Tournament Rules

Learn more about who makes the tournament rules, how the competition operates, and find answers to the questions most frequently asked by participants in the Altador Cup.

The Committee

Have you ever wondered who is behind the workings of the Altador Cup? Who decides which Yooyus to use or which team should play against which? Wonder no more -- it's the Altador Cup Rules Committee, a highly respected group of officials that carefully examines all game play to make sure the rules are being properly applied. The Rules Committee's oversight ensures that the Altador Cup is fun and fair for all the teams involved, and they take their responsibilities in reviewing petitions and disputes very seriously!

While some might feel that they are too strict, the committee's decisions play a vital role in maintaining the integrity of the tournament. Though there have been times when popular opinion has been against the committee or one of its decisions, nobody doubts that the committee members' actions are always motivated by a desire to protect the best interests of the Altador Cup.

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When is the Altador Cup?

    The Altador Cup schedule is as follows:

  • 5/17-5/24 Tournament pre-event
  • 5/29-6/04 Practice Round
  • 5/25-6/06 Team sign-ups are open.
  • 6/04-6/30 Tournament play takes place.
  • 7/3 Y19 Altador Cup champions are announced and the Prize Shop opens.

Each stage of the tournament begins at 12:00:00 A.M. NST and ends at 11:59:59 P.M. NST.

What is the Altador Cup?
Since making its triumphant return in Y8 after a 1,000-year hiatus, the Altador Cup has become a cornerstone of Neopian sporting culture. The tournament is held each year at the famed Colosseum in Altador, where teams take the field to play Altador's traditional game, Yooyuball. Each Altador Cup commences with a sign-up period and practice session, in which participants can choose a team and brush up on their skills. This year, team sign-ups and the practice Tuesday, May 25th. The practice round will last until June 4th and the team sign-ups will end on June 6th. The practice session is then followed by a 26 day tournament schedule that runs from June 4th until June 30th. The schedule consists of 2 game rounds with three practice days included. In this year's tournament, 18 teams hailing from the lands of Neopia will once again gather in Altador to compete in Yooyuball, along with three side games, Make Some Noise, Slushie Slinger, and Shootout Showdown.

The celebrated centrepiece of the Altador Cup is Yooyuball, which has been played in Altador for centuries. In Yooyuball, the object is to throw the ball into the opposing team's goal. Slings are used to carry and throw the ball, which is a curled-up Petpet called a Yooyu. Yooyus are native to Altador, and the strongest Yooyus are rigorously trained to participate in this prestigious tournament. Seven different types of Yooyu are used in the game, each of which has its own special attributes. Players never know which type of Yooyu will appear during the match, giving Yooyuball an element of unpredictability. Teams must be able to adjust their strategy and play depending on the type of Yooyu currently being used if they hope to be competitive in the Altador Cup.

To learn more about the history of the modern Altador Cup, please read the Neopedia entry.

The Rules Committee
The three highly respected Altadorians who make up the Altador Cup Rules Committee have been entrusted with the duty of ensuring that the rules of Yooyuball are being followed properly. Though their decisions have occasionally been unpopular, everyone can agree that the Rules Committee's dedication to their task makes the Altador Cup more fun and fairer for all those who participate. It is due to their hard work that the Altador Cup runs smoothly year after year and remains Neopia's most celebrated sporting event.

How do I participate?

    How the Tournament Works:

  • Start by joining one of the 18 teams that are competing in the Altador Cup this year. It's easy to do. You don't have to join a team if you just want to practise Yooyuball, but you won't earn any Prize Shop points, be able to play any of the other games included in the Altador Cup, or have a chance of winning one of the cool Altador Cup trophies unless you're playing for a team. Be sure to join a team before sign-ups close on 6/06!
  • This year, the Altador Cup tournament once again pits 18 teams, representing the lands of Neopia, against each other.
  • This year, the tournament play is made up of two rounds. Your team will play against every other team once in the first round. In the second round, based on your performance, you will be placed into one of three brackets. You will then play against the teams within your respective bracket.
  • Each day, your team will face an opponent. You must contribute as much as you can to your team by playing not only Yooyuball, but also Slushie Slinger, Make Some Noise, and Shootout Showdown.
  • Your results in each of the 4 games contribute to your team's overall standing in the tournament. Please remember to help your team win all four games in the tournament.
  • Every win counts and adds to the overall score so be sure to play hard from Round 1, Day 1 itself!
  • This year, there will also be three practice days within the tournament. The first two practice days will happen on the 7th day and the 14th
  • New match-ups begin promptly at 12:00:00 A.M. NST every day.
  • Results will be announced on the 3rd of July and Trophies and Ranks will be awarded based on your performance.
  • On the same day, the Prize Shop will open up for you to start spending the credits you have earned during the tournament!

*NST = Neopian Standard Time, equal to U.S. Pacific Time

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