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Fall 2021 Rocket League Season starts on September 30, 2021!

We are excited to offer Rocket League as the main Fall 2021 season for the Southwest Michigan Scholastic Esports League. Play will begin on Sept. 28, 2021. Games will be held on Thursdays at 3:45pm unless otherwise noted on the schedule. Rules for the tournament can be found below.

Rules for Fall 2021 Season

(Adapted from the NASEF rules for their Fall 2020 tournament)

  1. Teams

Tournament Teams. A “Team” will consist of up to six (6) Players (“Active Roster”) and a General Manager (who may not be one of the Players on a Team). The General Manager must declare three (3) starting players and may declare up to three (3) alternates. A team may include an additional team staff member. Players, General Managers and staff are collectively referred to as a Club.

Eligibility. All Players on a team must attend and represent the same Eligible Institution.General Managers must represent the same Eligible Institution that the Club is housed under.

General Manager. Each team must have a designated General Manager. All General Managers must be under the employment of the school district. The General Manager will be the primary point of contact for all league officials and will also be the signatory authority for any documents that cause changes to the Active Roster. General Managers must complete the Activation process to ensure Club and Student Eligibility, and provide all necessary information on the Club Dashboard. General Managers must be over the age of 18 years old, and cannot be a student of the Club or a parent/guardian of a student of the Club. Clubs found to have student General Managers may be disqualified from all active NASEF competitions.

2. Roster Requirements

Players. Each Team must designate three [3] starting Players.

Substitutes. Each Team may designate up to three [3] alternate (“substitute”) Players. These Players may replace starting Players during the Season. Teams may utilize any available substitute who is present on their Roster.

Matching Player Names. In order to play any official tournament match, the roster of player names in-game must match the roster of player names submitted for that week of competition.

Roster Changes. Teams may submit roster changes for every week of competition during the Regular Season. Players cannot be added to a tournament team (active roster) unless they fulfill eligibility
requirements. Roster changes must be submitted by Wednesday @ 8am of the week of play. No roster changes will be permitted during the championship week.

3. Player Conduct

We hold our partners, students, general managers, coaches and beyond to the same standard: ensure our esports environment is inclusive, supportive and excellent. By joining our efforts, please adhere to the Code of Conduct, linked below.

NASEF Code of Conduct.

Any violations must be reported to the Southwest Michigan Scholastic Esports League staff.

4. Season Format and Final Tournament

Regular Season. Teams will compete in a 6-round, best-of-five, Swiss-style tournament.

End of Season Tournament. The top teams from the bracket will advance to a four-round single elimination bracket where the first three rounds are best-of-five, and the last round is best-of-seven.

5. Schedule

The most current schedule for the season can be found by going to the matches page on the site.

A preseason week will begin on September 30, 2021 and the regular season will continue for 6 weeks after that.

Game dates are:
(All games will occur at 3:45pm EST unless otherwise arranged.)
September 30, 2021 (Pre-season exhibition)
October 7, 2021
October 14, 2021
October 21, 2021
October 28, 2021
November 4, 2021
November 11, 2021
November 18, 2021

Final Tournament will occur during the week of December 6th, 2021 with a specific date announced soon.

6. Match Process

Default Arena: DFH Stadium
Team Size: 3v3
Bot Difficulty: No Bots
Mutators: None
Match Time: 5 Minutes
Joinable By: Name/Password
Platform: PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, or Xbox One
Server: US-East (Eastern Conference)


All standard controllers, including mouse and keyboard, are legal. Macro functions (e.g., turbo buttons) are not permitted.

Match Procedures

The team listed first on the schedule will create the lobby. The “visiting” team will have the choice of which team is which color. After colors are determined, they will not change for the duration of the match.

Players may not join their designated side until three Players from each Team have joined the Game.

A “Substitution” is defined as changing the Player line-up after a Match has started. Substitutions may only occur in between Games in a Match, and Teams are limited to one Player change per Match.

After a Match is completed, the Winning Team must submit the Match result via email to The losing Team must also confirm the Match result. Taking a screenshot of the results screen or replay of the Match is required.


If a disconnect occurs, the shorthanded Team will continue to play out the single Game within the Match series. The disconnected Player may rejoin during the Game that the disconnect occurred in or in between Games of a Match series but may not join in the middle of subsequent Games in the series.

After a disconnect, if the Player cannot rejoin during the same Game, the Player will have five minutes to rejoin before the next Game of the Match series begins. If the disconnected Player is unable to join the Game prior to the next Game in the series, the Player’s Team may substitute another Player from their roster if this is the first disconnect for the Team during the series. (See substitution rule above.)

This tournament is subject to all global rules for the Southwest Michigan Scholastic Esports League unless otherwise modified above for this specific game. Those rules can be found at the link below:

Southwest Michigan Scholastic Esports League Rules


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