Frequently asked questions when registering a junior team-
Q- Once I have registered my team how to get my players to join.
A- You will be given a team code which you must pass on to your players. They will then use the link that allows them to register as an individual. Each player has 2 weeks from when the comp starts to be registered in the system.
Q- How Many rep players can I have in my team.
A- You can have 3 rep players maximum in your team.
Q- If my son is only 9 years old and wants to play up a division is he allowed to do that.
A- Yes you are able to play up an age division. The choice is up to the player and parents.
Q- I want to play my daughter and all her rep touch friends in the same team. Am I able to do this in a higher division?
A- No you can’t, this season we have brought in a rule where your only allowed to have 5 rep players in your team if your playing them out of their age division. No matter what age they are the 5 player rule stands in the girls & boys division.
Q- What if one of our players is the correct age and the other 4 are below age.
A- If you have one player who is the correct age you will only be allowed to have 3 rep players in your team.
Q- My sons team is moving up to the under 11s and id like him to stay in the under 9s. This means he doesn’t have a team this year, are you able to find him a team.
A- If you still haven’t found your child a team by the start of August send us an email. We will be putting a post up on Facebook at the start of August where teams & players can connect. This was a really great way for players to find teams last season.
Q- How many players should I have in my team.
A- If its Under 7s & 9s it is 5 players on the field at any given time. So we recommend 3 extra players for your team. Off course you can have more but for that age group its an ideal number. For U11s to U17s most people have 10 players in their team., and it is 6 players on the field at any given time.
Q- Can I register my child as an individual?
A- No we only take team registrations as we are so big. It is up to the individuals to ask around school or winter comp teams to see if they need players. Alternatively if your child has no team you can start up your own.
Q- Do teams train for Friday night touch?
A- This is totally up to each teams Coach/Manager if they train mid week. Some teams do and other teams don’t.
Q- When do you run the referees course? My child would really like to referee Friday nights this year.
A- Once we have set a date for the course it will be advertised. It is normally the week before the competition starts, or it will be a course that is run by NSW touch within our area. We do require you to be 12 years old before you can sit the course.
Q- Will I be guaranteed games to referee every Friday.
A- This will be dependant on how many refs come back from the previous season and your experience. Games will be given to the kids who always show up on time and get accessed as doing a good job on the field.
Q- What time will my under 13 boys team play?
A- We do have listed the time slots for Friday nights. We generally start from youngest to oldest teams in the later time slots. We can not confirm your teams game time until we generate a draft draw which is normally 10 days out from the start of comp.
Q- What if I’m short players one week, can I borrow from another team?
A- You can only borrow from the age group below you. We ask that you borrow a max of 2 players and only if you have a minimum of 4 or 5 of your own players.
Frequently asks questions for the Senior competition-
Q- how old do I have to be in the adult comp.
A- You need to be 14 years of age minimum. Remember your playing against adults, unless you have touch football experience and have played reps we don’t recommend you play a whole team of 14/15 year olds.
Q- In the mixed comp how many girls do we have to have.
A- You need 3 girls minimum on the field at any given time. You can have more girls but you must not exceed 3 boys.
Q- How many players should we put in our team.
A- We recommend you have 10 players minimum registered as you will find not everyone turns up to play.
Q- Do we get given playing shirts.
A- No you don’t, but we can organise this for you at a reduced price, or you can organise your own shirts which must have a number on them.
Q- What if our shirts aren’t ready on time.
A- You can borrow the set of bibs on the night for your team to wear.
Q- How will we know if games get cancelled due to weather.
A- The club will post this info on instagram and Facebook as soon as we know. Alternatively you can ring the wet weather line after 3pm on the day.
What Parents need to know.
Touch Football is an accessible sport, played by both boys and girls from three years old with equal fun and opportunities. After discovering Touch Football, most children continue playing through their entire childhood and adolescence.
Perfect For Your Child’s Development
There is no other sport more conducive to child activity than Touch Football. It’s a minimal contact sport that actively encourages fitness, communication, team spirit, coordination, and decision making; it contributes positively to your child’s development. Medical and sport doctors describe Touch Football as a low injury physical activity, perfectly suitable for kids in their phase of physiologic awakening and acquisition of movement skills.
Perfect For Busy Parents
Parents like Touch Football firstly because it’s a great sport for their children but also because it doesn’t’t require a lot of equipment to buy and wash! Competitions have convenient scheduling of times without a formal requirement to train, which suits busy parent’s lifestyles.
Children Love It Too
Children love Touch Football for many reasons including:
- It’s a sport they can start and enjoy immediately at any age;
- Size and shape plays little influence on how competitive a child can be;
- Touch Football is fast and dynamic, and it’s all about chasing each other;
- It combines well with multiple sports, and can be played similarly with other football codes;
- Boys and girls can play together and have fun around a commonly appreciated activity.
A Family Bonding Activity
Touch Football can also be a passion for you, or simply an activity that you share with your children. Because age is not a barrier in Touch Football, you and your family members can play together and it becomes an occasion to spend quality time together.
Volunteers play a major role in the delivery of sports and children activities. Parents and volunteers are the cornerstone of the Touch Football community, and your involvement will be greatly valued by your child and all members of the community.
To get involved with your local club, simply contact your Competition Coordinator – he or she will tell you how you can contribute to the sport and form part of the Touch Football community.
The Number One Sport In The Australian Sport System
Touch Football is the most popular sport in the Australian school sport’s system, praised by physical education teachers, with thousands of kids playing all across the country.
Parent’s Tips for Children to Play More
Parents can positively impact their children’s sporting life in many different ways. Below are some tips that will encourage your child to enjoy their experience in Touch Football.
- Constant support, encouragement and praise
One of the main positive outcomes children get by playing sport is self-esteem. That is not necessary linked to winning and children can learn a lot by being defeated. Particularly in younger age divisions, it is important to encourage and praise effort and attitude. This is important when commenting on officials and oppositions performance.
As the first role model for your child, you are their best supporter. Encouragement from you as their parent means a lot and positive praise is needed. Your support will lead your child to a better involvement in the sport, therefore learning and enjoying it more.
- Hydration, Nutrition and Sleep
Nutrition and hydration are important for any active child. Playing Touch Football can be very demanding in some cases. To prevent any dehydration risks, ensure your child has a water bottle with them when they go to play.
A balanced diet providing a solid amount of fruit and vegetables, carbohydrate and proteins will maintain your child’s good health, optimise their performance, ensure adequate growth and development occurs and help them to continue to enjoy their sport by maintaining energy levels and staying well hydrated.
Sleep is also a dimension to take into account; before and on the day of any particular physical activity, an early bed time is encouraged.
To get more information about nutrition, you can visit the nutrition section of the Australian Institute of Sport website – www.ausport.gov.au/ais/nutrition.
After discovering Touch Football, most kids continue to play as they grow up. They engage in a dynamic and healthy lifestyle, and take part in the Touch Football community for a lifetime.
Touch Football – The Thrill of a Lifetime!