Town of Pougkeepsie Soccer Club 

30th Annual JR Memorial Columbus Weekend Tournament Rules 2018

LIABILITY: Teams participate in the tournament at their own risk. TOPSC, the TOPSC Tournament Committee and the Town of Poughkeepsie cannot and do not accept liability for any injuries that may occur as a consequence of playing in the tournament. The act of participation by a team, player, coach, parent and/or spectator is a release by them of any and all claims against TOPSC, its members and/or the Town of Poughkeepsie.

WEATHER:  Games will be played rain or shine except for severe weather or lightening. Games are considered complete after 15 minutes. If a game is halted before 15 minutes have elapsed, the Tournament Committee will decide the course of action. The Tournament time keeper is the sole authority of time played.  In case of cancellation due to severe weather conditions, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to reschedule or offer other alternatives. 

SEVERE WEATHER: In the event of severe weather, the tournament committee will rely on the head referee to assess field conditions  and will  abide by the head referee's decision on continuing play. 

MAKE UP DAY:  In the event that either Saturday (10/06/2018) or  Sunday (10/07/2018)  is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, we will follow the Refund Policy.  We will make every attempt to play the games as scheduled.  

REFUND POLICY:  In the event that the tournament (either or both days) is cancelled by the head referee, tournament director or the town, 80% will be refunded.

REGISTRATION:  Each coach must register at least 30 minutes prior to their first game.  A roster, player passes and medical release forms will be required.. 

GUEST PLAYERS:  Up to 3 guest players are allowed on a team. The coach must have the player pass for the guest player and the player must be on the roster that the coach submitted.   The coach must present a signed guest player pass at the time of registration.

Guest players from the same club is unlimited provided the guest players have guest player release forms and the guests are not playing for another team in the same tournament.  No player can be rostered on more than 1 team in this tournament.  (2018)

ELIGIBILITY CHALLENGES:  A coach may challenge the eligibility of a player by notifying the

Referee prior to game conclusion so that the players name and number can be recorded on the scorecard. The tournament committee will then rule on eligibility. Any team using an ineligible player forfeits any game in which that player has participated and the appropriate League and State Associations will be notified. 

PROTESTS: Protests must be submitted in writing by the registered team coach with a $50.00 cash fee.  All decisions of the Tournament Committee are final.   The fee will be refunded if the protest is upheld. 

FORFEITS:  If a team  is  not on the field ready to start a match within 10 minutes  of  game time, they forfeit the match and the opposing team receives credit for a 2 -  0 victory.  No points are awarded if both teams forfeit.  If an accepted team fails to appear at the tournament, there are no refunds and all games are forfeited. 

DISQUALIFICATION: Any team leaving the field prior to completion of a match is disqualified for the remainder of the tournament.  The remainder of their schedule will be recorded as forfeits.     

AWARDS: First and second place teams from each division will receive trophies or shirts. Divisions 8u through 12u teams not receiving first or second place trophies will receive a participation award. 

STANDINGS: All divisions are round robin play, except where number of teams dictates otherwise. Standings are determined on a point system Teams receive 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for loss.   No points are deducted for cards issued.  Tie breakers: Head to head, most wins, most shutouts, goals against, goal differential ( max 3) and penalty shootout.

LAWS OF THE GAME: FIFA Rules are used with the following exceptions: 

Law  II - divisions 8u through 12u will use a size 4 ball  

Law III - Micro divisions (8u through12u) must have at  least five  players  to start a match. Substitutions at any time WITH PERMISSION OF THE REFEREE. The substitute must enter the field at the half line after the player s/he replaces has left the field. 

Law IV - Both teams must have available alternate jerseys . In case of conflicts, the home will change colors. 

Law  V. Referee: The tournament timekeeper will be responsible for  time and will use the air horn to start and stop all games. 

Law VI. -  A three man system will be used in U13 and above divisions.

Law VII - All games  will be 25 minutes.  At approximately 11.5 minutes into the match, the referee will stop play and have the teams switch sides. There is no rest period or coaching opportunity at this time. Teams remain on the field and play is resumed immediately after the teams have switched sides. 

Law VIII - The home team (listed first) will kick off, the visiting team will get choice of goal. 

Law XII - Red cards may result in the player being ineligible for the next game or  the remainder of the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Director. 

SPECIAL MICRO SOCCER RULES: Micro soccer divisions will play on fields sized as per U S Youth Soccer guidelines. U8, U9, U10 and U 11 and 12 will play on a field with 7x21 goals which is 80-70 yards long by 50-40 yards wide. 

U8, U9 and U10 will play 7 + keeper and  U11 and 12  will  play 8 +  keeper, U13 and older, 10 and a keeper.   Roster Size: U8 and 12 – 14, U13+ - 18.  

SPECIAL NOTE: No player will be allowed to wear any orthopedic cast during games. 

If something is not covered here, EHYSL and ENYYSA rules apply.

HEAD INJURIES:  Trainers certified in concussion management of orthopedic doctors will be used to evaluate any head injuries that might be concussions. Injured players will exit the game and will not be permitted to re-enter any game in the tournament unless re-entry is certified by a doctor in writing.