Revised Event Structure for 2018 Nationals
USAPA is listening! In response to member feedback, the USAPA is pleased to announce a revised event structure at this year’s tournament. After announcing this year’s events, some members expressed concern regarding the 10-year age brackets offered at this year’s tournament. The initial decision was based on the idea that a National Tournament should have enough entries in each bracket so a player would feel he or she had truly earned a USAPA National Championships medal. We also wanted to ensure that brackets were large enough to accommodate the gold medalists from every USAPA region to accomplish the goal of celebrating every player at every level. However, we’ve learned we should take that goal one step further and “Celebrate Every Player at Every Level at EVERY AGE!” With that, we will offer the following updated and revised event categories:
Skill/Age – Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles
Under 35 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
35 – 49 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
50 – 54 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
55 – 59 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
60 – 64 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
65 – 69 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
70 – 74 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
75 – 79 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
80+ 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
This year, we’ll allocate a pre-determined number of spots in each division so we can have ALL brackets be of meaningful size rather than allow one event to dominate. If there’s a particular bracket that doesn’t fill up, spots may be opened up in other events to allow for more teams. Additionally, in order to maintain our goal of larger brackets, divisions with fewer than eight teams may be combined with another age division at the discretion of the Tournament Director. For example, a 75+ 3.0 event that contains three teams may be combined with a 70+ 3.0 event that contains nine teams.
With this exciting change, given the number of courts and court hours available:
- Bracket sizes will be capped accordingly
- Pre-registration opportunities will be limited to one event of the same type per Gold Medal. For example, if a player wins a Gold at the Great Lakes Regional in ladies doubles, that player will receive a pre-registration opportunity for ladies doubles (Note: it doesn’t have to be the same skill).
We’re excited about this change and appreciate those who reached out to the USAPA and the Tournament Directors to share their feedback. At this time, we believe this change more accurately reflects the needs of the membership and the objective of the USAPA National Championships to celebrate the best of the best at every age and every level!
For more updated details, visit USAPA.org/2018-usapa-national-championships.