The AFL Auskick policy refers to the philosophy, guidelines and requirements for conducting football for children of primary school age.
The policy is broadly underpinned by two components:
1. NAB AFL Auskick program
This is the key introductory program for children and parents consisting of a skill program of graded warm-up games, skill activities, skill games and a match program based on AFL Auskick Rules.
2. AFL Auskick Rules
The rules and procedures for conducting modified matches at varying development levels, particularly for children of primary school age, designed specially to maximise participation, skill learning and development.
AFL Auskick Rules are a feature of the program but importantly are recommended for adoption by primary schools, community clubs and leagues that have the responsibility to deliver football to this age group.
All organisations aiming to provide football for children need to offer:
- A program that enables all individuals to experience personal achievement in terms of competence, enhanced self-esteem, social cooperation, maximum participation and skill development in a fun and safe environment
- Warm-up activities
- Skill teaching in a sequential program
- Appropriate skill drills and games
- Appropriate AFL Auskick Rules matches
- Trained/accredited coaches, umpires and officials
- Appropriate behaviour conforming to the AFL Codes of Conduct for all participants