Tournament Information

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Tournament Dates

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - Sunday, May 17, 2020

Location

Andover Community Center and Andover Senior High School

Registration Timelines

Early Registration Deadline: April 15, 2020

Final Deadline:  May 6, 2020

Format

Unofficiated round robin  with top players moving to a single elimination bracket.

Tournament Ball

All tournament games will use the Onix Fuse

Prizes

Medals awarded to top teams

Cash prizes to Pro Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.

Raffles and giveaways from Pickleball sponsors.  

FAQ - REgistration

If I don't have a partner, can I still register?

Why do both players on a team have to be registered in order to get off the waitlist?

If I am waitlisted and cannot play, will I get a refund?

Of course. You can register for as many as events as you like (within qualifications) when you do not have a partner. Players without partners will be placed on the waitlist and other players can search that list and try to connect with a partner. If no partner is found for you, a refund will be issued by the tournament date. 

If I am waitlisted and cannot play, will I get a refund?

Why do both players on a team have to be registered in order to get off the waitlist?

If I am waitlisted and cannot play, will I get a refund?

We will make every effort to allow as many players to play as our resources will allow; but in the event that you cannot play, we will refund all players 100% of their entries before the tournament begins. 

Why do both players on a team have to be registered in order to get off the waitlist?

Why do both players on a team have to be registered in order to get off the waitlist?

Why do both players on a team have to be registered in order to get off the waitlist?

Due to having many divisions fill up right away, we ask that both players are registered and paid before they take a slot on the players list. This prevents people from saving spots and others losing out on the opportunity to play. 

What are my chances of getting in if I am on the waitlist?

Why is there a delay between when I register and when my name appears on the Player List?

Why do both players on a team have to be registered in order to get off the waitlist?

We always set each division equally when the tournament opens. This is based upon the total number of spots we have. We will adjust those slots as registration slows down to try and accommodate as many players as we reasonable can. We have a terrific track record of getting most teams in off the waitlist; but of course this all depends on the numbers. 

Why is there a delay between when I register and when my name appears on the Player List?

Why is there a delay between when I register and when my name appears on the Player List?

Why is there a delay between when I register and when my name appears on the Player List?

In order to maintain the integrity of the tournament, we manually review each entry to prevent any accidental duplication by players or malicious activity. All registered players are time stamped and still entered on the list in the order they registered. Typically it is only a 24-48 lag between registration and being placed on the list. 

Can I sign up for an additional event after I already registered?

Why is there a delay between when I register and when my name appears on the Player List?

Why is there a delay between when I register and when my name appears on the Player List?

Yes! Just follow the directions on the registration page and if you qualify, you can sign up for as many individual events as you like. 

FAQ - Tournament play

What do you use the round robin to single elimination bracket format?

What do you use the round robin to single elimination bracket format?

What do you use the round robin to single elimination bracket format?

We have tried all different formats over the past 6 years. Doing a strict round robin, did not seem competitive enough for players and double elimination bracket play only received a lot of feedback about going "two and out"; and players wanted a little more play time. 

Why are some start times not posted right away?

What do you use the round robin to single elimination bracket format?

What do you use the round robin to single elimination bracket format?

To try and allow as many players to participate as possible, we sometimes have to wait and see where we are for numbers and adjust accordingly. Some times are set right away for organizational purposes, but ALL TIMES are subject to change if deemed necessary by the tournament directors. Refunds will always be issued if players withdraw prior to the tournament start date. 

Why are games unofficiated?

What do you use the round robin to single elimination bracket format?

How are the pools created and how are the sizes determined?

Having games officiated has a lot of value, but it does take resources. In a lot of occasions, refs are paid and in order to keep our registration fees as low as we can, it was not deemed a valued expense. Officiating games can also slow down the play and prevent players from getting as much Pickleball as possible such as in round robin games. Cash games, and other medal games when deemed appropriate will be officiated. 

How are the pools created and how are the sizes determined?

How are the pools created and how are the sizes determined?

How are the pools created and how are the sizes determined?

They are created randomly. The sizes are determined by how many courts are available for that particular event. We make them as large as logistically possible and they are never smaller than 4. In the cases of larger divisions, we randomize them by geography. When applicable, some divisions are separated by preliminary ranking. 

What does it mean to be a "ranked" tournament?

How are the pools created and how are the sizes determined?

Why is the Andover Pickleball Tournament non-sanctioned?

Your performance will effect your UTPR rating. This is the rating system that the USAPA uses to rate players and organize events and tournaments. Results from the Andover Pickleball Tournament will be submitted and they will be calculated into the system. This is an added cost and function to our tournament, but we thought it would bring value. 

Why is the Andover Pickleball Tournament non-sanctioned?

How are the pools created and how are the sizes determined?

Why is the Andover Pickleball Tournament non-sanctioned?

Simply, we cannot afford it. The added cost to us would put us in a position to have to drastically raise our registration fee. With the logistics involved in officiating, we would have to move to a double elimination format and each player would be required to be a USAPA member in order to play. For now, we have opted out of that designation. 

How many games can I expect to play?

What if we have a disagreement with other players during a tournament game?

What if we have a disagreement with other players during a tournament game?

That all depends on how you do. We guarantee that every player will get at least 4 games per event, but normally it is more than that. This is a competition and the more you win, the more you will play!

What if we have a disagreement with other players during a tournament game?

What if we have a disagreement with other players during a tournament game?

What if we have a disagreement with other players during a tournament game?

We encourage players to settle disputes on their court among themselves. Most play is unofficiated and players make their own calls according to the USAPA regulations on unofficiated play. There are occasions where people cannot settle matters themselves and the tournament director has to make a ruling. These rulings will always be final. 

What if a team has to withdraw in the middle of a round robin?

What if we have a disagreement with other players during a tournament game?

What if a team has to withdraw in the middle of a round robin?

If a team needs to withdraw from the tournament and they partially through their round robin, the round robin will continue without them and all results corresponding to the withdrawn team will be erased from the removed. 

FAQ - Money

How do you determine your registration fees?

How do you determine your registration fees?

How do you determine your registration fees?

We have kept our registration fees as low as possible since the beginning. Over the past six years, the average player has spent less than $33 per person (for all events combined) on the Andover Pickleball Tournament. This is quite a bit lower than the industry standard. We believe that because of our great volunteers and staff, avoiding fees associated with being sanctioned or being managed by pickleballtournaments.com, and our diligence to reducing unnecessary costs; we have been able to maintain low prices. 

Why do I have to pay for a shirt?

How do you determine your registration fees?

How do you determine your registration fees?

While trying to keep our prices low and still maintain great value for as many players as possible, we added a new site last year. Through the many surveys we have sent out, only about 50% of the players stated they cared whether they received a shirt or not, so we decided to make them optional. This allowed us to add a facility and still keep the registration fees reasonable. Shirts were our second biggest expense and with the rising cost of facilities and equipment, our decision to offer them at an extra cost has allowed us to grow. We charge $10 (our cost) per shirt. 

If I drop out, can I get a refund?

How do you determine your registration fees?

If I drop out, can I get a refund?

Yes! We offer refunds to all players who drop out on or before the final deadline. Even if it is only one event, we will issue a refund for players that drop for any reason. Once the tournament starts, we cannot issue refunds. You can talk to your tournament director for more specific details. 

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See you out there!