Welcome to the second foam/cloth event of the USA Dodgeball Premier Tour for 2022!
This is a one-day tournament taking place on March 19, 2022 in Erie, PA featuring men’s and women’s cloth and foam divisions. This is open to anyone and any team from any region. No coed divisions.
ERIEBANK Sports Park
8159 Oliver Rd
Erie, PA 16509
Hampton Inn Erie South
8050 Old Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16509
𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿: Jake Mason
Each player must register for USA Dodgeball for the year ($25) if you did not in 2020 and register individually ($40) per division prior to the tournament. There are no team registrations. Deadline for registrations is March 17, 2022. EVERY MEMBER OF YOUR TEAM MUST REGISTER THEMSELVES. You must have 6 players registered in order to secure your team spot. All spots are first come first serve. Space is limited. Each team must provide 2 refs per team to ref per division (payment details in FAQ)
USA Dodgeball Premier Tour Rules & Regulations Version 1.0.1
Closer to the event we will announce the following:
As a reminder, all event registrations that were not refunded in 2020 will still count as credit toward future events. We will be working with our registration software to generate unique coupon codes for each event registration that was canceled due to COVID. These codes will be sent to the emails used to register and can be used at a later date. They will be one time use and can be given or sold to other people if you so desire. Also, the 2020 USA Dodgeball Memberships will be extended through the end of the 2022 season. Therefore, if you registered as a member and were not refunded in 2020, you are all set. If you were not registered in 2020 or had a refund issued, you will have to sign up for a 2022 USA Dodgeball Membership ($25) in order to participate in any USA Dodgeball events or try out for Team USA. Memberships are not transferable. As mentioned previously, we are not offering refunds for 2020 registrations as we are well beyond the refund window with our registration software.
8050 Old Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16509
We will have a scout or representative of each gender (which may or may not be publicly announced) in attendance to report to the scouting committee at this event, so be on your best behavior and show us what you got! Just because there is no foam or cloth doesn’t mean we aren’t observing your dodgeball IQ or sportsmanship.
We have many people working to secure a venue for the remaining rounds and will be announced as they are finalized. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you understand that we are working hard to pump out info as it is ready and not keeping secrets. Coming back this year has been difficult, growing pains are real, and we appreciate the patience you’ve had with us as we work through them in this first actual year of events.
On the day of the tournament please reach out to the tournament director and ask how you can help. We always appreciate good attitudes and helpful people. Please contact us by email at [email protected] if you wish to help beyond the day-of.
We have had a fantastic team of volunteers helping put in place rules and formats for our new events. We have published a rule set and highlighted any differences from previously established rule sets so it will be easy for players to know what is new and/or different. All divisions will be using USA Dodgeball rules, regardless of ball type. We encourage all players to always read and familiarize yourself with the rules (also on our website)
This year each rostered player on the first-place team of every division will receive a $40 individual coupon code to use for future registration. These one-time use coupons may be transferred to other players if desired. The prize will be the same regardless of how many players or teams are registered for the event. The prizes will always be the same for men & women’s divisions.We are working on other items and prize packages to include in future divisions.
Each team must provide 2 refs. Those refs will be paid with a $20 coupon code for future use with USAD and expected to ref all the way up until the round after they are eliminated. Any refs who continue or are asked to ref after quarterfinals will be paid with a $30 coupon code for future use with USAD. Refs who refuse to ref, disappear or clearly do not know the rules may be subject to their payment being forfeit.
As a 501(c)3, paying out cash to players would require us to track every single player that is paid and submit for tax purposes. It would also require players to claim these on their taxes. By using coupons, we avoid having to do excess paperwork but avoid any delays in “payouts” as refs and winners will be able to receive their winnings more quickly.
While we plan to implement a ref test, we unfortunately were unable to prep that in time for some of these first rounds with our focus being to get dates and locations locked. Every ref should be reading the rules, especially since there are changes they are expected to know.
No, but they are what we are using for these first few rounds. We had a large group of players and refs review these for any issues. We are attempting to make rules that work for the large majority and enhance how events are run so that everyone’s experience is better. We will be vigilant in identifying opportunities for improvement and will ensure than any future changes are clearly communicated.
We will be tracking standings this season and publishing to our website with updates as often as we can. However, the foam/cloth round will have no weight in the overall standings as it is a one-off ball type event. In addition, there will be no automatic placement into brackets for nationals.
Nationals will be in October. We are looking at the first and third weekends but ultimately the venue availability will determine when. Location wise we have 3 cities under review and are trying to find a place that can accommodate the size of the event and is also affordable and easy to travel to.
The combine is going to be May 7-8, 2022 in TBD. The reason for the foam/cloth rounds and the combine being sooner than normal is that coming back from a pandemic and going into worlds much earlier than normal is a lot, and also we have to pick a foam AND cloth team, men & women & coed. After this year, the world championships will be every two years, giving us more time to space things out. 2024 will have more prep time involved and less conflicts. Thank you for rolling with the punches on this and much of the WDBF planning has to accommodate all the countries so there’s only so much we can control
As we launch these events you will hopefully see them grow as we grow. It will take time to create and put everything in place that we want to. The pandemic was a roadblock we didn’t expect and were never sure when it would actually end. We are confident that you enjoy being back on the court and we will see improvement over the next few events and through nationals. We value your feedback and cannot grow without you! Thank you for your patience and understanding and we all come back to the court.