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
JUNIOR – from Year 1-4 (No Mixed Grades), Years 5-8 – 3-3
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!
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.
- 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.