Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Sunbelt Confernce Championship: Wild West Showdown
An exclusive state versus state bench style tournament.
Invited states are AZ, CO, KS, OK, NM, NV, TX, WY
If your state is wild and in the west, speak up and we might let you play.
Format will be teams of 6-8 players (teams of 6 are allowed 1 out of region player, with teams of up to 8 allowed). We suggest a team captain to facilitate rotation as this will be enforced. Rules will be announced but will definitely include a hockey style shootout if a tie occurs.
We are expecting full rosters from AZ, NV, NM, hopefully CO and TX too. If your state can’t roster the full 6 try joining forces with another invited club. If you think you can field two teams let us know. Limit of 8 teams.
Matches will be two 25 minute halves with a 5-10 minute halftime.
Uniform shirts are mandatory. They can be whatever you want, so long as everyone on your team is wearing the same color. Make a post on what color you want. Unfortunately, NM will be yellow because Robin cannot play wearing any other color. Uniform color will be the first team to post first choice, one post per state, then confirmed 2 weeks before tournament.
Court is a 140 ft x 60 ft outdoor roller hockey rink, with 2-3 feet tall concrete walls, rounded corners, and a 6 foot fence on top of that. Surface is single-slab float-finish concrete with no cracks (really nice court). There are benches for each team as well as entry/exit doors for rotating players quickly, and the dreaded penalty boxes!
Lights are non-existent so show up at 9am, games start 10am sharp. All games will end by 8pm (sunset).
Housing. Santa Fe has a small club now so hopefully some clubs will be able to stay up there. Everyone else is welcome to make the drive with ABQ (1 hour door to court). It should be nice out so if you're down with backyard camping please let us know. Santa Fe is at 7000 ft. so it will be cool but sunny; bring layers and sunscreen. Full Lunch will be provided and AM bagels and fruit.
3 vs. 3 tournament is dependent on attendance. We hope to have enough teams to stay busy both Saturday and Sunday with the bench style tournament; if turnout is low we will do the bench style tournament on Saturday and have a 3 vs. 3 double elimination tournament on Sunday.
We should have lots of prizes and give-aways for everyone. Our sponsors are providing great gear!