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2018 Season Updates


We are looking forward to launching the 2018 SRA Season. This year we've made some changes to enhance the structure of competition and strengthen the growth of the sport.

Premier Status

Starting in 2018, Premier status will last 12 months from the point of qualification. For example, if you qualified in February of 2018 you’d be considered Premier through February of 2019. Anyone who has already earned Premier status is qualified through 2018.

This shortens the window of eligibility to better ensure that teams participating in the Premier Division are up to the competition. With the old structure, a team that qualified February of 2018 would have been eligible through December of 2019.  

Premier Qualification

The 2018 season will include 2 tournaments with a Premier division in each region. This will provide more opportunities for top matchups as well as increased focus and incentives in the Advanced division.

In tournaments with a Premier division, the top 2 teams from Advanced will earn Premier status. Within the Premier division, placing top 8 is considered requalifying.

In tournaments without a Premier division, the top 8 teams from Advanced will earn Premier status. However, we are instituting a “Breakout Baller” rule where if no new players qualify for Premier, then the the top ranked non-premier team will earn Premier status. In many cases, this rule will encourage teams to play out the brackets further and fight for 9th place.

More information on the Premier division can be found here.

Championship Structure

The 2018 Spikeball™ Roundnet National Championship will feature an Pro division made up of the best of the best Premier teams. Only 16 teams will qualify for the Pro division. The top two teams from each Regional Championship will earn a spot. All remaining spots will be determined by cumulative season points.

This shift makes the season as a whole and the Regional Championships more important. It rewards teams who get results throughout the season and turns the Regional Championships into a high-stakes events by making them true Nationals qualifiers.

Having a division of 16 top teams at Nationals allows for better coverage of games, flexibility of structure, and helps ensure fair matchups. It also makes for a more interesting Premier division by allowing us to focus on teams and matchups that don’t always get featured.  

Point Structure

This year we have lowered the amount of points earned from Regionals to make it commensurate with competition. In events with a Premier division, the Advanced division will earn points based on the 16 - 31 Teams Independent Tournament scale. 

Independent Tournaments

Finish

16 - 31 Teams

32 - 64 Teams

64+ Teams

1st

50

125

175

2nd

30

75

105

3rd

20

50

70

4th

15

38

53

Quarterfinals

8

20

30

Round of 16

4

10

15

Round of 32

NA

5

8

Spikeball™ Sanctioned Tournaments

Finish

Tour Stop

Grand Slam & Regionals

Nationals

1st

325

400

750

2nd

195

240

450

3rd

130

160

300

4th

95

120

225

Quarterfinals

50

60

112.5

Round of 16

25

30

57

Round of 32

12

15

30

Round of 64

6

8

15

Spikeball™ Elite Status   

Spikeball™ Elite status will be based on points earned from top 5 tournament results from the season for both open and women’s teams. All teams must attend Nationals 2018. There will be 8 open teams and 4 women’s teams that earn Elite status. As in year’s past, the Spikeball™ Elite Sponsorship comes with a travel stipend, free gear, and other perks.


FAQs

What about revised rules for 2018?
There will be a new addition of the official rules released for 2018. 

Why are there two Tour Stops in Chicago? 
We've gotten some of the biggest turnouts in Chicago, but we've never done a tournament on grass (almost at Nationals). Midwest Tour Stop #1 in Chicago will take place on grass. The Midwest Grand Slam will be on the sand.

Why doesn't each region have the same number of Tour Stops?
We don't have unlimited resources to host tournaments, but we wanted to create more opportunities to play Spikeball™ in the areas where demand was the highest. In past years the West season ended in May, but there was still plenty of good weather to play Spikeball™. The East has by far had the most engagement in terms of teams competing in tournaments.

Will Spikeball™ be hosting other types of tournaments? 
Yes! In 2017, we experimented with a King of the Beach format where players sign up as individuals and get the opportunity to play with a variety of partners in a more laid-back environment. Spikeball™ will be hosting a number of these types of events throughout the season. 

We will also be testing a Coed division as part of a Tour Stop for the first time. The Huntington Beach tournament will be a two-day event. The first day will feature Advanced, Intermediate, and Women's division. The second day will feature a Coed division. Depending on the success of this event, we may have more Coed tournaments at future Tour Stops.

When can I sign up? 
Start planning now! Event registration for tournaments will begin in January. Typically registration opens two-months before the event date. Fill out this sign up form to get updates about when registration opens!

 

What about regionals and nationals? 
Stay tuned - Info on regionals and nationals will be released at a later date. 


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