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2010 JOOLA North American Teams Championships

2010 Teams
 
Unique Table Tennis Tournament
The JOOLA North American Teams Table Tennis Championship is like no other tournament in the world! It’s bigger, better, unique in its format and its atmosphere. First held in 1998, there are nearly 200 players who have never missed the tournament, who have played every year! Why do so many people keep coming back, year-in and year-out? Why has the tournament had such growth in attendance?  Word of mouth recommends it.  Ask anyone who has been to this tournament; there is nothing else like it!
 
Strength in Numbers
More than 200 teams enter annually, and more than 1,000 players join our event!  On 144 tables in a hall of 150,000 square feet, you will spend three days together with them playing in one huge tournament.  But unlike other formats, you are not alone against the world.  You and your teammates are comrades, coaching and cheering for each other, sharing the highs and the lows in support of your common goal.  This is not like playing in your hometown, either!  You’ll meet and mingle, compete and confer with people from 5 continents, dozens of countries speaking a multitude of languages, but all united by their love of our sport.  
 
Play more matches
Over the three days of competition, you’ll play more matches than at any other tournament you enter this year.  Friday, your team plays between 2 and 4 ties against other teams (each tie is the best of 9 matches, each match is the best of 5 games!) in what we call ‘Preliminary Group Play’ or ‘P-Groups’.  Friday’s results are used to create ‘Final Divisional Assignments’ for Saturday and Sunday matches.  You’ll play an additional 6 to 8 ties over those two days.  Every team will have, during the three-day tournament, at least 40 and as many as 108 matches for the members to contest!  You will play a lot at the JOOLA North American Teams!  
 
True test of ability
Those matches are going to be highly competitive.  Once you finish your Friday schedule, Final Division Assignments match your team against the most similar teams in the field.  There are highly competitive matches between well-matched peers.  Your opponents may be taller or shorter than you, older or younger, the opposite gender, speak or not speak your language, but they will almost all be as good as you are!
 
See great players
At the very top of our field, the ‘Elite Division’, you’ll see the tournament’s best players competing for the big cash prizes.  We’ve had Olympians, National Champions, world-ranked players and even a World Champion or two out on the floor, playing in the same event you’ll be in.  We schedule the Sunday Quarterfinals, Semifinal and Championship matches to give as many of you as possible the chance to become spectators when ‘the best meet the best’ with everything on the line!  It’s a great feeling as the bleachers fill and World Class play begins only yards from your seat. 
 
Have more fun
Year in and year out, people tell us that they have more fun at the JOOLA North American Teams.  There’s more to do, more great matches, more old friends to meet, more new friends to make.  And when you leave the playing hall, our excellent tournament hotel and the beautiful, inviting Inner Harbor area of Baltimore await you with restaurants, museums, shops and attractions.  
 
Bring the family
Our playing hall is an alcohol-free zone, and security in the hall is excellent.  The City of Baltimore is safe and well lit and you are among friends.  It’s a great place to bring your spouse, your kids, your parents and your friends, to share a vacation and to be your cheering section.  With all these advantages, it’s easy to see why attendance has grown year after year, making this the Biggest Tournament in the World!  

 
General Information
 
Proof of Membership 
All participants must be able to show proof of current membership for USATT, or ITTF member association.  If not, USATT membership must be purchased.  Tournament passes will not be accepted.  
 
Equipment 
All USATT and ITTF rules and regulations will be followed. JOOLA tables & net sets will be used with JOOLA orange 40mm three-star balls. No competitor shall wear yellow or orange shirts during play.
 
Check-in
Check-in starts Thursday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  On Friday, check-in resumes at 7:30 AM.  All teams must check in before being cleared to play.  There will also be individual check-in so that each player can pick up their own entry passes.
 
Teams Information
Please create a team name with less than 30 characters.  Teams with an average rating over 2400 must select a name that represents a sponsor or place/region of origin.  Teams consists of 3-5 players. Each tie will be 5 out of 9 matches except for Division A Semis and Finals.  Each match will be 3 out of 5 games to 11.  The Tournament Committee reserves the right to change without notice any team names that are deemed inappropriate.  Most recent ratings will be used and seeding will be based on average of the top 3 players in a team. The tournament committee reserves the right to use ITTF world rankings to determine the top seeded teams.  

Max Spread between the highest rated player and the qualifying rating
0-1200 500
1201-1999 400
2000-2199 300
2200+ 250

In a four person team, the qualifying rating is calculated by taking the average of the 3 lower players. In a five person team, the qualifying rating is calculated by taking the average of the middle 3 players. For example, if a team has a qualifying rating of 1475, they cannot have a player that is higher than 1875 on their team.Another example would be if a team has a qualifying rating of 2035, then they cannot have a player that is higher than 2335 on their team. Tournament Committee reserves the right to adjust these limits where necessary.Ratings from October7th will be used for these calculations.  Most recent ratings will be used for seeding purposes. The tournament committee will reserve the right to change the seeding of this team if this player will only play in Friday’s preliminary rounds.  A false accounting will subject the team to disqualification from any prizes.**Boosting your team’s rating by using other players’ rating who will not be attending the tournament will be subject to disqualification and fine.** **No prizes will be awarded for splits,dumps, default losses or no-shows. ** 
 
Divisions
If your team is eligible for  the Women’s, U-18 Boys’ or Girls’, or O-40 Seniors’ divisions, please circle the appropriate team type.  The age cut-off date is November 28, 2010 for juniors, December 31, 2010 for seniors. All teams will be placed into one draw and divisional prize money as stated will be given to the team with the highest finish in the tournament for that particular division..
 
ENTRY DEADLINE
Entries must be postmarked by October 29, 2010. Any late entries will be accepted on a space available basis with a $100 late fee.  If an entry is submitted late, please call to confirm that it was received and accepted.  There is a $75 penalty for returned checks.  NO REFUNDS after October 29, 2010.
 
TOURNAMENT REFEREE
Bill Walk, IR
 
TOURNAMENT STAFF
Richard Lee, Wendy Troy, Fong Hsu, Alan Williams, Tom Nguyen,John Miller, Herb Hodges, Mary Palmar
 
INVITATION LETTER
If you need an invitation letter for your visa purposes, please email 
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Tournament Schedule
Teams must be paid in full before start of tournament!
Thursday 4:00PM - 7:00PM Registration & Practice
Friday 7:30AM - 9:00AM Registration & Practice
        9:00AM - 6:30PM Teams Championships
        6:30PM - 10PM Coaching Clinics/Exhibition
                                        Explore The Inner Harbor
Saturday 9:00AM - 9:00PM Teams Championship
Sunday 9:00AM - 7:00PM Conclusion of Teams Championships
 
Hotel Information 
HYATT REGENCY BALTIMORE
300 Light Street | 410-528-1234 or reserve on NATT website
Double Rooms: $109+tax | Quad Rooms: $119+tax
Click here for online reservations!
 

 

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