Touch

Registrations have now closed.

This information is for participants who have successfully registered at the Rainbow Games. We can’t wait to see you there!

Schedule:

*All schedules and formats are subject to change depending on last minute changes to entry numbers, length of matches. This is to ensure for a meaningful participant experience and any changes will be communicated with players as soon as possible.

** Turning up late may result in disqualification from the competition. This decision will be at the discretion of the tournament director.

  • Check out the overall Rainbow Games schedule here.

Opening Ceremony: Find out more about the Registration day (Accreditation pick-up and goodie bag) and the Opening Ceremony on Thursday 4 April here.  

Closing Function: Find out more about the Closing Function on Monday 8 April here.  

Things to do in Auckland: There’s lots to explore and enjoy during your time in Auckland. View our list of recommended activities here.

When:

Saturday 6 April 2024

Where:

Outdoor Fields at the Trusts Arena (65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland, 0610)

Getting there
In partnership with:
Touch NZ
KEY INFORMATION:
Draws

The Rainbow Games aim to provide everyone with a meaningful experience, therefore participants can expect to play in round robin groups, before knockout matches begin.

Download the Competitive Draws here.

Download the Social Draws here.

The following competition points usually apply for Touch:

i. Win        3 points

ii. Draw    2 points

iii. Loss      1 point

iv. Forfeit 0 points

If there is equal points after round robin we run the below:

a) In the qualifying rounds, a draw will count.

b) If at the end of the pool play and two (2) teams have equal points:

               i. The team who beat the other team will be placed ahead.  

               ii. If still undecided, the difference between the points scored for and those scored against will be collated and the team with the highest points differential will be placed ahead.  

               iii. If still undecided, points scored for will be divided by the points scored against and the team with the highest point’s differential will be placed ahead.

c) If at the end of pool play and three (3) teams have equal points, then points differential will apply. The difference between the points scored for and those scored against will be collated, and the team with the highest points differential will be placed ahead.

Only other thing to note is if finals/playoff game is drawn we go to a drop off.

Teams have 1 minute to drop to 4 players on the field

They will play for 2 minutes to try and determine a result.

After this if it is still drawn then teams drop down to 3 players and it is golden point.

Substitutions can happen at any time in a drop off as desired.

Categories and Divisions

Touch at the Rainbow Games offers the following categories and divisions:

  • Open Team – Competitive or Social grade
  • Female-identifying Team – Competitive or Social grade
  • Open refers to all genders and identities
  • Female-identifying refers to cisgender women, transgender women and non-binary AFAB

In the event of insufficient registrations for any given competition, we reserve the right to merge competitions or to move participants to another competition.

All schedules and formats are subject to change depending on last minute changes to entry numbers, length of matches. This could even be decided on the day of competition. This is to ensure for a meaningful participant experience and any changes will be communicated with players as soon as possible.

Getting There

Please make sure to arrive in good time before your competition begins. Use this page to find the best ways to get to your venue.

Rules and Regulations
  • Please ensure you're familiar with the official rules of Touch here.
  • Upon registering to participate, you have agreed to adhere to the Rainbow Games' code of conduct. Click here to view refresh your memory.
  • Please read the AWHI principles which is Touch' values in which they live by as a sport which includes the expectations of respect and inclusion.

Player Accreditation

As we start preparing for your fabulous player accreditation, we're excited to see your names come to life on them! To ensure everyone feels respected and valued, we will be using preferred names alongside surnames. To make sure we can be accurate and respect your identity, please make sure your preferred name is up to date on your YouLi registration form before Monday 11 March 2024.

Information for Spectators

Do you have any friends and whānau interested in coming to watch you at the Rainbow Games? It’s free to watch and we recommend spectators registering their interest to spectate here to save time upon arrival.

Food and Drink

Food and drink options are available at the Trusts Arena.

Merchandise

It’s not too late to purchase Rainbow Games merchandise from our Official Merchandise and Apparel Partner, PURE Athletic. Click here to view the range and buy now.

Merchandise will also be available to purchase on site at the Trusts Arena.

Equipment

Non-court marking shoes are to be worn on the indoor courts at the Trusts Arena

Storage

There are no lockers available inside the Trusts Arena. An allocated area will be made available for participant seating only.

Late Registrations

There are a limited number of spaces available for Touch at the Rainbow Games. If you are still interested in participating, please email kiaora@rainbowgames.co.nz. Now that the registration date has passed, entry cannot be guaranteed and enquiries will be managed on a case-by-case basis.

Any Other Questions

Please email kiaora@rainbowgames.co.nz

stay up-to-date on all things Rainbow Games. See you in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland in 2024!

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