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Playing in an ORA Tournament

2018-2019 Oregon Racquetball Association
Conditions of Play

Welcome to the Oregon Racquetball Association Tour!  We are excited to have you as a participant in our Organization.  Please review the following Conditions of Play.

Playing in an ORA Tournament:

Our tour consists of 5 Tour Stops, an ORA State Doubles Championships, an ORA State Singles Championships, and a USAR Regional event.  Entries are available on-line for these events about 6 weeks prior to each event.  You can download an entry, pay for the event on-line, or send a check in the mail.  A list of events is available at: www.OregonRacquetball.org > Events > Schedule: ORA Tour.

Prior to playing in an ORA Event, you must be a member of the USAR (United States Association of Racquetball).  Check out the many benefits of becoming a USAR Member below.

USAR Memberships

All participants must be current members of the USAR before they play their first match.  A membership is good for 12 consecutive months.  The fee is $50 for adults or $25 for Juniors 21 & under.  (Or a single tournament fee of $20 can be paid which is good for one tournament only.)

Your USRA membership includes:

v  6 USAR E-Issues (on-line newsletter).

v  1 Year USA Racquetball (USAR) Competitive License.

v  Secondary Accident Insurance coverage during a sanctioned event.

v  National voting rights for Board of Directors and Policy Making.

v  Eligible to hold office at the National level.

v  Inclusion in a state affiliated organization.

v  State and National Ranking Points.

When registering for a tournament online, you automatically register to become a USRA member at the same time.  Other payment options include:

1.    Go online to www.USRA.org and sign up for membership.

2.    Send in a separate check with your entry to the next ORA tournament made payable to the ORA.

USAR Approved Lensed Eye guards are Mandatory!

For a complete list go to: www.usra.org

Failure to wear approved eye wear may forfeit you from the tournament!

 


Tournament Entry

v  Entry Fee:  The entry fee is $50/1 Event, $65/2 Events, $80/3 Events in all regular ORA Tour Events.  State, Regionals, and money events may charge higher entry fees.

v  Entry Fee/Waiver:  Must be paid (and signed) prior to playing your first event at each tournament.

v  Requests for Special Time Considerations:  Must be in writing before the entry deadline and included with your entry.  We will try to honor your requests.  Scheduling changes will not be made after the draw is complete.  No special time considerations if you are playing 3 events.

v  Number of Divisions to Enter:  You may play any two events that you are qualified to play.  If you choose to play a third event, you must play at least one singles event and one mixed doubles event.  There are no time restrictions at all if playing three events!  (Tournament Directors will have the right to allow a player to play 3 divisions without the above guidelines if they need someone to fill the division.)

v  Divisions of Play offered at all events*:

ü  Men’s Singles:  Open / Elite / A / B / C / D / 35+ / 45+ / 55+

ü  Women’s Singles:  Open / A / B / C / D

ü  Men’s Doubles:  Open / Elite / A / B

ü  Women’s Doubles:  Open / A / B

ü  Mixed Doubles:  Open/Elite (Drop down to Elite Bracket)/ A / B

ü  90+ Doubles:  All genders.  Combined age of team must equal or be over 90.  Men’s skill level must be A or below.

v  Follow Club Rules:  All players must follow all the rules and regulations of the Host Club.  This includes but is not limited to their ‘Children in Club’ Policy.  At most tournaments, children must be with an adult at all times or in their child care center.  Each club’s Child Care hours vary, please check with the Host Club for times and fees.

v  Alcohol:  There is absolutely zero tolerance for bringing your own alcoholic beverages onto the host club’s premise or giving alcohol to a minor.

v  Refund Policy:  There are no refunds after tournament deadline.  If a site chooses to allow you to enter by phone and you no-show for that tournament or you fail to pay for a tournament you have entered, you will not be allowed to enter any future ORA events until your prior debts are paid.

v  Combining or Canceling Events:  The Tournament Director (TD) reserves the right to combine or cancel event if not enough players enter to play in those events.  The TD must notify the affected players prior to combining or cancelling the event.

Rules of Play:

The Oregon Racquetball Association follows the USAR rules, unless otherwise noted.

v  Match:  A match will consist of 2 games to 15 points, and a tie-breaker to 11 points, if needed.  Time Outs:  3 per person or team in a game to 15 points, 2 per person or team in an 11 point game.

v  Consolation Match:  All consolation matches, including the finals, are 1 game to 21.  You may have to ref own match.  Time Outs:  2 per person or team in one game to 21 points.

v  Ready Play:  All players must be ready to play 30 minutes prior to their scheduled match time.

v  Referees:  All losers must referee after each loss or find a suitable replacement.

v  Playing more than one ‘Skill’ Event:  A player who reaches the Semi Finals in two skill divisions (eg. A’s & B’s) will be allowed to complete the tournament in both events.  For the rest of the season, the player must play the higher level division. (Skill events are Open, Elite, A, B, C, etc.)

v  Ratings:  You must enter the division that you are rated in or any division higher than that.  See next section on Ratings for more information.

v  Brackets:  A full draw of 7 or more entrants will be a Single Elimination with a Consolation bracket.  A draw of 6 players will be a Pool Play with playoffs.  A draw of 3, 4, or 5 will be a round robin.  The Tournament Director has option to cancel or combine divisions with 3 or less players.

v  Serves:  All divisions will play two serves.

v  Third Place:  If third place matches are not played, someone has to forfeit, play, or flip a coin to receive third and fourth place points.

v  Women Playing in Men’s Divisions:  Women may only play in the Men’s Open, Elite, or A Division (including age group divisions).  All other women must play up a division if their event does not go.  If tourney is a Regional and National event, women must play Women’s skill level if their event is offered.

v  Age Group Requirements:  Players must be that age or older by the first day of the tournament.

v  Forfeits:  Winners by forfeit will go to consolation if they lose their first round played.  The person who forfeited will not be put in the draw if the match was a ‘No Show’.  If the person who forfeited called and cancelled for a personal reason beyond their control, they will be placed in consolation if it was their first round.

v  Non-Payment/No Show:  It is up to the discretion of the Host Club if they wish to take phone entries.  Most will not allow it.  However, if you sign up but then do not show up and pay or you send in a check that ‘bounces’, you will be put on the Non-Play Tourna-ment List in Oregon and you will not be allowed to play in another ORA event until your prior obligations are met.

v  Play in State Singles or Doubles Tourneys:  In order to play in the Oregon State Singles and Doubles Tournament, you must be an Oregon Resident or have played in at least 2 ORA Events this season.

v  Matches during Tourney:  All matches in a tourney must be played during tourney hours at tourney site.


Seeding Tournaments:

All Events (except Open Singles):  Seedings for the first tournament of the season is based on last year’s points.  Seedings for the second tournament of the season are based on the above and the first tournament of this season.  Seedings thereafter are based on the points earned in this season’s events.

We will do our best to catch all seedings, however, sometimes we may miss something.

Open Singles:  Seedings for all Open Singles Division will be based on the USA Racquetball rankings.

Ratings/Rankings:

Ratings

v  Each player has been assessed and assigned an individual rating for the state of Oregon as a singles player.  The player has to play at that level or above in singles or doubles.  If you are playing doubles, you must enter the division of the highest rated player.

v  New players on the tour play two tournaments before they get a rating.  It is suggested that new players should get their rating assessment from an AmPRO Certified Instructor or racquetball director.  If neither of those are available, please contact ORA Board Site Director Brian Ancheta at 503-665-4142 or BrianAncheta1@yahoo.com.

v  The ORA will still continue the ranking system based on how a player finishes at tourna-ments.  Players will no longer ‘Point Out’ by accumulating a certain level of points in that season, however, a player will be required to play a higher level/division after winning 3 tournaments in one season.

v  Players who get moved up a level during the season may play in the State and Regionals at the level they started that season.

v  Please check the website for your rating level.  Players may submit a written request to the ORA Board for consideration if they think they should be in another division.


Rankings

v  Players earn points for placing in each event they enter.  (You must win a match to earn points.)

v  Earning Points:  If a division is combined, the player will earn points in the higher of the combined division unless they request in writing where they would like their points to go.

v  Regular Tour Events:

ü  Draws with 7 or more players/teams

1st Place = 100 Points         2nd Place = 80 Points           3rd Place = 60 Points
4th Place = 40 Points          Quarters = 20 Points            1st Cons. = 25 Points
2nd Cons. = 15 Points (with 16 or more players/teams in the draw)

ü  Round Robins of 4 or 5 players*

1st Place = 100 Points         2nd Place = 80 Points

ü  Pool Play of 6 players*

1st Place = 100 Points         2nd Place = 80 Points           3rd Place = 25 Points

*In a Round Robin or Pool Play:  All others who win at least one match will receive 20 points.


v  State and Regional Championship Events:

ü  Draws with 7 or more players/teams

1st Place = 125 Points             2nd Place = 100 Points        3rd Place = 75 Points
4th Place = 50 Points               Quarters = 25 Points           1st Cons. = 30 Points
2nd Cons. = 20 Points (with 16 or more players/teams in the draw)

ü  Round Robins of 4 or 5 players*

1st Place = 125 Points             2nd Place = 100 Points

ü  Pool Play of 6 players*

1st Place = 125 Points             2nd Place = 100 Points        3rd Place. = 30 Points

*In a Round Robin or Pool Play:  All others who win at least one match will receive 25 points.

The top rated player in each division at the end of each season will be a member of that year’s Oregon State Team and receive a special gift.  (Play must have played in at least three tourna-ments in that division to earn a spot on the State Team).

NOTE:  We do our best to catch any problem areas but there are always a few people that will slip by.

Please inform us of anything we may have missed.

You can contact the Site Director:  Brian Ancheta by phone/text at 503-665-4142 or by email at BrianAncheta1@yahoo.com

These conditions are subject to change.

 

Please check the website at
www.OregonRacquetball.org  > ORA > Conditions of Play

 

 

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