BATTF Doubles Tournament

  • When: August 9, 2008. ICC will open at 1PM for check-in and warmup. The tournament will start at 2PM.
  • Where: ICC, 1453 N. Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035
  • Format: 6-way RR's. All teams will be sorted by their combined rating. The top six teams will be in group 1 and next 6 team will be in group 2, etc...) Two tables will be used for each group. Most recently USATT rating or League rating will be used. Joola balls will be the tournament balls. (Will be used at the 8/30 Berkley Tournament, too)
  • Entry fee: $30 per team. One person registers for the team and pays the entry fee for the team. Spot are limited. Only first 36 teams will be accepted. (To ensure comfortable space for doubles)
  • Prize:
    • Every team gets two free day pass to ICC. ($14 value)
    • $150 for top group winning team.
    • All top finishers for all groups get a t-shirt. (Butterfly or Joola. Size and color are limited.)
    • All second place finishers get a box of Joola balls. (3 balls)
Thanks to ICC, Joola, and Butterfly providing the facility and the prizes.

All proceeds minus expenses will go to BATTF.

Here is the entry form.

Divisions/format for the Next Season

The previous BATTF league season was flawed somewhat in that some divisions played fewer contests than others due solely to the fact that there were fewer teams in its division than the others. We hope to correct this in the upcoming BATTF league season by targeting a league of six divisions of six teams each for a total of 36 teams. With this ideal arrangement, we could guarantee that each team would play exactly ten league contests during the season --- five contests away and five contests at home (one each for each of the other five teams in its division).

However, In order to achieve such a balanced schedule for all the teams, it is necessary to do away with the fixed ratings separating the divisions that existed during the previous BATTF season. Instead during this BATTF league season the highest rated six teams will be placed in Division 1 (or the Open Division), the next six highest rated teams will be placed in Division 2, and so on until the lowest six rated teams are placed in Division 6. This has the added benefit of making it a mystery as to the standing of your team within its division --- whether it be near the top or near the bottom --- since this is dependent on the ratings of the teams registered.

A team's rating will be defined as the cumulative rating of its two highest rated players. The rating of each player on the team is defined as the HIGHEST of their USATT tournament rating and USATT league rating as of July 5th --- or their post US Open rating. Using only the rating of the top two players on the team to establish a team's rating will promote teams consisting of similarly rated players and thus a high percentage of very competitive matches. All members of the team must have either a USATT tournament of USATT league rating. There are a number of table tennis clubs that offer weekly round robins that can be used to establish a USATT league rating prior to the team registration deadline.

Of course, until the team registration period ends we won't know exactly how many teams are actually being fielded this season. Therefore we reserve the right to modify the divisions accordingly --- either by changing the number of divisions or the number of teams within the division. But we will guarantee that the number of teams in each of the divisions will never be separated by more than one team --- perhaps some divisions with five teams and other divisions with six teams if less than 36 teams register, for instance. This can affect the number of team contests a team will play during the league, but at least the division format chosen for this season should minimize this effect.

Team captains please try to select teammates of similar ability so as to foster keen competition in all the matches. BATTF reserves the right to reject teams not adhering to this policy.

After some lengthy discussion, BATTF has decided to use the Davis Cup format for the next season.

One team contest will consist of four singles and one doubles. Two singles matches and then the doubles match. The reverse singles take place on the final two singles. All matches are best of five games. All five matches will be played.

Home Team vs. Away Team

  • A vs. X
  • B vs. Y
  • Any two players from the home team vs. any two players from the away team
  • A vs. Y
  • B vs. X
Each team can use up to 4 players to play a team contest. (2 to 4 players)

More info are coming.

The 42nd Internationals Children's Games

Parade before the Opening Ceremony (7/11/2008)

The Playing Hall

BATTF League players Erica Tran and Tomas Fuentes-Afflick along with Vivian Sun and Jiahua Chou played for the US team. Masaaki Tajima was the head coach for the US team. BATTF was a big part of the tournament.
  • Tournament Director: Bruce Liu
  • Control Desk Manager: Peter Tsang and Jerome Poon
  • Head Referee: Dr. Azmy Ibrahim
  • Umpires: Joseph Yick and Kenny Tien
Singapore won both Boys and Girls gold medals. The Girls final between the Singapore chopper and Chinese Taipei looper was a thrill. (15-13 in the fifth!) I think these girls in the final got to be at least 2400. The winner of the Boy has to be over 2500. The International Children's Games are for girls and boys from 12 to 15 years old only.

Here are the winners:
Boys Singles:
  • Gold: Pang, Xue Jie (Singapore)
  • Silver: Dang, Le Trung (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
  • Broze: Chou, Hsuan -Chih (Chinese Taipei)
Surprisingly, one Shanghai boy lost in the 8's while another one lost in the quarter.

Girls Singles:
  • Gold: Li, Isabelle Siyun (Singapore)
  • Silver: Tang, Yu-Ting (Chinese Taipei)
  • Bronze: Wang, Yu-Ju (Chinese Taipei)
Here is the complete result.

Elite Division Highlight Video


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