Discover the Big Changes in Table Tennis Tournaments this Year
Local Table Tennis Tournaments will come into line with the recent changes at the International Table Tennis Federation and Table Tennis Australia levels.
For example, this year sees the introduction of the Under 19 & Under 17 age groups and removal of Under 18 junior age events.
Local open competitions and state championships will now feature U19 & U17 events.
Table Tennis Queensland (TTQ) has published updated State Championship regulations.
The new regulations state:
Smaller clubs have, in the past, run some events as a knock-out.
TTQ Association Open Tournament Requirements policy states that a straight Knockout format causes many players to play only one match.
The policy states that Open Tournaments should, as a minimum, host the following events:
Open - Any Rating
Grade 1 - Players with a rating less than 1700
Grade 2 - Players with a rating less than 1500
Grade 3 - Players with a rating less than 1300
Grade 4 - Players with a rating less than 1100
Grade 5 - Players with a rating of less than 900
Grade 6 - Players with a rating of less than 700
Grade 7 - Players with a rating of less than 500
For players with no current rating, the player’s member organisation should be contacted for an interim rating. These graded events can be single-gender or mixed depending upon the level of entries – this is entirely the decision of the organisation running the championships. What is mandatory is to also offer aged singles events at an Open.
Male and Female events are to be offered in these age groups. Male & Female events may be combined if there are insufficient entries. If the events are combined, it is recommended that the gender which has the least number of entries are placed in the same group in the group stage, prior to the knock-out draw.
Brisbane Table Tennis uses Zermelo software to help run Open tournaments.
For State Championships players from the same club usually placed into separate halves or quarters of the draft draw in individual events.
This is also an unwritten rule that members of the same family who enter the same event are also split up!
In open tournaments were possible players don’t play someone from their own club in the first round. This includes the initial group round-robin.
Those who have used Zermelo software to set up Tournament draws have noticed that the system does not have an obvious way to print out an entire set of Round Robin draws.
Here are the steps:
1. Turn off all events (Search Order = Never)2. Turn off auto calling (Matches -> Modify Calling – Untick ‘Manage match calling’)
This workaround will save a lot of time versus individually, manually calling matches one at a time.