2019 Aurora Fall Open will take place at the Eola Community Center located at 555 S. Eola Rd. Aurora, IL on Saturday September 28th, 2019.  The tournament will be sponsored by Paddle Palace.

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Venue

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Gym where tournament takes place

The Eola Community Center is located at 555 S. Eola Rd., Aurora, IL 60504.

The venue will be setup with 12 tables and each court will be fully barriered. Courts are 16 ft x 38 ft.

After the LED lights have been installed, the light strength has been measured on both sides of each table with a dedicated meter and it showed readings between 617 and 916 Lux with an average of 800 Lux.

The flooring is a sports linoleum flooring with a fairly good grip and not too hard on your feet. You are welcome to bring a towel for wetting your shoe soles if you like.

More information about the venue is on this page.

Format

The tournament will have a giant round robin format in groups of 8 players which means that players will be sorted by their rating from highest to lowest and seeded (divided) into groups of 8. The 48 lowest rated players will start at 9 am and the higher rated players at 2 pm.

In the past tournaments of this format players who whose rating was below 1450 started at 9 am and those with higher rating started at 2 pm.  This cutoff rating of 1450 may change a bit but usually no more than 1500.  When registering for tournament there is only one event so a few days before the tournament players will need to monitor the list of registered players on OmniPong to get an idea of their starting time.  The final determination will be announced 3 days before the tournament via email.

Unrated players have rating of 0 unless they obtain an estimated rating from their coach. Each group of 8 will have 2 tables to play on so that all matches will be finished in approximately 5 hours.

Prize Money and Trophies

The tournament will offer $1,300 in prize money and trophies. See table below showing which groups (classes) get prize money and which get trophies.

Class Player

Rating

Start Time 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
A 1st – 8th seed 2:00 PM $140 $120 $100
B 9th – 16th seed 2:00 PM $120 $100 $80
C 17th – 24th seed 2:00 PM $100 $80 $60
D 25th – 32nd seed 2:00 PM $90 $70 $50
E 33rd – 40th seed 2:00 PM $80 $60 $40
F 41st – 48th seed 2:00 PM trophy trophy trophy
G 49th – 56th seed 9:00 AM trophy trophy trophy
H 57th – 64th seed 9:00 AM trophy trophy trophy
I 65th – 72nd seed 9:00 AM trophy trophy trophy
J 73rd – 80th seed 9:00 AM trophy trophy trophy
K 81st – 88th seed 9:00 AM trophy trophy trophy
L 89th – 96th seed 9:00 AM trophy trophy trophy

Registration

Online registration will be conducted using OmniPong. If you prefer to mail in your registration the blank entry form it can be downloaded here filled out and mailed to the address indicated on the form.

However, those who send their registration by mail are urged to send it early because the available spots may be taken by those who register online while the mail is being delivered. Number of spots is limited to 96 so consider registering early. To see who registered so far please check the online registration page.

Tournament operations will be using OmniPong software so that you ratings will be updated a couple of days after the tournament. There will also be a tournament report with pictures published on this website.

Equipment

We will be using white Premium Nittaku 3-star white plastic balls.

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All 12 tables will be identical black Killerspin My T10 Club Pros.

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