Information for Parents
What are the dates of your competition?
We kick off on Sunday 13th September with 3 weeks of skills sessions and casual games. We then start Round 1 of the competition on Sunday 4th October with Grand Finals wrapping up the competition on Sunday 29th November.
Where are games played?
Due to winter sport COVID-19 rescheduling, for the first 3 weeks we are based at Clemton Park in Kingsgrove. After that, we head back to our home ground of Waterworth Park in Earlwood (next to Tempe train station).
Are you setup to be COVID-Safe?
Yes, we have a return to play plan which has been endorsed by the Club and NSW Touch. There will absolutely be changes to the experience for players, parents and families as our primary focus is to keep our community safe. Please follow any directions given by our Club Sfaff on game days. We expect this will include limiting spectators, observing physical distancing, standing in certain areas and following a general approach of arrive, play and leave.
We appreciate your understanding, patience and support.
What is involved in the skills sessions and casual games?
You just need to turn up – we will run age/gender based sessions via our senior representative players, coaches and former players. It’s a great way for new players to ‘come and try’ before joining a team – or for those returning players, a great way to get ready for the competition. These sessions are always alot of fun and are highly recommended!
My child has never played before – is that okay?
Absolutely! Touch football is a game that really does cater for all ages and skill levels – there is a place on the field for everyone. Our competition is run in a friendly, family-first manner which we pride ourselves on. It is a non-aggressive sport and we are always focussed on kids having a fun and healthy experience at our Club and with the sport of TOuch Football.
How old do you have to be to play? What age divisions do you have?
We have age and gender-based divisions fromUnder 7 (must have turned 4) right up to our Youth Division (ages 14 to 17). Players 18 years and over will be eligible to play in our separate senior competition (refer Local Competitions section of our website). See our registration links for competitions we are offering.
My child has a few friends who are keen, but not enough for a team – what do you recommend?
For Under 7’s and Under 9’s we recommend that if you have 4 or 5 regular players keen, then you have enough to form a team. We will then assign you with some extra players so you have good numbers. For Under 11’s, Under 13’s and Youth we recommend you have a minimum of 6 or 7 regular players before creating your own team.
If you don’t have the numbers – no worries! – just advise everyone to register as an individual player and email us to link up with friends in the same team that we will create. We will always do our best to link up players, but obviously cannot guarantee this due to team sizing and limits etc.
What times are games played?
We play on Sunday mornings, starting with the youngest age divisions first. We expect it to be 8am for Under 7’s, 8:50am for Under 9’s, 9:40am for Under 11’s, 10:30am for Under 13’s and 11:20am for Youth Division. This may change due to numbers of teams within each competition, so refer to the competition draw once published.
What does my child wear?
As part of the registration, we will supply each child with a playing shirt. Generally, boys wear footy shorts or running shorts and gilrs wear either footy shorts, running shorts or bike pants. Footwear is normally plastic moulded footy boots (no screw-ins or metal studs), touch-specific playing shoes or runners with excellent grip. A playing hat is always recommended for young heads in the sunshine.
Is there any training required?
No training is required for our Junior Competition, it is simply turn up and play. In fact, for the younger age divisions, the Junior Compeition is very much about development and learning the game, which will be supported by our on-field referees and team coaches.
If players make the transition to representative level teams, then training is expected and will be communicated by the Club as part of the selection and pre-season process.
Are there mixed teams?
Mixed teams are not a feature of our Junior Compeition as we have enough players to run stand-alone age and gender-based divisions. The only exception will be in Under 7’s where boys and girls may play in the same team and the competition often is played amongst boys and girls due to smaller numbers of participants. In saying that, parents should understand that is not to be carried forward into future age divisions.
Our experience tells us that this promotes fairer game outcomes and comfortability amongst players, parents and community groups. It also greatly assists the Club with representative pathway preparation. We are all about inclusion, so speak to us if there are specific circumstances we can help with.
What happens if it rains?
Provided safety is not a concern, we will play if the fields are open. If games are cancelled, we will post on this website and social media as soon as a decision has been made. We will also be in contact with Team Managers who will notify parents. Cancellations will generally be on Saturday so we give families plenty of notice to change their plans.
Do you need volunteers? How can I get involved?
We are lucky enough to have a core army of regulars who help set up the fields, open the canteen and get the BBQ going – if you are keen to get involved come and see us at the desk. The best way to be involved is to bring your child each week, have a great time and be supportive on the sidelines.