From Friday, Feb. 1, to Sunday, Feb. 3, Rocky Mountain College hosted its annual indoor soccer tournament.
Twenty-three alumni, student athletes, coaches, and high school teams competed against each other in a total of 52 games during the three days.
Head soccer coach Richard Duffy stated, “The primary purpose for hosting the tournament is fundraising. Every team has to pay for its participation. We make a revenue of roughly $4,000.”
The money raised from the tournament helps finance part of the traveling to several away games in the fall.
Indoor soccer differs from outdoor soccer because you play with a futsal, a smaller and heavier ball than usual, in a gym.
If the ball goes out of bounds, players have only has seconds to get the ball back in play.
The goalkeepers are also not allowed to throw the ball over the centerline.
Rocky soccer coaches set a time of 28 minutes per game, during which two referees established the rules.
RMC soccer players not only assisted in the tournament as referees, but also served as scorekeepers and DJs.
The eight men’s teams were split in two groups while the 15 women’s teams were split into three groups.
The Battlin’ Bears were represented by two men´s teams and two women´s teams.
One women’s Bears team had the honor of opening the tournament Friday at 6 p.m. in the Fortin gym.
From that point on, each team played against every team out of its group until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The best team from each group qualified for the semifinals, while the second and third place teams fought in the quarterfinals for progress.
Finally, the winner of the semifinals met each other in the finals during the start of the Super Bowl.
In last year’s tournament, the champions were the Rocky men’s team and the Montana State University Billings alumni women’s team.
This year both Rocky and MSUB won again; however, this time it was the Rocky women’s team and MSUB men’s team.
Both teams won the 2019 Rocky soccer indoor tournament and were awarded golden trophies.
The indoor tournament gave all teams an opportunity to compete in soccer, as well as a chance to practice their conditioning workouts.
Due to the rules of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the soccer teams are only allowed to play the game a specific amount of time during their off-season in spring.
This is why their practice is based on athletics, conditioning, and lifting in the first half of the calendar year.