2021 Regional Weekend Assignments Released
Nov. 25, 2020 - The Tournament Administration Committee has released the regional tournament weekend assignments for the 2021 competition season. All teams that registered prior to the November 15th registration deadline have been given a regional assignment, which can be found here. In addition, AMTA has placed all teams registering after the October 15th deadline, such that there is no wait list at this time. AMTA has also released the ORCS bid feeder projections for the coming year.
*NEW for 2021* Team Assignments for Online Mock Trial:
- All regional assignments are made on a non-geographic basis.
- Specific division of teams to specific Regional Tournaments among the below weekends will be announced no later than January 31, 2021.
- All regional and ORCS tournaments will take place on one uniform, time-zone friendly schedule.
- There will be two weekends of ORCS tournaments: March 13-14 and March 20-21. There will be four ORCS tournaments each weekend.
- The bids from each regional tournament will be assigned to feed into a particular weekend of ORCS but not a particular tournament. The specific assignments of teams to tournaments will take place after all Regionals have concluded and after open bids are awarded. Power balancing will take place on a nationwide (non-geographic) basis.
- Consistent with Rules 6.6 and 6.7, AMTA reserves the right to move teams from one weekend of ORCS to the other weekend if necessary to accomplish proper power balancing or if necessary to accommodate significant schedule conflicts. Teams that are aware now of specific, significant schedule conflicts with one of the ORCS weekends should report those conflicts now via email.
- Consistent with Rule 6.7, if a school earns multiple bids to different ORCS weekends, AMTA reserves the right to determine which team will compete on which weekend, consistent with our goal of nationwide power balancing and with accommodating specific, significant schedule conflicts. A school with two teams may compete on the same weekend of ORCS, but we intend that those two teams will not compete at the same tournament.
CASE CHANGES: AMTA anticipates releasing changes to the national case problem to be used at the AMTA Regional Tournaments on or before December 7, 2020. Please check the AMTA website for further updates regarding the case materials.
NEXT STEPS FOR ASSIGNED TEAMS:
1. Team Confirmation Forms - ACTION REQUIRED
Pursuant to Rule 2.10.1 (Pg. 12 of the AMTA Rulebook), all schools must complete the Team Confirmation Form for each team. ALL FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF ASSIGNMENTS, or the team will risk administrative removal from the regional tournament. The form is available online and can be found here.
2. Team Roster Form
All team rosters must be submitted for each team no later than 21 days prior to the start time of each teams regional tournament. The Regional Team Roster form is online and can be found here.
3. Current Competitor Registration Form
Pursuant to Rule 3.5 (Pg. 14 of the AMTA Rulebook), each individual student must register with AMTA in order to be eligible to compete in AMTA-sanctioned tournaments. Each student is encouraged to complete this form as soon as possible to avoid delays closer to their regional tournament. After receipt of your team roster, AMTA will compare the roster against the individual registered competitors, and AMTA will contact each school contact with the names of any individuals that still need to register. If all students are registered, AMTA will likewise confirm this with the official school contact. All current competitors must be registered on or before the Monday before their respective regional tournament, or they will be prohibited from competing in the AMTA-sanctioned tournament. The Current Competitor Registration Form can be found here.
REGIONAL TEAM WITHDRAWAL INFORMATION:
If you no longer wish to compete in your assigned AMTA tournament, you may use the following procedure to withdraw from our competition.
1. Withdrawal Procedure
All withdrawals should be immediately communicated to AMTA.Tournaments@collegemocktrial.org AND AMTA@collegemocktrial.org. A withdrawal is not considered "official" until it is communicated by the school to the above-mentioned individuals.
2. Withdrawal Penalty Structure
The following penalties shall be assessed to each school that either withdraws and/or fails to appear at a regional tournament:
- $75 for teams that drop within 28 days of the start of the tournament, but more than 14 days before the start of the tournament;
- $125 for teams that drop within 14 days of the start of the tournament but more than 7 days before the start of the tournament;
- $175 for teams that drop within 7 days of the start of the tournament but more than 48 hours before the start of the tournament;
- $225 for teams that drop within 48 hours of the start of the tournament but more than 24 hours before the start of the tournament;
- $350 for teams that drop within 24 hours of the start of the tournament, but before the start of the tournament;
- $500 for teams that drop after the start of the tournament, that fail to show for the tournament, or that leave the tournament early without permission of the AMTA Representative(s).
If you have any questions after reviewing the assignments, wait list procedures, or regional confirmation process, please contact the Tournament Administration Committee Chair, Melissa Watt.