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Regional FAQs

What is the selection process for the regional teams?

Each region is responsible for holding their own trials. The format may vary region to region. Dates for each region will be advertised in each regions page at www.englandtouch.org.uk.

How many players will be in the regional teams?

Regions are free to have whatever size squad the regional coaches see as appropriate. The squads will need to be cut down to 14 players per team for the tournament in April 2012.

Are regional teams open to anyone to play in?

No, as this is being used to develop English players and as vehicle for selection for the 2012 Euros for the opens and 30s squads. Regional coaches are required to select a minimum of 10 players in each final team who are eligible to play for England.

I am currently injured, what are my options?

If you are injured you need to contact your regional coach and HP Director.

How were the regional coaches appointed / selected?

Regional Coaches and assistant coaches were appointed by the HP Director.

How often are the coaching/training sessions?

This will be dependent on individual regions requirements. There are no restrictions imposed as regional coaches will know what works best for their region. If you wish to discuss this matter further please contact your regional coach.

Are all the regions learning the same thing, i.e. is there a 'curriculum'?

There will be some core basics which all regional will be required to coach. The coaches will also bring their own ideas, experience and knowledge to the training sessions.

If I don't make the regional squad, can I still make the England squad?

Individual situations will be taken on a case by case basis by the HP Director.

What are the eligibility rules?

You need to be playing at an affiliated Touch venue/module, 10 of the squad will need to be England qualified.

Are there any exemptions allowed?

Exemptions will be taken on a case by case basis by the HP Director

What do I do if I want to trial for an England mixed side, not men's or women's?

If you would like to play mixed for England, you still need to compete in the Nationals.

What if I've played for England previously, do I still need to play in the nationals?

Yes, anyone seeking to represent England in the open or 30's grade needs to play for their Region in the Nationals otherwise they won't be considered.

What happens if I am over 35yrs old, can I play in the regional squad?

Yes you can play for your regional side if you are selected. There are no age restrictions imposed.

If I want to trial for the England men's 35s/40s sides, do I have to play in a regional side?

No, there will be a separate selection process for Masters players. Please keep an eye on the website for dates of this.

Do I have to play in the region where I live?

Yes, you need to play for your region where you play your touch.

Do we need a kit to participate?

A numbered team playing shirt will be the only compulsory kit required for the tournament.

How much is it going to cost me to play at Nationals?

Overall costs are currently being finalised, with the focus on keeping costs to a minimum. Unfortunately we need to cover costs such as tournament fees, referees, first aid, field hire, etc. This will be communicated out asap.

What are the rules on sponsorship of the regions?

Regions are welcome and encouraged to find their own sponsorship and the extent of sponsorship is at the sole discretion of the region. If you know of an organisation who wishes to be involved in supporting England Touch beyond the regional competition, please contact Jack Linstead.

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