Chocolatetown ShootoutTM
P.O. Box 10993
Lancaster, PA 17605
(877) 265-2944

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Rules

CREDENTIALS

Each team must submit to the Tournament Committee their credentials to include medical release form for each player, and an official team roster for verification. These credentials should be submitted to the Tournament Committee and/or their designated representatives.

DIRECTORS

No protests will be entertained. The tournament directors, who will have the right to exclude a team, coach, player(s), or parent(s) not acting in accordance with the tournament rules or policies, will handle all penalties. The decision of the directors is final.

ALCOHOL & TOBACCO POLICY

All spectators, players, and coaches are expected to respect the tournament rules, facility rules, and any applicable local, state, and federal laws. This includes the prohibition of alcohol and tobacco products from being used/consumed on school property. Any violators will be reported to the Tournament Directors and will be subject to expulsion from the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Directors. The Tournament Directors thank all fans and participants for their cooperation.

RULES

The Tournament will be played in accordance with applicable rules, with the following additions and exceptions.

 

Chocolatetown Shootout Rules

 

I. In General

 

1.

All teams must register within their correct age division and competition level.  Teams that misrepresent themselves will be forfeited out of all trophy competition.

 

2.

All teams must have their completed roster submitted prior to their first game.  There are no drops or adds after the roster has been received. Teams that do not have a roster on file prior to the competition will be subject to disqualification from trophy competition.

 

3.

If the tournament is canceled in whole or shortened in part for any reason, including inclement weather or any other "Act of God," no refunds will be given.

 

4.

The Tournament Committee, CML, Inc., its officers, employees and staff will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team, club or organization if the tournament is canceled in whole or in part. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the operation of the tournament and its judgment is final.

 

 

 

II. Details of Play

 

1.

Most teams will play four games. Total number of games will be determined by the size of the division and whether or not semi-final and final games are needed. Play-offs will be scheduled in divisions composed of 6 or more teams.

 

2.

Tournament and All-Star teams are not precluded from the competition. All of the above teams will be assigned to the highest competition level available.

 

3.

This is a trophy tournament. Team awards will be given to the first place team in each competition level.

 

4.

Final registration will determine tournament brackets.

 

5.

The registration fee includes referee fees.

 

6.

Age groupings will be divided into multiple competition levels whenever possible.  (A, B, C, etc.)

 

7.

All applications will be reviewed regarding placement into competitive levels. 

The tournament committee's placement decisions are final.

 

8.

All rosters must be on file with the tournament director 10 days prior to your first game.  Any team that participates without filing a roster and receives a challenge will receive a forfeit for any games played.

Teams, which do not have completed roster/waiver forms on file, will forfeit out of trophy competition.
Teams MUST use the official Roster/Release Form.

 

9.

All players must be age appropriate.  Age is determined by calendar year.  Coaches must be prepared to present age verification at all times during the tournament.  
Failure to produce age verification (within a time period specified by the tournament committee) will result in the game in which the challenge took place being declared a forfeit and any other games played until verification is produced will be recorded as forfeits.  If a team is challenged, and is found not to have a roster on file with the tournament committee, all games played up to the challenge be declared forfeits.

Tourney staff may grant age waivers for players at their discretion- traditionally waivers are granted for U-11 & U-9 players born in the subject December.

 

10.

Maximum roster size is 28 players.

 

11.

Any team that uses an illegal player at any time in the tournament will be suspended immediately.  All games played will be recorded as 1-0 forfeits.
Any team that is suspended will be allowed to play any remaining round robin games.  All additional games played will be counted as 1-0 forfeit losses.  A suspended team will be disqualified from semis, finals and championship games and from all awards.

RULES OF PLAY

All Rules will be established by NFHS unless otherwise noted here.

  1. Playing time will consist of 2 twenty minute running halves with a 5 minute half time. Games will begin promptly on the hour.
  2. Timeouts will consist of one 45 second timeout per team per half. Playing time stops with each timeout.
  3. The four goal rule will be in effect at all times - if a team is leading by 4 or more goals, the faceoff will be eliminated and the ball awarded to the trailing team at mid field. The only exception to this rule will be to begin the second half.
  4. There will be no stick checks unless requested by the opposing coach, and if the stick is found not to be illegal, the challenging team will be charged a time out. If no timeout remains, a delay of game technical foul will be assessed.
  5. No Overtime in regular play. Sudden victory overtime will be used to decide all ties in playoff games.
  6. Players may only compete for one team during the tournament.
  7. Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to compete in any playoff games.
  8. All forfeits will be considered a 4-2 victory for the team that is prepared to play.
  9. Any coach or fan ejected from a game or field during the tournament will be prohibited from coaching or watching any other games in the tournament.
  10. COUNT:

    U15 – 10 second counts when ball crosses midline. 4 Second out of the crease. NO 20 second clear.  Keep it in under 2min.  4 goal differential, down team gets ball at mid.  No OT except Sunday Playoffs. 1 45sec TO per team per half.

    U13 – NO 20 second clear.  Keep it in under 2min.  4 goal differential, down team gets ball at mid.  No OT except Sunday Playoffs. 1 45sec TO per team per half.

    U11 – NO 20 second clear.  Keep it in under 2min.  4 goal differential, down team gets ball at mid.  No OT except Sunday Playoffs. 1 45sec TO per team per half.

IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING RULES, THE REFEREE'S DECISION ON THE FIELD WILL BE THE FINAL RULING.


SCHEDULING AND SCORING

Please check your schedules before leaving for the tournament.  Schedules may change at any time.

  1. Points will be awarded after each game, 5 points for a win, 2 points for a tie and 0 points for a loss.
  2. In the event of inclement weather and cancellation of games. Each canceled game will be scored as a 4-2 WIN for BOTH teams. No attempts will be made to reschedule canceled games.
  3. Ties will be broken in the following manner:
    1. Head to head play
    2. Most wins
    3. Fewest goals allowed
    4. Total point differential in first three games (not to exceed +3 or –3 in any game)
    5. Coin toss (team coming second in alphabet will call the toss)
  4. All ties in playoff games will be decided immediately by a sudden victory period.

Scorecards will be held by the referees for each game. At the end of the game the ref will record the official score and sign it. Any questions regarding the score should be addressed at this time.  Once the scorecard is turned in at the registration table the score is considered official and no changes will be made.  It is the coach's responsibility to ensure that the correct score is recorded.  The scorecards will be turned in at the registration table at each field.

Each team should be prepared to provide a roster if requested. Each team should be prepared to provide a complete roster with all players at any time. This roster will include name, jersey number, phone, complete address, date of birth and school. It should be identical to the roster submitted to the Chocolatetown Shootout administration upon entry into the tournament.

 

 

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