A Grade grand final - Dunneworthy & Putney Panthers

Membership

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 social sporting organisation in Autralia. We do this by providing enjoyable games, an opportunity to socialise afterwards, and a pathway to take the sport further through our refereeing and representative programs.

All regular players must be members and the requirements for membership are.

  1. That you have played or refereed (or intend to play or referee) 4 or more games with us in the current season.
  2. 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.

Doing the right thing is our expectation,  and therefore reading the below is mandatory for all members as it outlines the benefits and expectations of membership:

  • What if my team may not have enough players?

    At PPT we go the extra mile to ensure all teams are healthy and all games go ahead each week. But for for this to work it is also the responsibility of captains to work with the committee. To this end is is esential that:

    • If at any point before the season starts or during the season your teams numbers are low, let us know and we can usually allocate additional players

    And every week before games:

    1. Communicate with your team early to determine if there are sufficient numbers
    2. If your team is struggling contact us immediately with approximate numbers
    3. We will then advise if it is possible to find additional players so that a match can go ahead
    4. If it is possible your available team members should show up and additional players will be allocated
    5. 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 fail to comply with the above 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 shoes are acceptable

    Runners or any type of flat soled shoe are fine. Touch shoes with small blades or small molded stops are also acceptabe.

    Rugby boots, longer bladed shoes, long studs, screw in ststud, or any type of metal stud cannot be worn. This applies to both our grass fields over summer and the synthetic at JJ Holland used over Winter.

  • What if I am injured playing or refereeing at PPT?

    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 is your weather policy?

    Touch is an all weather sport and is played in all conditons.

    Games are only cancelled or postponed if we consider conditions dangerous. The two primary reasons being:

    • 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).

    This information will always appear on the website first. Therefore if there is no nothing on the website games are going ahead. Please do not call or email just check the website.

    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 only ever cancelled one round (due to extreme heat)

  • What is your policy regarding uniforms?

    Teams are required to be uniformed in similarly coloured tops. Any colour is okay except predominanty white uniforms (as that colour is used by our referees).

    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 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 predominantly white, as this is the designated referee colour.

  • Why do I need to sign on?

    Players should always sign on before games, for three reasons

    1. All regular players and referees must be members of Princes Park Touch Association, signing on verifies this
    2.  Signing on ensures players are covered by our insurance.
    3.  Singing on serves as record of the games you have players for finals eligibility.
  • How is the season structured?

    At PPT our specialty is social touch so we emphasise even competition. As such we run grading differently to most sporting competitions.

    Our season usually works like this:

    1. The first two weeks are grading rounds, these games are to ascertain the the standard of our teams and the results do not count towards final positions.
    2. At week 3 we set grades, but they 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 will be moved between grades every two weeks (depending on their results)
    3. Around half way through the season (usually week 9) grades are finalised, fixtures are published through to the end of the regular season, and the run to 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.
  • What if I want to know more?

    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: info@princesparktouch.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:

    • Privacy

      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.

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