Nordhorn Brettchen Open 2008 at 10.05.2008

Tournament Information
Name of Tournament: Nordhorn Brettchen Open 2008
integrated in 28th Nordhorn EUREGIO Tournament 2008
Organiser: Table Tennis Association of Grafschaft Bentheim e. V.
Events: Men's Singles S/A, Men's Doubles S/A,
Men's Singles B/C, Men's Doubles B/C,
Men's Singles D/E, Men's Doubles D/E,
Boy's Singles, Boy's Doubles,
Cadet's Singles, Cadet's Doubles.

Since no separate events for female players are offered, women may start with the men and girls with the boys resp. cadets.
Venue: 3 large gymnasiums of Kreissportzentrum Nordhorn; Wilhelm-Raabe-Straίe;
48527 Nordhorn; Tel. 0049/5921/961661.
Format: Singles: Preliminary round in groups of four players each, who play Round Robin, and final round with first and second of each group in knock-out system. If feasible, consolation round for third and fourth of each group in knock-out system.
Doubles: Knock-out system
Games: best of five (11 point games)
Participation: international open tournament
Eligibility: Valid player passport and/or entry on valid players authorization list. Foreign players must be eligible for a table tennis club in their country or must be a member of the national table tennis organization.
Jury: 3 persons from different clubs, who are named at the tournament day
Tables: 80 JOOLA 2000-S
Nets: Imperial-Weltmeister
Balls: Imperial three star white; 40 mm
Date: Saturday, Mai 10, 2008
16.00 o'clock: Cadets,
17.00 o'clock: Boys,
18.00 o'clock: Men S/A, Men B/C, Men D/E.
The doubles competition will start after the end of the preliminary rounds of the singles competition.
Categorization: The age scheme of season 2007/2008 is applied:

Men:             born before 01.01.1990
Boys:           born after 31.12.1989
Cadets:       born after 31.12.1992

The league scheme at the end of season 2007/2008 is applied as follows:

Men S/A:  open for all women and men;
Men B/C: open for all women and men with regional playing level being eligible for EUREGIO-Tournament's B-class or lower: see here
Men D/E: open for all women and men with local playing level being eligible for EUREGIO-Tournament's D-class or lower: see here

Two entries of one person in different hardbat classes are not permitted (singles and doubles of one class is considered as one entry).
Tournament Director: Hilmar Heinrichmeyer, Heinrichstr. 17, 44137 Dortmund; Tel. 0049/231/148224 (p), E-Mail:
Management Committee: Dieter Benen, Thorsten Boomhuis, Carsten Mahn
Entries:  Until Tuesday, Mai 10, 2008 (mail arrival) to Dieter Benen, Lise-Meitner-Str. 4, 33605 Bielefeld, Fax 0049/521/2381290, E-Mail:
Late entries: Late entries are allowed for all hardbat classes without a late entry fee. Please deliver your late entry on tournament day until 15 min. before start of tournament to the cash desk. Late entries per telephone are not accepted!
Draw: Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15 minutes before start of the class in the Kreissportzentrum
Awards:  Prize money (men) and goods vouchers (boys and cadets) for the first four players in singles and the first four pairs in doubles:

                                    1st place  2nd place  3rd place  3rd place
Men's Singles S/A         40,- €        20,- €      10,- €      10,- €
Men's Doubles S/A       20,- €        10,- €        5,- €        5,- €
Men's Singles B/C         40,- €        20,- €      10,- €      10,- €
Men's Doubles B/C       20,- €        10,- €        5,- €        5,- €
Men's Singles D/E         40,- €        20,- €      10,- €      10,- €
Men's Doubles D/E       20,- €        10,- €        5,- €        5,- €
Entry fee: men:             8 € per player (contains singles and doubles);
boys:            4 € per player (contains singles and doubles).
cadets:         4 € per player (contains singles and doubles).
The entry fee has to be paid until 15 min. before start of tournament at the cash desk.
Accommodation:  Accommodation questions please to Dieter Benen, Lise-Meitner-Str. 4, 33605 Bielefeld, Tel. 0049/521/9679863, Fax 0049/521/2381290, E-Mail:
Cafeteria: In the Kreissportzentrum a lot of warm and cold meals and beverages are offered.
Clothing: Table tennis playing garment is obligation. The gymnasiums may be entered only in not-coloring sport shoes.
Laws of the Game: The tournament is a modern hardbat tournament, not a classic hardbat tournament. It will be played according to the ITTF Laws (German version; restrictions see below), the Laws of the DTTB and the implementing regulations and the "Rechts- und Disziplinarordnung" of the TTVN.

The ITTF rule A 4.3 (racket coverings) will be changed as follows: A side of the blade used for striking the ball must be covered with ordinary pimpled rubber with pimples outwards having a total thickness including adhesive of not more than 2 mm (no sponge). Long pimples with a relationship between pimple length and pimple diameter (aspect ratio) of more than 0.9 (according to ITTF-list of permitted racket coverings) are not permitted, even if they are used without sponge.

The ITTF rules A 4.6 (red/black) and B 2.1.3 (ITTF permission) are not considered with this tournament.

An exemplary list of racket coverings, which are permitted for the tournament, is on page "Brettchen-Belδge" (groups A, B and C). There we also have a list of long pimples out coverings, which are not permitted because of disregard of above pimples geometry (group D).

We are prepared to give 50 loaner hardbats of good quality (Wood: TSP Picco/Rubber: TSP Miracle) to players without a racket permitted for this tournament. Who needs such a loaner hardbat should tell us that with his entry.

The management committee is allowed to make changes to the tournament rules if necessary.
Permission: Table Tennis Association of Lower Saxony (TTVN) with permission no. 08/05 - 10