Tournament Rules

2017 Nate Hardy Memorial Day Tournament

I.  Tournament Name
Nate Hardy Memorial Day Tournament
Tournament Dates:  May 27-28th, 2017

II.  Tournament Headquarters
Tournament Director:   Kim Foley
Tournament Address:  88 Shirkin Rd, Epping, NH  03042
Phone:  207-361-8178
Fax:  603-926-8555
Referee Assignor:  Ryan Faria
2017 Permission to Host:  USYSA  US Club

III.  Registration and Team Eligibility
Check-In:  All teams must check in one hour prior to their first scheduled game at the scheduled field of play.
Requirements for Check-In:  Teams must present their USYSA Roster/US Club approved roster, player cards, proof of permission to travel (if required by your state), and guest player approval forms, and completed tournament medical release waivers.
Eligible Players:  Only those players appearing on the teams travel roster will be eligible to play.  Players may only be rostered on one team participating in the tournament.  Each team must be prepared to provide a copy of the birth certificate of each player.
Credentials:  US Club Soccer or USYSA laminated player passes (properly validated by League and/or Registrar) will be required for all players. Any player who fails to provide a player pass before the game will be unable to play. Player passes will be checked before each game. The shirt numbers on the shirt must be the same as shown on team roster. Players must report to game officials if the number on shirt does not match the one on team roster.
Guest Players:  Five guest/loan players will be permitted per team with properly completed guest/loan player forms. 
Guest Players or Teams who are not members of a US Soccer or State Soccer Entity:  Typically these players are guest players who play for an “in-town only” team. In order for these players to be insured and participate in the tournament, they must be registered with a US Soccer or a state soccer entity. Check with your state soccer organization to find out how to do this in your state.  

US Youth Soccer Teams
   1.  Original State-approved roster and 2 copies
   2.  Validated US Youth Soccer Player Passes - includes guest players.
   3.  Current signed state Medical Release form for every player, including guest players.  Our tournament medical release form can 
        be downloaded here.
   4.  Out-of-state teams - Permission to Travel form*
          *Out-of-state teams should obtain "Application for Travel" forms from their own state offices.
   5.  Guest players must have valid USYS Player Pass, medical release form, and permission to travel from your state.
   6.  Guest player forms as required by your state association.

IV.  Player Age and Eligibility
The following age groups are permitted to participate in the tournament.

Age Groups Roster Size # of Guest Players
U9 12 5
U10 12 5
U11 14 5
U12 14 (9v9) 5
U13 18 5
U14 18 5
U15 18 5

V.  Team Responsibilities
Home Team Responsibilities:  Home team (first team listed on the schedule) will be required to change jerseys in the event of a color conflict.  The home team will have the choice of side of field, and will supply the game ball if not supplied by the tournament.  The game ball will be subject to referee approval.

VI.  Laws of the Game
FIFA Laws of the game shall apply to all matches with the following modifications:
1. Length of Games
Listed as below or as determined by the referee.  All teams are guaranteed 3 games. 

Age Group Game Length
U9 Two 25-minute halves (5 min halftime)
U10 Two 25-minute halves (5 min halftime)
U11 Two 25-minute halves (5 min halftime)
U12 (9v9) Two 25-minute halves (5 min halftime)
U13 Two 35-minute halves (5 min halftime)
U14 Two 35-minute halves (5 min halftime)
U15 Two 35-minute halves (5 min halftime)

2.  Injury Time
Referees will be instructed not to add time to a game except in the most extenuating of circumstances.
3.  Substitutions
Free substitution will be allowed only with the referee’s permission and only as follows:
   A.  Prior to a throw-in by the team in possession.
   B.  Prior to a goal kick by either team.
   C.  After a goal is scored by either team.
   D.  For injured player if play is stopped.
   E.  At half time.
   F.  A player recieving a caution (yellow card) MAY be substituted for at that time.
4. Player Equipment
All players must wear shin guards during all matches. Players not in compliance will be CAUTIONED (yellow carded) and sent off the field until the requirement is met. No jewelry may be worn during the competition. Players wearing hard orthopedic casts will not be allowed to play if it determined to be a risk to other players by the referee. Players with cast must obtain game referee’s approval prior to each match to participate. Players shall wear approved cleats.
5. U9 and U10 Division Modifications
Within the U9 and U10 (6v6) age groups, on goal kicks, the team not in possession must retreat back to the midfield line.  This will allow for the start of play and encouragement to advance the ball out of the defensive 1/3 of the field.  Once play restarts, players may advance past the midfield line to try to regain possession of the ball.
6.  Home vs. Away Teams
Teams listed as "home team" on the schedule will need to change their jerseys in the event of a color conflict.  Teams listed as "Away Team" will be awarded the kickoff to start the game.
7.  Bench Areas vs. Spectator Areas
The sideline area between the two adjoining fields is designated for players and coaches only.  Parents/spectator areas are located along the outer perimeter of the playing surface, opposite the bench area sideline.

VII.  Tournament Schedules
Tournament Format

U9 and U10:  Friendly format, guaranteed 3 games.  Defending teams must drop back to half field on all goal kicks, allowing opponent to advance the ball into play successfully.  Once the ball has been put in play, the defending team can advance past midfield.
U11-U15:  U11-U15 divisions are guaranteed 3 games.  Playoffs or final seedings based on standings will be determined by the number of teams in the bracket.

Game Points: Points will be awarded for each game in accordance with the following:

   -  3 points for a win
   -  1 point for a tie
   -  0 points for a loss
**In the event of a forfeited game, the winner will be credited with a 1-0 win and awarded 3 points. 
**A game abandoned by a team will result in the opposing team winning.  The final score will be based on the score at the time of forfeit. 
**Teams are allowed 5 minutes from game time to forfeit time.
**No points are awarded if neither team shows up.
Tie Breaking Within a Bracket:
In the event of a points tie, places will be determined as follows:
   A.  Head to head
   B.  Most goals scored (maximum of 5 per game)
   C.  Least goals allowed
   D.  Most shutouts with at least one (1) goal being scored in a match.
   E.  Penalty kicks
Forfeits:
A team will be allowed to play with a minimum of 7 players for an 11v11 match, 6 players for an 9v9 match, and 5 players for a 7v7 match. If the team is not able to field a team after 10 minutes of the start time of the match, it will be considered a forfiet. The game score will be recorded as 1-0 in favor of the team that was present at the game time.
Inclement Weather:
In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to modify all tournament rules in order to safely and fairly end the tournament successfully.
Refund Policy:
There will be no refunds for teams withdrawing after the acceptance date of May 1, 2017.  In the case of entire tournament cancellation due to inclement weather teams will receive a refund after incidental costs occurred to that point have been deducted from entry fee.  View Seacoast United's refund policies here.

VIII.  Playoffs/Finals
Playoffs Seedings:
Playoff seedings will be determined differently in each bracket depending on number of teams entered.  Playoff rounds will take place on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning if necessary.
- If age group is divided into multiple divisions, the top seed from each division will play in the final for that age bracket.  If age group only has a single division, the top two teams after the preliminary rounds will face each other in the final.
Playoffs - Overtime
If the score is tied at the end of regulation,teams will proceed to penalty kicks to determine the winner.  Teams will go 5 rounds, and if tied after 5 rounds, they will progress through single rounds until a winner is determined.  Players taking the penalty kicks must be chosen from the 9 (U11/U12) or 11 (U13-U15) that are on the field at the end of the regulation period.
Tournament Champions:
Will be determined differently in each bracket depending on number of teams.  

IX.  Referees
All matches must use federation certified referees.  Fil Faria shall be the referee assignor for the tournament.

X.  Score Reporting
Tournament scores shall be posted at registration tent at the tournament complex and on the tournament website.  Referee shall submit the game score to field marshals to report to the tournament director after the conclusion of each game.

XI.  Protests & Disputes
Protests will not be allowed. Game conduct is under the jurisdiction of the referee and the tournament will not overrule a referee’s decision. The Tournament Director or his designee is the final authority in all matters and reserves the right to alter the format to enhance fair play.

XII.  Conduct and Discipline
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT OR NEAR THE TOURNAMENT FIELDS.  There will be no-smoking allowed at the soccer complexes. Verbal abuse of any kind by spectators and participants shall not be allowed at the tournament site. The violators will be reported to authorities and escorted off the field.

Please review the Seacoast United Outdoor Complex Rules here, and share with your team.

Ejection: 
Any player or team official ejected from a match, or suspended by the proper authority, shall not be within sight or hearing distance of the field of play during his/her suspension. A player or team official receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered to have been given an ejection (red card) for the purposes of awarding points for the tournament competition. A player or coach who has been ejected (sent off), shall not be replaced and will be suspended from the teams next scheduled match. A player or coach who has been ejected for VIOLENT CONDUCT shall not be allowed to participate in the next TWO scheduled games (subject to review by the Tournament Committee). Any player or team official who assaults a referee will be expelled from the tournament. FIGHTING will not be tolerated for any reason. Players sent off for fighting (striking or attempting to strike another player) will not be allowed to participate in any further tournament games. Players, team officials, or spectators who enter the field of play for any reason in the event of a fight will be ejected from the tournament. If the players cannot be identified, the entire team will be removed from the tournament. No refunds will be made to any team that is removed from the tournament. ONE POINT WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM A TEAMS TOTAL POINTS FOR EACH RED CARD RECEIVED BY A PLAYER OR TEAM OFFICIAL.

PLEASE PICK UP TRASH AT THE END OF YOUR GAMES.

GOOD LUCK! HAVE FUN! THANK YOU!