Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce the launch of their 2016/17 STING Junior Development Program. The program aims to up-skill and develop players and coaches both within Scorpions regional teams and additionally at local affiliate level with this newly acquired knowledge being taken back to local clubs at the grass roots level.
Highlights of the STING program include the following:
– Two development & TalentID training sessions to be held for Boys & Girls 14/16’s during September & October 2016, at the Narrabeen Sports High All Weather facility
– Increased focus, development and TalentID on our Boys & Girls 18’s & T-League squads leading up to the 2017 Junior Regional & National Touch League tournaments
– The inaugural Scorpions Boys & Girls 14/16’s Junior Elite Camp to be held as our final selection trial weekend on 4-5 March 2017 at the Sydney Academy of Sport at Narrabeen
Scorpions Regional Director Anthony Dudeck & Technical Director Brad Mitchell are excited by the STING initiative and program.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such a talented and motivated group of players and coaches within the Scorpions region and we owe it to the permit to further develop and enhance their skills. The sport of touch at a junior and elite level has continued to grow rapidly over the past few years and we are challenging ourselves to host the best development camp that has ever taken place. In the past we have experienced challenges through a congested touch calendar and a limited preparation for our Junior Regional and additionally T-League teams. Therefore our aim is to get this information out to the players and parents as early as possible – we know they are hungry for communication and the feedback we have received to date on our new program and camp has been extremely positive”, explained Regional Director Anthony Dudeck.
Not resting on their laurels of being crowned champion Junior Regional permit for the past seven years, Scorpions still believe they have room to improve as Dudeck explains further.
“Most definitely the other permits are improving and coming to get us. The Hunter Western Hornets were outstanding at this years Junior Regional tournament at Parkes and would consider themselves unlucky not to have taken out the champion permit title. However we were very proud of how our Scorpions teams came together at our function on the Saturday evening and then went to the next level when it counted on finals day Sunday, winning three titles to just edge out the Hornets. Our new STING program is looking to improve ourselves as a permit and for this to take place we need to continue to have major focus at our junior level. We are excited to be holding our selection camp at the Sydney Academy of Sport which has outstanding facilities and is also utilised by Touch Football Australia for their national training camps. Plus we have assembled the best coaches from around the Scorpions affiliates, many of whom also coach at Elite 8, NSW and Australian level.”
Scorpions Technical Director Brad Mitchell explained the camp format. “Players will arrive Saturday mid-morning and depart Sunday afternoon with dorm like accommodation and all meals provided on-site. We will be utilising our High Performance Unit over the next few months to finalise the weekend schedule which will include trial games, practical technical sessions, a Sports Science presentation, video analysis, and much more. We are also looking at holding a “Coach The Coaches” course on the Saturday morning, also involving our referees from around the affiliates and having our NSW Scorpions Elite 8 players on show in a trial game on the Saturday evening. Once the players depart on the Sunday afternoon we will hold our Boys & Girls 10’s & 12’s Merit teams training session so it will be a jam packed weekend.”
A most important factor of the weekend elite camp is to ensure quality is high whilst keeping the costs to players and parents low, therefore Scorpions will be looking to heavily subsidise the camp to make it affordable for all participants.
Mitchell discussed further, “Our selection process for our Junior Regional teams will continue to take place at the NSW Touch Junior State Cup in February, where we will select our squads of approximately 24 players. These players will then be invited to our weekend camp held two weeks later which will give both coaches and selectors the ideal opportunity to select the strongest final 14 players in each division, plus at the same time developing our players and teaching them new skills. Whilst the camp focus will be to increase our players technical knowledge, additionally if not more important is for Scorpions to create a fun and engaging weekend for these kids.”
Scorpions are also pleased to announce their STING Junior Development coaching team. These coaches will assist in our STING program starting with two development training sessions and from this coaching group our Junior Regional 14/16’s coaching appointments will be made later in the year. These training sessions are open to all Scorpions affiliate players whether they have represented Scorpions previously or not and will assist our coaches and selectors in conducting TalentID before the 2017 Junior State Cup. The online registration portal for these free training sessions is available via http://goo.gl/4nueiR
Scorpions STING Coaching Team: Alex Ferro, Anthony Dudeck, Andy Windsor, Barry Gibson, Brad Curl, Brad Mitchell, Brandon McDonald, Carol Jones, Craig Beacroft, Dave Nolan, Jason Martin, Keith Lee, Keith Smith, Matt Lawson, Matt Scranage, Mel Mitchell, Peter Langmack, Tracey Elliot, Tua Marsters.
Scorpions STING Girls & Boys 14’s:
Session 1 – Sunday 25 September 8.00am-9.15am at Narrabeen Sports High All Weather Facility, Narrabeen
Session 2 – Sunday 23 October 8.00am-9.30am at Narrabeen Sports High All Weather Facility, Narrabeen
Girls & Boys 14’s – Eligible for U/14’s Division at 2017 Junior State Cup, i.e. Born during 2003 & 2004
Online Rego Open Now: http://goo.gl/4nueiR
Scorpions STING Girls & Boys 16’s:
Session 1 – Sunday 25 September 9.15am-10.30am at Narrabeen Sports High All Weather Facility, Narrabeen
Session 2 – Sunday 23 October 9.30am-11.00am at Narrabeen Sports High All Weather Facility, Narrabeen
Girls & Boys 16’s – Eligible for U/16’s Division at 2017 Junior State Cup, i.e. Born during 2001 & 2002
Online Rego Open Now: http://goo.gl/4nueiR
Scorpions STING Junior Elite Camp:
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 March, 2017 at Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen
– Will act as the Boys & Girls 14/16’s final selection trial weekend for our 2017 Junior Regional teams
– 24 player squads selected from the NSW Touch Junior State Cup are invited to the camp
– Further info including schedule and costs to be provided in coming months
– 18’s teams finalised via two trials on Friday 24 & Sunday 26 February
All Sydney Scorpions event dates can be found via our calendar which also includes the NSW Touch & TFA calendars found via Sydney Scorpions Events Calendar.