RULES AND PRINCIPLES

THE FOLLOWING BASIC PRINCIPLES APPLY TO THE ORGANISATION OF THE 4 CITIES TOURNAMENT

  1. The participants of the Tournament are: Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana and Zagreb
  2. The main goals of the 4 Cities Tournament are sports competitions, and meeting among young people during sports activities and giving them an opportunity to learn about the host city. These should be taken into consideration by the organiser when determining the programme and locations of the competitions and accommodation.
  3. This challenge trophy competition shall bear the name The 4 Cities Tournament with the ordinal number of the Tournament, the name of the host city and the year when the Tournament is held.
  4. Teams from the participating cities shall participate in the Tournament with competitors born 1.1.2003 and younger.
  5. The Tournament shall be held every year in June. The order of the host cities is determined as follows: Zagreb – Budapest – Bratislava – Ljubljana.
  6. The number of the participants shall be determined by the transportation capacity of two buses, i.e. 99 people at the most.
  7. The Tournament programme and the selection of sports, of which there are six, are suitable for the determined number of participants. Therefore, every city shall have 6 teams and the sports will include: athletics – boys and girls, table tennis – boys and girls, basketball – girls, football – boys, volleyball – girls and handball – boys.
  8. The tournament programme shall last four days. Competition shall take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sightseeing and departure shall take place on Sunday.
  9. The organiser shall cover the following Tournament costs:
    • board and accommodation from Thursday (lunch) until Sunday (breakfast);
    • competition organisation;
    • cups and medals.

    Teams shall travel with their own buses to the competition and during the sightseeing.

  1. The organisation shall include:
    • a reception for delegation officials by the mayor of the host city
    • the Opening Ceremony, the Closing Ceremony (Saturday evening),
    • announcement of results and presentation of awards;
    • a booklet before the Tournament and a final booklet with all the results;
    • decoration of all competition venues with the flags of all four cities (seven flags at competition venues in all six sports and at the opening ceremony of the Tournament);
    • sightseeing in the host city (by buses on which the guests arrived; the host determines the time and puts a guide at disposal).
  2. Preparatory Meeting – at least 1 month before the tournament, the organizer shall call a meeting of all representatives of city administrations in charge of sports. Each delegation shall be composed of maximum 3 members. The point of the meeting is to come to an agreement on the course of the 4 Cities Tournament, to visit the competition venues and the accommodation capacities and to discuss sports organization in the host city.
  3. The official languages of the Tournament shall be English.

 

THE RULES OF THE 4 CITIES TOURNAMENT

  1. NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:
    Each city’s team shall consist of 99 members: 74 competitors, 12 coaches and 6 team leaders, 5 official delegation members and 2 bus drivers.
  1. OFFICIAL DELEGATION
    The official delegation of each participating city shall have up to 5 members. A special programme shall be organised for delegations which, among other things, will include a reception by the mayor of the host city.
  1. TEAM REGISTRATION FORMS
    Tournament participants shall enter teams using the form to be found on the website of the Tournament host. Participants born 1.1.2003 and later are eligible to compete. The registration form shall include the following information: first name; surname; date of birth; name of club; identification document (ID card or passport).The forms are to be posted by the host organiser on the website no later than three weeks before the Tournament. Participants of the Tournament fill out the form at latest in one week before the Tournament. At the same time, the Tournament host shall send each participating city the details to access the registration forms. Changes in documents are possible at latest 3 days before coming to the competition.
  1. ADMINISTRATION
    Team leaders will briefly discuss possibly still open details regarding their sport immediately after arrival.
    Team leaders shall present copies of identification documents (ID card or passport) to the technical delegate in each sport.
    The first games will be played between the host teams and the teams of the city geographically closest to the host.
  1. PROTOCOL
    After the competitions in all sports have ended, medals shall be presented to the three top-ranked teams or competitors in individual sports. In athletics,
    medals shall be presented 10 minutes after the end of each athletics event.
    After the competitions have ended, the host shall organise a ceremony during the final dinner party to present the challenge trophies and hand over the official
    flags of the Tournament.
    On this occasion, the host shall hand over a set of seven flags of the participating
    cities to the next organiser of the Tournament.
  1. TROPHIES
    For the results achieved in the team competition in all 6 sports and the overall ranking, the winners shall receive challenge trophies. In athletics and table
    tennis, the challenge trophies shall be presented to both male and female competitors.
    The overall winner of the Tournament shall be presented a challenge trophy.
    Cities having won the challenge trophies shall return these to the organiser of the next Tournament at the preparatory meeting.
  1. COMPETITION VENUES
    The Tournament shall be organised at venues, which comply with the rules of the respective sport. If possible, the venues shall be located close to each other so that Tournament participants can watch other sports.

 

COMPETITION RULES

  1. IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT CHECK (ID CARD OR PASSPORT)
    Team leaders shall give copies of the identification documents (ID card or passport) to the technical delegate of each sport before the competition. The technical delegate shall keep the copies of the identification documents until the end of the competition and allow access to the copies to other team leaders upon their request.
  1. OVERALL RANKING
    Only city teams competing in all six sports will be considered in the overall rankings. The sports are: basketball, football, volleyball, athletics, table tennis and handball.
    Points that can be won in each sport:

    • 1st place 5 points
    • 2nd place 3 points
    • 3rd place 2 points
    • 4th place 1 point

    If two teams have the same number of points in the overall ranking, the following will decide:

    • more 1st places in all sports
    • more 2nd places in all sports
    • more 3rd places in all sports
  1. EQUIPMENT
    All competitors on a team shall wear identical T-shirts.
    Each team shall have sport clothing in two colours available (light and dark) and these shall be indicated on the registration form.
  1. REFEREES
    Referees shall be appointed by the Executive Boards of each sport of the host city.
  1. COMPLAINTS
    Complaints can be filed only by the team leader in the respective sport 15 minutes after the end of the game or competition.
    Complaints shall be handled by a committee consisting of three members, which shall include leaders of the teams not involved in the given incident.
    The complaints procedure shall be chaired by the technical delegate of the host city in charge of the respective sport.
    In organisational terms, the complaints procedure shall be dealt with by the technical delegate of the host city in charge of the respective sport.
    The committee’s decision shall be final.
    Complaints not concerning an individual sport but the overall ranking or any other issues relating to the competition or organisation, shall be dealt with by a committee consisting of four members, which will include the delegation leaders of all participating cities or their authorised representatives.

 

SPORTS

FOOTBALL

  • COMPETITION SYSTEM:
    • round-robin format
  • RULES:
    • the competition shall be held according to the effective FIFA rules, with the amendments indicated herein;
    • matches shall be played on a natural turf pitch, and if weather conditions are poor on an artificial turf pitch
  • TIME OF PLAY:
    • 2 x 30 minutes, with a 10-minute break between the two half times;
  • PENALTIES:
    • yellow card: a player with two yellow cards in one game shall receive a red card (the player is sent off);
    • yellow card shall not be transferred to the next game, i.e. not carried over and punished by suspension.
    • red card: the player shall be sent off and not allowed to play in the next game;
  • EQUIPMENT:
    • the use of shin pads is mandatory;
  • SUBSTITUTION:
    • each team can make 5 substitutions during a game;
  • POINTS:
    • the winning team shall be awarded 3 points, the losing team 0 points, and for a tie each team shall be awarded 1 point;
  • RANKING:
    • shall be determined by the greater number of points won;
    • if two or more teams have the same number of points, the winner is the team, which has won the game they played against each other, i.e. the team, which has more points among the teams with the same number of points. If there is still a tie, the goal difference between them will be decisive.
    • The final criterion is the overall goal difference during the whole Tournament.
  • AWARDS:
    • in the overall ranking all teams shall receive a cup to keep permanently, and the three top-ranked teams shall also recive medals

BASKETBALL

  • COMPETITION SYSTEM:
    • round-robin format
  • RULES:
    • the competition shall be held according to the effective FIBA rules, with the amendments indicated herein;
  • TIME OF PLAY:
    • 4 x 10 minutes without interruptions, with a 10-minute break between the second and third quarter;
  • POINTS:
    • the winning team shall be awarded 2 points and the losing team 1 point;
  • RANKING:
    • shall be determined by the higher number of points won;
    • if two teams have the same number of points, the winner is the team, which has won the game played against each other,
  • AWARDS:
    • in the overall ranking, all teams shall receive a cup to keep permanently, and the three top-ranked teams shall also receive medals.

VOLLEYBALL

  • COMPETITION SYSTEM:
    • round-robin format
  • RULES:
    • the competition shall be held according to the effective FIVB rules
    • from players two persons can be designated as liberos.
    • the net height is 224 cm;
  • METHOD OF PLAYING:
    • the game shall be won by the team that wins three sets;
  • POINTS:
    • 3 points – win, or 3:1
    • 2 points – win 3:2
    • 1 point – lose 1:3, or 0:3
    • 0 points – lose 1:3, or 0:3
    • -1 point – contumaciousness
  • RANKING:
    • shall be determined by the greater number of points won;
    • if two or more teams have the same number of points, the winner is the team, which has won the game they played against each other, i.e. the team, which has more points among the teams with the same number of points. If there is still a tie, the set difference between them will be decisive.
    • The final criterion is the overall set difference during the whole Tournament.
  • AWARDS:
    • for the overall ranking, all teams shall receive a cup to keep permanently, and the three top-ranked teams shall also receive medals.

HANDBALL

  • COMPETITION SYSTEM:
    • round-robin format;
  • RULES:
    • the competition shall be held according to the effective IHF rules with the amendments indicated herein;
  • TIME OF PLAY:
    • 2 x 25 minutes, with a 10-minute break between the half times;
    • one time-out per each half for both teams shall be possible
  • POINTS:
    • the winning team shall be awarded 2 points, the losing team 0 point, and for a tie each team shall be awarded 1 point;
  • RANKING:
    • shall be determined by the greater number of points won;
    • If two or more teams have the same number of points, the winner is the team, which has won the game they played against each other, If there is still a tie, the goal difference between them will be the decisive.
    • The final criterion is the overall goal difference during the whole Tournament.
  • AWARDS:
    • for the overall ranking, all teams shall receive a cup to keep permanently, and the three top-ranked teams shall also receive medals.

ATHLETICS

    • COMPETITION SYSTEM:
      • 100 m
      • 400 m
      • 800 m
      • 100 m – 200 m – 300 m – 400 m
      • High jump
      • Long jump
      • Shot put
    • RULES:
      • Shot put – the shot weight for girls shall be 3 kg and for boys 5 kg.
      • The competition shall be held according to the effective IAAF rules with
        the amendments indicated herein.
      • High jump
        • girls – bar height: 130, 135, 140, 145, 148, 151 cm and there after every 3 cm;
        • boys – bar height: 145, 150, 155, 160, 163, 166 cm and thereafter every 3 cm;
      • Competitors:
        • each city can enter two competitors in each event;
        • each city shall have one team in the relay;
        • one competitor can start in two events and in the relay;
        • in 100 m, 400 m and 800 m only the final shall be held;
        • an electronic timekeeping system shall be used.
    • COMPETITION VENUE
      • the competition shall take place at a venue with a tartan track
    • POINTS:
      • Individual: 1st place – 9 points, 2nd place – 7 points, 3th-8th place – 1 point,
      • Relay: 1st place – 16 points, 2nd place – 14 points, 3rd place – 12 points, 4th place – 10 points
    • RANKING IN CASE OF A TIE:
      • the number of the first places will be decisive
      • the higher place in the relay will be decisive
  • MEDALS:
    • Medals shall be presented to those finishing 1st – 3rd in each event.
    • In athletics, all teams shall receive a cup for the overall ranking.

TABLE TENNIS

  • COMPETITION SYSTEM:
    • The competition shall be held in accordance with the effective ITTF rules with the amendments indicated herein.
    • Individual: 2 groups of 4 players. The top two players of each group shall advance to the next round (semi-final, final). The 3rd place-match shall be played, as well;
    • Team event: Corbillon-cup system, best-of-five matches;
    • All matches shall be best-of-five games.
  • POINTS AND RANKING:
    • Team: 1st place – 8 points, 2nd place – 6 points, 3rd place – 4points, 4th place 2 points;
    • Individual: 1st place – 4 points, 2nd place – 3 points, 3rd place – 2 points,
      4th place 1 point;
    • Ranking in case of a tie;
    • the higher points by teams will be decisive;
    • the higher points by individual competitors will be decisive.
  • AWARDS:
    • all teams shall receive cups for the overall ranking to keep permanently;
    • three top-ranked individual athletes shall receive medals.