Regional Tournament Team Assignments

Issues or Questions Re: 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

*NEW* Team Assignments for Online Mock Trial:

  • All regional assignments are made on a non-geographic basis.
  • AMTA reserves the right to move a team within the Regional groups noted below, as needed, to avoid as much as possible the existence of a Bye-Buster Team.  If AMTA moves your team, we will notify you directly.
  • 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 ORCS fields will be announced 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.

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


Please contact AMTA Tournament Administration Committee Chair, Melissa Watt.


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