CSSC to Offer Aussie Rules 7s

After a successful covert introduction last fall, the Kookas are excited to announce that the Calgary Sport and Social Club (CSSC) will be offering Aussie Rules 7s in their Multi-Sport program, beginning this winter.

Aussie Rules 7s is a modified Australian Rules game, designed specifcally with Canadians in mind. It is non-contact, with simplied rules. It is played indoors (normally on an indoor soccer pitch), with seven per side.

Click here for more information and to sign up. The Roos and Kookas will be down during each session helping to set up and run the games, so come and say hi!

Check out what the CSSC had to say regarding our great game:

"G’Day Mates! Just when things couldn’t get any more interesting, the CSSC decided to unveil yet another new sport to our Multi-Sport League: Aussie Rules Football. We’ve been working with the Calgary Kangaroos on creating a ridgy-didge variation of this sport for our Multi-Sport line-up (and potentially to our full-time sport line-up in the future), and it finally came to fruition this past Fall.

This is a game that is played 7-on-7, and similar to all our sports is non-contact (which is an obvious difference to regular Aussies Rules Football). The object of the game is to score on the opposing team by kicking or “hand-passing” through the goal posts. The field of play is an entire Indoor Soccer surface (or triple gymnasium). The court is divided into three sections: a mid-zone and two scoring zones. Teams can only score when they are in the “scoring zone” of the opposing team. Teams make their way to the scoring zone by passing to their teammates via kicking or “hand-passing” (punching the ball). In order to prevent teams from moving down the field, the defending team can either knock down a pass or “touch” an opposing player. Once a player who has the ball is touched, he/she has two seconds to get rid of the ball. If a ball touches the ground or a player does not get rid of the ball after being touched, the ball is turned over to the opposing team and free kick is awarded.

Teams cannot hand-off or forward pass a ball to a teammate. If a player kicks the ball to his/her teammate and he/she catches it, it is called a “Mark” and the player who caught the kick has 5 seconds (where he/she cannot be touched by an opposing player) to either kick, hand-pass, carry the ball forward, or step backwards for a free kick. If the “mark” moves forward, play is on and he/she can be touched.

Teams can attempt a shot via two methods: kicking the ball or “hand-passing” the ball between the goal posts. If a player kicks the ball (and the ball doesn’t touch another player or a goal post) the team is awarded 6 points. If the ball is touched prior to going through the goal posts, hits an upright goal post, or is hand passed, only one point will be awarded.

After the first time offering this sport it has been well received (many say it’s a ripper game), so we will continue introducing it among a couple divisions/days in our Multi-Sport League. Hope you get the opportunity to give it a burl! There may be continued tweaks to the rules as we receive feedback, so if you do get the chance to play, we’d love to hear from you.

We think we added a nice “shrimp on the barbie” for our Multi-Sport line-up!"


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