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2021 US NATIONAL TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS STATE QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT HOST CLUB BID SPECIFICATION SHEET AND REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

By USATT Director of Communications - Chad Knasinski | Oct. 15, 2020, 4:15 p.m. (ET)

2021 US NATIONAL TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS STATE QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT

 HOST CLUB BID SPECIFICATION SHEET AND REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

 

TOURNAMENT DESCRIPTION

USATT hereby presents an Open Bid Process for USATT Affiliated Member Clubs to serve as the Host Club for a new USATT Sanctioned Tournament Series to be run in conjunction with the 2021 US National Table Tennis Championships: the USATT State Qualification Tournament (“SQT”). There will be one SQT Tournament in each of the 50 US states where demand for participation is sufficient to warrant hosting an event. One USATT Affiliated Member Club will be granted the exclusive license to host the SQT for that Club’s home state. The Tournament must offer those open and/or age group events consistent with those contested at the US National Table Tennis Championships (listed below). Selected Clubs can expressly request that USATT reduce the number of mandatory events for good cause. Each SQT Participant must be a US citizen and a member of USATT; each participant will be permitted to play in all events for which he or she is qualified. Winners of each SQT will receive appropriate recognition and an award from USATT as the USATT State Champion and will receive an automatic qualification for the Main Draw in their particular event(s) at the US National Championships, which are currently scheduled to be held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada (July 4 9, 2021). After the conclusion of the SQTs and prior to the US National Championships, USATT may also conduct Regional Qualification Tournaments (“RQT”), which would provide a separate avenue to qualify for the Main Draw at the 2021 US National Championships. American table tennis athletes will also be permitted to directly enter the 2021 US National Championships without playing in a SQT or RQT by directly submitting a completed Entry Blank to USATT and paying the entry fee. Persons entering the US National Championships in this fashion, unless otherwise exempted by rules or ranking, will be required to play in the Preliminary Round(s) at Nationals.

 

DATES FOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AND NATIONAL QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT

January 1 – March 15, 2021

Actual Tournament Dates to Be Determined by the Selected Host Club

 

MANDATORY EVENT LIST

Men’s Singles & Women’s Singles

21 & Under Men’s Singles

21 & Under Women’s Singles

Junior Boys Singles (U18)

Junior Girls Singles (U18)

Cadet Boy’s Singles (U15)

Cadet Girl’s Singles (U15)

Minicadet Boy’s Singles (U13)

Minicadet Girl’s Singles (U13)

U10 – Boys U10 – Girls
Men’s 40+ Singles
Women’s 40+ Singles
Men’s 50+ Singles
Women’s 50+ Singles
Men’s 60+ Singles
Women’s 60+ Singles
Men’s 65+ Singles
Women’s 65+ Singles

Men’s 70+ Singles
Women’s 70+ Singles
Men’s 75+ Singles
Women’s 75+ Singles
Men’s 80+ Singles
Women’s 80+ Singles
Senior 85+ Singles

Para – Wheelchair

Para – Standing

HOST CLUB – VENUE REQUIREMENTS AND PREFERENCES

Selected Host Club must be able to meet all mandatory requirements to host a USATT Sanctioned Three-Star Tournament, the specifications for which include:

  • Lighting – Minimum 600 Lux
  • Flooring – Wood Floor or Rubberized Mats on Concrete or Tile for All Matches
  • Ceiling Height – 16 feet (Minimum)
  • Basic Court Size – 30 feet length with 10 feet between tables (Minimum)
  • Feature Court Size - 19 feet by 38 feet for Feature Matches
  • Tables – No More than Two Models in Use
  • Time Scheduling – All events must be time scheduled

Selected Host Club Must Designate a SafeSport Compliant Tournament Director to Serve as the On-Site Manager of All Phases of the Tournament, as well as at least one Official (Club Umpire, Minimum) to Manage On-Court Issues.

Scorekeeping Assistance to be Provided by Tournament Participants

Selected Host Club Must meet all COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions Including Submission of Operational Safety Plan Checklist and Declaration of Compliance with Local Governmental Regulations

Selected Host Club would preferably Centrally Located in the State

Selected Host Club must have Sufficient Hotel Accommodations within a Reasonable Distance of the Club Preference is given to Clubs who are Sponsored by an Approved USATT Partner

Selected Host Club must have High Speed Internet Connection – Sufficient Bandwith to Support Video Streaming Selected Host Club must have Staffing and / or Volunteer Participation to Manage an Elite Level Table Tennis Event

MARKETING AND REVENUE PARTICIPATION

 

USATT will Prepare, Distribute and Manage a Prospectus and Entry Blank for each SQT

USATT and the Selected Host Club will Jointly Prepare Execute a State-Specific Marketing Plan Designed to Maximize Participation in each SQT

Participants Will Be Permitted to Play All Events for Which they Qualify, but will be Charged Additional Fees on a Per Event Basis

USATT Will Split Revenue Generated from the Entry Fees with the Selected Host Club (50 – 50) – USATT will Manage the Receipt, Accounting and Distribution of All Funds

 

HOST CLUB BID APPLICATION PROCESS

Clubs Interested in Hosting a State Qualification Tournament should submit a written Proposal to USATT Chief Operating Officer, Mark Thompson (Mark.Thompson@USATT.org), specifically describing the Club’s capacity to meet all required specifications and any unique elements that would improve or impact the Club’s ability to host an elite level table tennis tournament. The Proposal submission deadline is November 15, 2020.

 

 

About USA-Table Tennis

 

USA Table Tennis is organized under the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of table tennis in the United States. As a member service organization, it promotes table tennis by creating opportunities for athletes and coaches of all backgrounds to participate in the sport through more than 250 clubs and over 350 tournaments across the nation annually. USA Table Tennis is a member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Pan American, Parapan, Paralympic and Olympic Games.

 

 

 

Contact:

 

Chad Knasinski

Director of Marketing and Communications

Chad.Knasinski@usatt.org

   Tel: 303-596-7955