“Trickle down” is the process/flow of the bid should a higher finishing team already be qualified.
OPEN: If one or more teams wins a bid award position at a National Qualifier and previously earned an Open bid at another National Qualifier, the bid(s) can trickle-down to the next highest finishing team, provided the next highest finishing team finished no lower than 8th place in the tournament.
USA/AMERICAN/NATIONAL: In general, USA Division bids will trickle down with the lowest possible finish able to accept a bid being a team that finishes no lower then 8th. 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 in the Open or USA Divisions. 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 Minneapolis until 7:00 pm.