Regional Tournament Team Assignments

Issues or Questions Regarding Assignments:  Contact Melissa Watt, Tournament Administration Committee Chair. 

Change Log:  For a list of all changes made to the Regional Team Assignments since their release date: Click Here

Team Assignment Limits:  Only two teams from a school may attend a single regional site. The only exception is when a second regional site is more than 625 miles from the school (Rule 2.8(3)).  

Team Designations:  If your school has one team, it is the “A” entry by default.  If your school has more than one team, the additional teams are designated by B, C, D, etc.  When sending your teams to regionals, remember that these designations are based on team strength.  In other words, Midlands A should be the school’s best team, Midlands B is second best, Midlands C is third best, and so on.  It is crucial that each school rank its teams honestly based on their strength this year.  AMTA counts on each school to be honest and forthright in its evaluation of its own teams. This is because each region is power-balanced; in other words, we attempt—as best as possible given geography and other factors—to assign teams to regionals such that each regional is of approximately equal difficulty based on the teams attending.  Any manipulation of this scheme (such as deciding that a veteran-laden team from last year’s top-ten national finish is a school’s “D” team) is a sign of bad faith, deception, and undermines the collegiality and fair play for which AMTA stands and is punishable by sanctions from AMTA.

Regional Team Withdrawal Information: 

  1. Procedure to Withdraw:  All withdrawals should be immediately communicated to Melissa Watt, chairperson of the Tournament Administration Committee, and AMTA at 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).

Bid Allocations:  Each regional site is allotted bids pursuant to Rules 6.6 and 6.7 to Opening Round Championship Series Tournament(s), or “ORCS,” as indicated.  The top six teams at each ORCS will receive bids to the National Championship Tournament.  Each school may earn no more than two bids to ORCS.  If a bid from a Regional to ORCS is declined or otherwise ineligible, that bid is placed into a nationwide "Open Bid" pool.  Open Bids will be distributed to the next best team, nationwide, which did not qualify for ORCS.  AMTA does not anticipate distributing any Open Bids until – at the earliest – the week between the third and fourth weekends of Regionals.  For more information on the Open Bid procedures and to view the current open bid list, click here.

Roster Review Procedures:  If schools are uncertain of the proper "A", "B", "C", or "D" designation for their teams, schools may submit rosters to AMTA for review under the new Rule 2.9(9).  Schools must submit on or before the Team Roster submission deadline for the first tournament that the school is assigned to attend (21 days before the tournament start).  Rosters and all supporting documentation should be submitted via email to the Tournament Administration Committee



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