Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Main Tournament Document 2016 MidWest Floorball Championship, update Jan 1st

2016 Midwest Floorball Championship

REGISTRATION OPENS January 1st, 2016

Date, Time and Location: Tomah High School, 901 Lincoln Avenue, Tomah, WI. Saturday, April 23rd, 2016.  Youth games start at 8:00 AM. The Youth Division plays before the Adult Divisions.
Meetings: Before the tournament (10:00 AM) a quick general and coaches meeting. The Head Referee will go through the rules used for the tournament - all assigned refs are required to participate. Adult Games start at 10:15
General Plan: This year a new youth division is being introduced for players between 7-13 years of age. These games will be played on the same courts, but without goalies. Adults will play one Advanced Division and one Recreational Division. We will award both a champion and a runner-up in the Adult Divisions. (A large number of teams registering could create an Intermediate, or a High School Division - this will be decided upon after April 8th).
Game Format: 4 on 4 players, plus goalies; regulation size nets with goalie; maximum 4 subs per team (recommended to have at least 2 subs per team); max number of players on a team is 9.  Games approximately 20-30 minutes in total, divided into two halves, game times will depend on the number of teams participating.
No undecided games - if a draw at regulation time, a shoot-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. Players must be at least 14 years old for Adult Divisions.
Referees/Rules: We will have a Tournament Director that will be in charge of the Tournament. The Director is in charge of Referees and ensuring that players follow a zero tolerance for any misconduct. No incidences of verbal or physical abuse or violence will be tolerated. Any improper use of school property will bar players/teams from future use of the school facilities. This means that everyone must help us by keeping emotions at bay. Players swearing or using threatening language will be asked to leave the venue. The Tournament Directors decisions are final.
Formal complaints: May be brought to the Tournament Director after a game is completed for an additional fee of $50. This fee is non-refundable. In the case of a formal complaint being filed after a game, a separate referee meeting will be called for this single matter of discussion and decision. We want to avoid this procedure if at all possible.
We ask Teams with good referees to contribute one referee to the pool. Referees will work in pairs for all games. We will have a pre-made list of all refs we will use and have the refs scheduled for all games (including the Youth Division). Referees will be calling stick checking much more diligently than previous tournaments. Rules will be in accordance to regular Floorball rules (possibly with minor simplifications).

We plan that one court will be equipped with a regulation floorball board system,
(slightly smaller than a regulation sized court)
We STRONGLY recommend (but do not require) that players under 17 in any conference use protective eyewear - as mandated in many tournaments. We have some protective eyewear available to borrow.

A short Awards ceremony for the winners will be held after the final Competitive Division game.
Team Sign Up: An identical winning team listed in one conference a previous year may not sign up for a lower conference the following year. The last sign up date for mailed team fees to Tomah Parks & Rec. is April 8th, 2016 (see information above).

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

Attention: 2016 MFC

Let’s make this the largest Floorball Tournament in the USA!

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 Captain/Coach)
B) Team Roster (including player names [5-9 players] and assigned goalie(s) [two assigned per team]; Youth Teams 4-8 Players [we recommend 5 or 6])
C) Shirt Color
D) Paid Team Fee $100 (Adult)/$50 (Youth)
E) Team email contact and phone number
F) Team Referee Name
G) Indication if you can pick up a “free agent” to your team or not
H) Your own rating of the team:Recreational” (several players who have never played before and just want to have fun), “Intermediate” (several players who have played before and have some skill) or “Advanced” (all players have played, are skilled, and want a competitive environment)

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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.

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