Mider Cup

The West Metro Zone is the host for the 2014 Mider Cup.
The 2014 Mider Cup will be played at Blue Ribbon Pines on Saturday, October 18th.

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Brian Kohout, West Zone Coordinator, is the 2014 Mider Cup Tournament Director.

You can now EARN your spot on the Mider Cup team by participating in Minnesota Summer Tour events.  Read all about it in the 2013 Floater Newsletter.

Competition Format
The 2014 Mider Cup will use a Match Play format (see Definitions below).  The Match Play format will consist of three, 12-hole matches. There will be a break for lunch after the first two matches (24 holes) have been completed.  We will finish the final match after lunch. An example of the three rounds: If your foursome started on hole 1, Match 1 would consist of holes 1-12;  Match 2 would be holes 13-6; and Match 3 would be holes 7-18.

Players will be slotted into a foursome within their division by their Mider Cup Captain(s).  Matches will be rotated on a clockwise format based on the hosting zone. Match 1: East vs. North; West vs. South; Match 2: East vs. West; North vs. South; Match 3: East Metro vs. South; West vs. North.

Division Breakdown
Each Zone will use an 18 member team. The breakdown is as follows: 1) Open Pro (5 players; Top two MST leaders, Three Captains Choice) 2) Women (1 player; Captains Choice) 3) Grandmaster Pro (1 player; Captains Choice) 4) Master Pro (2 players; Top MST leader, One Captains Choice) 5) Advanced Master (1 player, Captains Choice) 6) Advanced (4 players; Top Two MST leaders, Two Captains Choice) 7) Intermediate (3 players; Top MST leader, Two Captains Choice) 8) Juniors (1 player; Captains Choice)

The allowable rating per division is as follows:
Advanced 970
Advanced Master <935
Intermediate <930
Juniors* (<=19 during the calendar year)

Unless the gender is specified in a division, the divisions are considered gender neutral.  We will use the same age protection rules as the PDGA for Master and Grandmaster divisions.

For the Juniors division we will go by the “Junior 1″ that is described in the PDGA rules.

Once players are slotted into the various foursomes, they must remain in that slot unless they are unable to play due to injury or some other valid reason.  A Mider Cup team will be allowed to sub in cases of injury.  It will be up to the Zone Captain to decide if a player is no longer able to play.

Amateurs that accept cash in the PDGA sanctioned events during the 2014 disc golf season (or prior) are ineligible to compete in the Amateur divisions. Anyone listed as Pro on the PDGA website is ineligible to compete in the Amateur divisions

Qualifying Procedure
To be able to compete in the 2014 Mider Cup, every Mider Cup player must be an MFA member.  If there are more players competing for a Mider Cup division than slots available, the Zone Coordinator will be responsible for establishing the player selection process for their zone.

Players/Competitors must be PDGA current at the time of the event. Players must have also competed in a minimum of one PDGA event prior to the event and been subject to a minimum of one PDGA rankings update with said event being apart of said update.  Junior and Women’s divisions are exempt from this ruling.

An example of this ruling may look like the following.  Player “A” was PDGA current as of August 1st of said competition year and competed in a PDGA A, B or C tiered event on August 7th for which they received a round(s) rating for their play.  The Mider Cup for that year was scheduled for October 1st although the next ratings update for the PDGA wouldn’t take place until October 2nd. In this scenario, Player A would not qualify to play the Mider Cup. However, if the PDGA update were to have taken place on September 28th and have included the round ratings from the August 7th event, Player A would now be eligible to play in this years Mider Cup.

The Mider Cup team captain still retains the option to use non-current PDGA members on his or her team. The caveat being that non-current PDGA members, or current members not meeting the above guidelines must play in Open Pro, Grandmaster Pro or Master Pro.  Placement in the age protected divisions still requires the player meet the necessary age requirement.

Players may also earn a position on the Mider Cup team based on their current year standings in the MFA Minnesota Summer Tour.  There are a total of six (6) team positions that will be provided to the top point earners in the tour as of September 1st, of said competition year.  If an MST event is scheduled on September 1st or is a multi-day event with one of the days of competition including September 1st, posting of current MST standings will be delayed until the results from that event can be included.  The positions are as follows:

Open Pro – Top two (2) point holders
Master Pro – Top (1) point holder
Advanced – Top two (2) point holders
Intermediate – Top (1) point holder

Zone/team Captains for the Mider Cup will be required to give priority to the individuals whom meet these qualifications to fill their roster.  These individuals will be the top one or two point holders from their specific zone, not simply the top one or two point holders in the MFA MST Tour.

Lets mock a point scheme for Open men as an example of this system.  Our goal is to award active MFA members who participate in MST events throughout the year.  We are going to take a snapshot of all MST participants on September 1st so our Zone Coordinators will know who will be joining their Mider Cup team.  A snapshot of the tour point leaders in Open may look something like this:

Division Name MPO – Open
Points     Player       Zone
572.94      Player A       West
564.13      Player B        North
558.30     Player C        East
552.18      Player D       North
549.79      Player E       West
535.93      Player F       South
508.61      Player G       South
487.44      Player H      East
483.69      Player I        West
385.22      Player J        North

Based on these results for Open the top two point earners in each zone receives a spot on the Mider Cup team automatically.  With that we would already know one player that each zone would have.

West ——— Players A & E
East ———- Players C & H
North ——— Players B & D
South ——– Players F & G

This same player selection model would be applied to the Master Pro, Advanced and the Intermediate rosters as well for the number spots awarded via MST points per division.  If for any reason one of these individuals cannot participate in the Mider Cup the team captain must choose the next highest points leader.  Going back to our previous example. If Player B from the North Zone team chose not to accept the invitation to play the Mider Cup event, the North Zone captain would then extend an invitation to both Player D and Player J. This process would continue until two players were found.  If no players from the current MST standings are willing to participate the team captain will be provided a choice of player to fill the empty roster position.  In the event that a player wishes to decline his or her position on the Mider Cup team from the MST Points selection process the team captain is required to provide the Mider Cup Committee proof of said refusal in the form of mail or electronic mail correspondence between said Player and the Zone Team Captain.

Scoring System
Each competitor will receive 2 points for every match won, 1 point for every match tied, and 0 points for every match lost.  Once all three matches have been completed, points are added for each zone.  If two or more zones tie for first place, a sudden death playoff will decide the winner.  The Zone Captain will choose one competitor from their zone to compete in the playoff.

All players will mark down a “1″ on their scorecard when they win the hole and a dash if they lose or tie.  PLEASE no blanks or 2′s, 3′s, etc.

Team Captain
The Zone Coordinator will be the Mider Cup Captain unless the Zone Coordinator designates someone else as the Zone Captain(s).  Player info must be submitted to the Mider Cup TD a minimum of 24 hours prior to the event.  The Team Captain is responsible for letting the TD know where their players will be seeded within the divisions on or before 9:00AM the day of the event.

Entry Fees
The entry fee for each Mider Cup team member is $20.  Zone Coordinators are responsible for collecting entry fees from Mider Cup team members in their zone and delivering the entire amount due to the Mider Cup TD no later than 8:00 AM the day of the event, failure to pay will result in a team disqualification.  Failing to pay the full team dues will result in limited team.  e.g. A full 18 member team would have dues of $360 to compete in the event.  If a team can only provide $280 of dues at the time of registration it will be up to the team captain to remove four (4) players of his or her choosing, from a division(s) of his or her choosing to compensate for the lack of dues owed.

Cash Payouts and Awards
The team cash payouts goes to the Zone Coordinator.  The Zone Coordinators splits that cash payout equally with the Mider Cup team players in their zone.  The 1st place team will receive 75% of the total purse and 2nd place team will receive the remaining 25%.

The 1st place team will receive the traveling trophy and be responsible for updating the engraving.  Individual trophies (funded by the MFA) will be given out to the winning team at the MFA Fall Membership meeting.  The MFA may provide up to a $100.00 sponsorship to the host team (being the previous years Mider Cup champion) to rent or secure the course/facilities for use on the day of the event.  This sponsorship will be voted on by the current MFA board with the host zones representative being required to abstain from the vote due to a conflict of interest.  No requests will be accepted any later than 30 days prior to the event.  Any requests brought forth after this deadline will not be heard or voted upon by the board.

Scheduling
It is the responsibility of the host zone coordinator (previous years Mider Cup Champion) and their team captain (a role which they may fulfill) to have a date and location for the Mider Cup submitted to the MFA President as well as MFA Mider Cup Committee Chairperson no later than September 1st of the competition year. If neither a date or a location has been determined by September 1st, the MFA board will vote upon and determine these specifics. The voted upon course location need not be located within the host zone boundaries to simplify this action for the MFA board.