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APTA National League Championships
Saturday, April 14 - Sunday April 15, 2018
To create a foundation and leveling structure that will support and enhance the growth across the platform community by enabling players, pros and leagues to better communicate and compete locally, regionally and nationally.
Initial 2017 APTA National League Championships Plan:
The 2017 APTA National League Championships will be held in Chicago on April 1st and 2nd, 2017, for both men’s and women’s team champions from various APTA member divisions and leagues across the United States and Canada.
The APTA will work with each APTA League to set its rules for qualification and formation of teams. Teams consist of 8 to 13 players of similar ability that make up 4-lines/courts. Leagues will most likely send the winning teams of their divisions/series/flights and will fill their roster with any necessary subs to accommodate the Day One schedule when teams play 4 matches.
We anticipate 800 to 1,000 participants in six levels. The entry fee for each player will be around $100, which includes some meals. This fee will go to all direct costs for the event. The APTA will manage and help underwrite the finances for this event.
The PPTA, and the Advisory Group outlined below, will work together to translate and define each current league structure so that every APTA League can understand and designate its endorsed teams entrance into the appropriate level at the National League Championships. This will include substitutes, to allow maximum flexibility of participation for APTA member leagues.
This is a two-day competition.
Day One - Round robin or preliminary pool competition that will create positions for semifinals for both a main draw and a consolation.
Day Two - Semifinals and Championships in both main draw and consolations for each level.
Matches will consist of 4 courts of play with rules around points awarded per court and split sets along with clear rules for all tiebreakers between teams in both head-to-head and round robin/pool play. Match scoring can and will vary based on the number of league teams within each level in order to serve the event, participants, and leagues best interest as determined by the APTA League Representatives.
The structure of this effort will be supported by two key groups/committees:
- APTA League Representatives – will be the representatives of the various men’s and women’s APTA Leagues. They will act as liaisons between the APTA and their paddle communities, providing advice & information to the APTA as well as providing information to their leagues.
- APTA Advisory Group – This group will act as the engine to define and create the various options for the league representatives to select from and empower as the rules, and guidelines of all leveled events. This group will consist of seasoned PPTA members, experienced players, and organizers who have shown both a passion and expertise within the sport.
The APTA Board and APTA President will hold final approval of all decisions as well as act as arbiters and have final say on any conflicts or unresolved issues that arise. APTA committees (especially the Men’s & Women’s Player’s Committees) will enforce matters that are typically handled currently by their committees.
APTA National League Championships FAQs
How will you ever find enough courts to accommodate 1,000 players? Where will everyone eat???
We have 21 facilities with 4 courts, and another 6 with 2 courts, giving us plenty of courts for everyone to play 4 matches on Saturday. As far as meals go, there will be 4 main host sites. Each host site will host a BBQ and an awards ceremony to recognize the league winners and a pro exhibition on Saturday night.
My league doesn’t have flights. How will our teams be selected?
Your league can choose a team of all stars or choose players based on a ladder. Your league representative can work with the APTA to figure out the best method for your league.
If there are 5 levels at the APTA National League Championships, and my league has 8 flights, how do we decide which flight winners get to go?
More than one team can play in each flight. Its likely that several of your flights have players that fall into the same rating range, and the APTA will work with your league to figure out which teams belong in each level.
No organized leagues exist where I live, but my club is an APTA member. Can I play?
Yes! A team representing your club can enter.
My team won our flight, but a few of our players don’t want to go. Can we fill out the teams with other players?
Yes. Other players of similar ability from your league are welcome to join your team.
My league doesn’t use a rating system. Do we have to start using a rating system if we want to play in the APTA National League Championships?
No you can keep running your league exactly the way it is! The teams from your league who go to the NLC will be given an APTA rating to slot your team into the appropriate level. It doesn’t matter if there is a discrepancy in the ratings of the players at lines 1 and 4, because your team will be placed in the level that matches the average of your team’s individual player ratings.
How do I know the ratings are accurate?
The Chicago league has used the system for many years with excellent results. Your rating should be the same whether you self rate or are rated by a pro.
I’m from Chicago. We already have league championships – why do we need this?
There are too many great people out there to count. And only half of them live in Chicago. ;)
We can almost guarantee that if you play against a team from the Northeast, you will be invited to someone’s beach house by the end of the weekend.
Why so late in the season?
Nationals, Nationals, Nationals. Plus, who wants the season to end?
Why don’t I just play in the APTA National Championships if I want competition from other parts of the country? League players are welcome to play in that.
League players are certainly welcome and encouraged to play in the APTA National Championships, but some league players don’t want to play lopsided matches against the very best players in the sport. Players are guaranteed that all of their opponents in the APTA National League Championships will match their skill level. Also this is a team event, which is four times the fun.