Just a reminder of our Inclement Weather Policy
Whenever there is little bit of rain in the air, we start to receive emails and texts with the question “are we playing”.
The answer is always “YES” you are playing and that remains the case until we specifically inform your team otherwise in the following manner:
1: We update Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfooty – LIKE US!!
2: We send an email to the database.
3: We update our website news section – www.touchrugby.co.nz
4: We text captains only
Then with regards to the actual decision to cancel, here is how we make the decision. We won’t CANCEL because its raining per say. We cancel if there is danger to life or limb, the chance of irreparable damage to the field and finally if we can afford to postpone fixtures.
If ever you are mildly worried about rain just before you come down for your fixture, you are welcome to TEXT to 021 249 3678 or the designated TOUCH line of 027 666 5668 to ask but if there is no update on the website, facebook page or received a text advising that Touch is cancelled, it is very likely that its still going ahead.
Not that our prizes aren’t awesome, for instance a substantial Bar Tab, or a full team kit or a barbeque for 15 people or discounts off future fees etc, but from our humble beginnings in 2011, we made it clear we won’t offer prize-money and that higher grades wouldn’t get more valuable prizes than social grades.
WHY NO PRIZEMONEY?
With over 100 grades, across 15 Modules, earning our valuable prize-vouchers, we do spend a small fortune on rewarding our Winners and Runner’s up. “Winning” and striving to achieve within your grade is important, which is why we gear the whole season towards the knockouts and finals evening. What we do know is that winning the Open A grade or Super Social grade will mean exactly the same to those teams playing and doing their best.
Now that said; our organization TouchRugby.co.nz is not all about “Winners” either. We are about getting as many people playing Touch, about marketing and growing our competitions, being affiliated to Touch NZ and provincial associations, supporting referees and providing a solid admin base and IT systems for managers and captains.
For this reason we actually cherish our Lovable Losers – the ones who pay their fees, who reliably turn up, respect our referees and who make our small business viable. Paying elite teams prize-money does not make our organization financially viable, nor does it encourage all those average joe teams to start playing.
So if its Prize-Money you are after, you are welcome to hunt down the few remaining modules that offer that incentive. You go with our blessing and you are certainly welcome back at any time.
For now we are postponing Touch Rugby for the next 3 days. (Mon 15th, Tues 16th and Wed 17th).
As and when we receive MORE information from Gov we will make decisions and inform teams about when we can resume
Lets hope this passes quickly so we can resume playing.
Leagues affected are Coxes Bay Monday, Vic Park Monday, Vic Park Tuesday , Massey and Mt Roskill Seniors and Juniors, Auckland Grammar comp, Mangere com
As we finish up the first half of our Summer 20/21 Comps and before we head out for a well deserved Xmas Break, we would just like to advise on the start-up dates to resume the various Senior Comps in the New Year:
- Vic Park Touch – 11th January 2021
- Massey Thursday Touch – 14th January 2021
- Orakei/ Grammar Tec Touch – 14th January 2021
- Cornwall Thursday Touch – 14th January 2021
- Grey Lynn/ Richmond Rovers Touch – 15th January 2021
- Panmure/ Marist Auckland & Tamaki Touched – 15th January 2021
- Cox’s Bay Touch – 18th January 2021
- Manukau Rovers Touch – 19th January 2021
- Vic Park Lunchtime Touch – 19th January 2021
- Grammar/ Mt Eden Touch – 19th January 2021
- Massey Wednesday Touch – 20th January 2021
- Cornwall Wednesday Touch – 20th January 2021
- Mt Roskill Touch – 20th January 2021
From the team at TouchRugby.co.nz, we wish you and your whanau a blessed Xmas and Safe festive season.
Touch is always going ahead as per the fixtures online – Click Here
When there is rain in the air (especially during Spring) I am sure team members, parents and concerned parties will want to know – “ARE WE PLAYING?”
The answer will always remain YES, until we make a decision. There are no MAYBES. We don’t make a decision at a given time specifically and therefore the answer will continue to remain “YES” until we specifically inform your team that it is cancelled.
Then with regards to the actual decision to cancel, here is how we make the decision. We won’t CANCEL because its raining per say. We cancel if there is danger to life or limb, the chance of irreparable damage to the field and finally if we can afford to postpone fixtures, i.e. Weeks remaining in the season, daylight etc.
Here is how we cancel, if we do 1: We post and immediate update on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfiooty 2: We send an email from our IT SYSTEM like this 3: Your captain gets a text 4: As soon as possible we update the fixtures online (might take a day or 2).
We tend to leave the office after 3pm,so if ever you are mildly worried about rain you are welcome to TEXT to 021 249 3678 or the designated TOUCH line of 027 666 5668.
Thanks and see you pitch side – Graeme and the Team
Referees 11th October: All aspiring TOUCH referees and those needing a refresher or players wanting to branch into refereeing we are staging our “On The Job” training on SUNDAY 11th October at Fearon Park in Mt Roskill.
We will run 2 sessions on the day: Session 1: 9am – 12:pm and Session 2: 12pm to 3pm. Bring a whistle and an open mind and you can learn how to be a great module referees under guidance of some of nZ’s best referees coaches!
Coaching: Wed 7th October: Take the next step to becoming an awesome in-schools coach. Learn how to deliver engaging touch and turbo touch sessions. Improve your rules knowledge and learn concepts about developing referees
Learn more about AWHI, TouchFit 360 and NCEA rubric support
Fine tune your delivery skills and have a whole heap of fun!
Touch New Zealand Head Office – THE TRUSTS ARENA, 65-67 CENTRAL PARK DRIVE, HENDERSON -9am-4pm
There is this ugly bug floating around, causing all sorts of gatherings to be cancelled.
We just wanted to put your mind at ease and confirm in writing that we will NOT be charging you for games that are not played specifically due to Covid and level 2.5 restrictions. We are happy to refund or credit your fees for any games that have been cancelled owing to Covid. Of course, where we have the opportunity to POSTPONE games or play catch up or double-headers we will make sure we deliver on the promised quota of games. Junior Comp seasons are 7 weeks / games and Adults 14 weeks / games.
If absolutely NO games are played, through the entire season, we will retain 10% of your entry to a maximum of $50 to support the infrastructure that goes with opening entries, marketing etc. That fee can be used as a deposit against future entries fees if needs be.
If you are 40yrs plus (or an out of shape 35 year old) then pay attention.
This coming summer its time to get your dad bod greased, your tight hammy’s pinging and of course to give your better half a night off through the summer. (You could also consider financially supporting the local Rugby Club bar with your valuable patronage AFTER your weekly game).
* If we don’t have sufficient teams we will play in Mens Social grade
No team: Why not sign up for the the Touch GURUS – This is the team/club if you are OLD, have NO MATES and are Out Of Touch (Touch trifecta). We will chuck you in a team of unfit, over 35’s and enter you at our CORNWALL, MASSEY and ORAKEI Grades
Was hoping to get out on the pitch and restart the current Touch and Turbo Touch Leagues but with the governments latest announcement on the Coronavirus and lockdown levels, there will unfortunately be no Touch or Turbo Touch until at least the 14th September now.
I’m sure you are all chomping at the bit to get out and play again but stay safe and keep working on those skills at home.
Stay Safe and Be Kind to one another.
Dammit its happened again!! With governments latest announcement on the Coronavirus and lockdown levels, there will unfortunately be no Touch or Turbo Touch until at least the 7th September.
Try keep fit and work on those skills at home and we will hopefully see you again on the Footy pitch soon.
Stay Safe and Be Kind to one another.