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October 18, 2016

2016 Fall Classic Rules and Championship Format

2016 Official PrimeTime Fall Classic Rules

1. Team Certifications: All participants must complete online waiver online at the link HERE.

2. Players playing for other teams: Players will NOT be allowed to play in games across the same level (i.e. A player rostered on Team Dolphin Black in 2020 CANNOT play for Team Dolphin White in 2020). Players however can play up across a division (i.e. A player playing on Team Dolphin Black 2021 is ALLOWED to play for Team Dolphin 2020).

3. Length of Game: All games will consist of two, 20 minute running-time periods with a 1 minute half time.

4. There will be a central horn at the START and END of the game. No overtime periods will be played.

5. Substitutions: Substitutions will be done on the fly.

6. Timeouts: There will NOT be any timeouts given in either regular or championship game play.

7. Injury Stoppage: In the event of an injury to a player during a game the clock will not stop and no extra time will be added to the game.

8. Slaughter Rule: A 10-goal rule will be used for all games. As long as a team has a ten-goal lead, the opposing team will have the option to receive the ball at the centerline following the goal or facing off. All coaches are requested to take appropriate steps to manage the total goals scored by their teams in a slaughter situation.

9. US Lacrosse Rules apply with the exceptions below:

10. Advancing the ball: No count for 2024 and 2025 divisions. 30 second count to advance the ball info the offensive box for 2021, 2022, and 2023 divisions.

11. Body checks are permitted at all divisions. No take out checks are permitted by any player at any level. DEFINITION: A takeout check occurs when a player lowers his head or shoulder with the force and intent to take out (put on the ground) the other player.

12. Stick Checking: Controlled one-hand checking is allowed, as a point of emphasis, however, officials will be directed to call such checks closely, watching for stick control and off-hand activity. Any stick contact with the helmet including “the brush” shall be considered slashing.

13. Long Poles: Four long poles are allowed at ALL Divisions.

14. The team that is leading the game must keep the ball in its attack area during the last two-minutes of the game.

16. Time Serving Penalties – Personal and Technical Fouls: All time serving Personal and Technical Fouls will be kept by score keeper and will be running time penalties. All penalties will be time and a half (60 second penalty will become 90 second running time).

18. Ejections: If a referee determines that any player’s safety is in jeopardy, he reserves the right to eject anyone from a game, including players, coaches or any other person associated with the team. ALL EJECTIONS WILL BE REVIEWED BY TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS AND WILL DETERMINE IF FURTHER DISCIPLINARY ACTION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN. THE JUDGEMENT OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS IS FINAL.

19. Number of Coaches on a Sideline: Each team will limit the number of coaches in the bench area to three, a Head Coach and two Assistant Coaches. Only the head coach can communicate with the Referee at any point during the game.

20. Game scores: Each field will have an official tournament scorer that will be responsible for scoring all games. Scores will be communicated to the scorers tent at the end of each game via radio after confirmation with each team’s head coach.

21. Water: Each team is responsible for bringing a water container and water to the tournament.

22. Clean up of bench areas after games: Each coach is requested to ensure that the bench area is picked-up after each game. Trash cans are available near bench areas and trash bags, if needed, are available in the Registration Tent.

23. Resolution of problems or disputes: The Tournament Director (in consultation with the Head Official, if required) will make all final rulings/decisions on any and all problems or disputes.

CHAMPIONSHIP / TIEBREAKER FORMAT

2021 AA
Teams will play 3 round-robin games and will be reseeded as follows for game number 4. Seed 1 will play seed 2 for the championship, and the other 4 teams will be matched up with an opponent they haven’t yet played

2021 A
Teams will play 2 games after which they will be reseeded as follows for games number 3 and 4. Seeds 1,2,3,4 will compete for a championship, seeds 5,6,7,8 will compete for 5th place, seeds 9, 10, 11, 12 will compete for 9th place and seeds 13 and 14 will play in two consolation games

2022
Teams will play 2 games after which they will be reseeded as follows for games number 3 and 4. Seeds 1,2,3,4 will compete for a championship, seeds 5,6,7,8 will compete for 5th place, seeds 9, 10, 11, 12 will compete for 9th place, seeds 13,14,15,16 will compete for 13th place, and the 17th seed will compete in two consolation games

2023
Teams will play 2 games after which they will be reseeded as follows for games number 3 and 4. Seeds 1,2,3,4 will compete for a championship, seeds 5,6,7,8 will compete for 5th place, seeds 9, 10, 11, 12 will compete for 9th place and seeds 13, 14, 15 will play in two consolation games

2024 AA
Teams will play the other 3 teams in their bracket and the top two will play for a championship and the other two will play a 3rd place consolation game

2024 A
Teams will play 2 games after which they will be reseeded as follows for games number 3 and 4. Seeds 1,2,3,4 will compete for a championship, seeds 5,6,7,8 will compete for 5th place. Seed 9 will play two consolation games

2025/26
Teams will play 2 games after which they will be reseeded as follows for games number 3 and 4. Seeds 1,2,3,4 will compete for a championship, seeds 5,6,7,8 will compete for 5th place. Seed 9 will play two consolation games

Tie – Breakers
1. Head-to-head
2. Goal Differential (Capped at + or – 8)
3. Goals Against
4. Points of teams beaten (3 points for win, 1 for tie – beating two teams that go 1-1 puts you ahead of someone beating two teams that go 0-2)
5. Coin Flip