The Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA)/Digicel’s Schools tournament will be held this weekend at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, November 7-9; the Mini Cadet, Cadet and Junior Team’s and Singles’ Table Tennis Tournament begins on Friday.
The GTTA will coordinate tournament fixtures; provide umpires, tables and balls among other resources to host the tournament, which is aimed at: fostering camaraderie among students, promoting/creating a healthy lifestyle through sport, opportunity to participate in recreational activities and promoting the basic objectives of the GTTA that is to have more players actively participate in the sport.
“The association will also include an ‘Open Novice Category’ for beginner level players and players from new schools in view of encouraging more participation in the sport. One team from each school can be fielded in this category; players who have never participate in organised tournaments and cannot make their ‘A’ or ‘B’ teams in the respective categories are eligible,” a release from the association said.
The Divisions to be contested include: 11 years and under (4 players); 13 years and under (4 players); 15 years and under (4 players) and 18 years and under (4 players). The Tournament will be staged on a round robin basis, with the top two teams in each division advancing to the knock-out round, while two players from the single’s grouping will qualify to the knock-out round.
The rules, regulations and format of the tournament include: A team shall consist of maximum of four players of which three can play against an opposing team or a minimum of two players can comprise a team (the team can be mixed with boys and girls); a school can enter no more than two (2) teams in a particular category; only players that register to play the teams, will be allowed to play the singles segment; a representative from the school or a Parent appointed must be present with their team(s) at the tournament; any team that plays an over aged player (s) or infringe the rules will be disqualified from the tournament or their winnings forfeit should violation be found subsequent to the tournament; a player must be the stipulated age of the category he or she is competing in, on or before the December 31, 2014;
schools winning the first three games in a match will be declared the winner; no player would be allowed to play in more than one division; a player cannot play on more than one team in the same division; a school can only enter bonafide registered students currently attending the institution and must be the stipulated age for the tournament being registered for; the tournament will be played utilizing current ITTF rules – 11 points game; best of five games; two points alternate serve;
schools are required to be at the playing venue at least 30 minutes in advance of matches; teachers, parents or coaches appointed by school will have the responsibility for decision making of the teams; an entry fee of ($2,000.00) Two Thousand dollars will be charged per team and teams will be grouped in fours with the top two teams advancing to the second round of the tournament where there will be a cross mix of teams.
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