Announcing the 2014 Chicago Cup!

June 14-15, 2014

Chicago, IL


The Chicago Cup tournament will be held on June 14 & 15 at the Northwestern University field hockey field located in Evanston, IL.

 

The format will be a 10-team, co-ed, 11 vs. 11 full-field tournament with a maximum of 5 male players on the field at once (excluding goalies). On Saturday, June 14, the tournament will begin at 8 AM and go until 6 PM. On Saturday evening, the Chicago Field Hockey Club will host a tournament social, which is included in the tournament fees – all are welcome and encouraged to attend (dinner is provided). On Sunday, June 15, play will start at 8 AM with closing ceremonies around 3:30 PM.

 

Rules

The tournament will be conducted in accordance with the F.I.H. "Rules of Hockey 2013" and its corresponding amendments.

  • This is a co-ed, 11 vs. 11 full-field tournament.
  • Teams are allowed to have a maximum of 16 players on their roster.
  • Players will only be permitted to play for one team for the duration of the tournament.
  • Teams are allowed a maximum of 5 male out-field players on the field at all times.

There is no overtime in the case of a tie. An extension of time to complete a penalty stroke or a penalty corner will be permitted. Point scoring will be:

  • Win: 3 points
  • Tie: 1 point
  • Loss: 0 points

Teams will be ranked following the group matches based on the number of points earned. In the case of a tie, tie breaker rules will be employed to determine ranking:

  • The winner of the game between the two teams
  • Goal differential
  • Most goals scored
  • Penalty shootout competition 


Playoff games that finish in a tie will be decided by a penalty shoot-out competition. Each team will select five players to take alternating penalty shoot-out attempts. Anyone attempting a penalty shoot-out must have been on the field at the end of regulation play. If the score is still tied, a sudden-death series shall be played. The five initial shoot out takers are not permitted to make a second attempt until all members of their team have made an attempt.

 

Teams shall wear the color that they specified for their team. All players MUST wear shin-guards and Mouth Guards (Gum Shields) at all times while playing. Any issues arising that are not covered by the above rules will be decided by a combination of tournament officials and organizers.

 

Officials have been asked to apply a ZERO tolerance policy for misbehavior on the field. Players will only receive one warning for misconduct; the second warning you will be kicked off the field for the duration of the game; third warning you'll be asked to leave the tournament without receiving a refund for tournament fees. Warnings are carried from game to game, meaning that you get one warning for the duration of the tournament. Once the warning is placed, the tournament organizer will be notified from the official and that player will be under surveillance. This is 100% up to the officials and will not be left open for discussion.

 

The Chicago Cup steering team has received a lot of questions about having goalies playing for multiple teams and requests to contact goalies from other teams to play for them. In light of the numbers of requests, the steering team will allow goalies to play for multiple teams. In the event that the teams playing each other have agreed to share a goalie, the goalie should be prepared to designate their primary and secondary team. Any issues that arise during the tournament will be considered on an as-needed basis. We hope that this will allow for a higher level of play for the tournament by having a goalie play in every game. If you are a goalie and would be willing to play for other teams, please contact us. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Chicago Cup Chair at chicagocup-chair@chicagocup.com

 

A FEW RULES CLARIFICATIONS


  • Aerials: sticks over the shoulder will be allowed (with safety in mind, obviously)
  • No more "own goals"
  • Shootouts: Any player that has a green or yellow card at the end of a game (i.e., before the shoot-out) is allowed to participate in the shoot-out - the rule does not literally refer to the players "on the field". Of course, a red card is still a red card (not allowed to participate). Also, teams should have a minimum of 2 ladies in the shootout with sudden death being 1 man 1 lady in sequential order.


 

Liability and Conduct

All participants will be required to sign and return a copy of the "Liability Waiver and Code of Conduct Agreement".

 

As stated above, officials have been asked to apply a ZERO tolerance policy for misbehavior on the field. Players will only receive one warning for misconduct. After the second warning, the player will be kicked off the field for the duration of the game. Players receiving a third warning will be asked to leave the tournament without receiving a refund for tournament fees. Warnings are carried from game to game, meaning that you get one warning for the duration of the tournament. Once the warning is placed, the tournament organizer will be notified from the official and that player will be under surveillance. This is in the full discretion of the officials and will not be left open for discussion.

 

All participants will abide by all Northwestern University Department of Athletics and Recreation facility rules and regulations during the event. Alcohol or illegal drugs or substances are not permitted at the field. Please be respectful to the Northwestern University campus and use the trash cans provided.

 

 

Venue

We play at the Northwestern University field hockey field, located on NU’s campus. Click here for directions and more information about the field.

 

 

Refreshments

There will be free water provided for the players on the turf. There will also be sports drinks for sale at the field. We recommend players bring their lunch to the field or players can easily make a trip to Evanston’s downtown to find a number of eating options in between games.

 

Lodging

There is a block of rooms at the Best Western University Plaza in Evanston, IL located at: 1501 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, 60201. For reservations call: 847-491-6400. This hotel is the most convenient to the field and directly across the street of the social. We recommend staying here because of the great price and convenience. You must notify the hotel that you’re attending the Chicago Field Hockey Tournament by May 27, 2014 to get the special rate of $129 + tax, which includes a continental breakfast.

 

Transportation

While the hotel is located in Evanston, it is about a 25 minute walk to the field or a 5 minute car ride (exactly 1.4 miles). Teams are responsible for their own transportation to and from the tournament.

 

Chicago is serviced by two airports, Chicago O’Hare airport and Midway airport. Both are about 45 minutes to an hour away from Evanston and about 30-45 minutes away from downtown Chicago. When going to the airport, please allow at least an hour to get to the airport and an additional hour to check in and get through security. Traffic is unpredictable in Chicago and you always need to allow extra time.

 

Directions to Tournament Field

From Best Western University Plaza: Head south on Sherman Ave toward Lake St.

Take the 1st left onto Lake St. Then take another immediate left onto Chicago Ave. for a half mile. Continue straight on Sheridan Rd for .3 miles. Turn right on Lincoln Street at the north end of NU's campus. Follow Lincoln around a right-hand curve. The Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center (SPAC) is on your left. To get to Lakeside Field and the Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex, turn left at the stop sign just beyond SPAC.

 

From Chicago: Take Lake Shore Drive north. Follow LSD until it ends and merges with Sheridan Road. Take Sheridan north through Evanston (follow the signs as Sheridan winds through south Evanston). Turn right on Lincoln Street at the north end of NU's campus. Follow Lincoln around a right-hand curve. The Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center (SPAC) is on your left. To get to Lakeside Field and the Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex, turn left at the stop sign just beyond SPAC.

 

From the North: Take I-94 (Eden’s) East. Exit on Skokie Blvd. and turn left at stop light at Lake Avenue. Go east on Lake to Green Bay Road. Turn right and proceed south to Central Street. Turn left and go east approximately 1.5 miles to Sheridan Road. Turn right, then turn left at the next stop light, which is Lincoln. Follow Lincoln around a right-hand curve. The Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center (SPAC) is on your left. To get to Lakeside Field and the Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex, turn left at the stop sign just beyond SPAC.

 

From O'Hare International Airport: Exit the airport and take I-294 North. Exit on Dempster Street east and proceed several miles until you reach I-94. Take I-94 West and exit and turn right on Old Orchard Road. Proceed east and turn left on Gross Point Road. Take the next right on Central Street and head east approximately three miles to Sheridan Road. Turn right, then turn left at the next stop light, which is Lincoln. Follow Lincoln around a right-hand curve. The Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center (SPAC) is on your left. To get to Lakeside Field and the Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex, turn left at the stop sign just beyond SPAC.

 

Saturday Night Social

Participation in the 2014 Chicago Cup includes a Saturday night social. The social will be held at Tommy Nevin's Pub (1454 Sherman Ave, Evanston), a great bar conveniently located across the street from the recommended hotel (Best Western University Plaza). Dinner will be provided for all players and officials. The social is a great opportunity to wind down after a competitive day of hockey and catch up with some friends or make new ones. The social begins at 7:30 pm Saturday.

 

Contact & Questions

If you have any questions about the tournament or would like to submit a team, please contact Rachel Dunn at chicagocup-chair@chicagofhc.com

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