Description of USAPA Tournament System

USAPA TOURNAMENT SYSTEM

Revised for the year 2017

 

Table of Contents

 

 

Age Determination

  1. There are three major age groupings, Juniors (18 and under), Adults (19 & over) and Seniors (50+).
  2. A Player’s age for the entire tournament year shall be determined by his/her age on December 31st of the tournament year in question. An exception will be made if the National or State Senior Games organizations mandate a different date in their tournaments.

 

Event Eligibility

  1. In the Junior Age Divisions, players may enter any event for which they are not too old and may enter a 19+ event.
    Comment: They may NOT enter any other older age division events.
  2. In the Adult and Senior Age Division, players may enter any event for which they are not too young.
  3. A RATED event is open to players of any age, including Juniors, Adults, and Seniors. A Senior Rated event is open only to players who are 50+.
    Comment: If a Tournament Director wants to allow players under 50 to play in a Senior Rated event, it then becomes simply a Rated event and must be open to players of all ages.
  4. An OPEN event is one that is open to any player with no restriction on age or rating.
  5. In any USAPA Rated event, players are asked to rate themselves if they do not already have a USAPA rating. However, the Tournament Director has the final decision on where self-rated or unrated players are placed. Rated players may only be placed in a different division by the Tournament Director with the player’s permission or if events have to be combined.
  6. In Rated events, a player may NOT play in an event rated lower but may play in one rated higher.

 

List of USAPA Approved Events

Junior Events

  • Girl’s 10 & Under —- Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Girl’s 12 & Under —- Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Girl’s 14 & Under —- Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Girl’s 16 & Under —- Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Girl’s 18 & Under —- Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Boy’s 10 & Under —- Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Boy’s 12 & Under —- Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Boy’s 14 & Under —- Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Boy’s 16 & Under —- Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Boy’s 18 & Under —- Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles

 

Adult Events

  • 19 & Over   (19+)—–Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 35 & Over   (35+)—— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles

 

Senior Events

  • 50 & Over  (50+)—— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 55 & Over  (55+)—— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 60 & Over  (60+)—— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 65 & Over  (65+)—— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 70 & Over  (70+)—— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 75 & Over  (75+)—— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 80 & Over  (80+)—— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles

Comment: 55+, for example, means that anyone over 55 could enter that division of play in singles, doubles, or mixed doubles. “Masters” and “Legends” have been removed from the list of events. A tournament director can still achieve the same thing by designating events as 50+ and 65+ as well as designating other age divisions, for example in 10-year increments.

 

List of USAPA Approved Skill Events

  • Senior 5.0 ———— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Senior 4.5 ———— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Senior 4.0 ———— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Senior 3.5 ———— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Senior 3.0 ———— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Senior 2.5 ———— Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 5.0 (OPEN)———- Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 4.5 ——————- Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 4.0 ——————- Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 3.5 ——————- Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 3.0 ——————- Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • 2.5 ——————- Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles

Changes for 2010: 4.5+ was deleted. 4.5 and 5.0 were added.

 

List of USAPA Approved Combined Skill/Age Events

Combined Skill/Age Events consist of Approved Skill Levels broken down into Approved Age Groups. It is age groups within skill levels. Examples:

  • 2.5/19+, 35+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+
  • 4.0/19+, 35+, 50+, 60+, 70+, 80+
  • 5.0/50+, 65+

Comments:

  1. Age levels within each skill group can be merged by the Tournament Director as needed. As an example, 2.5 19+ may be combined with 2.5 35+.  This would be a 2.5/35+ event.  When possible, we recommend that TD’s combine 19+ and 35+; 50+ and 60+; 70+ on up. Note:  If there are not enough registrations for this to be possible they may combine as needed.    
  2. Any player or team in a skill/age tournament requesting to play up in a skill level higher than their rating must be allowed to do so.    
  3. Any player or team in a skill/age tournament requesting to play down in age group must be allowed to do so. For example, a player or team with a with the youngest player 64 years old and a 3.5 rating may enter any an age bracket that is lower than 65+. and/or any skill level above 3.5.

 

List of USAPA Approved Combined Age/Skill Events

  • Combined Age/Skill Events consist of Approved Age Groups divided by Approved Skill Levels. It is skill level within age groups. Examples:
  • 19+/ 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
  • 35+/ 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
  • 50+/ 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
  • 55+/ 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0
  • 75+/ 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0

 

Comments:

  1. Skill Levels within each Age Group can be merged by the Tournament Director as needed. As an example, 19+ 3.5 may be combined with 19+ 4.0. This would be a 19+/4.0 event.  When possible, we recommend that TD’s combine 3.0/3.5 and 4.0/4.5/5.0, but if there are not enough registrations for this to be possible they may combine as needed.
  2. 50 and over events may be in 5, 10 or 15 year age increments as needed (50+, 60+, 70+, 80+ or 55+,60+,65+,70+,75+,80+ etc).
  3. Any player or team in an age/skill tournament requesting to play up in a skill level higher than their rating must be allowed to do so. 
  4. Any player or team in an age/skill tournament requesting to play down in age group must be allowed to do so. For example, a player or team with a 3.5 rating and with the youngest player 64 years old may enter any skill level above 3.5 and any age bracket that is lower than 65+.

 

Tournament Requirements for Sanctioning

See Requirements For USAPA Sanctioned Tournaments  to determine requirements for having a tournament sanctioned by the USAPA. When designing tournament entry blanks, be sure and include spaces for player information that is listed as required in the Sanctioning Document.

It is strongly suggested that a Tournament Director’s job will be a lot easier if he or she uses one of two USAPA-approved tournament management systems (USAPA Brackets & Software or pickleballtournaments.com).

 

USAPA Tournament Management Software

The USAPA provides tournament management software and web site space for local clubs and communities that would like to conduct local tournaments. This is a free service for USAPA members and USAPA member organizations. You can find more information on the software and some tournament results at http://usapa.org/tourney/.

This software is very flexible in assigning names to your events and it is highly encouraged that you use this software in setting up and publishing your tournament results. This software will allow online entry of participants, although at this time, money still has to be sent in to the tournament director. It will also make the draws and post the draw sheets to the USAPA web site for all to see. Results and scores can be entered into the draw sheets at the conclusion of the tournament and draw sheets can be printed as often as needed. It will also cutoff entries by participants after the deadline for entries has passed while allowing the tournament director to add any necessary entries.

 

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