All teams are required to have 6 players on the court at all times, with a minimum of 2 females. There is no limit to team roster size.
- Recreational: This division will feature teams that may have a couple of skilled players, but many inexperienced players as well. If several of the players are experienced in the sport or are quite competitive in nature, the team should move up to a higher level.
- Recreational Plus: This division is for slightly more experienced and successful teams. Players are more skilled at throwing, catching, and dodging, and the team is looking for more of a challenge than the Recreational level. Not all players in this division are highly skilled; but on average teams are more competitive than the Recreation level and have a few players who are experienced in the sport.
- Intermediate: This division is for teams that have more experience than the average team in Recreational Plus. Intermediate teams are looking for a good challenge at the tournament and most players on the team have experience playing Dodgeball and maintain solid fundamentals. Teams typically have a few strong players on the roster and rarely have players who are new to the sport.
- Competitive: This division is for teams that are very experienced playing Dodgeball. The strongest players play in this division, and teams should avoid having any new players on their roster, as the skill-set of most individuals will be well advanced.
- Teams/Groups/Individuals are expected to read the division descriptions and place themselves in the most appropriate division. If players are unsure of which division to register for, they are welcome to contact the office for further clarification or advice.
- The ESSC reserves the right to move any team up or down a division (regardless of where they registered) based on total registration numbers. The ESSC rarely runs odd numbered divisions, or divisions with a low number of teams, so in these cases division realignment is necessary.
All teams are guaranteed at least 4 games.
Schedule & Times
The full tournament schedule will be posted at the facility the morning of the event. The reason we cannot send the schedule out early is due to the possibility of last minute changes. We cannot risk teams having inaccurate schedules. Official arrival and end times will be sent to Team Captains and Individual Teams no later than 5:00pm, the Thursday prior to the tournament.
Although a Games Coordinator will be on-site to keep score and ensure the game runs smoothly, ESSC Tournaments are self-officiated, so each team must call their own fouls. Each team is responsible for reporting the score after each game is played.
There will be an optional Skills Competition where players can showcase their skills and win prizes.
After the Tournament, there will be an official After-Party where teams can enjoy exclusive ESSC food and drink specials, can enter to win door prizes, and compete in pub games. Also, each championship team will receive a set of champ shirts and all MVPs will receive their medals.
Unfortunately, there are many instances in Alberta when the weather is not ideal and/or road conditions are poor: the ESSC will not cancel Indoor Tournaments due to poor weather or road conditions.
Teams are placed into a tournament or event on a first-paid, first-served basis. The ESSC will attempt to ensure that all teams and players get placed into the option of their choice. It is not uncommon to have tournaments and events sell out, so registering early is recommended. If players/teams cannot be placed, a full refund will be issued. The ESSC reserves the right to move teams from one division to another. This often happens with little notice once registration is closed, divisions are being finalized and schedules are being built. The ESSC makes every attempt to place teams in divisions that are most appropriate by evaluating past standings and assessing other teams within each division. Team rosters do change from season to season, however, new player information is not used as a metric for gauging the skill level of each team as a whole; placement is based on the success of a team/captain’s most recent season. Teams may be moved for a number of reasons:
- The most qualified teams may be moved to fill spots in a division with lower registration numbers than the one they have registered in. For example: If there are 12 teams in Recreational and 4 teams in Recreational Plus, the 4 teams with the best prior records may be moved to the Recreational Plus division to create balanced leagues at 8 teams each.
- Some teams register below their ability. If a team has recently done very well in a league or tournament or has won a championship in either, they should register in a higher division when available. If they do not, the ESSC will correct this by moving the team to the appropriate division.
- If there is a large number of registrations for a particular division, it may be split into subdivisions (eg. Recreational A, Recreational B). Occasionally, large groups of teams will be placed into new divisions as a form of subdividing. For example: If 24 teams register in the Recreational league, and there are no registrations at other skill levels, the teams may be subdivided into 8 teams in Intermediate, 8 teams in Recreational Plus and 8 teams in Recreational based on their previous standings with The Club.
All teams that get moved into a different division or get placed into a lettered division will be playing with the same teams they would have been placed with regardless of division name or letter.