FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS JUNIORS

Where is Newcastle Hunter Oztag played?

Newcastle Hunter Junior Oztag is an after school competition played at Smith Park Griffith Rd Broadmeadow.

How much does registration Cost? 

Newcastle Hunter Junior Oztag is a 8 week competition (Top 2 1 week grand final).

1 week allocated for washouts.

A one of Registration fee of $80 per child, per team, per season. No other fees are collected at each game.

U6 non competitive competition registration is $50 per child.

Active kids vouchers accepted online (no refund for active kids vouchers).

Playing shorts/tights & Shirts

Children will however need to purchase Official Oztag shorts/tights to play if they do not already have them ($30.00 cash only)

Active kids vouchers used you will receive shorts or tights with the voucher for $10 extra.

Shorts/tights can be purchased on the afternoon of the first round (cash only)

Teams arrange their own Team shirts (same colour/design and iron on numbers) you will collect these from your team organiser.

How long does the season run for? 

Start date – 13th October 2022

End date – 1st December 2022

How long do the games go for? 

Games run for 30 minutes (15 minutes halves).

What time are games played?

430pm, 510pm, extra time slots TBC

What divisions are there?

Girls divisions and boys divisions only. No mixed teams.

COVID

  • Any changes with Covid and your team organiser will be contacted and notified asap.
  • Please if you are sick stay at home.
  • Forfiets due to isolation will be classed as a draw, as this is the fairest way.
  • Any disruptions to the competition due to Covid, a refund will not be issued but we will try our best and every avenue possible to make up games.

How does my child join? 

Please click here to start the registration process.

Can I receive a discount if I register more than 1 child?

Discount for families registering 4 or more children will apply. Please contact Rhiannon on 0401279544 to discuss.

Am I able to register my child as an individual player?

Yes, we help place children individually into teams. We do our best to place your child into a team we hope they will feel comfortable with. Please view the tab that says how to register as an individual player for all information.

Can I make sure that my child is placed into a team with their friend?

We have no problem with making sure friends are placed together into the same team as long as they are eligible to play in the same division.

If however, your child’s friend has played for a few years and is already in a set team,then you would need to speak to the Team organiser of that team to see if there is room for your child to play. Your child’s friend will have this information.

What division should my child play in?

Year Born:

2015 turning 7 in 2022 under 8
2014 turning 8 in 2022 under 8
2013 turning 9 in 2022 under 10
2012 turning 10 in 2022 under 10
2011 turning 11 in 2022 under 12
2010 turning 12 in 2022 under 12
2009 turning 13 in 2022 under 14
2008 turning 14 in 2022 under 14

2007 turning 15 in 2022 under 16

2006 turning 16 in 2022 under 16

For 16+ Contact Senior Competition newcastle@oztag.com

Will my child need to be graded?

Newcastle Hunter Junior Oztag does not grade players.

Oztag is a recreational sport designed for children to make up teams so that they can play with their friends.

We have teams made up from school class friends, winter sport teams ( netball, Rugby league, Rugby Union, Soccer etc..) and from individuals signing up.

My son met friends whilst playing Representative Newcastle Hunter Oztag last season.

They have decided to form a team. Is there a limit on the number of Representative players allowed to play at Local Level? 

Newcastle Hunter Oztag has needed to put rules in place since the Representative Side of Oztag has grown. In the past we have monitored teams registering to make sure teams were not stacked with players that have represented.

Playing Hunter tag at Local level is meant to be fun and with friends. Beating teams 20-Nil is not fun. Its boring, Healthy competition is what we aim for at Huntertag.

Taking the main players out of teams to build one team is unfair and hurts the local Competion Level.

No more than 4 Representative players can play in one side.

Exception to this rule: More then 4 Representative Players can play for one team if they were a team in the previous season and players were selected from their team to Represent. For eg: If a team that registered to play in the 2019 season had 7 players selected from their team to play Representative Oztag at the end of that season, then those 7 players can still remain together as part of a team in the 2014 season. However, if one of the Representative players does not return to play for their team in 2014, then  they cannot replace that player with another Representative player regardless of what division they played for.

Does my child need to attend training each week?

No training days are scheduled. It is up to individual teams to arrange their own training days if they choose to do so. The majority of teams, do not train at all.

What gear does my child need to wear to play?

Every child needs to have Official Oztag Shorts/Tights  to play ( Shorts $30.00- Tights $30.00). Available at Venue when competition is played & at registration .All players must wear same coloured numbered shirts ( team delegate to advise).

  • No metal or screw in stud type shoes allowed.
  • Touch football or soccer boots recommended.
  • Sandshoes are allowed but not recommended due to players not having a good grip.

Who & What is a organiser (team contact)?

They are our Team Contact. Delegates are not coaches.

They may help the team by substituting players during the game & usually at the beginning organise shirt colour and team shirts for them. Some teams put too much pressure on the delegate believing they are there to coach the team.

Remember they have kindly put their hand up and given up some time to be our point of contact to make life a little easier for the players/parents. Offer them assistance.

Doe we provide Coaches? 

Being a recreational sport, We do not have coaches, We ask for parents to help by being a delegate of the team and in many cases, the delegates of teams are Mums/Dads. Coaches are provided at State Cup level.

I have seen parents on the field. Do we have to be on the field with our children ?

Some mums and dads, like to go on the field to help the younger ones. We allow 1 person from each team on the field to help guide the children but only for the 8’s and under. Parents do not need to be on the field so dont worry if the other team has someone on guiding their children.

The referee is there to control the game and will help guide the younger ones. Parents are not allowed on the field once our Finals Series starts.

Who do I ring to advise that my child can’t make a game?

You must ring and advise your team contact. Do not contact any staff as they wont be able to pass on the information due to the amount of calls and other responsibilities they have to look after.

My daughter wants to play in a boys team. Can she?

If the team is already organised and the players are happy to have a female play, we will allow it. A declaration will need to be signed by the parents stating that they are aware there daughter is playing in a Boys division & we will need to approve this prior to placing a female into a Boys division.

My friends child’s team has a coach and they train each week. How is that possible if you do not supply coaches?  

We have a number of children that may play together in a Winter Sport and wish to stick together in the off season by playing Oztag. You may find that some teams have their Winter Sports Coach staying with them in the off season. Many Junior Rugby league coaches like to use Oztag as a training tool and it’s a good way to keep their team together.

How many players are allowed on the field?

– U/8 and U/6 are played on a mod field with 6 players on the field.

– All other age groups are normal size field with 8 players on the field.

 

 If you have a questions that have not been answered on this page, please email us <newcastlejnrs@oztag.com.au>and we will be happy to answer it for you