MARCH INTO CUPS, A BIMBO B-ACTIVE SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Buckingham United Soccer Club is the travel soccer program of the Central Bucks Athletic Association (CBAA), which is one of the largest youth sport organizations serving the greater Doylestown and Bucks County area.
This year, our two-day tournament takes place on March 19 and 20 (inclement weather date: May 14 and 15).
We are offering a variety of advertising opportunities that give your business great exposure to our entire membership of over 3,300 local families, plus the over 12,000 visitors who participate in our tournament. We offer something for every budget with program ads starting as low as $60, up to a Premier Tournament Sponsorship of $5,000 that will keep your business in front of our membership 12 months a year.
Tournament Program Ads - Our tournament booklet, which is viewed by the attendees all weekend, includes field maps, rules, other tournament information, and ads placed by parents to acknowledge their sons or daughters. We strongly suggest incorporating a coupon into your advertisement in order to track the effectiveness of your advertisement in the tournament booklet.
Website Banners - Our websites get tens of thousands of hits a year and is visited by all participants to check for game schedules, directions to fields, game and standings results etc. We can also link your ads to your company’s website and maximize your exposure.
Field and Facility Signs
E-mail Campaigns - Target our entire membership and all tournament participants.
Here are some of the benefits you will receive from advertising/sponsorship:
Business on game weekend from visitors looking to eat or just fill the time between games over two or three days.
Captive audience of over 3,300 local residents and over 10,000 visitors on game days.
Links from our website to yours!
Direct contact through e-mail campaigns with our membership who frequent merchants who support their child’s sport organization.
Brand and customer loyalty by your visible support of the children in our community that you cannot get from other advertising media. Not to mention, CBAAis a non-profit volunteer run organization, providing services to thousands of local children.
Come join the CBAA Family and help support thousands of local children and families.
Note: Email your ad in .JPG format to MIC@cbaasports.org and be sure to include your name, so we can match up credit card payment.
Thank you for entering your team in the Buckingham United Tournament to be held on March 19 and 20 (inclement weather date of May 14 & 15). We hope that this tournament will provide a good ‘warm up’ for your team to enter into the Cups this spring.
If you have any suggestions and/or comments regarding your tournament experience, please pass them on so that we can continue to enhance our tournament experience for you. All comments can be sent to Tournament Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. GENERAL RULES
1.1. The Tournament Committee’s interpretation of the rules shall be final and the Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament.
1.2. The Tournament Committee, Buckingham United and CBAA will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by and team, club or individual if the Tournament is cancelled in whole or part.
1.3. All teams are responsible for their own insurance. In case of injury during travel to/from, or while participating in the tournament, the Tournament Committee, Buckingham United and CBAA will not be liable.
1.4. No pets, alcoholic beverages, or profane/abusive language or behavior are permitted during the tournament.
1.5. March Into Cups is a "patch" tournament and teams are expected to participate in the customary handshake and exchange of patches following each match.
2.1. You must register your team:
2.1.1. On-line by scanning all relevant document, players card, etc. and emailing to email@example.com , two days prior to the start of tournament. In order to be registered on-line, you must receive a receipt confirming your registration and must be able to present this receipt during all games if asked.
2.2. Guest players are limited to 5.
2.3. Players may only be rostered for one team and may only play for that team during the tournament.
2.4. If you need exceptions or clarifications to this policy, please call prior to the tournament date for possible submission to the Tournament Committee.
3.1. All participating teams must be currently registered with their state association.
3.2. Teams may consist of the following maximum number of players
3.2.1. U12 (8v8) and under - 14 Players
3.2.2. U12 (11v11) & up - 18 Players
3.3. Players may only be rostered for one team and may only play for that team during the tournament.
4. GAME INFORMATION
4.1. The Home team as designated on official schedule will have choice of side to start the game.
4.2. The Visiting team, as designated on the official schedule will have the tap at beginning of the game.
4.3. Teams may warm up in practice areas away from the playing fields. There will be no warm up on the field between games unless there is no game immediately prior to the game.
4.4. At the conclusion of each game, a field marshal game sheet must be filled out, signed by both coaches and the referee, and returned to the site headquarters.
4.5. Both teams will stand on the same side of the field, with parents and fans on the opposite side of the field. No one is allowed behind either end line.
5.1. Please contact a field marshal if you need assistance. Dependent upon the locality requirements, the appropriate medical assistance will be provided.
5.2. No PETS, alcoholic beverage or profane language or behavior will be permitted on site during the tournament.
5.3. Casts, either hard or soft will be permitted only at the referee's discretion. Permission to play with a cast may be revoked during the game at referee's discretion.
6. REFUND POLICY
6.1. The Tournament Committee will determine all refund amounts for the event.
6.1.1. The Tournament Committee will be comprised of the Tournament Directors, Buckingham United Soccer Club Executive Board of Directors, and other individuals that the tournament Directors may appoint.
6.2.There will be no refund for teams withdrawing from the tournament after they are accepted and sanctions may be placed against your team regarding their ability to participate in future tournaments for failure to play.
6.2.1.Teams will be accepted through www.gotsoccer.com by the tournament committee. Your team status may be found on the website.
6.2.2.A full and complete refund will be given to any team that is not accepted.
6.2.3.Any other refund prior to the acceptance date is subject to handling fees.
22.214.171.124.These handling fees include but are not limited to bank fees, mail and time spent to issue the refund.
126.96.36.199.The exact amount will be determined by the Tournament Committee.
6.3.In the event of tournament cancellation due to inclement weather or other unforeseen event, the rain dates will be Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 for and no other monetary refunds will be issued ... except... Any Team that is verified to still be in State Cups will be given a FULL Refund and $100 credit for next year as a Congratulations from BUSC for making State Cups Finals. Spring league game conflicts or other conflicts will NOT qualify for refund. However, we will do our best to schedule around Spring league games but, again... Spring League game conflicts will NOT qualify for refund.
6.3.1.March Into Cups Tournament and Buckingham United Soccer Club are not responsible for any expenses incurred by any team in the event the tournament is canceled in whole or part, or in the event games are discontinued or canceled due to forfeit for any reason, foreseen or unforeseen.
7. LAWS OF THE GAME
7.1.All EPYSA and USYSA rules apply except as those specifically noted below.
7.1.1.Substitutions will be allowed on the other teams throw in, if the other team is making substitutions.
7.1.2.Coaches must carry their player passes and medical release forms with them during each game and provide it to the referee and/or tournament representative upon request.
7.1.3.All uniforms must be numbered.
7.1.4.Where uniform colors are similar, the home team, as designated on the schedule must change colors.
7.1.5.Players are REQUIRED to wear shin guards in accordance with FIFA laws of the game.
7.1.6.Unless provided by the Tournament, the home team will supply the game ball.
7.1.7.It is the referee’s discretion to make a player change or replace equipment they consider dangerous.
8.1.Games for U12 age groups and younger will consist of 25-minute halves and a 5-minute half-time break.
8.2.U13 & up – These games will consist of 30-minute halves and a 5-minute half-time break.
8.3.There will be no overtime periods.
8.4.Each half will be a running clock with no stoppage except in the event of serious injury at the referee’s discretion.
8.5.Playoff/championship games will be of the same duration. In the event of a tie, the winner shall be determined by penalty kicks as per FIFA rules.
9.1.A minimum of seven (7) players constitutes a team. At game time, the referee shall allow only a 5-minute grace period for a team to supply the seven-player minimum. If the minimum number of players is not present at the end of that grace period, the referee shall declare a forfeit. The forfeit shall be counted as a 1-0 win for the opponent.
10.1.No protests will be accepted.
11.1.Players, coaches, parents and spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a sportsman-like manner at all times. Conduct shall be within the spirit of the game as well as the rules of the game. Field marshals and representatives of the Tournament Committee have absolute discretion in removing any player, coach, team, or spectator that does not conduct themselves within these parameters.
11.1.1.The coach will be held responsible for the actions of any individual(s) at any match that in the opinion of the referee is a supporter of that team.
11.2.Any player given a caution (yellow card) must leave the field of play (substitution allowed) at the time of caution. The player may be reinserted at the next available stoppage that would allow for substitution by that team. Two yellow cards to the same player in the same game shall constitute a red card, see section 11.3.
11.3.Any player or coach awarded a red card may not be replaced and is suspended for the next tournament game. A coach dismissed from the game must leave the field after supplying his/her coach’s pass to the referee.
11.4.No abusive or profane language or behavior is permitted on the field.
12. DETERMINATION OF BRACKET STANDINGS
12.1.Standings will be determined using the following point system:
12.1.1.Three (3) points for each win, or a game forfeited to them
12.1.2.One (1) point for each tie
12.1.3.Zero (0) points for each loss
12.2.The bracket winner shall be the team with the most points at the end of play.
12.3.In the event of a tie between two teams within a bracket, the following criteria shall be used – in the order presented. In the event of a three way tie, the head to head will be discarded.
12.3.1.Head to Head competition
12.3.2.Goal differential – with a maximum of 3 goals difference for each game
12.3.3.Fewest goals allowed
12.3.4.Most goals scored up to a maximum of 5 goals per game
188.8.131.52.In the event three teams are still tied and require PKs, a round robin PK will take place (AvB, AvC, BvC) The A team will be the team listed first on the official standings and the B team the second one. Each team will receive three (3) points for each win in PKs and zero (0) for a loss.
184.108.40.206.If after the completion of a round robin there is still a tie, the tie breaker shall be
220.127.116.11.1.Most Goals scored in Round Robin PKs
18.104.22.168.2.Fewest goals allowed in Round Robin PKs
13.1. Medals/Trophies will be awarded to the first and second place team in each bracket.
13.2. Participation awards will be given to all U9 and U10 teams who are required to receive them in accordance with their home state's soccer association regulations.
13.3. In brackets with 4 teams, each team will play a three game round robin schedule. The first and second place teams will play in the division championship game.
13.4. In brackets with 5 teams, each team will play a four game round robin schedule. The first and second place teams will be determined by points, and if needed the tie-breakers as described in section 12.3.
13.5. In brackets with 6 teams, there will be two flights of three teams. Each team will play two games within their flight. The first and second place teams in each flight will play a semi-final match. The third place teams will play a consolation game. The winners of the semi-final games will play in the division championship game.
13.6. In brackets with 7 teams, a selected team will play four games but the fourth game shall not count towards that team’s standings, as the purpose of them playing is to give the other team a third game. First and second place shall be determined by total points, and if needed the tie-breakers as described in section 12.3.
13.7. In brackets with 8 teams, there will be two flights of four teams. Each team will play three games within their flight. The winners of each flight will play in the division championship game.
14.1. In the event of severe weather, the tournament committee shall have the authority to
14.1.1. Change game sites and/or shorten, by up to 50%, the duration of games.
14.1.2. Consider a game official and the score will stand if at least one half of a game has been played and the referee decides to suspend play due to weather conditions.
14.1.3. Cancel any preliminary game(s) having no bearing on the selection of division winners.
14.1.4. Every effort will be made to complete the tournament as scheduled. If it cannot be completed, the tournament will be completed on the rain date.
15.1. All vendors shall bear an identification badge supplied by the tournament. Non-approved third parties are prohibited from the tournament grounds. Violators will be prosecuted at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.
•The Tournament Committee will determine all refund amounts for the event.
•The Tournament Committee will be comprised of the Tournament Directors, Buckingham United Soccer Club Executive Board of Directors, and other individuals that the tournament Directors may appoint.
•There will be no refund for teams withdrawing from the tournament after they are accepted and sanctions may be placed against your team regarding their ability to participate in future tournaments for failure to play.
•Teams will be accepted through www.gotsoccer.com by the tournament committee. Your team status may be found on the website.
•A full and complete refund will be given to any team that is not accepted.
•Any other refund prior to the acceptance date is subject to handling fees.
•These handling fees include but are not limited to bank fees, mail and time spent to issue the refund.
•The exact amount will be determined by the Tournament Committee.
•In the event of tournament cancellation due to inclement weather or other unforeseen event, the rain dates will be Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 for and no other monetary refunds will be issued ... except... Any Team that is verified to still be in State Cups will be given a FULL Refund and $100 credit for next year as a Congratulations from BUSC for making State Cups Finals. Spring league game conflicts or other conflicts will NOT qualify for refund. However, we will do our best to schedule around Spring league games but, again... Spring League game conflicts will NOT qualify for refund.