Frequently Asked Questions
Check-in and Payment
Check-in will begin at 8am on the day of the tournament. Please bring cash or check to pay for Tournament Fees. All check-ins must be complete 20 minutes prior to first kickoff.
What is the format of the tournament?
We have posted the complete rules for the DHS 3v3 tournament on the RULES page.
Here are a couple of main points to focus on:
All registered teams are coached by current Decatur High School players (all adults are to stay off the fields…this is an event FOR THE KIDS!)
Fields will be ~20 yards wide x ~25 yards long with small pop-up goals on each end
No throw-ins – restarts from the touchline are to be kicked in
No goals can be scored from the defensive half of the field
No PK’s until semis and finals
All teams will play a minimum of 3 matches (20 minutes each with running clock)
Substitutions on any stoppage for either team
When will we know the game schedule?
Schedules will be available approximately 48 hours prior to the tournament date. All schedules and results will be available online for easy access.
Are parents allowed on playing field?
No parents are allowed on the playing fields, or surrounding areas. All spectators are expected to be in the stadium seats on both sides of the playing area. Be assured that our objective is to provide a safe and orderly environment for all tournament participants, and in that spirit, feel that allowing anyone other than tournament workers and players on the field would compromise it.
The assigned team coach will escort the players back to parents in a designated waiting area in the stands once their game(s) are complete, and the parents are free to take them to the concession stand and other activities outside the stadium. The team manager and parents will need to be responsible for meeting back at the team’s waiting area 15-20 minutes before their next game so they can go down on the field with their assigned coach.
Can we add a 6th player to our team roster?
We hold roster limits to 5 players to maintain integrity and consistency within each age group. We do allow teams to “under-roster” with as few as 3 players (to maximize playing time & touches).
I want to register a team with 6 players because 1 or 2 have to leave throughout the day for other activities. Is this okay?
Since it is written in the tournament rules and we are following tournament protocol, we can only allow 5 players per roster.
If we have sick player on the roster who can’t participate on a team of 3, is it too late to get another player?
You may replace the sick player but once you check-in the team (no later than 30 minutes before 1st game), no more roster changes are permitted. Per tournament rules, teams are bracketed by age of oldest player and a replacement player must be in the same age group that the team was originally registered. Please bring proof of the age of the replacement player when you register, as well as his/her signing the online medical waiver form found here.
What do players wear for the tournament?
For the DHS 3v3 tournament all teams must have all their players wear a same colored shirt during play. Pennies will be available in the situation there is a conflict.
Do you honor requests for special scheduling consideration?
In regards to scheduling, due to the logistics of creating schedules for a minimum of 3 games each for 30+ teams, unfortunately we can't honor specific scheduling requests. In order to provide ample recovery time within the day, we are consistent with down time between games in order to fit semis and finals in, and still accomplish the safest approach to the day with regard to the athletes involved.
We’re playing in another tournament that day. Can you adjust our schedule?
Unfortunately, due to the enormity of the schedule (with as many as 8 games going on at a time...all day), we are not able to make any accommodations.
Why does our team play 4 games while others play only 3? I’m concerned our team won’t get enough of a break between games
Sometimes, due to an uneven number of teams in certain age groups, some teams will play an additional "bonus" game so that all teams in a certain bracket are provided with an equal number of games for tiebreaking purposes. In that case, the extra game won't count toward/against tiebreakers for your team if you've already completed your 3 games that count.
Can a U12 player be a last-minute sub for an injured U10 player?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Tournament rules state that teams are bracketed by age of oldest player and you can't "play down", regardless of circumstances. For example, if you are in the U10G bracket, you can recruit younger players, but cannot go older.
Can an athlete play on 2 teams if they aren’t in the same age group?
Our rules are designed as any youth tournament would be...a player can only play on one team. The intent of that rule is out of concern for providing adequate rest time for the athletes between games.
Do you offer refunds if a team cannot participate?
We do not offer refunds of tournament deposits as we order certain equipment and materials based on our number of registrants. This event serves as a fundraiser for our program, but a large majority of the money goes directly into the event itself, leaving very little financial margin for refunds.
What are the plans for inclement weather?
Ultimately, the goal is to play the tournament as scheduled. If necessary, the first modification option would be to delay the start of the tournament. If weather creates a long-term safety issue, the tournament will be pushed to the designated make-up day.
Please plan on having your child wear and/or bring layers. It is quite possible that temperatures will be very low to start the day with the hopes of a warming trend as the day goes on.
What is Playpass and why do I have to register with them?
Playpass is an online scheduling and registration service that DHS has partnered with to make the registration and scheduling process easier for all parties. The service makes it super easy for you to see the game schedule and tournament results throughout the day. It also makes it easier for us to validate registration and participation information.