WELLESLEY INVITATIONAL U-10 TOURNAMENT FAQs
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Do you have a concessions stand?
We have a fully stocked Concessions tent serving Dunkin' Donuts coffee, donuts and bagels for breakfast as well as hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch. We will have a large supply of water, soda and sports drinks to make sure everyone stays hydrated throughout the weekend. Candy, fruit and other snacks are also available for sale at reasonable prices. Tournament t-shirts with all of the teams listed on the back are also available for purchase for $15.
What time will our games be?
With 3 games each day and games that begin every hour, a team typically will start at either 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. and play games with a 1-2 hour break in between. The games that start the earliest, finish the earliest in the afternoon. More specifically, Division 1 girls teams and half of the Divsion 2 girls teams will start their games at 9:00am (10:00am at the latest). The Division 1 boys teams will start at 10:00am and the Division 2 Boys teams will start at 11:00am. The last games each day start at either 2pm or 3pm for the Girls and either 3pm or 4 p.m for the Boys.
All teams are scheduled to play six 40-minute games (20 minutes per half with 5 minutes at half) structured as follows: on Tournament Saturday, teams will be separated into pools of "estimated" equal competitiveness. Based on Saturday's results, we will adjust the team brackets and post those brackets to our "Teams and Schedule" web page after 9:00pm on Saturday night. This should facilitate more equitable and competitive play on Sunday at roughly the same times as on Saturday. This format is unique to our tournament and will provide the greatest opportunity for all teams to enjoy a positive competitive experience.
When will the game schedule be available?
We hope to have the schedule available at least a week prior to the tournament.
What is a patch tournament?
Each team should bring 12-14 patches for each of their 6 games. You can purchase the patches from your own soccer club. At the end of each game, the players and coaches will swap patches with the opposing team.
Where should we park?
There is a detailed parking and field map on our website. Please follow the parking restriction signs on neigboring streets and use one of the designated parking areas. Please do not park on the street corners or in a way that would prevent the easy access of emergency vehicles.
Why are there no playoffs and tournament winners?
Following the Mass. Youth Soccer guidelines, tournaments in Massachusetts cannot offer results-oriented play for age groups in U10 or below. We offer a unique and original format where we regroup the teams for Sunday's games based on their results from Saturday games to make sure that every team has even competition on Sunday. This allows for some recreational focus on the results and a chance for many teams to come back on the second day and feel like they have a fresh start, whether they won or lost on Saturday. All players receive trophies to be presented by their coach after the last game.
What is the advantage to this U10 only tournament?
Without the emphasis on results and with all games at one venue, this tournament provides more of a festival atmosphere that is warm and welcoming to 48 teams of 3rd and 4th graders. While the games are very competitive, the players and parents enjoy the relaxed bonding experience. The focus of the entire tournament is geared to this younger age group.
Where can we pitch our team tent and can we bring our own grill?
Please see the detailed parking and field map on our website to see the area where tents can be placed. The only permit we have for grills is within our Concessions Tent so team grills are NOT allowed.
Can I advertise or put my team's picture in the Tournament program book?
Yes, full page ads (5.25" wide x 8.5" tall) are available for $150 with preferred placement of those ads available at $225. Half page ads cost $75 and quarter page ads cost $50. Please contact the MDT Advertising co-chairs for more detail. Their contact information is available on the "Tournament Directors" web page. Payment and ad content are due by May 1st.