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USSP Tournament Guidelines
and Planing Tool

USSP Circuit Event Players Guidelines

USSP Zone Directors . Board of Directors​

  1. Develop USSP tournament circuit.

  2. Work with tournament directors to ensure an understanding and compliance with USSP guidelines.

  3. Publish annual point leader awards guidelines and determine winners for each age group.

Player – Membership Requirements

  1. Any player 50+ years in age may play in a USSP Circuit Event.

  2. Members will receive a $10 registration discount for USSP Circuit Event tournaments.

  3. Only USSP/SSIPA members are eligible for point leader’s competition.

Tournament Play Format

  1. USSP tournaments will be developed as age/skill tournaments to the extent that follows: 

a. All brackets must have a minimum of 2 teams.

b. Teams -2,3 double RR, 4,5, or 6 Round Robin, 6 or more – pool play with single elimination brackets for places 1st-4th.  Six teams – Round Robin or Pool Play.

c. USSP uses 5-year age groups from 50-80 and skill levels from 3.0-4.5+.

d. Ages are best combined in 10-year increments if/when necessary, with a goal to have 50’s, 60’s, 70s and 80s playing each other as necessary.

e. Skills are combined within age groups with 3.0-3.5 in a group and 4.0+ in a group only when necessary to complete a bracket.

f. The goal is to combine as few age/skill groups as possible and to have only round robin and pool play/single elimination brackets with NO double elimination brackets.  This allows players more play for their money.

g. Players that do not want to be combined with a higher skill group may always choose to play down in age to remain in their skill group.

h. Players that want to remain in their age group may always choose to play up in skill to remain in an age group.

i. Event groupings will be listed for player viewing prior to bracket development.

j. If a player’s event, age/skill does not have three teams, a player may choose to receive a refund prior to the registration closing day.  A $15 processing fee will apply to all refunds.  Refunds must be requested in writing (text, email, or smail) by the registrant.

k. Any 50+ age player may play in a USSP Circuit Event, but only members are eligible for the point/prize reward system.

2024 USSP Tournament Planning Tool -
For Tournament Directors

USSP Tournament Planning Tool is for use by tournament directors.  This tool will provide guidance and direction during the listing and implementation of a USSP circuit event.  The planning tool and tournament guidelines/procedures will be administered by the tournament management with assistance from a USSP Zone Director.

  1. There will be no tournament fees charged by USSP in 2023 for any USSP circuit tournament. 

  2. Full financial responsibilities for a circuit event tournament will be the sole responsibility of the tournament management.

  3. Non-USSP members will pay the full registration cost for a USSP circuit event while members will receive a $10 discount. To receive the $10 discount, their USSP membership number must be added to their Pickleball Brackets profile. 

  4. Tournament Management and venues will be approved by the USSP Zone Director prior to being approved by the USSP management. 

  5. Tournament Management will follow the guidelines for play brackets specified below.

Listing and Access for a tournament:​

  1. Tournaments will be listed on pickleballbrackets.com and the USSP website usseniorpickleball.com.

  2. The tournament administrator must give the USSP Zone Director administrative access to the tournament

Tournament Balls and Paddles:

  1. IFP approved balls and paddles only will be used for tournament play.

  2. Franklin Sports has provided balls in the past at discounts.

Logo Use:

  1. The USSP logo will be provided and may be used for promotions.

  2. Additionally, the USSP Circuit Event Logo will be used for tournaments.

Play format for Events/Brackets:

1) USSP tournaments will be developed as age/skill tournaments to the extent that follows: 

     a.  All brackets must have a minimum of 2 teams.

     b. Teams -2,3 double RR, 4,5, or 6 Round Robin, 6 or more – pool play with              single elimination brackets for places 1st-4th.  Six teams can be either              round robin or pool play as chosen by the tournament director. Round              robin play brackets, large brackets may have pool play and playoffs.

     c.  USSP uses 5-year age groups from 50-80 and skill levels from 3.0-4.5+.

     d.  Ages are best combined in 10-year increments if/when necessary,                       with a goal to have 50’s, 60’s, 70s and 80s playing each other as                             necessary.

     e.  Skills are combined within age groups with 3.0-3.5 in a group and 4.0+               in a group only when necessary to complete a bracket.

      f.  The goal is to combine as few age/skill groups as possible and to have             only round robin and pool play/single elimination brackets with NO                     double elimination brackets.  This allows players more play for their                  money.

     g.  When age/skills are combined, multiple medals will be awarded for                   each age/skill group.

     h.  Players that do not want to be combined with a higher skill group may             always choose to play down in age to remain in their skill group.

     i.  Players that want to remain in their age group may always choose to               play up in skill to remain in an age group.

     j.  Event groupings will be listed for player viewing prior to bracket                            development.

     k. If a player’s event, age/skill does not have three teams, a player may                 choose to receive a refund prior to      the registration closing day.  A $15           processing fee will apply to all refunds.  Refunds must be requested in              writing (text, email, or a letter) by the registrant.

     l.  Any 50+ age player may play in a USSP Circuit Event, but only members           are eligible for the point/prize reward system.

INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT GUIDELINES

1) USSP tournaments will be developed as age/skill tournaments to the extent that follows: 

     a.  All brackets must have a minimum of 2 teams.

     b. Teams -2,3 double RR, 4,5, or 6 Round Robin, 6 or more – pool play with              single elimination brackets for places 1st-4th.  Six teams can be either              round robin or pool play as chosen by the tournament director. Round              robin play brackets, large brackets may have pool play and playoffs.

     c.  USSP uses 5-year age groups from 50-80 and skill levels from 3.0-4.5+.

     d.  Ages are best combined in 10-year increments if/when necessary,                      with a goal to have 50’s, 60’s, 70s and 80s playing each other as                            necessary.

     e.  Skills are combined within age groups with 3.0-3.5 in a group and 4.0+               in a group only when necessary to complete a bracket.

     f.  The goal is to combine as few age/skill groups as possible and to have              only round robin and pool play/single elimination brackets with NO                    double elimination brackets.  This allows players more play for their                    money.

     g.  When age/skills are combined, multiple medals will be awarded for                   each age/skill group.

     h.  Players that do not want to be combined with a higher skill group may            always choose to play down in age to remain in their skill group.

     i.  Players that want to remain in their age group may always choose to               play up in skill to remain in an age group.

     j.  Event groupings will be listed for player viewing prior to bracket                            development.

     k. If a player’s event, age/skill does not have three teams, a player may                 choose to receive a refund prior to the registration closing day.  A $15                processing fee will apply to all refunds.  Refunds must be requested in              writing (text, email, or a letter) by the registrant.

     l.  Any 50+ age player may play in a USSP Circuit Event, but only members          are eligible for the point/prize reward system.

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