How does grading and the season work?

At PPT our specialty is social touch so we emphasise even competition, as we believe players have the most fun when they play  closely matched teams. As such we run grading quite differently to most sporting competitions.

Our season usually works like this:

  1. The first two weeks are grading rounds, these games are purely to ascertain the the standard of play of our teams and the results do not count towards final positions.
  2. At week 3 preliminary grades are set, but are not finalised. Through to week 9 (the start of the Christmas break) your team will have a grade and your teams results counts towards your final ladder position, but fixtures are based on matching the standard of competition and teams may be moved between grades every two weeks (depending on their results)
  3. At the half way mark of the season (usually after week 9 when the Christmas break commences) grades are finalised, fixtures are published through to the end of the regular season, and the run towards finals begins.
  4. Our last two weeks (usually weeks 15 and 16) are finals. This will usually be structure as 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3.  In order to play finals, players must have played 4 games during the regular season or grading, or have an exemption from the committee. Most importantly teams missing out on finals still play friendly matches, so if you miss finals you still play in weeks 15 and 16.

Published by

Peter Shaw

Peter Shaw has been involved in touch since 2001 when he returned from playing semi professional rugby in England. He is the president and founder of Princes Park Touch Association