How to Play Capture California Game

How to Play Capture California Game

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The Capture California is a Game of Skill, Not A Game Of Chance

STEP 1: Sign Up

  • Organize a team of two or three members. If there are four or more in your family or group, create additional teams.
  • Come up with a great team name. Can’t think of one? We’ll help you find the perfect team name using our Team Name Generator, during sign up.
  • Register your team for the game on our Sign Up page, and read and agree to the Game Rules.

STEP 2: Create A Team Flag

  • Make your own flag or use the FlagMaker 5000 to create an awesome, personalized flag for your team. All flags must have “Spring 2016″ prominently on them.
  • After you create a flag, print it out. We recommend water proofing your flag so it doesn’t get wet.
  • Team Flags must appear in each of the pictures or videos submitted in order to determine that the photo is current.

STEP 3: On to the Adventures!

  • We’ve developed a List of Adventures for you to complete. Each have different point values assigned to them, and       may be accomplished limited or unlimited times. Some may only be done at very specific places and/or times, while others can be done nearly anywhere in the Santa Clara County Parks System. Feel free to pick and choose; they’re not in any particular order.
  • Be sure to “Capture” a photo or video of your team doing the adventure (see what’s required in Step 4). This constitutes “Proof” that you have completed the adventure.
  • If you’ve done all the adventures in your area, or those left aren’t your cup of tea, no problem. We add to the list, regularly. Plus, you can suggest adventures or communicate with us at any time by emailing to: You can also ‘like’ us on Facebook.
  • There are just a few things we insist you do. First of all, have fun. Then, use good judgment, always follow park rules, and Tread Lightly. Finally, play safely and fairly. Now, get out there and enjoy some adventures!

STEP 4: Post and Submit Proof

To submit Proof that you have correctly completed an Adventure:

  • Post a photo or video on any one of these social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube. To qualify as Proof, the photo or video must include all members with the exception of the member taking the photo/video. This means that if your team has three members, two members must be in every photo/video. At least one of your team members and your team flag, unless otherwise noted. Teams with three members must have at least two members in each adventure photo to qualify.
  • Make sure that your photos/videos are set to public via your privacy settings so that game auditors and other teams may view them.
  • Tag or caption the image with all of the following:
    1. The hashtag  “#Parks4Life” (updated 4-18-16 to keep simple!)
    2. The Adventure #
    3. Team Name
  • Login to . Click on your My Account page to submit proof.
    1. Select Adventure.
    2. Paste link to the web page where your proof (photo or video taken showing selected adventure, team flag and teammate/s) is posted (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube)
    3. Click “Submit Proof”

Capture California audits posts regularly to ensure that Adventures have been completed appropriately. Points are awarded accordingly. Incomplete, incorrect or fraudulent Proof receives no points. Click Here to see an example of correctly posted Proof.

 Repeat step 4 to build your team’s point total! Teams with the most points are eligible to win prizes.

Rules of the Game

  1. Teams may register to play the Capture California starting April 1st, 2016.
  2. Teams may only register online through the Capture California website.
  3. Late registrations will be accepted mid-game, however registering to play the game after the game has started will likely reduce your point accumulation and chances to win a prize.
  4. Teams must be comprised of two to three players. Families of 4 or more players may split into two or more teams. Teams with three members must have at least two members in each adventure photo to qualify.
  5. Employees of the Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation Department and members of their immediate family may play “The Game” on their own time; however, employees of the Parks Department and their immediate families are ineligible to compete for the listed game prizes.
  6. Should the team captain quit “The Game”, the team must re-register with a new team captain, under a new team name, and forfeits any points accumulated to that point.
  7. Should a team have two members and the team member quit “The Game” or should the remaining team captain desire to add a third team member, the team captain may email to request the addition of a third team member. In such case, the team captain must provide the team name, the new team member’s first and last name, identify if the new team member is under 18 years old, and must state that the team captain accepts all conditions of “The Game” agreement for the new team member.
  8. Should a team have three members and one quit “The Game”, the quitting team member’s spot cannot be filled by another person. The team must play with the remaining two members.
  9. Only persons who are registered as a team captain or team member may play “The Game”.
  10. The team captain must be 18 years of age or older.
  11. Registration for the game starts on April 1st, 2016. The game starts and adventures must be completed between May 1, 2016 and August 15, 2016.
  12. Capture California will specify an adventure’s point value when it is posted to “The Game” and that point value will not vary during the course of “The Game”.
  13. Capture California will specify whether an adventure is limited or unlimited as to how many times it may be completed when it is posted to “The Game”. That point value will not vary during the course of “The Game”.
  14. Capture California may add adventures to “The Game” at any time during “The Game”.
  15. Capture California reserves the right to update the rules of “The Game” at any time, and the game may be cancelled if the website is hacked, corrupted or a fair administration of the game cannot be achieved due to an internet virus, a hacked website, fraud or other events beyond the County’s control.
  16. In order for a team to earn points, the team must submit “Proof” of having completed an adventure.
  17. Proof is an Internet link to a photograph or video that has been posted on a social medium, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + or YouTube that contains: a photograph of the competing team’s flag, all team members with the exception of the one taking the photo, and the keyword or hashtag, “#Parks4Life”. All team members must participate in an adventure for proof to be valid. Proof determined to have been participated by less than two members shall be deleted and points forfeited. ALL photos/videos, unless otherwise noted, need to have a minimum of one team member and flag in the photo/video to qualify for proof.  All posted adventures will not always have this reminder.
  18. “Selfies” with only one person in the photo are considered proof that only one team member is on an adventure and won’t be accepted.  All team members must be present for every single adventure.
  19. Images or videos must not be derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, libelous or contain inappropriate, indecent, sexual, profane, unlawful, discriminatory or hateful messages. The images may not contain third party advertising, slogans, logos, or trademarks that indicate sponsorship or endorsement by any third party. The Game Coordinator will delete any inappropriate videos or images, and may disqualify any team that posts inappropriate media.
  20. Duplicate photos and videos may not be submitted for more than one adventure, unless otherwise allowed by a bonus or as specified within an adventure’s description. If a team submits duplicate proof for more than one adventure, the auditor will  try to delete the points for the lesser valued adventure, when applicable.
  21. Teams may make their own flag or use the online tool, FlagMaker 5000, on the Capture California website to create a personalized flag. The flag must include the words ” Spring 2016″ prominently in order to identify that the photo was taken during Spring 2016.
  22. To qualify for points, proof must be submitted to the Capture California website.
  23. Proof cannot be submitted earlier than May 1, 2016, nor later than August 15, 2016 and must depict adventures that the Team completed between May 1st, 2016 and August 15, 2016, in Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department park lands only. Adventures taken in City Parks within Santa Clara County will not be awarded points, unless otherwise noted in the Adventure description.
  24. Capture California players agree to participate with a spirit of good sportsmanship, to complete adventures as described to the best of their ability, to only submit proof completed by themselves, and to act responsibly and civilly toward others and toward the places they visit.
  25. Proof determined to have been manipulated (“Photoshopped”) is ineligible and the team will be disqualified to compete for prizes.
  26. Capture California Game Coordinator reserves the right to disqualify any team at any time, for just cause. The decision to disqualify is final.
  27. Proof submitted by teams in contention to win prizes will be audited regularly to ensure that the submitted photograph: shows the team flag, includes all members with the exception of the one taking the photo, depicts an adventure in Santa Clara County Parks, and that no attempt to manipulate, deceive or cheat has occurred.
  28. Teams who are determined to have submitted false Proof of an adventure will be disqualified from the game. So keep it honest, and keep it fair. Adventures must be in Santa Clara County Parks, during the game period, and with all team members participating.
  29. Teams do not have to be comprised of County of Santa Clara residents. However, all adventures must be completed in Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department park lands.
  30. Teams are responsible for knowing and adhering to the rules of public and private lands on which they visit.
  31. While the game is free to play, some adventures may require a parking, camping or park use fee. Teams can elect to park outside, and walk or bike into a park for free and still play the game and compete for prizes.
  32. Teams are cautioned not to put themselves or anyone else at risk while attempting adventures.
  33. Teams are advised to hike and recreate with a partner at all times.
  34. Teams are requested to minimize their impact on the environment when recreating and “Tread Lightly“.
  35. To ensure that no unfair advantage is given to any team, the Capture California Game Coordinator, will not communicate with or respond to queries from team captains and/or team members after August 15, 2016. During this time, the judges are reviewing results and determining winners. All team captains and members are advised to ask questions prior to August 15, 2016. Communication can be re-initiated after the game results have been posted.

Standings and prizes

  1. Grand Prizes will be awarded based on each team’s accumulated points for the entire season (May 1 – August 15, 2016).
  2. Special Drawing Prizes will be awarded based on participants meeting certain “benchmarks” for the entire season (May 1 – August 15, 2016). How to compete for benchmark prizes will be prominently posted on the Capture California website and on Facebook.
  3. At the conclusion of the game, the Game Coordinator and at least two other park professionals appointed by the Game Coordinator will review the team scores, standings and proof for accuracy.
  4. Within three weeks of the game’s conclusion, the winning teams with the most points will be posted on the Capture California website, and the winners will be notified by e-mail.
  5. It is the responsibility of team captains to inform of changes to his/her team’s email, phone number or street address. Capture California shall have no obligation to search for the team should the team’s contact information change, and any prize the team has won will be forfeited 30 days after the winners have been announced.
  6. Any tie for prizes will be broken with a flip of a coin. If more than two teams are tied, the tie will be broken with a drawing in which each team is given one entry.
  7. Winning teams may be asked to provide a mailing or shipping address to which any prize the team has won may be sent. In the alternative, the team Captain may be required to pick up any prize from the Parks Administration office.
  8. If an address is not provided within 30 days of the request, or a prize is not picked up within 30 days of notification, the prize shall be forfeited.
  9. The Capture California reserves the right to substitute prizes of similar value.
  10. Winners of prizes are responsible for paying any taxes due and complying with all laws.
  11. The judges’ determination of the winners is final.