WCC Rules





RULES OF THE 2017 WESTERN CHALLENGE CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS 







1.  RANKINGS
 
Rankings for the current year will be based on results from the previous year at the Western Challenge Cup. Gold will be ranked as #1, silver # 2, bronze # 3 and 4 place team as #4 ranked. Numbers #5 onwards will be decided by WCC host draw. New teams or teams that did not participate in previous tournament in that division will be part of the draw.

2.   SCHEDULING
 
The schedule for the Western Challenge Cup will be done by the tournament host. The schedule will then be distributed to all member leagues.

a) The Western Challenge Cup needs to be based on a format that includes 6-7-8-9-10-12 teams in each group/division. 11 teams does not work. The fair system is to make sure teams play a balanced schedule.
b) The host centre needs to be able to provide 100 to 120 game slots, which would allow the championships to be run at its capacity of 5 divisions of play.
c) The host centre needs to have these game slots booked by January 1st of hosting year at the latest. They must be prepared to give final floor time bookings to their local facilities by February 28th of hosting year.
d) The Championships will be based on 3-4 days of competition ... Thursday thru Sunday or Friday through Sunday. Every effort should be made to book the Championships on the second or third weekend of July, based on availability of hotels and floor time.

3.   BUDGET & CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY FEES
 
The budget for the Championships and team entry fees need to be in place by the host centre for the Annual Western Challenge Cup meeting (in January-February) for approval by all member leagues. The budget should be based on 100 to 120 game schedule, 5 divisions of play with 50 team maximum in total. All member leagues should come to this meeting prepared to commit to how many teams from their league will participate and in which levels of play. The Host centre will set the entry fee deadlines, but it must be approved by the Western Challenge Cup Committee. The final proposed budget must be released to all member leagues by April 15 of the current year.
 
4. 
AGE GROUPS FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIPS

As voted upon at the 2011 Western Challenge and effective for the 2017 Western Challenge Cup, the age groups will be as follows; based upon the full calendar year birthdates:
 
  U11 Division (players born in 2006 & 2007 & 2008 (full calendar year)
  U13 Division (players born in 2004 & 2005 (full calendar year)
  U15 Division (players born in 2002 & 2003 (full calendar year)
  U17 Division (players born in 2001 & 2000 (full calendar year)
  U19 Division (players born in 1999 & 1998 (full calendar year)

5.   ROSTERS AND BIRTH CERTIFICATES
 
The first copy of team rosters should be turned into the Tournament Chairperson no later than July 1st of the current year ... this is for the program. If you miss this deadline your team roster may not be included in the program.  Final rosters will be declared at the Coaches meeting at the Championships. Photocopies of all players’ birth certificates, government issued picture ID or passport must be turned in as well.
 
6.   FORMAT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
We should make every effort to run a 40 to 50 team tournament each year, 5 divisions of play.
  
12 TEAM FORMAT (28 GAMES)
 
  • 4 teams in three divisions... rankings based on last Championships
  • Division "A": leagues ranked 1-4-7-10, Division "B": leagues ranked 2-5-8-11, Division “C”: leagues ranked 3-6-9-12
  • Teams would play a round-robin, playing a total of 3 games
  • The three division winners and the three second place teams plus the 7th and 8th teams with the best record advance to the Quarter-Finals
  • Advancing teams are then ranked 1 thru 8 based on round robin results
  • Quarter-Final games would be 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, and 4 vs 5
  • Teams 9 through 12 will play a final placement game - 9 vs 10 and 11 vs 12
  • Semi-Final games would be 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3
  • Winners will advance to the Gold Medal Game, Losers go to the Bronze Medal Game
  • Under this format every team is guaranteed to play 4 games, and 4 teams will play 6 games

10 TEAM FORMAT (24 GAMES)
 
  • 5 teams in two divisions... rankings based on last Championships
  • Division "A": leagues ranked 1-3-5-7-9, Division "B": leagues ranked 2-4-6-8-10
  • Teams would play a round-robin, playing a total of 4 games
  • The two division winners and the two second place teams advance to the Semi-Finals
  • Semi-Final games would be A-1st place vs B-2nd place, B-1st place vs A-2nd place
  • Winners will advance to the Gold Medal Game, Losers go to the Bronze Medal Game
  • Under this format every team is guaranteed to play 4 games, and 4 teams will play 6 games

9 TEAM FORMAT (22 GAMES)
 
  • 3 teams in three divisions... rankings based on last Championships
  • Division "A": leagues ranked 1-4-7, Division "B": leagues ranked 2-5-8, Division “C”: leagues ranked 3-6-9
  • Teams would play a round-robin, playing a total of 4 games including 2 cross-over games
  • The three division winners plus the team with the 4th best overall record advance to the Semi-Finals
  • Advancing teams are then ranked 1 thru 4 based on round robin results
  • Semi-Final games would be 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3
  • Winners will advance to the Gold Medal Game, Losers go to the Bronze Medal Game
  • Under this format every team is guaranteed to play 4 games, and 4 teams will play 6 games

8 TEAM FORMAT (20 GAMES)
 
  • 4 teams in two divisions... rankings based on last Championships
  • Division "A": leagues ranked 1-3-5-7, Division "B": leagues ranked 2-4-6-8
  • Teams would play a round-robin, playing a total of 4 games including 1 cross-over game
  • The two division winners and the two second place teams advance to the Semi-Finals
  • Semi-Final games would be 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3
  • Winners will advance to the Gold Medal Game, Losers go to the Bronze Medal Game
  • Under this format every team is guaranteed to play 4 games, and 4 teams will play 6 games

7 TEAM FORMAT (23 GAMES)
 
  • All teams will be placed in one division
  • Teams would play a round-robin, playing a total of 6 games
  • Gold medal game will be the 1st place team vs the 2nd place team and Bronze medal game will be the 3rd place vs 4th place
  • Under this format every team is guaranteed to play 6 games, and 4 teams will play 7 games

6 TEAM FORMAT (17 GAMES)
 
  • All teams will be placed in one division
  • Teams would play a round-robin, playing a total of 5 games
  • Gold medal game will be the 1st place team vs the 2nd place team and Bronze medal game will be the 3rd place vs 4th place
  • Under this format every team is guaranteed to play 5 games, and 4 teams will play 6 games

5 TEAM FORMAT (12 GAMES)
 
  • All teams will be placed in one division
  • Teams would play a round-robin, playing a total of 4 games
  • After the round-robin, there would be 2 medal games only, no other playoffs
  • Gold medal game will be the 1st place team vs the 2nd place team and Bronze medal game will be the 3rd place vs 4th place
  • Under this format every team is guaranteed to play 4 games, and 4 teams will play 5 games
 
7.   DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE and APPEALS
 
The Western Challenge Cup Committee will create a tournament Disciplinary Sub-Committee, who will deal with all aspects of the Championships themselves. That Sub-Committee would include the following people:
 
1  Provincial Rep from each attending Provincial association (BC/Alberta/Manitoba/Saskatchewan)
1  Canadian Ball Hockey Association Executive Member (if one is attending tournament)
1  Referee-in-Chief of the Championships
 
This sub-committee will be picked and announced at the Coaches Meeting at the start of the Championships.  All Decisions of this group will be respected and final.
 
Disciplinary measures to be dealt with by the sub-committee, governing bodies can raise the disciplinary decision but they are not allowed to weaken the suspension.
 
All protests and Appeals must follow the guidelines handed out at the Coaches meeting before the tournament starts.
 
8.  REFEREE-IN CHIEF
 
Each Championship will have the CBHA Minor Technical Director, or his delegate, as the Referee-In-Chief. This individual will be responsible for assigning 2 referees per game and supervising officials during the tournament in order to help decide which officials will work in the playoff rounds and Medal Games.
 
The Technical Director will be paid a minimum of $175/day + expenses for each day of the tournament by the Host Center to carry out their duties and will not be used to officiate any games during the tournament.

9.  REFEREES
 
Traveling Provinces must send referee's to officiate at the Championships, but they must make this request to the Western Challenge Cup Chairman & local Tournament Chairperson in writing by June 1. The local leagues sending referees must be prepared to cover the referee's travel and hotel costs. The final decision on referees will be made by the tournament Referee-in-Chief. Game fees for referees will be set at $35 per game and will be paid each day to officials to help them with their expenses while at the tournament.

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