Attendance Wavier

All persons attending this event are bound by the waiver found by clicking here.  There is no need to sign this waiver; your attendance at this event is your agreement to the terms in this waiver.


Any person attending the event, including but not limited to players, coaches, spectators and working staff, who has been tested for any infectious disease and been found to be “positive” may not attend this event.   A person who has been tested for an infectious disease but has not yet been received the results from that test is not permitted to attend the event.

If a person in attendance at the event has a test during the event and is found to be positive,  the Northern Lights Qualifier will follow the NE & MN State guidelines which are in effect at that time concerning contacts and continued participation of affected people attending the event.

Bid Allocations

The number of bids to Nationals for a team in any division is dependent on the number of teams in that division.  All bids will trickle down as specified in this year’s Qualifier Manual.



# Teams
Number of  Bids by Age Division
18 Open17 Open16 Open15 Open14 Open13 Open
less than 8000000
6 – 111
8 – 151111
8 – 111
12 – 152
12 – 482
16 – 232222
16 – 483
24 – 483333



# Teams
Number of Bids by Age Division
18 USA17 USA16 USA15 USA14 USA13 USA
less than 8000000
8 – 111
12 – 482
8 – 1511111
16 – 2322222



# Teams
Number of Bids by Age Division
18 Amer17 Amer16 Amer15 Amer14 Amer13 Amer12 Nat12 Amer11 Nat
less than 8000000000
8 – 128111111111


The actual number of bids available to be awarded in 2021 can be seen by clicking here.

Trickle Down

“Trickle down” is the process/flow of the bid should a higher finishing team already be qualified.

If one or more teams wins a bid award position at a National Qualifier and previously earned a bid at another National Qualifier, the bid can trickle-down to the next highest finishing team provided that the team is no lower than eighth place or 50% of the field size, whichever is smaller.  In the event that any team qualifies in more than one qualifier, the bid will be reallocated per the Qualifier Manual.

Trickle down also means there is the possibility of needing to play out 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th place in the tournament.  This may extend your anticipated tournament end by at least one match.  Penalties as listed below are still in effect.  For these reasons, we do not recommend scheduling flights out of Omaha or Minneapolis until 7:00 pm.




Penalty for Rejection of Bid

There can be serious consequences for teams who reject a bid.  These consequences are outlined in the Qualifier Manual.

If an Open team earns a bid or a USA/American/National team accepts a bid but does not participate in the JNC in the division in which it won the bid, that team, its coaches, its club director and the remainder of the teams in that club will be suspended from participation in all National Qualifying events for the following season.

New effective the 2020 season:  Teams in 18 Open may NOT decline a bid.  This is in the Qualifier Manual.