Participation

Participation is open to teams of athletes with no age limit and at any level of play, divided into categories:5vs5 Male (5 men on the field), 5vs5 Female, (5 women on the field). Both categories may have a maximum of 7 reserves. Athletes who are part of one team cannot be part of other teams. Participation in the tournament involves the acceptance of the “General Regulation” which is downloadable here. Note: To foster youth team participation, we invite sport clubs to take part to this event with one or more youth teams aged between 14 and 17 and benefit from the complimentary participation fee.

Match formats

All matches will be competed on Saturday and Sunday. The match format includes a qualification stage (on Saturday), consisting of round robin tournaments with more teams. At the end of the qualification stage a provisional table will be drawn up for both categories on the basis of the point ratio gained until that moment by each team (with an equal point ratio the best positions are assigned on the basis of the formalized registration). The final stage (Sunday) will take place based on the above-mentioned ranking with direct elimination matches until the final one. All matches will be divided into two half of five actual minutes each with an interval of three minutes in between; on Sunday (final) at the end of the two regular time, in case of draw will be made a third extra with no time limit with the rule of sudden death: the first team that will score, will win the match and will go to the next round.

Third half on the beach

At the end of the qualifying round you will end up on the arena beach for the Third half
where you will celebrate getting the best in terms of fun and cheerfulness. Each registered participants will get two free beers and a very large portion of pasta.

Refereeing

The matches will be supervised by a qualified staff of referees. All matches must be played in accordance with the principles of fair play, athletes must accept the referee’s decisions and be respectful of all the other participants; otherwise the organizers can decide, at their sole discretion, to exclude the participant from the tournament without obligation to offer any reimbursement.

Game Uniforms

Every team in the pitch must wear numbered jerseys and shorts made of resistant fabric. Players must play barefoot (socks are allowed) unless otherwise authorized by the referee.

Check of the qualifying round results

During the qualifying round, teams must verify the accuracy of the final results of their matches displayed on the scoreboard. Once the qualifying round have been completed, it will not be possible to request any corrections of results.

Matches won and lost by default

In the qualifying round, the results of the matches won or lost by default will assign a try score of 6-0 to the losing team. The score will determine the quotient points of the provisional ranking. However no points will be assigned and counted to teams winning the match by default

Program and refereeing of the final phase (Sunday)

The rankings of the qualifying round will be available, late Saturday evening, (Within two hours from the end of the last game), in the “Ranking” section of the website. In addition, a text message will be sent to all the players in charge of the whole team that will communicate the ranking position obtained in the qualifying round.

Lateness’ management

Teams must arrive on playing courts at least 30 minutes prior the scheduled time assigned (and at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time for teams playing the first match in the morning). Any team that does not arrive on the court, or is incomplete, or arrives more than 20 minutes after the times given in the match draw, will be declared defeated by default with a score of 0-6. No lateness will be accepted for the first round of the tournament in the morning. Any team that does not arrive on the court, or it is incomplete, or arrives later than their set time, will be declared defeated by default with a score of 0-6. The Tournament Director will take the final decision and declare a team defeated by default after being informed of the lateness from the opposing team and/or the referee.

Prize money

The event awards a total prize of 5.700,00 euro and will be assigned to the first 4 teams classified. The amounts are intended as pre-tax in accordance with the law on withholding tax (presently amounting to 20%, Article 30, Presidential Decree 600/ 1973) and will be paid out at the end of the tournament, after filling out the receipt.
Note: the amount of the prize will be collected by the person in charge of the team (or his delegate) after the final match that awards the prize and no later than 7:00 pm of Sunday (final day of the tournament). The prize cannot be collected in the following days. The money not collected will be donated to charity in favour of: ONLUS SOS HANDICAP BAMBINI INVISIBILI.
5vs5 Male: 1a Class. = euro 2.000,00; 2a Class. = euro 1.000,00; 3a Class. = euro 500,00; 4a Class. = euro 300,00.
5vs5 Female: 1a Class. = euro 1.000,00; 2a Class. = euro 500,00; 3a Class. = euro 250,00; 4a Class. = euro 150,00

Athletes form

To participate in the Beach Volleyball Marathon®, teams must fill in the athletes form (available in the “Registration” section). Each team must fill in the form, which must be printed, signed by each team player and delivered when the team is checking in. In case of athletes who are underage a parent or a guardian must sign the registration form in his behalf in order to allow the minor to participate in the sports event as an athlete. Note: Any changes and/or additions to the athlete list (i.e. entering new athletes, adding missing data, etc.) can be done during the check in, before the beginning of the first match on the first day.

Health Certificate

In order to participate to the tournament all the athletes must have a valid health certificate for sporting purposes. This certificate will be valid for the duration of the sporting event. The team manager (or a delegate) must hand in the medical certificates (copies are acceptable) for all members of his/her team during the check-in. A doctor will be available during the check-in process for anyone needing a physical examination and a certificate. At the end of the matches, athletes may retrieve their medical certificates in the secretariat area nearby the central court, on Saturday from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm and on Sundays from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. Please note that it will not be possible the rendering of the certificates after the end of the event.

Insurance for injury

Athletes who are lacking of personal insurance may pay a supplement of 10.00 euro/athlete to request one: this amount will provide him/her with insurance coverage for accident risk during the sporting event. The names of athletes who request the insurance must be indicated on the “athletes form”. All the information about the insurance policy can be downloaded in the section: “Useful documents”.