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What do I need to know if I am entering in this tournament?
When and where ICT3 tournament is being held?
What are the fees and requirements to play in a tournament?
What do I need to bring to the tournament as a proof of identity and my confirmed registration?
What types of events are held at tournaments?
Are there prizes for winning an event?
Is there a dress code?
Are there rules on what equipment I may use?
What’s the difference between the tournament director, the referee, and an umpire?
When I arrive at the tournament, what do I do?
Will I be able to warm up?
I've got my match time – now what do I do?
Are there rules of etiqutte for a match?
What do I need to do when my match is over?
Can I take pictures or make videos?
Can you offer any additional tips for having a successful tournament?
   
  What do I need to know if I am entering in this tournament?
You need to know the venue of this tournament and the type and format of events held. You also need to know about tournament etiquette. You could also probably use a few tips to help you play your best. These and other questions are answered below. In addition it is recommended to read our terms & conditions regarding tournament.

When and where ICT3 tournament is being held?
ICT3 is being held in Parliament Hill School; NW5 1RL London.

What are the fees and requirements to play in a tournament?
Participants’ registration fee is £15. Participant must be a current student of one of the institutes registered for ICT3.

What do I need to bring to the tournament as a proof of identity and my confirmed registration?
You need to bring in your student ID card as a proof of your identity and confirmed registration. Anyone without a valid student ID will not be allowed to participate in any game.

What types of events are held at tournaments?
Mixed single matches are being held in this tournament.

Are there prizes for winning an event?
All the first ten places will be awarded from the total money prize of £3000. All the players will also get a certificate of participation from helpingstudent.com

Is there a dress code?
Yes, but it's pretty lenient. Women may wear skirts and shirts with the color not matching the ball's color of white or orange. Most players wear warm-ups (unless it's hot), but remove them to play. Wear rubber-soled athletic shoes best suited to wooden floors. Some referees won't allow you to wear a hat.

Are there rules on what equipment I may use?
You may bring in your own rackets but their permission of use in the tournament will only be granted with the referee’s consent.
Two rules that first-timers are not always aware of is that sandpaper is illegal, and that the racket must be black on one side, red or green on the other. (The former damages the ball; the latter is so players can’t use two very different surfaces and fool their opponent by flipping the racket.) The organizing committee will provide balls.

What’s the difference between the tournament director, the referee, and an umpire?
The tournament director runs the tournament. The referee makes sure the rules are followed (both by players and the tournament staff in setting up and running the tournament), and is the final say in all matters pertaining to rules. At small tournaments, the tournament director and the referee may be the same person. Umpires may be assigned for some matches, and they keep score and enforce the rules for the match they are assigned to.

When I arrive at the tournament, what do I do?
Make sure to come at least 1 hour before your match. (An email notification about your match schedule will be sent to you on the 15th of March as well as be posted on http://sports.helpingstudent.com .) You will also be needed to check in at registration on your arrival so that you are confirmed about your match details. You will then be called when your match is ready to be played. Match results will be recorded by referees. At the end of the day, all winners will be informed about the timings for next round fixtures

Will I be able to warm up?
At most tournaments, all or most of the tables are used for matches. To warm up, you wait until a match is completed, and then that table is available for practice until another match is scheduled on it – so it’s yours until two players with a match slip show up. If there is a shortage of tables to warm up on, players can practice four to a table, with each pair taking a diagonal and hitting corner to corner. Keep in mind that if show up "just in time" you may not be allowed more than the required 2 minutes of warm-up allowed for each match!

I've got my match time – now what do I do?
Be on time for your match – you have a schedule, so use it! It’s not nice to keep an opponent waiting. When you meet your opponent at the control desk, it’s customary to shake hands. Come ready to play – make sure to warm up with someone before going to the control desk for the match.

If a player is missing, let the control desk know, and then play the next match that can be played. After about 5 minutes, if a player doesn’t show, the referee will default him.

Before the match begins, you are allowed to examine your opponent’s racket to see what type of equipment he is using. Don’t start a match without knowing what your opponent is using – inverted, short pips, long pips, antispin, hardbat, and all the possible combinations (since a racket has two surfaces). (If you don’t know what these surfaces are, you need to ask an experienced player or coach about them. It’s best to ask about it before you find out the hard way in a tournament match!)

Once you are at the table, you and your opponent are allowed to warm up for two minutes. It is customary during this time to hit “forehand to forehand” and “backhand to backhand,” corner to corner, to warm up and groove these two strokes. More advanced players may also warm up their “loop” (a heavy topspin shot).

Once both players are ready (or two minutes has passed), you have to figure out who serves first. By the rules, you flip a coin. In the great majority of matches, it is customary for one player to simply hide the ball in one hand under the table, and the other chooses which hand it is in. The winner gets choice of serving or receiving or which end to start play on, [or may choose to let the other choose first.] Then the other player gets to choose whatever is left (service order or sides).

Are there rules of etiqutte for a match?
It is generally considered impolite to talk to an opponent during a match, except to clear up who serves, what the score is, or similar issues. If you know your opponent, or if he seems willing to talk, then of course that's up to the two of you.

During a match, some players become somewhat … animated. There’s nothing wrong with being a bit high spirited, but don’t go overboard and start screaming or (worse) swearing. Remember, it's only a game!

If you or your opponent has a coach during the match, note that coaching is only allowed between games and during a legal timeout. Also, only one person may coach a player during a match.

If, by some chance, you and your opponent have a dispute of any sort, you need to call for the referee, who can make a ruling and/or assign an umpire for the match.

After the match, always shake hands. If your opponent had a coach, shake his hand as well. If you had an umpire for the match, shake his hand. When in doubt, shake everybody’s hand!

What do I need to do when my match is over?
Check to make sure the scores were written properly on the match slip, and then the winner returns it (along with the ball) to the control desk. If it’s just one match in the middle of a round robin, then you have to wait until all matches are played before the group’s winner returns it to the control desk.

For tie-breaking purposes you must record the actual game score for each game of the match. Make sure to WRITE DOWN the score for EACH game immediately after it is played (on scratch paper if necessary). DO NOT WAIT until after the match to try and remember what the game scores were. It's not uncommon to have disputes even about the number of games that have been played in a match. If the scores were not recorded as the match progressed, and there is a dispute between players about the scores, things can get pretty ugly.

Can I take pictures or make videos?
You are allowed to take photos during a match, but never use flash in a tournament – it affects play. Stay outside the court when taking photos, but you can get as close to the barriers as you can get as long as you don’t go past them. You might want to let the tournament director know in advance you are taking pictures.

It is normally OK to videotape both your matches and others, including the big matches. However, at some tournaments, videotaping of major matches is prohibited. Check with the tournament director or control desk if you aren’t sure.

Can you offer any additional tips for having a successful tournament?
Get plenty of sleep.

Eat lots of carbohydrate foods just before and during the tournament, and get plenty of liquids. You might consider bringing your own food and sports drinks.

Get a good warm-up before you play. Ideally, arrange the day before to meet with a practice partner you are comfortable with to warm up with. The entry form says when your event starts, so be there at least 30 minutes in advance. If it’s your first tournament, you probably want to come an hour early.

Play lots of practice matches in the last few days before the tournament

Practice your serves!

Playing well should be your goal, not winning. If you play well, the wins will come.

Watch and listen to the top players, and you’ll learn a lot.
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