Bainbridge Cup FAQs

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Question 1: What is the Bainbridge Cup?
Question 2: When is the Bainbridge Cup?
Question 3: Will the Bainbridge Cup be an annual event?
Question 4: Where is the 2017 Bainbridge Cup going to be held?
Question 5: What events will be played in the Bainbridge Cup?
Question 6: What is the format of the Bainbridge Cup competition?
Question 7: Who is eligible to participate in the Bainbridge Cup?
Question 8: Is the Bainbridge Cup a Super Senior Circuit event?
Question 9: How many matches will I play in the Bainbridge Cup?
Question 10: Does the Bainbridge Cup competition only last one day?
Question 11: Are there any PICKLEBALL CLINICS scheduled prior to the Bainbridge Cup?
Question 12: Who are the Bainbridge Cup Team Captains?
Question 13: What is the role of the Bainbridge Cup Team Captains?
Question 14: Is the Bainbridge Cup skill-based or age-based?
Question 15: How do I determine my rating or skill level?
Question 16: What determines my age?
Question 17: What is the event schedule?
Question 18: Is the Bainbridge Cup sanctioned by the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP)?
Question 19: When does registration open?
Question 20: When does early registration close?
Question 21: When does registration close?
Question 22: How can a player register?
Question 23: Do I need to indicate which events I want to play in in the Bainbridge Cup?
Question 24: Do I need to choose a playing partner for the Bainbridge Cup?
Question 25: Do playing partners in the Bainbridge Cup need to be from the same continent?
Question 26: How can I pay my registration and event fees?
Question 27: How much does it cost to participate in the Bainbridge Cup?
Question 28: If I have to cancel my registration and withdraw, can I get a refund?
Question 29: What type of courts will the event be played on at the Bainbridge Cup?
Question 30: What ball will be used at the Bainbridge Cup?
Question 31: Will there be a tournament dinner party?
Question 32: Are there recommendations for accommodations in Madrid?
Question 33: Are there recommendations for traveling and sightseeing in Spain before and after the event?

Question 1: What is the Bainbridge Cup?
The Bainbridge Cup is the first event of its kind – an Intercontinental Pickleball Team Competition with players from around the world teaming up to compete for the prestigious Bainbridge Cup trophy.

Organized by the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP), the Bainbridge Cup features match play competition between players representing two Teams: North America and Europe. A third Team (a “Rest of the World” Team) is also expected to participate. The Bainbridge Cup is the inaugural event of the IFP.

Players on each Team will be representing their continent as they compete on a worldwide stage. The winning Team will win the Bainbridge Cup trophy and will retain the Cup for a year. Then one year later the winning Team must defend the Cup in the 2nd annual Bainbridge Cup in 2018.

The Bainbridge Cup competition guarantees the unique experience of playing for your teammates and your continent, thus ensuring a new type of drama, camaraderie and sportsmanship among pickleball players from around the world.

Question 2: When is the Bainbridge Cup?
The Bainbridge Cup will be held Friday, September 15, 2017. Immediately following the Cup competition will be another international competition: on September 16 and 17 the Spanish Open Pickleball Championships 2017 will be held at the same location as the Cup. Therefore, there will be three consecutive days of competition at the same location: September 15, 16 and 17, 2017.

Question 3: Will the Bainbridge Cup be an annual event?
The Bainbridge Cup will be held each year, making it an annual event. The winning Team of the 2017 Bainbridge Cup will defend its title in the 2nd Annual Bainbridge Cup in 2018.

Question 4: Where is the 2017 Bainbridge Cup going to be held?
Madrid, Spain

Question 5: What events will be played in the Bainbridge Cup?
Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Doubles

Question 6: What is the format of the Bainbridge Cup competition?
The Bainbridge Cup’s competition format is different from traditional Pickleball tournaments. The Bainbridge Cup is a Team competition, thus individuals do not play for medals. Players combine with other players from their respective continent to form a Team and to compete for a Team award – the coveted Bainbridge Cup trophy.

  • Winning the Bainbridge Cup: The Team that earns the most points (i.e., wins the most matches) throughout the day wins the Bainbridge Cup.
  • Bainbridge Cup Teams: The Bainbridge Cup will feature two Teams: North America and Europe. A third team (a “Rest of the World” Team) is also expected to participate.
  • Scoring: Each match is worth one or more points. Teams accumulate points throughout the day for each match won. Matches later in the day may be worth more points, known as “bonus matches”. Points will be added up throughout the day to determine the winning Team.
  • Round Robin Play: Matches will be played in a Round Robin format. Players will be grouped into pools with other players of similar age and skill level. All participants will play multiple matches throughout the day in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles.
  • Matches: Matches will generally be played 1 to 15, win by 1. Some matches may be played best 2 out of 3 to 11, win by 1.

Question 7: Who is eligible to participate in the Bainbridge Cup?
The Cup is open to all players 19 years or older who want to participate. All skill levels and nationalities are welcome.

Question 8: Is the Bainbridge Cup a Super Senior Circuit event?
Yes, the Bainbridge Cup is an official Super Senior Tournament (www.ssipa-pb.org) which means that in addition to 19+ and 50+ age divisions, the event will include the following age groups: 65+, 70+, 75+ and 80+. Age divisions may be slightly adjusted depending on the final number of entries.

Question 9: How many matches will I play in the Bainbridge Cup?
All participants will play multiple matches throughout the day, with a minimum of 4 matches. The exact number of matches will depend on the number of players that register for the event. In addition, because there will be three consecutive days of competition (see Question 2 above), participants will also play a minimum of 4 matches per day in the International Tournament on the two days immediately following the Cup. Thus, participants will play a minimum of 12 matches over the three days of competition.

Question 10: Does the Bainbridge Cup competition only last one day?
Yes, the Bainbridge Cup will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017. Immediately following the Bainbridge Cup will be the Spanish Open Pickleball Championships 2017 hosted by the Spanish Pickleball Association, held on September 16 and 17. These back-to-back events provide three full days of competition. Both events will be held at the same outdoor courts in Madrid.

Question 11: Are there any PICKLEBALL CLINICS scheduled prior to the Bainbridge Cup?
Yes, free pickleball clinics will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday, September 13 & 14, 2017. Clinics will be led by North American Team Captain Marcin Rozpedski, the world’s reigning pickleball singles champion, along with several other world-class players including Simone Jardim, Jennifer Lucore, Robert and Jodi Elliott, Alice Tym and Steve Wong to name a few.

Question 12: Who are the Bainbridge Cup Team Captains?
There are three Team Captains for each Team. Team Captains for North America are: Marcin Rozpedski, Alice Tym, and Chris Thomas. Team Captains for Europe are: Leonardo González, Gema García, and Ian Medhurst.

Question 13: What is the role of the Bainbridge Cup Team Captains?
The Team Captains play a key role both before and during the competition. The Captains’ responsibilities include: 1) promoting the event and motivating players to register and join their Team, 2) answering registration- and competition-related questions, 3) helping to organize the competition, playing schedule, and partner match-ups, 4) ranking the players on their Team, and 5) playing for and helping their Teams to victory.

Question 14: Is the Bainbridge Cup skill-based or age-based?
The Bainbridge Cup will be a combination of skill- and age-based competition. The following age divisions will be included: 19+, 50+, 65+, 70+, 75+ and 80+. Age divisions may be slightly adjusted depending on the final number of entries.

Question 15: How do I determine my rating or skill level?
If you do not already have a skill level rating, go to IFP Rating Descriptions for a compete explanation of skill level ratings. It contains descriptions of ratings from 1.0 to 5.0.

Skill levels for the Bainbridge Cup competition will be determined by the skill level specified on your registration form; however, your final skill level may be adjusted at the discretion of the Team Captains or Tournament Directors based on recent tournament results.

Question 16: What determines my age?
Age is determined as of December 31, 2017.

Question 17: What is the event schedule?
The Bainbridge Cup matches will all be played on Friday, September 15th. Matches will begin at 8:30 am and will continue into the afternoon/evening.

Question 18: Is the Bainbridge Cup sanctioned by the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP)?
Yes, the Bainbridge Cup is sanctioned by the IFP and IFP Official Rules will apply. Click HERE to see the IFP Official Rules. To see the Official Rules in different languages, click on “Rules” listed in the top menu of this webpage.

Question 19: When does registration open?
Registration for the Bainbridge Cup is already open. Click HERE to register at PickleballTournaments.com.

Question 20: When does early registration close?
Bainbridge Cup early registration closes on May 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm Central European Time.

Question 21: When does registration close?
Bainbridge Cup registration closes on August 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm Central European Time.

Question 22: How can a player register?
Click HERE to register at PickleballTournaments.com.

Question 23: Do I need to indicate which events I want to play in in the Bainbridge Cup?
No. When you register for the Bainbridge Cup you do not need to choose the events (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles) you want to participate in for the Cup event. You simply need to register for the Cup event as a single event. After you register you will receive a registration confirmation email allowing you to indicate your event and partner preferences for the Bainbridge Cup. Once registration closes all players will be contacted again to confirm which events they will play in as well as who they will partner with in the Bainbridge Cup.

Question 24: Do I need to choose a playing partner for the Bainbridge Cup?
No. When you register you do not need to choose a playing partner. After you register you will receive a registration confirmation email allowing you to indicate your event and partner preferences for the Bainbridge Cup. Once registration closes all players will be contacted again to confirm which events they will play in as well as who they will partner with in the Bainbridge Cup.

Question 25: Do playing partners in the Bainbridge Cup need to be from the same continent?
Yes. For the Bainbridge Cup, players must partner with someone from their same continent, either North America or Europe. Players participating on the “Rest of the World” team may partner with anyone outside of North America and Europe.

Question 26: How can I pay my registration and event fees?
Registration payment is made online at PickleballTournaments.com. When paying online, you will be directed to a PayPal page, however you do not need a PayPal account – you can pay using any major credit card. If you encounter any problems with PayPal, you need to contact PayPal. The IFP is not responsible for any registration or event fee payments not processed by PayPal. Once an online payment is received along with the registration form, the player is considered registered.

Question 27: How much does it cost to participate in the Bainbridge Cup?

  • One registration fee covers two competitions: it covers BOTH the Bainbridge Cup (Sept. 15) AND the International Tournament (Sept. 16 & 17).
  • Registration Fee: Early registration is 45 euros ($48), regular registration is 55 euros ($59). This single registration fee covers both competitions.
  • Event Fees:
    • The Bainbridge Cup event fee is 15 euros ($16). This single fee covers all matches played in the Cup.
    • The International Tournament event fees are 10 euros ($11) each. A separate fee is paid for each event (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles).

Question 28: If I have to cancel my registration and withdraw, can I get a refund?
Yes, registration fees will be refunded as long as withdrawal is completed prior to September 13, 2017 on the registration site PickleballTournaments.com. All cancellations will incur a 17 euro ($20) cancellation fee.

Question 29: What type of courts will the event be played on at the Bainbridge Cup?
All matches will be played on outdoor courts with a high quality surface.

Question 30: What ball will be used at the Bainbridge Cup?
The official Cup ball has not yet been determined and will be announced soon.

Question 31: Will there be a tournament dinner party?
Yes, there will be a very lively Post Tournament Dinner Party “Fiesta” on Sunday, September 17 at 8:00pm when the tournament finishes. We expect a large turnout and invite you to come and party with your new tournament friends from around the world. Non-pickleball players are also welcome! The price of the Dinner-Party-Fiesta is 35 euros ($38) which includes a full-course Spanish meal, drinks, dancing, entertainment, and plenty of lively Spanish-style fun in a private setting reserved just for us. (You can sign up for the dinner when you register for the Cup Competition at PickleballTournaments.com).

Question 32: Are there recommendations for accommodations in Madrid?
Hotel recommendations for Madrid can be found HERE. September is a very busy time of year for tourism so we strongly encourage making reservations as soon as possible.

Question 33: Are there recommendations for traveling and sightseeing in Spain before and after the event?
A variety of sightseeing activities have been planned in and around Madrid. Madrid is the capital city of Spain and is very vibrant with a wealth of history, culture, entertainment and gastronomy both in and around the city. For more information about tourist options click HERE.