Urban Rec - Sydney's Sport and Social Club

Touch Footy Player Etiquette

November 25, 2019 - 11 months ago

Urban Rec’s of difference from almost all other recreational sport providers, is that we care about the experience had by absolutely everyone involved within our leagues, Including our staff.

As with all Urban Rec leagues, we do not tolerate douche bags. We are inclusive, and welcome all levels of ability, and as a consequence, we are pretty tough on any team or player who goes against our culture. 

To make things super clear, we have compiled a list of Urban Rec Touch Footy player etiquette. Keep these points in mind, when playing in any of our competitions. It’s the Urban Rec way… 

DON’T EVER’s –

  • Be so competitive that it can be mistaken as aggression or be seen as intimidating. This covers things like intense defensive line speed and crash ball lines in defence (also, crash ball lines don’t work…its touch.)
  • Put your shoulder behind a two handed touch – that’s a pre contact game warm up and has no business here. (ridiculous we know but it has happened).
  • Mock opposition or your own team! Goes without saying. Don’t be a dick.
  • Move your hand away when about to take a touch with an attacking opposition player – this kind of underhand tactic is reserved only for the highest level of hero, we are talking Batman vs Superman type of hero. Get real and take the touch!
  • Make calls or question a call from one of our hosts – This creates a shitty atmosphere and ruins our staff members evening.
    • 7 times out of 10 our host has seen the offence and hasn’t called it for a reason.
    • 8 times out of 10 it doesn’t affect the game.
    • 9 times out of 10 you look like an idiot.
    • 10 times out of 10 the world has moved on and upon reflection its not that big of a deal.
  • Wait on the try line when you’re about to score a runaway try for one of your female players. I know it is worth double if you do so, but it’s not what the score bonus is in place for. We implemented the 2 points for female trys as an incentive to encourage players to include the female players in the team, not because the ladies are any more or less likely to score.

DO’s –

  • Always put the enjoyment and respect of your opponents, ahead of your desire to win. 
  • Socialise with other teams, they are not the enemy.
  • Be honest – if you’ve been touched in touch and you don’t stop it really does defeat the purpose of touch.
  • Support and coach players that seem to be struggling.
  • Play to the ability of your opposition, give beginner players and extra second, but compete when you see a player who knows the game/rules well. 
  • Win and lose graciously – its fine to be good and its fine to win, but don’t enjoy crushing a team so bad that it spoils their game (points for and against is NEVER used in our standings). Same goes when you are on the losing side, its fine to lose and it really doesn’t matter if you’ve lost so do so with a smile on your face, you can still have a good time surrounded by mates.
  • Cheer for the opposition if they pull off something spectacular.
  • ALWAYS shake hands post game, including the host!

Do you play in our Touch leagues? Do you think we have missed something? Is there any behaviour or bad etiquette you would like to see abolished? Send us a message. [email protected] or contact your League Manager. 

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Playing Sport in Hot Weather

November 21, 2019 - 11 months ago

The mercury is rising. Heat is unlike anything else, it’s hard to predict, can change rapidly and everyone has a different tolerance to heat.

Unlike other weather conditions in hot weather venues will not let us reschedule our bookings so cancellations in hot weather mean we can’t guarantee a rescheduled game. 

Ultimately it is your call in any conditions weather you play or not. 

Our Heat Policy 

Because most of our games are played at night and it usually cools down over the night, we do not make heat calls during the day. Heat calls are made by the teams and the Urban Rec Event Host, at the venue, prior to the game starting. If your team and the Event Host feel it is unsafe to play, games will not be played. In hot conditions where games are played we may change the structure of the game to give you more breaks. 

As a general rule If it is over 40 degrees at the start time we do not play. 

If a game is cancelled due to heat it will be recorded as a draw. We will make every effort to reschedule the game, but it cannot be guaranteed.

Smoke Haze

When there is a smoke haze, we carefully consider if we should cancel games. If you have a medical condition that is affected by smoke we strongly advise you use good judgement and follow your doctor’s advice as to if you should play. 

Advice for playing sport in the heat

  • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water
  • Know your fitness level and take plenty of breaks 
  • Wear cool loose fitting clothes, avoid dark colours 
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat
  • If you have a medical condition that may be affected by heat, consult your doctor as to whether you should play

Again stated – Ultimately it is your call in any conditions weather you play or not. 

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Christmas Operating Hours 2019

November 12, 2019 - 11 months ago

Jolly Jolly times as we approach the silly season. Here is the scoop on when we are closed this year!

LAST WEEK OF PLAY 2019 – Week beginning 16th Dec

FIRST WEEK OF PLAY 2020 – Week beginning 6th Jan

UR HQ OUT OF OFFICE – Sat 21st Dec through Sun 5th Jan

Most of our leagues are programmed to finish in December and will start up in the new Summer season in January, so these dates won’t effect you and your team. BUT, If your league is scheduled to finish in the new year and is running over the Christmas break, you will have two week break. 

If your team know you will not be able to make games in the week of Mon 16th Dec or the week of Mon 6th Jan, please let your League Manager know ASAP. 

As always, check your member dashboard for your most up to date schedule!

Any questions, contact [email protected] 

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Pri-Rego Prizepack Giveaway Spring 2019
Nov 7

Pri-Rego Prizepack Giveaway Spring 2019

November 7, 2019 - one year ago

We work with some amazing brands and this season we are PUMPED to get these brands in your hands to claim some free member perks for you and the team. This Spring season, any team that uses priority registration to register for the Summer season between weeks 7 to 9, will recieve a FREE PRIZEPACK GIVEAWAY. 

Whats included

  • Double pass to random selection of Funlab venues, Skyzone, Strike Bowling or Holey Moley Golf
  • $100 voucher to Naked Wines
  • Batch Brewing Sponsor Prize
  • Random selection of Urban Rec Merch!

How do I claim

  • In week 7 of your current season, Pri-rego will open and your captain will be sent a secret link to re-register your team for next season (you will be emailed and reminded about this). 
  • Using this link and within the pri-ority rego period of weeks 7-9, your captain will need to register for next season
  • On week 1 of the new season, your prizepack will be ready to go!

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