❖ Team Check-in: Check-in will be available from 5-9 pm on Friday night at Ultimate Soccer and Saturday 7am-2:30pm at Ultimate Soccer, Blue Water Sports Center & Elite Sportsplex.
❖ Wave times will be Saturday 8:00am – 2:00pm and 3:00pm – 9:00 pm at all sites.
❖ Admissions will be $8/day for adults, or $15 for a weekend pass; children 5 and under are free. Passes are good at all facilities for that day if you move between facilities. Cash only, no credit cards accepted.
❖ The safety of every player and spectator is a high priority. We ask that all parents/spectators limit the bags you are carrying in to a small personal size bag.
❖ Coaches need to check in with the Site/Tournament Director at their site upon arrival.
❖ Scores will be updated after every match on Advanced Event Systems. Please make sure you look at your reffing and playing assignments as each day progresses.
❖ Pools will typically consist of three or four teams. If your pool consists of 3 teams, only your first two matches of the day will be listed, once the three team pool completes it’s matches, the teams will be re-seeded and begin play in a cross-over match. If your team is in a 4 team pool, your matches for the day will all be listed. Each team will play a minimum of three matches on Saturday, with some teams playing 4. Each team is guaranteed 5 matches during the tournament.
❖ Warm up balls will not be provided at Ultimate Soccer, but will be at Blue Water Sports Center, Elite Sportsplex and Michigan Elite – Wixom so please check the facility information below for details. Ball handling is to be done only on the playing courts or practice gym. No pepper in the hallways. No boom boxes or other sound amplification devices are to be used. Violation of this rule is a red card and point to start the match.
❖ Warmups will be 2-4-4 for all matches. 2 minutes shared ball handling, 4 minutes each team hitting and serving. Absolutely no ball handling by the team that is off. Off teams are required to help shag for the team that is hitting. Teams refusing to do this will be given a red card prior to the start of the match.
❖ Each facility will open up 60 minutes prior to the first match. There are no caps for any sets. Third set will be up to 15, no cap, switch sides at 8. Coaches are allowed to designate 2 liberos. The libero is allowed to serve for one position.
❖ Matches will begin no later than 10 minutes from the conclusion of the preceding match. Matches will begin ahead of schedule as play allows. Wave start times will not be moved up. Subsequent rounds and bracket play matches will be moved up whenever time allows. At the start time, if teams are not ready to play, the opposing team will be awarded one point per minute. After ten minutes, the first game will then be forfeited. The second game and match will also be forfeited after an additional 10 minutes.
❖ First official will be provided for all matches. Each team is responsible to provide: 1 down official, 2 lines people, 1 official scorekeeper, 1 libero tracker and 1 person for flip score. You are responsible for your own whistles.
❖ No phones or food are allowed for the working teams at work tables. All coaches/teams need to double check their reffing assignments throughout the weekend, especially Sunday. Please check in with your Site Director to insure your reffing duties are fulfilled before leaving on Sunday.
❖ If you are late for your officiating assignment, the same penalties apply as to match and forfeit times. All penalties will be carried over to the following day if necessary. Please check closely to be sure you know the schedule. If you are uncertain please ask the tournament director at your site. On time means the start of warm-ups, not match start time.
❖ It is required that a coach or other adult team representative remains in the game area during team officiating assignments. No food or drink will be allowed on the work table.
❖ During bracket play all losing teams must stay and provide the work team for the following match unless specified differently. The game scheduled on your court may or may not be part of your division. If your match is switched to another court you are still required to provide the work team.
TIE BREAKING PROCEDURES
❖ During pool play, only ties in pools that affect who will advance to the Gold bracket in the Open & Premier Divisions will be considered for a tie-breaker match. All other divisions will be determined by the tiebreaking formulas in AES.
❖ Two way tie – Head to head pool results will always determine the winner.
❖ Three way ties – There will be a one set playoff to 15 points only if it effects the team’s advancement into the Gold Bracket for Open and Premier Divisions. Third team is required to be the work team. If it does not effect advancement into Gold in the Open or Premier Divisions, the results will be determined as follows:
– Set winning percentage (if still tied)
– Point percentage within pool play
– Coin Flip
Three Way Ties with Two teams advancing to Gold
– The seeding for the tiebreaker will be determined by the same criteria as above. The team with the highest set winning percentage will be awarded first place in that pool. The remaining two teams will have a one set to 15 pt. playoff. The winner will be awarded 2nd place in that pool. The first place (bye) team must be the work team for that match.
Three way Ties with One team advancing to Gold
– The seeding for the tiebreaker will be determined by the same criteria as above. There will be two playoff sets to 15 pts to decide the results of the pool. Teams will be seeded 1st, 2nd and 3rd with the 2nd and 3rd seeded teams playing the first set. The 1st seeded team will be the work crew. The winner of that set will play the 1st seeded team in a set to 15 pts with the loser of the previous set being the work team. The winner of the second playoff match will advance.
It is the responsibility of the team’s coach to know if there is a potential ties in pool play. Teams must be present at courtside for the tie breaker sets. They will begin as soon as the last match in that pool is completed. If any team is not present and prepared to play or be the work crew then that team will forfeit the match or their potential standing. We will not delay the start of a tiebreaker set to locate a team or any of its players. Not being courtside will results in a forfeit. If a team is not present to play or ref the play-off match they will automatically drop to last among the teams participating in the play-off.
❖ If a protest is to be filed, it must be done at the time of the incident. Only the floor captain may file the protest. Once the protest is reviewed by the Head of Officials, their ruling is final. Judgment calls may not be protested.
❖ Only AAU registered members are allowed on the court.
❖ AAU Registered coach must be on the bench. A team without an AAU registered coach is considered incomplete and may not play.
❖ Any abuse of tournament officials or staff by players, coaches or parents will result in that person’s removal from the tournament.
❖ Chairs that are provided for team benches may not be moved or taken to another area.