Thousands of the best touch players, coaches and supporters have flocked to Port Macquarie's Tuffins Lane and Regional Stadium for the start of the three-day 2020 NSW Junior State Cup on Friday.
The wet weather caused the start of play to be pushed back an hour before the first games started at 9am.
Despite the wet conditions, most clubs took the abysmal conditions in their collective stride.
NSW Touch Football Association general manager Dean Russell praised the competing clubs for their patience.
He said the weekend was never going to be easy.
"Everyone has been really good throughout the day," he said.
"We are happy and pleased with the way the parents, in particular, have accepted the (wet) conditions and what we are trying to do to get the games completed.
"The clubs have been on-side all week and really understood what we were intending to do. We really appreciate the support the clubs have shown us.
"And the kids love it; they are still finding puddles to dive in and to run through," he said.
"Everyone understands the situation and understands it is of no ones making."
Russell said the governing body had altered the playing conditions with 20 minute turnarounds as opposed to the traditional 25 minute period.
"We are trying to maximise our use of the fields, before we start losing the ability to actually play on them," he said.
By reducing the timeframe to 20 minutes, that removes about an hour and 40 minutes of play off the fields.
"Even by starting later we will actually finish earlier," he added.
Russell said another pleasing aspect of the opening day was that many people had heeded the advice given out all week to clubs about using the shuttle buses.
He praised everyone attending the competition for their patience.
"Hopefully this continues throughout the competition," he said.
We will have coverage over the three-day event and an wrap-up in Monday's Port Macquarie News print version.