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.
All coaches in our competitions MUST have a current (valid) Touch Football Australia coaching accreditation before they commence coaching a side.
Accrediation can be at any level (Foundation, Talent, Elite, Mastery), but must be recognised by Touch Football Australia (TFA) as current (i.e. completed within the last four years) and registered/recorded in THE NEST, TFA's online learning management system.
Existing accreditation holders can register/record their accreditation in THE NEST by completing a "TFA Coach RPL/RCC" module, which simply involves entering your current accreditation data.
Blue Card (Working With Children Check)
Every coach, manager, referee, and official who is aged 18 or older MUST possess a current (and valid) Blue Card, issued by the Queensland Government's Blue Card Services.
The only exceptions are as follows:
- You are a parent, and you are coaching/managing a team that your child is playing in; or
- You hold a current and valid Exemption Card (issued by QLD Blue Card Services).
Is My Card Valid?
For your Blue Card or Exemption Card to be valid, it must:
- Not be expired; and
- Not be suspended or revoked; and
- Be linked to your club (you must send your card number, expiry date, and your date-of-birth, to your club so they can do this); and
- Be in your possession or able to be quickly produced if requested.
How do I apply for a Blue Card (or Exemption)?
If you don't already have a current and valid Blue Card, and you are eligible to apply for one, you must do so via the Blue Card Services online portal - https://my.bluecard.qld.gov.au/
Once you create your account on the online portal, you will receive an account number, which you need to forward to your club so they can link you and the system will know that your are a Volunteer (otherwise you'll be forced to pay a fee!).
If you need help, contact your club.
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.
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.