SPORT SPECIFIC INFORMATION

SPORT SPECIFIC INFORMATION

SPORT SPECIFIC INFORMATION

SPORT SPECIFIC INFORMATION Regularly updated, the Sport Specific Information document for the 2015 ITTF World Junior Circuit contains information, which complements the Directives published earlier in 2014 Please refer to these documents for detailed information regarding the most extensive aspect of the World Junior Programme; over 30 events are scheduled involving all six continental organisations. Notably the year 2014 witnessed the participation of 1957 players from 97 national associations. You are most welcome to join the growing ITTF World Junior Circuit in 2015! With the future in mind, Mohamed DAWLATLY Karl JINDRAK In charge of the World Junior Circuit Director of Competitions Judit FARAGO ITTF CEO

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Page 2 2015 Global Junior Circuit Sport Specific Information – version 1.0 1. GENERAL TERMS In 2015, the ITTF will establish the following tiers on the ITTF World Junior Circuit: 1. Golden Series: a maximum of four (4) tournaments worldwide 2. Premium Events: a maximum of ten (10) tournaments worldwide 3. Regular Events: without a limit The specific requirements for each level of tournaments are: 1.1. Golden Series: • ITTF approved flooring mandatory • Show court implementation1 for one (1) TV table from Day 1 (30-36 A-boards) • Streaming all matches on the TV table on the ITTF YouTube channel, itTV or other ITTF chosen platform.

• Implementation of the ITTF Graphics for the streaming • Five camera TV production of the singles finals (minimum four matches) • Footage delivered to ITTF within 48 hours after conclusion of the event • 10,000 USD in prize money for junior events • No other tournaments organized simultaneously. Maximum of twelve (12) events • Five day tournament on a minimum of 8 tables • Schedule for finals agreed with the ITTF Competition Programme staff in advance • Hospitality for up to 10 players offered at 50% of the official price, on a full board basis, for the ITTF Education and Training Programme 1.2.

Premium events: • ITTF approved flooring mandatory • Show court implementation1 for one (1) TV table at least for the last day of the junior singles events (30-36 A-boards) • Streaming the singles finals (minimum four matches) on the TV table on the ITTF YouTube channel, itTV or other ITTF chosen platform.

• Implementation of the ITTF Graphics for the streaming • TV production with minimum three cameras for the final day • Footage delivered to ITTF within 48 hours after conclusion of the event • 8,000 USD in prize money for junior events • No other tournaments organized simultaneously. Maximum of fourteen (14) events • Five day tournament on a minimum of 8 tables • Hospitality for up to 8 players offered at 50% of the official price, on a full board basis, for the ITTF Education and Training Programme 1.3. Regular Events: • ITTF Approved flooring is recommended, but not mandatory • If the tournament has any TV streaming, it has to be done through the ITTF YouTube channel, itTV or other ITTF chosen or approved platform.

• Implementation of the ITTF Graphics for the streaming is recommended • 3,000 USD in prize money for junior events • Two to five day tournament depending on the number of events on a minimum of 6 tables 1 Either pyramidal or solid plastic inter-connected A-boards of 1.4 m size shall be used

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Page 3 2015 Global Junior Circuit Sport Specific Information – version 1.0 2. SYSTEM OF PLAY The competition will include the following events: Junior Boys’ Singles (born in 1997 or later) – mandatory Junior Girls’ Singles (born in 1997 or later) – mandatory Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Team – recommended Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Doubles – recommended Cadet Boys’ and Girls’ events (born in 2000 or later) – optional Mini Cadet Boys’ and Girls’ events (born in 2002 or later) – optional Hopes Boys’ and Girl’s events (born in 2003 or later) - optional SINGLES EVENTS The competition in the JBS and JGS (and in Cadet, Mini Cadet and Hopes events if also organized) will be played in two stages defined as: First Stage and Main Draw.

In the First Stage participants will be divided generally in groups of 4 or 3 players with priority given to groups of 4 players for the junior events. As an exception to this rule, the ITTF Competition Manager can authorize the division of the players in groups of 4 and 5 players (for example if the Tournament includes only singles and doubles events but not teams); in this case, again the groups of 4 players will be the priority for junior events. Two players will advance from each group to the Main Draw. If the number of entries is greater than 64, in the junior events the higher 8 or 16 ranked players taking part in the event will advance directly to the Main Draw (except if the total number of groups is 16 or less) and also if the number of entries is very low, lucky losers can also complete in the Main Draw.

The ITTF Competition Manager, in agreement with the Tournament Director is the sole responsible person for all matters concerning the system of play.

Competition in the First Stage will be best of 5 games while the Main Draw will feature matches best of 7 games for the junior singles events. In CBS & CGS the ITTF Competition Manager will decide, in agreement with the Tournament Director and the Referee, if there will be players seeded directly in the main draw based on the number of tables and days for the tournament, and also if to give priority to groups of 4 or to groups of 3. In any case, two stages will be established as for the junior events. Same considerations will apply for Mini Cadets and Hopes events if organized as part of your World Junior Circuit event.

DOUBLES EVENTS ITTF recommends running doubles events in parallel with the singles events, so participants can benefit more from the tournament. For the doubles, the system of play will be knock-out from the qualification stages through the finals. All matches will be best of 5 games. TEAM EVENTS The most common system for an ITTF Junior Circuit is to have a tournament including singles, doubles and TEAM events. For the team events two formats of play are recommended: the Corbillon Cup (AvX, BvY, doubles, AvY, BvX) or the New Swaythling Cup system (AvX, BvY, CvZ, AvY, BvX). The Team event format has to be announced at the time of publishing the calendar.

The team event will be played in two stages, First Stage with groups of 3-4 teams and Main Draw with knock-out format. If the time allows, a consolation draw may be arranged as well. Additional international tournaments can be organized only on separate days and not parallel to the ITTF event, with the only exception being explicitly accepted combinations.

Page 4 2015 Global Junior Circuit Sport Specific Information – version 1.0 3. ENTRIES Entries will only be accepted from ITTF Affiliated National Associations. By default, the deadline for entries is automatically set 30 days before the starting date of the Tournament in the Prospectus. Additional entries are not accepted after the deadline unless officially extended. The number of entries is limited based on the number of tables, number of events and number of competition days available, but participation is guaranteed for each association which has officially entered. Maximum number of entries is fixed according to the below chart: Events Tables Days Max.

Entries Events Tables Days Max. Entries Events Tables Days Max. Entries 4 8 4 120 6 8 4 110 8 8 4 100 4 10 4 150 6 10 4 130 8 10 4 110 4 12 4 180 6 12 4 160 8 12 4 140 4 16 4 220 6 16 4 200 8 16 4 180 4 8 5 180 6 8 5 160 8 8 5 140 4 10 5 220 6 10 5 190 8 10 5 170 4 12 5 260 6 12 5 230 8 12 5 210 4 16 5 310 6 16 5 280 8 16 5 260 Events Tables Days Max. Entries Events Tables Days Max. Entries Events Tables Days Max. Entries 10 8 4 90 12 8 4 80 14 8 4 70 10 10 4 100 12 10 4 90 14 10 4 80 10 12 4 120 12 12 4 100 14 12 4 100 10 16 4 160 12 16 4 140 14 16 4 120 10 8 5 130 12 8 5 110 14 8 5 100 10 10 5 160 12 10 5 140 14 10 5 120 10 12 5 190 12 12 5 170 14 12 5 150 10 16 5 250 12 16 5 230 14 16 5 210 Note: Combinations of events/tables/days not covered in these tables will be decided by the ITTF Competition Programme staff.

If the total number of entries exceeds the maximum acceptable number of players, each entering association is guaranteed to have at least 3 players per event and the remaining places will be filled by the Competition Manager to the maximum from the existing entry list according to the latest available World Ranking on the date of the entry deadline. All the other players will be placed automatically on a waiting list and can be late additions to the entries in order of the World Ranking if there is a sport cancellation.

If there are more available places than players with World Ranking position, the entries shall be taken into consideration on a first come first served basis - that is those entries sent the earliest within the entry deadline.

Entry limitation for the host association is different: the host is guaranteed to have 12 entries in each individual event.

Page 5 2015 Global Junior Circuit Sport Specific Information – version 1.0 4. SCHEDULE In tournaments combining junior and cadet events (12-14 events) there are two options available regarding the schedule: Option A: • Days 1 and 2 for the junior individual events • Days 3 and 4 for the junior teams and days 3, 4 & 5 for all cadet events Option B: • Days 1 and 2 for the junior and cadet team events • Days 3 and 4 (or 3, 4 and 5) for the junior and cadet individual events Note: in events scheduled in four days, only option B is considered, but it may be agreed by the Competition Programme to start the cadet singles on day 2.

Schedule option chosen has to be announced at the time of publishing the calendar. 5. DRAWS The draw for the team and/or individual events will be made one or two days prior to the start of the particular event (i.e. one day before the team event start for the team events and one or two days before the individual events start for the individual events). Preferably the printed information shall circulate before 19:00 hours of the day before competition start in each particular event. The Draw has to be conducted by the Referee and the ITTF Competition Manager together, however the Referee can delegate one of his Deputies/Assistants to perform this duty in co-operation with the CM.

Latest available ITTF rankings will be used for the draws except if otherwise stated in the Prospectus of the events.

For team events, the addition of the points of the two best players of each team (if Corbillon System is used) or of the three best players of each team (if New Swaythling Cup system is used) will be used to determine the seeding lists. For doubles events, the addition of the points of the two players of the pair will be used to determine the seeding lists. The ITTF Results & Ranking Manager may give input upon request of the Competition Manager for unranked players. Alternatively, unranked players will be given a fixed amount of “temporary” points for seeding purposes (singles, doubles and teams) which will be the highest multiple of 25 less than the rating points of the lowest ranked player of the same gender.

Example 1: the last male ranked player has 768 points, so all male unranked players will be given 750 “temporary” points.

Example 2: the last female ranked player has 1037 points, so all female unranked players will be given 1025 “temporary” points.

Page 6 2015 Global Junior Circuit Sport Specific Information – version 1.0 6. WORLD JUNIOR CIRCUIT POINTS STANDINGS Athletes participating in each ITTF World Junior Circuit event will earn points depending on their performance. The ITTF will publish an “Overall Points Standing” following each event. The basic table of points earned can be seen in Table 1: Position Points Winner 1000 Runner-up 700 Losers 1/2 finals 440 Losers 1/4 finals 280 Losers 1/8 finals 160 Losers 1/16 finals 80 Losers 1/32 finals 40 Table 1: basic points These points will be multiplied by a factor, based on geographical criteria and on the tier of the tournament (see table 2).

• Geographical multiplication factor: For all events played outside the continent of their national association, participating athletes will benefit from a bonus points system. Points earned in these events will be multiplied by 1.25 for the points’ standings. • Tier multiplication factor: For Golden Series and Premium events, participating athletes benefit from a bonus points system as well, Points earned in these events are multiplied by 1.2 and 1.4 respectively for the points’ standings.

Tier Own Continent Other Continent Regular 1 1.25 Premium 1.2 1.5 Golden Series 1.4 1.75 Table 2: multiplication factors Summarizing, the points allocated in a tournament based on the tier and on the continent where a player competes are those in Table 3: Own Continent Other Continent Position Regular Premium Golden Series Regular Premium Golden Series Winner 1000 1200 1400 1250 1500 1750 Runner-up 700 840 980 875 1050 1225 Losers 1/2 finals 440 528 616 550 660 770 Losers 1/4 finals 280 336 392 350 420 490 Losers 1/8 finals 160 192 224 200 240 280 Losers 1/16 finals 80 96 112 100 120 140 Losers 1/32 finals 40 48 56 50 60 70 Table 3: points earned based on tier and location

Page 7 2015 Global Junior Circuit Sport Specific Information – version 1.0 7. CONTINENTAL LIMIT There is a limit of maximum three tournaments in one continent to gain points on the ITTF Junior Circuit Standings. A player may compete in the Boys’ or Girls’ Singles events respectively at more than three tournaments in the same continent but only the three highest amounts of points earned in tournaments will be taken into account for points on the ITTF Junior Circuit Standings. 8. QUALIFICATON CRITERIA FOR THE WORLD JUNIOR CIRCUIT FINALS 16 boys and 16 girls, with a maximum of two players of each gender from the same association, qualify for the World Junior Circuit Finals as follows: i) Six (6) continental representatives.

The best player from each continent in the Final Point Standings.

ii) Top nine (9) players of the Final Point Standings, not already included in the continental representatives. iii) One (1) wild card for the host association. Participation requirements: To be invited to 2015 ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals an athlete must have proof of participation in at least two continents in ITTF World Junior Circuit Events, having reached the main draw at least once. If no player from a continent meets the qualification or participation criteria (or those meeting the criteria decline the invitation), the highest ranked player from the continent in question who has reached a main draw will be invited to ensure continental representation (even if having participated in only one continent).

In the event that no-one from that continent has reached a main draw then the highest ranked player from that continent in the Under 18 World Ranking list who has participated in a World Junior Circuit event will be invited. If no one from that continent accepts the invitation then the position will be offered to the next highest ranked eligible player on the Final Points Standing.

ITTF World Junior Circuit - website updates: Always remember to check the ITTF Website Junior Section for updates and new information. A prospectus for each ITTF World Junior Circuit event will be sent by e-mail to each association and posted on the ITTF Junior section of the ITTF website. 9. CALENDAR In the following pages you will find the 2015 ITTF World Junior Circuit Calendar, including the details for each of the events such events to be played, provisional schedule, format of play of the team events and contact person on the Organizing Committee. Please refer to the updated version of this document on the ITTF website for further details.

Page 8 2015 Global Junior Circuit Sport Specific Information – version 1.0 2015 World Junior Circuit Events February 1 3-7 Feb Bahrain Open, Manama Premium JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:13300$ Tournament Director: Mohamed Jaffar btta@btta.bh 2 11-15 Feb Czech Open, Hodonin Premium JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR Schedule Option B Prize Money:8000$ Tournament Director: Andrea Botkova andrea.botkova@centrum.cz 3 18-22 Feb Swedish Open, Orebro Regular JS JD X CS X X MCS X Schedule Option A Prize Money:8000$ Tournament Director: Henric Orneland safirinternational@btksafir.com 4 28Feb -3Mar Paraguay Open, Asuncion Regular JS X JT:CR CS X CT:CR X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:3000$ Tournament Director: Benjamin Real breals@tigo.com.py March 5 4-8 Mar Italian Open, Lignano Premium JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR HS Schedule Option A Prize Money:8000$ Tournament Director: Antonella Flori international.events@fitet.org 6 22-26 Mar Tunisia Open, Monastir Regular JS X JT:SW CS CD CT:CR X HS Schedule Option B Prize Money:3000$ Tournament Director: Lotfi Guerfel lotfi.guerfel@gmail.com April 7 1-5 Apr Belgium Open, Spa Regular JS JD JT:SW CS X CT:CR X HS Schedule Option B Prize Money:6200$ Tournament Director: YVES DOUIN affrbtt@skynet.be 8 3-6 Apr Australian Open, Tweed Heads Regular JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:3200$ Tournament Director: Bonnie Elliott nem@tabletennis.org.au 9 3-7 Apr Mauritius Open, Beau Bassin Regular JS JD JT:CR CS CD CT:CR MCS X Schedule Option B Prize Money:3000$ Tournament Director: O.Basanta Lala mauritiustabletennis@intnet.mu 10 15-19 Apr French Open, Metz Premium JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option A Prize Money:10000$ Tournament Director: Vincent Blanchard vincent.blanchard@lltt.fr May 11 6-10 May Spanish Open, Platja d'Ar Regular JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:4400$ Tournament Director: M.

Isabel Molina Torrecillas fctt@fctt.org 12 11-14 May Canadian Open, Markham Regular JS X JT:CR CS X CT:CR X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:7700$ Tournament Director: Mireille Tallon mireillet@ttcan.ca 13 13-17 May Thailand Open, Bangkok Golden Series JS X JT:SW CS X CT:S W X HS Schedule Option B Prize Money:17800$ Tournament Director: Sakul Ariyachotima coachsakul@yahoo.com 14 21-24 May Slovakia Open, Senec Regular JS JD JT:SW X X X X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:4000$ Tournament Director: Anton Hamran sstz1@sstz.sk 15 27-31 May Polish Open, Wladyslawowo Premium JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option A Prize Money:8000$ Tournament Director: Marek Przybylowicz marek.Przybylowicz@pzts.pl June 16 8-12 Jun Egypt Open, Ismailia Regular JS JD JT:CR CS CD CT:CR X HS Schedule Option B Prize Money:8000$ Tournament Director: TBD

Page 9 2015 Global Junior Circuit Sport Specific Information – version 1.0 17 19-21 Jun Puerto Rico Open, Salinas Regular JS X X CS X X X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:3000$ Tournament Director: IVAN SANTOS ORTEGA ivansantos57@gmail.com 18 24-28 Jun China Open, Taicang Golden Series JS X JT:CR CS X CT:CR X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:18400$ Tournament Director : Zhao Xia zhaoxia78@sina.com August 19 5-9 Aug Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong Golden Series JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:10000$ Tournament Director: Ms.Echo Chiu echochiu@hktta.org.hk 20 6-9 Aug Guatemala Open, Guatemala Regular JS X JT:CR CS X CT:CR MCS X Schedule Option B Prize Money:3000$ Tournament Director: Jorge Herrera jherreragua@gmai.com 21 7-11 Aug Jordan Open, Amman Regular JS X JT:CR CS X CT:CR X HS Schedule Option B Prize Money:8000$ Tournament Director: TBD 22 12-15 Aug El Salvador Open, San Salvador Regular JS JD JT:CR CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:3000$ Tournament Director: Melecio Eduardo Rivera me_rivera@hotmail.com 23 25-29 Aug Korea Open, TBD Premium JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:10400$ Tournament Director: Park il soon minpingpong@hanmail.net 24 27-30 Aug Chile Open, Santiago Regular JS JD JT:CR CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option A Prize Money:3000$ Tournament Director: Henry Reimberg F hreimberg@fechiteme.cl September 25 9-13 Sep India Open, TBD Premium JS JD JT CS CD CT X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:8000$ Tournament Director: TBD 26 16-20 Sep Croatia Open, Varazdin Regular JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option A Prize Money:3000$ Tournament Director: Goran Jukic goran.jukic@vz.t-com.hr 27 23-27 Sep Chinese Taipei Open, Taipei Golden Series JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:10000$ Tournament Director: Chen Ching In chencing@ms39.hinet.net October 28 7-11 Oct Serbian Open, Vrnjacka Banja Regular JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option A Prize Money:3200$ Tournament Director: Zivic Jovan office@stss.rs 29 30 Oct-1 Nov Slovak Open, Bratislava Regular X X X CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option B Prize Money: TBD Tournament Director : Anton Hamran sstz1@sstz.sk November 30 4-8 Nov Hungarian Open, Budapest Premium JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR MCS X Schedule Option B Prize Money:8000$ Tournament Director:Dr.Miklos Stocker stocker.miklos@moatsz.hu 31 18-22 Nov Portugal Open, Vilanova de Gaia Regular JS JD JT:SW CS CD CT:CR X X Schedule Option B Prize Money:3000$ Tournament Director: Jose Bentes jose.bentes@fptm.pt January 2016 32 TBD World Junior Circuit Finals, TBD FINALS Junior Boys Singles and Junior Girls Singles JS: Junior Singles JD: Junior Doubles JT: Junior Teams SW:New Swaithling Cup System CS: Cadet Singles CD: Cadet Doubles CT: Cadet Teams CR:Corbilon Cup System MCS: Mini-Cadet Singles HS: Hopes Singles

Page 10 2015 Global Junior Circuit Sport Specific Information – version 1.0 10.CONTACTS For more information contact: ITTF Competition Department Mohamed DAWLATLY Karl Jindrak In charge of the World Junior Circuit ITTF Competitions Director mdawlatly@ittfmail.com kjindrak@ittfmail.com Tel: +20 111 111 7275 Tel: +43 699 1241 7193 Zoltan Bencsik Results & Ranking Manager zbencsik@ittfmail.com

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