If you're coaching or managing a team this season, or you're looking to start your journey as a touch football coach, this section is for you!
Here you will find some important information about the role of team coaches and managers in our competitions. You'll find information about accreditations, team management, and some resources to help you develop your skills.
Before My Game
Know the Rules
As a coach or manager, you'll need to make sure your team is playing within the rules. To make sure you are up-to-date, download a copy of the current TFA Playing Rules and TJT Competition Rules from the Rules page on our website.
While the TFA Playing Rules cover the way you play "on the field", the TJT Competition Rules cover the rules around how our competitions work, and how your team operates within those competitions. By reading the competition rules you'll likely be able to answer many of the questions that would normally get asked to your club's committee.
Depending on your club and the availability of your players, most teams train at least once during the week at the club's dedicated training venue. Discuss this with your club, as they may allocate your team to a specific day and/or area.
Team Availability / Rescheduling / Forfeiting
If your team isn't available to play in a specific week, you have two options:
- Try to reschedule your match to another day or time; or
- Forfeit the match.
In either instance, you'll need to speak to your club's junior coordinator or delegate as they will help you through the process.
On the Night
When it comes to your match, you'll need to make sure you do the following.
Collect your team sheet from the table in front of the Admin window at the clubhouse. This team sheet is the formal record of your players participation in each match.
It's very simple to use:
- At the start of the season, write all of your players names on the front.
- Each week, make sure you write any new players (including fill-ins) on the sheet (start on the front, there's more space on the back if needed);
- After each match, tick off each of your players who played (don't tick any players who weren't there);
- If there are any notices left in your team sheet, make sure you action them (sometimes you will need to make your players/parents aware of important information);
- Hand your team sheet into the ADMIN WINDOW at the clubhouse.
- DON'T TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU! (if you do by accident, contact your club ASAP!)
Interchange Area & Spectator "No Go" Areas
TJT has clear rules around spectator "no-go" areas, which include your team's interchange area, and it's your job as a coach or manager to manage them.
Put simply, only players, coaches, managers, and officials are allowed in the interchange areas; everyone else (especially spectators) must be AT LEAST 5m away from the edge of any field in play.
We've created field layouts to help you understand which areas are off limits.
Please remember that the interchange area that your team is using will be shared with your opposing team, and may also be shared by the teams playing on the field beside you. For this reason, make sure the area is free from unnecessary clutter (especially object that are potentially dangerous).
Spectator and Player Behaviour
We are very fortunate within our competitions that we don't have many issues with bad spectator behaviour, but that is because we are always on the "front foot" when dealing with it!
As a coach or manager, it is your job to manage the behaviour of both your players AND spectators. Everyone is bound by our codes of behaviour and conduct which, if breached, can lead to serious consequences.
Our competitions are provided for the enjoyment of our participants, so please make sure your parents/spectators are assisting you to create positive experiences for your players and our officials.
For more information, see our Play The Game » Think Before You Speak section.
When it comes to player safety, we take things seriously. If there are spectators within 5m of a field in use, abusive spectators, or other similar issues, our referees have the power to stop the match until they are removed, and they may call on you for assistance. Our club delegates and the TJT committee may also assist in this area.
Remember: if the match is stopped in order to remove a spectator from a "no go" area, it won't restart until they have left.