What is the Junior Cup Festival?
Cal North Junior Cup Festival is an event established to introduce teams of all levels to the Cal North Cup Series. The Festival operates in a format similar to the other Cal North Cups but the difference is that it is an “Invitational” event. Teams will be selected by their District to participate in the U10 Founders’ Cup division for recreational teams, the Association Cup for entry-to-mid-level competitive teams, and State Cup for the mid-to –top level competitive teams.
Who is eligible to attend the Cal North Junior Cup Festival?
In order to participate in Junior Cup Festival the team must be a Cal North registered team in the U9-U11 age groups that competed in an approved playing league hosted by a CYSA Cal North, a Cal North District or an affiliated member league AND be selected by their District to apply. Only teams that are defined as Recreational and compete in a playing league for recreational teams are eligible to participate in the Founders’ Cup Division or Junior Cup Festival. Unless granted a specific exception by their District Commissioner in accordance with Founders’ Cup rules, teams and/or players that participated in Competitive playing leagues and/or tournaments are not eligible for Founders’ Cup. Players who were rostered on a Competitive-level team during the season are NOT eligible to participate on a Founder’s Cup team.
Association Cup Division is open ONLY to teams and players that participated in a playing league for Silver Elite, Silver, Bronze, Copper or Recreational teams. Teams and/or players that participated in Premier or Gold divisions of Cal North sanctioned playing leagues are not eligible for Association Cup.
State Cup is open to Competitive and Recreational teams and players but is recommended for teams that played in a Premier or Gold level playing league. State Cup is the only Cal North Cup in which last season’s State Cup quarterfinalists, semifinalists or finalists are eligible to compete.
When does the Junior Cup Festival take place?
The Junior Cup Festival calendar can be located on the Junior Cup Festival page of the Cal North website. All dates are subject to change for circumstances beyond the control of the Cup organizers. Junior Cup Festival takes place over the course of two weekends in late November and culminates in early December.
What is the format of the Cal North Junior Cup Festival?
Teams will qualify to enter Junior Cup Festival by being selected by their District. Once identified by the District as an eligible team, the teams will need to submit an application. Teams will then be placed by means of a modified blind draw into age group/ gender brackets for that division for which they applied. During the preliminary round play on the first weekend of cup, teams will play round-robin against the other teams in the bracket. On the round-robin weekend teams will have one or two games on Saturday and one or two games on Sunday. Teams qualify to advance to the single elimination rounds either as bracket winners or as a second place team from a bracket with a designated "wild card". Teams advancing to the single elimination rounds will play "knock out" games where the winning teams advance to the following round of play and the losing team is eliminated from the competition. The winning team will continue to advance from each single elimination match. Quarter finals, semifinals and championships are scheduled over the course of the subsequent weekend of the competition. The scheduling of the single elimination round games will be based on the number of brackets. Teams play 8 v 8 games with all games taking place over a two-weekend time frame. In the event of weather-related field cancellations, the games may be postponed to alternate weekends or sometimes relocated to venues where the conditions allow play to continue.
Where are the Cal North Junior Cup Festival games held?
For the 2014-2015 season, we plan to hold Junior Cup Festival at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center and at Cherry Island Soccer Complex. Boys teams will play in Morgan Hill and girls teams will play at Cherry Island. Keep in mind that weather and other unforeseen factors can affect scheduling.
What cost is associated with the Cal North Junior Cup Festival Tournament?
The entry fee is $300. The entry fee covers the costs of facility rental, field preparation, referees, support staff, awards, and other associated costs. Any cup-related costs incurred by the team for transportation, lodging, food, etc. are the responsibility of the team members.
What are the dates/deadlines associated with attending Cal North Junior Cup Festival?
The deadline for district-selected teams to complete their online application is November 15th at 5:00 PM.
What is the roster submittal requirement?
The official team rosters must be approved in the Cal North Data Management System by their Registrar. If the team does not already have a roster that has been approved by the registrar they should email their League registrar or District Registrar for specific timelines and deadlines that must be met in order to obtain an approved roster by the applicable Junior Cup Festival application deadline.
Can I make changes to my roster before attending Junior Cup Festival?
Teams can continue to make roster changes after they apply to a Cal North Cup. The team roster "freezes" at the time the team checks in with Cal North Cup staff before their first game of the Junior Cup Festival, however during the season Cal North allows up to 5 inter league transfers per team (players moving from one league’s roster to another league’s roster), an unlimited number of intra league transfers (players moving from one roster to another within the same league and considered to be a "club pass") and an unlimited number of added players (players not on a Cal North roster this season. Although there is no freeze date for adding or deleting registered team officials (coaches, assistant coaches, managers, etc.) all player movement on and off the roster will stop on the freeze date. Throughout all roster changes, a team must retain a core of 9 players from their league roster to the Cup roster. Teams may have a maximum of 18 rostered players. Teams should contact their league registrars for guidance regarding roster changes and/or the timeline for submitting roster changes to the league and/or district prior to the roster freeze deadline.
Interested in Participating?
If your team is interested in applying to Cal North Junior Cup Festival first confirm that you have enough players who are committed to participate on all of the dates that are noted on the Cup calendar. If not, you may want to consider transferring or adding players to supplement the roster. Keep in mind you will not be able to make roster changes after the freeze date and that Junior Cup Festival rules dictate that a minimum of nine (9) players from the team’s roster from league play must carry over to the Junior Cup Festival roster.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR TEAM’S PARTICIPATION IN CAL NORTH JUNIOR CUP FESTIVAL!!!!