We are pleased to invite your team to apply to the East Tennessee Spring Classic! This tournament is a perfect early spring tournament choice for your team for many reasons. We have scheduled our tournament before most spring breaks so that you will have the opportunity to evaluate your team early in the season and to get some competitive play in before spring break. Also, early March is a wonderful time to play soccer in East Tennessee. The average high in the Knoxville area during this time of the year is in the high 50s. East Tennessee is well situated between five other states, so we draw teams from different areas and can offer a variety of competition.
THE U12 THROUGH U15 AGE GROUPS WILL BE PLAYED ON ARTIFICIAL TURF FIELDS. STATE LEAGUE GAMES FOR U16 AND ABOVE WILL ALSO BE PLAYED ON TURF. DEPENDING ON THE AVAILABILITY OF TURF FIELDS, OTHER GAMES FROM THE U16 AND ABOVE AGE GROUPS MAY ALSO BE MOVED TO TURF. PLEASE NOTIFY US IF YOU DESIRE TO PLAY A STATE LEAGUE GAME IN THE TOURNAMENT. THERE WILL BE NO EXTRA CHARGE, SUCH AS ADDITIONAL REFEREE FEES, FOR STATE LEAGUE GAMES.
THIS YEAR ALL AGE BRACKETS WILL BE HELD THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 2-4. ONLY LOCAL TEAMS WOULD BE ASKED TO PLAY GAMES ON FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 2.
OLDER AGE GROUPS (U-12 AND ABOVE) WILL PLAY A SHOWCASE FORMAT. OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE 4 OR 6 TEAMS IN EACH DIVISION TO HELP MAKE THIS FORMAT WORK WELL. THE FORMAT FOR DIVISIONS IN YOUNGER AGE GROUP WILL DEPEND ON THE NUMBER OF TEAMS IN EACH DIVISION.
We offer one of the most team-friendly tournaments that you could possibly find. We will allow pre-tournament and game day registration so that coaches and managers don't have to travel any earlier than necessary. Our fees are very reasonable for a competitive soccer tournament, and Knoxville and Blount County have some of the most convenient and affordable lodging that you will find for a tournament. We also offer one of a reasonable refund policy for a tournament at this time of year. If we are forced to cancel the entire tournament due to weather, we will return your entire registration fee less a $50 processing fee to cover actual out-of-pocket costs that cannot be avoided.
IF YOU ARE A COACH WITH TWO TEAMS AT THE SAME LOCATION, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO AVOID COACHING CONFLICTS. IF YOU ARE A COACH WITH TWO TEAMS PLAYING AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS, WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO AVOID CONFLICTS FOR THOSE TEAMS BUT WE CANNOT GUARANTY THAT WE CAN DO SO. ALL TEAMS SHOULD ARRANGE FOR AN ALTERNATE COACH TO BE AVAILABLE DUE TO CONFLICTS AND SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT SUCH ALTERNATE COACH IS SHOWN ON YOUR ROSTER.
Our tournament is a cooperative East Tennessee effort between Blount United Soccer Club and the Knoxville Football Club, two of the oldest and most respected Clubs in East Tennessee. Our Clubs are pooling their resources to sponsor a great tournament experience.
If you have any questions regarding our tournament, please email, firstname.lastname@example.org.