Nordhorn Brettchen Open 2008 at 10.05.2008

Dear table tennis friends!!

TTC Eintracht Nordhorn is planning together with SpVgg. Brandlecht/Hestrup and FC Schüttorf 09 the eighth open hardbat tournament of Nordhorn for Saturday, May 10th, 2008. For the first time our tournament will not be held as an hardbat only tournament. It will be integrated in the large international open Nordhorn EUREGIO tournament being held in three large halls at 80 tables. There have been great problems to find a suited date for our hardbat tournament so we decided to combine both events. This could produced a big advantage for the hardbat classes: So we offer these classes to all participants of the large EUREGIO tournament, and we hope to reach more players than we did at the seven hardbat only tournaments.

This time five tournament events are offered. For the adults we have three events, so that also the players of lower level will get a true chance to win. In the event "Men B/C" all players of regional level are eligible. For all players of just local level the event "Men D/E" is offered. Women also may take part at "Nordhorn Brettchen Open". Due to their playing level they will be categorized to the suitable men's event.

The two other events are offered just for the young players. So they get the chance after their elimination from the "normal" team events starting in the morning of Saturday to take part in a second class for their age group in the afternoon. Here also girls and cadet girls may start.

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 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. At our tournament all kinds of pimpled rubber are permitted, the classical ones with the playing characteristics of the 30's and 40's as well as such ones being developped after 1952. Crucial is only that it is a hardbat (with short pimples out without sponge).

We keep ready 50 loaner hardbat rackets of good quality for such players, who do not bring along an own racket accepted for this tournament.

The hardbat tournaments held so far in our region 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 just 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!