Urban Zone League Rules
This league is for 5on5 Capture the Flag. We aim to have short seasons to keep it interesting for all clans involved. At the end of the season the 2 clans that ended highest in their group promote, and the last two relegate.
Urban Zone Capture the Flag league:
Divisions 01 - 05
Each division has a supervisor and possibly refereeing staff which are there to help teams in the division and deal with basic problems. All serious issues will be handled by the entire refereeing staff and/or admins. Based on available staff, the division supervisors will not be members of any of the teams in the division they supervise.
Win = 5 points
Draw = 3 points
Loss = 1 point
No show = 0 points
2.A Signing Up
When the signing in period has finished the admins will place veteran teams in divisions according to their results from the previous season and new teams according to the admins’ best knowledge.
2.B Signing Up for Larger Clans
Bigger clans can have two teams competing in the league, as long as the teams consist out of unique players and bear names and clan tags distinct for each team (for example, abc1/abc2, def|/def||, xA/yA). Multi-clanning will NOT be accepted in this league and will result in punishment.
3. Planning matches
All matches should be played in the week they are allotted in and scheduled the week before. If this is not possible please contact division referees or supervisors. If the teams fail to agree on a specific time and date, division staff will attempt to facilitate an agreement or schedule the match for a fixed time and date which will be binding for both clans. Failure to show up and play in an admin set match will result in default loss.
4. Arranging Matches and Deadlines
All matches must be played before the end of the season or both clans get no points. If teams fail to schedule a match by Sunday midnight (CE(S)T), the match will be force-scheduled for the following Sunday or for another day and time that suits the one of the teams that is able to provide evidence of trying to schedule the match.
Using the website scheduler is considered as decisive evidence and the match will be forced to the last known proposed date and time preceding the deadline. In case there is a conflict between the teams regarding scheduling, the teams are to contact their division supervisor or another staff member before the scheduling deadline.
If neither of the teams use the scheduler, they may still plead their case by providing IRC logs (screenshots) of channel/private messages, pm in the league website, and screenshot of an email message to the team leader/war arranger/member of clan usually in charge of war arranging. This and any other evidence of trying to schedule with the other clan (such as a forum post, ICQ message, msn message, etc.) will be considered too but is in no way binding. Staff have the right to use their discretion in solving scheduling conflicts and may force matches or order rescheduling in case they find one or both opponents acting against principles of good faith when scheduling.
If you are having problems contacting the other clan, start logging all your attempts at trying to reach them and inform the league staff. Teams are allowed to reschedule a forced match BEFORE the forced match time for the forced week or the following week and may seek approval for a reschedule from staff if they reach an agreement past the forced match time.
4.A Arranging Matches and Deadlines
Playoff matches must be scheduled by Wednesday midnight of the match week and played by Sunday midnight.
5.A Playing Matches
A match consists of 2 maps of 20 minutes. Team A has the right to pick which side they want to play in team B’s map and vice versa. If in doubt as to which map is to be played first, the team which is listed first in the match description on the website picks the first map.
Winner of a map is determined by the accumulated amount of rounds in that map. A map can end in a draw. In case of a draw in the first map, the winner of the match is determined by the result of the second map; if one team wins the second map then they will have won the entire match. If both teams win one map, it's a draw. If both maps end in a draw, the entire match is drawn. If one team wins both maps, they win the match.
5.B Map Choice
Teams are only able to use each map two time per season. That means that once a map is picked twice, the team is not allowed to choose it again during this season and in this league. Playing a map a third time will result in automatic map forfeit.
5.B.1 Map Choice in Cups
Teams in the cup groups are only allowed to use once each map in group stage. Playing a map again will result in automatic map forfeit. In the playoffs, maps will be chosen over eliminations.
5.B.2 Map Changes
Teams must submit a map change 48 hours before match time. If teams do not request map change before that time, they will play whatever map was forced, unless the opponent explecitly agrees.
Matches played on Monday and Tuesday of any week need to have their maps entered before Monday noon (1200 PM).
5.C In-Match Server Owner Duties
If there is no referee present, the home team (the team the server belongs to) is obligated to create a .txt file (a so-called condump) to record the IP addresses of all players connected and send it to the league email address (league @ urban – zone . org).
Condump is made in the following manner: When all players are connected, open the console. Type “/clear” to clear your console of previous information. Then “/rcon status” which will show you the IP addresses of all players connected. Finally, create a file with the information by typing “/condump XvsY.txt”. The file will be saved in your Urban Terror folder, not in the server. Only the status command is a server command - do not use “/rcon” with clear and condump.
Failure to provide condump or server logs of a match by the team which provided the server (even if the team is not the owner of the server, merely borrowing it) may result in the loss of one point. Condumps and logs from league or affiliate servers are provided by the league, not the participating teams.
Each team is allowed two timeouts per match. Timeout called because of a technical problem concerning server or config is not counted as a timeout for the team if it proves to be valid. All players must join their teams during warm ups or timeouts.
Teams are forbidden to use the “/rcon pause” command.
5.E.1 Allowed Players
Players are only allowed to play for one team at a time during the season. Teams may only have people in their line-up who are on the squad list of that clan for more than 24 hours. This means that every player needs to be on the roster 24 hours before the official match time.
5.E.2 Extra Players, Substitutes and Spectating
Players connecting mid match without the referee being notified and without timeout being used will be kicked. A team whose player is connecting during a match must use timeout as soon as the player starts connecting.
Unlike Team Survivor and Bomb and Defuse, Capture the Flag may have substitutes as long as the server allows it. i.e. As long as the server has enough slots for substitutes.
No spectators are allowed on the server during the match unless they are staff of the league.
5.F.1 Number of Players
Each map must be played with 5 players on both teams. Playing with 4 players is allowed, the opponent is allowed to choose whether they want to play with 4 or 5 players and is allowed to bring in their fifth player into the game at any point. Timeout must be used when the 5th player joins. Matches played with less than four players are not allowed and will result in default loss for the team which is not able to produce the minimum number of players at the scheduled time.
In case the teams engage in a match despite not having enough players, the match will be considered invalid and will be replayed. In case one of the teams refuses to replay the match, the opposing team will be awarded a forfeit victory.
5.F.2 Staff Presence in the Server
Teams are not allowed to refuse the presence of Urban Zone staff - in this case referees and GTV - during their matches. Staff take priority over the teams' substitutes. Teams that actively prevent staff from observing their match (repeated kicking, ban) will lose the match in question by forfeit. If requested, teams are obligated to provide league referees with server rcon.
5.G No-Shows and Automatic Losses
The score of an automatic loss (for no show matches, not having enough players or other offenses) is 0 points for the offender and 5 points for the opponent. The opponent team will be rewarded with 15 captures for the match.
A no show match may be rescheduled if both teams involved agree. It must be rescheduled without undue delay and the new date reported to the staff. A match will be considered to be a no show if the missing team does not show up within 20 minutes of appointed time. A referee or admin must be called in case of a no show and a screenshot of the present team’s lineup must be made. If there is a delay in showing up for the match caused by objective circumstances, such as miscommunication about match server, the match may be delayed but not rescheduled. The appointed referee always makes the last call.
If both teams fail to show up for the match and they do not agree on a reschedule before an appointed deadline, the staff may force a date for their match or give the teams a no-show and no points for the match.
All league matches must be played in European (that includes Turkish servers), US or Moscow (Russia) servers. Servers are considered equal. Teams can opt between playing both maps in one server, 1 map in one server and 1 map in another server, and playing their match in a league server. If one of the teams requests that a match be played in 2 servers, the request must be accepted, unless the teams agree to play in a server provided by the league. If teams are unable to agree on a server to play their match in, they report their conflict to the staff who will assign a league server where the match will be played. Once a league server is assigned, the entire game is played there.
5.H.1 Server Failure
If a match is interrupted by server restart, server failure or shutdown, or a similar occurrence affecting all players, only the remaining minutes of the current map shall be replayed. The score of already played rounds, if any, will remain unaffected.
Considering the remaining time is x:seconds
do "/rcon timelimit x+1"
Where "x" is the remaining minutes value.
5.H.2 Server Password
Server passwords are the team leaders' responsibility. If a referee is not present in the game, the server owner/admin (home team leader) shall create a unique password for the match and share it with the team leader of the opponent clan. Team leaders are responsible for providing their players with the IP and password for each game. If a referee is present, the referee will change the server password or use a unique password created for that particular match provided by the home team leader. In both cases, team leaders are responsible for players connecting.
5.H.3 Other Server Related Rules
Failure to comply with these rules in a timely and reasonable fashion within the game will be punished by a warning. Failure to create a unique password for the match resulting in an unwanted player connecting and disrupting the game in any manner will be punished by a warning to the home team (server owner). In matches not supervised by a referee, if an unwanted and unidentified player connects and disrupts the game in a major way, the current round shall be replayed. League staff are always to be consulted before replaying. Both team leaders (or representatives) must be present in the league irc channel during their teams’ war.
5.I League Config
All matches will be played with the uz5v5ts.cfg executed!
You can get the config here.
A team using their server for a league match with the league config edited or the config not in use will be punished by a warning. The match will be replayed if admins come to the conclusion that the configuration of the server rendered the match incompatible with league rules. If the discrepancies in the config are discovered during the first map, the map will be restarted and replayed with proper config settings.
If the result of the match is influenced by faulty config, teams are obligated to notify staff.
5.J Match Channels
Match channels are automatically generated and can be found on the match pages. You are strongly advised to use them to communicate with your opponents.
Your referees can see your match channel also, they are likely to join in and you can't refuse to set them operator if requested.
If team leaders or team members are summoned by a referee to a match channel, they are obliged to comply. Noncompliance will be punished by a warning.
If a breach of rules occurs during a match, the penalty will be made public in the match description section of the website. If evidence is available, it will be posted in the same place or made accessible in some other form, with reference to its location in the match description section.
The number of rounds for each match will remain unchanged. Teams may lose score points as punishment. Points will be retracted from matches the punished offenses occurred in or from matches closest to the time of point retraction. All such point retractions will be made public in the match description section for the match they were retracted from.
Penalties related to teams and players will also be recorded in the “Banlist”.
5.L Allowed Maps
Matches may be played on the following maps:
5.L.1 Map Exploits
It is forbidden to use map exploits during matches. Map exploits are generally defined as:
- accessing places with missing textures/abuse of missing textures
- abusing obvious bugs in clipping
- accessing places that require stacking of two or more players
In case it is not clear whether a place in a map is to be considered to be a map exploit, a decision will be met by UZ staff.
5.L.2 Graphics Exploits
It is forbidden to use graphics exploits during matches. These exploits are generally defined as:
- abusing locked cvars (i.e. those for which values are set by third-party programs, which are reset upon map reload/restart, etc.)
- abusing obsolete cvars (i.e. those the original purpose of which is now void and are currently used to bypass predefined game settings)
In case it is not clear whether a cvar is to be considered to be a graphics exploit, a decision will be met by UZ staff.
6. Submitting Match Results
Team captains or trustees have to upload results (score and screenshots) directly in the MEDIA section of their match. Condump file with player information is to be sent to league @ urban – zone . org with the match date and clans involved stated in the subject or body (example: May 20, xY vs. Yz) or shared with one of the admins.
7. New Players and Transfers
Each player is allowed one transfer from clan to clan per season. Each team is allowed one transfer from another clan in the league per season. Each transfer must be completed 24 hours before the player in question plays or subs for the new team. Each such transfer must be reported to league admins.
Multi-clanning is not allowed and the punishment is suspension of the player from the current season upon first warning and ban from the league upon second warning. Warnings are cumulative. New players may be added throughout the league without limits. Each new player must be added to the squad list before he appears in a league match. Aliasing to cover up multi-clanning will be punished as multi-clanning when discovered.
When a clan currently involved in the league dies out and the league staff is informed of this fact by a team leader or a trusted person, players of such team who transfer from clan to clan after the league staff had been notified are considered to be new players and the one transfer rule does not apply to them.
During the playoff stage, transfers are constrained by an additional rule: Teams can no longer receive a transfer from an other Team participating in the playoffs stage. Therefore, one player can only play for one unique team in the playoffs stage, and if his team qualified for playoffs, he is binded to it and must, if he plays playoffs, do so with them.
7.A Transfer and New Player Limitations
Players are allowed to transfer and join clans freely between seasons.
Once signups close and throughout the season, both transferring and new players are subject to the following limitations:
- Players are allowed to join a team in any division equal to or above their division in previous season.
- Divisions 1: Players are allowed to join a team in one division below the last division they played in.
- Divisions 2 & 3: Players are allowed to join a team in one or two divisions below the last division they played in.
- Division 4 and lower: Players are allowed to join a team in any division equal to or lower than the last division they played in.
8. Roster and Aliases
Teams may only have people in their line-up who are on the squad list of that team. All players on the line-up MUST be registered and their profiles linked to their team. (NOTE: only the roster in this site counts, no other leagues or clan websites.) IF they are not, the clan will get -1 point for each player that is not in the squad list. Players are only allowed to use one (1) alias each season. Players can only list this one (1) aliase in the roster of the clan they're playing for. Player using an alias not listed in the roster of the clan the player is playing for is considered not to be on the squad list.
Each player is allowed one account in the Urban Zone website. Each player is allowed one alias per season. An alias must be entered before the player engages in a match. Player names must not be changed during matches. Players are only allowed to change names during the warm-up periods of maps as long as that change involves changing from an alias to a roster name or viceversa.
8.A Player Names
As long as you are authenticated, you may use any nick name.
If you are not authenticated, or the auth server is facing issues, different transcriptions of player names are allowed as long as those are easily recognizable, for example Max = m@x = |/|@X. Lower case or uppercase letters may be used freely. Abbreviations of names are discouraged. All names not easily recognizable or abbreviations will be considered as aliasing and penalized accordingly. The acceptability of individual name variations used ingame will be voted upon by the refereeing staff if an aliasing issue is raised. The simplest way to avoid problems is not to experiment with player names in league matches.
8.B Clan Tags
All players in a match must wear their clan tag.
8.C Authentication system
Players MUST link their UrT auth login name to their profile on the UrbanZone website. You can find a multilanguage how to HERE. Please note that we ONLY want your username on urbanterror.info, we DON'T WANT either your auth key or any link to your profiles.
Players have to be authed and logged in whilst playing an official match. Teams have to add all of their players to their rosters on both UrbanZone website and urbanterror.info website.
Note that our cfg files won't allow players to connect to a server if they are not logged in or/and if they're not added to their clan's roster on urbanterror.info either.
9. Division Scoring
Teams collect points according to the table in the Introduction. In case of a draw in the final results in the division, the winner of the teams' mutual game wins. If the teams drew their match together, the clan with the highest net amount of rounds will win.
9.A Dead Teams - Scoring
If a clan dies during the season the following procedure will be adopted:
If the clan has 3 and more unplayed matches, all scores from matches this clan took part in will be removed as if they had never been played. If the clan has one or two unplayed matches, the remaining opponent(s) will be awarded default victories.
10. Cup system
10.A Group stage scoring
Standard League System scoring will apply to the group stage. 5 points will be given for a win, 3 points for a draw and 1 point for a loss. 0 points will be awarded for no-shows or a forfeit loss.
10.B Play-off stage
When Group stage is over the first 3 teams will go on into play-off stage. The teams will be put into the playoff tree according to the following criteria:
X: 1st Group A vs 2nd Group D
Y: 1st Group C vs 2nd Group B
W: 1st Group D vs 2nd Group A
Z: 1st Group B vs 2nd Group C
T: Winner X vs Winner Y
S: Winner W vs Winner Z
Loser T vs Loser S
Winner T vs Winner S
Play-off stage scoring
Teams will veto maps from the play-off map pool after a knife round. The winner gets the advantage in banning. The 3 left maps will be the ones played. The team which looses the knife round can decide which of the 3 maps will be played first, and the other team will decide the second map. The third map is to be played in case of an overall draw.
A team is considered as the winner of a match if:
- A team wins both maps.
- A team wins a map and the other map ends in a draw.
- A team wins the decider map when an overall draw occurs after 2 maps.
An overall draw occurs when, after 2 maps:
- A team wins a map and the opponent wins the other one.
- Both maps end in a draw.
Regarding the CTF Grand Final, the teams will play a best of 3 (bo3) game. Therefore, to be declared champion, a team will need to win 2 maps, a map can not end on a draw. Two halfs of 5 mins are to be played in case of a draw on timelimit hit. If, and only if both teams agree, they can decide to go through eliminations to play a different map and leave that map's result set to a draw.
Dedicated map pool for the playoff stage:
CTF: Abbey, Algiers, Beijing_b3, Facade_b5, Kingpin, Orbital_sl, Paris_v2, Sarlat_alpha4, Turnpike, Tohunga_b8, Uptown, Village
Less severe offenses in general will be punished by a warning. Warnings will cumulate during each season. Two warnings will result in the loss of one point. Two more warnings (4 warnings in total) will result in the loss of another 5 points. Two more warnings (6 total) will result in removal from the league for the rest of the current season and for the duration of the following season.
11.A UAC3, Demos, and Screenshots
ALL players must record demos, regardless of UAC3. Every player must automatically take screenshots throughout the match. Player screenshots are to be made available for download upon admin request.
Once a game is played, demos have to be uploaded within 7 days. If demos are missing, the match will result in a default loss for the team which misses those demos. After that, players have 7 days to upload their demos. If they do, the result is put back to normal. If not, the def loss stays.
A missing demo is a full demo not recorded or not uploaded. A partial demo is a demo with only a part missing; the staff will determine how grievous the missing part is and whether the team and/or player should be subject to rules applying to missing demos.
The first missing demo will result in a forfeit loss for the team and a one-week suspension for the player. The second missing demo will result in a forfeit loss for the team. If a player fails to upload his/her second demo, the player will be banned. A third missing demo will result in the team being removed from the league.
All demos must be provided after completion of the match through the match media section and tagged with the proper player name. In case a player fails to upload a demo, he or she is obligated to provide the demo within 7 days of being notified by league staff. If a player does not upload his/her demo, the player is not allowed to play any other matches in any UZ competition of the season. If a player plays a match despite not uploading demos in a previous match, he/she will be treated as a non-roster player. Players are required to store their match demos till two weeks after the completion of the season (e.g. season ends on March 01, demos need to be available till March 15). Team leaders or captains need to be able to provide screenshots from their matches throughout the duration of the season.
11.A.2 Demos in Playoff Matches
Once a playoff game is played, demos have to be uploaded within 72 hours. If demos are missing, the match will result in a default loss for the team which misses those demos. The def loss stays infinitly unless, the missing demos are uploaded 24 hours after it's application.
Players are obligated to take screenshots at the end of each half and provide them to staff upon admins' request. They are required to store their match screenshots till two weeks after the completion of the season (e.g. season ends on March 01, screenshots need to be available till March 15). Screenshots must be taken during the match.
Missing screenshots will be subject to the warning penalty system. Warnings will accumulate during each season. Two warnings will result in a one week suspension for the player. Another warning (3 warnings in total) will result in a season suspension for the player and a forfeit loss of the third match for the team. Another warning in the following season will result in a ban for the player. Teams with two or more players suspended for failure to take and upload screenshots during one season will be removed for the duration of the current season. Teams with four or more players suspended for failure to take and upload screenshots during two consecutive seasons will be removed from all Urban Zone competitions permanently.
11.B Challenging for Suspicious Behavior - Teams
We do not have the manpower to have referees for all matches in this league, so we will rely on demos and screenshots.
If a clan suspects that there was a cheater playing for the opponent, there is only one correct course of action: contact one of the league admins or referees in IRC or by email. If asked to submit a questionable issue by email, the complainant must comply. In no case are the complainants to accuse their opponents of cheating, whether during game play, in forums, or in other public areas. Public accusations may be punished by a warning.
Since clans now have access to information from UAC3 and demos, each clan is free to review their opponents’ demos. Clans will still have two official challenges for each season. A challenge is when you contact an admin to check a demo of ONE specific person of a clan. If a challenge is correct (I.E. a cheater or someone misbehaving is found) the clan will keep that challenge, but if it is incorrect the clan will have lost one challenge.
11.C Challenging for Suspicious Behavior - Staff
Admins are entitled to request and/or review demos even without clans challenging individual players. Teams and players must comply with all demo requests. If a demo of a player using UAC3 is required, team leaders or war arrangers will be notified of such a demo request and they are in turn responsible for notifying their player(s). The admin(s) will go through the reviewed demo from beginning to end.
11.D Demo Upload
All demos are to be uploaded to individual match pages in the MEDIA section. Each demo must be tagged with the correct player’s name. Fake demo upload may be and will be punished.
11.E Cheater Penalties for Players and Clans
If a member of a clan has been found guilty of cheating during the league, all other wars that the cheater was present in, be it substitute or player, will be counted as a default loss (0 points) and the opponents will get full 5 points. The cheater in question will be banned from the league for life. If a clan has been found guilty of having two cheating players they are removed from the league for life, too.
11.F Cheating in Other Competitions and Public Servers
Urban Zone adopts bans for cheating from the UAA and Clanbase. Players may ask for additional revision of adopted bans which will decide whether the ban will be upheld or removed. Until a decision has been made, all bans remain in effect. Bans from other competitions and sources will only be adopted after revision.
Players caught cheating elsewhere are banned for life, as if they cheated at Urban Zone. Teams are punished by a ban after several of their players have been caught cheating outside the league.
Point retractions under these circumstances are considered case-by-case.
12. Conduct and Sportsmanship
Clans are expected to conduct themselves with sportsmanship at all times. Excessive use of foul language and spamming in game will not be tolerated and may be cause for disciplinary action. If a punishable offense against sportsmanship occurs, it will be punished by a warning for the team involved.
Verbal abuse, personal attacks and any other kind of excessively impolite behavior toward any member of the refereeing staff will be punished by a warning for the team whose member engages in this kind of behavior. The seriousness of the offense will be voted upon by the refereeing staff.
If an admin/referee or their clans are involved in a challenge or investigated issue, the admin/referee will not take part in the decision-making concerning that issue.
Problems not tackled by these rules will be dealt with by the admin staff by general vote or by vote between the head admins.
*NOTE: For this first season with prizes you will NOT have to have played a prior season in Urban Zone!*
For a clan to qualify for prizes, it will have to have played in the prior season of the league in question. If the winner of the league does not qualify, the prize will move on to the next applicable clan. If the sponsor withdraws the prize for whatever reason, Urban Zone is not obliged to provide a replacement. Furthermore if the winning clan publicly criticizes services provided by the sponsor, the prize will be immediately withdrawn. Remember, the sponsors provide the prizes to advertise their services.
*All gender reference is general and applies to male as well as female players, hermaphrodites, eunuchs, and otherwise genitally mutated human beings.