Princes Park Touch is a non-profit organisation devoted to touch football. Unlike other competitions it is run by and for the players and referees who are its members.
Our motto is “Social touch in Melbourne’s heart” and we aim to be the best place to play social sport in Melbourne and socialise afterwards, whilst also giving our players the opportunity to take the sport further through our referee and representative programs if they wish.
All regular players should be members and the requirements for membership are.
- That you have played or refereed (or intend to play or referee) 4 or more games with us in the current season.
- That you support our aims which are to further touch football and other social sports for juniors and adults in the City of Melbourne and adjoining areas.
The below FAQ outlines the benefits of memberships and the requirements for players and captains.
Doing the right thing is an expectation in our competiton, and therefore the below is essential reading for all members:
- 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:
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- Our last two weeks (usually weeks 15 and 16) are finals. This will usually be structure as 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3. Most importantly teams missing out on finals still play friendly matches, so if you miss finals you still play.
- If I am injured playing at PPT am I insured and how do I go about claiming?
PPT is covered by the same insurance policy that covers all affiliate touch comps Australia wide under the auspices of the national body. Details of the forms and process are at the following link.
If you have sustained an injury playing at our competition a member of our committee will sign your injury report and send you through a copy of the sign on sheet to accompany your application. Best wishes on a speedy recovery and getting back on the field. A copy of of our current certificate of currency (coc) is available here: princes_park_tfa-coc
- What if my team may not have enough players this week?
Naturally over the course of the season there may be nights where your team are struggling for numbers. However, whilst one team may be struggling their opponents are usually keen for a game, therefore we go the extra mile to ensure all teams get a game every week.
But for for this to work it is also the responsibility of captains to do what they can to ensure that the game goes ahead.
To this end the following steps are essential:
- Communicate with your team early to ascertain if players are available
- If your team is struggling contact us immediately with approximate numbers
- We will then advise if it is possible to find additional players so that a match can go ahead
- If it is possible your available team members should show up and additional players will be allocated
- If not possible we will let you know, you should then advise your team the game is off and we will advise the other team.
The key is to communicate with us as early as possible, a last minute email or worse a no show are not acceptable. Teams that no show may be ejected from competition, as it unfair to other teams.
If you are also struggling for players on an ongoing basis also let us know as we often have unaligned players looking to be placed in teams.
- What is the best way to find out something about PPT and what is the best way to communicate with PPT?
The source of truth for our association is the website, all relevant information should be on the website and all new information will always appear there first. So anything you want to know please check the website before communicating with us.
If you do need to contact us the best method for anything non (or even semi) urgent is our email: email@example.com, we check it every day and it will be seen by appropriate person. For anything urgent, like potential forfeits, or if you with to discuss anything please call us directly:
- What is your policy regarding uniforms?
For the first 5 weeks a team is considered in uniform if that a team is clothed in tops (t-shirt, polo, etc) of a similar colour. The tops do not need to be the same but they do need to be close enough in colour and design that the referee can tell players are on the same team.
After week 5 there is an additional requirement for unique numbers on the back of each uniform, numbers can be in taped, drawn, or pinned on but they must be legible to the referee. Teams may be penalised for players not in uniform.
The penalty will be in the form of tries per player not in uniform awarded to the non offending team (up to a maximum of 2 tries), note this must be done before the game starts, teams should not be penalised for missing uniforms at the end of the game.
Whilst using white in combination with another colour in your team uniform is okay, teams should not choose a uniform colour that is predominately white, as this is the designated referee colour.
- What is your weather policy?
Unlike other competitions that often cancel rounds (making the season shorter) we prefer (providing conditions are safe) to leave the decision in the hands of our players. As such we have not cancelled a round in more than 5 years
At PPT we would only cancel or postpone games if we consider conditions dangerous for our players. The two primary examples of this are:
- Lightning in the imminent area such that it may strike competitors. This will generally be judged on the night and if lightning is imminent games will be temporarily be halted until it clears.
- Extreme heat, which we interpret as temperatures forecast to be above 36 degrees at game time. This will be based on the forecast temperature for the time the game is scheduled to kickoff, if a time slot(s) is called off the website will be updated by 4 PM on game day (we will also try to email captains). Note each timeslot may be assessed separately so later games may go ahead (as temperature will typically drop over the evening).
Please note we may shorten or add additional breaks to our games if temperatures are above 30 degrees (however the games will go ahead), usually by having a drinks break mid way through each half.
In the event we do cancel/postpone games it will be put on the the website immediately, and then an email would be sent to the effected team captains. Therefore if there is no notice on the website the assumption is that the games are going ahead (so no need to email or call, just check the website).
- What shoes are acceptable. Are blades ok (short, flat studs)?
Short blades are okay, as are small moulded sole studs. Longer blades or moulded and all screw ins cannot be used. This applies to both our grass fields over summer and the synthetic at JJ Holland used over Winter.
- Why do I need to sign on?
Players should alwasy sign on before games this covers your for insurance and allows us to track the number of games are recorded for finals eligibility.
Apart from registering our players with Touch Football Australia (our sports governing body). Princes Park Touch will never pass on the details of its memberships to any third party without the members permission.