Junior & Youth Grading

Allambie Beacon Hill United believes the club is now large enough to sustain multiple teams through Juniors and Youth years, and having the appropriate standard for kids to play in provides the most rewarding and fun environment for them.

We will grade for Under 8s upwards where:

a) there are sufficient player numbers for multiple teams and

b) there seems an appetite for a ‘top’ team(s), and/or movement between teams.

We encourage all players to attend grading – at the very least it will be an early season training session! Relevant players will be ‘offered’ a spot in the appropriate team. They are not obliged to take that offer, if for example, they want to play at a lower level with friends.

When and where does grading happen?

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the allotted time and come to the registration desk.

Times and locations for grading are split into 2 days with an extra day for any players who cannot attend.

Mixed Grading

Sat 10th February, 2024 at Tristram Road Reserve

9 amMixed Under 18
10 amMixed Under 13
11 amMixed Under 12
12 pmLunch break
1 pmMixed Under 11
2 pmMixed Under 10
3 pmMixed Under 9
4 pmMixed Under 8
Grading table for Mixed Juniors and Youth 2024

Teams not grading

Under 14, 15, 16

Women’s Grading

Sun 11th February, 2024 at Allambie Heights Oval

9 amWomen Under 12
10 amWomen Under 15
11 amWomen Under 13
12 pmLunch break
1 pmWomen Under 11
2 pmWomen Under 10
3 pmWomen Under 9
4 pmWomen Under 14
Grading table for Women Juniors and Youth 2024

Teams not grading

Women Under 8, 16, 18

If you missed Grading Day

17th February 2024 is set aside as a second day for any/all groups that need it at Tristram Road Reserve

Why do we grade our kids?

Gradings start at Under 8s for boys and girls and it’s a fun way to start the season and get back into football. Grading provides an opportunity for your son or daughter to compete with the best players in the club, as well as to even out the other teams so all players get more touches of the ball during Game Day.

You will find that the improvement in the teams below the first team is amazing after grading.
We do not grade every player into teams from top to bottom but rather give the children a chance to try out for the first team.

That said, we would prefer if possible to see all players turn up to the grading day so we get to know all players and understand their levels of play and hence nominate them to a team in a matching division.

If there is only one team in an age group, there is no grading. If there are many players that may warrant two top teams, we may grade for 2 teams but this is rare. We have been grading for many years and have fine-tuned the process so that experienced people with no ties to the age group will review the players 4 core skills.

These 4 core skills are:
  • 1v1 (1 player versus another player)
  • Running with the ball
  • Striking the ball
  • First touch management.
As well as the 4 Core Skills we are also looking for:
  • Game Awareness
  • Game Management
  • Attitude to coaches and other players.

The player’s ratings from the graders and other comments taken on grading day will be reviewed with the previous year’s player assessment by coaches to produce the first team by the grading committee.

Please support the club as best you can in the grading process as it’s a proven way to improve the children’s enjoyment of the game and boost the majority of players’ ability in the world game.

Who does the grading?

The club uses grading officials who are impartial and will only assess age groups to which they have no links. The volunteers will include the club Technical Director, C and B licensed coaches and other experienced past and current players and coaches.

Grading will be done by objective and experienced assessors.  Coach reports from the previous season will also be considered.  We take 1-2 hours to look at a group of players, and we do our best to be fair, objective and consistent. 

Assessment will be done on the day, and then the graders will compare notes and refer to coach reports before offering spots.  Parents with coaching experience are welcome to join the grading team (especially those people who want to improve the grading process!).  Please send an email to to express interest.