Junior Touch

Junior Touch refers to our fun 7-week term-based Touch competitions for children from school Year 1 (age 5) up to Years 7 & 8 (ages 12 & 13).

Junior Touch are fun summer competitions where we encourage mass participation. Our competitions are affiliated with Touch NZ and the respective Provincial Touch associations. We encourage the keen and talented children to seek out the representative pathways offered by Touch North Harbour, Auckland Touch & Counties Manukau Touch.

We try to make our Junior competitions school-based. That said, since our competitions are closely linked to the local rugby club, we certainly accept entries from club teams and groups of mates.

Unlike conventional sports clubs, touchrugby.co.nz is run privately, without a vast base of support or a well-financed governing body. We administer competitions and have over 600 teams playing each week, making it hard to deal with individuals. That said, we don’t turn away individuals, especially the youth, 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. We rely on parents and maybe the odd dad or older brother to coach these teams.

We use school year groups as a guideline for our grades.

Yr1&2 and Yr3&4 (boys & girls combined), Yr5&6 and Yr7&8 (boys & girls separate)

  • School Yrs 1-4 is 5-a-side with the coach allowed on the field
  • Yrs 1-4 play 1/2 a touch field with a dropped ball counting as a touch
  • Yr 5-8 is 6-a-side with standard touch rules

Roughly speaking and dependent on the number of teams entered we keep to the following competition format:

  • Week 1 – Grading (where we assess the playing level of your team)
  • Weeks 2-6 – Competition rounds
  • Week 7 – Finals day (where all teams play)

Please refer to individual competition pages for up to date pricing.

Junior Touch Competitions
Summer Touch
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS / Term 1: 13th February 2024 to 26th March 2024. / Term 4: 22nd October 2024 to 10th December 2024.
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Summer Touch
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS / Term 1: 14th February 2024 to 20th March 2024 / Term 4: 23rd October 2024 to 11th December 2024.
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Summer Touch
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS / Term 1: 14th February 2024 to 27th March 2024 / Term 4: 23rd October 2024 to 11th December 2024.
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