Junior Touch Explained
Currently TOUCHRUGBY runs 3 Junior Competitions in Auckland – Norwest (Massey), Central (Sandringham) and Eastern Suburbs (Orakei).These competition are split into two separate 7-week competitions, nicely squeezed into Term 4 and Term 1 of the Junior school year.
JUNIOR TOUCH ETHOS:
These are FUN, summer competitions, where we encourage mass participation. Our competitions are affiliated to Touch NZ and the respective Provincial Touch associations. We encourage the KEEN, TALENTED children to seek out the representative pathways that are on offer from Harbour, Auckland & Counties Touch.
WHERE DO OUR TEAMS COME FROM?
We try to make our Junior competitions school-based. That said, since they are closely linked to the local Rugby Club, we certainly accept entries from Club teams and importantly groups of mates.
Unlike conventional Sports Clubs, TouchRugby is run privately, without a huge base of support or a well-financed governing body. We administer competitions and have over 600 teams playing each week which makes it hard dealing with individuals. That said, we don’t turn away individuals, especially the youth and and we do our best to group them with other similar-aged Juniors. If we get enough Juniors for a team, we throw them into the TOUCH deep-end so to speak. We rely on parents and maybe the odd dad or older brother to coach these teams.
Our 7 week competitions range between $200 to $300 per team or approximately $40 per child. We try to keep the competitions cost-effective and also try to develop young referees to officiate.
We use School Year Groups as a guideline for our grades.* Yr 1&2 Open Yr 3&4 Open Yr 5&4 Boys, Mixed, Girls Yr 5-8 Boys, Mixed & Girls
Roughly speaking and dependent on the number of teams entered we keep to the following competition format; 1 * Grading round (where we assess the playing level of your team), 5 * Competition rounds and 1 * Finals Day (where all teams play).