In recent days several affiliates from Queensland have been asking why the deadline for affiliation with Touch Football Australia (TFA) has changed from June 2006 to October 14, 2005. Question: As a Qld affiliate, originally we understood that we had a year to become a part of the model. Why do we now have to sign up before 14 October? Answer: The situation has changed. Since the new constitution was passed on 25 June, the management of the four regions (NQ, CQ, SWQ and SQBD) have formally declared that they oppose the new model and are actively campaigning against it. The sport suffers while there is ongoing uncertainty about which affiliates will be part of the model and which will not. People involved in the sport have better things to do than play politics. The longer this drags on the more time and resources are wasted when they should be being used to develop the sport. An independent audit found the structure of the sport in Qld to be `dysfunctional’ and recommended a new structure. Only the four regions in Qld do not want to be a part of the new model; the rest of Australia is already moving forward. The declaration by the management of the four regions that they will not be part of the new structure (in opposition to the rest of Australia) has forced the timetable forward. Touch faces challenges from competitors in its own market – Oz Tag, Premier Touch, NTRA etc. They have capitalised on our own willingness to compete against ourselves rather than cooperate for the good of the development of the sport. Touch also faces competition from other codes and other sports. We will lose participants the longer uncertainty reigns. The sport in Qld cannot be left to suffer until June of 2006. We need to move ahead and can only do so knowing exactly who our members are.