guide is a supplement to previous articles/guides and is written to
standardize tournament procedures at USHA events.Of course, every nuance can’t be foreseen and the
tournament director will have to use his best judgment in those
entry deadline 10 days to 2 weeks prior to event to give yourself
time to call people you heard were coming and didn’t enter, late
entries, etc., and still allow you to do draws and prepare a start
time listing (see Leidich’s guide for
refunds after deadline.”
a general rule, we accept late entries until we’ve made the draws
and set starting times.Once
that is done, late entries are invited to show up and enter on a
stand-by basis, much like getting on an airplane on a stand-by
basis.When a no-show
occurs, we will put someone into the event as long as they are ready
to play when the court is available and their ability level
doesn’t hurt the integrity of the draw.We would not insert a player who would have been a top seed
into a spot which is way below their ability level.In other words, the insertion can’t ruin the integrity of
to have round robins for four players, especially when they can’t
be combined easily.
players will mean four matches and a bye for five rounds of play.This can be very tough to get in over a weekend unless the
players are young and enthusiastic.
combining, call the players to see if they still want to play or
would choose a different event.
When Combining, the USHA will not
combine younger players with older players if the older group had
enough entrants to make their own event.As an example, if you have two 35-plus players and 8 40-plus
players you would not move the 35s into the 40s, they would have to
play Open or B.Likewise, if you have 2 B entrants and 8 C entrants, would
move the B players to Open.It’s
not fair to the players who have enough for their own bracket to be
combined with younger, better skilled players.
Round Robin Tiebreakers:
1) head to head result (in the event of three-way tie, move to No. 2 and
further, if needed)
2) most games won (as in who lost in three games vs. two)
3) fewest games lost
4) Most Points Scored
5) If still a tie, a playoff or coin flip can decide the winner.
Always give the no. 1 seed to the defending
champ.No other seeds
winning skill level events must move up to the next level.Try to separate players who may play each other on a regular
basis.People like to
play new people.
Should a seeded player cancel after the draw
and times have been posted but no match has been played, the draw
should be adjusted for a fair tournament.Once a match has been started in the specific event, the draw
should remain the same.Forfeits
can be avoided with last-minute replacements but the replacement
should not hurt the integrity of the draw.
The goal is to provide players a second chance as well as an
opportunity to compete against competition of similar abilities.With that in mind, the USHA allows players who lose their
first match and/or lose in the second round when 50% or less of the
players have a preliminary match.
When weather or other travel-related
difficulties arise that cause a player to
show up late, the USHA can make exceptions to the forfeiture rule.Players who call to notify the director of travel
complications will have a better chance than players who just show
players traveling to the event from more than 100 miles away should
be considered more than those for local players.This accommodation is for a player’s first match only.
Additionally, players who are on the road to the event can be
given the grace period of being the last match to go off, i.e,
a player with a
start time wouldn’t be forfeited until all the
matches have been assigned courts, then the clock would start
ticking on the 10-minutes.
Whether or not to forfeit should never be in the hands of the
opponent waiting to play.
Players playing two events should be
accommodated as best possible in the scheduling.However, players choosing two singles or two doubles events
will be more likely to face back-to-back matches.
Tournament director’s responsibilities on
1)Make sure courts are in safe condition (sweep/dust mop
courts as needed) 2)Have a rulebook on hand to settle any disputes 3)Have an in-charge person on site at all times 4)Follow host’s injury-reporting procedures
*** For outdoor play***
Stop play when
players have trouble reacting to the opponents’ shots.
Stop play at the
start of a drizzle and don’t resume until the entire possible
playing area is completely dry.
In both these
cases, the players will probably want to play longer than it’s
safe and resume prior to the surface being safe.You are in charge of their safety.
Also, in regard to
the playing area and where the spectators are allowed to view the
matches, the tournament director should have the “live” court
area outlined in paint, or chalk at the least.As an example: in
Toledo , the red paint at the back of the court is the end of the “live” area.If a
player is interfered with by a spectator, referee or player from
another court within this area, a hinder should be called.(It is up to the referee and tournament director to keep this
area safe and clear.)However,
if a player goes beyond the red line, they are allowed to make the
play but they will not be given a hinder if obstructed by a
Here’s how the
one-wall rulebook handles this:
Spectators. The referee shall have jurisdiction over the spectators,
as well as the players, while the match is in progress (See Rule
5.6). A ball that hits an official or spectator before hitting the
wall shall be judged as if it had hit an opponent (See Rule 4.7A2).
If a "non-seated" spectator or official interferes with a
player in his attempt to play a ball, it is a hinder. In the
interest of safety, when sufficient playing area cannot be provided,
the referee may call a dead-ball hinder for interference that
prevents a player from having a fair chance to see or return the
ball (See Rule 4.7A7).
7) Other interference. Any other unintentional
interference that prevents a player from having a fair chance to see
or return the ball.