2018 USA Touch Nationals

USA Touch Nationals Flyer
12:00 pm

October 11, 2018


October 14, 2018


USA Touch Nationals & International Club Open

Chula Vista, California, USA

October 11th – 14th, 2018


The tournament is sanctioned by the Federation of International Touch

USA Touch hosts the International Club Open in conjunction with its annual USA Touch National Championships to be at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California – https://trainatchulavista.com/

The tournament is inviting international club teams from FIT member nations to compete in the International Open

It is exciting to continue our event for 2018 to Southern California.  SoCal as a destination offers world class beaches, fun & exciting theme parks and some of the most exciting cities in the world.  With travel options for any budget or interest, SoCal and the surrounding areas is a destination dream for any traveler. After the success of Oceanside in 2017, it shows the popularity of the destination

Stay tuned to this page for up to date information surrounding the event.  All event updates will also be sent via email to registered teams and those who have completed an expression of interest for the tournament. You can support this event on Facebook here.

Quick To-Do’s to play:

Here is a brief list of actions club leaders must take; read the other sections below for details.

  1. Your club leader must pay for and register your club as a USAT club this year: payments page
  2. Your club leader must pay for each team registration: payments page
  3. Your club leader must register each team to play: team registration form
  4. Every player on the team must fill out a facility waiver: facility waiver form
  5. Every player on the team must fill out a USAT waiver: USAT waiver form
  6. Your club leader must email your team-provided full-time referees to: nationals-info@usatouch.org

Read below for details.

When will the tournament be held?

Teams are encouraged to arrive at one of the many SoCal airports (LAX, SAN, ONT, SNA, LGB) on the 10th of October 2018.  The USA Touch Nationals are to be played over three complete days of competition from the 11th of October, finishing on the 13th.  The International Club Open is also played over the same competition days and will add an extra day on the 14th against the USA Touch World Cup squads.  The high school competition will be held on the 12th and 13th of October only.

Who is invited?

Any team affiliated with the National Touch Association or the Federation of International Touch, are welcome to attend.  All USA Touch members must adhere to the USA Touch Eligibility requirements to compete for a USA Touch division.

What divisions will be competed in?

The USA Touch Nationals will be competed in Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, and Men’s Over 30.  There will also be a Collegiate division and a High School competition. There must be a minimum of 4 teams in each division for a competition.  All competition is to be complete on the 15th of October.

How many players can play in a team?

As per FIT guidelines, a maximum of 16 players can register per team for the entire duration of the tournament.  Only 14 are eligible to play in each game. The minimum required to start a game will be required, but it is suggested that you have at least 12 registered players per team.

Referee Requirements

As discussed at the 2016 USA Touch AGM, each team belonging to USA Touch will be required to bring a non-playing, full-time referee.  The cost of not having this requirement will be $500 per team. The opportunity to hold a referee certification in your local area has been available since the end of 2016 and needs to be a major focus for the game in the United States.

Payments can be remitted at the Payments page.

What is the format?

It is expected that all games will be full 20 minute halves.  Teams will play a minimum of 3 games per day for qualification rounds.  It is expected that the International division will include games against USA teams on the Sunday schedule of the tournament.  USA Touch reserves the right to change the duration of the games to a format of our choosing depending on draw necessities.

Tournament Schedule

The full schedule will begin on Thursday morning, October 11th, at around 8am. The finalized draw will be released in early October.

How much does it cost to enter the tournament?

  • Early-bird per team registration is $1400USD if received by July 15, 2018
  • Regular per team registration is $1500USD and is due August 15, 2018
  • Late per team registration (received after August 15, 2018) will incur a late fee of $200USD, for a total of $1700USD
  • All entries are due by September 15, 2018 – no entries will be accepted after this date
  • High School division is $400 registration.

Payments can be remitted at the Payments page.

Stay to Play

This event is again, a ‘STAY TO PLAY’ event.  All participants MUST stay at one of the contracted properties.  We have two great options for accommodation at this event.

Option #1

The first is at the Elite Athlete Training Center (on-site).  Note that all accommodation for this option will include all meals at the dining room https://trainatchulavista.com/dine on-site with unlimited use of this facility.  Meal times are set during the day and outside of those times; there is always a limited menu available.  We will also include transportation pickup from San Diego International Airport for those who take this option.  We will pick up participants, Wednesday the 10th of October during the hours of 9am – 9pm.  Drop off will be Sunday morning, the 14th of October.

The cost per player, per night is $140USD. Each room requires 4 people. A room is described as 4 bedroom spaces connected to bathrooms and the common living area. There are several facilities available to on-site athletes, including 3 meals a day, grab-and-go snacks, walking distance to fields, wifi, free laundry, weight room and a games room.  As the former named Olympic Training Center, it is made for athletes and teams staying together and bonding together. Being on-site and a short walk to the fields and dining room, this opportunity is worth the experience

If you stay elsewhere, you  may purchase meal tickets for EATC on-facility dining for $45/day (includes 3 meals).

All bookings for this option will be straight through USA Touch.  Please contact nationals-info@usatouch.org to start the booking process for this option.

Option #2

The second option is the closest hotel to the facility and is just over 2 miles to the fields.  The brand new Residence Inn San Diego Chula Vista will be our official tournament hotel. Both King and Queen Room packages are available – https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanvr-residence-inn-san-diego-chula-vista/

Please make all bookings directly with the hotel with either of the contacts below;

Update: This option has been fully booked and is no longer available.

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