HSEL Fall '23 Premier Tournament Overview

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This article explains the key dates, times, game information, and more for HSEL Fall '23 Premier. Please ensure that all team members are aware of the HSEL GENERAL TOURNAMENT RULES before registration. Please see the HSEL Registration Guide for more details on signing up. 

9/26 Updates: 

Key Dates

Item Date
Registration 5/1 - 9/21
Qualifiers 9/18 - 9/29
Atlantic Season 10/2 - 11/3
Atlantic Playoffs 11/6 - 12/8
West Regular Season 10/2 - 11/17
West Playoffs  11/27 - 12/8
Wild Card (LCQ) 1/8 - 1/19


Game Information 

Rocket League is completely free to compete and does not require the purchase of a battle pass. 

Game  Team Size Platform(s)  Match Length  Playoff Size*
Rocket League 3v3 Cross-platform 

Bo5 Qual/Season

Bo7 Playoffs

ATLANTIC: Top 4 per Group

WEST: Top 4


Bo1 Qualifiers 

Bo3 Season/Playoffs

ATLANTIC: Top 4 per Group

WEST: Top 4


Tournament Format

Stage Description  Length
Qualifiers 6 available queue rounds; participants may use up to 5.  Losses will be added for unplayed matches. Must play at least 3 matches to be considered for qualification.  2 weeks
Regular Season Round Robin

ATLANTIC: 5 weeks 

WEST: 7 weeks

Playoffs Double elimination

ATLANTIC: 11/6 - 12/8

WEST: 11/27 - 12/8 

Wild Card (LCQ) 

Single elimination bracket. Winner claims a spot in Nationals. Must opt-in to play.

Eligible teams: Non-winning Premier participants & Major Champ bracket regional winners.

5 rounds max. (depending on opt-ins)


Qualifier Match Times

There are six available queue rounds; participants may play in a maximum of five and a minimum of three to be eligible to qualify, but a loss(es) will be added to any participant's record if only 3 or 4 matches are completed. All games have “Last Chance Queue(s)” on the last Friday of week 2 (9/29).

Game Day(s) Queue Times (includes 9/29)
Rocket League Thu 

Atlantic (Rounds 1, 3 & 5) 4:00 pm Central or 4:30 pm Central

Atlantic (Rounds 2, 4 & 6) 5:30 pm Central

West - 4:30 pm & 5:30 pm Pacific

Atlantic - 4:00 pm or 4:30 pm Central

West - 4:30 pm Pacific


Regular Season Match Times

  • Round Robin matches can be rescheduled to any point during the regular season if agreed upon by both teams in the match chat and requested via a support ticket.
  • Upon receiving a 2nd FF no-show loss, a Premier participant will be removed from the competition and placed in the "Major" event for the remainder of the season. The participant will additionally be ineligible for that season's Wild Card. 
Game Day Default Match Times
Rocket League Thursday 

Atlantic - 4:30 pm Central

West - 4:30 pm Pacific

VALORANT  Wednesday

Atlantic - 4:30 pm Central

West - 4:30 pm Pacific


Playoff Schedule 

The playoff schedule will be linked here when ready!

This schedule also contains the Finals match stream schedule for all 3 titles. Streamed matches cannot be rescheduled.

How to Qualify for Premier Playoffs

  • A roster must:
    • Play all matches in order to be eligible for playoff qualification.
    • End the season at a high enough leaderboard placement (see tiebreakers below). 
  • The tiebreaker system will be run as a tiered protocol that will be used if multiple teams finish the regular season with the same overall record, pursuant to rule
    1. Wins. (Forfeit wins and bye wins are scored as a 0-0 win)
    2. Head-to-head record. (If the two tied teams have played each other, their match record against each other is compared)
    3. Overall game-win percentage. (e.g. winning a match 3-0 is better than 3-2)
    4. Goal/Round/Stock differential. (Example: a VALORANT roster with 13 rounds won and 8 rounds lost will have a round differential of +5 for that match. A higher positive value is better)
    5. Higher opponents’ game-win percentage. (e.g. it is better to beat an opponent who consistently won 3-0 than 3-2)
    6. Fewer forfeit losses.
    7. Fewer bye wins.
    8. The team which had a higher number of wins before their first loss.
    9. If the first loss is received after the same number of wins, then the team which lost to the stronger opponent (as defined by game win percentage) will be ranked higher.


Path to HSEL Nationals 

  • The most direct way to claim a spot in HSEL Nationals will be winning through the Premier season, either in the Fall or the Spring. 
  • An alternative way to qualify for HSEL Nationals is by winning one of the "HSEL Nationals Wild Card" tournaments. All non-winning HSEL Premier participants will be invited to the seasonal Wild Card, along with Major tournament regional champions Coaches must accept the invitation and opt-in for their students to be seeded into the Wild Card.