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MIXED TOUCH PLAYING RATIO

Here are the TOUCHRUGBY.co.nz official playing ratios for Mixed Touch. We have also listed some background for those people who would like to understand the rationale behind our decision to allow variations.

These ratios are expressed as MALE (MAX on the field):FEMALE (MINIMUM on the Field).

VIC PARK – 4-2
COXES BAY – 3-3 (All Grades – except in the Social Mixed Grade where we allow 4-2)
TURBO TOUCH – 3-2
LUNCH TOUCH – 4-2
AIRPORT – 4-2
CORNWALL PARK – 4-2
MASSEY WED – 4-2 (Except in the OPEN A Grade where it is 3-3)
MASSEY THURS – 4-2
SANDRINGHAM THURS 4-2
ORAKEI- 4-2
JUNIOR – from Year 1-4 (No Mixed Grades), Years 5-8 – 3-3

INTRODUCTION

TOUCH NZ MIXED TOUCH RULES state the maximum number of males on the Field in MIXED game should be no more than 3. It implies therefore that MIXED Teams should field a minimum of 3 Females and even more. We believe there is GOOD reason for this too. Nothing beats a truly even and competitive MIXED game of TOUCH. It brings to bear more than just the fastest & strongest team wins. Mixed Touch truly involves strategy, team play, skill and tactics. More importantly Mixed Touch is really a unique feature about TOUCH. It enhances social interaction between sexes, gender equality and enhances family and team bonding.

Since our establishment in 2011, there has been significant growth in the number of MIXED teams entered in our competitions. Approximately 2/3rd (400) Mixed teams and 1/3rd (200) Male teams compete weekly through the summer. It is clear that Families and Work Colleagues wish to play in teams with each other and that Boys and Girls are happy to play in the same Junior teams.

REALITY & PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS

For whatever reason, the reality is that it is often difficult for teams to field an even number of FEMALES and MALES in a Squad. Very simply, it is significantly easier to recruit the requisite 4-7 Male players that are required to field a regular and reliable MIXED TOUCH team each week than 4-7 Female players.

In the last 4 years in almost ALL of our competition we have therefore changed the RATIO from 3:3 to 4:2 and the subsequent growth in the Mixed Version has been immense.

Still, the sheer number of defaults we receive because teams have insufficient Females , or requests to find additional female players means that we are unlikely to be able to consider reversing the trend.

At our very COMPETITIVE COXES Bay and MASSEY Wednesday Night Competitions we keep certain grades at 3:3. This does create conflict and uncertainty especially during grading and when teams move between grades.  Not all referees are aware of the ratios and we plan to improve our Communication in this regard.

A very positive trend that we have seen as a result of the increase number of MIXED teams (albeit at a lower MALE : FEMALE ration) is the keenness of the FEMALES to play an additional FEMALE ONLY Grades.  In the past 3 years we have seen a significant growth in ALL FEMALE TEAMS.

* One downfall of the 4:2 Male Female ratio is the tendency for MALE players to HOG the 4 middle positions, leaving the 2 females in the WINGS. We have work to do here!

BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY

TOUCHRUGBY.co.nz aims to achieve the maximum number of people playing TOUCHRUGBY at our key locations around AUCKLAND.
Whilst we are TOUCHIES at heart, we also acknowledge the need (and right) to modify the traditional rules of the game as we know it to enhance enjoyment and to allow meaningful competition. At all times entry into our competitions is strictly reserved.

MODIFICATIONS WE MAY MAKE TO PROMOTE OUR GAME

Here are ways we might modify the game to encourage participation.

  • Variation of MALE / FEMALE playing ratios in Mixed Grades.
  • FAMILIES – We allow competent JUNIORS to play in Adult Grades.
  • WOMEN – We allow women to compete in Men’s Grades and ALL WOMENS teams to compete in Mixed Grades
  • Leniency towards allowing Younger AGED players in a Masters Grade
  • Reduction of GAME TIMES to 35 minutes at key venues where demand is high.
  • Variation of FIELD SIZES between 55m and 40m width, and in some cases playing numbers i.e. 5-aside
  • TEAM-KIT – It is not a condition that PLAYING numbers be on the back of shirts, however team kit must be UNIFORM (i.e. the same style and colour).
  • TURBO TOUCH – We grow and promote the sport of TURBO TOUCH, albeit a significant derivation from touch
  • JUNIORS – significant variations in playing numbers, field sizes and dispensations for out of grade teams
  • Referees are ENCOURAGED and EXPECTED to use their discretion when applying Touch Rules.

BUSINESS MODEL

  • TOUCHRUGBY.co.nz is a private organisation who’s aim is to get as many people playing TOUCH at the best possible venues! We are solely reliant on Revenues from paying teams and individuals to fund our activities.
  • We employ many people in a part time and full-time capacity and are in good standing with our National and Regional governing bodies, contributing significantly to them financially and in other resources.
  • We are set up as a Limited Liability company, we are GST registered, pay income tax and receive NO funding from any charities or RSO’s.
  • At the peak of summer we administrate close to 600 teams per week, more than most Sports organisation and we do it at a cost to each player of about $5-6 per weekly game.

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If you are looking to get up to date on all the Summer Touch competitions, venues and prices – just browse to our updated Information, Terms and Conditions Page – Click Here

There is really no excuses for not playing Touch 5 nights a week and even the odd weekend.

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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

Now you can play Touch Footy all year round in Auckland and in pretty much every corner of the Little Big City. Our Calendar for the next 12 months has been updated.

Starting from the Current Winter Turbo Touch and conventional Winter Touch competitions, through to the huge number of Summer Touch competitions and the quirky one-off tournaments such as Waiheke in Feb, and even Lunch Time touch, there is something for everyone.

You can sign up as an individual, or better still as a team.

There are junior competitions in the North West and Central parts of Auckland

Plan your TOUCH year

With our growing popularity we had started to use the SOCCER fields at Coxes Bay (Touch Fields 1&2). We have been officially reprimanded and may no longer use The Soccer Fields as Auckland Football struggles with playing space of their own.

What this means is that we have to squeeze our FULL COMPETITION into 2 less fields and it means we have a complete NEW Round. We have thus had to introduce a 9:30am round AND push other games 10 minutes later. There are now 5 rounds so please check your Team Draws for this week here: Click Here

Further to this Important Notice here are a few more that ORGANISERS and players need to adhere to…

Team Kit: It is compulsory to wear a set of team kit. “Out of uniform” teams may have points deducted. The Kit must be the same colour and style, but does not have to have a number (although that is preferable). See our list of Kit Suppliers if you need some.

Registration of Team Players: All teams need to register their players. There appears to be too many players jumping on to assist and this skews the results. The registration process can be done by Organisers very easily using our online control panel. Browse to our CONTROL PANEL, Log In on the email address you have received this notification, Click My Teams, Click Add players.

To contest any knockout games, all players must be registered AND must have played 4 regular season games.

Rep Players
We do not allow more than 5 open rep players in a team per game. See any other terms and conditions here

Leniency: For the sake of development of touch, affording the opposition a good game and/or for genuine reasons, the organiser, the referee and opposition captain may offer Leniency on the above mentioned conditions. Objections and Leniency issues must be clarified at the earliest convenience and preferably before the game commences, so we are not faced with uncomfortable issues afterwards.

NEW COMPETITIONS FOR WINTER

Indoor Turbo Touch: We now administer the Turbo Touch in the WEST (Trusts Arena), the North Shore (NS Events Centre) and in Newmarket (ST Peters). Entries are open for the WINTER comps stating in late July. Click Here for details

Winter Social Touch on 23 July – Monday: We have a 30-team SOCIAL Mens and Mixed Touch Comp on the artificial pitches at St Peters College. Entries for the July-October 12 week Winter competition are open: Click Here

That’s All for now – See you on SUNDAY if this Weather ever breaks!

Graeme and the Team

The WINTER Touch season is now open for entry.

Monday Night

Newmarket – 5 aside Touch on Artificial Turf (Click Here) and Indoor Turbo Touch at the St Peters College Gymnasium – Click Here

Thursday Night

Turbo Touch at the North Shore Events Centre – Click Here

Friday Night

Turbo Touch at the Trusts Stadium in Waitakere – Click Here

Sunday Morning Touch

Most of the 2018 Sunday Winter Touch spots have been filled, however from Time to Time we need teams, so feel free to check in and inquire if a team has dropped out. This is the undisputed Winter Touch comp and if push comes to shove – we will find a place for your team! Click here

 

After Summer – Weather is great

STAY IN TOUCH THROUGH AUTUMN and WINTER

Winter Touch

  • Sunday – Coxes Bay – 6th May – 2018 – 15 Weeks
    Monday Corporate – Newmarket – 9th april – 12 Weeks
    Friday Lunch – Vic Park – 6th April – 9 weeks

Turbo Touch

  • Monday Night – Newmarket – 9th April – 12 Weeks
    Thursday Night – North Shore – Dates – TBC
    Friday Night – Trust Arena – Dates – TBC

Comps on the SHORE, CITY and WEST AUCKLAND

Fullers has agreed to sponsor 20% off all Ferry Tickets for the Waiheke tournament to be played on the 10th Feb. They will also be sponsoring Free of Charge tickets for referees and administrators, helping the organisers to stage the event annually!

Even though they are extremely busy over the weekend period in February, the Tournament which boast over 300 players attending from Auckland, creates heaps of Travellers and booking for the Ferry company on the Early morning 8:30am Ferry.

For players, supporters interested in enjoying the saving, use the following Promotional code when making a BOOKING – FULLERSTOUCH. It is available for use from Feb 9 to Feb 10 noon.

Remember there is still a transfer cost / bus ticket of $5 each way once you arrive at Matiatia. This is for the 20 minute bus trip accross the Island to get to the Onetangi Sports park.

At TouchRugby.co.nz we like to be practical and we strive to offer “meaningful competition” to all its paying teams and players. We see ourselves being successful, if our teams have a good run and come back the following season. We pay an enormous amount to be affiliated, we apply FIT rules for the most part, we support and develop referees, players and the youth however only 1 thing allows us to do this, the PAYING customer!!

Sometimes this is like making a rod for our own backs, because our formats and rulings are varied, within grades, across competitions and in some instances for certain teams. It means that as organizers we have to try a little harder, communicate a little more, and the lines can sometimes be a bit grey. For now, this is how we choose to operate and let me explain what this means…

1: Formats will vary: We put creating grades of “equal strength” above keeping a rigid format of 6 or 8 in a grade.It means we can have as many as 12 teams in a section if they are teams are even, or 4 or 5 teams. This means some grades have to play a single round, others double round, some quarters, other straight knock out.

2: Mixed Rules: We know finding an equal amount of females as men can deter MIXED teams from entering, so in certain grades and competitions we play a ratio of 4 guys : 2 girls on the field and others 3 : 3. Our A grade (or elite grades) tend to be 3-3 and the more social ones 4-2.

3: * We allow competent Children to play in Social Mixed competitions. Boys under 12 can play as females in Mixed Grades. **

4: * We do allow competent Females to play in the MEN’s grade **

5: Mixed Grades: Particularly in Smaller competitions, or where for instance we are trying to grow the FEMALE game, we allow MIXED teams, women’s teams and even Youth teams to participate in the same grade. We might even allocate additional points for female’s scoring tries. Once again, this is how we choose to operate, and if we feel that it causes our teams NOT to enjoy their experience,we retain the right to change or amend our stance.

* Under no circumstances do we expect the opposition team’s Adults in point 3 above and the Men in point 4 above, to treat these Kids and females ANY DIFFERENTLY. Teams choosing to field children and females cannot in any way expect them to be treated differently. If this is your expectation then DO NOT play such individuals out of grade. No snide or sarcastic remarks, physical or verbal abuse will be tolerated (defending said children and women) when an adult or male might Touch them too hard etc. Simply remove them from the field.

** If our referee feels that the said “female or under-age player” is not competent enough or is in imminent danger of being harmed or effecting the nature of the game, the referee has sole discretion NOT to allow that person to play. 

 

 

 

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