Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Announcing the DRAFT for Bench Minor Tournament, MARCH 20-21, 2010, NYC.
Instead of limiting the registration to 5 preformed teams, we've decided to open the registration to all individuals. As this will be an atypical bike polo event, in terms of game duration and style of play, we want to give anyone who is interested an opportunity to be selected to a team.
We think this will allow for:
1) excellent competition.
2) parity among teams.
3) the opportunity for anyone who wants to attend and play to get a chance to be selected.
5) unique combinations of players.
6) individuals to participate without having to gather a hometown crew.
7) memories that will last a lifetime.
Here are the guidelines:
1) Anyone can declare themselves eligible for the draft. There won't be a need to limit the draft pool size, as everyone will have an equal chance to get drafted.
Registration will open February 15th and close Saturday February 27th at 5pm. The draft will begin Sunday February 28th at Noon EST. In order to play in this tournament, you must be registered for the draft. If you do not participate in the draft, you cannot be added to a roster at a later date.
2) We would like the captains of the 5 teams to be representative of the various North American regions. Adam will request a captain be nominated by their regional peers from the following regions before the registration is closed. West Coast, Canada*, Southeast/central, Midwest. *i realize Canada is massive. We'd like one rep (Calgary, E.Van, Ottawa, whatever) from Canada is all we're saying. Ideally, these individuals are solid, team minded players who have a good knowledge of the talent pool. Obviously, these captains are encouraged to draft players from all regions to create as diverse a lineup as possible.
3) There will likely be an 11 round draft, with each captain drafting one player per round. The draft order will be randomly selected, and publicly monitored to insure its randomness. Selection order will go 1,2,3,4,5,5,4,3,2,1,1,2,3,4,5 etc. The draft length will be confirmed once we have a look at the amount of people who declare themselves eligible.
4) At the end of the draft, each team will have 12 players (1 captain, 11 selections). From the end of the draft on February 28th until 5pm Sunday March 14th, captains are permitted to negotiate trades with other captains, if they would like to adjust their lineup.
Trade rules are as follows:
1) Both captains must confirm the trade with organizers.
2) Players will have no part in the discussion of the trade. Negotiations will take place between the captains.
3) Once a player is traded and confirmation has been received by the organizers, the trade is final. The player will then be informed and the roster changed.
4) As of 5 pm Sunday March 14th, a final roster must be submitted to the organizers. This player list is final and only players on this final confirmed list will be allowed to play.
5) If a scheduling conflict occurs, and a confirmed player is unable to attend at the last minute, only an undrafted player from the original registration pool can be added as a last minute roster addition. This addition must be confirmed with the organizers prior to the start of the tournament. If a confirmed player is unable to attend the tournament, and no addition to the roster is available or made, the team will play with less players.
6) Trades can involve multiple players and multiple teams. Again, trades involving multiple teams must be confirmed by all parties to the organizers and will be conducted through the captains, and not the players. Although you can trade 2 for 1, 2 for 3 etc. you will only have 10 players active for each match, and it's beneficial for all involved if your roster remains as close to 12 as possible.
7) There is no limit to the amount of trades a captain can make, or the amount of times some hot potato can be traded.
So, on March 14th, final rosters for the 5 teams will be posted, each with 12 players. Prior to each match, each captain will declare 10 of the 12 players active and eligible for that match. This active roster can and should change for each game. If a player or their bike becomes disabled during the match, one of the non-active players can be made immediately active. That disabled player can be active for the next match, but cannot resume play in that game if they have been replaced on the roster by a substitute.
The main idea of this draft model is to promote interesting combinations of players at the beginning of tournament season, and to make this tournament inclusive and available to anyone who would like an opportunity to be selected for participation in Adam's bizarre hybrid polo fantasy.
As i believe it to be now, I (Paul) and a few other NYers will be monitoring the draft. Adam will not be a part of that monitoring process as he will be one of the 5 captains making selections and trade in the draft.
Info on registration will follow soon. I hope you all are having a good new year.