Rules & regulations

  1. RULES
    1.1 ETTU Regulations for the European Veteran Championships according to the ETTU Handbook (Chapter E),  ITTF Laws of Table Tennis and ITTF Regulations for International Competitions (latest edition) will be applied. Players` Regulations – between Organizer and Players – to be included into the Invitation Program and on the Announcement Boards.
  1. ELIGIBLITY
    2.1 All individuals who are older than 40 years of age or who will be 40 years of age in the year of the EVC are eligible to participate.
    2.2 Upon the request of the organizers, the participants shall present their passport/ID Cards as proof of age.
  1. CATEGORIES AND EVENTS

3.1 Categories:

  • 40-49 years
  • 50-59 years
  • 60- 64 years
  • 65-69 years
  • 70-74 years
  • 75-79 years
  • 80-84 years
  • 85 years and over

3.2 Each category will have the following events:
Men and Women Singles
Men and Women Doubles

3.3 In the event of less than four players entering any one event, the ETTU has the right to cancel the said event.
3.4 Every entered player is allowed to participate in one singles and one doubles event. A player must participate in her/his own age category, except in doubles. If players of a pair do not belong to the same age group, then they shall be placed in the category of the younger player.
3.5 If the doubles partner (according to the draw) is not present a new partner will be given by the organizer if possible.
3.6 A doubles pair shall not be altered if both players are present and fit to play. However, injury, illness or the absence of one player may be accepted as justification for an alteration to take place, but only before the announced “deadline”.
3.7 All entries in singles and doubles will be published on the organizers’ website immediately after the deadline. Players are responsible for checking their respective entries or to ask for a confirmation from the organizer within the next 4 weeks. No alterations or new entries will be accepted after deadline.

  1. DOUBLES PROCEDURE FOR PARTICIPANTS
    A player entering a doubles event without a doubles partner (partner wanted) must accept any doubles partner assigned to him by the organizers.
    Doubles pairs which are confirmed from both players or which are combined by the organizers may not be altered by a player (such a pairing may only be changed if one of its players has cancelled her/his participation in the competition).
    A list of pairs entered in the doubles event – confirmed by both players – will be published on the internet as soon as possible.
    A second list of players who have entered in the doubles event under the following:
    Players not having a partner (partner wanted)
    Players not having confirmed this pairing (half open doubles)
    will be published on the internet (not later than 4 weeks after the deadline of the extended Entry Date). The players on this second list are allowed to request (or arrange) a doubles partner themselves up until the defined “deadline” – usually 5 to 7 days before the start of the accreditation at the venue.
    Both players of a newly formed doubles pair shall confirm this pair immediately.
  1. ORGANISATION
    5.1 The European Veteran Championships in Table Tennis is an official competition under the auspices of the ETTU, supervised by the Swaythling Club International (SCI) and approved by the ITTF.
    5.2 The organizer of the European Veteran Championships (EVC) is Hungarian Table Tennis Association (HTTA) and its contracted partner Pannonsport Ltd.
    5.3 The Championships will be held from the 1 July 2019 through 6 July 2019 at the BOK Hall in Budapest, Hungary. On the opening day, the competition will begin at 09.00 hrs local time.
  1. SYSTEM OF PLAY
    6.1 Each singles and doubles event shall be played in 2 stages.
    6.2 In the first stage there will be qualifying groups of 3 or 4 players or pairs, depending of the number of entries. If there are 5 players or pairs in an event, the event will be played in one group of 5 players or pairs.
    6.3 In a group 2 match points shall be awarded for a win, 1 for a loss in a played match and o for a loss in a not played or unfinished match, and the ranking order shall be determined primarily by the numbers of match points gained.
    6.4 If 2 or more participants have gained the same number of match points, their relative positions shall be determined by the results only of matches between them, taking successively the numbers of match points and the ratios of wins to losses in games and then in points, as far as it is necessary to determine the order.
    6.5 If after any step the positions of one or more participants have been determined while others are still equal, the results of matches in which those participants took part shall be excluded from any further calculations needed to resolve the equalities in accordance with the procedure of 6.3 and 6.4.
    6.6 If 2 or more participants have gained the same number of match points and have the same ratios of wins to losses in games and points, their relative positions shall be decided by lot.
    6.7 In the second stage, players or pairs having finished first or second in their group, will qualify for the European Veterans title events. Players or pairs having finished third or fourth in their group, will be entitled to play in the corresponding consolation events. Both competitions shall be played on a knock-out basis. If the number of players or pairs in an event is 5 or less, a second stage will not be played and the winner of the group will be the European Champion in this event.
    6.8 Players or pairs having finished in position 2 of their initial group will be drawn in opposite half to the players having finished in position 1 of the same group; in the same way players or pairs having finished in position 4 will be drawn in the opposite half to players or pairs having finished in position 3 of the same group.
    6.9 The playing space shall not be less than 10 m long, 5 m wide and 4 m high.
    6.10 All matches shall be determined by the best of 5 games.
    6.11 Each player is entitled to a 15 minutes rest between 2 matches.
  1. THE DRAW
    7.1 The draw for the Qualifying Competition will take place at least one week before the beginning of the European Veteran Championships.
    7.2 The draw for the European Championship Competitions and Consolation Competitions will take place immediately after completion of each age category’s qualification matches in the Qualifying Competition.
    7.3 Seeding will be made on the basis of seeding lists set up in cooperation between representatives of the Ranking and Veterans Committees.
    7.3 For any changes or additions to the draw, the organizer is required to obtain the approval of the Jury.
  1. MATCH OFFICIALS
    8.1 The organizer will provide local and foreign umpires for the second stage of the title events and the finals of the consolation events.
    8.2 In the group play, members of the groups not playing shall make themselves available as umpires.
    8.3 In the Consolation Competition, the loser of the match shall be umpire in the next match at the table where he or she played.
  1. EQUIPMENT
    9.1 ITTF approved tables, surrounds, nets and balls will be used.
    9.2 One side of a racket must be bright red and the other black.
    9.3 Racket covering must be ITTF approved.
  1. PLAYING CONDITIONS
    10.1 The size of the court will be a minimum of 10 m x 5 m.
    10.2 Access to a designated area for the attachment of racket coverings must be provided. Liquid adhesives shall not be used elsewhere in the playing venue.
  1. PLAYERS` OBLIGATIONS
    11.1 Players are responsible for their physical and mental fitness to compete in the Championships. It is recommended that a routine check-up ahead of the EVC should be carried out by a doctor. Any necessary health and accident insurance policies must be taken out by the players themselves.
    11.2 Players accept the ITTF Anti-Doping Rules (according to the ITTF Handbook) as a condition of participation.It is recommended that in the event of a player being prescribed specific medication in connection with his general health from his doctor, the said player must obtain the necessary written confirmation from his doctor. In the event of a violation of these rules, the EVC Committee will decide about any sanctions.
    11.3 Players may use only approved and authorized equipment according to the valid list provided on the ITTF website.
    11.4 Players must accept the ITTF Racket Control Regulations (according to the ITTF Handbook) as condition of participation. In the event of a violation of these regulations, the referee will decide about any sanctions.
    11.5 Each player is obliged to compete at the table and time set by the “Competition Schedule”. The player is responsible for keeping her/himself informed when and where to play. Any player who fails to appear at the scheduled time will automatically lose the match, after a 5 minute waiting period.
    11.6 All players must sign the result of the score sheet after the match, before leaving the table.
    11.7 During the competition players will be required to carry with them their entry numbers – said entry numbers to be attached to their sports shirt on their back whilst playing.
    11.8 The organizers accept that no restrictions should be made with regard to “drinking water” in the duration of a match. However, drinking water will only be specifically allowed at the same time as the “towelling down regulation”.
    11.9 No advertisement for alcoholic drinks and tobacco shall be worn by the players in the playing halls.
    11.10 Only the members of the respective group/individual match played at that table and one coach per player/pair (two coaches for doubles containing two associations) are allowed to enter the playing area. All other players/spectators not playing in the respective group/individual match have to be outside of the playing area (stands/spectators area).
  1. REST BETWEEN MATCHES
    12.1 Each player is entitled to a 15 minute rest between two matches, or at the Table Manager`s discretion.
  1. APPEALS
    13.1 An appeal may be made to the Jury against decision of the referee on a question of tournament or match conduct not covered by the Laws or Regulations.  Appeals have to be made immediately after completion of the match, upon deposit of Euro 100,00 or its equivalent, which will be refunded if the appeal is granted. The decision of the Jury is final.

14.CEREMONIES/PRIZES
14.1 Medals will be presented by representatives of the ETTU and of the organizing Association to the winners, runners-up and losing semi finalists of all title events and to the winners and runners-up in the consolation event.
14.4 All participants will be awarded a Championship Diploma.