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THE first major event for 2006 happens this month with our junior sign-on day set down for Sunday, February 12.
The day will kick off at 9.30am in the Dolphin oval dressing sheds and will finish by 11.30am.
The Dolphins Old Boys will provide a free sausage sizzle and drinks for the kids with our good friends and major sponsor Keystar Auto World handing out giveaways to every player.
Any new players wanting to sign up should bring along a birth certificate or equivalent proof of age as well as two passport size photos on the day.
Registration fees are $45, which includes a club polo shirt for every player. Won't it be great to see our teams arriving at games in 2006 looking like a team that is proud of their club?
Anyone wanting to help out on sign-on day can contact Grant Cleal on 3203 7333.
The Redcliffe Dolphins junior coaches took part in a coaching camp last month at Alexandra Headlands.
The camp was held over two days with our coaching team getting a lot of useful tips on coaching junior rugby league.
Coaching staff from the senior Dolphins were on hand to take the boys through their paces with head coach Anthony Griffin, strength and conditioner Tony Guilfoyle, kicking coach Doug Hale and Colts coach Craig "Trigger" Ingebrigtsen passing on experiences to rest of the camp.
Coaches from the under 11s to the under 18s had first contact from the coaching staff from our new affiliate club, the Brisbane Broncos. This was the first step in a long and continued effort by both clubs to make sure that every junior who registers with the Dolphins receives the best coaching available.
A coaching information night also was organised in January for coaches taking on teams in the younger age groups (under 7-10). Members of the Broncos coaching staff and Dolphins junior development addressed these coaches about the club's expectations for 2006 and finished the night off with some field work. Coaches are still required for some of the younger teams.
IN 2005, the Dolphins had six under seven, four under eight, four under nine and four under 10 teams playing in modified footy competitions.
We expect to have at least that number again in 2006. For these youngsters to get their chance to play league, we need some special help.
Dolphins teams have been fortunate over recent seasons with a more than capable group of referees officiating over local games.
We need to recruit seven new starters to our referees ranks and that magnificent 7 are needed now.
The main criteria is that you must want to improve your fitness level marginally, are happy to involve yourself for an hour or so on a Sunday morning, be available for games that are all played at Dolphin Oval, complete a referees course run locally by the QRL and be a part of the start of our youngest champions fulfilling their dreams.
There may even be a future career awaiting someone that takes on refereeing this year.
Age or gender is no barrier with male and female referees officiating, the minimum age is 14 and there are granddads refereeing at many clubs.
To register your desire to find out more about this vital role, contact Grant or Katrina at the Dolphins on 3203 7333. Remember, we need 7 so the kids can play.