2015 ITTF/USATT Hopes Program

By Ben Nisbet | Feb. 02, 2015, 12:56 p.m. (ET)

2015 ITTF Hopes Program

2015 ITTF/USATT Hopes Program 

Announcement: Parents and Coaches – If your child or student is an aspiring table tennis player with a birth date between 1/1/2003 and 12/31/2004, please read on! We have some exciting news for you! 

Overview: The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)/USA Table Tennis (USATT) Hopes Program is a series of regional, national and international camps and competitions designed to spark motivation and interest for skilled and talented young table tennis athletes who have a love for table tennis and who wish to become high level table tennis players.            

The ITTF Hopes Program culminates in Shanghai China, in late June and early July, with a table tennis camp and tournament. The best young talent from around the world will be in attendance. Only one girl and one boy Hopes representative from North America will attend.  

To effectively choose the North American Hopes representatives, USA Table Tennis and the Canadian Table Tennis Association have agreed to stage a ITTF NA Hopes Challenge in parallel with the North American Cup in Toronto, this May 15 – 17, 2015. Six USA Hopes girls and six USA Hopes boys will compete against a Canadian squad to determine the sole North American Girl and Boy representatives.  

The Hopes Program, however, is more than just selecting a winner in Toronto, Canada. It is a celebration of our fine sport and an opportunity for USA’s young junior talent to experience a free weekend camp and expert instruction, as well as a chance to compete against others in a USA Table Tennis sanctioned tournament for a chance to travel and compete against Canada.   

Please click here for the ITTF Brochure explaining the program.  

PROGRAM CALENDAR AND DETAILS 

March 2015 – USA-based Hopes Weekend Camp – Two Locations: One on East coast and the other on the West coast. Exact dates and locations to be announced shortly. At each of these camps, participants will receive expert coaching and training, in a fun rewarding environment in which they will have an opportunity to meet peers and share experiences.   Cost: Free of charge (travel and hospitality is the responsibility of parent and/or sponsor)    Camp space:  Due to space constraints, application and selection process may be competitive. On the registration form (to be posted shortly), please indicate participant’s skill level, desire to improve, current USA Table Tennis rating, and a recommendation letter from parent and/or coach. 

March 2015 – Hopes Juniors Regional Qualification Tournament – At the culmination of each Regional Hopes Camp, there shall be a sanctioned Hopes Junior Qualification Tournament. Format:  Round robin first round with top two players advancing; single elimination knock out with cross over matches to determine final position. This will be a fun rewarding tournament and an opportunity to play against others in the peer group at a national level. Entry fee no greater than $25. Although Hopes Juniors do not have to participate in the weekend camp to play in the tournament, they are encouraged to do so. Entry forms to be posted shortly.  All camp participants will have a pass to play in the Hopes Regional Qualification Tournament.  However, the Tournament Director, does reserve the right to close the tournament draw, once the maximum number of entrants is reached.   

Winners and runner’s up in the two Hopes Regional Qualification Tournaments automatically qualify for the Continental Hopes Challenge to be held at the North American Cup in Toronto, Canada, on May 15th – 17th. 

May 15th – 17th 2015 – Continental Hopes Challenge – USA vs. Canada held in conjunction with the North American Championships. Six USA girls and six USA boys will represent USA to compete against six Canadian girls and six Canadian boys. From this group, one girl and one boy winner will be selected to represent North America in the International Hopes Competition. Event cost is free. Travel and hospitality are the responsibility of parent and/or sponsor.  

June 29th – July 5th 2015 – ITTF Hopes International Camps and Tournament, Shanghai, China - Event winners from the Continental Hopes Challenge shall be invited to ITTF International Hopes Camp and Tournament with all travel and hospitality paid.  

HOPES REGISTRATION / AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS / SELECTION PROCESS 

Camp Registration: Camp registration information will be posted shortly.  

Tournament Entry Forms:   Entry forms shall be posted shortly. Information on dates, times, costs, and other important information will be on the entry form. 

Automatic Qualifiers: The two top rated Hopes girl and Hopes boy representatives, based on all USATT Sanctioned tournament results processed through February 15th 2015, automatically qualify for May 2015 Continental Championships in Toronto. The parents of these representatives will receive invitation letters. These two candidates don’t have to play in the Hopes Qualification Tournament as they will receive automatic berths in Canada, but are encouraged to participate in the regional Hopes camps. 

Tournament Qualifiers: Top two boy and top two girl finishers from East coast and top two boy and top two girl finishers from the West coast Qualification Tournaments shall receive berths into the Hopes North American Challenge. 

Alternate Qualifiers: Should there be cancellations, USA Table Tennis and USA Table Tennis Junior Committee shall select alternates to participate in the Hopes Tournament in Canada. The following criteria shall be used to select alternates:

●     Ranking position based on the Hopes Qualifier Tournament results

●     Only if needed, USATT rating from all tournaments processed before February 15th, 2015. 

For questions or to receive program updates: Contact Tiffany Oldland Tiffany.Oldland@usatt.org.

Respectfully,

USATT Junior Committee

(Ben Nisbet, Bharati Bhalla, Linda Leaf, Adam Bobrow, Yang Yu)