The giant round robin format tournament will take place on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at the Eola Community Center in Aurora, IL.  The tournament will be sponsored by Paddle Palace which has been supporting our tournaments for the past few years.

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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.  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.

Venue

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The venue will be setup with 12 tables and each court will be fully barriered.  Courts are 16 ft x 40 ft.

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.

More information about the venue is on this page.

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 can 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.

Equipment

We will be using white 40 mm 3-star Premium Nittaku poly balls – ‘Made in Japan’ version.  All 12 tables will be identical Killerspin My T10 Club Pros.

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Tournament T-shirt and Shorts

To show our appreciation to our sponsor Paddle Palace we will be offering Donic t-shirt and matching short for a 30% discount from a regular price.  The discounted price will be $25 for a t-shirt and $19 for shorts.  Shipping will be free as long as you order it before the registration deadline to allow for shipping to arrive in time for the tournament.

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