Rules, Eligibility, Policies

2021 Payment Schedule

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

First Payment: Deposit to be received by February 1, 2021

Second Payment: March 1, 2021

Third Payment: April 1, 2021

2021 Cancellation & Refund Policy

Teams that cancel by June 14th, 2021 (Two weeks prior to event):

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

Option 2: Defer payment to 2022 Naptown National Challenge.

Teams that cancel on or after June 15th, 2021:

Option 1: Canceling due to team's decision: No refunds will be issued, but teams have the option to defer your registration to the 2022 Naptown National Challenge.

Option 2: Canceling due to new government travel restriction (COVID): Teams may receive a 90% refund, OR defer to 2022 Naptown National Challenge.

Event Cancellation

In the event that the 2021 Naptown National Challenge is canceled you, Teams receive a receive a full refund, OR have the option to defer registration to the 2022 Naptown National Challenge.

Tournament Seeding

Tournament Seeding:

2024-2021

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. Championships will occur on Wednesday starting at 12:00 pm and occurring every 2 hours until last game starts at 6:00 pm on ESPN3.

2025-2027

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 a Champion crowned by the end of the day Tuesday.

Seeding procedures for 2025-2027 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 common opponents.
  4. Goal differential against common opponents (goal differential will not exceed +/- 7 per game).
  5. Goals against overall.
  6. Goal differential overall.
  7. Coin flip.

Any 2027-2025 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.

GAME RULES: 2021 NCAA Rules and Regulations

  • 60 second shot clock for 2022 division only

Faceoffs

  • 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)e

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

2022-2025:

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

2026-2028:

  • Monday & Tuesday: 22-minute running halves

 

Overtime:

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 2020-2021 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