Puma and Whatcom Youth Sports are proud to sponsor the 22nd Annual 2013 PUMA Pacific Coast Challenge Tournament. This tournament focuses on bringing in the highest level boys' teams throughout the Western United States and Western Canada to the Northwest Soccer Park. The Pacific Coast Challenge has a superb history of providing high level boys competition, and has a reputation of being a well-organized, first class tournament.
Application Deadline: July 19, 2013
Entry Fee: $550.00 US funds. Checks or money orders need to be made payable to "WYS (Whatcom Youth Sports)." You may also choose to pay online with a credit card, but you will be charged a convenience fee of $15.00. Team's applications are not considered complete until fees are paid in full. Entry fee refunds shall not be made after July 19, 2013. We will continue to accept applications after the deadline date if there is space available, otherwise your check will be returned and you will be placed on a waiting list.
Tournament Location: Northwest Soccer Park, 5238 Northwest Drive, Bellingham WA and Ferndale School. The Northwest Soccer Park is one of the finest soccer complexes in the Northwest, featuring a fully equipped concession building and restroom facility, 31 acres of lush green grass, and a breathtaking view of Mt. Baker. The Northwest Soccer Park is located in Northwest Washington State, just 10 minutes from downtown Bellingham and 20 minutes from the Canadian boarder. Ferndale HS, located 5-7 minutes away from Northwest Soccer Park will have 3 high quality grass fields which may be used in the event of the number of teams applied. This region offers spectacular sightseeing opportunities from the mountains to the sea. Hotels, shopping and entertainment are only minutes away.
Acceptance: The Pacific Coast Challenge is a high level all boys tournament. In an attempt to provide the highest level of competition teams will be accepted based on: 1) State Cup Champion 2) Out of state squads 3) Overall team strength 4)Previous tournament history. The Pacific Coast Challenge strives to create equitable levels of competition and if we have enough teams we will form a second tier bracket within an age group. Notification of acceptance/decline will be e-mailed out no later than August 2, 2013. Your acceptance notice will consist of the tournament rules, map, and a list of hotel/motel accommodations.
Format: The Pacific Coast Challenge divisions are established to attempt to field the strongest level of competition for boys soccer possible. Where applicable we will attempt to have two divisions PREMIER (upper level) and COPA (lower level) at each age group to provide appropriate levels of competition. Teams will play in a four team matrix whenever possible and be guaranteed at least three games. U-11-U14 will play 30 minute halves and U15-U19 will play 35 minute halves. U11 teams will play 9 a-side on a 50 yd x 90yd field. U12-19 will play 11 a-side on full size fields. We reserve the right to combine or modify age divisions should the need arise to balance competition.
Awards: 1st and 2nd place winners in each division will receive individual awards and one team award. All rostered players and coaches will receive tournament memento.
Schedules: We anticipate schedules to be available no later then August 2, 2013. We try to accommodate all requests for late games on Friday. However, this is not always possible. Please be prepared to play a match as early as 2:00 PM on Friday. All teams are scheduled to play one game on Friday and two games on Saturday, no exceptions will be made. Semifinal and finals will be played on Sunday.
Withdrawing from the Tournament: After July 19, 2013 teams wishing to withdraw from the tournament must notify us in writing. There will be no refunds issued afterJuly 19, 2013 Prior to July 19, 2013, teams wishing to drop out must notify us in writing; refunds will be issued less a $35.00 handling fee.
2013 Age Groups: