When my little fella was playing Auskick they tried to cut out scoring as well, but all the kids just kept score in their heads. Now they can’t sing a club song!?! What is next? All the players have to wear the same jumper? No goal posts, you just run the ball up to that end of the ground and then the other team runs it back?
‘On The Ground’ told 3AW Breakfast’s Rumour File the under-11 side at Ormond was scolded on Sunday for singing its club song after a win against East Sandringham because it would “offend the other team.”
South Metro Junior Football League by-laws state singing isn’t to occur on the ground.
“Singing of club songs shall only take place in the clubrooms (or away from the opposition team if no clubrooms provided) and must not occur on the ground,” the by-laws read.
“Any club that breaches this by-law shall be dealt with at the discretion of the General Manager.”
The South Metro Junior Football League has been contacted for comment.
The more I think of it, a good business model would be to open a school that allows Christmas and the Easter Bunny… has a football team that allows scoring and bouncing the ball and team songs. I wonder how the kiddies would grow up?
Just a thought.
I’ve always thought it was a good rule that it only be sung in the change rooms, as it stops opposing fans throwing cans or causing trouble, or winning teams from goading the losers, especially if you win away from home. Make as much noise as you like in the rooms, but if you expect the losing team to stand by and clap as you sing your song, forget it, and that holds for all levels of footy. Shake hands then go celebrate privately.
I agree that this is probably the reasoning behind the rule.
It seems harsh to be applying it to 11yos, seems more of a thing you’d need once kids get into their teens and are keen to throw punches as testosterone poisoning takes hold. But on the other hand, maybe it’s parents that are more likely to be the problem…
A long time ago, I coached under 9 and under 11, for the Team I played for as a kid.
We did keep score, had a ladder and finals, and had a Team song which was a slight change on the Kangas song. To be honest though kids mostly couldn’t give a toss about singing after playing, and not sure winning was critical to any of them. It was all about playing footy, getting dirty and having fun. Parents were much more serious and the reason I chucked it in.