Regulations for Paralympic Athletes
All "para players" who are over 40 years of age or who will be 40 years of age in the year of the European Veterans Championships are eligible to participate.
Upon request of the organizers or the Referee participants shall present their passport/ID card as proof of age.
To be eligible to participate the "para player" must have an International classification card.
No new classification will be done during the event.
CATEGORIES AND EVENTS:
• 40-85 years and over for wheelchair player (class 1-5);
• 40-85 years and over for standing player (class 6-10).
Each category will have the following events:
• Men’s Singles
• Women’s Singles
If there are less than 4 players or pairs entered in any of the events, the ETTU shall have the right to cancel the said event.
Entries shall be made using the ETTU online entry system.
There shall be no refund of entry fees paid in case of withdrawal, during the 4 weeks immediately before the championships.
Every entered player shall accept responsibility for his/her health condition and for his/her participation.
Neither the ETTU nor the organizing Association can be made responsible for an accident, loss or any other incident which might occur.
The draw for the qualifying groups shall take place at least one week before the start of the championships. The date must be agreed with the Secretary General.
The draws for the European Veterans title events and for the consolation events will take place in every category immediately after completion of the qualifying matches of the corresponding events.
Seeding will be made on the basis of seeding lists set up in cooperation between representatives of the Ranking, Para and Veterans Committees.
SYSTEM of PLAY
Each singles event shall be played in 2 stages.
In the first stage there will be qualifying groups of 3 or 4 players, depending of the number of entries. If there are 5 players in an event, the event will be played in one group of 5 players.
In a group 2 match points shall be awarded for a win, 1 for a loss in a played match and o for a loss in a not played or unfinished match, and the ranking order shall be determined primarily by the numbers of match points gained.
If 2 or more participants have gained the same number of match points, their relative positions shall 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.
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.
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.
In the second stage, players having finished first or second in their group, will qualify for the Para European Veterans title events. Players having finished third or fourth in their group, will be entitled to play in the corresponding consolation events. Both competitions shall be played on a knock-out basis.
If the number of players in an event is 5 or less, a second stage will not be played and the winner of the group will be the Para European Champion in this event.
Players having finished in position 2 of their initial group will be drawn in opposite half to the players having finished in position 1 of the same group; in the same way players having finished in position 4 will be drawn in the opposite half to players having finished in position 3 of the same group.
The playing space shall not be less than 10 m long, 5 m wide and 4 m high.
All matches shall be determined by the best of 5 games.
Each player is entitled to a 15 minutes rest between 2 matches.
TROPHIES AND AWARDS
Medals shall be presented by representatives of the ETTU and of the organizing Association to the winners, runners-up and losing semi- finalists of all title events and to the winners and runners-up in the consolation events.
REFEREE JUDGES and MATCH OFFICIALS
The organizing Federation will ensure that international and national referees will be available for the second phase of the competitions that assign the titles and for the finals of the consolation competitions.
In the qualifying rounds, the members of the groups who do not play must make themselves available to referee.
In consolation matches, the loser of one match will referee the next match at the table at which he or she played.
An appeal may be lodged with the Jury against a decision of the referee on a matter of conduct of the tournament or match not covered by the Rules or Regulations. Appeals must be presented immediately after the end of the game, upon payment of a deposit of € 100, which will be returned if the appeal is accepted.
The Jury's decision is final.
Each player is obliged to compete at the time and at the table established by the competition schedule. The player has the responsability to keep him/herself informed about when and where should play. Any player who does not show up at the scheduled time will automatically lose the game, after a waiting period of 5 minutes.
At the end of their matches and before leaving the table, the players must check the results on the scoresheet and sign it.
During the tournament, players will be required to wear their entry numbers.
The organizers agree that there is no restriction on the consumption of water during the match. However, you will be specifically allowed to drink water only in the same play intervals as allowed by the rules to dry yourself.
No alcohol and tobacco advertisements may be worn by players in the play areas.
ELECTRONIC MANAGEMENT OF THE TOURNAMENT
An ETU approved electronic system must be used for all European Veteran Championships.