2014 Labatt AHL Bubble Hockey Tournament of Champions - Official Rules
February 5, 2014
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Labatt Blue AHL Bubble Hockey Tournament of Champions
Winter 2014 Season
Welcome to the 2014 Labatt Blue Bubble Hockey Tournament of Champions presented by the AHL and participating AHL teams (the “Tournament.”)
The Tournament is a series of games of skill designed to test your ability in playing an arcade-style bubble hockey game. The Tournament will be conducted in 10 different cities where AHL teams are based. The Tournament is provided solely for entertainment purposes and is not for gambling purposes. Any gambling related to the Tournament will not be tolerated, and any Contestant determined by the Tournament Administrators to have engaged in gambling relating to the Tournament, will be immediately disqualified from the Tournament.
Participating AHL teams include the following:
Adirondack Phantoms (Glens Falls, NY)
Albany Devils (Albany, NY)
Binghamton Senators (Binghamton, NY)
Hartford Wolfpack (Hartford, CT)
Hershey Bears (Hershey, PA)
Lake Erie Monsters (Cleveland, OH)
Manchester Monarchs (Manchester, NH)
Portland Pirates (Portland, ME)
Springfield Falcons (Springfield, MA)
Utica Comets (Utica, NY)
Worcester Sharks (Worcester, MA)
1) The Tournament will feature 3 rounds including a local qualifying round to take place in a participating AHL-sponsored team city to be determined by the Tournament Administrators (“Qualifying Round”), a team city final (“Team Final”), and an overall final round (“Tournament Finals”).
2) Qualifying Rounds will commence in January, 2014.
a) Dates of Team Finals will vary from market to market and will be determined once the Qualifying Round for that team city has concluded.
b) The Tournament Finals will take place in Utica, NY on April 19, 2014, at the Utica Memorial Auditorium
c) For a complete schedule of Tournament games, visit http://theahl.com/2014-labatt-ahl-bubble-hockey-tournament-of-champions-p190201
3) The Tournament is administered by representatives from the American Hockey League, participating AHL team representatives, and Labatt USA (the “Tournament Administrators”). The decisions of the Tournament Administrators are final and binding in all matters as they relate to the Tournament.
4) The Tournament is open to legal US residents of CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, OH, PA and VT, who are 21 years of age and older. The Tournament is void where prohibited by law or where licensing is required.
a) The Tournament is not open to employees and representatives of Labatt USA, the AHL, and AHL member teams, including their respective subsidiaries, sponsors, promotional agencies and members of the immediate families of such employees or representatives and persons with whom such employees and representatives are domiciled. An “immediate family” is defined as parent, child, sibling or any person residing in the same household as, or domiciled with, any such employee or representative.
b) As used in these Rules, Entrants may be referred to as “Entrant,” “Contestant,” “Player,” or “you.” There is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.
c) Contestants can register for a Qualifying Round at a Tournament venue (“Tournament Venue”) in the state where the Contestant resides.
d) The Tournament Venue at which a Contestant registers will become the “Contestant’s Home Venue.”
e) For a list of Tournament Venues visit http://theahl.com/2014-labatt-ahl-bubble-hockey-tournament-of-champions-p190201
f) Contestants may enter at only one Tournament Venue
g) All Contestants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of registration and proof of age and residency may be required as a condition of registration.
h) A Contestant is permitted to play during the Qualifying Round only at the Contestant’s Home Venue unless the Contestant is required to play at another Tournament Venue as directed by the Tournament Administrators.
i) Registration times will vary by qualifying location and will end approximately 15 minutes prior to commencement of the first game.
j) Contestants will be randomly placed in a Tournament bracket at the Contestant’s Home Venue.
k) Each Entrant will be considered a 1-person team. The Entrant is the individual whose name appears on the Entry submission. The Entrant is the only person eligible to receive any prize with respect to the Entry. Only one (1) Entrant’s name may appear on an Entry submission.
l) Upon collecting all registrations, the Qualifying Round will begin.
m) Play will continue in a series of single elimination games until a winner for that Tournament Venue is declared.
n) In the event of unforeseen delays or a high number of Contestants, a Qualifying Round may be continued to another time at the Tournament Venue, or elsewhere, as determined by the Tournament Administrators.
o) Entrants are expected to be prepared to play when scheduled and may be required to show proof of identification prior to play. Any Contestant not prepared to play when required may, in the discretion of the Tournament Administrators, either (i) lose his/her slot and play at a later time during the Qualifying Round at the Contestant’s Home Venue or, (ii) be disqualified.
i) If a Contestant is not present at a scheduled start-time, the Tournament Administrators will move to the next scheduled game and re-call the missing Contestant’s name at least 2 times thereafter. After 2 failed attempts to locate a missing Contestant, that Contestant will be disqualified and the opponent will be declared the winner of that game. Implementation of this rule is at the discretion of the Tournament Administrators.
p) All Contestants are expected to remain at the Tournament Venue and be prepared to play until eliminated from the Tournament.
q) There will be a minimum of 6-8 different Qualifying Rounds in each of the participating AHL cities.
5) Team Finals.
a) The winner from each Tournament Venue (“Venue Winner”) will advance to compete in the Team Finals at a time and location to be determined by the Tournament Administrators. Each Venue Winner will be provided with information as to when the Team Finals are scheduled and an approximate time of play.
b) Venue Winners will compete at a Team Final at the arena of the host team during an AHL game. Venue Winners will play a quarterfinal round, a semi-final round, and a final round. The dates and times of each round will be communicated to each Venue Winner in advance of the Team Finals. Venue Winners will be placed in a bracket at random and play a single elimination style tournament.
c) Each Venue Winner is expected to be at the location of the Team Finals 30 minutes prior to commencement of the first game and is expected to remain at the Team Finals until eliminated from the Tournament.
d) Each Venue Winner is expected to be prepared to play when scheduled, and may be required to show proof of identification prior to play.
e) Any Venue Winner not prepared to play when required may, in the discretion of the Tournament Administrators, either (i) lose his/her slot and play at a later time during the Team Finals or, (ii) be disqualified.
i) If a Venue Winner is not present at a scheduled start-time, the Tournament Administrators will move to the next scheduled game and re-call the missing Venue Winner’s name at least 2 times thereafter. After 2 failed attempts to locate a missing Venue Winner, that Venue Winner will be disqualified and the opponent will be declared the winner of that game. Implementation of this rule is at the discretion of the Tournament Administrators.
6) Tournament Finals.
a) Each winner of a Team Finals (“Team Winner”) will advance to compete in the Tournament Finals in Utica, NY on April 19, 2014.
b) Each Team Winner will be provided with information as to when the Tournament Finals is scheduled and an approximate time of play. Each winner is expected to be at the location of the Tournament Finals one (1) hour prior to commencement of the first game and is expected to remain at the Tournament Finals until eliminated from the Tournament.
c) A bracket will be formed with all Team Winners with estimated start times for each round to be played.
d) The Tournament Finals will take place at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York at approximately 7:00 PM on April 19, 2014 during an AHL-sponsored hockey game.
e) A semi-final round will take place during the game’s first intermission and the final games will take place during the second intermission at ice level.
f) Each Team Winner is expected to be prepared to play when scheduled, and may be required to show proof of identification prior to play. Any Team Winner not prepared to play when required may, in the discretion of the Tournament Administrators, either (i) lose his/her slot and play at a later time during the Tournament Finals or, (ii) be disqualified.
i) Due to the sudden-death style of play, there is no guarantee of any start or end times time of any game. If a Team Winner is not present at a scheduled start-time, the Tournament Administrators will move to the next scheduled game and re-call a Team Winner’s name at least 2 times. After 2 failed attempts to locate a missing Team Winner, that Team Winner will be disqualified and the opponent will be declared the winner. Implementation of this rule is at the discretion of the Tournament Administrators.
a) Each Tournament Venue will have at least one table and the total number of players will vary from location to location.
b) The Tournament Administrators will appoint Officials to referee each game
c) An attempt will be made to be as flexible as possible to accommodate play but the Tournament Administrators and Officials reserve the right to take whatever actions appropriate to move games along.
d) A typical game is expected to last 3-4 minutes.
e) Player brackets will be posted at the site with estimated start times for each round. Due to the sudden-death style of play, there is no guarantee as to when any particular game will start or end.
f) All games will follow the Official I.C.E. Super Chexx Singles Rules of Play.
i) The first Contestant listed will play to the Official’s right and the second Contestant on the left side of the game. The Official will start play by hitting the start button with scoreboard at 0-0 when both entrants signal they are ready to begin game play.
ii) There are three (3), sixty (60)-second periods in a game. If regulation time ends in a tie, or a Contestant is losing by one goal, then the game will be played until there is one decisive winner. If the final goal ties the score, then the game goes to sudden death overtime. If one Contestant is ahead by two goals at the end of regulation play, the game is over and the Official will call the game.
iii) The puck must stay in the net and travel down the goal chute, and be registered by the game unit for a goal to be scored.
iv) Goals that appear to go in the net and bounce out do not count and the Official will not stop play to review any such disputed goal, so Contestants must keep playing at all times.
v) Goalies may not be moved rapidly from side to side so as to violently shake the ice surface of the game. Contestants will be warned once and may be disqualified, in the Official’s discretion, resulting in a loss of that game if repeated violations occur.
vi) If a game malfunctions electronically or physically during play, in the Official’s discretion, the game will be replayed from the start regardless of the score.
vii) Physically abusing a game will result in immediate disqualification, resulting in loss of game being played. Examples of physical abuse include lifting, shaking, purposely moving the cabinet, unplugging, striking, or kicking.
viii) Contestants are not permitted to stall play by deliberately holding the puck for an extended period of time. A Contestant may request a five (5)-second count from the Official. The Contestant receiving the count must then pass or shoot the puck before the end of five seconds. Failure to do so will result in that Contestant being disqualified form the game, in the sole discretion of the Official.
a) Each Venue Winner will receive 2 tickets to an AHL game being played on the day of the Team Finals and one (1) Labatt Blue branded hockey jersey or other wearable. The Approximate Retail value: $60-$90.
b) Each Team Winner will receive travel and hotel accommodations for two (2) (single room/double occupancy) to participate in the Tournament Finals in Utica, NY on April 19, 2014. Depending on the location of the Team Winner’s residence, air or ground transportation or a $100 gasoline gift card will be provided, in the discretion of the Tournament Administrators. In addition, each Team Winner will receive two (2) tickets to the Utica Comets hockey game on April 19th 2014. The Approximate Retail Value: $300-$1,060.
c) The Tournament Finals Winner will win a Super Chexx Bubble Hockey game and miniature Calder Cup trophy as winner of the Labatt Blue AHL Bubble Hockey Tournament of Champions. The Approximate Retail Value: $3,000
a) The Tournament Administrators and or Officials reserve the right at any time to disqualify any Contestant from the Tournament for exhibiting unruly, disruptive, or unsportsmanlike behavior.
b) The names and address (city and state) of all prize winners will be posted online following the Tournament.
c) Each prize winner will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release and return same, properly executed, within the time specified by the Tournament Administrators. All federal, state and other taxes are the responsibility of each individual prize winner. A prize winner must provide his/her social security number and will be issued an IRS Form 1099 for prizes valued in excess of $600.00.
d) Entry into the Tournament constitutes permission for the Tournament Administrators to use the Contestant’s name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice and address (city and state) for publicity and promotional purposes on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without notice or further compensation.
e) By participating, Contestants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Tournament Administrators and waive any right to claim ambiguity with regard to the interpretation of the Official Rules.
f) In the absence of a Tournament Administrator at any game, the Official assigned to a game will be the final decision-maker relating to any and all disputes occurring during such game and such decisions will be final. At any time, a Tournament Administrator present at a game may delegate his/her authority or responsibility to resolve disputes during such game to an Official, and the decisions of such Official shall be final.
g) All Contestants, as a specific condition of participation in the Tournament, agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Tournament Administrators and their respective affiliates and directors, officers, employees and agents, from and against any claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use, or enjoyment of any prize awarded in the Tournament or from participation in the Tournament.
h) The Tournament is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with the logistics of the Tournament will be disqualified The Tournament Administrators are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by any printing, technical or human error which may occur during the Tournament. Tournament Administrators assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay with regard to the Tournament. The Tournament Administrators are not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, inconvenience, or loss of time arising out of any acts, omissions, or negligence, of any person, including, without limitation, transportation carriers and any person providing any service or accommodation in conjunction with any component of a Prize awarded, or for delays and cancellations including, but not limited to those resulting from mechanical breakdown, closings, strikes, government action, inclement weather, or Acts of God.
i) Any litigation commenced as a result or consequence of participation in the Tournament shall be governed by New York law and resolved in courts sitting in Erie County, New York. Any judgment or award in favor of a Contestant shall be limited to such Contestant’s actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to participate in the Tournament and, in no event, shall include attorney fees. All Entrants waive any claims to the Tournament Administrators for punitive, incidental and consequential damages.
j) With regard to any prize awarded, the Tournament Administrators make no express or implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
k) The Tournament is void where prohibited.
l) The Tournament Administrators at all times have the right to cancel or suspend all or part of the Tournament, for any reason, in their sole discretion.