Nordhorn Brettchen Open 2003 at 17.05.2003

Dear table tennis friends!!

The table tennis department of SV Eintracht Nordhorn is planning the third open hardbat tournament of Nordhorn for Saturday, May 17th, 2003. After the good initial success in 2001 and the strong increase of participation in the previous year the tournament thereby is to be enlarged furthermore.

For the first time a tournament class just for the young players is offered this year. At the last tournament some juniors took part in the seniors class, but this time they will get the chance to find their winner under players of the same age. The large interest of boys and cadet boys at the recently organized hardbat tournaments in this region has encouraged the Nordhorn club to take the junior class into the tournament program.

With "Nordhorn Brettchen Open" this different kind of table tennis - in the USA well-known under the name hardbat - shall be made more popular in Germany. So just hardbat rackets with genuine pimpled rubber coverings are to be used. In a general sense we play here with the materials which were used nearly by each table tennis player in the 1950's before the advent of sponge rackets and which thus offered practically the same conditions for all players. Here none is to win only because his opponents did not get along with his long pimples, his anti, his trick services or his turbo-loops. Here all are to play with almost same material (just hardbat) and at the end the best player is to win and not the best covering.

The two ITTF rules A 4.6 (demand for a red and a black covering) and B 2.1.3 (demand for the ITTF permission of the coverings) are not considered with this tournament. That happens, so that also completely simple hardbat rackets for 2,90 from the department store or such which are already decades old can be used. Crucial is only that it is a hardbat (with short pimples out without sponge).

We keep ready enough hardbat rackets for such players, who do not bring along an own racket accepted for this tournament.

The seven hardbat tournaments held so far in our county were very much fun for all participants and showed how attractive this kind of the table tennis game is. We can promise long rallies, that really earn this name, matches worth seeing with attack against defense, services, which only open the rally and do not terminate it at the same moment, and points, which one must fight very hard for. We request everybody not to let pass this pleasure without participation!