Saturday, January 25, 2014

Full Invitation Midwest Floorball Championship 2014 (1st Ed)


INVITATION



Rules and regulations for the 2014 Midwest Floorball Championship.

REGISTRATIONS OPEN FEBRUARY 1st 

REGISTER BEFORE APRIL 2ND TO PAY COST EFFICIENT PRICE OF 75 USD PER TEAM

 LATE FEE $20 PER PLAYER - FINAL REGISTRATION OF TEAMS CLOSE APRIL 15TH

All U need to know for  2014



Date, Time and Location: Tomah High School, Saturday & Sunday May 3-4th 2014.  from 10.30 AM. First games tentatively starts at 11.00 AM.

General Plan: This Year a new Female only conference is introduced. The number of conferences will be decided upon number of teams in each conference. Conferences might be merged. Previous years the conferences formed as a Rec conf and an Advanced conf. More teams might open up an intermediate conference, or a High School or a Hockey team conference too. The female conference need a minimum of two signed up teams. Other tentative conferences need a minimum of 3 teams.

Game format: 4 on 4 players plus goalies, regulation size nets with goalie and 4 subs per team, recommendation to have at least 2 subs per team - max number of players in a team is 9, time per game approx. 20-40 minutes in total divided in two half's, game times may depend on the number of teams participating.  No, undecided games - if a draw at full time a shot-out with 3+3 penalties in first round, then one by one, until one team wins.

Team Format: Both Female and Male players welcome on co-ed teams (exception female only conference), players must be at least be 14 years old or at least be in the freshmen year at High School. We are open for youth conferences too if coaches bring forward teams/players and are willing to officiate and organize such tourney conferences.

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. A. Buvarp, from USA Floorball and Colorado will be Head of Referees as well as head of instructions about the rules being used. A separate reffing clinic will be held tentatively 8 AM in the morning, before the tournament.

NEW for this YEAR: All Clubs must contribute with one referee. We think this will make the tourney more fair since earlier most referees have been from Tomah. NB The intention is to rule stick checking much more diligently than before. Rules will mainly be in accordance to regular Floorball rules with minor possible simplifications. We aim to mark crease for goalies..
We are HOPE that one court will be equipped with a regulation floorball board system, being slightly smaller than a regulation size court. We STRONGLY recommend the youth below age of 17 in any conference to use protective eye wear- as mandated at places in Europe.


Meetings: Before the tournament (or each conference) a quick referee meeting. 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 coaches meeting”.
A lightning fast ceremony for the winners after the tournament is aimed for too. Formal complaints may be brought forward to the head ref after games for an additional fee of USD 50. This fee is non-refundable. In case a formal complaint is filed after a game a separate ref meeting is called for this single matter of discussion and a decision. We want to avoid this procedure by all our means.


Team Sign Up: An identical winning 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 April 2nd  or 15th, 2014 see information above.


Player Fee: 75 $ per team (makes this America’s most cost efficient tourney we think). Elementary and Middle school teams pay $50 per team - in case such conferences would emerge. A conference with females only - would not cost extra for players playing on other teams. Females playing only in the female conference pay $10 per player.


Check or Cash is to be mailed payable to:
The City of Tomah
The Director of Parks and Rec
819 Superior Avenue
Tomah, WI 54660


Mark the envelope 2014 MFC


Basic Team information form - MUST BE FILLED IN - see further below


The valid team sign up must include a valid and dated signature as well as the following information:
A) Team Name, including the name of the leader/coach and Referee
B) Team Roster i.e., Player Names (5-9 players), including assigned goalie(s) - two assigned per team
C) Shirt Color
D) Paid Team Fee $75, or the late sign-up fee $20, per player
E) Team email contact and phone number
F) Team Referee Name
G) Volunteer Indication if you can pick up a “free agent” to your team or not
H) Your own rating of the team from “Recreational - via Intermediate up to - Advanced”.
I) Teams belonging to Youth Hockey Clubs, High Schools or Middle School/Elementary school mark this too. These special conferences will be created only when three teams or more exist in each group. Youth Hockey Clubs with players 14 and above of age and High School teams will if less teams exist in this group be playing in the recreational conference. Younger school teams will not be playing if less than three teams sign up. Young school teams are subject to the mandatory use of protective eyewear for all players.
- You may sign up filling in the information as of above - via email to ulfjens@gmail.com

Payments can also be paid at the venue before the games - as long as you have signed up according to deadlines and can in print show your date of the sign-up. We CAN not add new teams after the final sign-up deadline.
We do not demand players to have a numbered shirt or Jersey - but it is good if this is possible. Pennies may 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 not promise that this will work - but we do want to accommodate for players without a full team and this has worked before. Free agents must pay and sign up to The City of Tomah in the same way as a team - with names on a roster. Free players pay $20.

Goalies: Goalies will not be allowed to play without a good face mask/helmet. Floorball goalie equipment is preferred.

HINTS: 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 hockey helmet and face-mask - if You add good knee pads from Volley ball (not the best to recommend, but a basic solution) - maybe a good pair of thin gloves - in principle - then You only need to find a pair of long padded pants to be fully set as a goalie.

NB, two years ago one team goalie used hard shell knee pads - from Baseball. This is not allowed under any circumstances since it might scratch the floor.

Boards: We are almost certain at this point that one venue will have real Floorball regulation boards, on other courts we will use the walls with some use of soft ice dividers from Tomah Hockey. Remember if you play Floorball close to a wall and you fall into it I can be a very hard fall. Play carefull close to all 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 100% 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 four years ago - “We do think we will have in-between 4 -10 teams - but this is up to you. How many teams can you send?”

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 the head ref..

Awards: Most of the tournament fee will go towards the rent for real boards and the transportation of these. But we will try to aim at producing a T-shirt and at least something more for the Champions. At this point we do not dare to make any further promises. It would be great if Chicago and Tomah could bring back the Trophies - so we could pass the glory on to the new winners.

Insurance: Players and teams are not insured or protected by the Tomah Parks and Rec department, by Tomah Fury 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 according to Wisconsin statues. This is why we need a signature on the sign up.

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 in principle only play for one team, any exceptions must go through the Tournament Director. If 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 have paid their fee. Paid fees will not be refundable.

We plan to run concessions during both days and this is also a way to fund balls and the rinks we plan to use. No carry in food, please! We will also have a little mini Floorball store up and for other activities - we are open to all your suggestions.



In case of a few teams signed up this will be a one day tournament. But that will most likely not happen. The two day tournament will also include a social evening at a local pub Saturday evening.


We plan to sing the National Anthem(s) before the tourney.


Expectations: We think we will have more teams than ever before and we hope to have a few teams that travel even a bit further ;-)


Purpose: The main purpose is to have fun, to get better at this and come together.


Questions: ulfjens@gmail.com or 608-377-2217. Further information will be sent out as soon as the deadline is past due, when 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 of final planning 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
Incase of many teams we might expand and use two venues. But at this point we think two days at the same venue will cover our needs.


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.


You have just been invited!



Tomah Fury &

The City of Tomah, Parks & Rec.



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SIGN UP FORM

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Team Name:___________________________________________________



Team Strength,    A) Advanced____    B) Intermediate____    C) Recreational____


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Special Team Conferences,    1) Female only____    2) Hockey Clubs____                  


3) High School teams (teachers invited to play too)____    


4) Middle school ages co-ed 12-14____     5) Elementary Ages____ 7-11


In case of signing up for Special Conferences - still the strength rating must be filled in. Special conferences 3,4 and 5 must use protective eye wear.  We recommend all players to use protective eye wear. We STRONGLY recommend the youth below age of 17 in any team to use protective eye wear- as mandated at places in Europe.


Team Shirt Color:_____________________________________________________


Team Captain:_______________________________________________________


Player:_____________________________________________________________


Player:_____________________________________________________________


Player:_____________________________________________________________


Player:_____________________________________________________________


Player:_____________________________________________________________


Player:_____________________________________________________________



Player/ Sub Goalie____________________________________________________



Goalie_____________________________________________________________



Referee____________________________________________________________



SIGNATURE FOR THIS TEAM____________________________________________________

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Caution

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.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!