Dates: May 7, 13, 28; June 25; July 1, 2, 15; Aug 27; Sep 2, 16
Eligibility: NHPA membership card required of all entrants
Sign-In: Players must signed in 1/2 hour before the time shown on the tournament schedule. Pre-registration is suggested.
Entry Fee: $20 for all adult classes. Juniors will pay no entry fee even if competing in an Adult Class. Adult Class pay out with a Junior entered will be minus that entry. (Ex: 8-man round robin with Junior, payout is based on 7-man payout; etc.)
Shirts: Recommend professionally lettered sleeved shirts w. name & hometown on the back. Required for the State Championship Tournaments.
Round Robin Classes: Eight players per class if possible. A 4-man class plays a double round robin.
Pit Preparation: Clay in the pits shall be watered (if necessary) and leveled to the top of the platforms before a game starts. Each contestant is responsible for one pit.
Practice: Once both players are on the court NO MORE THAN 8 PRACTICE SHOES (down and back, twice) unless you are coming off a bye.
Games: All games will be # of points and/or combination of points and # of shoe games at discretion of Tournament Director. HANDICAP (80%, 40 shoe games) - will be used when there is 10% or more difference in average between top and bottom seed. Ties, other than 1st place, will be decided by 1-who beat who, 2 -highest average over (or closest to) entry average. Also, game option of “pitch your average” (40 shoe games). Highest % over entry % or, if none, closest to, wins. May be used at tournament director’s discretion.
10 Minute Time Between Games: During tournament play, each game shall begin within 10 minutes after the last score sheet for each round is turned in to the Tournament Director. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of game for the player or players.
Forfeits: Any player who forfeits by either not completing a game or does not finish all scheduled games, including playoffs, must give a reason to the tournament director before leaving the courts. The Tournament Director will report this to the NJSHPA President, (State Tournaments only).
Playoffs: Ties for 1st place must be settled by a playoff. All playoffs must be started within 10 minutes of finish of regular play. Three-way playoff: 2 vs. 3 and the winner plays 1. Four-way playoff: 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3; winners play for 1st, losers play for 3rd . Five-way playoff: (Round 1) - 4 vs. 5; (Round 2) - Round 1 winner vs. 1, and 2 vs. 3. (Round 3) - Round 2 winners play for 1st; Round 2 losers play for 3rd.
Prizes: Payouts for classes are as shown on the table below. Ringer % will determine cash prize in case of a tie for any prize position other than first. If ringer % is tied, then who beat whom. If still tied, then - highest average over (or closest to) entry average decides.
Rain Outs: If all players in a class have finished 1/2 of the games and the tournament is rained out, it will be considered an official tournament. RAIN DATES will be published.
Disputes: Any problems or disputes should be presented to the Tournament Director for resolution.
State Championship: To be eligible for the State Singles Championship you must complete 4 NJSHPA sanctioned tournaments between August 28, 2016 and August 28, 2017. State Doubles require only 2 sanctioned tournament in this same time. In either case, one average may be a sanctioned club/league average based on 400 or more shoes.
PROHIBITED: No tobacco products, alcoholic drinks or cell phones are allowed on the courts. No Open Toe Shoes or Flip Flops allowed on courts.