K12 Fortnite Squads Rules

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Section 1 - Definitions 

  • 1.1 Squad - A group of four (4) Fortnite players participating on the same team together. 1.2 Squad Member - Any student participant who is considered one of the four primary members of a single team (squad). 
  • 1.3 Substitute Player - Any of the five (5) student participants who are listed on the official roster in the substitute pool. 
  • 1.4 Substitute Pool - A list of up to, but no more than, eight (8) student participants whose purpose is to be an emergency backup in the situation where a base player cannot play in a 
  • scheduled league match. 
  • 1.5 Captain - Squad member who is designated as the one responsible for correctly reporting match results in the appropriate manner and location. 
  • 1.6 Battle Royale - A style of play where numerous competitors enter the same arena simultaneously, and will continue competing with each other until only one team remains. 
  • 1.7 League Battle Royale - Shortened as "League BR", any official Battle Royale-style match during the regular season whose result will impact the final league standings, or any 
  • postseason Battle Royale that will determine a league champion. 
  • 1.8 Regular Season - A defined 10-week period where a predetermined schedule of games will be played and season records kept; the offical first day of the regular season will be  
  • determined by the tournament committee and communicated to all coaches. 
  • 1.7 Postseason - A final Battle Royale consisting of only the top teams in the league. 1.8 Coach - an adult staff member that oversees the esports program at a member school. 1.9 Junior Varsity - A player who has not participated as a squad member for a team within the prior two weeks of competition. 

Section 2 - Rosters 

  • 2.1 Each school will have a roster that consists of the following: 
    • Up to, but no more than, three (3) Fortnite Squads, each of which consists of exactly four (4) squad members; these three squads will bear the "varsity" designation. - A substitute pool consisting of up to, but no more than, eight (8) substitute players.

2.2 Eligibility 

  • 2.2.1 Student participants must be enrolled as a student in the school they represent. 2.2.2 Student participants must meet or exceed the academic and attendance requirements of the school they represent. 
  • 2.2.3 Student participants must be at least 13 years of age on the date of the first day of the regular season for all spring esports. 
  • 2.2.4 If a student participant has completed their graduation requirements, but has not yet officially received a diploma, they will be considered eligible. 
  • 2.2.5 If a student participant has received a diploma certifying they are a graduate, they are no longer eligible to compete in esports. 

2.3 Modifying Rosters 

  • 2.3.1 Rosters may not be modified on the same day as a league match 
  • 2.3.1a The only change that can be made on the day of a league match is to  
  • replace a base player with a player from the substitute pool.
  • 2.3.1b Base players cannot substitute for one another. Only a substitute pool 
  • player is allowed to replace a base player on the day of a game. 
  • 2.3.2 Rosters may be adjusted on any day of the week where no league matches will occur. 2.3.3 In the spirit of fair play, the base players representing each team should honestly  reflect the best, most deserving overall players on your roster. 
    • 2.3.3a Stacking rosters, which is the act of dishonestly moving better players to lesser teams, with the intent of giving both school-sponsored teams a higher likelihood of victory, is strictly prohibited. 


Section 3 - Regular Season Match Play 

3.1 Match Format 

  • 3.1.1 The regular season will consist of Battle Royale matches that pit designated squads into an arena with each other according to a predetermined schedule. 
  • 3.1.2 Participation in a League Battle Royale will require all participants to follow the  settings in the league's "Joining a Custom Game in Fortnite" guide. 
    • 3.1.2a Deviation from these match settings will likely result in teams failing to join the match on time. Any team who fails to join the match before it's official start time will be disqualified from that week's competition and cannot accrue season points. 

3.2 Season Format 

  • 3.2.1 The regular season will consist of ten (10) weeks, where one night per week is  designated for all Fortnite Squads Battle Royales. 
  • 3.2.2 On the designated night for League BR's, each team will play a minimum of one (1) League BR, up to a maximum of two (2) League BR's. The exact number of League BR's per week will ultimately be determined by the number of squads registered to play in the league. This means that the most possible regular season BR's a team could play will be twenty (20). 
  • 3.2.3 The goal of the regular season is to create a schedule that is as fair and balanced as possible, while simultaneously trying to maximize the number of total BR's played by each squad. 
  • 3.2.4 The tournament committee will be tasked, on a yearly basis, with the process of creating a league schedule that attempts to follow rule 3.2.3 upon the final registration of all squads. 

3.3 Reporting & Recording Results 

  • 3.3.1 Captains will be responsible for reporting the results of all League BR's within 6 hours of their completion. It is the responsibility of all squad captains to report results. 
  • 3.3.2 Players will be required to use the same Epic ID/account throughout the entire season. 3.3.3 It is the responsibility of each team's captain to provide proof of match results in the form of a photo, screenshot, or livestream video. 
  • 3.3.4 A designated member of the tournament committee will be responsible for taking match results and adding them to the cumulative league standings, making sure all results are published and viewable within 24 hours of match completion. 
  • 3.3.4a Any discrepancies in reporting of results will be immediately addressed by the designated tournament committee member. Proof of results (see rule 3.3.3) will be requested to verify results. 

3.4 Match Disputes

  • 3.4.1 Any team wishing to file a dispute or complaint regarding the actions of another team should immediately contact the league director, Brad Christopherson, to officially declare the nature of the complaint/dispute. 
  • 3.4.2 It is at the sole discretion of the league director to determine what, if any, measure should be taken to remedy the dispute or complaint. The league director may consult the tournament committee for advice if wanted/needed. 

3.5 Scoring 

  • 3.5.1 Placing in every League BR will determine the points earned by each player. 3.5.2 The scoring system will be as follows: 
    • Victory Royale 10 
    • 2nd or 3rd Place 7 
    • 4th or 5th Place 5 
    • 6th through 10th Place 3 
    • 11th Place or lower 1 


Section 4 - Postseason Play 

4.1 Qualifying for postseason play 

  • 4.1.1 At the conclusion of the regular season, the top 20 squads in the league will qualify to compete in the postseason Grand Battle Royale. 
  • 4.1.2a In the event that there are less than 20 squads in the league, all squads will qualify for the Grand Battle Royale. 
  • 4.1.3 The following tiebreakers will be used to determine postseason qualifiers: 
    • Most Victory Royale's during the season 
    • Best finish in a single League BR 
    • Place in the most recent League BR. 
  • 4.1.4 There will only be a single Grand Battle Royale to determine the Fortnite Squads Champion for the Spring 2021 season. 


Section 5 - Junior Varsity Competition 

  • 5.1 As a league, we will host monthly tournaments for players designated as "Junior Varsity", and these tournaments will be announced by the tournament committee at least one week in advance.

5.2 Eligibility 

  • 5.2.1 The purpose of these tournaments is to give playing experience to kids who are not getting to play in the regular season BR's. Therefore, a player is only eligible if they have not 
  • participated in a league BR within the two week period prior to a tournament. 
  • 5.2.2 As these tournaments are unofficial and geared toward experience, the tournament  committee reserves the right to set the format of the tournament in whatever manner it sees fit from month to month. 


Section 6 - Supervision and Streaming 

6.1 Supervision 

  • 6.1.1 Due to the nature of Fortnite, it is not possible for coaches to supervise matches.  Therefore, the best practice is for coaches to make themselves available to their student participants in case assistance is required. 

6.2 Streaming 

  • 6.2.1 The league director will be responsible for streaming the match to the best of their ability; due to the nature of Fortnite, there is no guarantee that a certain numberof students will actually appear in live streams.

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