Surf Thanksgiving Tournament

Rules

TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS

Registration: Teams will register a minimum of 60 minutes prior to their first game on the first date of tournament at the venue of their first game. Tournament Game cards with printed rosters will be provided at registration check in. The roster will be pulled from your application approximately one week prior to the event.  Modifications to the roster may be made up until one hour before your first game.

*Current laminated USYSA or US Club player cards will be required of all players as proof of age and must be available for inspection at initial check-in and at the start of each game.

*USYSA Teams in Region 4 will not need Travel Papers. All USYSA teams outside of Region 4 states WILL need approved travel papers which must include a roster listing all players authorized to travel by the team’s State Association. Any player not listed on the Travel Papers, including any amendments, properly executed by the team’s State Association will not be allowed to play in the tournament.

*US Club teams are required to bring the US Club roster and any player loan forms required at Registration along with other required credentials, as required by the team’s State Association.

*Teams MAY NOT mix USYSA and US Club cards.

*Medical release forms will be required for all players at initial check-in. Teams will be required to keep medical releases on hand at all times.

*Once registration is complete, additional players may not be added. Players may only be rostered to one team.

Refunds: There will be no refunds given after the stated application deadline. Prior to the application deadline, refunds will be made less a $50 administrative fee PLUS any credit card transaction fees incurred.

Rosters: Teams may register a maximum of twenty  two (22) players for U-11 thru U15 with unlimited guest players, and fourteen (14) players for U8-U10 with unlimited guest players.

 

RULES OF PLAY

All games will be played under FIFA rules with USYSA and Cal South adjustments for youth competition with the following additions and clarifications:

Game Format: Each team will play a minimum of 3 games. Preliminary Games can end in a tie. Some Brackets will have cross bracket play. The Winners of the Brackets will advance and Wild Cards based on points earned in standard and cross bracket play. Bracketing of wild card teams may be adjusted to avoid playing teams from their bracket in the first round of playoffs. Quarter Final games ending in a tie after regulation will proceed immediately to FIFA penalty kicks to determine who advances to the Semi Finals. Semi Finals and Finals games tied after regulation will play two overtime halves. Overtime play will begin with a coin toss. If a tie still exists after overtime halves then FIFA Penalty Kicks will determine who advances or is awarded the trophy. Penalty Kicks will immediately follow the game.

In tournament divisions in which there are brackets of less than 4 teams that play games outside of their bracket (“Cross Play Brackets”), teams will advance out of bracket play as follows:

* The winner of each 4-team brackets shall advance
* The remaining wildcard spots shall be filled from the remaining teams, including all teams in Cross Play Brackets, based solely on the amount of points accumulated during bracket play.

 

Duration of Games and Overtimes (by halves), and Ball size:

Division

Prelim/QF(min./half)

SF/Finals(min./half)

OT (min./period)

Ball Size

U15

30

35/35

10

5

U14

25

30/35

7

5

U13

25

30/30

7

5

U12

25

30/30

7

4

U11

25

30/30

7

4

U10

25

25/25

5

4

U9

25

25/25

5

4

U8

20

25/25

5

4

U7

20

25/25

5

3

There will be no stoppage time for injuries; there is a running clock for all games. Half time for all games will be 5 minutes. In the event of an unusual event that results in a significant loss of game time, the lost game time may be rescheduled at the discretion of the Tournament Director. The rescheduling of the lost game time is subject to field availability.

 

Determining Winners: Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:
• Six (6) points for each Win
• Two (2) points for each Tie
• Zero (0) points for each Loss
• One (1) point for each goal scored up to a maximum of three (3) per game
• One (1) point for each shutout
• Minus one (-1) for each player or coach ejected
• A 0-0 tie will be scored as 3 points for each team (2 for tie, 1 for shutout)

In the event of a tie in points at the end of bracket play, the teams to advance will be determined as follows:
1. The winner in head to head competition
2. Fewest goals against (up to 4 goals per game)
3. Most goals for (up to 4 goals per game)
4. Most total wins
5. Most shut outs
6. If a tie still exists after steps 1 through 5, FIFA Penalty Kicks will be taken (time and location to be determined by the Tournament Director) prior to the scheduled start of the appropriate Quarter Final or Semi Final game.
7. If a three-way tie exists within a bracket after steps 1 through 5, a three-way coin flip will be conducted. The teams that tie in the coin flip will compete in FIFA Penalty Kicks to eliminate one team prior to proceeding to FIFA Penalty Kicks with the third team. The coin flip and time of the FIFA Penalty Kicks will be determined by the Tournament Director at the fields.

If ties exist in the determination of a wild card team, criteria 1 through 7 will be applied.

 

Game Day Check-In: At least thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of each scheduled game, a team representative must present to the Field Marshall the team’s player cards and game card so the team may be checked in to play and the game started as scheduled. The Field Marshall will retain the game card and the team’s player cards until completion of the game. Each team manager or representative will be required to initial the game card area for that game before the player cards will be returned. A team who fails to properly check in with the Field Marshall will forfeit that game. The referee has the final say on the determination of safety and suitability of each player’s equipment, including the wearing of a hard brace and/or hard cast. Shin guards are mandatory for all players. After the start of a match, it will be the decision of the referee whether or not playing conditions are safe.

Home Team Responsibilities: The Home Team will be the team which appears first on the game schedule. The Home Team will provide a game ball. The game ball is subject to referee approval. The Home Team will be required to switch to an alternate jersey to accommodate a color conflict as declared by the referee. If the Home Team cannot supply an alternate jersey, the Home Team will forfeit the game. The Home Team will have the selection of the side of the field from which they wish to play. No two teams will play from the same side, unless field space dictates otherwise. In all cases spectator and team seating will allow the referee’s assistants clear runs and views of all touch lines.

Substitutions: Substitutions are unlimited; however teams may substitute only with the referee’s permission and per Cal South rules.

Cautions and Ejections: A player or coach receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered to have been given an Ejection (red card) for the purposes of awarding point for the Tournament competition. A player who has been ejected (sent off) will not be replaced. A player or coach who has been ejected will not return for that game and must leave the field of play and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game. A player or coach who is ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play will not be allowed to participate in the next two scheduled games. Any player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament. A team will be disqualified from the Tournament if any player or coach fails to comply with the provisions of this section. All red cards are reported to Cal South. Cards for ejected players or coaches will be available from the Field Marshal after they have satisfied their penalty.

Protests/Disputes: No protests will be allowed and all games will be considered final. The Tournament Director will resolve any situation not explicitly covered by the rules. Disputes relating to the interpretation of these rules will be resolved with the Field Marshal and Administrators/Coaches that are registered with the involved team(s). Individuals may not represent a team if not registered as an Administrator/Coach with the involved team(s).

Forfeits/Byes: All teams who forfeit will have the game(s) scored as a 0-1 loss. The winner will be awarded eight (8) points (6 for the win; 1 for a goal and 1 for a shutout). If, at the discretion of the Tournament Director, a forfeit provides an unfair advantage, the Tournament Director may make an adjustment in the bracket. Teams forfeiting their first game will be assumed to forfeit all of their games unless they contact the Tournament Director at least 3 hours prior to their subsequent games. Teams will forfeit for any of the following reasons:
· Teams fail to check in at the required location, ready to play five minutes before the scheduled kick off time

· Home team fails to produce an alternate color jersey if referee determines there is a color conflict

· Teams fail to produce laminated player passes and/or coach’s pass

· Teams fail to report to the field with the minimum number of players required to start the game (6 for U7- U10; 7 for U11-U19)

· Coach is ejected and fails to leave the field when directed to do so

· Coach is ejected and there is no other coach or administrator available

· Game is suspended due to the misconduct of players, coaches, administrators, parents or spectators. There will be no refunds to teams who forfeit their own games.

Field Safety/Inclement Weather: The Referee or Tournament Director will determine if a field is safe for play. Teams are expected to show up for scheduled games times unless notified by a tournament official. Rain or other weather conditions will not delay play unless the referee determines the fields are unsafe. If necessary, games may be shortened, go directly to FIFA Penalty Kicks or be cancelled. If a game is terminated due to problems associated with the fields, including lighting for a night game, score will stand if game is in to the second half. If cancelled prior to half time score is determined by penalty kicks. If a Quarter or Semi Final match cannot be played, FIFA penalty kicks will determine the winner. If the Final game cannot be played, the teams will be co-champions.
If the Tournament Director rules that during the preliminary round penalty kicks will be taken due to inclement weather or field conditions, the following rain rules will apply:

·Each team will take a maximum of five (5) penalty kicks.
·At the end of five (5) kicks the game will be scored as a 1-0 win for the team that has scored more penalty kicks, or a 0-0 tie if both teams are tied in penalty kicks at the end of five (5) kicks

If regular games have been played in the bracket and the Tournament Director has determined that other games go to penalty kicks due to inclement weather or field conditions, the regular games scores will revert  to  1-0 wins or a 0-0 ties.

There will be no refunds or reimbursements of the tournament application fee for shortened or cancellation of games.

Conduct: All players, coaches and spectators will be expected to demonstrate good sportsmanlike conduct. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players, substitutes, friends and spectators at all times. Inappropriate conduct by your team’s spectators can jeopardize your coach and/or team. If a referee terminates a game due to misconduct of players or spectators, the offending team will forfeit. The offending player, spectator or team may be banned from further participation in the tournament. At no time are any alcoholic beverages allowed at the tournament sites. Pets are not allowed on any of the fields. This is a smoke-free environment; no smoking is allowed at any of the fields. After each game, please pick up the trash on your sideline and place it in one of the provided receptacles. Please help us keep the games on time by immediately collecting your things and clearing your sideline after your game. This will allow the next team to move into position and prepare for the start of their game.