Senior Competition Information Winter 2020

Last Updated: Thursday 26th March 2020.

COVID-19 UPDATE

As a consequence of COVID-19 Stage 2 Restrictions, the dates for the upcoming North Shore Tag League Winter 2020 competition will need to be updated, now tentatively scheduled to start in May. That being said, we will only allow the new season to commence when things are brought under control. We have adequate time in the calendar to allow this, possibly delay even further, yet still have time to conclude the season. Councils and private venue owners are sympathetic to the situation and have indicated they will be flexible with season hire dates for venue access. Further updates wil be posted once we have more clarity as things develop.

Divisions Available

  • Mixed Opens - No age restrictions on players (>16yrs), Maximum 4 Male players on the field at once. Any number of Female players to make up a team of 8.
  • Mens Open - No age restrictions on players (>16yrs).

General Information 

  • The competition will run for a total of 14 Rounds, being a 12 week Round Robin plus Finals.
  • The first 5 rounds will be run ungraded, with teams then placed into separate divisions of 8 (subject to numbers) and will play the last  7 rounds in those divisions, playing each other once.
  • The top 4 teams progress to a 2 week sudden death finals series (1 plays 4, 2 plays 3 with winners playing in the Grand Final).
  • Winners and Runners Up in each division receive prizes.
  • Games will play under lights between 6.30pm & 9.30pm, game times varying by week.
  • Teams can nominate to play early or late games, every effort will be made to accommodate.
  • For Tag League, Teams may have a maximum of 8 players on the field at any time in a half field configuration.
  • There is no limit to the number of team members or interchanges.
  • Teams must have at least 10 members so they have reserves, with 12 or more recommended.
  • Players MUST wear approved Tag League shorts or tights or cannot take the field. Shorts and tights are available for purchase at $30 or $35 respectively. Some other Tag sports shorts are acceptable, check with the competition manager if you are unsure yours comply.
  • Teams MUST have an individually numbered shirt of the same colour for each team member by Round 3 of the competition. Numbers must be from 1 to 99 with each team member having a unique number.
  • Shirts can be purchased from North Shore Tag League or from anywhere.
  • Teams not complying with numbered shirts will not be eligible to take the field.
  • Teams who have individual players without numbered shirts face a match point penalty for each person not complying.
  • Games consist of 2 x 20 minute halves, with a 2 minute half time break.
  • Teams receive points for each game; Win-3, Draw-2, Loss-1, Forfeit (with notification)-1, NoShow or Penalty-0.
  • Position on table is based on points, with goals "for & against" used where there is a draw, Goals "for" if tied.
  • Results from the first rounds will contribute to a teams points for the season.

Prizes

  • Each division will play for a Cash Prize Pool of $500 with $300 for the Winners plus $200 for the runners up.
  • The winners in the top division will also receive their choice of Branded Merchandise (eg. Custom Shorts or Shirts) or alternate product to an equivalent value.
  • A catered Grand Finals presentation will be provided for all participating teams.

Player Eligibility 

  • All participants must be at least 16 years of age in the 2020 calendar year. 
  • All participants must be registered on a team and be paid up before they can compete in the North Shore Competition.
  • Registration cost in the North Shore Winter 2020 Senior Competition is as follows;
  North Shore Tag League Winter 2020 Competition Fees
  Venue Forsyth Park, Neutral Bay
  Mens Open $ 90
  Mixed Open $ 90
  • Pricing is per person for the 14 week season, there are no additional costs beyond shorts and shirts.
  • Each Team must have 10 fully paid up members as a minimum, 12 or more is recommended.
  • All participants must sign on prior to taking the field and comply with sign on guidelines.
  • Teams cannot use unregistered players otherwise known as "Ring In's" to play in their team for any reason.
  • A team short of players ie. less than 8, in any given week of the competition, can use a registered player from another team in the competition to "Fill In". A maximum of 3 "Fill In's" can be used in any game, but they cannot be used as reserves for substitution during a game. A match point penalty is applied for each fill in that takes the field for a team.
  • Teams need to advise the competition convenor or supervisor that they propose to use a "Fill In" and the opposing team captain also needs to be advised. 
  • Any player used as a "Fill In" must sign on for that team for that game.
  • A team cannot consistently use "Fill In's" ie. more than 3 games in a season.
  • A Fill In is not entitled to participate in any prize should the team they Filled In for win a prize.
  • Teams found to be using a Ring In will forfeit any match points for that Round with winning points awarded to the opposing team.
  • Teams who are in breach of guidelines on more than 1 occasion will be suspended for 1 or more games, with teams who are found to be repeat offenders being disqualified from the competition.

Sign On

  • It is a condition of entry to the competition that ALL players MUST sign on prior to taking the field. This is a requirement for insurance coverage.
  • Players who do not sign on, are injured, and attempt to claim on insurance, WILL HAVE THEIR CLAIM DENIED.
  • Players must only sign on for themselves, not for anyone else. Signatures will be cross checked for consistency.
  • Players must sign in full, not just using initials.
  • Players cannot sign on using someone elses name. If they are 'Filling In" for a team, they need to write their own name on a separate line on the sign on sheets and sign on that line for the week that they played.
  • Players are required to present a Photo ID for sign on. This must be supplied or they cannot sign on.
  • Anyone found to be playing for a team without sign on may cause that team to face a match point penalty, suspension or disqualification if they are found to be ineligible to play.

Scheduling of Games - Wednesdays - Forsyth Park, Neutral Bay

  • All games will be played between 6.30pm & 9.30pm on Wednesday evenings (unless rescheduled).
  • No games will be scheduled on NRL State of Origin dates.
  • The draw is published in advance, with game times varying by week.
  • All games will be played on natural grass under high quality lights.
  • It is the policy of North Shore Tag League to play all scheduled rounds of the competition, with games rescheduled if they cannot be played on their assigned date for any reason. This can be the result of rain, storm activity, or any other unforseen circumstance. For Winter 2020, we have 4 available backup dates for the season, should they be required.
  • Ground closure is determined by North Sydney Council as well as North Shore Tag League based on conditions.
Winter 2020 North Shore Tag League Senior Competition Calendar

 Day of Week

Wednesday

Venue

Forsyth Park, Montpelier St. Neutral bay

 Divisions Available

Mens Open, Mixed Open

 Registration Night

 5-8pm, Wednesday 1st April 2020, Forsyth Park

 Round 1  Wednesday 15th April, 2020
 Round 2  Wednesday 22nd April, 2020
 Round 3  Wednesday 29th April, 2020
 Round 4  Wednesday 6th May, 2020
 Round 5  Wednesday 13th May, 2020
 Round 6  Wednesday 20th May, 2020
 Round 7  Wednesday 27th May, 2020
 Round 8  Wednesday 10th June, 2020
 Round 9  Wednesday 17th June, 2020
 Round 10  Wednesday 24th June, 2020
 Round 11  Wednesday 1st July, 2020
 Round 12  Wednesday 15th July, 2020
 Semi-Final  Wednesday 22nd July, 2020
 Grand Final  Wednesday 29th July, 2020
 Contingency 1 *  Wednesday 5th August, 2020
 Contingency 2 *  Wednesday 12th August, 2020
 Contingency 3 *  Wednesday 19th August, 2020
 Contingency 4 *  Wednesday 26th August, 2020

* Denotes wet weather backup dates if required.