Table of Contents

Main Competition Rulebook

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Splatoon

League of Legends

Rocket League

Hearthstone

NBA 2K23

Madden NFL 23


Summary: This Fall 2022 season, we have made many new changes/additions to a number of our rulebooks. In an effort to create more visibility of new additions and changes made to rulebooks for the Fall, League officials have put together a list of edits. Available in select states.

Important: While this list should cover the majority of all changes, it may not include small wording adjustments made to portions of rulebooks. We encourage all coaches and players to review the detailed points below as well as the rulebook for your game title.

High School

Main Competition Rulebook

  • Updated 3.2 Coach - Added section stating that coaches are required to be virtually present and available during match in match lobby chat.

  • Added 5.2.2.1 Playoff Eligibility - Teams may not miss/forfeit more than 2 regular season matches in order to be eligible for playoffs.

  • Updated 5.2.3 Playoffs - Added section detailing what happens if 2 teams from the same school enter playoffs and both make it to semi-finals.

  • Updated 5.2.3 Playoffs - Added section stating single player titles such as Madden and NBA2k will have a max of 4 eligible teams per school that can make playoffs, instead of just 2.

  • Updated 5.3 Regular Season Tiebreakers - Now includes PlayVS Score and aligns with current tiebreaker information.

  • Added 6.1 Match Day Protocols - Coaches are expected to have their team ready to play on match day/time despite the opponent showing as TBD. Failure to do so within the grace period will result in forfeit.

    • Added 6.1.1 Match Reschedules - Details on exceptions made due to reschedules to ensure that they have been accepted by both coaches.

    • Added 6.1.2 Player Commitment - Clarifies expectations of Players being available for full length of match estimate of up to 2 hours.

    • Added 6.1.3 Grace Period - Clarifies details on grace period for teams who show up late and when to take action.

  • Updated 6.2 Pre-Match Setup - Includes information on expectations that teams will be ready to play on match day/time despite their opponent showing up as ‘TBD’.

    • Added 6.2.1 Opponent Shown as TBD - Information on what to do if this occurs.

  • Added 7.3.3 Game Specific Pause Rulings - Points to title rulebook for specific information

  • Added 7.5.1 Break Duration - Clarifies length of breaks and when to reach out to league officials.

  • Updated 8.1 Timeliness of Reschedules - All reschedules must be made in the time frame shown on the PlayVS platform. Exceptions may be made by League officials.

  • Added 8.5 Playoffs Reschedules - Teams may request up to a 24-hour reschedule in regards to playoffs.

  • Added 10.3.1 Established Communication - Details on requirement of coaches to establish communication in match lobby chat during matches.

    • Added 10.3.1.1 No Response - Details on what to do if opponent does not respond.

  • Updated 11.4 Break Week Designation - Default break week if none is chosen is now the 4th week of break week selection options.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • Updated 1.4 Game Format - Added section stating that Player lineups can be changed up to 15 minutes before the beginning of a match in case that coaches need to swap in bench players or change the order in which their players play during the match.

  • Added Section 1.4.3 Regular Season Tiebreakers - References Tiebreakers in standings found in Main High School Competition Rulebook and our Tiebreaker article.

  • Added 2.3 Wired Internet Connection - Details requirement to use a wired connection for all matches.

  • Added 2.4 Use of Internet Hotspots - Details issues caused by use of internet hotspots and what may occur if a connection is found to be unstable due to this.

Updated 3.1 Order of Play - Added section stating coaches may change player order up to 15 minutes before the start of a match on the PlayVS platform.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • Added Section 1.4.3 Regular Season Tiebreakers - References Tiebreakers in standings found in High School Competition Rulebook and our Tiebreaker article.

  • Added 3.4.4 Booster Course Pass DLC - Details recommendation of DLC but no requirement for official competition.

  • Updated 3.5 Post-Game Process - Winning team is now the team which will post/update results.

Splatoon 3

  • Players must have completed the in-game tutorial and played at least one (1) online initial turf war match in order to get the prompt to create a Player ID and join custom lobbies.

  • If a player has not completed these in-game steps, they will be unable to join a custom lobby as needed to participate in a match.

League of Legends

  • Updated 1.3 Stoppage of Play - Now includes better details different stoppage of play situations and rules.

  • Updated sections 1.3.2 Player Pause - Now includes mention of coaches using PlayVS Match Lobby Chat to report a pause.

  • Added 1.3.3 Duration of the pause - Now includes pause time limit and contacting PlayVS.

  • Added Section 1.3.5 Other unacceptable pause reasons but not limited to the following - Added to clarify other unacceptable pause reasons (but not limited to).

  • Updated 3.2.2 Preseason Format - Changes from “Set of 2” to “Best of Three” for Fall 2022.

  • Updated 3.2.4 Regular Season Format - Changes from “Set of 2” to “Best of Three” for Fall 2022.

  • Added Section 3.2.5 Regular Season Tiebreakers - References Tiebreakers in standings found in High School Competition Rulebook and our Tiebreaker article.

Updated 4.2.2.1 Regular Season Side Selection - Now includes clarification around who picks Game 3’s side.

Rocket League

  • Added Section 3.2.5 Regular Season Tiebreakers - References Tiebreakers in standings found in High School Competition Rulebook and our Tiebreaker article.

Hearthstone

  • Updated Section 1.3 Game of Record - Links and references the High School Competition Rulebook.

  • Added Section 1.4.3 Regular Season Tiebreakers - References Tiebreakers in standings found in High School Competition Rulebook and our Tiebreaker article.

NBA 2K23

  • This section will be updated with all changes to NBA 2K22 to 2K23.

Madden NFL 23

  • Updated references from Madden NFL 22 to Madden NFL 23.

  • Updated 1.4 Stoppage of Play - Now details different stoppage of play situations and rules.

  • Updated sections 1.4.2 Player Pause -Now includes mention of coaches using PlayVS Match Lobby Chat to report a pause.

  • Added 1.4.3 Duration of the pause - Now includes pause time limit and contacting PlayVS

  • Added Section 1.4.5 Other unacceptable pause reasons - Now clarifies other unacceptable pause reasons (but not limited to).

  • Added Section 1.5.3 Regular Season Tiebreakers - Now references Tiebreakers in standings found in High School Competition Rulebook and our Tiebreaker article.

  • Updated Section 1.5.5 Finals - Changed finals format from Best of Five(Bo5) to Best of Three (Bo3).

  • Updated Section 2.2 - Now includes more verbiage about use of Playstation 5 with a PS4 copy of the game.

  • Updated Section 3.2.4 - Revised steps on creating a lobby to better align with Madden NFL 23’s changes to UI.

  • 3.3 In Game Match Protocol - Clarified wording of Custom Playbooks on what is and is not allowed. Added example of Custom Playbooks that is not acceptable.

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