USAPA Tournament Points System
Table of Contents
- Start Date
- Qualified Period for Points
- Purpose of Tournament Points
- Age Determination
- Awarding of Points
- Event Eligibility
- Qualifying Events
- Tiered Tournament Points Tables
- List of Approved Events
- Tournament Requirements for Sanctioning
- Tournament Management Software
The current Tournament Points System was implemented January 1, 2010.
The period for earning Tournament Points shall be 1 year and shall run from January 1st to December 31st.
Purpose of Tournament Points
- Tournament Points are awarded as recognition of achievement in Sanctioned Tournaments.
- Tournament Points may be used by Tournament Directors to determine seeding in tournament brackets.
- Tournament Points may be used by the Ratings Committee, as one of several criteria, to determine a player’s rating at the end of each calendar year.
- Tournaments Points will be used to publish a list of the top point winners in each event at the end of each calendar year.
- There are three major age groupings, Juniors (18 and under), Adults (19 & over) and Seniors (50+).
- A Player’s age for the entire Tournament Points year shall be determined by his/her age on December 31st of the Tournament Points year in question. An exception will be made if the National or State Senior Games organizations mandate a different date in their tournaments.
Awarding of Points
- Points will only be awarded to USAPA members.
- Points earned will only be counted towards Tournament Points in the events in which they were earned.
Comment: If a player has won points during the year in Men’s 50+ Singles, Men’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles, the points will not be combined, but rather applied towards point totals in each of the three divisions.Comment: When a query is made by player name, a total of all points is shown.
- Players may only receive Tournament Points from playing in approved events in USAPA Sanctioned Tournaments.
Comment: See USAPA List of Tournament Points Events.
- When age divisions are combined, points will be awarded in the combined age division of the event.
- Doubles Points will be awarded to each individual.
- (Starting 2010) In all events, in order for Tournament Points to be awarded, there must have been at least one more competitor in the event than the number of awards given.
Comment :: This means that if there are only 2 competitors, only first place points will be awarded; if there are 3 competitors, only first and second points will be awarded; and if there are 4 or more competitors, then first, second and third place will be awarded.Comment : Senior Olympics or a Tournament Director may decide to award more medals, but that will have no influence on the way points are awarded.
- Senior Tournaments by Ratings will have points awarded in the Senior Rating Categories.Comment : Those are Senior 5.0, Senior 4.5, Senior 4.0, Senior 3.5, Senior 3.0, Senior 2.5, etc.Comment : If a Tournament Director decides to allow players younger than 50 to compete in a Senior Rated tournament, those players may not earn Tournament Points. Players who are 50+ will be given the points which correspond to their finish. That is, if the gold and silver go to players under 50 and the bronze to a player over 50, the only points awarded will be bronze points to the 50+ player.
- If a tournament director chooses to create a lower flight for an age event, there are two approved means of doing that. The first is to have a qualifying round that separates the flights based on the results of matches. The second is to place players into upper and lower flights based on ratings and/or seeding. However if done by ratings or seeding, any player (or team) that chooses to remain in the upper flight should be allowed to do so if that player (or team) registered before the announced maximum number of players was reached. An event that excludes an eligible player solely on the basis of ratings or seeding against the wishes of the player will not be approved for tournament points. Points will be awarded only in the top flight. The lower flight is not eligible for tournament points.
- A Player may play in any age group or rated event for which he/she is qualified. If any of these events are held simultaneously, the player runs the risk of having to forfeit a match if he/she is unable to play within 10 minutes of the time a match is announced. The tournament director may limit players to fewer events at his/her discretion depending on the size of the tournament and/or number of courts and days/time available for play.
- No points will be awarded for consolation bracket winners.
- It is the responsibility of the tournament director to be certain that the names reported are accurate, it is best to include the USAPA membership number in the event that the name is misspelled, nicknames are used, or if there is more than one USAPA member with that name.
- It is the responsibility of the tournament director to be certain that all events are on the list of USAPA approved events if players are told they will be receiving tournament points for those events.
- 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.
- In the Adult and Senior Age Division, players may enter any event for which they are not too young.
- 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 (see comment 2 in item 7 above).
- An OPEN event is one that is open to any player with no restriction on age or rating. Points will be awarded as if it were a 5.0 rated event.
- 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.
- In Rated events, a player may NOT play in an event rated lower but may play in one rated higher.
Events Which Qualify for Tournament Points
- A USAPA Tournament Points event is an event that appears on the USAPA’s List Of Tournament Points Events. A Tournament Points event is simply an event that the USAPA will produce Tournament Points for at the end of the Tournament Points year. Events which are not on this list or are not added to this list by the end of the Tournament Points year by the USAPA board will not by eligible for Tournament Points.
- Events may be added to the List of Tournament Points Events at any time by a vote of the USAPA board. Events which took place prior to approval will only be eligible for Tournament Points if:
- They were played within the previous 45 days.
- Approval took place before the end of the current Tournament Points period.
- The tournament was otherwise eligible for points.
Comment 1: This vote may occur before, during, or after the event is played.Comment 2: Events should only be added to the list if it is expected that there will be many more such events during the remaining Tournament Points year and in the years to come.
- If events are combined in a tournament because of lack of participants, the combined event must be an event for which all participants would be eligible for play in order for all players to qualify for Tournament Points.
Comment 1: If for example, Men’s Doubles 50 & Over, 55 & Over, and 60 & Over were to be combined, the resulting event would have to be Men’s Doubles 50&Over.Comment 2: If for example, Boys Singles 12 & Under and 14 &Under are combined, the resulting event would have to be Boys 14 & Under.Comment 3: There is no 40-49 or 40+ category. If one person under 50 is combined with a50+ group, the event becomes 35+ and must have been advertised as open to any player over 35 (see comment 2 in item 7 above).
Tiered Tournament Points Tables
Designating the most important tournaments for a state before the season begins will encourage participation in those tournaments by the best players because of the greater number of points! For that reason, the number of tournaments in each of the top two categories should be extremely limited.
- 1st Place ……1500 points
- 2nd Place …….750 points
- 3rd Place …….375 points
- 1st Place …….900 points
- 2nd Place …….450 points
- 3rd Place …….225 points
- 1st Place …….600 points
- 2nd Place …….300 points
- 3rd Place …….150 points
- 1st Place …….400 points
- 2nd Place …….200 points
- 3rd Place …….100 points
The USAPA will award Tournament Points for the following events in USAPA Sanctioned Tournaments.
List of USAPA Approved Age 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
- 19 & Over (19+)—–Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
- 35 & Over (35+)—– Men’s & Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
- 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:
- Any combination of Skill Level (2.5 through 5.0) and Age Level
- 2.5/19+, 35+, 50+, 65+
- 3.0/19+, 35+, 50+, 65+
- 3.5/19+, 35+, 50+, 65+
- 4.0/19+, 35+, 50+, 65+
- 4.5/19+, 35+, 50+, 65+
- 5.0/19+, 35+, 50+, 65+
Comment: Age levels and Skill levels can be merged by the Tournament Director as needed if bracket size is less than 2. As an example age levels 50+ and 65+ could be combined in a 3.5 skill level. This would be a 3.5/50+ event. In a combined skill-within-age-group tournament, players or teams are not only allowed to play up in skill level but also down in age group. Any player or team in a combined skill-within-age-group tournament requesting to play up in a skill level higher than their rating must be allowed to do so. Any player or team in a combined skill-within-age-group 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+. All points for combined events will be added to skill level points only.
Assigning Tournament Tier Levels
General Rules That Apply To Tier Levels
- When the USAPA sanctions a tournament, the winners in qualifying events will receive Tournament Points no lower than the advertised minimum tier level for that tournament if there is at least one more competitor in the event than the number of awards given. However, players found to be in significant violation of USAPA rules will not receive Tournament Points. Examples of such violations include playing in a skill level below the USAPA rating of the player or the player’s partner, playing in an age group for which the player or the player’s partner are not eligible, and playing with unapproved equipment.
- If the results of any sanctioned tournament warrant an increased tier level, players will be awarded points at the higher tier level. This will also increase the tournament’s advertised minimum tier level for the following year.
- If a sanctioned tournament does not comply with all USAPA rules as promised, that tournament and its tournament director will not receive sanctioning for a minimum of one year.
- If a sanctioned tournament does not comply with reporting requirements, or does not have the minimum number of entries required to support its current tier rating, the players will still be awarded the number of points guaranteed by its advertised tier rating for all qualifying events, but sanctioning may or may not be renewed for the following year.
- When the results of a tournament do not support the current tier level, the advertised tier level for the tournament will be reduced for the following year.
Tier Level Requirements
Tier 1: Reserved for National Tournaments. Tier 1 tournaments are sponsored by the USAPA and all participants must be members of the USAPA.
Tier 2: Reserved for Large Regional events. In large regions, a Tier 2 event shall have a minimum of 250 entries, should be one of the largest events in the state, and should typically draw entries from other states. In all states or regions, a Tier 2 tournament must have an average of at least 8.0 entries per event.
Tier 3: Average tournaments. In deciding whether a tournament qualifies as a Tier 3 tournament, we look at both the number of entries in the tournament and the number of entries per event . We try to reward the larger tournaments by requiring a smaller number of entries per event . The requirements used since the beginning of 2007 to qualify for a Tier 3 rating are as follows:
Tier 3 Requirements
- If under 100 entries, there must be at least 7.0 entries per event
- If 100 or over entries, there must be at least 6.0 entries per event
- If 200 or over entries, there must be at least 5.0 entries per event
Tier 4: Very small or new tournaments
The only current requirement to earn a Tier 4 rating is being sanctioned by the USAPA and having at least 40 entries in the tournament. Most new tournaments will be given an advertised minimum Tier rating of 4. It could be raised after completion of the tournament depending on the number of entries and the number of entries per event.
Entries and Entries Per Event
- Each player in singles and each doubles team in doubles is considered 1 entry in calculating the number of entries in a tournament and the number of entries per event. We do this because we currently have no way to verify the number of reported players in a tournament and because the quality of an event is directly related to the number of teams participating in any one event.
- It should be more rewarding for a player to have won an event with 8 or 16 entries as opposed to having won an event in which there was only 3 entries.
- When an event is so large that all first round losers are moved into a “B” double elimination event, we count all the players in both groups as being entered in 1 event. The top group receives points, but the bottom group does not.
- If two events are combined because of lack of entries, the resulting group is counted as 1 event.
Senior Olympic Events
Senior Olympic Events have a harder time getting a good entries per event count because they have to have events even when there may be only 1 player in an event.
In order to help Senior Olympic Tournaments obtain better entries-per-event counts, we will not use the following age divisions in calculating the player per event count if there is less than 5 entries.
- Men’s 75+ and Older Singles or Doubles
- Women’s 70+ and older Singles or Doubles
- Mixed Doubles 75+ or older.