Rules, Eligibility, Policies

2022 Payment Schedule

Teams may pay Naptown National Challenge registration fee in three installments, based on the following schedule:


2022 Cancellation & Refund Policy

Teams that cancel by June 13th, 2022 (Two weeks prior to event):

Option 1: Receive 90% refund (minus 10% administrative fee).

Option 2: Defer payment to 2023 Naptown National Challenge.

Teams that cancel on or after June 14th, 2022:

Option 1: Canceling due to team's decision: No refunds will be issued, but teams have the option to defer your registration to the 2023 Naptown National Challenge.

Option 2: Canceling due to new government travel restriction (COVID): Teams may receive a 90% refund, OR defer to 2023 Naptown National Challenge.

Event Cancellation

In the event that the 2022 Naptown National Challenge is canceled you, Teams receive a receive a full refund, OR have the option to defer registration to the 2023 Naptown National Challenge.

Tournament Seeding

2023-2026 (High School)

High School teams will play 2 games on Monday. Each Division has a selection committee who will watch the teams play. The committee will then seed their respective divisions. All teams will be seeded in the Championship Bracket that begins play on Tuesday morning. Teams will play at least 3 games on Tuesday. Championships will occur on Wednesday starting at 12:00 pm and occurring every 2 hours until last game starts at 6:00 pm. Any team that does not play in all scheduled games will not be invited to attend Naptown the following year.  All teams are expected to participate in all games on Tuesday, regardless of Championship bracket outcome.

2027-2029 (Youth)

Youth teams will be placed in Pools prior to the start of play. On Monday teams will participate in Pool games. All teams will then be seeded at the end of pool play on Monday. All teams will be seeded in the Championship Bracket that starts play on Tuesday morning with the Championship game played on Wednesday morning at Annapolis HS.

Seeding procedures for 2027-2029 can be found below.

Pool Seeding

In the case of ties in the final standings for pool play, the following process will be used until all ties are broken and the seeding process is completed (ties will be broken in rank order beginning with the first procedure). If more than two teams are tied for a pool seed, once one team is removed from the tie, the seeding criteria reverts to the beginning of the procedure for the remaining teams tied.

Tie Breaker Procedure:

  1. Head to Head.
  2. Record vs Team(s) tied with.
  3. Total goals against teams tied with, only games involving teams tied with.
  4. Goal differential with teams tied with (goal differential will not exceed +/- 7 per game).
  5. Total goals against common opponents.
  6. Goal differential against common opponents (goal differential will not exceed +/- 7 per game).
  7. Goals against overall.
  8. Goal differential overall.
  9. Coin flip.

Any 2027-2029 team that plays 4 games on Monday, the 4th game will not count toward their pool play record, GA, GD. The game does count for their opponent.

Divisional Seeding (Youth Teams):

Divisional seeding will follow below criteria after pool seeding is determined.

  1. Seed in pool
  2. Overall Record
  3. Goals Against Average
  4. Goal Differential (goal differential will not exceed +/- 7 per game).



GAME RULES: 2022 NCAA Rules and Regulations

  • 2023 will play with a NCAA shotclock


  • Faceoff personnel must have color tape
  • SNG: Stand-Up Neutral Grip


Applicable to all games:

  • Time (penalty, game, half) will be kept at the score table
  • Each team has 2 timeouts per game (Clock stops)

Game Time

  • Last 2 minutes of game is stop time if goal differential is 3 or less
  • If goal differential is 4 or more time will be running
  • Penalty time is stop time, always


  • Monday: Two 22-minute running halves
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: Four 12-minute running quarters


  • Monday & Tuesday: 22-minute running halves



Monday & Tuesday

  • 1 continuous untimed period until there is a winner
  • Each team has 1 timeout in overtime Clocks stops

Any player, fan or coach ejected from the game will be prohibited from competing in his/her team’s next game. Decisions on the field will be the final ruling. Any fighting or flagrant disrespect toward an official will result in expulsion for the remainder of the tournament. No Exceptions, No Refunds.

Player Eligibility

  1. All players must compete in the division if they graduated with the class they were in during the 2021-2022 Academic year. Players can always play up a division but not down. Regardless if a player will repeat in the future or plans to do a Post Graduate year, he must play with in the Division in which his class would graduate.
  2. Players can only play for one team during the tournament. The Tournament directors will hear all requests for exemptions of this rule. All exemptions must be made one week prior to the start of the tournament. No players will be permitted to play for 2 different teams in the same Division. All decisions made by the Directors will be final. Players may be able to play up a division but will not be permitted to play down a division from their graduation year. Any teams found in violation will be removed from the tournament.
  3. Only players who are registered and appear on team submitted roster are permitted to play in tournament.

4. Players enrolling in a Post Graduate year may play in the "oldest" Division the tournament offers.