ILLINOIS STATE RACQUETBALL ASSOCIATION
TOURNAMENT DIVISION ELIGIBILITY
All “Open Draw” tournaments, either sanctioned by the ISRA or non-sanctioned including OUT OF STATE competition, affect the division eligibility of an individual player or doubles team.
2. “OPEN DRAW” TOURNAMENT DEFINED:
(a) An “Open Draw” tournament shall be defined as any tournament which is open to the public and does not restrict entry by (1) club membership or affiliation (2) private or special interest group, or (3) geographic location smaller than the State level. All ISRA sanctioned tournaments are “Open Draw” tournaments.
(b) In order for an “Open Draw” tournament to affect the division eligibility of an individual or doubles team, there must be at least (12) entrants in a Men’s Singles division, at least (8) in a Women’s Singles division, at least (12) in a Men’s Doubles division and at least (8) in a Women’s Doubles division and at least (8) in a Mixed Doubles division. Divisions totaling the above numbers solely due to the combining of divisions shall not constitute a legitimate draw for eligibility purposes.
3. DIVISION ELIGIBILITY:
All players must continue to compete in divisions at least as high as those for which they were eligible as of June 1, 1988. After this date, the following rules apply:
(a) Any player may play in the “Open” division. Players classified as “Professionals” by the USAR are not eligible for the “Open” division and must play in the “Pro” division or the “Pro/Open” division.
(b) Only players competing in their first “Open Draw” tournament are eligible for the Novice division.
(c) As respect to the A,B,C,D divisions: Any player or doubles team who wins one of these divisions, may continue to play in the same division until the following date of June 1 at which time he or she or they Must move up to the next highest division for all future events. After winning a skill division, a player may not compete in a division lower than that which he or she has won. Except: (i) – subject to the requirements for “number of entrants” as set forth in Paragraph 2 (b) above, any player or doubles team who wins a state singles or state doubles skill level title would be required to compete in the next highest division
(d) Immediately. (ii) – Any player or doubles team who wins the same division or a higher division in a second “Open Draw” tournament prior to the following date of June 1, is required to compete in the next highest division immediately.
4. DOUBLES (Including Mixed Doubles)
A player’s eligibility in singles determines where he or she must play in doubles competition. A team must compete in the division of play required of the highest ranking singles player.
5. AGE DIVISION
A player’s age shall be determined as of the first day of the tournament except that a Junior division player’s age shall be determined as of January 1 of the tournament year.
6. SPECIAL CONDITIONS:
(a) Any player who demonstrates an ability level far superior to that of other players in the same skill division, may be required to move to the higher level of play even if he or she is technically eligible to play in that division. This action may be taken by the ISRA Seeding
Committee or the Tournament Director. This action may be appealed in writing to the ISRA Board of Directors.
(b) If a player with no known prior eligibility chooses to compete in a letter division, the ISRA Seeding Committee or the Tournament Director may use their best judgment as for which division the player is eligible. This action may be appealed in writing to the ISRA Board of Directors.
(c) Once a player or team officially moves to a higher skill division, he or she may not move down except by written petition to the ISRA Board of Directors. The player should have competed in at least four (4) tournaments in the higher division and show that he or she did not advance beyond the second round. The vote of the Board shall be binding for a period of one (1) year from the date of initial submission.
(d) A player who intentionally enters a skill or age division for which he or she is not eligible deprives others of the chance for an honest match. Any player, determined by the ISRA Board of Directors, to have committed such actions may lose the privilege of playing in ISRA/USAR sanctioned events for up to one (1) calendar year dating from the tournament at issue. The players name will be made available to the tournament directors. This decision may be appealed in writing to the ISRA Board of Directors. A second offense will result in permanent banning from all ISRA/USAR sanctioned events.
SEPTEMBER 28, 1997