Friday, January 27, 2012

The Invitation to Tomah Open 2012



Regulations, GUIDELINES

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Information - Tomah Open


Date, Time and Location: Tomah High School, Saturday and Sunday April 14-15 th. Any Middle school Teams and Elementary teams play Sunday 15th - other teams Saturday the 14th. 2012, from 10.30 AM. First game tentatively starts at 11.00 AM. The number of conferences will be decided upon number of teams in each conference. Conferences might be merged, too.
LAST day to sign up March 26th.
Game format: 3 on 3 players plus one goalie (exception in advanced conference see below), regulation size nets with goalie and max. 3 (4 in advanced conf) subs per team - max number of players in a team is 7 (9 in advanced), time per game approx. 20-40 minutes in total divided in two half's, depending on the number of teams participating. The idea is that with a relatively low number of players on the field there will be more need for substitutes and more goals - so this may be slightly more strenuous as Your normal practice. At this venue it is possible to play 4 on 4 - but with the idea to have several short games and more scoring - it is preferred to play 3 on 3. The Advanced conference play on a slightly larger venue - 4 on 4 with Goalies.  The SIL league in Sweden is very successful, as they play according to this concept. No, un-decided games - if a draw at full time a shot-out with 3+3 penalties until one team wins.

Team Format: Both Female and Male players welcome, players must be at least be 14 years old or at least be in the freshmen year at High School for conferences Saturday 14th.
On Saturday April 14th we play teen adults in three conferences: A) Rec - Floorball, B) Intermediate and C) Advanced. The teams themselves decide upon their own strength. A conference is open if 3 teams or more sign up. If not enough teams in one conference teams in this group will be moved to higher conference. For the advanced conference - we will play 4 0n 4 with goalie on a slightly larger court (still not full size Floorball). Max subs here four so max team size is fixed at 9 players.
Sunday April 15th, we play three school conferences; Elementary, Middle school/Junior High, and High school. The elementary conference and the middle school conference play four on four with small nets and no goalie. In case of not enough teams for a conference in the two youngest conferences - these will be merged to one conference. In case of not enough High school teams any team from this group will merge to the Recreational conference - and instead play on April 14th - the Saturday - one day earlier. So any High school team must verify on what day to play on - as soon as the sign up dead-line has passed. N.B. High school teams are allowed to sign up directly in the rec conference too if they prefer to do so.

Referees/Rules: Mr. Aaron Fiedler, from Wausau will be Head of Referees as well as head of instructions about the rules being used. Rules will mainly be in accordance to regular Floorball rules with minor simplifications. We aim to mark crease for goalies as well as perhaps height marks on the walls for balls going too high (tentative). We plan to educate and hire referees from Soccer and or other sports.
All players must show these NEW referees full respect and accept their judgement. Remember this is refs with experience from other sports - they still are new to Floorball.

Meetings: Before the tournament (or each conference) a quick referee meeting where the Head Ref will go through the rules used for the tournament - all assigned refs are mandated to participate. Directly followed by a short 5 minute “all players meeting”.
A quick ceremony for the winners after the tournament is the aim.

Team Sign Up: Any team listed in one conference a previous year may not sign up for a lower conference. The last sign up date and day for post stamped team fees to Tomah Parks & Rec. is March 26th, 2012. You may start to sign up today.

Enclosed Team information form - MUST BE FILLED IN -and Check or Cash is to be mailed to:
The enclosed Team information form - we also hope to post online at this address
http://www.floorballcentral.org/p/tomah-open.html

Fee: 10 dollars per player (makes this also America’s most affordable tourney we think). Elementary and Middle school teams pay $5 per player.

The City of Tomah
The Director of Parks and Rec
819 Superior Avenue
Tomah, WI 54660

The valid team sign up must include the following items:
A) Team Name, including the name of the leader or coach
B) Team Roster i.e., Player Names (4-7) (for Advanced teams 5-9 players), including assigned goalie(s) - two assigned per team
C) Shirt Color
D) Paid Fee 10 dollars per signed up player, min. sign up fee per team $40
E) Team email contact and phone number
F) Indication if you can pick up a “free agent” to your team or not
G) Your own rating of the team from “recreational - to - advanced”

We do not ask players to have a numbered shirt or Jersey - but it is good if this is possible. Pennies are supposed to be provided.

Free Agents: Some players may not be able to form a full team so we may also try to form a pool of free Agents and as soon as we have 4  - to 7 players - these may be assigned to a “united” team. We can at this stage not promise that this will work - but we do want to accommodate for players without a full team. Free agents must pay and sign up to The City of Tomah in the same way as a team - with names on the roster.

Goalies: Goalies will not be allowed to play without a good face mask. Goalie equipment may be scarce - in particular for more recreational aimed teams. So if any team have extra pants, cups, elbow or knee pads, hockey helmets with face cage or other good equipment - please maybe You want to bring this so others may share, if possible?  Floorball goalie equipment is preferred.
Using Hockey gear or similar You may have elbow pads, a cup, a big Hockey style Jersey and preferably a thicker Shirt to have under, a helmet and face-mask - if You add good knee pads for Volley ball (not the best to recommend, but a basic and “become sore” solution) - maybe a good pair of garden gloves - in principle - then You only need to find a pair of long padded pants to be fully set. In worse case a team with no Goalie, that wants to play may be tentatively considered to “borrow” a Goalie from other teams - but we do want to avoid this and prefer that each team use their own goalie.
NB, Last year one team goalie used hard shell knee pads - from Hockey or similar. This is not allowed under any circumstances since it scratches the floor and we might not be able to run this tourney again!

Boards: No boards, we will use the walls.

Tournament format: Depends on number of teams signed up in each conference - but the intention is to have all players to play at least 1,5 hours of Floorball, divided into a group round and a set of finals. Minimum four games for a team is the aim but not guaranteed. This is to be announced in more detail at a later stage as the deadline for sign up is past due and we have the final number of participating teams. The number of teams and how we divide these into groups or even conferences, length of games etc will all determine the tournament format. It is crucial that You rate your team as recreational, intermediate or advanced - this will help us decide on the tournament format.
This is what we wrote last year - “We do think we will have in-between 4 -10 teams - but this is up to you. How many teams can you send? Above 12 teams we will reach the limit.” We had 12 teams. For this year we hope for 12-16 teams but it would not surprise us if we have 20 teams.
Our solution is to use the best possible attitude we may have.

Doping, Swearing and Code of Conduct: As a gentleman's (and woman's) agreement - no doping. But if someone obviously is under influence of a substance or in other ways disturb this activity or do not follow the rules at the venue or not use a normal code of conduct he/she will be asked to leave the premises immediately. The referee is responsible for misconduct related to his/hers “own” game - game misconduct is to be reported to head ref. Mr. Fiedler.

Awards: Most of the tournament fee will go towards nets/goals for Tomah. But we will try to aim at producing a T-shirt and at least something more special for the Champions. At this point we do not dare to make any promises at all in this respect. It would be great if Chicago could bring back the Trophy - so we could pass it on to the new winner in the Advanced conference.

Insurance: Any player or team is not insured or protected by the Tomah Parks and Rec department or by anyone else related to this activity - in case of an accident or other mishap. All players teams must rely on their own solutions, insurance etc and assume their own risk related to participate in this activity.

Miscellaneous: A Goalie may double up, that is play goalie in one team and play as a field player on another team. This to help more teams to have access to a goalie. Assigned field players may only play for one team. As a goalie is supposed to play a game between “both” his/hers teams - he/she must assume the primary goalie position.
The Rooster for a team can be changed until before the game starts as long as any new players pay their fee. Any paid fees will not be refundable.

We plan to run concessions during Saturday 15th. With Hot Dogs, Home baked items and stuff. We will also have a little mini Floorball store up and for other activities - we are open to all your suggestions.
We hope to find someone to sing the national anthem and we will invite the Tomah Mayor to come and inaugurate this years tournament, lets see if that all works ;-)

Expectations: We dream of more teams and that we have a few teams that travels even a bit further this time ;-)

Purpose: The main purpose is to have fun and come together. If we at the same time can determine the first ever very in-official Mid-West Floorball Champion “SIL-Style” - and maybe a “Rec Conference” and “Intermediate Champion” too - lets do it!
You are Invited and we look forward to see You  - and Good Luck to You All!

Questions: ulfjens@gmail.com or 608-377-2217. Further information will be sent out as soon as the deadline is past due, we have the valid email list for participating teams and we have shaped the format of the tournament, in groups, conferences or how we design the tourney based upon the teams signed up. ETA about one week before the tournament. By pasting the following link into a browser you should not get lost. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=highschool&ie=UTF8&hl=en&t=h&sll=43.977746,-90.516701&sspn=0.019116,0.033088&rq=1&ev=zi&radius=0.99&split=1&hq=highschool&hnear=&ll=43.97753,-90.512238&spn=0.019888,0.033088&z=15
You may print your own directions. A) Marks Tomah High School in the map as of above.


Disclaimer: Anything and all in this invitation may change without further notice. This is mainly a presentation on what we aim for. We do appreciate your input on this, see questions as of above.

Sincerely

M Borg, AFiedler & J Protz

Tomah Fury (a possible future club),
The Wisconsin Floorball Federation (an interim board is forming)
The City of Tomah, Parks & Rec.

NB: The form to fill in is posted below this post!
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

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