Tournaments

This page is all about the Tournaments Raiders enter as a club throughout the season: Diamond, DiscoBall, RookieBall, First & Last Ball etc.

For the Raiders Tournament 2020 that we organise ourselves please refer to the link in the menu above. 

Flowchart Summary 

 

From the feedback received from our members last season, this year the Tournament Officers have taken care that there is  greater communication regarding:

 

  • Tournaments Calendar 

  • Team Selection – Including monitoring fairness of play.

 

A flow chat has been created for clarity of process. The Tournament Officers have worked on a list of potential tournaments for the club to enter, which will be displayed on the calendar to help allow members to make their plans for the summer. 

 

We appreciate that not all members can decide if they are available later in the season so communication will be sent out to gauge interest for a tournament. As not to bombard members with individual messages for every tournament, a message will be sent in periodic intervals throughout the season, asking for interest for the upcoming tournaments (within the next two months).   Availability and interest will be collected via an online form. 

 

 

After the deadline for interest, a list of all who are deemed eligible for that tournament will be made and volunteers from the list will be asked to captain. Alternatively if you wish to captain a tournament team please email:

tournaments@londonraiders.co.uk.

 

Normally for a two day tournament, there would be 14 members on a tournament team and 12 for a one day tournament (even split of genders). If there are more members’ expressing an interest than spaces, the captains will make the decision who they select, making the Tournament Officers aware of the decision to make sure there is fairness. The members not originally selected will, be notified and placed on a Reserve List. Any member who is selected to play are required to pay their fee at least two weeks before the date of the tournament or they risk losing their place on the team. 

If the tournament team falls short of the necessary number (due to injury or other reasons), the captains can seek out additional members but first need to ask anyone placed on the reserve list (if one exists). If after contacting all members on the reserve lists the team is still short, the captains can speak to any eligible paying members – whether they are on a league team or  a pool player. Once all possible members have been exhausted, captains may speak to members outside of the Raiders but must have permission from the Tournament Officers. This is to prevent eligible paying members who can and are willing to play being unfairly overlooked by a non-paying member. 

 

If in the unlikely event we still do not have a full team to enter, the club will have to withdraw entry and request a refund for tournament fees, whilst all members of that team will be notified. 


 

Footnotes from the flow chart 

1. Due to the Diamond Tournament being a series, the team will be chosen early in the season.

2. Tournaments are graded at B, C and D level. Therefore, you will only be eligible to play for the tournament team of the grade that matches and suits your ability and experience. To help decide on eligibility, we will use the league team the individual has been assigned to, or if a pool player, where the individual normally would have played as a guidance. However, it is perfectly normal for players to be eligible to play at two grades (e.g. B and C grade or C and D grade). 

 

The guidance we use is as follows: 

 

  • B-grade (competitive tournaments for very experienced players) are normally for Gold and some Blue and Red level players.

 

  • C-Grade (recreational tournaments for experienced players) are normally for Gold, Blue, Red and some Green level players.

 

  • D-grade (recreational tournaments for least experienced and new players) are normally for  Red, Green, Orange Indigo and new players who have not been assigned to a Raiders team. 

 

These are simply broad guidelines, as it will be ultimately be up to the captains’ discretion (with the aid of the Tournament Officers) to decide on the team depending on the tournament.  

3. It is still the captains’ responsibility to collect entry fees for the whole team.  This year to avoid late drop outs all players must  pay their entry fee to the tournament team captains 2 weeks in advance of the specific tournament. If a player drops out with less than 2 weeks notice, it is the player’s responsibility to find a suitable replacement, or else the tournament fee is forfeited. If a player drops out with more than 2 weeks notice, a full refund will be given. In the event of dispute, the matter will be referred to the Tournament Officers. 

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