This is Kickball.
The Circuit is the only national, professional tour of top-flight, competitive kickball tournaments. Our tournaments are one-of-a-kind vacation experiences where any team can compete to win cash prizes.
Kickball365 is about love of the game; The Circuit is about seeking out tougher competition. We love kickball and everything it has to offer. Kickball365 offers the country’s most competitive teams and players a setting where they can showcase their hard work and talent and be rewarded for the time and effort that they have invested in the sport they love so much.
WHAT IS THE CIRCUIT?
Kickball365 believes in kickball as a wholly unique sport that combines the discipline of other sports, while providing an unforgettable travel experience. Driven by our love of the sport, we built an organization to bring together those who love the sport as much as we do and provide them with the opportunity to compete and socialize with other players from across the country. We do this by offering one-of-a-kind tournament vacation experiences nationwide. We invite you to discover The Circuit.
WHAT IS A CIRCUIT EVENT?
A Circuit Event is a Kickball Tournament hosted by Kickball365 with the support of a local independent contractor. Expectations of a Circuit Event include: Friday Social Event, Saturday Tournament, a Saturday night After Party, and a Sunday Tournament (only on dual weekend events). The number of games offered at a Circuit Event may vary depending on the number of teams attending a tournament.
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL TOUR?
The National Tour is the series of Circuit Events held annually across the country in which registered teams compete for Circuit Points. Teams are seeded at each Circuit Event using the Official Circuit Ranking System (CRS). The Circuit Scoring System (CSS) awards points to registered Circuit teams to determine eligibility for the Circuit Championship Weekend and prizewinners for the year-long National Tour Standings.
WHO CAN ATTEND A CIRCUIT EVENT?
Anyone! All players are invited to compete in a Circuit Event on the National Tour provided the player is at least 21 years old at the time of registration, has adequate health insurance, and is properly registered on the roster of a team at the Circuit Event.
WHAT IS THE CIRCUIT CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND?
The Circuit Championship Weekend is the weekend of events when Kickball365 crowns National Champions for the Co-Ed and Women’s Divisions.
WHO CAN ATTEND CIRCUIT CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND?
While Franchise Owners are responsible for registering to claim Circuit Points after attending a Circuit Event – Players can register at any time. Players spots are secured only until they have attended at least one (1) Circuit Event on the National Tour. Those who plan to compete at the Circuit Championship Weekend are required to do so. If you fail to attend one Circuit Event your Circuit Championship Weekend registration fee will be refunded on the October 1st deadline.
There is no “Free Agent” category for the Circuit Championship Weekend and Players are not eligible to transfer for the sole purpose of the Circuit Championship Weekend.
Once registered your Team will automatically claim Circuit Points earned and you will be listed in the Official Standings of The Circuit.
RULEBOOK OF THE CIRCUIT
The Circuit, which includes all of the National Tour of Circuit Events and the Circuit Championship Weekend utilizes the Official Rule Book of Kickball365.
Download the Official Rulebook at: http://www.kickball365.com/thecircuit/refereeing/rulebook/
OFFICIAL KICKBALL FOR THE CIRCUIT
The Official Kickball of Kickball365 is a custom kickball manufactured by Baden Sports. The custom model used is a Baden Sports PG-10 with a unique numerical suffix. This is the only kickball that is allowed on the National Tour. Generic Baden sports PG-10 models will only be used on the National Tour in exigent circumstances.
CONFERENCES ON THE CIRCUIT
The Circuit assigns registered teams into three (3) conferences based on the following criteria: Conferences of The Circuit include: East (Orange), Midwest (White), and West (Green). Teams who attend Circuit Events within their Conference will earn “Conference Points” using the CSS Formula. Conference final standings are not used for the Circuit Championship Weekend at this time.
PLAYER ELIGIBILITY & PARTICIPATION TERMS
To be eligible to compete in the Circuit Championship Weekend a player must have registered, attended, and played at least one (1) inning of kickball at their registered Circuit Evemt to be considered an eligible player (a.k.a the “Ghost” rule).
Additional details can be found on the Kickball365 Knowledge Base at https://kickball365com.uservoice.com/knowledgebase. All players of The Circuit agree to these terms for each event attended.
FORMAT OF CIRCUIT EVENTS
Throughout the National Tour, there are several Circuit Event locations, each chosen for its great kickball culture and its ability to provide unique travel and competition experiences. Nonetheless, each event will always feature a consistent tournament weekend schedule, according to the guidelines shown below.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF POOL PLAY BIDS
Prior to each Circuit Event, Kickball365 will develop the pools and seeding as needed for the tournament. Using the guidelines noted in the CRS, each team would be seeded and placed into pools prior to the Circuit Event.
The type of tournament used will be determined by Kickball365 and the Event Manager(s) based on the final number of teams registered, field space availability and a number of other factors that may impact the event’s start/stop time.
Note, the number of Pool Play Games offered at a Circuit Event may vary depending on the number of teams attending a tournament.
SEEDING TEAMS AT A CIRCUIT EVENT
After registration is closed each team in attendance will be assigned a tournament seed. The tournament seed is determined by the Established Team’s current ranking in the CRS. Note, New/Open Teams not given a pre-tournament rating, as there is no data with which to make such a determination, will be drawn randomly to complete the seeding.
In this method, prior to the being drawn, all teams will be assigned a rank. Top seeds will each be assigned a pool, and the remaining teams will be separated evenly into the bins according to their seeds. Bin 1, will have the Pool Designations and the remaining Bins will consist of teams according to their event seed. The first draw out of BIN 1 will be done to determine the Draw Order. The following draws will be done to determine the teams in each Pool (with the exception of the top seeds.
Note: In the event that there are six (6) team pools being used, those pools will be assigned 2 seeded teams to the pool as opposed to one. The assigned seeds will be according to a snake seeding.
SNAKE SEEDING WITH EXCEPTIONS
In the events that use Snake Seedings as the basis as for scheduling the Circuit Event. Teams will be placed up into pools evenly based on the team’s current CRS. As teams are placed in order of decreasing ranking from Pool A to the highest-lettered pool, that highest lettered pool takes the next seed (e.g., if Pool E is the highest-lettered pool, it receives the team seeded #5 but also the team seeded #6). Since there will not always be a number of teams that is divisible by 8 – which is when Snake Seeding produces even pools according to rank, pool size will be based on the best scenario possible depending on the number of teams in attendance. In this format, it is possible to have pools structure evenly as indicated in the POOL STRUCTURE, or any combination of the defined sized to ensure an even playing field.
There are some exceptions to the Snake Seed System, Kickball365 has broken down the exceptions in detail on the Kickball365 Knowledge Base at https://kickball365com.uservoice.com/knowledgebase.
These defined structures provide greater transparency and manage expectations in cases (e.g. odd number of teams attending, limited field permit use, time concerns, etc). They are not 100% suited to every situation, and the Kickball365 will have the final say on each update and has the authority to make specific exceptions at its discretion in truly exigent circumstances.
DEFINITIONS OF A TEAM ON THE CIRCUIT
Kickball365 uses the following for to classify a Team on The Circuit:
Established teams are teams that have played in at a minimum of two (2) Circuit Events in the past 24 months. Teams must maintain at least 75% of a roster throughout the National Tour Year to maintain Established Team status. Established Teams receive ranking priorities at all Circuit Events
Specifically for Availables Teams, if the team in question has more than 40% of a Team Roster from an Established Team, then that team is not allowed to compete as that team. Available Teams will be seeded at Circuit Events based on an average ranking score of the players on the Team. Available Teams will not be included in any Official Circuit Rankings.
Special Exemption: At the beginning of the Calendar year for the National Tour, if existing Established Teams combine rosters with the intention of playing as a Team for an entire year, they will be considered an Established Team. However, seeding at the their first Circuit Event will be based on the average ranking score of the teams combined, minus a 25% point reduction. These teams will not be included in any Official Circuit Rankings until they have competed in two (2) Circuit Events as a Team.
A New or Open Team is a team that has competed in one (1) Circuit Event or less on the National Tour. Kickball365 League Teams would be considered New/Open Teams until they have competed in two (2) Circuit Events in 12 months. New and Open Teams will not be seeded at Circuit Events and seeds assigned to them will be at random.
Note: Teams will no longer fall under a Provisional Category. Teams that previously fell under the Provisional Status will be considered New/Open until they have played in two (2) Circuit Events as a Team.
A Rookie Team is a team where 100% of its players who have never competed in a Circuit Event on the National Tour. Rookie Teams will not be seeded at Circuit Events and seeds assigned to them will be at random.CIRCUIT RANKING SYSTEM
The Circuit employs a “BCS” style of system, combining three (3) ranking systems to produce CIRCUIT RANKING SYSTEM (CRS) (http://www.kickball365.com/thecircuit/rankings).
This includes: an ELO-Based Ranking System, a FIFA®-Based Ranking System, and a RPI-Based Ranking System.
The Circuit uses the total of the three above Ranking Systems to determine the CRS throughout the National Tour. The CRS takes the ranking of each team’s ELO, FIFA®, and RPI and combine them to determine their rank.
Only Established Teams are eligible for inclusion the CRS. Teams classified as New/Open/Available will be ranked once they are an Established Team (see DEFINITIONS OF A TEAM ON THE CIRCUIT on previous page).
METHODOLOGY FOR SEEDING A CIRCUIT EVENT
To seed for a Circuit Event, Kickball365 will take a team’s averaged ranks (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each of the individual ranking systems – ELO, FIFA®, and RPI – to generate their CRS Rankin to be used to seed teams at each Circuit Event during the National Tour Year.
By contrast, the CIRCUIT SCORING SYSTEM (CSS), which awards points to registered Circuit Teams solely on their performance at Circuit Events, will be used to seed teams at the Circuit Championship Weekend.
DESCRIPTION OF RANKING SYSTEMS
Kickball365 has broken down the rankings systems in detail on the Kickball365 Knowledge Base at https://kickball365com.uservoice.com/knowledgebase.