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In the Fassa Valley, at the foot of the most beautiful Dolomites of Trentino, Moena will host the Mizuno SnowVolley Marathon! A large-scale gathering for a special experience inside and outside the playing courts. A weekend of "fiery ice" for an internationally established discipline that completes the volleyball euphoria: summer sea, winter snow. Just like the Beach Volley Marathon (www.beachvolleymarathon.com) there are an array of playing courts and lots of exciting fun, only that instead of sand, there are shimmering crystal snowflakes and ... hot carafes of mulled wine! The Mizuno Snow Volley Marathon will also be recognized by Snow Volley Italy as the official leg for the Acqua San Bernardo Snow Volley Tour, now in its 5th edition and the first national tour of the world in this new winter discipline. The participants of the 2x2 M / F categories will earn points valid for the Italian ranking for the title of King and Queen of the Snow and will be able to participate in the other legs of the Tour and the famous Grand Finale which will be held in Prato Nevoso (CN) concurrently with the European leg of the CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour. To make the party of Moena bigger, there will be the DEEJAY Xmasters, the famous Italian winter event dedicated to action sports that invades the best Alpine locations with its Winter Tour, bringing adrenaline, fun and lots of great music thanks to a collaboration with Radio DEEJAY. The date is set, so we'll see you all in Moena on February 8th, 9th and 10th with skis, boards and dribbling gloves! In short, “it’ll be a long weekend to warm up the winter like never before”, in the words of a snow-volleyball player!

Participation

Participation is open to teams of athletes of all levels, divided into the following categories: 2x2 Female, 2x2 Male, 3x3 Female, 3x3 Male and 4x4 Mixed (two men and two women on the court). For the 2x2 M/F and 3x3 M/F teams, one reserve is allowed per team, while the 4x4 Mixed are allowed two reserves per team. Athletes which are part of one team cannot be part of other teams in the same category but can be part of other teams in a different category. Participation in the tournament requires agreeing to the “General Rules and Regulations”. For the national ranking, only 3x3 category will be considered. After each leg the points collected by each athlete will be added to those accumulated by the same athlete in the last 365 days, thus composing the overall classification of the Acqua San Bernardo Snow Volley Tour. The male and female Snow-volleyball players that accumulate the most “San Bernardo Drops” during all Snow Volley competitions that are played in Italy and recognized by Snow Volley Italia for the counting of points on the basis of the published table on "useful documents" will be awarded with the title of Snow King and Snow Queen and with Acqua San Bernardo Snow Volley Tour Trophy.

Game Formula

Game Formula 2x2 M/F and 3x3 M/F: the 2x2 M/F and 3x3 M/F matches will compete on Friday and Saturday. The game formula includes a qualifying phase (on Friday) within groups of four/five teams. At the end of the qualifying round, a provisional ranking will be drawn up based on the points quotient earned by each team for each category; with the same points quotient, the best positions are assigned on the basis of registration date. The best 32 ranked teams of every category enter in the final round. The final round (on Saturday) will take place on the basis of the aforementioned classification with double elimination matches: after the first defeat the team will pass to the losing scoreboard; after another defeat the team is eliminated. All the matches (also final matches) will be played as a single set to 15 points, with a maximum of 17 points. For the timetable of the matches look at the matchplay draw published in the previous week of the tournament. The following game formulas may be subject to change based on the number of registered teams.

Game Formula 4x4 Mixed: the 4x4 Mixed matches will compete only on Sunday. The game formula includes a qualifying phase within groups of four teams. At the end of the qualifying round, a provisional ranking will be drawn up based on the points quotient earned by each team; with the same points quotient, the best positions are assigned on the basis of registration date. The best 16 ranked teams in the qualifying phase enter the final round. The final round will take place on the basis of the aforementioned classification with knockout matches up to the final. All the matches (also final matches) will be played as a single set to 15 points, with a maximum of 17 points. For the timetable of the matches look at the matchplay draw published in the previous week of the tournament. The following game formulas may be subject to change based on the number of registered teams.

Equipment

We suggest to wear cleats (football or trekking shoes) that can provide good grip on the ground. Iron spike or studded shoes are not permitted. Gloves and caps are allowed.

 

Refereeing

Refereeing will be performed in rotation by the same athletes according to the competition program provided at the check in. The final matches will be supervised by federal referees. All matches must be played in accordance with the rule of “fair play". All athletes must accept the referee’s decisions and be respectful of all the other participants, otherwise the Tournament Director has the right to decide, (at his own discretion), to exclude the participant from the tournament without any obligation of refund.

Filling-out reports

All the participants refereeing the matches, have to pick up the score sheets at the Organization desk and to fill-out them. The final score must be clear, legible and must be signed by both teams for acceptance. In the case of non-validation, match results will still be considered valid and registered.

Check of results

All teams must verify the accuracy of the final results of their matches displayed on the scoreboard at the secretariat area of the tournament. Results have to be checked within 20 minutes of the end of the match. After that time, requests for any results corrections will not be possible. Note: for classification purposes, match score results that are deemed unclear, illegible or are deemed to be unmistakably false, will not be taken into consideration.

Rules regarding tardiness and concurrences

Teams that are “no shows”, teams with players missing or teams that arrive on the court with delays of more than 5 minutes over the scheduled match time - will forfeit the match with two sets – 0 (both sets 15 points suffered and 0 (zero) points achieved). Not with standing the a fore mentioned, a maximum delay of 40 minutes will be granted, with respect to the times indicated in the tournament reports, to teams composed of one or more athletes who are engaged in playing matches in different game categories at the time of being called to the court. Beyond this 40 minute delay, the Tournament Director will ask teams to choose which match they wish to play in and therefore, which match they will forfeit.

Unfavourable weather conditions and other external events

The Mizuno SnowVolley Marathon® will usually take place under most weather conditions. Obviously, under certain extreme weather conditions (or other external events) the Tournament Director has the right to decide at his discretion, one or more suspension of the matches and decree their resumption when and if external conditions allow it. In the event of the match’s resumption, the score set at the time of suspension will be maintained. In case of definitive suspension of the matches, the ranking position will be determined by the date of the enrollment. In the event of definitive suspension of the matches or in the event of tournament’s cancellation prior to the start of first scheduled match, the “enrollment quota” will not be returned. The tournament Director could also modify, at his own discretion the match formula, in the event of significant delays in the match schedules that will occur during the tournament.

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