The 2015 Aurora Fall Open will take place on Sunday August 30th, 2015 at the Eola Community Center. The center is located at 555 S. Eola Rd. in Aurora, IL.
The tournament is sponsored by XuShaofa Sports, makers of XuShaofa Seamless Poly 3-star balls. The balls are ITTF approved.
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. The starting times will be announced a few days before the tournament, because they depend on how many players sign up and their rating. In the past tournaments with this format players with rating below 1500 played in the morning. Unrated players have rating of 0 unless they obtain an estimated rating from their coach which places them above that 1500 rating. Players with rating of 0 will play in the morning.
Each group of 8 will have 2 tables to play on so that all matches will be finished in approximately 5 hours.
The tournament will offer $1,290 in prize money and trophies. See table below showing which groups (classes) get prize money and which get trophies.
Online registration will be conducted using OmniPong. If you prefer to mail in your registration the blank entry form can be downloaded from 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.
The venue will be setup with 12 tables and each court will be fully barriered. Courts are 16 ft x 40 ft. See below how the tables and seating areas will be arranged.
The light strength has been measured on both sides of each table with a dedicated meter and it showed readings between 338 and 430 Lux with an average of 380. 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.
If you would like to help with gym setup on Friday please contact me: Swavek Lorenc, 630-251-8860, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The starting times for the participants will be shown below 2 days before the tournament date. At the last tournament of this format the dividing cutoff rating was around 1430. Those below played at 9 am, those above at 2 pm.
I hope you can join us for this tournament.