Age Grade Policy

Touch New Zealand Age Grade Eligibility Policy
Policy

This Touch NZ policy outlines the criteria for participant eligibility within age grades at

all Touch New Zealand tournaments.

This incorporates Junior, Youth and Masters Age Grades.

This  policy  supersedes  all  previous  Age  Grade  Eligibility  Policies  and  is  effective  from

10th November 2011.

Juniors  &  Youth  Age  Grades

A player participating in a Junior or Youth Age Grade Team must be under the age, or younger by 31st December of the first year of the split-­‐year season (i.e. for the 2011-­‐12 season, the eligibility date will be 31st December 2011).

Masters  Age  Grades

A player participating in a Masters Age Grade Team must be of the age, or over the age, by 31st December of the second year of the split-­‐year season (i.e. for the 2011-­‐12 season, the eligibility date will be 31st December 2012).

Eg.  You  can  be  29  years  old  in  2012  and  play  at  Nationals  in  March  2012  in  the  Over

30s grade and turn 30 in December 2012.

Policy  Application

1.    This  policy  is  to  be  applied  in  all  affiliated  competitions,  any  Touch  NZ  sanctioned

event or tournament and any Provincial Representative team.

2.     Players attending a Touch NZ tournament will be required to provide proof of their age  through  the  production  of  a  photo  driver’s  licence,  passport  or  birth certificate.

Request  for  Policy  Dispensation

1.     Any changes to the administration of this policy by any module affiliated to Touch NZ must be requested, in writing, through the modules Provincial Association.

2.    This  request  must  clearly  outline  the  reasons  for  the  submission  and  must  be

supported by the Provincial Associations.

3.     Any decision to move away from this policy will be decided by the CEO of Touch New  Zealand  in  consultation  with  the  Touch  NZ  Tournament  Manager  and Tournament Panel.

4.    All outcomes of these decisions will be advised to the module, in writing, through

the Provincial Association.

Touch New Zealand Age Grade Eligibility Policy 2011 (amended 10-­‐11-­‐2011)

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