Junior Rep Information

If you want to play touch at the next level, representative touch is for you. Newcastle City Touch Association selects junior representative teams each year. These teams play in a number of tournaments from November to March, culminating in the Junior State Cup.

How can I join a representative team?

Junior representative teams are selected for Boys and Girls Under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18. There are no mixed junior representative teams. Note: Under 8 teams will only play in local gala days. There is no Under 8 division for the Junior State Cup.

To be eligible for selection in a rep team, you must:

  • Be registered as a player in our current junior or senior competitions.
  • Attend the selection trial prior to the rep season commencement.
  • Be within the maximum age for the team you trial for e.g. to be eligible for an Under 12 team in 2023/24, you must be 12 or younger as of 31 Dec 2024

Note:

  • The age requirements for our summer competition are aligned with representative age requirements i.e. if you are eligible to play in our 11 years & under competition in 2023 (i.e. you are 11 or younger as of 31 Dec 2023), then you are eligible for selection in the 2023/24 Under 12 representative team.
  • A given team will only proceed if we believe we have viable numbers in the squad as well as qualified coach, manager and sufficient referees to cover our tournament requirements.

What are the requirements of the representative teams?

Player nominations are now open for the 2023/2024 season: Nominate here!

Trials:
Sunday 10th September (please note the changes due to Knights game and team numbers)
11am- Under 8’s, Under 10’s and Under14’s Boys and Girls
12pm- Under 12’s Boys and Girls and Under 16’s Girls only
No Under 18’s Boys or Girls or Under 16’s Boys on this day.
 
Sunday 17th September
12pm- Under 12’s and Under 14’s Boys/Girls  
1pm- Under 16’s and Under 18’s Boys/Girls
2pm- Under 8’s and Under 10’s Boys/Girls

If players are selected in a representative team, players are expected to attend regular training sessions and every day of each tournament. Training sessions are at the discretion of the coaching staff but often these are weekly on Sunday afternoons, with potentially extra weekday sessions leading up to tournaments.

Representative teams are also expected to play in a number of tournaments. For the 2023/24 season, Newcastle City junior rep teams will compete in the following tournaments.

Date Tournament Participation
18-19 Nov 2023 Don Green Western Championships (DGWJC) @ Mudgee U12’s, U14’s, U16’s and U18’s
9 Dec 2023 Central Coast Minis @ Tuggerah U8’s and U10’s only
Jan 2024 (Date TBC) Wallsend Gala Day U10’s, U12’s, U14’s, U16’s and U18’s
3-4 Feb 2024 Peter Wilson Memorial Championships (PWMC) Juniors @ Nelson Bay U10’s, U12’s, U14’s, U16’s and U18’s
23-25 Feb 2024 Junior State Cup (JSC) Northern Conference @ Dubbo U10’s, U12’s, U14’s, U16’s and U18’s
3 Mar 2024 Junior State Cup (JSC) Finals @ Sydney Qualifying teams only

Notes:

  • Any extra local gala days or training sessions with local clubs may also be organised during the rep season.
  • Any development teams will attend any opportunities possible but will not attend Junior State Cup 2024.
  • The Junior State Cup is split into Northern and Southern Conferences with a separate Final. Newcastle City is part of the Northern Conference. The top team from each division in each conference will proceed to the Finals.

What is the cost?

Representative competition is a great experience, however there are costs involved that you should be aware of. The following items are to be paid per player (note: any listed costs are indicative only and may vary). Where not available, previous year costs are included as a guide. Updated 2023/2024 costs coming soon. 

Item Cost per player Notes
2022/23 representative player levy $100 The player levy covers costs incurred by Newcastle City Touch Association for referees at events, presentation day, general equipment and administration.
Uniform fees ~$100 Dependent on uniform requirements of each player- new uniforms for 2023/2024. Info coming soon. 
Tournament fees

TBA

 

These are fees as set by tournament directors, are not included in the representative player levy and must be paid separately. This covers tournament costs including field hire and insurance, equipment and match officials.

2022/2023 costs are not available as yet, but here are indicative costs from the 2021/22 season:

  • PWMC 2022 = $65
  • JSC 2022 = $115
Optional Tournaments TBA by each team manager Costs for participation at optional tournaments are not included in the representative levy and are to be paid separately. This will include tournament fees and costs incurred by the team (e.g. costs for supplying referees). Such participation will be determined by the coach and organised by the team manager.
JSC Finals TBA for qualifying teams Cost of participation in JSC Finals is dependent on qualification. The club will aim to minimise tournament costs to participants as much as possible.
Travel and accommodation Determined per family All travel and accommodation costs are covered by players and their families. Some tournaments are close enough for day trips, however most players and families will seek accommodation for Junior State Cup Northern Conference plus (hopefully!) the Finals in Sydney.

What about the NSW Touch player transfer policy?

From 1 May 2018, NSW Touch started administering their Player Transfer Policy. This process can affect players that have previously represented another affiliate at a NSW Touch representative event such as Junior State Cup.

If you have not previously represented another affiliate, you can skip this section.

Otherwise, the policy may affect your ability to join a Newcastle City junior rep team. As long as you meet the other eligibility criteria, you are still welcome to trial for our rep teams.

Under the policy, a maximum of 4 junior players per gender will be cleared for transfer by NSW Touch each year. Exemptions may be granted by NSW Touch due to exceptional circumstances (e.g. relocation). However, you should be aware that we may not be able to select some players due to the restrictions of the policy.