Utah Sports Lodge: USL Tournament Rules

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The Utah Sports Lodge, LLC hosts USSSA Sanctioned Tournaments. They are open to all USSSA affiliated teams, this includes all male and female athletes that are members or invited guests of the Utah Sports Lodge. All matches played at the Utah Sports Lodge are 3v3, 6v6 or 8v8 with outdoor rules applied as modified herein.

USL accepts the following teams:

S1- A team which competes in the highest level of play in a state or region
S2- A team which competes as less than the highest level of play in a state or region
S3- A team which competes in a local area or state
S4- A team created solely for tournament play
RT- A team that is formed in a random nature

RULES OF PLAY
FIFA laws of the game shall apply as modified and described herein:

ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
Only players that are members of the Utah Sports Lodge appearing on the team roster or travel roster will be eligible to play. Players may play on multiple teams but may only be on one team roster within any given age group and may not play in multiple divisions within an age group. Players will not be permitted to play up more than two years except for U16-U18 which may be combined for a HS bracket.

CREDENTIALS
Teams must provide a tournament roster to be used at check-in prior to each game. Rosters must be submitted at least two days prior to your first scheduled game. Please email rosters to: scheduler@utahsportsldoge.com     

The following items are required for player/coaches tournament validation and must be presented at the team check-in:

A-Team roster or Travel roster (must provide a copy to the tournament).

B-Utah Sports Lodge, LLC waiver and medical release form (Amateur Athletic Waiver and Medical Release) signed by the legal guardians of all participants. This digital form must be filled out and signed online using our smart waiver system. This link will be emailed to coaches and team managers which should then be forwarded to each participant.  Note: The Utah Sports Lodge cannot accept any other waiver or medical release unless otherwise stated on the individual information page of each tournament listed.  

C-Proof of participant's age must be available upon request (birth certificates, passports and or drivers licenses will be accepted as proof of a player's age).

 TEAM ROSTER SIZE 
U6-U11(8v8) Maximum of 14 with a minimum of 8 players on a roster
U11-U15 (8v8) Maximum of 18 with a minimum of 8 players on a roster
U16-U18 Age Groups (8v8) Maximum of 18 with a minimum of 8 players on roster
 

GUEST PLAYERS
U8-U18Teams will be allowed unlimited guest players. Player actions forms ARE needed for all players that are not on your current roster. The forms must be filled out and signed by the player’s primary coach. All players guest or otherwise must be members of the Utah Sports Lodge.

SUBSTITUTIONS 
Unlimited substitutions will be permitted on the fly and all substitutions will be required to enter play at the midfield:

INJURY TIME
Except for extreme extenuating circumstances referees will be instructed not to add injury time. If injury time is added it will be at the sole discretion of the referee(s). The referee's decisions cannot be protested.

EJECTIONS
Any player or team official ejected from a match or suspended by a proper authority is prohibited from being within sight or hearing distance of the field of play during his or her suspension. The following policies will apply for Utah Sports Lodge and USSSA Sanctioned Tournaments held at the USL facility. 

1-Any player or team official given two yellow cards in a single game will be considered to have received a red card. One (1) point will be deducted for each player or team official ejected. Ejected spectators who refuse to leave will cause their team to lose in a forfeit.
2-A player who is ejected (sent off) will not be replaced and will be suspended from the teams next scheduled match. Coaches ejected must be replaced by a qualified coach or assistant coach.
3-A player or team official ejected for any type of violent conduct will be suspended from participation in the team's next two scheduled matches.
4-Any player or team official who assaults an official will be expelled from the tournament.
5-Referees will be instructed to not tolerate any type of fighting whatsoever. This includes but is not limited to spitting, striking or attempting to strike another person. Players or team official ejected for fighting will not be permitted to participate in any further tournament matches.
6-In the event of a fight any player, team official or spectator entering the field of play will be ejected from the tournament. If individuals are unable to be identified, the entire team may be removed from the tournament without refund or compensation of any type.
7-Ejections and expulsions will/may be reviewed by the tournament director or acting body who may make the final decision based on the policies as listed.

SUSPENDED GAMES
If a referee has deemed it necessary to suspend a game for any reason, the game may be resumed but is subject to end no later than five minutes prior to the next scheduled game. Points will be awarded based on the time played and may not be protested if the game was not played to the full allotted time.

COACHES
All coaches accept full responsibility for the conduct of their players and spectators at all times.
1-Coaches must remain 5 yards of either side of the center half mark.
2-Coaches, players and spectators must not use profanity, derogatory remarks or gestures toward any other referee, player, coach or spectator.
3-Home team/coaches shall be to the right of the center half mark and guest team/coaches shall be to the left of the center mark. Spectators of the home team shall be on the opposite side of the field left of the center mark and guest team's spectators shall be on the opposite side of the field right of the center mark.
4-Home team chooses which side of the field they prefer
5-Home team provides the game ball and will be subject to the referee's approval
6-Team must come equipped with both a "home" and "away" jersey. The home team is required to change if there is a conflict in colors. Visiting teams are permitted to request home team to change if they feel colors are similar (example: orange/red, dark blue/black). Home teams are obligated to switch to their alternate jersey. Referees will be instructed that any home team unable or unwilling to change will lose in a forfeit or at the referees discretion the referee may permit the home team to wear pinnies if alternate jerseys are not available.
7-Coaches are responsible for any litter or garbage on or off the fields. They must ensure that players and spectators have cleared their trash and have put it in the appropriate garbage container.

PLAYER EQUIPMENT
Players are required to wear proper soccer and safety equipment. This includes a numbered jersey, shorts, proper cleats, shin guards, and socks. Players should come with appropriate under clothing to wear in cases of cold or inclement weather. Clothing with zippers, buttons, snaps, loose strings and hoods, are not permitted. Metal hair clips, earrings, bracelets, or any type of jewelry in any part of the body is not safe or acceptable during a match. It will be at the referee's discretion to determine the safety and suitability of the player's equipment including the wearing of casts and hard braces.

TOURNAMENT COMPETITION     
GAMES (Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of three games)
U6-U9 6v6  40-50 min. games (2 min. halftime)
U10-U18 + adult 8v8 50- min. games (2 min. halftime)

No overtime in preliminary qualifying games
Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of three games. Games will be played in two - seven days (generally Friday, Saturday and Monday unless otherwise specified). Teams can expect three qualifying matches on weekdays with no Sunday play unless otherwise noted by the tournament. Brackets may or may not have a semi-final game. Generally all final games will be played on Saturday’s.

SCORING, STANDINGS, AND DETERMINING WINNERS
Games will be based on the “EZFacility” internal scoring system, please see www.utahsportslodge.com  click “schedules and standings”

TIE BREAKERS
Tie breakers to determine which team moves on at the end of bracket play will be based on the following:
1-The winner in head to head competition
2-Fewest goals against
3-Most goals for
4-Most total wins
5-Most shut-outs
6-If a tie still exists: FIFA Penalty Kicks From the Mark will be taken 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the semi-final game.
7-In the event that there is a three-way tie after steps 1-5 have been taken, the teams will participate in a three-way coin toss. The two teams that tie in the coin toss will participate in Kicks from the Mark first. The winner will then move on to participate in Kicks From the Mark with the 3rd team. The winner will advance into the semi-finals. The coin toss and FIFA Penalty Kicks will be determined at the fields.
8-Criteria 2-7 will be used to determine ties with a wild card team

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Tie breaking in semi-final and championship games: At the end of regulation play the teams will go into two 5 minute overtime halves.  If no goal has been scored after the two 5 minute halves, the winner will be determined by FIFA Penalty Kicks from the Mark. Only the 8 (6 for 6v6) players on the field at the end of the overtime period will be permitted to participate in the Penalty Kicks. 

FORFEITS AND BYES
1- Teams who fail to submit their tournament roster will forfeit
2- Team which cause a game to be terminated will forfeit
3- Teams who fail to report to the field ready to play within five minutes of the scheduled kick-off time will forfeit
4-Home teams unable or unwilling to supply an alternate jersey will forfeit
Teams with a forfeit will be scored as a 1-0 loss

INCLEMENT WEATHER
The Utah Sports Lodge, LLC and Tournament Hosts will make every effort to ensure that teams are able to participate and play in all scheduled games. Games generally will not be cancelled and coaches, players and spectators should come prepared with warm clothing and or any other items they may need to maintain comfort and safety. If the safety to the players along with the safety or damage to the fields is compromised The Utah Sports Lodge, LLC and Tournament Hosts reserve the right to modify all tournament rules in order to safely and fairly end the tournament.

Contingency Plan: (Note: Coaches and team managers should ensure that they have provided the tournament with current contact information preferably cell phone numbers capable of receiving text messages. Should contingency plans need be taken. Coaches should be prepared to attend a tournament/coaches meeting)

1-Shorten scheduled games
2-If conditions permit games may be rescheduled for another day or time
3-If fields are unplayable it may be necessary to decide some or all games with FIFA Penalty Kicks From the Mark.


GUEST TEAMS
The Utah Sports Lodge, LLC and Tournament Hosts may accept or invite "Guest Teams" in order to fill a bracket or division. Guest teams will not be permitted to advance out of their bracket. Guest team's outcome will be predetermined at a 1-0 loss thereby awarding the opposing team eight points. US Utah Youth Soccer and Tournament Hosts also reserve the right to combine age groups (within one year) to secure brackets and divisions.

DISPUTES
Referees have the jurisdiction of the game and conduct therein for which they are assigned; therefore tournament officials will not overrule a referee's decision.

Any dispute off the field of play will be settled by the Tournament Director or designated representative, all decisions will be final.

PROTESTS
Protests will not be permitted in this tournament. Utah Sports Lodge, LLC and Tournaments host's directors reserves the right to review any issues pertaining to the said tournament but does not guarantee any type of decision or outcome.

Thank You for Participating in Utah Sports Lodge Tournaments! Please address any questions or comments to: info@utahsportsloge.com

Mail may be sent to:
12432 S Meadow Spring Ln
Riverton, UT 84065
Phone: 801-784-1091
Fax: 801-784-1092



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