Saturday, February 1, 2020

Broomball Tournament

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

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Saturday, February 1 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Trailhead, 1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway

New to the 2020 City of Lakes Loppet Festival — Broomball! The StarTribune Broomball Tournament will be “cabin-style” with snow walls, no refs, natural pond ice, and coffee and hot cocoa brewing on the sidelines. Participants must provide their own sticks and helmets, elbow pads, knee pads are recommended and encouraged. Sixteen teams will compete in a round robin style tournament, followed by single elimination bracket for the top eight teams to determine the StarTribune Broomball Tournament winners. The StarTribune Broomball Tournament is a quintessential Minnesotan event that all can enjoy!

Stick rental is available at: Instant Replay Sports.

Participants will play as a part of only one team. If a participant plays as part of multiple teams, they and their teams will be disqualified from the tournament.

Co-ed Teams (6 players + 1 goalie)

*Maximum of 4 males on the ice ( I.e., 4 Males (“M”) and 2 Females (“F”), 4 M and 0 F, 0 M and 6 F, 3 M and 3 F are all viable options and the goalie can be either M or F and doesn’t count as one of the 4 males on the ice) 

*Need a minimum of 4 people plus a goalie to form a team

*No maximum limit to the number of players on the team

Registration for the Star Tribune Broomball Tournament is by team; i.e. a team captain registers on behalf of their team. Shortly before the tournament team captains will be asked to name the players on their roster. There will be no additional player fee.

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 StatusThrough Sep 23Through Dec 2Through Jan 6Through Jan 27Through Jan 29FinalRegister on Event Day?
Star Tribune Broomball TournamentOpen$35$40$45$50$50No on-site registrationNo

Proceeds from the StarTribune Broomball Tournament benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

Registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation. Registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Competing under another person’s name will result in disqualification.

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Eight teams will start play at 10 a.m. (approximately 1 hour per game) followed by an hour long break and will resume play again at noon. The remaining eight teams will start play at 11 a.m. take an hour long break and play at 1 p.m..

All teams that won both games will automatically qualify for the single elimination tournament and the remaining teams will be decided by a +/- goal ratio. (Max +/- is 6 goals from a single game (i.e, 7-1, 12-3, 17-0 all count as +6 )) The single elimination tournament will begin promptly at 2 p.m. with the semi-finals starting at 3 p.m. and the StarTribune Broomball Tournament Championship game at 4 p.m..

There is no physical packet or pre-tournament check-in that needs to be completed for any StarTribune Broomball Tournament teams. All information regarding schedule and brackets will be emailed out the week of the event, and any necessary materials will be given out at the event.

  1. Each individual participant must sign the roster/waiver form in order to be eligible for participation in the StarTribune Broomball Tournament or other associated activity.  Please be aware that there are inherent risks to participating in any athletic activity. The Loppet Foundation does not provide insurance for the participants of our leagues. Each player as a result of participation in the leagues assumes all liability and risk of injury. It is strongly recommended that each player obtain medical and liability insurance prior to participating in any athletic or league activity.
  2. Players must be on the roster to be eligible to play and each participant is allowed to be on one team roster for the StarTribune Broomball Tournament. Any player not confirmed on a team roster is not eligible to play on that team during the StarTribune Broomball Tournament. 
  3. A team may have 6 players on the ice plus 1 goalie. Teams must play with a minimum of four players on the ice.
  4. Each team is required to have team uniforms or an identified “TEAM COLOR”. Each team member needs to bring this uniform or team color shirt to each game, along with a WHITE SHIRT in case the other team uses the same color, to use for identification purposes.
  5. Games consists two twenty-four minute halves with continually running time. Each team is allowed one time-out per game. The last two minutes of the game will have stop-time if the goal differential is less than three goals. Tie games remain tied. All games will end with a max goal differential of 6 goals.
  6. Substitutions may occur at any dead-ball situation or on-the-fly by tagging off at the bench area. All substitutions must be announced.
  7. High stick play is NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME (this includes any player bringing their broom above their shoulders at any time during play). On a shot, the follow-through must remain at or below the waist. This is a safety issue for all players. Just remember, it’s always a lot more fun if we all Keep It Clean, Keep It Fair: Let’s all be careful out there!
  8. There is no checking or intentional physical contact in the StarTribune Broomball Tournament! Only incidental body contact is allowed. All players must play the ball and not the body at all times. Excessive roughness will result in the assessment of a penalty on the offending player.
  9. Players must use their brooms only to play the ball at all times during the match. Using your broom to block, lift, or otherwise interfere with another person’s broom or holding their broom, etc. is prohibited at all times. Use your broom to play the ball. Period.
  10. Face-offs will start any half or overtime period. Any indeterminable situations will also result in a face-off.
  11. Drawbacks will be utilized to put the ball in play in most situations. The broom shall be used to put the ball in play. All players (except the drawer) shall remain at least 10 feet from the ball during a draw. Defense must be nearer to their own goal behind the ball. Offensive players can be stationed in front of the ball, however, the ball must be *drawn back* to initiate the play.
  12. There is no off-side rule in the StarTribune Broomball Tournament.
  13. Players may use their hands and feet to stop and control the ball. You may not hand-pass the ball to a teammate. You may use your hands above your shoulders (not your broom!) to control the ball. If a player uses his/her hands to control the ball, that same player must be the next to play the ball for his/her team to avoid a violation.
  14. Intentional throwing of the broomball is prohibited. A drawback at the spot of the throw will result for the opposing team.
  15. Any ball that is sent out-of-play will be played as a draw-back by the opposing team at the nearest face-off point. If a hard-driven shot is touched by a defensive player with little or no change in direction, a face-off will result.
  16. Goalie Play: The goalie is allowed to handle the ball in or near their goal crease with their broom, feet or hands. The goalie can keep play continuous by releasing the ball sideways or backwards by hand, or by playing the ball in any direction with their broom. If the goalie freezes the ball, a draw back will be awarded for the opposing team at the top of the faceoff circle.
  17. No player, other than the designated goalie, may be inside the crease unless the ball has preceded them. A player is considered in the crease when any part of his/her body or equipment is on or over the line. A penalty shot may be awarded if the official feels that a defensive player in the crease may have stopped a good scoring opportunity. Passing through the edges of the crease is allowed if the official feels that no advantage is gained by that player.
  18. Any minor violations will result in an immediate 3-minute or major violations in an immediate 5-minute penalty, based on the severity of the infraction. A penalty shot will be awarded on a major foul or break-away situation. Playing the ball with the broom above the shoulders is a minor penalty.
  19. All goals must be scored using the broom of an offensive player, or by a defender into his/her own net. No goals may be scored by kicking or using the hands by an offensive player.
  20. Matches with a score differential of 9 or more goals at any point during the match will have the score frozen at that point and no additional scoring will be recorded. We always allow our teams to complete the time remaining in the match because our leagues are focused on participation, on playing and having a good time! We want all teams to enjoy their experience each match day. Thanks for understanding and for displaying good sportsmanship at all times!
  21. All brooms that are specifically made for broomball are legal. Excessively shortened brooms will not be permitted.
  22. Broomball shoes, tennis shoes or boots are legal for all players. No altered shoes will be allowed.
  23. Helmets, gloves, elbow pads, shin pads or knee pads are permitted & highly recommended. Goalie helmet & mask combinations are required at all times. All protective padding on all players (including goalies) must be worn under outside clothing. Goalies are allowed to use blockers but not goalie gloves.
  24. The StarTribune Broomball Tournament provides an official game ball to all teams. Nice! It is the responsibility of each team to have a fully-functioning official game ball (either the orange outdoor Baden 332 or the orange outdoor Acacia King) at all games. The StarTribune Broomball Tournament provides practice broomballs for all teams on each league day, so feel free to take advantage of this option to help maintain the issued team game balls if your team desires.
  25. All decisions by the official are final. Always respect the official. Be nice to the official. Bring treats for the official. They are here to have fun just like you are!
  26. Thanks again for playing the StarTribune Broomball Tournament and we hope you have a blast during the Tournament.