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ALL YOUTH -- (ages 5-17) -- Come learn an exciting sport that is growing in popularity around the world...and is relatively new to the U.S....It's called "Footy"!
The Sacramento Australian Football Club will be hosting a series of FREE youth clinics for kids & teens who would like to come learn how to play Australian Rules Football--also known as Aussie Rules Football or "Footy".
Let us know you're coming!
Take a minute and fill out this Registration Survey for our 2018 Youth Clinics to help us best plan the sessions. This is also where you can let us know sizes for the FREE Youth Footy t-shirts.
2018 Youth Clinic Schedule:
- June 9 -- 8:30 AM at Bryte Park in West Sacramento
- June 30 -- 8:30 AM at Doc Oliver Field in Land Park
- July 7 -- 8:30 AM at Doc Oliver Field in Land Park
- July 28 at Davis Legacy Ranch, a youth exhibition during the Western Regional Tournament (time TBD)
- Aug 18 --1 pm at Doc Oliver Field in Land Park, following our Adult League Finale. A BBQ will be hosted by the SAFC following the days activities.
These sessions will include introductory skill work and drills for youth of all ages. Depending on the number and ages of participants in attendance, we hope to be able to hold some tag scrimmages at the end of the session. So invite friends to come to ensure there are enough players to organize a scrimmage!
Although Australia's national sport has existed for over 150 years, it is relatively new to the U.S., but it is growing rapidly in popularity among amatuer adult athletes nationwide. The USAFL is flourishing--with nearly 40 clubs nationwide. The Sacramento Australian Football club was established in 2009, and since 2012 has been proudly represented in USAFL competitions by the Sacramento Suns (men's and women's representative teams). In 2014, the Suns won the Division 3 championship at the National Championship tournament held in Dublin, OH. There are also currently several men and women from the SAFC who have represented our nation on the U.S. representative teams (Revolution, Freedom, & Liberty) in international Footy Competitions.
The SAFC is striving to grow the sport in the Sacramento area, and hopes to be able to help establish youth footy leagues by the year 2020. These two clinics are just the beginning of what will be a long-term vision to grow the sport among Sacramento's young athletes
SAFC Youth Footy Clinics
The Sacramento Australian Football Club, as a part of its overarching mission to build a thriving Australian Football community in Sacramento, has held several introductory footy clinics for students in several of the local school Physical Education classes. As part of this effort, members of the Sacramento Suns & Lady Suns volunteer to teach kids the basics of Ausball (the modified tag version of Footy).
Youth Footy Committee
In 2017, the SAFC Board has commissioned the creation of the Youth Footy Committee in an effort to grow the sport among the area’s youth. In May of 2017, members of the SAFC Youth Footy Committee are coordinating with the SacPAL (Sacramento Police Department’s Police Activities Leagues) to hold Sacramento first public youth footy clinic. More details to come!
Also in the works are plans to hold several free youth footy sessions in conjunction with the 2017 SacAFL season. We hope to grow the game among the area youth--and hopefully there will be enough interest in the sport to warrant the creation of a Sacramento youth footy league by or before 2020.
2017 SAFC Youth Footy Committee members:
Erin “Ranga” Sheaffer
Kendall “Rabbit” Hutchings (Chair)
Matt “Whitey” O’Leary
**If your PE class, school, or youth group is interested in learning the basics of Footy from the Sacramento Suns, please contact [email protected].**