Youth Volunteer Descriptions

Understanding the limitations of the time available to volunteers is very important. A high percentage of your involvement will be based on direct contact and Match day.

AFLNZ provides a highly structured programme focusing on process rather than expertise. This ensures those involved can enjoy the experience and the pathway.

Your role:

Plan

Ensure that adequate preparation has been provided to each of the programmes component to enhance both the athlete and your own experience.

Act

Understand your responsibilities for the day and carry out effectively and efficiently. You are not alone and communication will assist performance.

Review

Throughout the programme assessment will provided by appointed personnel and yourself. Timing for this is ongoing and will happen intermittently during the campaign.

Coaching

Components

  • Coaching Workshop
    Outline of your role
  • Code of Conduct
    Setting standards
  • Weekly Lesson Plan
    Messaging and skills focus for each week
  • Coaching Manual
    Seasons weekly lesson plans
  • Match Day Itinerary
    Details tasks and timelines
  • Goal Setting
    Prearranged as per lesson plans
  • Team Communication
    Addresses before, after and during matches
  • Individual Communication
    Player feedback and assessment
  • Injury management
    Warm ups and player rotations
  • Umpiring
    On field coaching
  • Parental Involvement
    Improving community capability and inclusion

Time commitment of 5 hours per week:

Direct contact time of 4 hours each weekend

  • Linked with development sessions and games.
  • Includes 30 minutes prior to participant arrival to connect other coaches, team managers, and competition director
  • Folowing games for presentations and feedback to players, team management and competition director.

Outside of direct contact of 1 hour per week

  • Planning of sessions and games in alignment with AFLNZ guidelines
  • Review team, individual and coaching performance
  • View and respond if required to any correspondence from AFL NZ management and or other coaches

Pathway Opportunities

  • Improving the qualities, performance and opportunities for the coach and players.
  • Researching available website links and videos
  • Online coaching accreditation opportunities
  • Link to AFL Community Club resources
  • AFL New Zealand and AFL Coaching Pathways

Team Management

Components

Code of Conduct
Setting standards

Match Day Itinerary
Details tasks and timelines

  • Administration
    Goal Kickers via Goal Umpires
    Team lists via Volunteers
  • Team Communication
    Team and coach behavioural patterns
    Change Room and side line allocation
  • Injury management
    Hydration and Ice via Team Runners
    Medical reports via Medical Staff
  • Resource management
    Uniform distribution via Volunteers
    Uniform washing via Volunteers
  • Parental Involvement
    Improving community capability and inclusion

Time commitment of 4 hours per week: 

Direct contact time of 4 hours each weekend

  • Linked with development sessions and games.
  • Incudes 30 minutes prior to participant arrival to connect other coaches, team managers, and competition director
  • Following games for presentations and feedback to players, team management and competition director.

Pathway Opportunities

Improving the qualities, performance and opportunities for the volunteers and players.

  • AFL Community Club resources
  • AFL New Zealand and AFL Coaching Pathways

Game manager

Components

Code of Conduct
Setting standards

Match Day Itinerary
Details tasks and timelines

  • Administration
    Goal Kickers via Goal Umpires
    Best players via Coaches
    Correct scores via Goal Umpires
  • Team Communication
    Interchange procedures via Team management
    Game timings via Umpires/ Volunteers
  • Individual Communication
    Player feedback and assessment
  • Injury management
    Hydration and Ice via Team Runners
    Medical reports via Medical Staff
  • Resource management
    Uniform distribution via Volunteers
    Uniform washing via Volunteers
  • Parental Involvement
    Improving community capability and inclusion

Time commitment of 4 hours per week: 

Direct contact time of 4 hours each weekend

  • Linked with development sessions and games.
  • Includes 30 minutes prior to participant arrival to connect other coaches, team managers, and competition director
  • Following games for presentations and feedback to players, team management and competition director.

Umpiring

Components

Code of Conduct
Setting standards

Match Day Itinerary
Details tasks and timelines

  • Administration
    Goal Kickers recorded and relayed to Game Manager
    Equipment required via Competition director
    Correct scores recorded and relayed to Game Manager
  • Individual Communication
    Player feedback and assessment
  • Resource management
    Uniform distribution via Volunteers
    Uniform washing via Volunteers

Time commitment of 4 hours per week: 

Direct contact time of 4 hours each weekend

  • Linked with development sessions and games.
  • Includes 30 minutes prior to participant arrival to connect with other umpires, game manager, and competition director
  • Following games for presentations and feedback to players, team management and competition director.

Team runner and water runners

Components

Code of Conduct
Setting standards

Match Day Itinerary
Details tasks and timelines

  • Administration
    Goal Kickers recorded and relayed to Game Manager
    Equipment required via Competition director
    Correct scores recorded and relayed to Game Manager
  • Individual Communication
    Clear and timely messaging
    Develop game and terminology understanding
  • Resource management
    Uniform and equipment via Game Manager

Time commitment of 4 hours per week: 

Direct contact time of 4 hours each weekend

  • Linked with development sessions and games.
  • Includes 30 minutes prior to participant arrival to connect with coaches and game manager
  • Following games for presentations and feedback other umpires, team management and competition director.

Medical/Physio

Components

Match Day Itinerary
Details tasks and timelines

  • Injury management
    Decision made on pre-existing injuries
    Treatment of injuries occurring during competition
  • Administration
    Medical report
    Referral if needed
  • Team Communication
    Team management aware of diagnosis
  • Individual Communication
    Players given injury description, treatment and referral
    Parent if present provided description, treatment and referral information
  • Resource management
    Physio Supplies stocked via Competition Director

Time commitment 

There would be an expectation of a minimum of 4 hour direct contact time and the opportunity for players to be referred to your clinic if within the region and not currently with Physio.