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UPDATED 2014 REGULATIONS ::

For the 18th Annual Shoryuhai Kendo Tournament, registration fees will be kept at $40 per person for joint team and individual registration, $35 for team only registration, and $25 for individual tournament only registration. These are the same fees as the 2013 tournament.

Since 2012, providing a shinpan will no longer be a requirement for tournament participation. Teams that do not bring a shinpan will not be at a disadvantage. Shinpan cannot participate in matches.

Starting this year, team slots will be given strictly on a first-come, first-serve basis. Mixed teams will be given last priority. After filling out all the registration forms and sending payment, you will be notified by email when we are able to confirm your participation in the tournament, along with billing information. In our past experience, team slots fill completely, and we do not expect to be able to accommodate everyone. We apologize for any teams that we cannot take this year, but remember that everyone is welcome to participate in the Individuals tournament.

In order to obtain a team spot, we strongly urge you to apply early.

The registration deadline is February 28, 2014 23:59 EST. Late registration for individuals will be until March 7th at 23:59 EST with a $5 late fee. Payment must be received by March 15, 2014.

UPDATED 2013 REGULATIONS ::

For the 17th Annual Shoryuhai Kendo Tournament, registration fees will be kept at $40 per person for joint team and individual registration, $35 for team only registration, and $25 for individual tournament only registration. These are the same fees as the 2012 tournament.

Since 2012, providing a shinpan will no longer be a requirement for tournament participation, but priority will be given to each team that provides one person 3 dan or higher capable of serving as shinpan. Shinpan can not participate in matches.

Team slots will be given on a first come, first served basis. After filling out all the registration forms and sending payment, you will be notified by email when we are able to confirm your participation in the tournament, along with billing information. In our past experience, team slots fill completely, and we do not expect to be able to accommodate everyone. We apologize for any teams that we cannot take this year, but remember that everyone is welcome to participate in the Individuals tournament.

In order to obtain a team spot, we strongly urge you to apply early.

The registration deadline is March 1, 2013 23:59 EST. Late registration for individuals will be until March 8th at 23:59 EST with at $5 late fee.




UPDATED 2012 REGULATIONS ::

For the 16th Annual Shoryuhai Kendo Tournament, registration fees will be kept at $40 per person for joint team and individual registration, $35 for team only registration, and $25 for individual tournament only registration. These are the same fees as the 2011 tournament.

Starting from this year, providing a shinpan will no longer be a requirement for tournament participation, but priority will be given to each team that provides one person 3 dan or higher capable of serving as shinpan. Shinpan can not participate in matches.

Team slots will be given on a first come, first served basis. After filling out all the registration forms and sending payment, you will be notified by email when we are able to confirm your participation in the tournament, along with billing information. In our past experience, team slots fill completely, and we do not expect to be able to accommodate everyone. We apologize for any teams that we cannot take this year, but remember that everyone is welcome to participate in the Individuals tournament.

In order to obtain a team spot, we strongly urge you to apply early.

The registration deadline is March 2, 2012 23:59 EST. Late registration for individuals will be until March 9th at 23:59 EST with at $5 late fee.




UPDATED 2011 REGULATIONS ::

Due to the financial constraints and our goal of maintaining the quality of competition, the fees for participation have been raised to $40 for joint registration and $35 for team only registration. Individual registration will remain at $25. Participation in the individual portion of the tournament is guaranteed. Participation in the team portion of the tournament will be filled on a first come first serve basis. In our past experience, team slots fill up faster and we do not expect to be able to accommodate everyone, so the best way to gain a slot is to register early.

You will be notified by email when we are able to confirm your participation in the tournament, along with the billing information. We apologize for any teams that we cannot take this year, but remember that everyone is welcome to participate in the Individuals tournament.

As since 2009, we require that participating schools in the team competition bring an accompanying shinpan (3 dan or above). If for some reason a shinpan is not available, please mention it through the registration form or by contacting shoryuhai@hcs.harvard.edu.

The registration deadline is March 18, 2011 23:59 EST. Late registration for individuals will be until March 25, 23:59 EST with a $5 late fee.


UPDATED 2010 REGULATIONS ::

This year, due to time and resource constraints, we are forced to limit the number of competing teams to 24. Teams were selected on a first-come, first-served basis, and schools that provided an accompanying shimpan were given priority for up to 2 teams. We tried our best to accommodate every school, making it our goal to open the Shoryuhai to new teams while maintaining the level of competition. It has not been an easy process to limit the number of teams and we really want to apologize to any teams that we were unable to take this year. As always, please note that everyone is welcome to compete in the individual portion of the Shoryuhai.

Once again, we will be requiring each team to provide a shimpan's contact information during the online registration process. Please note that the presence of the shimpan is a requirement for team participation. If your school plans on bringing more than one team, one shimpan will suffice. If your team is unable to provide a shimpan, please let us know by email ( shoryuhai@hcs.harvard.edu) prior to online registration. We will be contacting your shimpan directly to provide them with 2 nights of accomodations.

The registration deadline is March 19th.


UPDATED REGULATIONS ::

UPDATE: For the 2009 Shoryuhai competition, we will be requiring teams to provide the name of one person eligible to shimpan. This is updated in the Official Rules and Regulations.

For the latest version of the rules and regulations for the 2007 Shoryuhai tournament, please download the document here:

Official Rules and Regulations for the Annual Harvard-Radcliffe Shoryuhai Invitational Intercollegiate Kendo Tournament

The file can be viewed via Adobe Acrobat Reader. The link will open in a new window.

Key changes:

1. Each school is allowed two teams, submitting more than such automatically puts the additional teams on the wait-list.
2. Mixed teams are allowed, however they cannot advance to quarterfinals and beyond.
For more details, see the supplement section of the Official Rules and Regulations.


UPDATED REGULATIONS ::

UPDATE: For the 2009 Shoryuhai competition, we will be requiring teams to provide the name of one person eligible to shimpan. This is updated in the Official Rules and Regulations.

For the latest version of the rules and regulations for the 2007 Shoryuhai tournament, please download the document here:

Official Rules and Regulations for the Annual Harvard-Radcliffe Shoryuhai Invitational Intercollegiate Kendo Tournament

The file can be viewed via Adobe Acrobat Reader. The link will open in a new window.

Key changes:

1. Each school is allowed two teams, submitting more than such automatically puts the additional teams on the wait-list.
2. Mixed teams are allowed, however they cannot advance to quarterfinals and beyond.
For more details, see the supplement section of the Official Rules and Regulations.


LAST UPDATED: MARCH 1, 2013
These rules are subject to change without prior notice


The Harvard-Radcliffe Kendo Club (HRKC) welcomes to the Shoryuhai individual kendo players and kendo organizations of all levels of skill, regardless of race, creed, and gender, provided that they are and agree to be in full compliance with the rules and regulations set forth below.

1. All individuals participating in the Shoryuhai must have a current affiliation with a fully-accredited North American college or university. Participation by coaches or instructors of collegiate kendo organizations is not allowed. Alumni are not eligible to compete.


2. All individuals participating in the undergraduate team competition must be enrolled FULL-TIME in an undergraduate degree program at a fully-accredited North American college or university. Part-time undergraduate students, advanced degree students, alumni, faculty, staff or any other college/university affiliate or non-affiliate ARE NOT ALLOWED TO COMPETE in the undergraduate team competition. There are no exceptions.


3. Teams participating in the undergraduate competition may consist of at least three (3) and no more than five (5) registered competitors from the same undergraduate institution. Teams with fewer than five registered competitors are not allowed to have members compete in more than one match, and shall forfeit all matches for which they do not have a registered competitor. Teams of 3 and 4 competitors MUST leave the jiho spot open.


4. At the time of registration, ALL individuals MUST be present and MUST provide all of the following before being allowed to compete:
a. Proof of identity and age (acceptable forms of proof are passport,valid driver's license, birth certificate)
b. Completed Liability Waiver Form
c. Payment of all fees in full
If registering to compete in the undergraduate team competition: proof of full-time enrollment in an undergraduate college/university (acceptable forms of proof are:
a. Valid college identification card positively stating full-time enrollment

b. Letter of attestation of full-time enrollment from the registrant's college/university Registrar, bearing the Registrar's signature)
If registering to compete in the individuals competition: proof of current college/university affiliation (acceptable form of proof is a valid college/university identification card).

ALL DOCUMENTS PROVIDED MUST BE ORIGINALS. PHOTOCOPIES, FACSIMILES, ELECTRONIC PRINT-OUTS OR ANY OTHER ARTICLE THAT IS NOT AN ORIGINAL IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.


5. The HRKC Executive Committee reserves the right to disqualify teams and individuals from participation in the Shoryuhai. If a team or individual is housed on Harvard University property at the time of disqualification, all matches will be halted and the disqualified team or individual must IMMEDIATELY vacate the premises at which they are housed.


6. Upon registration, undergraduate teams must declare the order in which their members will compete. There are no restrictions on how team members may be ordered amongst the five positions. However, once registered, the order MAY NOT BE CHANGED. Doing so will result in immediate disqualification of the entire team.


7. The first, second and third place teams of the undergraduate team competition will be determined as follows:

Teams will be divided into two brackets and shall initially compete with other teams in that bracket.

Each team's total number of team matches won from the preliminary rounds will be tallied, and the top two teams from each bracket will advance to the semifinals.

If there is a tie in the total number of team match wins, the total number of individual matches won will be tallied. If that number results in a tie, the total number of individual points scored will be used to decide entrance to the semifinals. If, in the unlikely case that all three of the mentioned totals are equal for more than one team, ties for entering the semifinals will be broken by a match between team-selected representatives.

In the semifinals, the top team from each bracket will fight the lower team in the other bracket. The teams that continue on to the final match will be the teams that won their semifinal round. If there is a tie, a system identical to the one used to break ties in the preliminary brackets will be used.

The winner of the final round, the first place team, will be determined in the same way, counting the number of victories in individual matches. The losing team in the final round will receive second place, while both losing teams from the semifinals will be acknowledged as third place teams.


8. Tournament matches are conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations governing kendo matches and refereeing set forth by the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei, with the following exceptions:
Tsuki (a thrust to the throat) will not be scored as a legal point.

Unlike previous years, stepping out of bounds WILL be penalized.



9. All rulings and decisions made by tournament judges or by the HRKC Executive Committee are final and may not be disputed.


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