It was a cold, but pleasant early Spring day for the 2015 Saturday Morning Footy Open Day. Some 30 boys and girls came out to play footy at Gunston Middle School in Arlington VA.
After going through some basic skills, the players were split by age group. Coach Matty took the U15s through various kicking drills and a game of "ultimate footy" (like ultimate frisbee but kicking). Coach Chris took the U9s through some of their favorite games including "rob the nest". Both groups ended the session with a non-contact game.
Everyone is looking forward to starting up on Saturday June 13 at Bluemont Park in Arlington VA.
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Thanks to Deena Ackerman for the great photos. Check out more photos at our Facebook page (remember to like us!)
The tenth year of Saturday Morning Footy begins on Saturday March 21 with the 2015 Open Day. The Open Day will take place at Gunston Middle School in Arlington VA.
Open Day begins at 9am SHARP. The session will run for 90 minutes and will include fun and safe games for boys and girls aged 5 to 15. The session will end with a non-contact match.
No experience necessary! This is a great opportunity to bring friends and neighbors out to enjoy the Spring day learn about the great game of Australian football.
Registration for the 2015 season is open. Click HERE to register.
OPEN DAY FLYER HERE (PDF).
The 2015 season will be the tenth season of Saturday Morning Footy. The program began in 2006 with two sessions and lots of help from the Baltimore Washington Eagles, friends and neighbors.
The last nine years have been quite a ride. We have had as many as 70 boys and girls participate in a single session to as few as two. We have AFL/NFL greats like Sav Rocca and Peter Schwab help coach and support the program. Our parents have included members of the US and Australian armed forces, diplomats, executives, an IMF board member, a cabinet secretary, journalists, NBL players, Australian ex-pats, Americans who have fallen in love with the game and many who didn't even know what it was.
Throughout, the goal has been simple. Learn footy, be safe and have fun.
Read more: Celebrating 10 Years in 2015
The 2014 Winter Camp is set for December 6 at 9.30am. The camp will take place at Washington-Lee High School which is located at 1301 N Stafford St, Arlington VA 22201.
Please note that parking may be difficult because it is Washington-Lee's Annual Holiday Bazaar. So bring cash and come early so you can be relaxed finding a parking spot.
Parking is available in the parking lot behind the school on top of I-66, also in the neighborhood - but check signs for residency restrictions (15th street is not restricted).
The event is free and for boys and girls 5 and older. Players will learn the skills and rules of Australian football in a fun and safe way. Remeber to dress warm!
Happy Fourth of July to everyone from SMF!
We are heading to the beach for the long weekend. So we will be taking a break for this weekend, but we will be back in full force on July 12th at 9am (SHARP) at Bluemont Park.
While you are at the beach start practicing your "Speckies". A "specky" is a spectacular "mark" or catch. Pictured is one of the great ones.
When taking a specky it is two steps. First you have to jump up on to the player in front of you and use them as leverage before catching the ball. Don't worry we practice on our Coaches, not on real people.
See everyone on the 12th!