2012 Halloween Classic Rules



Text Box: This document has been reviewed and was approved by the DTC for District _____ on   Date: __________________________.
The tournament is approved by District _____ and is sanctioned by the CYSA Board of Directors, US Youth Soccer and, if granted international status, has been sanctioned by USSF.INFORMATION AND RULES



1.     Tournament Information:

Name of Tournament:            Almaden Halloween Classic                                                                                               

Name of Hosting League:                        Almaden Valley Youth Soccer League                                                                       

Date of Tournament:            October 27-28, 2012                                                                                                           

Number of Teams:            64                                                                                                                                   

Age Group(s), Division(s) and Gender(s):            Class 3, GU10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and BU10, 11, 12, 13                                                         Approved to host teams from: CYSA _X__   US Youth Soccer State Associations _X__               Foreign Countries _____

Other Affiliates (specify)_____________________________________________________________________________

Tournament Website Address:                        www.almadensoccer.org                                                                                   


2.     Tournament Director Information:

Name:                        Lela Huenergardt                                                                                                                             

Mailing Address:                        1321 Crossgates Lane, San Jose, CA  95120                                                                       

Phone Number:            408-482-8179                                                 Fax Number:            408-997-8989                                                 

E-Mail Address:                        avyslclassic@yahoo.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

3.     Fees:

$__550.00_ per team

Check should be made payable to:             Almaden Valley Youth Soccer League (AVYSL)                                               

4.     Guest Player Policy:

___3____ (indicate number 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7) guest players will be accepted in this tournament

Guest players will be allowed in accordance with CYSA Guest Player Policies. An individual team may utilize no more than (0) approved guest players for this tournament.  At no time shall the number of players rostered to a team minus the number of number of players on the official team roster who will not participate in the specific event, plus the number of guest players being utilized for the specified event total more than 18 players.  Guest players are defined as players who are currently registered, but who are not listed as a rostered member of the team with which they are playing for the particular event. CYSA guest players may be from teams from any CYSA district. Teams other than CYSA teams must abide by the CYSA guest player policies.  Guest players must be listed on the team travel roster and have proper approval from their state association. Guest players attending a CYSA event with out-of-state or foreign teams must have a valid member pass, consent for medical treatment form, and be listed on the appropriate travel papers. Guest players must use credentials from the same season as those being used by the team with which they are playing


5.     Application Information and Deadline:

Tournament application deadline:                         September 4th                                                                       

Teams applying after the deadline may be considered only if there are any existing vacancies and if no timely applicants are rejected in order to accommodate a late application.  The tournament director will not consider applications if they do not contain the appropriate DTC stamp, if incomplete or if not accompanied by entry fees. In the instance that the tournament fills all brackets prior to the application deadline, the tournament reserves the right to declare that it is full and closed to applications.


Notification of team acceptance or rejection will be sent to every timely applicant by___September 11th_____________

A refund of the team’s entry fee (if submitted) will be included in notices sent to rejected teams




CYSA Form 2605 (Rev 10/05)


6.     Selection Process (check all that apply)

       First come first served

  X   Random selection of timely applicants

  X   Selection based on team’s win-loss record

  X   Selection based on geographic considerations that will provide opportunities for a variety of districts and/or states    

       Other criteria (specify)                                                                                                                                    


7.     Refund Policy (check all that apply):

______ No refunds after approved application has been received by tournament

__X___ No refunds after team has been formally accepted (AR list must be on file with CYSA office)

______ No refunds will be issued after _________________________

______ A refund of _____ will be given to teams withdrawing after accepted but at least two weeks prior to tournament

             Other (specify)                                                                                                                                                


8.     CYSA Withdrawal policy:

Any team withdrawing from the tournament must do so by a written notice sent certified mail, return receipt requested and postmarked no later than 14 days prior to the tournament start date.  Failure to do so may result in a minimum $300 team penalty assessed by CYSA as well as forfeiture of tournament entry fees)


9.     Locations:

Headquarters Location:            Morgan Hill Soccer Complex                                                                                               

List all playing sites:            Morgan Hill Soccer Complex                                                                                               


10.  Credentials Requirements: Credentials from the 2012/2013 season(s) will be accepted in this tournament.



For CYSA and US Youth Soccer Teams:

The following credentials must be presented at the mandatory team credentials check-in:

A.    A properly approved official team roster.


B.    Properly approved US Youth Soccer member passes from the same seasonal year for each player


C.    A properly completed membership form as approved by the State Association with the medical release and hold harmless declarations signed in original ink by the parent or guardian (or by the player in the instance where the player is 18 years of age) for each player and guest player.


D.    Each team must have at least one properly credentialed adult present on the sidelines of each match. 


E.    In addition to being checked at the pre-tournament credentials check-in, all members’ passes will be checked prior to the beginning of each match.



11.  Mandatory Credentials Check-In

Each team is required to have their team credentials checked in at a mandatory pre-tournament check in. 

Check in will be held at:

Location: Headquarter Booth at the Morgan Hill Soccer Complex                                                           

Date: October 27th, 2012                                    Time:                         60 minutes before your first game                                                          

Teams failing to attend the mandatory check-in without prior approval of the tournament director will forfeit their games






12.  Length of Games and Half Time period (list each age group):

Age Group Games                                 Preliminary Games                         Consolation and Championship Games

U10 and U11                   20 minutes halves/ 5 minute half time period         25 minutes halves/ 5 minute half time period

U12                               25 minutes halves/ 5 minute half time period         30 minutes halves/ 5 minute half time period

U13 thru U15                  30 minutes halves/ 5 minute half time period         35 minutes halves/ 5 minute half time period


In preliminary games ties will stand.  If a championship or consolation game is tied at the end of regulation play, two _5_ minute overtime periods will be played. If still tied at the completion of the overtime periods, the game will be decided by penalty kicks as per FIFA laws of the game.  At the discretion of the Tournament Committee, overtime periods may be shortened or eliminated if the game has been significantly delayed at the start.  The length of any game may be shortened to shorter but equal halves if the Tournament Committee deems it necessary due to field conditions, weather or darkness


13.  Mandatory Rest Periods

Teams and players must be given a minimum rest period of two hours between games.  The rest period will commence when a team’s or player’s match ends and will end when the team’s or player’s subsequent match begins.


14.  Substitutions:

Unlimited substitutions are allowed with referee approval in the following situations:

Prior to a throw in for one’s own team

Prior to a goal kick by either team

Prior to the restart of the game following a goal being scored by either team

Prior to the restart of the game for the second half

Prior to the beginning of an overtime period

Prior to the restart of the game following an injured player being removed from the field (either team may sub)

Prior to the restart of the game following a player being cautioned, the referee will give the coach the choice of substituting the cautioned player.  (The player could re-enter at his/her team’s next substitution opportunity.)


15.  Ejections:

Any player, coach assistant coach or registered team official who is sent off will automatically be suspended from their next game.  The send off report will be forwarded to the Tournament Director and Tournament Disciplinary Committee. Section 4:08 of the CYSA Bylaws will be used to assess the minimum mandatory penalties.  Additional penalties may be imposed. Send-off reports and member passes, which must retained if the penalty has not been served in its entirety, will be forwarded to the team’s District Commissioner.  Any additional disciplinary action over and above that assessed by the Tournament Committee will be at the discretion of the member’s District or CYSA disciplinary committees.


16.  Scoring System:

Maximum number of points allowable per game:             10           

__6___  Points for a win:           

__3___  Points for a tie:           

__1___  Bonus points for shutout win           

__0___  Bonus points for 0-0 ties                       

__1___  Points per goal (max 3)           

__2___  Points deducted for red cards           

__0___  Points deducted for excessive goal differential

            (deducted when winning team scores more goals than their opponent  in any one match)


Forfeited games will be scored as _2_ to 0 (_9_ points) in favor of the team that did not forfeit.  In the case a team withdrawing at the last minute or not showing, all preliminary games for that team will be scored as a forfeit.


17.  Tie Breaking Procedure:

In case of a tie in tournament points following the completion of preliminary games, the advancing team will be determined based on the following criteria in the order specified:


A.    Head to Head competition – team that won the head to head competition between the teams that are tied will advance (should there be a tie in tournament points between three or more teams, the tie-breaking procedure begins with #B below.) 


B.    When and if only two teams remain tied at any point while using this procedure, the order of tie breaking will recommence at #A above


C.    Team with the fewest losses advances


D.    Team with the highest goal differential advances (goals scored by a team minus goals allowed by a team, not to exceed a differential of 4 goals in any one match)


E.    Team with fewest goals allowed advances


F.     Team with most goals scored advances (not to exceed 4 goals counted for any one match)


G.    Team with fewest send-offs advances


H.    Kicks from the penalty spot as per FIFA rules.  The team with the most successful kicks advances



18.  Format:

__3__ Minimum games for each team in tournament (forfeited games will count in game minimum.)

_____ Teams per flight (optional)


19.  Preliminary play (check all that apply):

__X__  Each team in the flight will play the all other teams in their flight

_____  Each team will play all teams in the opposing flight

_____  Each team will play teams from within their own flight as well as cross-over games into opposing flight


20.  Awards:

Type of Awards: trophies _Team__ medals _Individual_ other (specify type of award) Individual Sweatshirts – 1st place           

Awards will be given in these categories                      1st _X__     2nd _X__      3rd __X__      4th __X__      5th ____     6th ____

Participation pins will be given to: (check all applicable):            each player _X___            coaches (2 per team) __X___

Programs will be given to (check all applicable):                         each player _X___            coaches (2 per team) __X___


21.  Start Times and Forfeitures:

Teams must be at the field __15__ minutes prior to the scheduled start time of their game in order to be checked in by referees or appointed tournament officials.  Games will be started within __7__ minutes of the designated start time.  If a team has not taken the field with a minimum of seven (7) players within the _7__ minute grace period, the game will be forfeited to the team that has taken the field with at least seven (7) players.  If neither team takes the field within the _7___ minute grace period, no points will be awarded to either team and the game will be declared a double forfeit.


The referee and/or Tournament Committee may terminate a game and award a forfeit if a team leaves the field during the game without the approval of the referee, the referee abandons a match due to excessive violent conduct and/or misconduct by the players, coaches or fans, or a team is deemed to be in gross violation of US Youth Soccer, CYSA, or rules of this tournament.


22.  Home Team:

The team listed first on the game schedule is the home team and shall have their choice of the side of the field.  Conflicts in jersey color will be resolved by the home team being required to change jerseys.  The referee will determine if there is a conflict in jersey colors or keeper jersey colors.  The home team will be responsible for providing the game card and the game ball.




23.  Sportsmanship and Conduct:

Good sportsmanship is expected of all teams, officials and fans.  Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players, staff, parents and affiliated spectators. 


24.  Injuries and Medical Assistance:

Any injuries must be reported to a tournament official so that an accident report form can be completed.  A tournament official will call 911 for an injury at the coach’s or parent’s request.



25.  Weather Conditions:

If deemed necessary by the Tournament Committee, games may be shortened or cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.


26.  Tournament Cancellation

If the tournament must be cancelled due to inclement weather, acts of civil disobedience, war, destruction of facilities or other circumstances deemed by the CYSA State Tournament Committee to be beyond the control of the hosting league, the tournament may retain up to 30% of the entry fee once the tournament’s expenses are verified and approved by the CYSA Tournament Committee Chairman.  Refunds of no less than 70% of the team’s entry fee will be postmarked and mailed to the teams within 45 days of the approved tournament date.


27.  Housing and Hotel Information:

Housing will not be provided.  The individual teams must arrange hotel accommodations.  A list of local hotels will be provided to accepted teams upon request.


28.  Prohibitions:

Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is expressly prohibited at any of the sport fields or complexes. Any team (including players, coaches, parents and affiliated spectators) found violating these rules will automatically forfeit all games played, face possible expulsion from the tournament and will not be invited to any future tournaments hosted by this league.


Dogs are prohibited at this tournament. 


Use of tobacco products is prohibited at this tournament.  Use of tobacco products on the grounds of any public school facility is a violation of California State Law.


Referees will be instructed to abandon a game if, after being asked to do so, any person affiliated with the team refuses to remove a dog from the area of the soccer field, or if after being asked to do so, any person affiliated with the team refuses to cease the use of tobacco products in the area of the soccer field.


All Portable Shelters (EZ ups, tents, etc.) must be secured with either stakes or sandbags.


29.  Tournament Committee:

The tournament committee shall consist of the Tournament Director and any other pre-designated Tournament Officials.