Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
3rd Annual Milwaukee Messenger Invitation 2v2
Short notice but....
Sunday April 18, 2010 in sunny Riverwest -Milwaukee, WI
Formerly known as "The Real March Madness" Milwaukee will again host a 2v2 tournament in conjunction with the MMI.
The Milwaukee Messenger Invitational, in it's 9th year, is the city's largest alleycat. Come Friday night and expect a great time, ride the race Saturday, play a tournament Sunday. The 2v2 format was adapted last year and at least for now, is here to stay.
Since most of us live in this part of town housing near the court will be abundant
$20 per team
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In order to maximize light the tournament beings @ 1030 am Sunday morning. Late arrival will result in forfeiture of round robin games thus hurting your seeding into the bracket. Bagels and coffee will be provided by Beans and Barley, beer by Pabst, and most of us live <6 blocks from the court. You have no reason to be late.
There will be 2 main courts with a 3rd court ready to go if needed. The 2 main courts dimensions are as follows-- Length of polo court = widths of 2 tennis courts. Width of polo court = half length of tennis court. Boards will be sparsely used to plug holes in net only.
There are no lights so the tourney must be finished by 630 pm. If we find that we are behind schedule or more than 25 teams register we will begin utilizing the third court.
The exact format of the tourney is not set in stone. At this point estimating 20 teams there will be 4 swiss round games followed by a single elimination tourney. At a minimum swiss round games will last 10 minutes, bracket games 12 minutes, semi final games 15 minutes, and the final will be first to 5. I don't want this to be set in stone though because if we are running with a lot of time I would like games to be untimed beginning at the quarter finals with the finals being a best 2 of 3. Also if we are running below 20 teams there is a chance we will run a double elim bracket.
Nets 200cm x 100cm will be used on the 2 main courts. If we need to use the third, court cones will be used and the height of the goal will be top tube.
Helmets are not required.
No player will be required to tap out if in reaching for the ball they take out an opponent’s front wheel. However malicious or repeated reckless play will result in a player’s ejection. Crowd consensus or myself will hold the power to eject a player. If a player is ejected they will sit out the remainder of the game and a replacement player chosen by the opposing team will fill in to finish the game 2v2. 2 ejections on the same team throughout the extent of the tournament result in team dismissal.
No ball jointing on defensive half of court
After a team scores a goal they are required to retreat behind the own goaline then are free to attack. In other words center line does not apply. On a short court conceding the center is too much of a disadvantage.
My only concern with this is that the ball may get stuck in the net. The team who was just scored on is encouraged to get off their bike to remove the ball from the net in order for this system to work. If there becomes issues with teams who just scored attacking too quickly for the team to retrieve the ball from the net there will be a rule change. In this case teams who just scored will be required to stay behind their own goal line until the team who was scored on successfully removes the ball from the net.
Wrist shots will not count
Am I missing anything?