Rules

Here are the rules for the tournament

1. Rules
The EVC will be played according to the international table tennis rules of ITTF. ETTU-Regulations for the EVC according to the ETTU Handbook (chapter E) shall be respected.
2. Eligibility
2.1 All individuals who are over 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 request of the organizers the participants shall present their passport/ID card as proof of age.
3. Events
3.1 Categories
40-49 years (born 1977 or earlier)
50-59 years (born 1967 or earlier)
60-64 years (born 1957 or earlier)
65-69 years (born 1952 or earlier)
70-74 years (born 1947 or earlier)
75-79 years (born 1942 or earlier)
80-84 years (born 1937 or earlier)
Over 85 years (born 1932 or earlier)
3.2 Each category will have the following events:
• Men’s and Women’s Singles
• Men’s and Women’s Doubles
3.3 If there are less than 4 players or pairs entered in any of the events, ETTU Offi cials present at the event have 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 the players of a pair do not belong to the same age group, in which case they shall have to compete in the category of the younger player.
4. Organisation
4.1 The European Veterans Championships (EVC) are an official event under the auspices of the ETTU and organised by one member Association appointed by the ETTU.
4.2 2017 EVC will be organized by the Swedish Table Tennis Association, Table Tennis Club Rekord, Helsingborg City and event in skåne.
4.3 The event will take place from Juny 26th – July 1th 2017 in Helsingborg Arena, Helsingborg, Sweden.
5. System of play
5.1 All matches shall be determined by the best of 5 games.
5.2 Each singles and doubles event shall be played in two stages. In the fi rst stage there will be qualifying groups of three (3) or four (4) players or pairs, depending on the number of entries.
5.2.1 In a group 2 match points shall be awarded for a win, 1 for a loss in a played match and 0 for a loss in a not played or unfinished match.
5.3 The ranking order shall be determined primarily by the total numbers of match points gained.
5.3.1 If 2 or more participants have gained the same number of match points, their relative positionsshall 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.
5.3.2 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 E.11.3 and E.11.4. (ETTU Handbook).
5.3.3 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.
5.3.4 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 tournaments shall be played on a knock-out basis.
5.3.5 Players or pairs having finished in position 2 of their initial group will be drawn in opposite halves to the players having finished in position 1 of the same group; in the same way players or pairs having fi nished in position 3 will be drawn in the opposite half to players or pairs having finished in position 4.
6. The draw
6.1 The draw for the qualifying groups shall take place at least one week before the start of the championships.
6.2 The draws for the European Championship Competitions and for the Consolation Competitions will take place in every category immediately after completion of the qualifying matches of the corresponding event in the Competition.
6.3 The draw, will be conducted by the Chairman of the Veterans Committees in cooperation with the Chairman of the Ranking Committees.
6.4 Seeding will be made on the basis of seeding lists set up in cooperation between representativesof the Ranking and Veterans Committee.
7. Referees and Umpires
7.1 The organizer will provide umpires for the European Championships Competition and the final stages of the Consolation Competition.
7.2 In the qualifying groups, members of the groups who are not playing shall make themselves available as umpires.
7.3 In the Consolation Competition, the loser of a match shall umpire in the next match at the table where he or she played.
8. Equipment
Only ITTF approved tables, surrounds, nets and balls will be used.
9. Playing conditions
The size of the court will be a minimum 10 x 5 m
10. Players´ Obligations
10.1 Players accept the ITTF Anti-Doping Rules (see chapter 5 of 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.
10.2 In any event under authority of ETTU a control of rackets may be established according to general and specific rules. Players may use only approved and authorized equipment according to the valid list provided on the ITTF -website. Players must accept the ITTF-rules concerning racket controls (see chapter 3.2.4 of the ITTF Handbook) as a condition of participation, too. In the event of a violation of these regulations, the Referee will decide about any sanctions.
10.3 Each player is obliged to compete at the time and table 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 table in time will automatically lose the match, after a 5 minutes waiting period.
10.4 After the end of their matches and before leaving the table players must check the results on the score sheet and sign it.
10.5 During the competition, players have to wear their entry numbers on their backs while playing.
10.6 The organizers accept that no restrictions should be made with regard to drinking water during a match. However, drinking water will only be specifically allowed at the same time as the “towelling down regulation”.
10.7 No advertisement for alcoholic drinks and tobacco shall be worn by the players in the playing halls.
11. Rest between matches
Each player is entitled to a 15-minutes rest between two matches.
12. Appeals
An appeal may be made to the Jury only against a 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 40,00 or its equivalent, which will be refunded if the appeal is granted. The decision of the Jury is final.
13. Awards
13.1 Medals will be presented to the winners, runners-up and losing semi-finalists of all events in the championships competition (title events and consolation events).
13.2 An EVC-diploma will be given to all participants free of charge.