In addition to answers to common questions below, participants (players, managers, and coaches) should review Event Details.
A. Divisions – Competition Levels – Rules
Our competition levels have changed. You will find a description of each in the Event Details (linked from our Tournament-Registration page).
Yes, youth players may play in older age groups (see rules). However, when registering your child for an older team, for your child’s safety, please keep in mind the child’s skill and size in relationship to the players in the age group in which he/she wishes to play.
Based on demand, we do not have youth (U8-U18/19) coed divisions with the exception of our High School Coed division. However, coed youth teams wishing to participate may register in a boys division and roster girls on the team without being subject to a minimum number of females. Girls may play on boys teams; boys may NOT play on girls teams.
Coed High School and Coed Adult teams must have minimum of three females (four recommended) on the roster and two on the field at all time during play of the game. See Rules for more details.
We do not have coed teams in age groups U08 to U18/U19 other than the Coed High School. Teams in these age groups carrying both boys and girls should register in the boys’ division (no minimum number of females for U8-U18/19 Boys division teams).
Prior year’s rules may be posted for reference pending the release of the current year’s rules. Make sure you are reviewing current year’s rules which will be posted just as soon as possible.
For information regarding current year’s divisions, eligible ages, and competition levels please see Event Details.
B. Team Registration
Team Registration opens December 1 for the following event. For example, registration for NASSC 2020 opens December 1, 2019. Visit http://www.sandsoccer.com/registration/ for registration information.
Please check your junk mail and spam for the confirmation email. The registration confirmation is sent from email@example.com with the subject: Registration Confirmation – 2020 North American Sand Soccer Championships. If after rechecking the inbox/spam/junk/trash for email addresses you own you still do not find a confirmation email contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the name, age group, and gender of the team you were attempting to register.
We do not recommend the use of mobile devices when completing team or player registrations.
Any youth team with ONE OR MORE TRAVEL PLAYERS must enter at the Competitive or Elite competition levels, even if the travel player also plays for a recreational team.
“Recreation” is reserved for teams with NO travel players. Teams entered in a Recreation level with any players carded as travel players during the 2019-2020 seasonal year will be disqualified even if that player is not currently active as a travel player.
Be sure to check your registration confirmation receipt or email to ensure you have selected the right skill level.
Honesty in skill level is expected – please don’t ruin the fun for others by disregarding this rule.
Divisions fill quickly, especially the closer we get to the deadline. We apologize but we are unable to give information over the phone or by email as to whether divisions are full.
Please complete a team registration online. All teams (US Open excepted), are taken on a “First Registered AND paid, First Accepted” basis until a division is filled. If we are unable to accept the team, you will be notified and your team fee will be refunded or returned to you.
Registration deadlines apply. Late registrations will be placed on a waitlist and accepted if space is available.
C. Payments & Deadlines
Team Registrations are accepted after the deadline unless our website indicates “Registrations Are Closed”.
No information regarding whether or not a division is full will be given over the phone or by email.
Teams registering and/or paying after the April 15 deadline will be placed on a waitlist. See Team Manager page for details.
Teams wishing to be added to the waitlist must submit an online registration and make full payment to be considered.
If your team is NOT able to be accepted your team fee will be returned to you.
Yes! New for 2020, teams may pay later using credit card. The person registered as the primary team manager can make payments by credit card on behalf of the team via their EventConnect dashboard. Team Manager Instructions provide additional details.
Please send the payment along with a note including the EXACT team name and division of the team. Include this same information on the memo of the check. This information is found on your EventConnect dashboard.
D. Roster Management for Team Managers
Please visit our Team Manager page for information on preparing your team and the roster. We have prepared materials to assist you all the way. Event Details contain good information and are found on your EventConnect dashboard. The other FAQs on this website will also help highlight some important details.
Thank you for your commitment as a team manager!
Visit the Team Manager page for details on roster management and lock dates.
NOTE: Once invited to the team through EventConnect, all participants (players, managers, and coaches) must complete individual registrations before appearing on the official roster NASSC prints. Your team participants will find their registration questions on their own EventConnect dashboards once they accept an invitation to the team.
You may want to visit our Player Portal at sandsoccer.com, a self-serve network tool to connect teams with players. Be sure to make your post most effective by reading our hints.
Roster sizes are firm. We do not make exceptions to the roster size for any age group, nor for roster requirements regarding coed teams.
Teams with more interested players than roster spots should refer players to our Player Portal to help them connect with teams needing more players.
Dual-rostering is allowed however, we can not deconflict schedules to accommodate these players.
The original team manager should add a new team manager to the team through the EventConnect dashboard. Once this is completed, the former manager may remove him/herself from the team. Review information on the Team Manager page for additional information.
Yes, of course! The coach or manager needs to be invited for each role and complete both sets of required questions. See our Team Manager page for Quick Tips on adding team members.
Keep in mind all youth teams, U08-U18/19 and High School Coed teams must have at least one adult over the age of 25 listed on the roster as either a coach or manager and present on the player sideline during matches.
All participants (players, managers, and coaches) are allowed to roster on more than one team; however, NASSC is not able to make schedule considerations for players rostered on multiple teams. Coaches may submit a schedule request in writing before the request deadline date but NASSC can not guarantee schedules will be deconflicted.
E. Participants' Registrations and Releases
E1 – GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION (Required of all coaches, players, and managers)
Online Participant Registration is free, by invitation only, and is required of all players, coaches, and managers (US Open Pro Division excepted).
Once your team manager invites you to participate with a team, you will be able to answer a few questions before being placed on the official roster. The registration includes waivers and other agreements related to participation in our event.
Team managers or other team members may not complete the registration for other participants.
For participants under the age of 18 registration must be completed by a parent or legal guardian.
When completing a participant registration, TURN OFF AUTO-FILL to avoid inadvertent changes to info already completed by you and REVIEW CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING. The use of mobile devices to complete registration is NOT RECOMMENDED.
If you are planning to roster on multiple teams you will receive separate invitations from each team and will need to complete registration with each team.
See Deadlines under Event Details, linked from our Tournament-Registration page and also found from your EventConnect dashboard.
If you have questions regarding Participant Registration contact the team manager for assistance.
NASSC does not place individuals on teams. Player registration is by team invitation. However, you may want to visit our Player Portal at sandsoccer.com, a self-service network tool to assist players in finding a team to join.
Both a Waiver & Release of Liability and agreement to the Code of Conduct is part of the online registration we require for all participants including players, coaches, and managers. For participants joining a team after the roster lock date, contact the team manager for these forms.
E4 – I MADE AN ERROR WHEN COMPLETING MY/MY CHILD’S PLAYER REGISTRATION. HOW CAN I CORRECT THE INFO?
Log into your EventConnect dashboard and locate you/your child in the list of players for the team. You are able to edit the answers to your registration questions from your EventConnect dashboard.
Log in to your team dashboard through the Event Details page. Look for the 3-bar icon in the top left corner of a page. Click on the icon to open the menu and the log-in option.
Note the following about Event Connect email addresses and accounts:
- Event Connect accounts are created by using an email address – each email address is a separate account.*
- If at any time a participant updates their profile with a new email address, the new email address will update all existing records under their profile.
- Always use the same email address in Event Connect when booking hotels, or joining additional teams.
- Event Connect accounts may only have one adult (age 18 or older). The following family scenarios require separate accounts:
- Spouses who are both participating as coaches, managers, and/or players
- Parents of participants 18 or older at the time of registration.
* Only one adult and any of their minor children can be managed under a single email address.
F. Hotel Accommodations
F1 – I WOULD LIKE TO BOOK MY HOTEL FOR NEXT YEAR’S COMPETITION. CAN I DO IT DURING THIS YEAR’S EVENT?
Yes, and we recommend early bookings to receive the best availability and rates. In order to stay in compliance with the Stay-To-Play policy, any individual or team reservations for a subsequent year must be made through EventConnect. Hotel availability for next year will be made available by the end of this year’s event. Visit our Travel page for more information.
All reservations made for the original June dates through the EventConnect system will automatically be cancelled by EventConnect & you will receive a cancellation confirmation email.
You will need to create a new reservation for the August 7-9, 2020 event dates. Do this through your Dashboard. As hotels adjust to our new event dates, you will continue to see additional hotels added to the inventory. If a hotel is not listed or does not show the dates you need you may Request a Block through EventConnect.
ALL NON-REFUNDABLE deposits paid during the booking process for June reservations will be available as a CREDIT towards the rescheduled event or a future booking on EventConnect’s private member Discount Booking Site which has hotel rates not available to the general public. This CREDIT will provide each individual with the flexibility to book ANY hotel for ANY date for all North American and International destinations – subject to availability.
The EventConnect Customer Success team is available to answer any questions as well by email at email@example.com or phone: 1-888-723-2064.
This slidedeck (click here) shows how to assign each room you booked to the team members who will be using the room.
If you made a hotel reservation and did not use EventConnect to do so, please reach out to EventConnect and they can help work to get this reservation moved through the system. EventConnect will need to know the hotel, the rate, the room type, the email(s) associated with the current hotel booking as well as the name on the reservation(s), the NASSC team name and finally, the event name (North American Sand Soccer Championship). You can reach out by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 1-888-723-2064.
If you do not see enough rooms available, you can request additional rooms. Your request will hold the number of rooms currently available and put in a request directly to the hotel for the remaining inventory. When the remaining inventory is approved or declined, you will receive a notice from the hotel informing you of this. You can reach out by email at email@example.com or by phone at 1-888-723-2064.
The deposit is paid at the time of reservation and is included in the room rate so you pay the remaining balance at the time of check-in. For example, if the rate is $100/night with a $5 deposit included in that $100 rate, you will pay $5 when you make the reservation to secure your room and the remaining balance of $95 at the hotel. These rates with the deposit included are still below online comparable group rates.
F7 – WHY ARE PARTICIPANTS ASKED TO BOOK ANY HOTEL ROOMS THROUGH EVENTCONNECT, EVEN WHEN BOOKING A SINGLE ROOM?
NASSC is a Stay-To-Play event using EventConnect, a free service to our participants and available for booking both individual rooms as well as teams blocking rooms for multiple players. Use of EventConnect keeps team fees lower from year-to-year and directly benefits our community when NASSC is credited for the room you stay in.
When comparing rates online, ensure that you are looking at a cancellable group rate over the same event dates. Also ensure that all the same amenities are being offered, as breakfast is not always included in the rates online compared to the EventConnect rate, and not all room rates are quad occupancy. If you send a screenshot or direct link of the hotel with the lower price via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, EventConnect can look into this and reach out to the hotel. Visit our Travel page for more information.
G. Team Check-In
Check-in is Friday evening of the event weekend. All teams must check-in prior to the event via one of two options offered. Visit Team Manager page for updated check-in information to be posted prior to the event.
Yes, all teams must check-in Friday evening. Follow the team check-in instructions on our Team Manager Info page.
We will have both an in-person check-in option as well as an online option. Online check-in requires the team manager(s) and coach(es) of each team to complete check-in questions. Prior to team check-in all participants (players, managers, and coaches) must have completed their individual registration questions found on their EventConnect dashboards.
Preliminary schedules will be posted online approximately 2 weeks prior to the event. However, FINAL schedules will be posted the Friday night prior to competition. Be sure to scroll down to see full schedules. CAUTION: using a search engine to find schedules can often lead you to schedules from prior years and may not reflect correct information for this year’s event.
NASSC matches will play through rain.
If severe conditions present, we will go by the directions given by the Lifeguards.
Teams are asked to stay in the area and watch social media including the EventConnect mobile app
Games will resume when it is safe to do so. Adjusted schedules will be reflected on our website and the mobile app.
Information for the EventConnect mobile app can be found in Event Details, linked above.
I. Map and Parking
We update our map online just as soon as we have the best idea what the current year will look like. Generally, we keep the layout of age groups the same from year to year. Keep in mind Mother Nature changes the beach throughout the year and we will adapt our layout to the beach as well as the numbers of teams we have attending the event. In the meantime, last year’s map, found under Tournament, is a good guideline and of course, EventConnect can also help you when booking your hotel rooms. Visit the Travel page for hotel information.
During events as big as ours, resort area parking is always a challenge. Participants staying at our hotels are generally offered a parking space with each room. Check with your hotel. We recommend carpools, and allow plenty of time to find parking and walk to your fields. You may wish to visit our City’s site for more info about VB, transportation, and parking in the resort area. http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/visitors/getting-around/ Many common transport options are available in the area and may also help you avoid parking and traffic worries.
J. Gear Store
Pre-order merchandise is not offered. However, official NASSC merchandise will be available at multiple locations during the event. T-shirts, bags, hats, bottles, balls and more will be featured – shop early for the best choices. Any of our white headquarters tents along the beach will have information where to find our NASSC official gear vendors.