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Classification and Age Divisions: The Austin Labor Day Cup (ALDC) Tournament is sponsored by the Lonestar Soccer Club. The tournament is for select and recreational teams registered with any USSF affiliates. This is an unrestricted tournament sanctioned by the South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA) and is open to boys & girls teams from U-11 through U-19. There are three levels of competition: Gold (Highest level - Premier & Div. 1), Silver (Div. 1 & Super 2), and Bronze (Div. 2 & 3). Single age brackets and levels will be formed if applications support the groupings. Unless otherwise amended below, the current Laws of the Game (as published by USYSA) will apply to this competition.
Team Registration and Check-in: ALDC registration must be completed through the online system at www.lonestar-sc.com . All players (except guest players) must be registered to the team August 1, 2010. All teams must provide an official roster (with player uniform numbers) signed by the coach of record and their local association or club registrar. Teams from outside STYSA must submit an approved USYSA travel permit along with an official roster. All teams must have approved USYSA ID cards for each of the players including up to three (3) guest players. Teams or players will not be allowed to participate without approved paperwork. Coaches may bring the approved paperwork to the check-in meeting for validation. Validated rosters and player ID cards will be required prior to participating in any match and must be available on the field for inspection prior to each game.
One representative from each team is REQUIRED to check-in their team at the hotel during the listed times. There will be NO Saturday morning check-in unless prior arrangements are made with the Tournament Director. Teams who do not show up for the hotel night check-in will be removed from the schedule! Distribution of any schedule changes, the validation of rosters, and questions will be answered at final team check-in. You must have a representative present to provide a copy of your team's roster to the volunteers at check-in. Medical release forms & laminated player ID cards for each player will be required at check-in along with 1 copy of the team’s official roster. This must be a copy that the tournament can keep.
Game Information: All U11 – U19 teams will be guaranteed to play at least three (3) games. In round robin play, ties at the end of regulation time will stand. For semi-final and championship games, ties at the end of regulation time will be broken by the taking of FIFA penalty kicks, and no overtime periods will be played. In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Director has the authority to restructure or cancel the tournament. In the event the tournament is canceled, partial refunds may be given. Every effort will be made to complete the tournament. Tournament officials will be responsible for collecting the match results, but each coach is responsible for verifying the posted scores prior to the team's next game.
Game Times and Ball Size:
Teams must be at the scheduled game field and ready for inspection by the referee at least 15 minutes before the scheduled game time. Each team must be ready to play at the scheduled time or immediately after the conclusion of the previous game as determined by the referee, or the team is subject to forfeiting the match. Each team must be prepared to present a game ball of appropriate size, weight, and pressure to the referee before the start of the game for his/her selection. All games will have a 5 minute half.
Player Substitutions: No player shall enter or leave the field of play without the consent of the referee. Players may be substituted with the consent of the match referee at the following times:
Playing Conditions: The Home Team is listed first or on top in the schedule. Both teams shall occupy the same side of the field, as identified by the Tournament Director at each complex. All game spectators, including parents and un-rostered visitors for both teams will occupy the opposite side of the field. The Home Team chooses the goal to attack and Visitors Team kicks off. In case of inclement weather, the Tournament Director and/or Site Coordinator will determine if a game is to be played. Once the game has started, the decision rests with the referee. If any games are canceled, it is up to the coaches of the teams to check with the Site Coordinator, Communications Director or Tournament Director for rescheduling information. Games shall be considered complete if one half of the game has elapsed. The score at the stoppage of play will be the final score. If one half has not elapsed and the game is stopped, the game will be rescheduled if possible to be determined by the Tournament Director.
Uniforms: Home team wears their "colored/dark" uniform and the visitors wear white/light colored uniforms. Should there be a conflict in uniform colors, the home team will be required to change uniforms. Each player's uniform should have an easily identifiable number. Teams without two sets of uniforms will be allowed to use “pennies” to provide a unique identification.
Team and Player Credential Check: Each team must be able to present its validated roster and player cards to either a Tournament Official or the Referee before the start of each match, if requested. A player may play for only one team in the tournament, and must be listed on the approved roster. If a player plays in a game and is not properly registered, the team will automatically forfeit that game and may face further penalties as determined by the Tournament Director and/or Home Association. The wearing of hard casts, whether padded or not, will not be permitted at any time.
Team Standings and Tie Breakers: Team standings will be based on the following scoring system:
Each team's total points from all first-round games will determine the placement of teams in each bracket, with the team earning the highest total points being the bracket winner. In the event, a team forfeits a match, all points from tournament games involving that team will be dropped from the calculation of final standings.
Group Play/Round Robin Games: In the event that two or more teams are tied in points at the end of these games, the following tiebreakers shall be applied in order given until a winner is determined. While following criteria, never revert back to the top of the list even after a team has been eliminated from the tiebreaker. Ties in the standings will be resolved in the following order:
Wild Card Selection & Advancement Pairings: For brackets with wild cards, wild cards will be selected from the pool of remaining teams after the others from the listed grid have been identified. Ties on points will be broken in accordance with the rules listed above. Where possible advancement pairings will be made to avoid any duplication of preliminary games. For specific advancement pairings see official tournament web site.
Awards: First and second place teams in each age group and competition level will receive a trophy. Trophies will be presented immediately after the final game.
Hotels: All teams are required to book hotels through Partners in Team Travel. Detailed information is available on the tournament web site.
Team and Spectator Discipline: An ejected player is ineligible for their next scheduled game. An ejected coach or trainer is ineligible for the next scheduled game, regardless of team. A second red card to the same individual results in that person being expelled from the tournament. Any ejected player, coach or trainer must report to the complex tent or leave the complex. Violation could result in further game suspensions. In addition, any player or coach receiving a second caution in the tournament will be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game. All red cards will be reported to your State Association. The coach is responsible for the actions of verbal and physical ab\use of referees by his/her spectators. Such abuse will not be tolerated. Violations may result in termination of the game and further sanctions by the Tournament Director. Any individual that has been sent off must leave the field area within two minutes of the ejection or the game could be terminated by the referee with further sanctions added by the Tournament Director. Any coach who removes his/her team from the field during a game will cause the match to be abandoned by the referee and further sanctions may be added by the Tournament Director. If a player refuses to give his or her correct name when requested by a referee or Tournament Official, the referee crew will terminate the game and additional penalties could be imposed by the Tournament Director. Teams exhibiting poor sportsmanship will not be allowed to participate in subsequent Lonestar Soccer Club tournaments. Consumption of alcoholic beverages on tournament grounds is prohibited.
Team Protests and Appeals: There will be NO protest or appeals. Issues can be brought to the Tournament Directors attention, all referee decisions are final.
Matters Not Provided For: Any situation or questions on rules of competition not covered herein will be governed by USYSA and STYSA Administrative Rules books. Any matter not provided for in the Tournament rules or STYSA or USYSA rules shall be determined by the Tournament Director, whose decisions shall be final. Under no circumstances will Lonestar Soccer Club be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team. Tournament Director reserves the authority to revise these rules prior to team check-in on September 3, 2009. In the event that the tournament is cancelled in part or entirely, a refund of the entry fee (if any) or a portion of the entry fee (if any) will be determined by the Tournament Director and ALDC Committee after all expenses have been calculated.
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