The Competition is open to students that are enrolled at a high school that is a member school of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA).
By entering and participating in the Competition, each Player, as defined below, and any associated Team coaches/managers/trainers/etc., unconditionally accept and agree to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and Regulations (the "Competition Rules"). All decisions regarding the interpretation of these Competition Rules lie solely with the Administrator, the decisions of which are final and binding in all respects. In addition, all Players and any associated Team coaches/managers/trainers/etc. must adhere to the Esports Code of Conduct (the “Code of Conduct”).
Playfly Esports, a division of Playfly Sports, LLC, 22 Cassatt Ave, Berwyn, PA, 19312 is solely responsible for organizing and administering the Competition.
2. COMPETITION DATES
The following dates will apply to the Competition:
|Registration Period||Sept. 1, 2022 – November 14, 2022||Online|
|Fall Exhibition Season||October 4th – November 18, 2022||Online|
For all start and finish times see Section 6 – Competition Structure. All dates, times, and locations are subject to change. If there is a change to the date, time and/or location of a Competition Stage, League Officials will use reasonable efforts to notify all Players (as defined below) at least 72 hours prior to the affected date and time.
- League Official(s): representatives of the Playfly Administrator; responsible for all decisions with respect to the operation of the Competition
- Esports Representative: each School will have a designated individual (administrator or coach) responsible for representing the School, managing Team rosters and Players and reviewing Player eligibility, addressing Code of Conduct or other violations, and liaising with parents and/or legal guardians.
- Coordinator (Coach): a Team representative; the individual responsible for managing a Team, reporting Match results on Generation Esports, communicating with opponents, etc.
- Player: a Player competing in the Competition
- Division: The Competition is broken down into multiple divisions, catering to different types of Players. Each Division has unique participation requirements and is treated as an independent league. Teams will only compete against other Teams in their Division. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Divisions include:
- Varsity: The Varsity division is the highest level of competition offered which is eligible for one team per school.
- JV: The JV Division is an open competition for any additional teams of a School.
- Team: a Group of Players competing on behalf of a School in the Competition
- Record: the number of wins and losses (“W-L”) of a Team at any given time during the Competition
- Round: an individual round of a Competition (i.e. Round One, Semifinals, etc.)
- Round Window: the time period during which a Match can be played
- Match: a “Best of” series, consisting of any number of individual Games, as identified below, between two Teams
- Game: a single-game competition played between two Teams, usually as part of a Match
- School Year: the academic year running from July 1 to June 30
One price gives your school the ability to participate in all LHSAA league-offered games, with as many teams as your school has, throughout the entire school year. The cost is inclusive of both the fall exhibition season and the official regular season and championship.
- The cost per school is $1,800 per year
- This cost is locked in for three years through June 2026
- Participating schools will be invoiced in October by Generation Esports, or when registration takes place by the school if the school registers after October.
- All Schools delinquent in payment of dues shall become ineligible to participate in LHSAA Esports Competitions if not paid by February 15 of each school year. Ineligibility means a forfeit of any remaining regular season matchups and ineligibility to participate in post-season competition.
In order to compete in LHSAA Esports leagues and tournaments, each Player and Team must comply with the eligibility requirements listed below.
It is the responsibility of the Player to be aware of all rules around eligibility. Please contact League Officials (email@example.com) if you have any questions or concerns.
To be eligible to participate in the Competition each Player must verify their identity and attendance through their Esports Officer.
School and Team
- School: All participating Players must be enrolled at a High School that is a member school of the LHSAA and may only participate on behalf of the School that they attend.
- Same School: All Players on a Team must attend the same School.
- One School: Students are only allowed to compete for one School during the Competition.
- One Team: Students are only allowed to compete for one Team during the Competition. except under the following circumstances.
- Promotion: Players participating on one of their School’s JV Team may participate on a Varsity Team on a temporary basis for up to three Regular Season Matches. After four Matches, the Player will be considered a permanent member of the Team and will no longer be eligible to play on the JV Team. In case of a dispute, the Team on which a Player participates in their first Match during the Competition will be considered the only Team that they are eligible to compete on.
- Coordinator (Coach): Teams must have one Coordinator. The Coordinator should be the School’s Esports Representative, coach, or equivalent representative. The Coordinator is responsible for managing all communication with League Officials and opposing Team Coordinators and for reporting rosters and match results on Generation Esports.
- Minimum Team Size: Teams must be made up of the minimum required number of Players to be eligible. This is game dependent. A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team must have at least three Players on the roster at all times. A Team of fewer than two Players is not considered eligible to play in Matches.
- Maximum Team Size: For all competitions, there is a maximum number of Players allowed on each Team. This is game dependent. A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team may have no more than six Players on the roster at any time.
- Multiple Teams per School: Multiple Teams from the same School are eligible to compete in the Competition. The first team will be designated for the Varsity division with all remaining teams placed in the JV division.
- Team Names: Team Names must be in-line with the standards set out in the Esports Code of Conduct. League Officials reserve the right to modify Team Names/Tags if they do not abide by the rules of the Competition. The School Esports Officer and applicable Team Coordinator (if not the same person) will be notified by League Officials if their name must be changed and will be permitted to change to an acceptable name.
- Roster Changes: A Team’s roster may be changed throughout the Regular Season. A Player must be on a roster for 24 hours before being considered eligible to play in Matches. All Rosters will be locked 24 hours prior to the default Match date/time and will be unlocked the following day. When a roster is ‘locked’, roster additions will not be allowed.
- Emergency Substitution: In the event of an unforeseen circumstance, League Officials may allow one roster addition per season within the 24-hour roster lock window in order to prevent a Team from forfeiting a Match.
- Minimum Course Load: Each Player must enroll in a course of at least two units of credit (or the equivalent) and regularly attend their School in the term/semester in which they are competing.
- No pass, no play.
- Schools and/or school districts reserve the right to impose additional and/or different academic requirements.
- Nintendo Account: Prior to the start of the Competition, all Student-athletes must have a good-standing Nintendo Account. This same account must be used for the full duration of the Competition. League Officials reserve the right to modify Nintendo usernames if they do not abide by the rules of the Competition. Nintendo usernames must be in-line with the standards set out in the Code of Conduct. A Student-athlete will be notified by League Officials if their Nintendo username must be changed and will be permitted to change to an acceptable name.
- Age/Grade: Each Player must be 13 years of age or older and at minimum a freshman at their high school when participating in any Match during the Competition.
- Parental Consent: Each Player under the age of 18 (each a “Minor”) must have written consent of a parent or legal guardian before participating in any Match during the Competition. If it is determined that a Player is a Minor and does not have parental consent to participate, they will be disqualified and will not be permitted to continue in the Competition.
- Place of Residence: Each Player must reside in the United States when participating in the Competition.
- No employees: Employees, contractors, officers, and directors of the Administrator and any Competition sponsors, and each party’s respective parents, affiliated and subsidiary entities, are not eligible to participate in the Competition.
- Account in Good Standing: During the Competition, if it is determined by League Officials that a Player has an LHSAA Esports account that is suspended or was canceled due to a violation of current or past Terms and Conditions, harassment of other Competition participants (including but not limited to Players, Esports Officers, Coordinators and Coaches) and/or employees of the Administrator, or suspected or confirmed fraud or unfair gameplay, that Player will be considered ineligible, will be disqualified from the Competition, and, if applicable, will be required to return any prizes that may be awarded.
- Loss of Eligibility: Teams are responsible for being aware of any Player’s loss of eligibility for any reason and must take appropriate proactive action to change their roster and notify League Officials.
A Player will not be permitted to compete if they fail to meet the eligibility requirements detailed above. League Officials reserve the right to request proof of identity and/or academic records (or the equivalent) from an Esports Officer or a Player at any time to prove that said Player attends their School and complies with all eligibility requirements.
Penalties for non-compliance with any eligibility requirements detailed above may include match forfeiture and/or disqualification for the current Academic Year and/or subsequent Academic Years.
The Competition is subject to all applicable United States federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
6. COMPETITION STRUCTURE
All details are subject to change at the discretion of the Administrator. Any changes will be communicated to each participating Player and posted on the Website (as defined below) as early as possible. Any disputes will be resolved by League Officials, whose decision shall be final, conclusive and binding. League Officials decisions shall be made strictly in accordance with these Competition Rules, the Code of Conduct, and any other rules and procedures put in place during each of the individual Stages.
Fall Exhibition Season
The Fall Exhibition Season will consist of eight weeks of online exhibition matches. Teams may register until the start of the last Match. Each week, Teams that identify themselves as “Available” during the Match Window will be paired up with an opponent. Match-ups will be determined by previous results (with the exception of week one, which will be randomized). For example, during week two, Teams that are 1-0 will be paired up with other Teams that are 1-0. There will be no Playoffs during the Fall Exhibition Season, and the results will not impact the Regular Season.
- Format: 3v3, Each match will consist of three Game sets. Each set will consist of “Best of 5” between each Player. Regardless of the result of the first two sets, the third set of each match will be played. To help illustrate this:
- Set 1: Team A Player 1 vs Team B Player 1 (Best of 3)
- Set 2: Team A Player 2 vs Team B Player 2 (Best of 3)
- Set 3: Team A Player 3 vs Team B Player 3 (Best of 3)
- Set 4: Team A Selected Player vs Team B Selected Player (Best of 3)
- Set 5: Team A Selected Player vs Team B Selected Player (Best of 3)
- The same selected player may not participate in both Set 4 and Set 5.
- Week One: October 5
- Week Two: October 12
- Week Three: October 19
- Week Four: October 26
- Week Five: November 2
- Week Six: November 9
- Week Seven: November 16
Default Match Time: The default day and time for all Matches during the Regular Season is Wednesday at 4:00 PM CDT. Matches must be played at the default Match time unless both Teams agree to play at a different time and reschedule the Match on Generation Esports.
- Rescheduling Matches: Regular Season Matches may be rescheduled to any time on or before the last day of the Regular Season (April 12). Matches must be rescheduled on the corresponding Match page on Generation Esports by February 15 and can be coordinated using Lobby Chat. Once a new date/time has been agreed to, the Match should be rescheduled per “How to reschedule Your Matches” below. Once a Match has been rescheduled on Generation Esports it will be considered the official scheduled start time, for the purposes of forfeits and late penalties.
How to Reschedule Your Matches: Accounts with the roles of Coordinator for a Roster can send a reschedule request on the match page:
- A team's coordinator will make a match request in the chat section of the match page
- If the other team accepts the reschedule request, the default match time will be replaced with the time and day agreed upon by both teams.
- Teams are not required to accept rescheduled requests from their opponents.
- If a reschedule request is denied, the match will be played on its default time and day.
Qualifying for the Playoffs:
- Varsity: The number of qualifying teams will be based on the number of teams participating in the Varsity Division and will be announced by no later than week two of the Regular Season.
- JV: The JV Division will conclude at the end of the Regular Season.
Tiebreaker: If two or more Teams in the same Section have the same Record (W-L) at the end of the Regular Season, the following criteria will be used in order to break the tie:
- Head-to-head record
- Sets won (number of Sets wins minus number of Set losses)
- Fewer forfeits your school initiated and/or unreported matches
- Tiebreaker Match
If there is a tie involving more than two Teams and a Tiebreaker resolves the tie for a Team(s), but leaves at least two Teams tied, the tie(s) that remains will be broken by starting over the Tiebreaker criteria. This process will be repeated until no ties remain.
7. GAMEPLAY RULES
- Game Settings:
- Style: Stock
- Stock: 3
- Time Limit: 7 minutes
- FS Meter: Off
- Spirits: Off
- CPU Lv.: N/A
- Damage Handicap: Off
- Items: Off
- First to: 1 Win
- Stage Morph: Off
- Stage Hazards: Off
- Team Attack: On
- Launch Rate: 1.0x
- Underdog Boost: Off
- Pausing: Off
- Score Display: Off
- % Show Damage: Yes
- Custom Balance: Off
- Mii Fighters: All moveset combinations are legal
- No DSR
- Version: All Matches during the Competition will use the latest patch.
Match Process: Before each Match begins, each Team must simultaneously identify in the Match Lobby chat who their Starting Players will be. Players may request that League Officials assist in this process. For subsequent Games, the losing Team will first identify their next Player before the winning Team bans their stages (see “Counterpick Stages” for more details).
First Player and Substitutions: The Player that is identified to start the Match are locked in and cannot be substituted for. Substitutes for the remaining two Player spots throughout the Match can be made.
JV Division and Fall Exhibition Season
During the Fall Exhibition Season and for the JV Division’s Regular Season, there will be a stationary Stage Pool that will be used for each Game within a Set. Below are the three Stages that will be used, the order in which the Stages are listed is the order in which they will be played.
- Final Destination
- Pokémon Stadium 2
- New or Reworked Characters: New Characters will be automatically restricted for two weeks from their initial release. For example: Character A was released October 1, so Character A becomes eligible to be used in all Matches on October 15.
- Network Requirements: Players must have a minimum three (3) Mbps upload speed and a LAN adapter to participate.
Lag Tests: If a Game is found to be lagging it must be ended immediately, during the first 90 seconds. Any Game played past that point will not be open for review. If the lag test determines that the connection is stable enough to continue, the Game may be continued from the point at which it was stopped or reset. To request a lag test Players should ping League Officials in match chat. A League Official will reach out to facilitate the test. During each test, two things will occur:
Both players must provide photo evidence that they are on a LAN connection. o League Officials will utilize SableDetect to test the connection of both players (number of flags, late packets, out of order packets, ping).
- Based on the results, League Officials will decide to either have the players reset or continue the current game, or if needed, forfeit one or more of either player’s tournament matches. Any decision made is at the discretion of League Officials.
- Changing Characters: Between Games in a Set, both Players may change their characters. The Player that won the prior Game within the Set must pick their character first, followed by the Player that lost the prior Game pick their next character. This character selection must be communicated in the match lobby chat. This is to happen prior to any Stage striking for the Varsity Division.
Substitutions: Teams may freely substitute Players between Games in a Match, but the opposing Team must be allowed at least five minutes between notification of the substitution and the start of the next Game. Players may not be substituted during an ongoing Game. All substituted Players must have been on a Team’s roster before the start of the Match to be considered eligible.
Playing Your Matches: The Team on the left of the Match page must host the Battle Arena using the Game Settings above. The hosting Team is responsible for communicating the Name/Password of the Battle Arena to the opposing Team in the Match Lobby on the corresponding Match page. Any game started with the wrong settings may result in a forfeit for the Home Team, at the discretion of League Officials.
Unreported Matches: At the end of Regular Season, any Matches that have not been reported will be treated as forfeit losses for both Teams.
No-show forfeit loss: Any Team that forfeits their Match in advance or is not ready to play their Match within 30 minutes after the scheduled start time may receive a no-show forfeit loss for the Match at the discretion of League Officials. No-show forfeit losses during the Regular Season count towards a Team’s Maximum number of Forfeits, except under the following circumstances:
Technical/Connection Issues: If a Team is online, actively communicating with their opponent, and ready to play, but is prevented from doing so by factors outside their control (i.e. server issues), the resulting forfeit will not count towards their Maximum number of Forfeits.
Forfeits: Matches won by forfeit will be reported by the winning team by checking the "Win by Forfeit" box under their team name and then selecting a reason for the forfeit from the drop down menu. Any team that receives two forfeit losses may be removed from the Competition, and if applicable will forfeit all their matches, at the discretion of League Officials.
Lobby Chat: All Coordinators must actively use Lobby Chat, which is available on every Match page, to contact and coordinate their Matches with their opponents. Unresponsiveness to contact from an opposing Coordinator may lead to the forfeit of one or more Matches at the discretion of League Officials. All communication between Teams should take place using match chat.
Proof of Results: Coordinators are required to take appropriate in-game screenshots or videos that display the final results of each Game and should be prepared to provide them immediately at the request of League Officials and when submitting Match results. Failing to do so, or providing false or doctored information, may result in immediate forfeiture of affected Matches and/or disqualification from the Competition and future Competitions, at the discretion of League Officials.
Reporting Your Matches: After a Game has been played, either Coordinator can manually input the Match results. Match results for the Regular Season must be reported within 24 hours of Match completion.
Disconnections: A Game must be restarted if a Player disconnects in the first 15 seconds and before any contact between Players has occurred. If a Player disconnects from a Game after the first 15 seconds or after the first contact has occurred, the Battle Arena should be restarted and that Player will forfeit their current stock.
Network Issues: Within 15 seconds of the start of any Game, Players may agree to restart and/or switch either the host if connectivity issues significantly hinder gameplay.
Finality of Results: At the discretion of League Officials, any Game that is played in full will not be open for review and the results will be considered final. This does not apply to Games that involve Player Conduct violations.
Official Broadcast Matches: League Officials reserve the right to record and/or live stream, broadcast or exhibit any Match of the Competition, at its sole discretion. If the Administrator chooses to live stream, broadcast or exhibit a Match, the Administrator will choose to either: (a) host each individual Game, and all participating Team Members on both Teams must join that Game; or (b) join a Game that’s being hosted by a participating Team Member. Any Match officially broadcast by the Administrator may not have any other observers or spectators. Administrator reserves the right to reschedule official broadcast Matches.
Independent Broadcast Matches: Any Team that wishes to use an external observer/spectator may do so; all external observer/spectator feeds must be streamed on the School’s official streaming channel.
8. PLAYER CONDUCT
- By entering and participating in the Competition, all Players and any associated Team coaches/managers/trainers/etc. agree to adhere to and be bound by the Code of Conduct.
- Reporting Violations: Violations of the Code of Conduct should be reported immediately to League Officials through firstname.lastname@example.org. League Officials will investigate all claims of misconduct.
- Penalties: Upon confirmation of any Code of Conduct violation, and depending on the severity of the violation, League Officials reserves the right to issue any one of the following penalties:
- Game Forfeiture
- Match Forfeiture
- Player Suspension/Disqualification
- Team Disqualification
- Repeated violations will be subject to escalating penalties, and particularly severe violations will be subject to harsher penalties up front.
- All Players participating in the Competition, will be required to execute and deliver to the Administrator a Declaration that confirms: (i) eligibility to participate in the Competition and acceptance and compliance with these Competition Rules; (ii) acceptance of the Prizes as offered (if deemed a Winner); (iii) permission to record the Player’s participation in the Competition, and use the Player’s name, photo, image and any footage or photo taken of the Player; (iv) release of the Administrator, any Competition sponsors and promoters, and each party’s respective parent, related and affiliated companies and entities, subsidiaries, members, dealers, advertising and promotional agencies, and each of their respective directors, successors, sponsors, partners, licensees, officers, subsidiaries, agents, employees, advisors, assignees, and all others associated with the development and execution of the Competition (collectively, the "Releases") from any and all liability in connection with this Competition or participation in any Competition related activities. In the event that a Player is a Minor, their parent or legal guardian must sign the Declaration on their behalf. If the parent or legal guardian does not consent to the foregoing, the affected Player will be disqualified.
10. PUBLICITY RELEASE
11. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
- By entering this Competition, each Player, or in the case of a Minor, their parent or legal
guardian on their behalf, acknowledges compliance with, and agrees to be bound by, these Competition Rules and consents to the use of their name, city of residence, and/or
likeness in any publicity carried out by Releases, and/or their advertising and
promotional agencies and agents without further notice or compensation. Players
release and hold harmless the Releases from and against any and all manner of action,
causes of action, suits, debts, covenants, contracts, claims and demands, including legal
fees and expenses, whatsoever, including but not limited to, claims based on
negligence, breach of contract and fundamental breach and liability for physical injury,
death, or property damage which the Players or their administrators, heirs, successors or
assigns might have or could have, by reason of or arising out of the Players participation
in the Competition and/or in connection with the acceptance, use and/or misuse by the
Player of the Prize.
- None of the Releasees shall be responsible for or bear any liability for: (i) late-received,
lost, unintelligible/illegible, incomplete, or misdirected registrations, entries or Game
scores; (ii) entries or game plays which fail to comply with the Competition Rules; (iii)
any technical or human error that may occur in the administration of the Competition,
including any problems or technical malfunction of any computer online systems,
servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry
to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at
any website, or any combination thereof, all of which may affect an Players ability to
participate in the Competition, or the ability of the Administrator to receive and/or record
and Players Game score; (iv) any unauthorized human and/or mechanical intervention in
any part of the entry process of the Competition; and (v) any act of God that disrupts all
or part of the Competition.
- As a condition of participating in this Competition, Player agrees that (i) under no circumstances will Player be permitted to obtain awards for, and Player hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential, or any other damages, (ii) all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Competition, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and (iii) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but shall in no event include attorney’s fees. Void if prohibited by law.
- Any attempt to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of this Competition is a
violation of the Competition Rules and criminal and civil laws, and should such an
attempt be made, the Administrator reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to
the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Players agree to abide
by the Competition Rules.
- The Administrator reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any Player who
violates the Code of Conduct or tampers with the entry process, and/or void any game
results submitted fraudulently. Should multiple users of the same email account enter the
Competition and a dispute thereafter arise regarding the identity of the Player, the
authorized account holder of said email account at the time of entry will be considered
the Player. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other
organization which is responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain
associated with the submitted e-mail address. If, for any reason, the Competition is
affected by any computer virus, worm, bug, tampering, hacking, unauthorized
intervention, fraud, technical failure or other cause which, in the sole opinion of the
Administrator, corrupts or otherwise affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity
or proper conduct of this Competition, the Administrator may, in their sole discretion,
cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Competition, and determine winners from
gameplay already received or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by the
Administrator. Automatic gameplay is prohibited, and any use of automated devices will
- Administrator reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate the Competition, in whole or in part, and/or to modify, amend or suspend the Competition, and/or to the Competition Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice. Any changes will be made available on Generation Esports.
12. CHOICE OF LAW
- The Competition is subject to all applicable United States federal, state and local laws.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and
enforceability of the Competition Rules or the rights and obligations as between the
Player and the Administrator in connection with the Competition shall be governed by
and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Maryland.
13. WINNERS LIST
- The list of winners will be posted on Generation Esports once the verification process has been completed.