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JUST PADEL Championship

Rules & Regulations

REGISTRATION: 

  • All registrations will be done online, and the Participants must upload/submit all the necessary information and documents.
  • By registering for the Tournament, the Participants hereby declare that the information provided is true and correct. Any willful dishonesty may render for refusal and rejection of this application for registration.
  • The Team names will be subject to availability and change. If 2 or more Teams have registered under the same name, the Team who registered first will be given priority to continue with the registered name.
  • Team names that are explicit, political, hurtful to any community/religion/country/person will not be registered.
  • Entry Fee – AED 600 per pair, per category.
  • Payment link will be shared to the registered email ID
  • Registrations will be confirmed only upon full payment on the entry fee.
  • No refunds on cancellations
  • Last date to register

 

CHECK-IN: It is mandatory for all teams to check-in 30 mins prior to the start of their first Match. Failure to check-in will result in automatic disqualification without a refund of the fee for the Tournament.

Credentials at Registration (required for all teams):

  • Registration confirmation email/message to be presented by all Participants
  • Registration cards will be provided to all the Participants, which must always be carried by the Participants during the Tournament.

 

RULES OF COMPETITION

Rule 1: AGE AND ELIGIBILITY

The minimum age for participation is 16 years. Proof and age and identity to be presented for verification, as and when requested by the Tournament Committee. Failure to comply and co-operate will result in disqualification, without any refunds on the registration fee.

Proof of age and identity:

  • Valid EID (Emirates ID), OR;
  • Valid Passport

 

Rule 2: LAWS OF THE GAME

All games shall be played in accordance with the FIP (International Padel Federation) except as specifically modified by the organizers.

 

Rule 3: TOURNAMENT FORMAT

  • Teams will be drawn and placed according to competition level in groups of four teams. The number of Groups will depend on the number of registered teams.
  • The competition level for the 1st Edition of the Just Padel Championship is as follows:

Men: C, C+

Women: C- , C, C+

Mixed: Open

  • The Group Stages, Round of 16, Quarter Finals and Semi-Finals for Men’s Category, and Mixed Category will be scheduled across 3 locations. 1. Mina Rashid (Port Rashid), Ripe Market (Al Barsha) and Kite Beach (Umm Sequim 1). The Finals of all Matches will be scheduled in Mina Rashid – Mixed Courts. The draws/fixtures and match locations will be final and cannot be changed, unless approved by the Tournament Committee.
  • The Group Stages, Round of 16, Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals and Finals for Women’s Category will be scheduled in Mina Rashid – Ladies Courts. Please note that no Men are permitted to enter the Ladies Courts.
  • If a team is not ready to play 10 minutes after the scheduled start time, it will result in forfeit and the opponent team gets a BYE.
  • Failure to check-in at least 30 mins prior to the first scheduled game time on the day of competition may also result in forfeiture of all your Matches.
  • All teams will play a minimum of 3 Matches.
  • All Matches will have a 5-minute break between halves. Break-time may be shortened to abide by the schedule and timeframe of the competition.


Rules for Advancement:

  • Team will be drawn in Groups of 4.
  • Group Stage Format: Round Robin
  • 2 points will be awarded for each win. The top 2 teams from each group will qualify for the Round of 16.
  • Knockout Round Format: Knock-out
    Quarter-finals Format: Knock-out
    Semi- finals Format: Knock-out
  • Golden point for Deuce (40/40) will be applicable for all matches
  • Group Stage: Best of 9 Games (If the game score is tied at 8/8, Tie-break 9 points)
    Knockout Round: Best of 2 Sets (If the set score is tied at 1/1, Super Tie-break 10 points)
    Quarter-finals: Best of 2 Sets (If the set score is tied at 1/1, Super Tie-break 10 points)
    Semi-finals: Best of 2 Sets (If the set score is tied at 1/1, Super Tie-break 10 points)
    Finals: Best of 3 Sets (Tie-break 7 points)



 Rule 4. CONDUCT 

  • Players, coaches and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the right spirit of the laws and the sport. Display of offensive language, temper, or dissent is cause for/ and will result in immediate ejection from the Match and the Venue. The players shall be held responsible for the conduct of their partners and those supporting the team.
  • Players and spectators are expected to always abide by the social distancing rules and Covid protocols.
  • Only the Referee and the Tournament Committee may suspend play or abandon the game. If the Referee or Tournament Committee abandons a Match due to misconduct by players, or spectators for a team, a victory will be awarded to the opposing team.
  • Players, and spectators ejected from a game by the referee or tournament committee shall be automatically suspended for all the following matches, without any refund on registration fees.
  • Alcoholic beverages and smoking are strictly prohibited at any of the tournament locations.
  • The Tournament Committee reserves the right to suspend any player, spectator, coach, or team, from the Tournament for unruly conduct.

 

Rule 5.  MERCY RULE

The organizers, coaches, referee and the Tournament Committee will try their best to ensure that the Matches are fair and played in the right spirit of the sport. If any of the above-mentioned parties notice that the players/teams are competing in a Category which is lower than their actual skill level, then the Committee has full authority to disqualify the team/player from the Match and the Competition, without any refund on the Registration Fee.

 

Rule 6. PROTESTS

There will be no protests allowed during the tournament. Protesting due to referee performance or otherwise is strictly prohibited. 

 

Rule 7. SUBSTITUTIONS 

Players are not allowed to replace a team/team-mate without prior notice and approval from the Tournament Committee. The player registration and fee is non-transferrable and non-refundable.


Rule 8. INCLEMENT WEATHER

The tournament will be played through almost any weather. In the unlikely event that any Matches must be rescheduled, for whatever reason, the rescheduling will be made at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.  

 

Rule 9. FAILURE TO SHOW AND FORFEIT

It is sincerely hoped that NO games will be forfeited during this tournament, as the expressed purpose of this tournament is to encourage good sportsmanship and participation with as much Padel as possible. If a team must forfeit, the following rules shall apply:

  • A team shall be allowed a 10-minute grace period after the scheduled play-off time before the match is awarded to their opponent. A minimum and maximum of two (2) players constitutes a team.

 

 Rule 10. GAME REPORTS

The Tournament Committee will be responsible for reporting the score of the Match. Report sheets are to be signed by one player from each team and the referee after the Match is completed.

Rule 11. PRIZES & AWARDS 

  • All Participants will receive prizes and giveaways, and special awards for 1st place and runners-up.

 

Rule 12. UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

  • All participants must wear acceptable and nominally identical uniforms consisting of jersey/t-shirt, shorts, socks, and suitable footwear.
  • Medical or Other Assistive Devices: Wrapped hard casts of any kind, metal splints, or other devices shall be permitted only if they are inspected by, approved, and allowed by the referee of each match. The referee shall have full discretion in this matter, and only the Tournament Committee can overrule his/her decision.
  • All orthopedic wraps must be secured, and metal fasteners covered with tape. The referee of each match shall have full discretion in this matter, and only the Tournament Committee can overrule his/her decision.

 

GENERAL:  The Tournament Committee will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team if the tournament is canceled in whole or in part for any reason. Furthermore, the Tournament Committee’s interpretation of the forgoing rules and regulations shall be final, and the Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the Tournament.  

All checks/money orders/cash in payment of the entry fees MUST be issued to the organizers hosting the Tournament.

 

Rule 13. PADEL ETIQUETTE AND RULES FOR NON-UMPIRED MATCHES

During friendly matches and most amateur tournaments padel matches are played without an umpire. The qualifying rounds of World Padel Tour don’t have a referee either. This means that the players will have to judge certain things themselves in an amicable manner. Let’s talk about some of these things to keep an eye out for and how to behave.

If one of the players hits a shot whereby the ball hits another player, it is usual to apologize, while the person who got hit will acknowledge, knowing it’s part of the game.

At the start of the match it is usual to wish the other players a good match, and at the end all players are expected to approach the net and shake hands amicably, with both sides congratulating the others and thanking them for the match.

  1. Each player is responsible for all decisions in her half of the Court. She should be completely honest on all “calls” but, if in doubt, she should give her opponent the benefit of the doubt and play the ball as good. You should not play a let.
  2. It is your obligation to call all balls on your side, to help your opponent make calls when the opponent requests it, and to call against yourself (with the exception of a first service) any ball that you clearly see out on your opponent’s side of the net.
  3. Any “out”, “let” or “fault” call must be made immediately (ie. made before either an opponent has hit the return or the return has gone out of play); otherwise the ball continues in play. “Calls” must be verbal and clearly audible to the opponent, followed by a signal if necessary. “Lets” may be called by any of the participating players.
  4. On all court surfaces except clay (see (g) below) if a player incorrectly calls a ball “out” and then realises that the ball was good, the point should be replayed on the first occasion (involuntary hindrance) and the point lost on each subsequent occasion (deliberate hindrance). In the case of a point winning shot, a let would not be played.
  5. When returning service, the partner of the receiver should generally call the service line for her. The receiver should generally call the centre and side service lines.
  6. If players cannot agree on the score, they should calmly discuss the points/ games that are the areas of disagreement. If they cannot reach agreement they should replay only the points or games in question. All points or games which the players agree on stand eg. Two players cannot agree on whether the score is 40-15 or 30-30, but agree on the winner of the first, second and fourth points. Therefore only the third point needs to be replayed.
  7. Players are prohibited from checking the mark of the ball on their opponent’s side of the Court, unless invited by their opponent to do so.
  8. Where a ball interrupts play, either by rolling/bouncing onto the court, and/or creating a visible interruption behind the court, a let should be played.
  9. If a player hinders her opponent it can be ruled involuntary or deliberate.
  10. When a player has created an involuntary hindrance (ball failing out of pocket, hat failing off, etc.) the first time a let should be called and the player should be told that any such hindrance thereafter will be ruled deliberate.
  11. Any hindrance caused by a player that is ruled deliberate will result in the loss of a point.

 

GENERAL:  The Tournament Committee will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team if the tournament is canceled in whole or in part for any reason. Furthermore, the Tournament Committee’s interpretation of the forgoing rules and regulations shall be final, and the Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the Tournament.  

All checks/money orders/cash in payment of the entry fees MUST be issued to the organizers hosting the Tournament.