Cronulla Seagulls Soccer Club Grading Policy

November 2004

The Cronulla Seagulls Grading Policy has been approved by the Committee and should be read by all parents, players and newcomers.


Preceding each new soccer season every player from Under 6 to Under 18 (if required) is graded into teams in different divisions based on ability level. An integral part of the grading is the information available about the player from his or her coach in the previous year. The Grading Committee, therefore ask that each coach complete an end of season report assessing player attributes and playing ability.

The report should be completed near the end of the season, to give the most up to date information.

The reports remain CONFIDENTIAL to the Grading Committee and are used to perform a preliminary grading and support the actual placement of players into teams. We advise refraining from discussing the reports content as this may cause disharmony and misunderstanding. Players of all ability exist within every team, and an honest appraisal of their talent is not unkind or demeaning.

The grading process gives all players the opportunity to demonstrate their talents to a variety of unbiased selectors thus giving all talented players (irrespective of the team they played with in the previous season) a chance to play in the highest division in the new season. The Club holds this as important in providing equal opportunity to all players.

Grading should take place in all age groups, U6 to U18, every season. Young players can change dramatically during a 12 month period. A player who is graded into an “A” team in one season must try out again in the following years to win a position in the “A” team. This is the best format to maintain the equality of opportunity.

Care must be taken to cater for those who have average ability (or less) but still love the game. It adds to their enjoyment if they are playing with and against players of similar or equal ability. Grading must help these players as well.

The Committee has the care and, to some extent, control of the Club and it’s members/players and it is the Club, rather than individuals, which enters teams into various competitions.

Grading Policy

The Grading Committee will consist of the Grading Chairman, Head Coach and the Executive Committee.

Graders will be appointed each season to assist with the selection process.

The Grading Committee has the responsibility of grading teams up to Under 18's but will be deemed to have the power to adjudicate on any grading related disputes within any Senior teams.

To assist in the orderly and fair grading of players the Grading Committee may appoint an age co-ordinator to act as a liaison between the Grading Committee and the age group. It is usual that the coach of the highest grade team within the age group is firstly offered the position. The role is to advise and direct with the grading process drawing on their past experience with the players. The age co-ordinators will not have any ruling power over the Grading Committee, but rather act as a support role.

For the purpose of grading, age co-ordinators will be asked to attend some grading meetings and as a minimum their relevant grading days.

Grading will be carried out prior to commencement of each season on days determined by the Grading Committee, which will be subject to field availability.

The Grading Committee will determine the time allocated to age groups dependant on the number of players registered and participating in that age group.

All players must attend grading. Players unable to attend may be allocated to a team having regard to player numbers.

Players unable to attend grading but wanting to try out for higher division sides must make application in writing to the Grading Committee. The Grading Committee decisions will be final.

The Grading Committee will ensure that sufficient graders are present to enable proper consideration of all players.

Grading will be carried out using grading sheets and decisions made on a majority of graders’ votes’ basis.

Players will be graded on a forced ranked basis and awarded a score for basic skills and understanding of the game.

Grading is done by the running of actual games

Players are sorted into teams, and the team then recommended into a grade to the SSJSFA.

In a situation where players wish to play with friends or not in a division one team their choice should be respected. The Club should endeavour, where practical and possible, to cater to these players’ needs. The Club should endeavour to cater for all players irrespective of their ability and should promote football as a means for all players