Below is the Hershey Soccer Club’s invitation to its 2017 edition of the Hershey Cup Soccer Tournament. The Hershey Soccer Club is a non-profit community based club, which strives to provide quality recreational and travel soccer opportunities for children of all skill levels and ages. The Hershey Cup was created as a pre-season tune-up tournament for Premier and Travel teams. Our goal is to offer quality competition on high quality fields in Hershey while encouraging sportsmanship and fostering a love of the game. The concept for the Hershey Cup Tournament is to provide teams with a preseason opportunity to bond on and off the field.
We hope your team accepts our invitation to compete in the 2017 Hershey Cup and learn firsthand why Hershey is commonly referred to as the Sweetest Place on Earth!
All games will be played at locations in Hershey or a 10 mile radius of Hershey. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of three (3) games (see rules/format document for more info and conditions). Preliminary games will be held all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. All teams have the potential for 8 am games both days. The final games will be held Sunday. Awards will be given to 1st (Champion) and 2nd place teams (Finalist).
Age Groups, Fees and Application Deadline
The Hershey Cup is a 2017/2018 Soccer year competition. Competition will be open to USYS and US CLUB SOCCER "CLUB" teams in the following age groups and divisions. No mixed rosters.
2017 Fees Tournament Fees for teams
7 v. 7 & 9 v 9 Teams play 50 min games
11 v. 11 Teams play 60 min games
Payments may be made by check or credit card. Refunds will not be provided to teams withdrawing after acceptance. There is a 3% processing fee for payments made by credit card which is non-refundable at any time. Checks will only be accepted up to 1 month prior to event. Any open payments thereafter must be made by CC
Note: Deadline to apply is July 10, 2017 at midnight. Payments may be made by check or credit card. All payment are due within 7 days of application. Refunds will not be provided to teams withdrawing after acceptance of teams. There is a 3% processing fee for payments made by credit card which is non-refundable at any time. Teams applying after July 10th will be added to a wait list. We will notify you if we are able to accept your team.
Levels of Play:
The Hershey Soccer Club Tournament Committee strives to bracket teams to provide a competitive environment. Teams will be bracketed in divisions as follows:
The top bracket is designated as Orange (Most Competitive), the next bracket is designated as Blue (Travel Teams) and the next competition bracket will be designated White (lower division Travel Teams).
The team selection will be based on league record and league division, past tournaments records-level of play, geographic balance, date of receipt of application and tournament fee, and number of teams applying in each age group. Please indicate on your application or in correspondence to the Tournament Director your perceived level of competition.
Note: To provide the best competition, the Tournament Committee may combine or eliminate age groups and/or move teams up to the next age group.
Travel teams participating in regularly scheduled league play or Premier teams that participate in a premier league are eligible as long as they belong to their local, state, and national association and have current validated photo player and coaches' passes. DDP Competitive teams in ages U9 and U10 are also eligible. Applications for designated “tournament team rosters” may only be submitted for teams age U13 and up (this means teams U12 and below must participate in either fall or spring league play to be eligible, DDP teams at ages U9 and U10 are also eligible). USYS, US Club Soccer, DDP and Travel Teams with photo player and coach’s passes designated as competitive, travel or premier teams are eligible. (Age groups by birthdate are listed within our rules.) The Hershey Cup will not accept mixed rosters. This means that teams must have all regular and guest players in a USYS or US Club roster and pass system and the Tournament will not permit a team with a USYS roster to have guest players with US Club or vice versa.
Please complete the on-line Got Soccer Application (opens January, 1, 2017). Upon successful completion of the Got Soccer application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and your registration number. If paying by check you should mail your check made payable to the Hershey Soccer Club to P.O. Box 66, Hershey PA 17033 and include a copy of the email confirmation with the check. If paid by credit card you will receive an additional email with a confirmation of payment receipt. Credit card payments will incur a 3% processing fee (see details on payment page). Please include your team name and Registration Number as the "Subject" of ALL correspondence including email correspondence relating to the Tournament.
For non-credit card payments by check or money order, the payments should be made payable to the Hershey Soccer Club for the full amount of the tournament fee. (See below for mailing address)
Teams not accepted are notified and money is promptly refunded (exception, the 3% processing fee for credit card payments will not be refunded). The Tournament fee is Non-Refundable after Acceptance. Checks will only be accepted up to 1 month prior to event. Any open payments thereafter must be made by Credit Card.
See Rules for details regarding refund policy if tournament games are canceled in full or in part prior to or during tournament due to weather or field conditions, etc.
July 10, 2017. Application deadline. Applications are due by midnight
July 10, 2017: Tournament fee.
July 17, 2017: Deadline for ordering Discount Hersheypark Tickets. The discount Hersheypark tickets are available for purchase online at the Got Soccer Store. The tickets may only be purchased by the team manager or coach listed on the Got Soccer application. The Hershey Park tickets will be sent via UPS or similar carrier for delivery to the Team representative one week prior to the Tournament.
July 12, 2017: Team Acceptances Announced
August 1, 2017: Deadline for Electronic Team Registration
August 11, 2017: Mandatory team registration. In-person registration is open from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Derry Township Parks & Recreations 605 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033. All teams must be registered either electronically or in person on or before August 12th at 7:30 pm (Absolutely, No Exceptions!).
August 12 & 13 2017: 5th Annual Hershey Cup Soccer Tournament
PLEASE NOTE: Mandatory team registration: Friday, August 11, 2017 at Derry Township Parks & Recreations Building located at 605 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033. All teams must complete the electronic registration or in-person registration prior to competition.
Each team must present properly authorized player and coaches' passes with photos, an official roster, and valid medical release forms for each participant at the time of registration. You may use your current medical release forms or utilize the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Medical Release Form.
Please note: Teams that fail to complete the registration process including producing an official roster prior to the start of a game must forfeit the game.
Secondary players are considered guest players and must present primary player passes. Check with your state or governing association to determine if they require completion of a guest player form.
Permission to Travel - USYS member teams from Region 1 DO NOT need to provide permission to travel at registration. Teams from other USYS Regions must provide their state association's properly executed "Permission to Travel Form." No such permission is required of US Club Soccer member teams.
ALL teams should ensure that they have current and up-to-date team insurance - proof is not needed at Friday night registration.
To be considered for acceptance, teams requiring hotel stays must use the Hershey Soccer Club’s designated Housing Coordinator’s reservation system. Any team that does not use the Official Housing Coordinator’s reservation service will not be accepted into the Hershey Cup Tournament. Any Team found to have booked outside the Housing Coordinator system will be disqualified from participation. If you are booking rooms at a later date, please apply now and provide the Tournament Director and Registrar with the Housing Coordinator reservation booking number upon receipt.
The Housing Coordinator for the 2017 Hershey Cup is Halpern Travel. Please visit the Hershey Cup page at www.halperntravel.com for hotel reservations.
Address - for mailing fees & rosters
**Please make checks payable to the Hershey Soccer Club.
The mailing address of the Tournament Registrar is:
Maribeth Briggs – Tournament Registrar
Hershey Soccer Club
P.O. Box 66
Hershey, PA 17033
Email us! We strive to respond promptly.
Registration or Rostering Questions?
Please email Tournament. Registrar Maribeth Briggs: email@example.com
To contact the Tournament Director
Please email Director, Anthony (Tony) Potter: firstname.lastname@example.org