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2018 NWLA Tournament Team and Regional Host Applications

Team and Regional Host applications are out now! Register your team today!

As a reminder, the Regional Round of the 2018 NWLA Tournament will take place in early June, while the National Round will be July 13-15 in Morenci, MI. The registration fee for the tournament is $300. If you do not qualify for Nationals, $150 will be refunded to you.

CLICK HERE to apply to host the Regional Round of the 2018 NWLA Tournament!

CLICK HERE to register your team for the 2018 NWLA Tournament!

Click the button below to pay the registration fee of $300 and complete your registration!

Dates for 2018 Set: News and Notes from Host Committee

The NWLA Tournament Host Committee met to kick off the planning stage of the 2018 NWLA Tournament, with the topics ranging from official dates to player movement. We’re rolling out a few changes for 2018.

The official dates of the 2018 NWLA National Tournament will be July 13-15, 2018. The Tournament will return to Morenci, Michigan after a successful first year in its’ new home.

The 2018 NWLA Regional Tournament will be held on June 9-10, 2018, at a location to be determined. The Host Committee will begin taking applications to host the Regional round after the New Year. A Regional site will be selected in late March. Team applications for the Tournament will also be available after the New Year, with a due date set in April. The team fee for this year will be $300, with $150 being returned if you do not make the National Tournament.

The final point of emphasis is player movement. In order to preserve the Tournament’s identity as being a showcase of great NWLA Leagues across the country, we have decided to take the following steps regarding player movement:

• Any player who played in the 2017 Tournament that wishes to change league affiliation must sit out one (1) year.
• In certain cases (moving cities etc.) a player will be permitted to change league affiliation without sitting out a year, however, they must go through an appeal process. Under this process, the Host Committee shall determine whether or not the case is valid. If the player’s previous league is still active, the player must also receive permission from the league.
• In the case of a league folding, the players from said league do not need to sit out a year if they join another league.

New Qualifying Format for the 2018 NWLA Tournament

After reviewing everything that happened in the 2017 version of the NWLA Tournament, we have decided to simplify the qualifying. The following changes will be instituted for the 2018 Tournament:

-The Top 13 finishers from the 2017 NWLA Tournament will be automatically qualified for the 2018 Nationals should they meet ALL of the eligibility requirements set forth by the Committee.
-There will be ONE Qualifying Tournament, at a location to be determined, where all non-automatically qualified teams will report to to qualify for a spot.
-BWACS will be considered as the first alternative for automatic qualifying should one of the Top 13 drop out.
-Qualifying format will be determined based on number of teams.

These changes will reduce the use of resources that could be used for the National Tournament. This will help bring a better tournament experience to both the Qualifying round and the National Tournament.

There will be further changes regarding other parts of the Tournament that will be announced at a later date.