The SRA is looking for great organizations and community members to host Bonus Tour Stops for the 2020 season.
2020 Bonus Tour Stop Application
Want a Tour Stop in your community? You can make it happen!
Why Bonus Tour Stops?
The idea behind our Bonus Tour Stops is that they allow us to put local roundnet communities in the driver's seat. They promote innovation, ownership, and scalability.
On the ground expertise goes a long way and no one knows the landscape quite like the people who play in the area. This format helps to:
- Get the community involved - Whether that’s through family and friends who help out or local business that pitch in, having a deeper connection to the community can help to elevate events and bring more opportunities for partnership and collaboration.
- Make events stand out - Is there something you’ve always wanted to see happen at a tournament? Well, you can bring that idea to life! We encourage organizers to think outside the box and add the special touches that will make their event unique.
- Develop the sport - Bonus Tour Stops give us the ability to test out new, promising locations. Having a sanctioned event in your area can breathe new life into the roundnet scene. It also means that the local organizers will gain skills and experience to keep the community thriving after the tournament is over.
Why host a Bonus Tour Stop?
There are a lot of good reasons to host a Bonus Tour Stop! Aside from the opportunity to bring a sanctioned tournament to your community, you get the support of Spikeball for equipment, permits, insurance, and training to run an amazing event. You can be a leader in the roundnet community, help shape the direction of the tournament scene, and make a name for your area. You also have the opportunity to earn significant money for yourself or your organization.
What are you responsible for?
As a host, you’re responsible for running the event from start to finish. This means you’d do everything from finding a venue to setting up the after party. Spikeball is there to help support along the way, but you own the event.
What is Spikeball looking for?
We’re looking for passion, drive, and organization. We want people with experience running events who get excited about managing the logistics of a 100+ team tournament. We want big ideas and the commitment and attention to detail to bring them to life.
What if there hasn’t been a sanctioned tournament in my community yet?
It doesn’t matter whether or not there had been a sanctioned event in your community. We are looking to explore places that deserve a sanctioned tournament. That said, we’d be evaluating the location based on proven engagement, ease of access, quality of venue, and any other factors that would make it a better experience for players.
What if I don’t have experience running a tournament?
We’re looking for people with tournament experience. It’s most helpful when individuals have the perspective of both a player and organizer. If you’ve never been behind the scenes of a tournament before this isn’t the place to start.
What if we don’t have a formal organization? Can I apply as an individual?
You don’t need a formal organization to apply to host a Bonus Tour Stop and applying as an individual is fine. The main thing that we want to see is a track record of success and a demonstrated level of commitment. If you’re applying as an individual we want to make sure that you have the support in place to run an excellent tournament.
What if I want to play in the tournament?
We’ve found that the best run tournaments have people who are dedicated solely to running the event. Ideally, if you’re organizing the event, you’re seeing through it’s execution from start to finish. It’s okay if you want to play in the tournament but you’d need to have other people in place who trained, knowledgeable, and confident to run the day of operations.