Special Arrangements for 2020 Team Ground Control due to conditions imposed by Covid-19 Restrictions

Ground Control duty is an important part of our club’s operations and due to COVID we have had to make changes this year to the way we setup and pack up fields and we thank you for your help and patience through this season.

On a Saturday morning we have assigned three teams to setup both fields, once the fields are setup the parents can go home.  Then for the rest of Saturday if you are the last team playing on a certain size field you will need to pack up straight after your match as the next size field is schedule to play straight after.  If you are the first team play on a new size field you will need to setup your field with some urgency to keep games flowing on time.  If you are the last team playing you will need to pack up your field and any garbage bins and signs that have been put out.

On a Sunday if you are the first team playing you will need to setup your field and also place out garbage bins and any signs that ground control instruct you to. If you are the last team playing you will need to pack up your field, bring in any garbage bins and signs.

If you are playing at Kareela 2 first teams will setup and last team will pack up, please note on a Saturday goals can be left out but must be packed away on a Sunday.  The team setting up will need to collect the box with match sheets etc from Gymea Ground Control and the last team will need to bring back to Gymea Ground Control.

If you are the first team playing at Kareela 3 on a Saturday you will need to put up the goals, your match sheets will be in the  Kirrawee club house.

If you are on setup or pack up at Waratah Park 3, the setup team will need to come to Gymea Ground control to get the box and key, if you are on pack up you will need to bring the box and key back to Gymea Ground Control.

For Box Road 3 setup or pack up there is a contained on the bottom field that will have the nets and Sylvania will give you instructions.

Please speak to your team and coordinate your team’s involvement.

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All GUFC teams must help manage home field ground operations on game days – at Gymea Bay Oval, Kareela 2 or Waratah 3.

Via a roster system, teams must:

  • provide ground control (wearing an “orange jacket” and managing crowd behaviour)
  • cook the BBQ (Saturday teams at Gymea 1 and 2 only)
  • set up and pack up fields.

Team managers are responsible for coordinating their team’s involvement.  Shared Services will email team coaches/managers to advise their team is on ground control.  Team managers must:

  • ensure the required number of people are present. This will involve planning ahead – contacting your team and confirming exactly who will help out
  • ensure your helpers are ready to go at the allocated time (and taking over from the current team on duty where appropriate).
Each round of team ground control roster is also advertised on the GUFC website.

Duties at Gymea Bay Oval

1. Ground control

The ground control system is in place right across the Sutherland Shire Football competition. It involves wearing an “orange jacket” and helping monitor crowd behavior.

GUFC teams on ground control must:

  • provide two people per field to constantly patrol the field
  • ensure these people wear an orange jacket, which are available at the ground control office. GUFC will be fined if people are not visible in orange jackets

Respectful crowd behavior is the key to everyone enjoying football. Your job while wearing the orange jacket is to ensure crowd behaviour is always acceptable.  Harassment, abuse or other poor behavior towards officials, coaches or spectators is not tolerated.

If situations get out of hand, report it immediately to the GUFC committee member in the ground control office.

2. BBQ

Saturday teams will need to help out with the GUFC BBQ each weekend.  There will be some assistance provided by the canteen staff but teams rostered will need to ensure they have at least three helpers over the age of 18 for each shift.

3. Set up and pack up

GUFC teams will be rostered to set up, field changeover and pack up Gymea Bay Oval each weekend. GUFC committee will also be on hand to help.

Ground set-up:

  • Mark out the fields
  • Set up for small sided games
  • Put up corner and halfway flags
  • Put out garbage bins, banners and furniture
  • Change over to full field games, following the small sided games.

Ground pack up:

  • Take down the goal posts and store against fence. Don’t remove nets.
  • Remove flags and put in shed next to women’s changeroom
  • Sweep out change rooms and both toilets
  • Sweep steps and clubhouse area
  • Clear up any litter and leave oval tidy and clean
  • Ensure garbage bins are put into carpark area.

Duties at Waratah Park and Kareela 2

1. Ground control for both Waratah Park and Kareela 2

The ground control system is in place right across the Sutherland Shire Football competition. It involves wearing an “orange jacket” and helping monitor crowd behavior.

GUFC teams on ground control must:

  • provide two people per field to constantly patrol the field – both ground control persons names must be written on the match sheet
  • ensure these people wear an orange jacket, which are available in GUFC’s plastic tub. GUFC will be fined if people are not visible in orange jackets.

Respectful crowd behavior is the key to everyone enjoying football. Your job while wearing the orange jacket is to ensure crowd behaviour is always acceptable.  Harassment, abuse or other poor behavior towards officials, coaches or spectators is not tolerated.

Please read this Criteria from the Sutherland Shire Football Association on the Use of Kareela 2 by Association teams.  It is important to follow these rules, otherwise the SSFA or GUFC may be levied a fine by Sutherland Shire Council.

2. Set up and pack up at Kareela 2 and Waratah Oval 3

For the team on set-up you need to come to Gymea Ground Control and collect the ground’s plastic tub.  The plastic tub includes:

  • a key
  • orange jackets
  • basic medical equipment
  • match sheets for all games played at the field that day, and
  • setup instructions on the provided sheet.

For those teams on packup, please:

  • put corner flags, portable chairs and table in cage
  • Saturday teams leave goals out overnight, with nets left on
  • Sunday teams, using trolley in cage, put goals (with nets) into cage.

It is important for packup teams please lock up the cage and return the key, plastic tub & the completed match sheets ASAP to Gymea Ground Control after finishing.

Sometimes another club may be using Waratah Oval or Kareela 2 for their matches after GUFC.  Please do not pack up the goals and corner flags – just bring back the plastic tub and GUFC completed match sheets to Gymea Ground Control.