Cal North Founders Cup Schedules and Results
U16-U19 FOUNDERS CUP 2013 SITES
- Morgan Hill Outdoor Spots
Center, Morgan Hill
Qtr/Semi Finals & Championship Games
- Bartholomew Sports Park, Elk
Check the Venues
page for information on these sites
Founders' Cup Apparel
If you missed the opportunity to buy t-shirts/hoodies
on-site, don't fret, you can order them on-line!
Who Plays In
Cal North Founders' Cup?
Founders' Cup Age Groups
U9 Founders Cup
U10 Founders Cup
U12 Founders Cup
U14 Founders Cup
U16-U19 Founders Cup
Founders' Cup Venue(s)
(which site is to be used is designated yearly):
Founders Cup Ripon
Founders Cup Mistlin Sports Park
Ripon & Mistlin Sports Park are the same venue
Founders Cup Cherry Island
Sacramento & Cherry Island are the same venue
Founders Cup Elk Grove
Games are played at Bartholomew Sports
Founders Cup Morgan Hill
Games are played at
Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center
Redding Soccer Park
Venues & Weather
It unfortunately happens at times that venue
locations have to change. This primarily happens
due to rain causing fields to be non-playable. This is determined solely
by the operator at the
particular site and Cal North has no control over that determination, or when
it. In the past, Cal North has been notified within the week, before the
playing weekend. This
can happen when a sudden storm over-whelms fields. For this weather
neither the site operator or Cal North has any control over. At the moment
that Cal North is
informed, the search to find another playing location is made. Due to the
number of games
played, this has to be a large venue, which are in short supply, and may be
previous game reservations from other organizations.
When signing up to play, please be aware
that weather can cause the playing site to be changed.
This has to figure into your personal cost to attend, and the time needed to be
able to play (i.e. if
you have to drive further than you initially anticipated, which may require you
to spend the night,
rather than just doing a local drive daily).
Sometimes venues shut down fields, after
they have let the fields be used during questionable
ground conditions. Fields end up damaged and the site operator then shuts
the fields down, to
allow time for healing. This process can easily take months to
happen. Even on a normal basis,
it is good to allow a field to have a 'rest' period, for grass to grow and
fill-in spots. This may
cause a site to be unavailable for a period of time, due to fields being rested.
With this being
done, if you notice a site near you that 'seems' available to play, from a
casual glance, it may not
be available, as the venue operator may be resting the fields. This can
easily occur also during wet
weather. Just 'looking' at a field cannot necessarily tell you the
condition of a field that has retained
a large amount of moisture. This would be seen by walking on the field,
and noticing how much
moisture is in the ground. The following picture shows a heavy amount of
moisture in the ground
and is an example of field conditions when play should not happen, due to the
ground being too
Note the large amount of water being kicked up by running players
Frost On Ground
Some sites are paying closer attention to their fields, and rightfully so.
Good fields will not
exist where they are used
in weather conditions that cause fields to be damaged. Frost on
fields is one of the
items that is getting more attention. If there is frost on the grass,
on the upper part of the
grass, which is covered with frost, will kill the top layer of grass. A
which studied effects of walking on frost covered grass made a simple
statement " Injury
to frost covered Grass will not be seen right away but will be noticeable 12
to 48 hours after the
damage is done. Often the injured grass will get a purple or black hue.
The Grass will then turn
brown as it dies. Dead Grass will leave areas for Weeds to germinate.
Damaged Grass that does
not die will be more susceptible to disease." It comes down to a
simple policy, people
should not be walking/playing on frost covered grass, as it will damage
the playing field.
While some may thing it is 'fun' to see their feet print on the frost covered
grass, each foot print is
damaging the area where they walked. A prudent site operator will
want people to stay
entirely off their grass until the frost is gone. This is a practical
and is happening more
often. In turn, this causes delays in scheduled playing times. This
is another weather
related happening, which cannot be predicted.
What Is Founders' Cup?
The Cal North Founders’ Cup tournament is a tournament
solely for recreational players. This tournament is a
bringing together teams from all over northern California to play. There are
of the tournament. One division hosts age groups
U9-10 & U12-U14 players.
This division starts play in
mid-December, with the tournament concluding near the
middle of December, for the U9-10 age
U12-U14 age group plays 'Founders' Cup Sectional
Qualifiers' in December. Those teams that advance out
sectional qualifiers will play
in the state level Founders Cup tournament in January. The sectional
will be new for 2013 Founders' Cup.
(Please see the section later on this page, regarding
the change for U12-U14 play, in 2013)
The second division of the tournament hosts
group starts play in late February, and
concludes around the beginning of
Applications for Founders’ Cup are typically due in to
office at the very beginning of November.
Applications for U16-U19 teams are
due into the Cal
North office by the very beginning of January. These
listed on the Cal North site.
The U9-U10 players play in what is named the
Festival', which also can be called the
North Junior Cup. This festival is composed of
the younger age group
of several different playing
divisions, from recreational to competitive.
are played at the same site, with each division competing
against teams in its'
own playing division (i.e. recreational
vs. recreational, competitive vs.
Recreational teams may elect to enter the Association
segment of the festival, instead of the recreational
level of play. This would be for a
recreational team that may have been at the top of play in their recreational
season of play. A caveat here though. They would potentially be playing against other teams that had been
playing competitive play all season,
at a playing level different then that of recreational play. For a
team that may be thinking of going competitive in their next
playing season, this might be something for them to
try, to preview what they
would be up against for the future. There may be a higher tournament fee
to play in
the competitive part of the Junior Cup Festival (Association Cup &
In October, 2012, Cal North announced that the Junior Cup
Festival would become an 'Open Cup'
State Cup & Association Cup, the age group would run
U9-U11, as compared to Founders' Cup being
addition, being now
classified as an 'Open Cup', other
organizations registered with US Soccer
are now eligible to
enter the festival. The non-Cal North teams in the
tournament play against each other for the tournament. The
of the championship games was changed for the U10
age group. The winning
championship team from the U10 age
group now plays the championship team from
the 'open' tournament,
for the overall champion. The final championship
will be attempted for December, but may happen in January.
Over the past years, the Founders’ Cup games have been
at the Morgan Hill Sports Complex, in Morgan Hill, Mistlin Sports
in Ripon, Cherry Island in Rio Linda (also called
'Sacramento' ), and at Bartholomew Sports Park in Elk
fields at Bartholomew Sports Park are all turf fields.
There are two
turf fields at Morgan Hill, which are in a stadium and ten (10)
fields. New sites will be used, as available.
The format for Founders' Cup is purely recreational and is
designed to be a place for recreational teams to experience
There are no ‘qualifications’ for a team to play at Founders’ Cup. It is as
simple as a team deciding
that they want to go, and they apply. Regional qualifiers to attend Founders’ Cup
exist in the older age group. U12-U14
will play in Founders' Cup Sectional Qualifiers to become eligible to
attend the final rounds.
For teams desiring to enter Founders’ Cup, it is a simple
process. You pay
the entry fee for that year, and file your team paperwork with
Cal North. A
team is eligible for playing in Founders’ Cup for having just
participated in the
Fall playing season. Teams go to the tournament as a team,
with all members
of the team being eligible to go to Founders’ Cup. All teams
that apply are
accepted, no team is turned away. Please note, you must
attentions to attend Founders’ Cup with your league registrar.
will be processed by your registrar and the District registrar.
There are a number of things that a coach will find out if
they attend Founders'
Cup: (1) They and their team will have fun. It is an
experience for the
recreational players to travel with their teammates; (2) The
team will be excited.
It will most likely be the first time that they have
played teams from other areas
that they know nothing about. New
friendships could be made; (3) The coach
will see their team play at a different
level than they did during the recreational
season play; (4) The parents feel
the excitement of the Cup competitions also;
(5) For some teams, it may be a
test for them to consider if they wish to
move to competitive play.
Cal North Founders' Cup 2012-2013
Founders' Cup Calendar
District VIII teams; District Registrar must have roster.
Preliminary Roster, to be submitted on Nov. 1 to Cal North
Applications for U9-U14 due to Cal
North office, before 5:00 P.M.
Founders' Cup Team Draw: Cal North Office, Pleasanton
(Cal North held draw on
11/15, with office staff only)
Registrar must have any roster changes IN HAND by this date.
U9-U10 Boys and Girls Preliminary
to be played at Cherry Island, Rio Linda
U9-U10 Boys and
Girls Qtr & Semi Final
to be played at Cherry Island, Rio Linda
U9-U10 Boys and Girls
Games to be
played at Cherry Island, Rio Linda
U12-U14 Boys and Girls Preliminary Games at Mistlin Sports Park, Ripon--CANCELED
Boys and Girls
Qtr & Semi
Final Games at Mistlin Sports Park, Ripon--CANCELED
Boys and Girls Championship Games at Mistlin Sports Park, Ripon--CANCELED
Applications for U16-U19 due to Cal North
office, before 5:00 P.M.
U12-U14 Boys and Girls
games to be
played at Mistlin Sports Park, Morgan Hill
U12-U14 Boys and Girls
games to be
played at Mistlin Sports Park, Morgan Hill
U12-U14 Boys and Girls Qtr
Final and Semi Final games to be
played at Mistlin Sports Park, Ripon
and Girls Championship games to be
played at Mistlin Sports Park, Ripon
Founders' Cup Team Draw
at Cal North
Boys and Girls Preliminary games:
Will be played at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, in Morgan
Boys and Girls Semi-finals & Championship games:
Sports Park, Elk Grove
Printable Founders' Cup
For all teams,
your league registrar for deadline dates
for getting your documents into them for processing. They must
have time for documents to be processed, and delivered. These
dates will be in advance
of the Cal North dates, so don't think that
you have until the very last second to get your documents in.
Cal North Junior Cup Festival -
The teams will play as they have in
the past, going thru the championship rounds. In the 'open cup'
division, the teams will do the same. When the championship teams have
been determined for the recreational division of the Junior Cup Festival,
and the 'open division' championship team has been determined, they will
play each other for the overall champion of the Junior Cup Festival. A
team essentially would end up playing two championship games, one for
their recreational division, and the final championship game against the
winner of the 'open' division. Cal North has stated that this final
championship game would be scheduled in January,
if it cannot be held in December.
Who are these potential 'open cup'
teams that a recreational team would play against? These may includes
teams from the following: US Club,
SAY Soccer, and USSSA.
Cal North Founders' Cup U12-U14 - Changes In 2013
will be changes in the manner that Founders' Cup will be played in the
U12-U14 age groups, beginning in 2013. Cal North has implemented
'Founders' Cup Sectional Qualifiers'.
Oh, what does the 'Founders'
Qualifier' mean? You would play a series of games with teams from your
next door district. As an example, District VIII would play against
District VII teams. The teams that win their qualifying rounds would
advance to the upper round, which would be the
actual conclude with
champions, those that did not win would not advance. The fees for the
qualifying round would be based on an average of $100 per game. You would pay another
fee, if you advanced, to play the remaining State Level games toward the
championship. You could end up playing some of your own local teams,
knocking each other off, if your local area had a lot of teams going.
This would depend on the number of teams playing from your next door
district. These games would happen in the local area of the districts
Please go to the
page to review the information on sectional play, as it exists currently.
UPDATE: April 15,
The Founders' Cup Committee did not
get an opportunity to establish/finalize the rules/procedures for the
operation of sectional games at the recent CYSA Expo, at Lake Tahoe.
The committee will have to meet again, at a future date, to work on
these items. Right now, only the shell exists, not the internals,
for the sectionals.
The District VIII
Founders Cup representative is currently Jack Smith and if you
contact me at
Where Are Founders' Cup Games Played?
Cal North Founders' Cup Locations
The tentative locations
selected, as of 9/15/2012, are:
Cal North Junior Cup Festival for
Founders’, Association and State Cup at Cherry Island on December 8-9 and
Cal North Founders’ Cup U12-U14 at Ripon Soccer Complex on January 12-13 and 19-20,
Cal North Founders’ Cup U16-19 at Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, in
Cal North Founders’ Cup U16-U19 single elimination rounds at Bartholomew
Sports Park, Elk Grove on March 2
The U16-U19 semi-finals and the championship
games will be held on one day, on March 2. This will eliminate
the need for most teams to have to spend money to stay the night. The
only exception might be teams having
the first game of the day, who have to drive a long distance.
Cal North Founders' Cup Fee
The following fee has been set for 2012-2013 Founders'
(Junior Cup Festival, and U12-U14)
If you are a recreational team that wants
advanced play challenges, you may sign up to play in Association Cup, of the
Junior Cup Festival. You will then compete against entry level
competitive teams. To play in the Association Cup part of the Junior
Cup Festival the fee is $550.
(Just click on item to go directly to it)
'Flight Tracker' For Coaches
This worksheet allows you to keep track of
teams in your flight, collecting point information. Get this form
Founders Cup - Coaches Worksheet
This worksheet can help facilitate your working through items, as you
prepare for Founders' Cup. It is a check-list guide, to help you
insure that you have covered vital items. Get this form
Special note to U9
U9 teams are allowed to play in the tournament, but you
are playing in the U10 group, against U10 & U9 teams. There is no
effort made to place U9 teams in a bracket with other U9 teams. Teams
are bracketed solely by random, which may produce any random group of age
groups in a bracket. When you apply to the tournament, you also use
the U10 application form to apply, as there is no U9
Take note that the listed age group
applications are U9-14 and U16-19, with both groups having different
timelines that they have to apply by, as follows:
Must apply by November 1, 2012,
by 5:00 pm; Applications MUST be IN the office
U16-19 - Must apply by
January 2, 2013, by 5:00 pm;
Applications MUST be IN the office
A document that gives information on
Founders' Cup, and Founders' Cup Tips.
For U14-U19 teams, you may
now have 22 players on your roster. Ask your league registrar
for help on these items.
Only 18 players can be designated as being eligible to play in a game.
For U9-U12 teams, you may have an 18 player roster. For
rosters with over 18 players, players not designated as playing in the
game cannot be in uniform. They may be with the team, but just not
Pets At Fields:
For all facilities, NO PETS ARE ALLOWED Coaches have the responsibility for notifying their
team. If a party brings a pet, they will be asked to remove the pet
from the fields. Please do not bring a pet to the fields.
Coaches need to make sure that their team is aware of this.
The Head Cal North referee official comments on the wearing of long sleeve
clothing, hats & gloves.
Insure that you read section 'XI Uniforms', in the Cal North Cup Competition
Directives, Rules & Regulations, regarding rules on non-uniform clothing, as there are specific requirements.
No guest players.
Cal North automated process for doing applications, on-line. Just click the
If you apply and pay online, you still need all
the paper documentation into the office by the deadline.
NINE (9) players from the current recreational
season team must listed. You may ADD up any
number of players to your team, who had not played/registered for the
current recreational season. You may now transfer players from other
leagues to your roster. There is a difference in the number of
transfers that you may have, when using players from your league, versus
players from outside of your league. Ask your league registrar
Your first step in preparing to go to Founders'
Cup is to speak with your league registrar to get their deadlines for
having your roster processed for Founders' Cup. They can
also answer your questions as to adding players to your team, or getting
unregistered players on to your roster.
For team officials, Cal North allows a maximum of
FOUR team officials, with passes, to be on the sideline with your team.
It is NOT sufficient just to have the person listed on the golden rod.
They MUST have a pass. Your spouse and children must be on the
spectator side of the field.
This is an issue for coaches and Cal North. Cal North holds a coach
responsible for the behavior of their spectators. In matches, a coach
and their spectators may be separated. This means that a coach will
have to watch the game, and the conduct of their spectators, from across the
field. This means that the coach and assistant coach will have to work
with each other on watching aspects of both the game, and spectators.
It would be beneficial to task the 'team parent' with helping to monitor the
parents, as they must be on the sideline with the parents (they are not a
team 'coach', with credentials, so they would be with the spectators).
However, remember the coach has the final responsibility, if something
happens. If it is apparent that the team parent cannot get a parent to
settle down, they need to notify the coach immediately. If the
team parent seeks a Cal North field officer nearby, they can also explain the
situation to them, to seek assistance.
Think long, pay long here folks. You need to
pay attention as to when the venue is announced. Needless to say,
the cheaper rooms go first! Everything is first come, first served.
You also need to
have a parents meeting and talk about how the chaperoning will work,
especially for any player that may attend the games without parents (i.e.
traveling with another family and staying in their room, or adjoining
rooms). Coaches may want to review the following item, from the league
Cal North has a
form that seeks to protect you from
that well worn adage (Murphy's Law), if you wish to use it. This is
the Car Pool Driver Form, which can also be found in the back of your Team
Coaches are responsible to ensure that only credentialed team
personnel are in the team area during a game. No parents/sponsors are
allowed. Cal North personnel will be checking team areas for authorized
personnel, as per team check-in, with credentials having been previously
presented. You may have a total of four (4) licensed team personnel in
the team area. Please take note, the spouses/significant others,
and children of licensed personnel are spectators and must be in the
Please take note. An increasing number of sites have turf fields.
To this date, all of the past sites have restrictions
regarding usage of turf fields. Most sites have the same set of rules,
as others, for preservation of the turf. Please ensure that your team
is prepared for this, by checking your schedule and letting your team know
about it in advance. This means that you must pay careful and
immediate attention to your playing schedule when you receive it. If
players need to buy new shoes, they need to know about it in advance.
For the team area, the coach will be held responsible for ensuring that all
players abide by the rules of the field. The coach should ensure that
their team is informed of the turf field rules, before they go to the fields
(ideally a coach should issue a statement to the team, prior to leaving
home, informing them of any specific rules that they will face).
|No metal cleats are allowed on the field. There is no
exception to this, so if a player brought ONLY metal cleats, they
would not be allowed to play. Metal cleats destroy artificial
|Only water, NO GATORADE may be brought onto the field (Gatorade
stains the artificial turf AND makes it sticky)|
|There are often restrictions on food. Some might say no food
at all, while others might say no form of shelled nuts (i.e.
sunflower seeds, peanuts, etc.) are allowed. To this point, it has
been consistent on the 'no shelled nuts' restrictions. They don't want them near their fields,
and you can't hide the fact that you are eating them, from the residue
that you spew. It is all for protecting the field environment and
the fact that most places do not have clean-up crews, to clean-up after
every game. They want the area to stay clean, all day.
Ensure that you are aware of any food restrictions for the turf field
that you may play on. If fruit is allowed, consider how you
present the fruit, to save yourself some trouble, even if it is on a
grass field. For oranges, you might consider peeling them before
you leave home. Players often sometimes peel them, and let the
peelings just fall on the ground. Needless to say, this all has to
be picked up before the team leaves their team area. This can be a
pain for a coach. The coach is responsible for ensuring that their
team area is clean, when they leave the field. There is no
janitorial cleaning team to do this.|
|Do not bother to take a pop-up,
as you will not be able to use it. In general, where there are
turf fields, there is no dirt area to anchor a pop-up down. The
same applies to umbrellas. For turf fields that have spectator
stands, some are covered, and some possibly are not.|
Note: The above viewing stand is the typical
viewing stand at Bartholomew Sports Park
Your team may have a maximum of five (5) transfers from another league
to your team. You may select from more than one league, but you have a
maximum of five outside your league players that you can transfer on. You have unlimited transfers from teams within your
league. Remember that this can only be recreational players.
For those parents who cannot attend the games and are having other
parents watch over their child, this
form can be used to outline the
responsibilities of the chaperone, and ensure that they understand their
Be prepared to pay an average of $5-$6 to park at several venues.
Check on entering about 'In/Out' policy
for parking. This is where it might be smart to carpool players from
the hotel, loading up the cars and saving on parking fees.
As a recreational team, playing solely within your league, your team
credentials do not meet state standards for tournament play. You may
play in a league where pictures on player passes were not needed, or not
strictly enforced. This is not acceptable for state level playing
passes, as all passes must have a proper picture. The other item is
that to play in Founders Cup, you are then considered a 'traveling team' and
must meet requirements for such. This means that all passes, players
and coaches, must be laminated. Any pass that does not have a picture,
or is not laminated will not be accepted at team check-in--no exceptions.
This is why you need to insure that you would with your league registrar and
District Registrar on getting your team credentials to them, for the needed
work to be done on them. Your '1401' form, the medical release form,
must be the original forms that were signed, no copies will be accepted.
It must be in 'original' ink signature.
In most playing leagues it is the home team that has to
change their jersey in a color conflict with a visiting team. The same
exists in Founders' Cup. If you know a coach that might let you borrow
some practice vests/pennies, it might be wise to do so, as a just-in-case.
A game could not be played with both teams having the same color jersey, and
the responsibility falls on the home team for this.
For the fall playing season, the weather is sometimes an
issue. Fields may be wet/slightly muddy. There is typically a
big gap between the first game played and the next game. If a player
has wet/muddy socks/clothing, it is most likely prudent for them to be able
to change. The team will need to consider as to how/where this will
occur. The question also involves as to what they will change into.
A recreational team typically does not have a 2nd uniform to change into.
The next alternative may be sweats, or street clothing. This does not
resolve a wet sock issue though, for the next game. A wise player/team
will have a 2nd pair of socks for their players, as a just-in-case measure.
The wet/muddy uniform is another matter, which could provide a challenge.
A parent could take all the uniforms to a laundromat and wash & dry them.
This means a volunteer, to be away from the team. The location of the
nearest laundromat would have needed to be pin-pointed, prior to playing, so
that the party could get there and back quickly (hoping that all the
machines were not in usage). An alternative could be renting one room
at a place that has a washer/dryer room on site. Players could change
clothes in the room and the clothes could be washed on site.
Founders' Cup Information (on
Cal North Web):
Cal North Founders Cup
Founders Cup Rules
Cal North Founders Cup
Cal North Founders Cup
Schedules and Results
Cal North Founders Cup
Cal North Founders Cup
Hotline for help
Cal North Applications Received
Cal North Junior Cup Festival