Sammamish Showdown 2023 Tournament Rules and Policies:

  • We will be following the 2023 WSLA (Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association)
    • No mercey rule at any age level
    • Grades 3/4  will play cross field 8v8
    • Grades K/1/2 will play cross field 5v5
  • Guaranteed minimum of 4 games
  • FIELD SIZE: All fields will be regulation size whenever possible
  • GAME DURATION: Whenever possible, games will be scheduled in 60-minute blocks.  Playoff games may run longer than pool play games due to the potential for overtime.
  • POOL PLAY GAME FORMAT
    • 2 - 20 minute running clock halves
    • Central clock for all pool play games
    • Half time will be 5 minutes
    • No time outs during pool play
    • No overtime in pool play, games that finish in a tie are recorded as such
  • PLAYOFF GAME FORMAT
    • 2 - 20 minute running clock halves with time kept on the field
    • 2 timeouts allowed for playoff games, 1 per half, not to be carried over
    • Timeouts will be 2 minutes in length
    • No timeouts in the last two minutes of each half
    • There will be no timeouts in the overtime period
    • In the playoff games if a tie persists at the end of regulation - teams will have a 3-minute “sudden victory” (first team to score) overtime period.  If no score occurs within the first overtime period, then teams will switch ends with no delay for coaching or substitution a second “sudden victory” overtime period will occur.  If no goal is scored after the second OT period, then teams will play Braveheart format.  Coaches will select any combination of 3 players (2 field and 1 goalie or 3 field players with no goalie).  Braveheart begins with a draw and the first goal wins.  There are no time outs in the overtime period and it is a running clock.
  • RECORDING OF SCORE
    • Table staff will be responsible for the official socre.
    • At conclusion of game, table staff will confirm with both coaches and officials before reporting score.
  • FORMAT FOR POINTS ACCUMULATION FOR PLAYOFF SEEDING
    • 2 points for a win
    • 1 point for a tie
    • 0 points for a loss
  • POOL PLAY SCHEDULE:
    • Teams are randomly seeded by the Tourney Machine system, then adjusted if needed by the committee to try to create the most competitive and even pools possible. The Tournament Directors do the best job possible based on the information provided and make every attempt to be fair and consider all variables for a great experience. Please respect that the Tournament Directors try to be equitable and fair at all times. In the event a team has to play 4 pool games to enable a team to get 3 pool play games (odd number of teams), the fourth pool game will NOT be counted towards seeding.
  • PLAYOFF SEEDING:
    • Based on total points earned
    • Tie breakers as follows:
      • Head-to-Head (if only two teams tied)
      • Goal Difference
      • Goals Against
      • Goals Scored
      • Coin Toss (First team alphabetically calls the toss)
  • FORFEITS
    • If a team forfeits, the game will be recorded as a 1-0 score
  • ROSTERS
    • No player may compete or be on more than one team roster during the tournament.  Any team with a player in violation of this rule will forfeit all games in which the player is known to have competed and forfeit the opportunity to advance to the playoff round.
    • If you cannot meet the roster requirements, please notify tournament staff immediately.  Tournament Directors will provide a list of free-agent players for the tournament but contacting players from that list and adding them to your roster is the coach’s responsibility.
  • TEAM/PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
    • Open to any REGULAR SEASON team from youth lacrosse leagues (no select teams please) - If you don't have enough from your regular season team, rosters can be combined from two regular season teams from your own Club with permission from the Sammamish Showdown administrators.
    • For a team to be eligible, the team must be fully paid and provide a roster by the deadline (May 15th, 2023).  All players must submit an active US Lacrosse number. All players must have a completed Waiver of Liability/Medical release Form submitted prior to play.  The waiver forms may be completed online via Tourney Machine or paper copies may be turned in to the Tournament Director table prior to the first game of the event.  If a player does not have a signed waiver form, they will be ineligible to participate in the event.
    • Players may play up to the next grade, but no player may play down.  Grade is determined by the grade finished in the Spring 2023 season.
  • CARD ISSUANCE: The carding rules for the tournament will follow the USL/NFHS policies as laid out in the USL rulebook with the following modification.
    • If a player receives 2 yellow cards, the player must sit out for the remainder of that game but may participate in the next tournament game for their team.
    • If a player receives 1 red card, the player must sit out for the remainder of that game. The Head Official and Tournament Director will determine if the player will be permitted to play in any remaining games.
    • If a team accumulates 4 or more cards in one game, they have to play a player down for the remainder of the game, and each additional yellow card, another player will sit out the remainder of the game.
    • If a penalty is deemed as vicious, intentional or hateful, officials have the right to request tournament dismissal. The Tournament Director & Head Official will decide the level of penalty.
    • Any player, coach or team representative that receives a red card will not be allowed in the team bench or spectator areas of the field following an ejection and while serving their suspension.  This will not apply to players unaccompanied by a parent and under the sole supervision of the team/coach.  Violation of this policy will result in the team’s game being forfeited and a red card being issued to the offending coach and/or removal from the remainder of the tournament.
  • UNIFORMS
    • All players on a team must wear similar jerseys and each jersey must be numbered distinctively on the front and back of the jersey, with no number being repeated (including the goalkeeper).  If a team does not have numbers on both sides of the jerseys, teams must use tape to create numbers on the uniform.  Teams are requested to bring alternate color jerseys or pinnies.  Where teams have the same color jerseys, the team listed first in the game schedule will be designated as the home team and will be asked to change jerseys.
  • EQUIPMENT
    • Approved eye protection, colored mouth guard and approved lacrosse stick must be used. Goalies must wear approved protective equipment.
  • TRAINER
    • Athletic trainers are available onsite for emergencies and tournament injuries only. Athletic trainers are not permitted to tape prior injuries.
  • PROTESTS
    • Referee calls of any kind are not grounds for protest.  Sammamish Showdown administration will stand behind calls made by game officials and will not change or override any call made on the field of play.
    • Note on roster checks:  If a team suspects that another team is playing with an illegal roster of any kind, the Head Coach must alert game table staff. Table staff will contact Tournament Directors.  If a roster check is called for, Sammamish Showdown staff will check the rosters of BOTH teams involved in the game in question.
  • INAPPRORPIATE BEHAVIOR
    • USA Lacrosse Player, Coach and Parent Code of Conducts are enforced.  Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated at the Sammamish Showdown. Any player, coach or spectator that is involved in an altercation or inappropriate behavior will be immediately ejected from the game and the remainder of the tournament.  If the ejected person refuses to leave the field of play or continues to cause a disturbance that prohibits the game(s) from proceeding, Sammamish Showdown staff reserves the right to eject that person from the facility or contact local law enforcement.
    • Each team shall provide a sideline manager whose duty shall be to effectively control the actions of spectators not in conformity with standards of proper conduct. Teams shall identify their sideline manager to the officials prior to the game.
  • SPECTATOR AREAS
    • All spectators are to be on opposite sidelines from the player’s bench area. Only team personnel are allowed in the team bench and coaches area. No spectators are allowed on the field during game play, time outs, injuries or any other reason. No spectators are allowed to sit/stand on end lines or behind goals. We ask that coaches and team representatives assist in this enforcement.
  • WEATHER/SAFETY POLICY
    • Sammamish Showdown reserves the right to cancel, shorten, convert format (no playoffs) or reschedule tournament games due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or player and fan safety concerns. No refunds will be granted if these actions are necessary.
  • THUNDER/LIGHTNING POLICY
    • If lightning is observed, the staff will suspend play immediately. Players and fans will be asked to leave the open fields and follow the Thunder/Lightening protocol. Play will be allowed to resume 30 minutes after the last sight of lightning is observed.  Games will re-start in real time for whatever is scheduled when they resume.
  • CLEAN UP
    • Each coach must ensure that the bench area is picked up after each game. Trash cans are available near bench areas.  Teams tents/areas of congregation are to be cleaned up after they depart for the day.
  • ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO/VAPING POLICY
    • No Alcohol, tobacco products, or vaping is allowed at the Sammamish Showdown. All spectators, players, and coaches are expected to respect the Sammamish Showdown policy to ban the use of alcohol and tobacco products from being used/consumed on tournament premises. Any violators will be reported to the Tournament Directors and will be subject to expulsion from the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Directors.
  • PARKING
    • Designated areas only, vehicles will be removed from unauthorized areas at owner’s expense.
  • OVERNIGHT CAMPING
    • No persons are allowed to camp on the tournament premises overnight.
  • DOGS/PETS
    • Dogs and pets are NOT ALLOWED on Eastlake High School athletic fields and community fields with an expection for service animals. They must remain in the parking lots. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after your pet.

 

Questions? Email tournaments@eastlakelacrosse.org