Archive for the ‘Junior Touch’ Category
We have been pleasantly surprised by the slight tweak in the government guidelines for playing sport in Level 2. (Previously SOCIAL DISTANCING was an absolute at level 2 and therefore playing a contact sport such as Touch was out of the equation).
Today Government relaxed their guidelines to say that Contact sport was permissible, as long as a a host of other factors were taken care. CLICK HERE
Luckily TOUCHRUGBY boasts quite a comprehensive “player register system” that we will be strictly ENFORCED. Only registered players will be allowed to play in a team and Referees will be equipped with ALL players to be contact traced. We will also take strict measures to ensure that equipment and the venues we play at are heavily sterilized.
SUNDAY TOUCH at COXES BAY IS NOW LOOKING AT STARTING ON SUNDAY 24th May (Followed by a Queens B’day Weekend Break) and then resumption of competition proper from Sunday 8th June.
MONDAY NIGHT NEWMARKET TOUCH IS LOOKING AT A MONDAY 18th MAy start or failing this a 25th MAY Start
TOUCHRUGBY is once again pushing hard to grow and promote the beloved game to the Juniors of Auckland. Its about kids “running with the ball in hand” and off course keeping off their devices!
We have a special, low cost, school-based Junior Touch competition model that works well for kids and their busy parents. Our competitions are played in TERM 4 and TERM 1 of the regular school year. They are run in 2 7-week seasons. Kids, through motivated parents, coaches and teachers are grouped into their school years (and not age or weight). TouchRugby does all the admin of each competition but likes to partner with the LOCAL rugby clubs who are only too happy to allow use of their club rooms and facilities. Of course Auckland council, certainly comes to the party by providing well-marked, safe and sports grounds free of charge.
Depending on the location, Touch Rugby can charge between $30 to 40 per child per 7 week season, which as far as kids sports goes is very reasonable. We provide referees and a comprehensive draws and results package, trophies and of course official pathways for the talented and ambitious players to represent their Province!
Kids are encouraged to get together with school mates to enter. If their school does not play TOUCH or don’t promote the sport, Kids can ask their Winter sports mates (Rugby, Soccer, Netball etc) to group together and enter. Finally, and not without a lot of extra hours spent, individuals can be teamed up with other to form composite teams.
Once a team is formed, kids simply arrive and play their weekly fixture. Kids in school years 1-4, play 5-aside and are allowed a coach on the field at any time. A dropped ball or forward pass only counts as a TOUCH and not a turnover. Kids from year 5-8 will play proper FIT touch rules. The really talented children are also welcome to attend trials for one of the 3 Super City – Auckland, North Harbour or Counties Touch Associations.
Our 4 competitions are as follows
North West – Massey RFC – Wednesday Afternoons – Moire Park – $250 per team – Click Here
Mt Roskill / Sandringham – EDEN RUGBY CLUB – Wednesday Afternoons – Fearon Park – $260 per team – Click Here
Orakei Domain – Eastern Bays – GRAMMAR-TEC – Thursday Afternoon – Orakei Domain – $250 per team – Click Here
Onehunga – TEPAPAPA – TePapapa Tigers Rugby – Friday Afternoon – Fergusson Park – $200 per team – Click Here
TOUCH ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR SUMMER 2017-2018
All our favourite Auckland and West Auckland venues are open for ENTRY. We take teams in all shapes and sizes so get your WORK MATES, your Social Netball team or better still your entire family and jump into a Touch comp near you. There is something for everyone
- Cost Effective Touch – Mt Roskill – $550 Massey – $450 per team*
- Corporate Touch – Victoria Park – Companies only – $750
- Elite Touch – COXES Bay Westmere – $650 per team*
- Junior Touch – Sandringham and Massey – $260 and $220 per team
- Masters Touch – Massey (Wed) $450* and Sandringham (Thurs) $600
- Social Mixed – Mt Roskill $550, Massey Thursday $450*
- Touch in the South – Auckland Airport – $400
- Lunch Time touch – Vic Park $400
- Individual Entries – Massey (Thurs), Sandringham (Tues), Mt Roskill (Wed) – $85 per person
- Turbo Touch – Monday nights – Vic Park – Outdoor and very social!
- * = Additional referees fees per game
Click On our list of Venues to find you Best location! – Click Here
For Detailed Information – Click here
Ready to ENTER – Click Here
At TOUCHRUGBY.co.nz we love the sport of TOUCH and spent countless hours developing and promoting it. We believe TOUCH is a mass participation sport and that promoting bigger and better competitions is the best way forward.
We are structured as a commercial business and cant hide from that fact, however our outcomes are the most noble of any sports administration body. At the height of summer we provide weekly games of touch for close to 450 teams, more than most well-funded sports federations and all done without a single cent contribution from any agency or funder. As an organisation we are proudly affiliated to our National and Regional Sports organisation and pay sizable affiliation fees to 3 Touch provinces and the National Body. We pay hefty PAYE, Income Tax and GST bills and we pay all this happily because we know what wonderful facilities we play on and importantly the pathways that belonging to legitimate sports codes brings.
As an organisation we strive to be innovative, provide friendly referees at well managed and located venues around Auckland. In addition to the weekly touch competitions we promote fun, one-off Tournaments such as the “proud to play” and Waiheke Social Touch competition. We dabble in modified versions of the sport such as Turbo Touch and Tag, only as far as it give our teams something NEW in a competitive social sports market. We are owner-managed, with a great IT backbone to support team captains, who are the cornerstone of our business. We are not scared to try new playing surfaces, new formats of the game and rule variations, draw formats that encourage like vs like participation. We are constantly trying to give more accessibility to women, children, over 35’s, corporates and even the elite Teams!
We make mistakes all the time, but own up to them and try to improve when we can!
As we come to the end of Summer, when the focus tends to shift from participation to winning we get asked by a few teams about the way we do things!
- Why is Touch so expensive?
- We want prize-money?
- Better teams should get better prizes!
- Surely A grade teams are more important!
Here are some of our perspectives and practices in this regard.
- TOUCH is cheap. Per game played, per minute of organised exercise or recreation I challenge anyone to find a cheaper alternative. I am referring to “organised” sport and not volunteer, charity or sponsor driven recreation.
- TouchRugby.co.nz has competitions across Auckland that vary between $2-$5 per person per game. Our Central venues are more expensive, but a little further out, touch can be played significantly less money.
- TOUCHRUGBY has NOT INCREASED FEES at major competitions for 3-4 years. Winter, Coxes Bay, Massey, Juniors.
- We PAY referees and would happily train and PAY any players who could not afford their fees.
- We do “SPEND” significant money on Prizes. We budget 7% of our turnover for Prizes. We work harder to increase that value of those prizes to 10-14% of our Turnover. We do this through barter deals and discounts with our sponsors.
- We do value our Elite teams. We acknowledge that they do set the tone of the competition as they provide examples of the beauty of the game of Touch, that training and hard work delivers results. Without watching these teams, social teams could never understand the value of patterns, settles and set moves.
- Their passion for the sport and countless hours away from our competition IS possibly the most valuable to us. That is where the deliver their true value, however it is a little known fact that elite teams on a competition / module level Elite teams cost us a lot more than our lovable loser teams!
- Elite teams are demanding and rightly so. They get the fastest and most reliable referees, very often 2 of them.
- They tend to get the preferential fields because elite touch requires full width and length.
- We discount their multiple team entry as a way of saying thank-you, but in terms of business outgoings they are paying less per game.
- ELITE teams invariably WIN, receiving prizes and sizable discounts off future participation.
- Unfortunately, and it is a consequence we accept, they cause many of our lovable loser teams to drop out. It is merely a fact that, on the whole teams losing more games than they win over the season are likely to not ENJOY themselves as much and might chose a different recreation alternative.
So the long and short of it is… We Love our Lovable Loser teams as much as our Elite teams and will continue to award equal prizes!
**AUCKLAND TOUCH ASSOCIATION TRIALS DATES SET**
Youth & Opens – Sunday 16th October, 9.30am registrations, trials start at 10.00am
Masters – Sunday 16th October, 12.00pm registrations, trials start at 12.30pm
Under 16s – Sunday 30th October, 9.30am registrations, trials start at 10.00am
Under 18s – Sunday 30th October, 11.30pm registrations, trials start at 12.00pm
** Under 10s – Under 14s pre trials drills and skills sessions 1:00pm – 3pm Sunday 30th October **
Under 10s & Under 12s – Sunday 6th November, 9.30am registrations, trials start at 10.00am
Under 14s – Sunday 6th November, 12.00pm registrations, trials start at 12.30pm
Venue: Coxes Bay – but double check and register below….
All Trialist must register online at www.aucklandtouch.co.nz