RACQUETBALL RULES

RACQUETBALL RULES

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GUIDING BODIES

United States Police & Fire Championships (USPFC)
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., # 107, San Diego, CA 92111
Tele. (858) 571-9919 FAX: (858) 571-1641; E-MAIL: uspfcinfo@cpaf.org

United States Racquetball Association
1685 W. Uintah, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 Tele: (719) 635-5396 FAX: (719) 635-0685 website: www.usra.org

EVENTS
MEN: INDIVIDUAL: 18+ (age)

Skill Levels: Open

40+ (age) “B-C” All Skill Levels

50+ (age)All Skill Levels 60+ (age)All Skill Levels

DOUBLES:

WOMEN: INDIVIDUAL: 18+ (age) 40+ (age)

50+ (age)

DOUBLES: 18+ (age) 40+ (age)

18+ (age) 40+ (age) 50+ (age)

Open, ”B-C” All Skill Levels

All Skill Levels

Skill Levels: Open All Skill Levels All Skill Levels

Open, ”B-C” All Skill Levels

MIXED DOUBLES:
QUALIFICATIONS FOR PLAYER’S SKILL CLASSIFICATIONS IN THE 18+ AGE CATEGORY

OPEN
Players who are highly skilled and want to compete at the most competitive level. Any player who is currently ranked “Open” by the California Amateur Racquetball Association (CARA) or the United States Racquetball Association (USRA). All players who have previously won medals in the 18+ Open division

18+ (age)

All Skill Levels

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of the United States Police and Fire Championships must compete in this division. Competitors who have won the 18+ “A” division SHALL move up to this division.

“B”
Players of moderate to high skill level. Any player who is currently ranked “B” by either CARA or USRA, or has been AmPro certified at the “B” level, must compete in 18+ “B” category or 18+ Open. Any player who has won the 18+ “C” division in the USPFC SHALL move up to this division. Players with CARA or USRA rankings of “C” should probably enter the 18+ “B” division in the USPFC. Players who have been fairly successful at the “C” level in open tournaments should play in the 18+ “B” division of the USPFC.

“C”
Players of low to moderate skill level. Players with limited tournament experience and success.

THE USPFC AND THE RACQUETBALL SPORT COORDINATOR WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE USPFC DIRECTOR FOR RACQUETBALL, RETAIN THE RIGHT TO PLACE ANY PLAYER INTO A SKILL LEVEL THEY DEEM APPROPRIATE FOR THE PLAYERS ABILITIES.

AGE CATEGORIES
Players who are 18 years old or older on the first day of the USPFC. All players regardless of age are

eligible and then must enter the appropriate skill level.

40+
Players who are 40 years old or older on the first day of the USPFC. All players who meet the age requirement, regardless of skill level, are eligible to enter this category.

50+
Players who are 50 years old or older on the first day of the USPFC. All players who meet the age requirement, regardless of skill level, are eligible to enter this category.

60+
Players who are 60 years old or older on the first day of the USPFC. All players who meet the age requirement, regardless of skill level, are eligible to enter this category.

Awards will be given in the gender/age categories listed above.

Note: Participants will be allowed to compete in only one singles and one doubles event, not counting mixed doubles. Participants may compete in mixed doubles even if they are playing both singles and doubles in their gender categories.

OFFICIALS

Sports Coordinator

Winners of previous matches will be required to officiate subsequent matches. A player may obtain a qualified and acceptable official (determined by the tournament director) to officiate in his place. Any player who fails to perform his/her duty to officiate shall be forfeited from any future matches in the tournament. (This information should be posted in a conspicuous location at the event site.)

PERSONNEL
One Record Keeper

18+ (Open)

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One Site Registration Clerk

MEDICAL

Basic medical supplies, such as a first aid kit will be provided by the Host at each venue. Communications shall be available at each venue and preparations made in case it is necessary to summon emergency services.

FACILITY

An indoor Racquetball facility with a minimum of four (4) courts with four walls as described in IRF rules, shall be used.

EQUIPMENT

Balls: IRF approved tournament racquetballs must be used. Check with local facility, as they will know the current tournament ball being used.

Table: For registration and scoring.

Bracket Board: A large bracket chart must be displayed and updated to show the competitors when, and who they play next.

Racquets: Each competitor must provide his/her own racquet.

Eye Protection: Lensed Eyewear Required [IRF Rule 2.5 (a).]
The protective eyewear must be worn as designed and may not be altered. Players who require corrective eyewear also must wear lensed eyewear designed for racquet sports. Failure to wear protective eyewear will result in a technical and the player will be charged with a timeout to secure eyewear. The second infraction in the same match will result in a forfeit.

Warm-up requirements: [IRF Rule 2.5(c)]
Approved eyeguards must be worn and wrist thongs must be used during any on-court warm-up period. The referee should give a technical warning to any person who fails to comply and assess a technical foul if that player continues to not comply after receiving such a warning.

BRACKETING

All singles tournaments will be held as a Group Play Round Robin. The round robin will consist of 4 or 5 players in each pool. After Group Play is completed, players will be placed in a Single Elimination tournament. The number of entrants in each age/skill event category will dictate the format of each tournament. If a category has less than eight competitors, a Round Robin tournament will be held for that division and medals will be determined from the round robin. All doubles tournaments will be a double elimination format. Main Draw Semi-Final losers will drop down into the Consolation and compete for the Bronze medal.

GENERAL RULES for Racquetball

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Assigned starting time is match time. A 15 minute default rule will be enforced.

All matches will be won by the first side winning two games. The first two games of a match are played to 15 points. In the event each side wins one game, the tiebreaker game is played to 11 points. Any game may be won with a single point differential.

AWARDS

Medals are awarded first through third Place (1st – 3rd). A maximum of 25 sets of medals will be required. USPFC will advise you of the number of sets needed based on total entries, plus a reasonable margin.

ATTENTION COORDINATORS
THE GENERAL RULES APPLY TO ALL SPORTS.

YOU MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH ITS CONTENTS.

PRECISE RESULTS MUST BE FORWARDED
TO THE HOST COMMITTEE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THIS SPORT

The USPFC Director assigned to your sport is knowledgeable and experienced in providing assistance during the preparation and running of the sport. Questions, a detailed accounting of your preparations, and any area requiring approval of the USPFC shall be submitted in a timely
manner to this USPFC Director.

The USPFC Directors want to work with you to make your sport a success.

PLEASE USE THE USPFC DIRECTORS AS A RESOURCE.

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