Hopefully you all enjoyed the first year of CSL Smash! We had a blast and we're stoked to gear up for another year. Last year involved a lot of learning and growing, so we appreciate all the club leaders, TOs, and players for giving us feedback throughout the year. We're also incredibly amped for the release of Ultimate this December. To prepare for that, we're shifting around dates of the Circuit to line up with the new game and make sure that players have enough time to prepare.
More consistency across qualifiers: We want to standardize the experience across the board for all teams and players. First we're going through a much stronger vetting process for our TOs to ensure that the best of the best will be running the show for us. Secondly, we're going to make sure that every qualifier features the same format: all locals and divisionals will have a double elimination bracket if they have less than 6 teams in bracket to keep a balance between efficiency and a teams' chance to qualify.
More travel support: we're going to up the travel stipends for next year's Circuit to help more teams get to where they need to go! We'll be awarding need-based stipends to each local qualifier winner to get them to divisionals. Each divisional winner will receive full travel support to go to Nationals.
CSL website: All tournaments will be run via the CSL website. We've greatly improved our system and will be able to display awesome match data and pages for players. We also have an overview page to provide all Circuit information in a readily accessible way.
The Smash Circuit will begin in January for both Melee and Ultimate. We'll run 16 local qualifiers and between 4-8 auxilliary events based on demand. The winner of each will advance to Divisionals. There will be four Divisional tournaments and the winner of each will advance to Nationals. In addition to travel support between Locals and Divisionals, we have a $15,000 prize pool up for grabs for both Melee and Ultimate ($30,000 total!).
January - March: Local Qualifiers (throughout North America, dates and locations TBD)
April - June: Divisionals (dates and locations TBD)
Entry Fee (for local qualifiers): $25 per team
In addition to our primary 5v5 Crews Circuit, we'll be hosting 8 additional Singles Tournaments across North America. Some of these events may be at Local or Divisional events. These will be open to any college student and each will feature a $200 pot bonus for Melee, and a $200 pot bonus for Ultimate.
The 8 regions for our Singles Tournaments are: NorCal, SoCal, New England, Ontario, Texas, DMV, Tristate, Atlanta/Carolinas
Dates: January - May
Entry Fee: $10 per player
Notes for New Teams/Players/Organizations
If you're returning to CSL again, read this over as a refresher. Alternatively, if you are new to CSL as a player, coordinator, coach, or faculty, these are helpful bits of information for you. For complete details, please read the rules page linked below as well! For any additional questions, you can reach us at [email protected]!
Who can play? Full-time college students in good academic standing.
How do we sign up? There's a simple 3 step process: 1) Register an account & verify your university email address. 2) You'll be directed to your university page where you can click the "Create Team" button. 3) You'll be able to find local qualifier information from the "CIRCUIT" tab on the top of the website. Click your local qualifier and then "ENROLL"
How many players on a team? Unlimited! Your team can have as many players as you want, however, note that when it comes to travel support, we will only support travel for 5 players to Divisionals and Nationals.
Where do I go if I have issues? The following are the steps you should take to answer any questions/issues you have: 1) Step 1 read the rules! Most likely, your question is answered in the rules directly. 2) If your question is not answered in the rules, you can email us at [email protected] 3) Finally, once the season begins, we'll be doing live help/QA sessions weekly via DISCORD!