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JTN 2023 FINAL Sitemap
Please Note: Use the Runsheet as your guide for playoffs and finals and always reference from the GameDay App.
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Once you download the GameDay app type in “JTN” in the Search box for the Junior Tag Nationals 2023 draw
In keeping with tags considerable growth in popularity over the last 10 years it has become the The Game for Every Body. It has challenged our capacity to administer and manage its continued increase in playing numbers throughout New Zealand.
New Zealand Tag Footballs purpose is to promote, lead, support and evolve the sport of tag football in New Zealand, our vision is more people participating in strong and inclusive community tag modules linked to regional, national and international events.
In order to consolidate tags development an annual one off NZTFI National Affiliation Fee of $20.00 will be introduced from the 2023-2024 tag season and beyond in order for a player to be eligible to participate at all NZTFI sanctioned events each year.
This will assist with the increased financial challenges our sport is enduring to build and administer our code that will ensure the sustainability of tag football and guarantee our games future growth.
To conclude, this will ensure a greater foundation and long term succession plan on a local, regional, national and international level.
The NZTFI Team
The Junior Tag Nationals was originally a one day tournament launched in 2014 as the Junior Tag Regionals which was held at Ti Rakau Park, Pakuranga, Auckland on Sunday December 7th 2014. The grades were Under 7s, 9s, 11s, 13s and 15s Boys/Mixed with a total of 28 teams entered in the one day event. Two years later in 2016 we would run the same event from Manukau Rugby League grounds Moyle Park in Mangere on Februrary 13th. Under 13s and 15s Grades were represented only with 14 teams total entered.
Due to the small numbers in the past, the tournament was then booked and rebranded as the Junior Tag Nationals and booked as a two day event only with an estimate of only 28-32 teams entering the tournament. Ngati Otara Park, Otara was chosen for the 2 day event and only 6 fields were booked. Expressions of Interest forms were sent to the regions and we had predicted not much interest.
The response however was the opposite and a phenomenal 118 teams entering in 15 age group divisions. Naturally we had to add an extra day, expand the tournament and double the size of fields to be used. We were surprised with the interest shown considering the past 3 years being small in numbers.
Today the event boasts an average of over 164 teams played over 24 tag fields over 3 full days of tag. Popular with the youth we have seen a rapid expansion in the games growth as it now surpasses the adults Senior Tag Nationals numbers.