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4 Simple Tournament-Planning Tips

When planning your next tournament, it’s important to review past events, touch base with your Board and get a sense of timing in your community. By starting your planning process with a review, your next tournament is sure to be better than your last!  

Below are four steps to planning your tournament schedule.

1. Think about your Budget: Complete the tournament budget with your last tournament in mind. What expenditures provided value? What expenditures were not worth it?  Did providing that staff or referee breakfast add enough value to justify the cost or is that something that can be reworked?

2. Review Community Calendars: When planning your Region’s tournament schedule, review a calendar of AYSO events, school calendars, city calendars and public holidays to see how many families would be available to participate.

3. Get Feedback: Invite your tournament staff and other potential volunteers to an informal meeting and hold an open discussion to get feedback on what has or hasn’t been successful from their perspective. Your Referee Administrator may have new ideas for scheduling referees, or your Safety Director could have suggestions on how to better prepare your fields, etc.

4. Get an Early Start: Complete your tournament application as early as possible, so you can benefit from reduced fees and let your Region’s families know to “save the date” for your upcoming tournament. View the National Tournament Application here.

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