Tag Nationals 2017

INFORMATION & OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT RULES

2017 TAG FOOTBALL NATIONALS TOURNAMENT

FRI FEB 24th, SAT FEB 25th  SUN FEB 26th

Bruce Pulman Park,

Papakura, Auckland

DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

• TEAM PARTICIPATION FEES ARE (To Be Advised) PER TEAM

• TEAMS MUST HAVE REGISTRATION FORM FILLED IN AND EMAILED

  BACK BY FRI FEB17TH 5PM 2017

• TEAM FEES MUST BE FULLY PAID BY TUESDAY FEB 17TH 5PM 2017.

• IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE REGIONS COORDINATORS TO COLLECT AND PAY THE TEAM LEVIES TO THE NZTFI ACCOUNT ON BEHALF OF THEIR REGION.

• NO TEAM PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE DAY OF THE TOURNAMENT AS YOU WILL BE DEFAULTED YOUR GAMES FOR DAY 1.

• ENSURE YOU REGIONS ENTRY FEES HAVE A REFERENCE CODE TO WHICH REGION IT IS FROM AND WHAT GRADE.

Account Name: New Zealand Tag Football Incorporated

Bank: ASB Bank Ltd

Account Number: 12-3031-0274446-00

• IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE NZTFI TREASURER TO CHASE UP UNPAID TEAM LEVIES. IT IS THE REGIONS COORDINATORS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE REGION PAYS IN A LUMP SUM AND CONTACTS THE TREASURER TO REFERENCE WHO AND WHAT IT WAS FOR.

The tournament will be delivered in:
These prospective groups if sufficient numbers are available.
- Open Mens, Womens, Mixed
- Over 30s Mens,Senior Mixed (Men +33plus Women +30 plus)
- 16s, 18s Boys & Girls
- 21s Mens and Womens
- 35s Mens
- 40s Men
- 45s Men if there are sufficient numbers

Youth Grades: A player’s birthday must fall on or after January 1st 2016, to be eligible for the division. (i.e. to play in U/16 they must be turning 16 in the current year to be eligible for U16)
Youth Grade Year
Under 21s 1995
Under 18s 1998
Under 16s 2000

Tag Nationals will consist of New Zealand regional teams
in a National Tournament Format ie:

Format: 3 Day Tournament

Regions intending to participate:

1. Northland 2. Waitakere 3. East Auckland  4. North Harbour
5. South Auckland 6. Wellington 7. Central 8. Auckland Metros
9. Counties Manukau Cyclones 10. Canterbury 11. Horowhenua/Kapiti
12. East Brisbane Huskies 13. Franklin. 14 Central Knights 15. Porirua 16. Gold Coast Heat 17. Hibiscus Coast 

Squad numbers per team can be to a maximum of 20 players
for all grades. (22 for Masters 35s and 40s Grades)

ONCE A PLAYER IS SELECTED FOR A TEAM, HE OR SHE
CANNOT JUMP TO ANOTHER TEAM OR PROVINCE ONCE
YOU ARE SELECTED YOU ARE COMMITTED TO THAT GRADE/
TEAM/REGION.

ALL TEAMS MUST ENDEAVOUR TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE
OPEN TRIAL TO SELECT THEIR SQUADS.

ONCE YOU HAVE PLACED YOUR TEAMS UNIFORM ORDER
WITH SAS YOU ARE LIABLE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR FULL PAYMENT OF THIS GEAR. THE NZTFI WILL NOT COVER ANY OVER RUNS OR
WRONG ORDERS. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBLITY.

PLAYERS WHO HAVE PLACED AN ORDER WITH A TEAM AND HAVE JUMPED TO ANOTHER TEAM OR PROVINCE MUST PAY FOR THE UNIFORM BEFORE THEY CAN PLAY AT NATIONALS FOR THE NEW TEAM AND MUST FORFEIT THE UNIFORM AS WELL AS A CONSEQUENCE OF LEAVING THE TEAM SHORT AND HAVING TO REPLACE THE PLAYER.

PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE TO OTHER COACHES AND
MANAGERS AS PLAYER POACHING HAS HAPPENED IN THE
PAST. IF A PLAYER HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR ANOTHER
REGION/TEAM, PLEASE DO NOT PRESSURE THE PLAYERS
CHOICE TO CHANGE.

Teams and grades will be confirmed once uniform orders
have been placed.

UNIFORM AND PLAYING EQUIPMENT
Members are reminded of uniform and initial protocol
requirements appropriate to the nature of a National tournament.

COMPULSORY SAS Uniform Kit is the following:
- 1 X SAS Playing Top
- 1 X SAS Playing Tag Short or Tights for ladies

Uniform Orders: ( SAS Brochure to be sent shortly to regional coordinators to distribute to teams)

Please send all orders and correspondence/enquiries to -
Lynley Tierney: Telephone: 09 299 8412
email: lynley@sas.co.nz - Fax 2998416, postal PO Box 272-1116.

 

SPECIAL OFFER * SPECIAL OFFER * SPECIAL OFFER
Get your Order & Deposit back to Lynley at SAS into their Bank account before Jan 9th and team gets x 25 team bucket hats free (value $500)

Important things to note:
1 - SAS can include sponsors for you on your playing kit
at no extra charge but you must get all artwork in correct
format, along with where you need it to go, to me no later than
2 - if you require to add sponsors to your off field items such as
t’s, hoodies, jackets etc - this will need to be done at your/or your
sponsors own cost and i advise you try and get your order in as early
as possible so you get an earlier delivery to give you enough time to
organise this once you receive/collect goods.
3 - No need to wait until deadline dates - you can place order
now if you want as long as you are prepared to pay for deposit
now.
4 - Once order is placed and confirmed nothing can be changed,
added,removed.
We understand players pull out, get injured, get replaced etc and
have tried to cater for as much as we can but this often results
in delays on other teams orders so we now ask you to please
communicate with your fellow NZ teams (all included on this email)
to try and buy/sell/swap to assist any changes your squads may go
through after your order is placed.
5 - 50% deposit for order is required once you receive invoice (not
long after order placed and processed, our factory recognises and
prioritises orders that have paid deposits)

THE UNIFORMS WILL BE THE SAME AS 2015 DESIGNS THEREFORE YOU CAN TOP UP YOUR UNIFORM ORDER IF YOU HAVE EXISTING UNIFORMS.

NO UNIFORM ORDER = NO ENTRY INTO THE 2016 TAG NATIONALS

  1. All matches will start on time. Teams are advised to be at the playing venue minimum one hour before the start of their games. Team Managers ONLY, to report to Tournament Headquarters each morning, or on arrival to the venue, for any tournament updates. In the unlikely event of draw changes, these will be posted on the Noticeboard at HQ, with teams notified individually if there is any minor alteration affecting a team. .
  2. Playing rules will be as per the NZTI 2nd Edition Rules at www.nztagfootball.co.nz

on the “Rules at a glance” page. Downloadable copy at bottom of this website page.

Note (a): The 2-point zone and scoring rule will be used.

Note (b): When the ball is kicked off at the start and restart of play, bounces in the field of play and travels across the plane of the tryline, a receiving player who started from inside the field of play, may drop back behind the tryline, catch the  ball before it hits the ground, and run the ball out. Play on.

  1. A 2 Minute Warning track will be used to START each match, A siren to sound HALF TIME, and a Siren sound the START of the Second Half and at the END of NORMAL TIME.
  2. Note: A 2-minute Music Track Warning (MTW) will be played PRIOR to the start of each match. Teams are advised to be ON the playing field, with tags on, READY TO START PLAYING BEFORE the soundtrack finishes. Match time starts when the music track ends with the START Siren.
  3. There is an 5-minute interval between each round. MTW will begin playing 3 minutes after the completion of the previous round.
  4. All Games are 30-minutes duration, 15-minute halves, with a 2-minute break at half time.
  5. LATE RULE: If a team is late to the playing field, 5-minutes is timed from the Start hooter @ 1 point per minute. Referee to record on the scorecard. If a team fails to take the field within the 5-minute period, the match will be ruled as a Default WIN (+8pts, 0 against) to the non-offending team.
  6. 8.   Team Managers or Captains only, to confirm the score, with the Referee, at both half time and full time.
  7. It is the responsibility of the Captain or the Team Manager, of each team, to sign the scorecard at the completion of each match. The scorecards will be returned to Tournament HQ by the match referees only.
  8. The Referees decision is FINAL. Protests will incur the normal $100 fee, see No.21.
  9. Player Substitutions will occur from the Sub-Box area only, which is marked, 10-metres either side of half way.
  10. Teams can only have a minimum of 16 and maximum of 20 players registered per team.
  11. Teams can field their full squad or a minimum of 12 players per game.
  12. Only Team Managers are allowed access to the Tournament HQ (Headquarters).
  13. The MC, Match Points Administrator and Timekeeper are strictly out of bounds. Liaison through the Tournament Administrator ONLY, is required for communication with any of the Event Management personnel.
  14. It is the responsibility of the players of each team to return the Tags to the halfway LINE CENTRE OF THE PLAYING FIELD. This provides COURTESY to the teams playing after you. Teams are expected to abide by this rule. It is the responsibility of the Referee, to ensure the BALL is passed to the Referee of the next match on that field.
  15. Foul language, sledging or violent behaviour, on or off the field, will NOT be tolerated.
  16. The Tournament Administrators reserve the right to remove any regional team, player, coach, manager, supporter, or individual, from the premises/tournament where behaviour is deemed inappropriate or unacceptable.
  17. A ‘One Punch Policy’ will be enforced. If a player throws any punches they will be sent from the field and not be able to play out the rest of the game.
  18. If a player is sent from the field during a match, for any reason, the player will serve a minimum of (one) 1-match suspension, subject to determination by the Judicial Panel.
  19. A Sin Bin period is generally x 2 sets of 6 tags for the infringing player, determined by the Referee. The tags of the infringing player are held by the Referee.
  20. A drawn result in round robin play will stand as a draw.
  21. A draw in a Semi Final/Grand Final- The Referee will halt the match at the next dead ball following the end of normal time. Two players will drop off from each team. A Toss of the coin will be undertaken. Winner chooses direction, loser kicks off. The first team to score in Golden Point extra time (5-minutes each way) will be the winner.
  22. If there is a draw after Golden Point extra time after a Semi/Grand Final (5 minutes each way), a 3rd player will drop off from each team. Note: There are NO SUBSTITUTIONS during Golden Point Extra Time. Play will continue until a result is achieved to determine the winner.
  23. Rankings in the Grading Rounds will be determined by Wins and Losses first, then Points Differential (points for, minus points against). Win = 2points, Draw = 1 point, Loss = 0 (Zero) points.
  24.  In the case of equal points on Differential, the team with the most Tries Scored, will progress to the Finals. If there is still a draw, the team with the best percentage will progress to the Finals
  25. A Bye will be classed as a WIN, 8 points for, 0 points against.
  26. All teams are required to keep their area clean and tidy, and remove any rubbish before they leave at the end of each game day. PLEASE KEEP CLEAN: YOUR TENT, WARM UP AREAS AND THE SURROUNDING PARK AREAS.
  27. STRICTLY NO ALCOHOL TO BE CONSUMED ON THE SIDELINES of any match
  28. NO SMOKING ON THE SIDELINES of any match.
  29. PLEASE ENSURE VALUABLES ARE KEPT IN A SAFE AND SECURE PLACE AND THAT SOMEONE FROM YOUR TEAM IS ASSIGNED TO WATCHING YOUR GEAR.
  30. SECURITY GUARDS WILL BE PRESENT IN AND AROUND THE PLAYERS TENTS.
  31. NO CHAIRS OR TABLES WILL BE SUPPLIED TO ANY TEAMS. ALL TEAMS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN TABLES, CHAIRS.
  32. TENTS WILL ONLY BE SUPPLIED TO VISITING REGIONS OUTSIDE AUCKLAND.
  33. ALL TEAMS TO ATTEND THE AWARDS PRESENTATION at the conclusion of the Open Mens Grand Final match, at the main Grandstand.

RULES UPDATE AS AT 21.1.16

The NZTFI 2016 Nationals will be playing the ITF World Cup Rules with a few modifications to make sure that our game is not hindered by delays and over rulings, Below are the only RULE changes that have been made which would not change the way the game is played.

Kick Off / Restart

7.3. When a try is scored the scoring team shall kick-off to restart play. The restart can only be taken once the referee is ready and has whistled to restart the game.

  • To compensate for the Mercy Rule the SCORING TEAM will now KICK OFF to restart play.

7.4. Mercy Rule

  • NB NZTFI Nationals we will not be playing the Mercy Rule as it was more for the Development of the Nations at the World Cup new to Tag.

Bonus Box SCORING

4.9. Scoring a try in the Bonus Box Zone is worth 2pts

4.10. If a female scores a try in a mixed game in the bonus box zone it is worth 2 pts.

4.11 If the ball is placed on or touches the Bonus Box horizontal, vertical or base line it will be deemed a Bonus Box Try as per the points indicated above in 4.9 and 4.10.

  • NZTFI will revert back to the old rules for the 2 point zone pre-the World Cup

10. MISCONDUCT, SIN BIN (YELLOW CARD) & SEND OFFS (RED CARDS)

10.4 The power to sin-bin (temporarily suspend a player) is at the discretion of the referee and shall be of a standard 2 sets of TAG or a MAXIMUM of five (5) minutes duration A sin-binned player shall give his/her tags to the referee and shall take no further part in the match and cannot be replaced for the duration of the suspension and shall re-enter the playing field only when permitted to do so by the referee. A suspended player shall take up a position behind the opposition’s try line for the duration of the suspension. The referee shall return the tags at the end of the suspension period.

  • NZTFI will not be playing the 5minute sin bin as it was in the World Cup

KIWI TAG BLACKS SELECTION: 2017 TRANS TASMAN SERIES

The New Zealand Kiwi Tag Blacks for 15 age group divisions will be selected from the Tag Nationals. KTB Coaches have been informed regarding the selection process that will be administered.

- Mens 45s, 50s, 55s Senior Womens, Masters Womens and 21s Mixed are exempt from this Selection process and will conduct trials/musters to select their teams.

- It is the Players responsibility who wish to be considered but play in another grade (eg:Female Player wishes to be selected for Open Womens but plays in the Open Mixed grade) to contact the relevant coaches to let them know their availability.

- 21s Mixed Grade Players who wish to be considered for selection must contact the Coach or Manager and let them know what team they are playing in at Tag Nats.

- All coaches will be required to submit selection forms after every game to the best identify the standout players from the opposing teams. (You can pick up forms from admin area or download KTB Selection form)

 Download KTB Selection Form here

- Coaches are required to identify the top 4 players from the opposite team by the number of their jersey only on the selection form for each game. This form is handed to the referee at the end of each game who will in turn will return it to the admin area for the KTB coach to collect at the conclusion of each day.

- All KTB Coaches will be required to consult the Top 4 team coaches for recommendations for player selection once the semi finalists have been found.

-All coaches have been notified that NO players can be selected for the Trans Tasmans if they have not played at the 2016 Tag Nationals.

- The NZTFI will make every effort to ensure KTB teams will be selected fairly and based on form at the Tag Nationals and representative experience.

- The combination of the top 4 teams and the selection forms will better give our coaches a better idea of those players and teams who have performed and thus result in a true and fair indication of player selection. Players will be selected on Tag Nationals form and the coaches assesment of information supplied.

The concept of this selection process is to have the top 2 teams with the majority of the players selected with the 3rd and 4th being seen and considered during semis. The Selection sheets back up those players who have been selected from the top 4 and who have been consistent during the 3 days and also identifies the consistent players who played in the teams that did not place in the top 4.

Eligibility Rules

  1. Only NZTFI registered members will be eligible to participate at the Nationals.
  2. (Please ensure the official NZTFI player registration form is completed and sent back to admin@nztagfootball.co.nz.
  3. All competing teams must comply to NZTFI rules and regulations if they are to compete at the tournament.
  4. The NZTFI currently have 25 Tag Football Modules nationally throughout New Zealand who contribute annual affiliation fees to the NZTFI to grow the sports code of tag football and to participate at NZTFI sanctioned events. Non paying Tag modules or Non affilliated Organisations who organise non sanctioned tag tournaments/events and those who participate in them are therefore ineligible for selected NZTFI events and national and international selection.
  1. Please ensure no players selected have participated at any recent non sanctioned tag event in the past 12months.
  2. Players who attended the non-sanctioned events in 2015 as stated above are ineligible for 12 months from the time of the tournament they participated in.
  3. If a player participates in any future upcoming unsanctioned events they risk being ineligible from 12 to 36 months from the time of the event if they participate subject to a review and decision by the Judicial Panel.
  4. A right of appeal is provided for any persons to apply if they so choose in writing to admin@nztagfootball.co.nz
  5. A player can only be protested if there is sufficient photographic/video evidence that the player participated at a non-sanctioned tournament/event.
  6. A $100 Deposit will be required if a protest is to be lodged with the tournament judicial panel. If the protest is successful the $100 will be fully refunded. If it is unsuccessful the $100 bond will be forfeited.
  7. A protest must be lodged 30min from the conclusion of the game.
  8. A protest can be lodged before a game but must be lodged no later than 2 hours before the game commences.
  9. No game shall be held up for a protest.
  10. After the 30min has lapsed you cannot submit a protest for that game.
  11. If a player is found to be ineligible at the tournament, Points will be deducted from the games that person participated in.
     

TAG NATIONALS FIELD DIMENSION

The NZTFI Code of Conduct

THE FAIRPLAY PROMISE FOR NZTFI PLAYERS
Good sport is about positive attitude. Play your part - play fair.
To the best of my ability I will:

• Play by the rules
• Never argue with an official
• Work hard to do my best at all times
• Turn up to practice
• Be a good sport and recognise good players and good plays by all involved
• Remember to thank my coach, the officials, the opposition and supporters
• Help others in my team when I can
• Avoid putting people down or bullying them
• Give of my best for my team and my country – Represent with pride.

THE FAIRPLAY PROMISE FOR NZTFI COACHES AND MANAGERS
Good sport is about positive attitude. As a coach you set the standards.
Play your part to help make each game a success - play fair. To the best of my ability I will:

• Set personal behaviour standards for myself and those I coach to follow
• Give each player the same amount of my attention and time
• Provide every player with the same opportunities to play the game
• Never argue with the referee, encourage cheating or make excuses for losing
• Always be positive. Never shout at or ridicule players
• Respect players' efforts regardless of whether we have won or lost
• Encourage respect for the opposition and officials
• Keep winning and losing in perspective with personal challenge and enjoyment
• Give of my best for my team and my country – Represent with pride.

THE FAIRPLAY PROMISE FOR  NZTFI PARENTS
Good sport is about positive attitude. You can set the right tone, and help
make the game a success. Play your part - play fair. To the best of my ability I will:

• Encourage my child, and other people’s children, in their efforts in sport
• Insist that my child plays within the rules and by the principles of Fairplay
• Respect my child's efforts the same regardless of whether s/he has won or lost
• Display self-control on the sideline. Always be positive. Never shout at or ridicule players
• Watch my child play and let him/her enjoy the game
• Show my appreciation to people who volunteer their time so my child can play
• Remember that my child plays sport for his/her reasons not mine
• Be a positive role model for my child
• Never place undue pressure on my child to play or perform
• Make an effort to understand the rules of the game

THE FAIRPLAY PROMISE FOR NZTFI SUPPORTERS
Good sport is about positive attitude. You can set the right tone, and help
make the game a success. Play your part - play fair. To the best of my
ability I will:
• Respect that people are involved in sport for fun and enjoyment
• Support good play and applaud good performance from all competitors
• Attempt to understand the rules of the game
• Learn the difference between supportive and abusive comments and rule out the latter
• Accept the decisions of officials and coaches
• Display self-control on the sideline. Always be positive. Never shout at or ridicule players
• Show my appreciation to people who volunteer their time to make sport happen
• Remember that we are all capable of making mistakes

THE FAIRPLAY PROMISE FOR NZTFI OFFICIALS
Good sport is about positive attitude. You can set the right tone, and help
make the game a success. Play your part - play fair.

To the best of my ability I will:

• Control the game in a fair and positive manner
• Be consistent and fair in my decisions
• Encourage Fair play – zero tolerance for foul play of any kind.
• Modify my approach to suit the participants level of ability
• Help players understand the rules by explaining decisions where appropriate
• Do what I can to make sure that everyone enjoys the game - including myself