2006 Summer Vegas Basketball Tournament (MASTERS)
Frequently Asked Questions for Tournament
|Up-to-date as of: 11/18 12:00PM PDT|
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|Can we pay you at the tournament or put down a deposit?|
Short answer: No. We would like to avoid this headache of tracking payments and chasing people down. It's also a risk for us to be booking refs and gyms with no guarantee of payment other than your word.
|Please explain why we cannot pay you at the tournament or put down a deposit.|
The Final Deadline of Aug 20 is only two weeks prior to the tourney, so that should give you plenty of time to utilize a valid credit card for payment securely through Google Checkout. We're pretty sure our team entry fees are the lowest around, so we've made as many concessions as we can without putting the entire tournament at risk.
|Can we pay by check or cash via snail mail before or at the tourney?|
Again, we would like to avoid this. If there are extenuating circumstances which prevent you or one of your teammates from paying by credit card, please email us at email@example.com.
|Is there a way to get a discount on team fees? NEW|
There are a few ways: (1) Help us run the tournament by scorekeeping, (2) Help us get a grant donation from your company, and/or (3) Trade goods with us. See next three FAQ questions for more details.
|Please explain how to reduce team fees by scorekeeping.|
We only have a budget of $15 per game for scorekeepers. If you are an experienced scorekeeper, you can probably handle it with a teammate. If you are not experienced, you should probably get up to four teammates to help. Again, we can only pay $15 per game maximum for scorekeepers.
|Please explain how to get a grant donation from my company or employer|
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, therefore able to accept tax deductible donations. If one of your teammates, coaches, sponors, fans, or family works at a big company (search here), then you should be able to secure a grant for us. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
|Please explain how to reduce team fees by trading goods.|
Running tournaments and leagues involves a lot of other costs such as trophies, t-shirts, etc. If you have a basketball-related trade or business that can substitute for your team entry fee, inquire with us. But it has to something we are paying too much for right now.
|You utilize PayPal in the past. Why are you using Google Checkout now?|
The reason why we are migrating to Google Checkout is because of the lower transaction fees. We have full confidence that Google can and will deliver the same or better level of service that PayPal is known for.
|What do I need to use Google Checkout?|
First you need a Google account -- a Gmail account will suffice, but if you don't want to tie your Google Checkout account to your Gmail, then you need to create a new Google Checkout account. Second, you need a valid credit card. That's it; pretty much as simple as PayPal was! When you click on our Buy Now button, Google Checkout will guide you through the process.
|Tell me more about the free ESPN The Magazine offer.|
As an added incentive to encourage you and your teammates not to procrastinate, we are giving away free one-year subscriptions to captains who pay and register the full the $320.00 team entry fee prior to the Early Deadline of Fri Dec 1, 2006, at 11:59PM PDT -- any team fees received after that will not be eligible. ONLY CAPTAINS AND ONLINE PAYMENTS MADE BY DEC 1 USING GOOGLE CHECKOUT ARE ELIGIBLE. This is a $103.74 value (or $17.30, depending on how you look at it)... Even more detailed info
|What if someone other than the captain pays for the entry fee? Who gets the free subscription to ESPN The Magazine?|
We will default the address to that of the Google Checkout account, unless we hear from you otherwise within 24 hours of the team entry fee payment. As far as who should get the free subscription, that's like asking us who's more important to the team, the organizer or the guy who pays for the entry? That's up to you.
|What percent Asian do players have to be? What is your definition of "Asian"?|
See our section that talks about this on the RULES & REGULATIONS page.
|How do we prove Asian ethnicity?|
All players that have the potential to be the subject of a protest from an opposing team will be required to bring documentation such as a birth certificate and valid id to prove their eligibility. Please do not put Dream League in a precarious situation, otherwise we will have no choice but to disqualify your player based on the evidence available, and possibly disqualify the games that he already played in.
|What is your definition of being 6-feet tall or under?|
The 6-Foot-And-Under division is only for players who are 6 feet tall without shoes on. We will utilize tournament directors who have already been measured at 6'0" as human measuring sticks.
|What is your definition of being 35 years old or older for the Masters division?|
To be eligible for the Masters, all players must be 35 years old as of Sep 2, 2006. We will ask for valid drivers licenses as proof.
|How many players can I have on my team?|
You may not carry more than 12 players who step onto the court in all of your games combined. This is only being fair to your opponents.
|What are the prizes?|
The relatively inexpensive entry fee should suggest a bare-bones tournament budget. We will only have enough of a budget to order one championship team trophy and 8 or 10 individual trophies. We will have to look at the budget to see if there is enough for individual MVP trophies.
|What is the format of the tournament? How many games are you guaranteed?|
We are not fans of the 8-team consolation bracket (only 2 games guaranteed, lose your first game and have no shot at the championship). Therefore we employ a pool play format. Depending on the size of the pools and number of teams, we usually re-seed teams on Day Two in a tiered playoff format, whereby higher seeds would likely get first-round byes on Day Two. You can get a feel for this by looking at the playoff bracket from our Dec 2005 Tournament.
|Why use a tiered playoff format? That could result in potentially a lot of games.|
The reason why we use a tiered playoff format is to give relevance to those pool play games. We force teams that did not perform well on Day One to potentially play a lot of games in order to reach the championship to make up for their false start on Day Two. Top-seeded teams are, as in any other tournament except perhaps the Consolation format, at risk of losing on Day Two and being suddenly eliminated, but remember they are playing teams that have already played more games and that should be more fatigued.
|How about a double-elimination format?|
We usually do not use a double-elimination format because it is very difficult to administer, especially with more likelihood of back-to-back game scenarios.
|How many teams do you expect in each division?|
Eight teams in each division would be the easiest to work with, but truthfully, we can run a fun tournament with as few as four teams, in which we would probably employ the double-elimination format. We will look at each situation on a case-by-case basis and determine the most fair, competitive, and fun format possible within the given time constraints.
|What are the chances of not having enough teams in each division?|
We have a lot of contacts with local Vegas Asian teams, so the chances of not having four teams in any given division are very slim.
|How many teams have been invited?|
The folks at Dream League have been in the Asian basketball circuit for decades. Word of this tournament will reach thousands of Asian ballers across the country, but only so many will be able to make the trip out during this specific timeframe and geography.
|How many teams have you drawn in the past?|
Our SF tournament in Dec 2005 drew 32 teams, mostly from the Bay Area and none from outside of California. Our Vegas 2005 Tournament drew 47 teams spanning Hawaii, Seattle, California, and Arizona, with one team from New York. We have no idea how many teams will respond this time around and sign up.
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