up (for the first game on a pitch) and packing away equipment (after the last game on a pitch).  At each home game, the team must ensure they have two ground officials, who wear orange ‘high vis’ vests supplied by the Club, and who must be visible at all times during the match.  The Club and your team may be fined if this is not followed. On a few occasions in lower age groups, a parent may be required to be a referee or be a referee’s assistant.

What if I have more questions?
As the pre-season period is extremely busy for Bass Hill Rangers Football Club officials, please check the club website, Facebook page, or Instagram to see if the information you require is available there. If it is not, please feel free to contact info@basshillrangersfc.com.au

Please also be aware that there are very few committee members and they all have jobs and families, and are involved in the Club on a voluntary basis. If it takes a little while for a response by email, please try and be patient.

Who do I talk to if I have suggestions or complaints?
If you have suggestions, concerns or complaints, please email the club Secretary at secretary@basshillrangersfc.com.au. In the pre-season period you may wish to contact a relevant committee member directly however, please do not contact the Bankstown District Amateur Football Association BDAFA) directly. The Association will not respond to any direct communication unless it is forwarded via our Club Secretary. Bass Hill Rangers Football Club has two delegates who attend regular Bankstown District Association meetings and represent the interests of the Club and its members.

Contact details for Club office holders and Committee Members are available at BHRFC Contacts.