Heeeeeeeeeerrreeee we go!!!
A/B/C OPEN EVENT
First step - you need to round up a team...
Uh, no, hang on a sec. For most of you, the first step is have a pint of beer, THEN, round up a team. (Kyle, I said a
PINT, not a pitcher)
The format is set up based on four players per team but if you are really, truly nuts (maybe hard up for friends?)
you can go as a team of three, but you'll be hurting if you make it to the finals. You can also have two subs, for a
miximum team of six.
Did I mention this is a non-gender-specific event?
Yep. Players on the team can be a mix of male and female, all male or all female, doesn't matter.
Once you have got yourself a team, you need a cool team name some freaky duds ( prize for best dressed)
. Might want a few more beers to contemplate this. If you are underage, I'd suggest a flat of Jolt cola.
Start off with 8 pools with 3 teams in each pool. (Hence the maximum of 24 teams). Each team
in the pool is pitted head to head against other teams.
Each tie will be decided by two singles and three doubles matches, best three out of five wins the tie. During
Pool play ALL FIVE MATCHES HAVE TO BE PLAYED.
Once the pool play is finished, each team in the pool will be ranked 1, 2, 3 based on their record and then move into
the elimination draw.
LISTEN UP WE HAVE SOME NEW RULES!!!
The rules are are pretty simple: 1) The same person cannot play both singles and 2) the same doubles team cannot play
twice in the same tie. 3) If a gal plays a guy in singles, you play to 15, but she will start at 4-0.
Give you an couple examples:
Team I - Players 1, 2, 3, 4
Team II -Players A, B, C, D
EXAMPLE 1 EXAMPLE
First Singles 1 vs A
First Singles 1 va A
First Doubles 3/4 vs C/D First Doubles 2/3
Second Singles 2 vs B Second
Singles 4 vs B
Second Doubles 1/3 vs A/C Second Doubles 1/3 vs A/D
Third Doubles 2/4 vs B/D Third Doubles 1/2 vs B/C
In the first example, all team members on Team 1 play in two matches and none back-to-back. In the second
example, the number 1 player ends up playing in three games, two of them back to back. If this helps win the tie so be
it, but after three rounds of doing this, your number one player will have played in NINE matches...
There is some strategy involved and having that fifth player helps with creating different match ups in the doubles.
If have five players on your team, you can mix and match your three doubles teams as you see fit (as long as the
same doubles team doesn't play twice).
Now if you have three players...
EXAMPLE - Team 1 is a three player team
First Singles 1 vs A
First Doubles 2/3 vs C/D
Second Singles 2 vs B
Second Doubles 1/3 vs A/C
Third Doubles 1/2 vs B/D
(Doable, but you're going to be hurting by the end of the night)
Given the inter-gender nature of the event, this will open up the playing field to all kinds of weird
and wonderful matchups - so throw convention out the door and use your imagination. (That said, why do I have this impending
sense of doom that I'm going to end up playing Denise in singles at some point...)
Due to building codes, oxygen tanks are not allowed courtside and Big Rock products cannot be classified as "medicinal".
The ruling is still out on the use of geritol...
Once the chaos is underway, teams will submit their playing lineup to the draw master a few minutes prior
to the tie, so some strategy is involved in trying to create the best match-ups to win the tie. (Like putting
your stronger singles players in the number 2 spot which is perfectly legal) as you will not be allowed to see the other
teams line-up until game time.
With each round, players can be moved around in the lineup so the same player doesn't have to play
singles every tie throughout the course of the tournament and you can use your sub every round if you so choose-as long as they appear
on the lineup sheet. In the event of an injury, the sub can be put in without having to be on the drawsheet. You are
NOT allowed to fake an injury to bring in a ringer... And no whining about the rules.
Given the amount of playing that's going to take place, using your sub every round is probably the way
Any rounds prior to the quaters finals of each draw, if one team wins the first three matches and thus the tie,
the losing team will decide if they want to play out the last matches to get games in. Some teams
are coming in from rural areas and I want them to get as much playing in as possible. After the quarter finals the first
team to win three advances...
The schedule of play is as listed above (singles 1, doubles 1, singles 2, doubles 2, doubles 3). The drawmaster
will assign you a court where all matches for your tie will be played out. As soon as one match in the tie ends, three
minute warm up and the next match begins.
To add to to the overall mayhem, there will also be spot games of "English" throughout the night for money
and prizes. (Say what?)
I'll call out a court number for English - the first four people that get to the court play a game of English to seven
points. The player who has the least points when that first person reaches seven points will win various prizes
or $10 - $20 in cash.
My fun will be watching the bloodshed as people fight to get on the court.