Welcome to 16th Annual Plum Kick-off Classic! We appreciate your dedication to your Clubs, Teams, PA West and the Plum Area Youth Soccer Program. We are, once again, hoping for great weather, a good game atmosphere and plenty of competition. Thank you in advance for considering our tournament this year. The following contains some additional information about the tournament. Please note the deadline to register is August 1st and the deadline to order tournament t-shirts is August 15th.
|Kick-Off Classic Schedule(TBA)|
|Game Day Information|
|Coach Notes and Medical Release Forms|
|T-Shirt Order Form (updated deadline 8/16/12)|
To register your team you will need to fill out the below Registration form. This must be filled out and mailed with payment prior to August 1st, 2013. Any questions please feel free to contact me. You will also need the Medical Release forms completed and ready to hand in on the day of your first game. For more details please read all the details in our 'Game Day' section. Lastly, if you would like T-Shirts please order them now so we have them available to you on game day.
|TEAM AGE BRACKETS 2013-14||Roster Size|
Teams will have a combination of games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday night games will be designated for local teams. Saturday and Sunday games will start at 8 AM and will run through 7 PM or later. We will try to accommodate teams as much as possible in the scheduling. Local teams may play all three days. There are a select number of teams that will play two games on Sunday. All teams will play a minimum of three games. Teams traveling longer distances should plan accordingly for some early Saturday and Sunday games (with the number of teams that we expect to accept this year we may be forced to schedule some teams across Pittsburgh for early games.
A team's head coach or manager should look for the field marshal before each game. The field marshals will check your team in and review your roster and player cards before the game. When the game is over, go to the middle of the field where the field marshal will have you sign the game card. This is important to verify the score. If a game card is not signed by the coach, the game score cannot be authenticated.
Coaches are to act as the spokesperson for the team. We do not want to receive questions from the parents about the tournament and would prefer that inquiries be filtered through a team manager or coach. Also, on game day, if a problem or issue arises about the game, parents are to filter the inquiry through the coach. We are more than happy to address all concerns and the coach is the only person who has authority to bring these concerns to the Tournament Director or the Executive Committee.
The game schedule will specify the proper fields and you can get the directions from the main website. Remember, coaches are to register their team at the main field prior to their first game. We also have directions to and from the fields marked on the roadside.
Web Site Posting
We plan on posting games on the web site again this year and update regularly. For teams not playing on Sunday, please check the web site often for status as your team needs to be on notice if they make the playoffs. We will do our best to call coaches off-site if they make the play-offs.
When arriving at the Main fields, tell your parents to know what field they are playing on for the first game. We will try and direct them to a lot by that field.
Parking will be on-sight and is going to be tight. We ask you to car-pool as much as possible. We would greatly appreciate it if you could inform your families to join together in one car, if possible. For those of you that have joined us in the past, we have had three main parking areas and created a fourth lot last year that held about 120 extra spots. We also created another which will be for Plum coaches and staff. This lot is marked and is not to be used by other teams. We have also painted line markers to help achieve getting the most cars we can in each lot. We will have a parking crew to guide you. We are also asking that you park only a few feet away from the other cars in the lots. We can put many more cars in each lot if vehicles are not parked five-feet from one another. We are working on some secondary lots with possible buses that will be used for all Plum teams and overflow. The lot is 3 minutes from the main facility and may be used if parking gets too congested in the afternoon.
It is our expectation to have tournament match schedules emailed out to the coaches and posted on our website at least one week prior to the start of the tournament.
Coach Game-Day Registration and Medical Release Forms
Every coach needs to sign-in 45 minutes before their first weekend match. Give yourself enough time if your first match is at Boyce, Penn Hall, or any other remote field as you have to register at the Main Fields. If you are at Boyce Penn Hall, or a remote field tell the Parking Director and he will point you to the upper parking lot. As you pull in the lot, there are designated spaces for the coaches to park so you can quickly register and go to Penn Hall, Boyce Park, or other field. Our Registrar and Vice President will be checking-in all teams at our main information booth which is next to the concession stand at the main fields. Please contact us the week prior to the tournament if you are a coach traveling from a far distances and your first game at 8 AM. We can make special arrangements for you to check-in ahead of time.
1. Every coach should have two copies of their PA West stickered roster (we do not have a copy machine at the fields). You keep one to show the Field Marshalls and we will keep one (you do not get the second copy back). Guest player names should be written on the roster with a note that they are your guest players. By tournament weekend, some clubs may have not yet had their rosters and cards approved by the PA West registrar. In these cases, bring your Spring roster or a copy of the roster that your Club Registrar plans to submit to PA West (preferred). All participants on your team need their player cards or birth certificate. If the player card has not yet been issued (especially for U-10's), a birth certificate is required. All guest players need a birth certificate or a PA West player card. No player without a player card or birth certificate will be permitted to play. There is a maximum of three guest players allowed per team. We will verify your player cards/birth certificates at check-in against your rosters. Our Field Marshall's will also check your roster and player cards / birth certificates before each game (to clarify, a birth certificate is not needed if the player has a card)
2. You also need to bring a medical release form for each player which we will keep. The PA West medical release forms are acceptable or your Club standard medical release forms. There is a link to the Plum medical release form on this page. Note - bring copies as we keep the forms and do not return them.
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Rules of Competition
Below are the Rules of Competition for the tournament. We follow the guidelines of PA West. Please note we have the right to change the rules for the Plum Kick-off Classic and will make the best decision possible if Mother Nature does not cooperate. Please review the rules before the tournament and contact us if you have any questions. .
Activities and Food
At the main fields, we will have many activities for the kids. In past years we have had airbrush tattoos; a soccer radar gun; window decals; a photographer; a bouncy house; a PA West Coach running mini clinics; merchandise and much more. Food will be available at the main fields; light food will be provided at Penn Hall and Boyce. In recent years we expanded our food items from hot dogs and hamburgers to beef brisket and pulled pork and these items will be available again this year.
Please find the T-shirt order form by clicking the 'T-Shirt Orders' link below. Deadline for ordering T-shirts is August 15th. The T-shirts will be Tennessee Orange (bright orange) and 100% cotton. Shirts will have the 2013 tournament logo on the front with all the team names on the back. You must provide your official team name (Plum PowerStrikers) on the registration form, please do so that your proper name will be printed on the shirts. T-Shirt orders can be sent to the P.O. Box on the order form. You can send them via email if time is critical, but we really prefer that you mail-in the orders. We will have a very minimal amount of T-Shirts and sizes available for sale at the tournament. Last year we sold out of all adult T-Shirts so please pre-order. Please only submit one order form per team through the coach or team.
Jamie Stewart - 412-496-1417 - KickOffClassic@PlumSoccer.org
Kevin Schlegel - 412-680-2125
Paul Oravitz – 412-848-1660