the Battle for Middle West: Midwest Conference Championship
A midwestern state versus state bench minor tournament.
The format will be (world cup style) group play. Two groups of four, you'll play round robin against the other three teams in your group. Top two from each group will play the top two teams from the other group, while the bottom teams will similarly play each other. *see diagram posted below*
Matches will be two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.
Teams of nine. One captain/coach (playing), eight players, and additionally one non-playing statistician. Feel free to declare/bring alternates but only 9 active players are allowed on the roster. It is up to the sole discretion of the captain to determine who is on the team. That captain can choose to have tryouts, a vote, a drinking contest, whatever, so long as you bring nine players from your state and one stats nerd. Though it is not a requirement, i hope the captains strive to include players from all the cities in your state that play polo. For example, i know chicago could easily fill their team with nine of their own but there's two other polo-playing cities that i'm sure would love to be included. Again, it's not mandatory, but if at all possible please try.
Uniforms are mandatory. They can be whatever you want, so long as everyone on your team is wearing the same color. To prevent disagreements over who wears what color we're going to randomly draw states and you'll choose your colors in that order. (so if Ohio goes first they can pick any color in the universe, if Kentucky goes second they can pick any color but Ohio's, et cetera)
Housing. We will most likely be able to house players only. We'll try to obtain a hotel discount for those wanting that option. It should be fairly warm so if you're down with backyard camping please let us know.
No prizes, only glory.