Host Instructions

Thank you for hosting a CATAN® National Qualifier Tournament. Along with the official CATAN Tournament Rules, this is your guide to host the event. 

Last revised: January 2024

Tournament Prize Kit Contents

The 2023 CATAN Official Tournament Kit (CNOP23) contains the following prizes for your Semi-Finalists and Finalists: 

  • 1 Wood Sprite™ Catanimal enamel pin
  • 4 Sets of fuzzy game piece
  • 4 Summer CATAN Hexes tile sets
  • 16 CATAN–The Helpers “Leader of the Flock” cards
  • 32 CATAN Shop discount cards

For Event Host:

  • 1 CATAN Championship Official Tournament Rules
  • 1 CATAN Championship Official Host Instructions
  • 1 CATAN Championship Event Poster
  • 1 CATAN Championship Official Scoresheet
  • 4 CATAN Championship Best Coast Pairings Postcards

The 2024 CATAN Official Tournament Kit (CNOP24) will be available in August 2024.

Event Instructions

All players (up to 32) receive a CATAN Shop discount card.

Top 16 players (Semi-Finalists) each additionally receive a CATAN – The Helpers “Leader of the Flock” card.

Top 4 players (Finalists) will each additionally receive 1 Summer tile set and a set of fuzzy game pieces. 

The Winner will receive all the previous items, plus 1 Wood Sprite Catanimal enamel pin, and a guaranteed seat at the CATAN National Championship.

Before Your Qualifier

1) Select Date

Look at our calendar, either on Facebook or Choose a date, keeping in mind other events happening in your area. Don’t choose a date with an existing event close by, as that will split your available player pool.

2) Submit Event Request Form

Official tournaments must be approved by the CATAN Organized Play team. 

Requesting an event is a simple process! Start by visiting our event submission form.

  • Email entered will also be used as your login to the Best Coast Pairings website.
  • Please fill out the form with as much detail as possible. Required information is marked with an asterisk (*).
  • Submit the form. You should receive an email confirmation from
  • A follow-up email will come (generally within three business days) with specific instructions for creating your event on Best Coast Pairings.

Once you receive that email…

3) Log in to Best Coast Pairings to create your event

Oour partner, Best Coast Pairings, has created an easy-to-use system to help with seatings, scoring, and submitting your results. Log in here with the email address you used when submitting the Event Request. The follow-up email you will receive from will walk you through the process.

4) Verify / Edit Event Details

Click on your event and read it for accuracy. Check start and end time as well as date and location. Decide if you want to use online registration and/or payment and toggle those settings on/off. Enter any additional event details. You may add images, links, and other information to make your event more appealing to your potential attendees. See the Software Instructions for assistance in editing these details.

5) Verify Official Listings 

Once your event is approved, we list your event on our website and create a Facebook Event on our page. You will receive an email with a link to the Facebook event. Please check it for accuracy. Important: Do not create your own Facebook event. If you provided a link to a Facebook Business Profile, you will be added to the event as a co-host and will be able to include the official event on your Facebook events listing.

6) Know the Rules

Be sure that both you and your judges are familiar with the rules, as they may have changed for the new season. If anything is unclear, please reach out to prior to your tournament so we can send you clarifications. Download and print extra copies of the rules for your players and judges. 

7) Promote Event

Your event must have a minimum of 12 players in order to qualify your winner for the National Championship event. Engage your community! The tournament kit includes a poster to help get the word out.

We will list your event on your country’s event calendar and on our Facebook page. Facebook events are promoted via our newsletter and by posts made by our Marketing team. We have a selection of marketing assets you can use to promote your event.

During the Qualifier

Players may only take a seat at an official CATAN National Qualifier if they have met these guidelines:

  • Players must be 18+ years of age by the date of the National Championship and a resident of the country hosting the Qualifier. If asked, this should be provable with a valid piece of identification showing a home address or a piece of mail.
  • If a player has already won a Qualifier for this season, they must wait until next season before participating in another Qualifier. 

After the Qualifier

To be an officially recognized Qualifier event, you must submit your winner information, full player list, emails, and photos to or report through Best Coast Pairings.

Important Reminders

The following are things you should be sure to mention to your players! They address some common questions and issues.

Before the Event Starts

  • Remind everyone of the event schedule and if breaks are planned. 
  • All players must be 18 years or older by the date of the upcoming Nationals.
  • Explain the tournament structure: 3 preliminary round games, and a top cut to either 16 (28+ players) or 4 (less than 28 players), for 4-5 total games.
  • If using the tournament software, post a link so players can look up seats/tables as well as standings.
  • Read names in selection order. The first person at each table chooses placement order, piece color, and where to sit. Then, in order, everyone else chooses piece color and placement order and sits down accordingly.
  • Remind them to count and shuffle Development cards (25), Resource cards (19 of each), and game pieces (15 roads, 5 settlements, 4 cities). Alert a judge immediately if anything is missing.
  • Be sure to call a judge immediately if there is any question during the game. 
  • Game results are final once results are submitted to the host and (aside from correcting entry errors) cannot be changed.
  • Code of Conduct reminder: Full Code of Conduct is detailed on this site. All players should read and be familiar with it.

Frequent Questions and New/Updated Rules

  • Use of electronic devices is not allowed except as stated in the Photography and Video policy and Code of Conduct. Players should store phones and other devices.
  • Once the dice are rolled, the dice roll must be resolved before any other actions may be taken. Robber bargaining must be limited to non-resource-specific negotiation. (Rule 3.0.2)
  • “Longest Road” and “Largest Army” tiles automatically transfer to a player as soon as they meet the conditions to earn that tile. It is not necessary for the new owner to physically take the tile. (Rule 3.0.4)
  • Once cards are in the tray, they are spent. You can change what you buy, but you can’t take them back. (Rule 3.0.9)
  • It is not legal for a player to give or receive a resource card for “free,” either in one trade or in a series of trades. (Rule 3.0.13)
  • If either of the dice are ever completely obscured by rolling off the table or landing in a cup/pocket/etc., reroll both dice. If a die is cocked, balance the other die on top, if it slides off, reroll both dice. If players are not comfortable performing the test for cocked dice, they may ask a judge to do so. (Rule 3.0.17)

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