Princes Park Touch is a non-profit organisation devoted to touch football.
Our motto is “Social touch in Melbourne’s heart” and we intend to be the best social sporting organisation in Australia. We do this by providing the opportunity to learn the sport through our training programs, play in our weekly social competition, a pathway to progress through our refereeing and representative programs, and most importantly an atmosphere to socialise with other members.
All regular participants are members and are expected to behave as members. The requirements for membership are simply that you support our aims which are:
To further social opportunities, touch football and other social sports for juniors and adults in the City of Melbourne and adjoining areas
Playing and refereeing members have additional requirements, which are outlined below (please open each item individually, you do not need to read the links and it will take less than 5 minutes to read).
Players and referees are expected to:
As a members organisation we need to know who you and be able to contact you. As a touch organisation we need to know you highest level of play. We need you to provide accurate information and for you to keep it up to date
Apart from reporting some player data to Touch Football Australia, this data is never shared outside of Princes Park Touch, it remains private.
Every player on the team is expected to be in uniform. It is usually the captains responsibility to organise a uniform for the team, this needs to be done by week 3.
Being in uniform involves being in a similar coloured top and design to the rest of the team. The tops do not need to be identical but they do need to be close enough in that the referee can tell players are on the same team. The top must also have a permanent number (taped on numbers are not acceptable)
We have a grace period for the first two weeks of the season from week 3 it is mandatory. Teams will be penalised a try for every player not in uniform and persistent offenders will not be able to play.
Most footwear is fine. Runners or any type of flat soled shoe are always fine. Shoes with small molded ridges, small stops, or dimples are also acceptable.
Rugby boots, long studs, screw in studs, or any type of metal spike cannot be worn.
At PPT we go the extra mile to ensure games go ahead every week, we do not allow forfeits (and this is easily achieved if everyone does their part). As such we expect everyone to communicate promptly and honestly. For players this includes
- Doing their best to be available to play touch every week
- Advise their captain as soon as possible if they are unavailable.
- If they are available, then be there to play even if team numbers are low.
If you are communicating directly with the committee we also expect honest and prompt communication.
Always sign on before games, it takes 10 seconds and is used for membership, insurance, registration, and finals eligibility.
And understand that:
We participate in Touch Football, a sport that is played in all weather conditions
We don’t cancel or delay/postpone events (games and training sessions) unless required by law or we consider conditions unsafe, both are very rare. You should assume should that games are going ahead and if in doubt check the website. Please avoid calling or emailing.
The website/app is comprehensive, so if you want to know something please check it before communicating with us. With over 600 members it is important that people check the website first.
For informal matters please come and chat to us at the grounds during our events, we like chatting to members 🙂
That you are joining or have joined our association and should be behave as a member to other participants who are also members
Membership is free and there are no other obligations with membership.