Frequently Asked Questions – For Teams

On behalf of the organizing committee, thank you for your interest in Paideia Cup XIV, our tournament’s 14th year!  High school boys’ and girls’ teams from across the country look forward to competing for the Paideia Cup – a symbol representing the best in youth Ultimate spirit and competition. More important, we have the opportunity to create another exciting and fun event.  As you consider submitting a bid, we hope we can answer any questions you may have.


When is the Paideia Cup?

Paideia Cup XIV will take place on April 27-28, 2019 at LakePoint Sports Community in Emerson, GA, approximately 45 minutes north of Atlanta.


How does our team submit a bid?

In order to submit an application for Paideia Cup XIV, you will need to submit both an application form and your $450 bid fee by November 12, 2018. We will announce bids on November 19, 2018. If your team does not get a slot, we will return your check. Please check back in late September for more information and to submit a bid.

Thank you for your interest in the Paideia Cup!



How much will the tournament cost?

The bid fee for the Paideia Cup is $450 per team.


What is the tentative tournament schedule, for travel planning?

The tournament will consist of two divisions (Girls and Open), with 8 teams per division. Pool play will be Saturday, beginning at approximately 9 am, with full length games and two hour rounds. Bracket play will take place Sunday, with the finals in each division at approximately 1:00.

Teams should not plan to depart for the Atlanta airport any earlier than 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.  This means return flights should be booked no earlier than 7:30 p.m. out of Atlanta Sunday evening.


Where is the Paideia Cup located? LakePoint

Tournament Fields:
LakePoint Sports Complex
163 LakePoint Parkway, Emerson, GA 30121

Paideia Cup XIV will be held at LakePoint Sporting Community in Emerson, Georgia, approximately 45 minutes north of downtown Atlanta and 50 minutes from the Atlanta airport.

Due to a packed end-of-semester schedule at Paideia and at Python Park, and the weather certainty of turf, we are pleased to be hosting the Paideia Cup again at LakePoint.

Directions to LakePoint:  LakePoint is located directly off exit 283 on I-75. Coming north on I-75, take exit 283 and make a left. Immediately after the Love’s, take a left onto LakePoint Parkway. The South Turf Fields are located immediately after the first intersection at Stars Way, on the left.
163 LakePoint Parkway, Emerson, GA 30121






Where will our team stay? Where will fans stay? Lake Point

We have been accustomed to (and have so thoroughly enjoyed) offering family host housing for Paideia Cup teams in the past.  This year, with the LakePoint fields location being 45 minutes or more from our school and homes, we think teams will find staying near or at LakePoint the most convenient option.  If this will create a real hardship for your team and impact your ability to attend the tournament, please reach out to us.

We have arranged several group rates at nearby hotels. Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.

Hotel Name Block Name # of Rooms Cost Cutoff date Distance to fields Add’l Info
Microtel Inn & Suites Cartersville, GA 678-605-9310 Paideia Cup 20 Double Queen 66.99 plus tax March 26, 2019 15 minutes Includes wifi and continental breakfast
Hampton Inn Cartersville, GA 770-382-8999 Paideia Cup 13 Double Queen 129 plus tax March 26, 2019 10 minutes Includes breakfast and wifi
Super 8 Acworth, GA 770-818-6981 Paideia Cup 15 Double Double 71.20 plus tax April 12, 2019 10 minutes incudes wifi and continental breakfast
Best Western Allatoona Inn & Suites, Cartersville, GA 770-386-1569 Paideia Cup 20 Double Queen 89.99 plus tax April 19, 2019 10 minutes Includes breakfast and wifi






Will there be food at the tournament? LakePoint

Of course!

At the Tournament:
—The Tournament will provide field food for players and coaches at headquarters (bagels, rice cakes, peanut butter, nutella, fruit).  Stop on by and grab what you need.
Concessions throughout Saturday and Sunday will be offered by LakePoint’s concessionaire and will include options such as yogurt parfaits, salads and wraps, hummus plates, pizza, chicken tenders, beverages (Coke products) and sport performance snacks and drinks.  The concessionaire is relaxing its “no outside food and drink” policy to allow PiCup teams to bring in one food cooler per team.  LakePoint kindly asks that the cooler contain sports performance snacks and NOT items meant to compete with their lunch offerings.   In other words, unless you absolutely have to, please don’t plan to make sandwiches on Field 3 during your bye when they are trying to sell sandwiches at concessions.  We told them we would ask our teams to try to cooperate.  This also means they hope you do not haul in cases of Powerade from Walmart . . ..  Absolutely, players may bring in the individual performance snacks and beverages they need.

Beyond the Tournament at the LakePoint Complex: There is no shortage of restaurants and coffee shops in nearby Acworth and Cartersville.  Players will have several options for pizza delivery or grocery store visits.  If arriving late on Friday, consider ordering in advance a late pizza delivery from an online source . . ..  You know what to do . . ..



Will there be gear available?

You bet!

In fact, Spin Ultimate, an ultimate merchandiser located just down the road a piece, is again the merchandise sponsor for this year’s Paideia Cup.  A wide selection of fine Spin Ultimate gear will be available for purchase at the merchandise tent, including the limited edition Paideia Cup XIV official tournament disc and other custom merchandise.

Thanks, Spin, for being a sponsor!  Spin also offers a free quote and art mock up for your team’s jersey order this season!!  Give them a shout at!!


What else can you tell me about the Paideia Cup? Lake Point

Health and First Aid
Our goal is to create a tournament of high caliber competition, maximum fun and support for the spirit of the game. Towards this end, the health and safety of the players is of paramount concern. Throughout the tournament we will have trained first aid personnel and a trainer available to all players in case of injury or accident. In case of emergency, the tournament will contact your coach who will be responsible for informing all appropriate people.

WellStar Acworth Health Park (@5 Miles South of LakePoint on Highway 41)
4550 Cobb Parkway NW
Acworth, GA 30101
(Located just north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and Cedarcrest Road)
Urgent Care
7 a.m. – 10 p.m. / Seven days a week
Phone: 470-956-0100


It’s All About The Spirit Of The Game
The Paideia Cup was founded on and is dedicated to the spirit of the game. We expect every participant (player, coach and fan) to honor the game through their conduct both on and off the field. The Paideia Cup is a great vehicle for attracting new players, new parents and new people to the sport. You can help do your part by remembering that through your conduct you represent everyone in Ultimate.
Honor the game.

I am a captain. How do I find out about the format and other rules for the tournament?

A Coaches’ and Players’ packet as well as the tournament format will be posted on this web site the week before the Tournament.  You should be very familiar with the packet and you should make sure your coaches and teammates are as well.  A Captains’ Meeting will be called on Saturday morning to go over this packet and address any last minute questions you may have.  Lead the way and set the tone for your team!

The Rules of Ultimate, 11th Edition, are here.

All teams MUST be accompanied at all times by at least two adults over the age of 25.   We expect all players and team personnel, if a team is accepted, to be familiar with the tournament particulars and player packet.



Is Paideia Cup USAU Sanctioned? Do we need to sign waivers?

The Paideia Cup is not USAU sanctioned, yet we wholeheartedly encourage all players, coaches and family members to be members of and support USA Ultimate, ultimate’s governing body.

We are, however, asking that teams send to by March 23, if possible,
–a roster with jersey numbers (any format works)
–a photo of your team
–a brief “bio” or description of your team.