Premier is an exclusive division within the Spikeball Tour Series for the top 1% of roundnet players. Players can earn Premier when finishing in top spots at Spikeball Tour Series events. The Premier Division elevates the development of roundnet, allowing us to showcase the best athletes and providing beginner and intermediate players a goal to aspire to.
How do I earn Premier? (To be updated for 2023 season)
- In North America, Top 4 teams non-premier in Contender division at Challengers, top 6 non-premier teams at Majors, and top 8 non-premier teams at The Spikeball Championship.
- In the EU, Top 8 non-premier teams teams in Contender division at Challengers. We recognize that there are fewer opportunites to earn premier in the EU and are therefore extending the placements that earn it.
- In North America players cannot earn premier with a current premier player.
In the EU, you can earn premier with a non-North American premier partner. For example, Buddy Hammon can’t play in France and help earn his partner premier, but a French player who has premier can help earn their non-premier partner the status.
- In the above case, a hybrid premier team counts as one of the teams that Premier is awarded to. Premier is not awarded to teams ranked lower, even if hybrid teams earn the status.
Who is Currently Premier?
Premier players can play in the two highest skilled divisions offered & in any non skill based division (it High School/Youth) as long as they meet the age requirements.
How do I requalify for Premier? (To be updated for 2023 season)
- At Challengers, win (or earn in a bye) in the first round of bracket play.
- At Majors, qualify for the Premier Gold bracket or win (or earn a bye) in the first round of Premier Silver Bracket.
- At Championships, qualify for the Pro Division or win (or earn a bye) in the first round of Premier Gold.
- All players that earn or re-qualify for Premier in 2023 retain Premier status through 2024.
What are the restrictions? (To be updated for 2023 season)
- Premier qualified players are not allowed to play in divisions below 4.5
When a Premier division is present
- Premier qualified teams are not allowed to play below 5.0
A Premier qualified player can play 4.5 if they:
- Did not compete in any 2021 Pro Division
- If a Premier player competes in 4.5 and gets top two they a restricted from playing 4.5
Premier Format + Info
Points from a previous season are worth 50% of their value in the following season. Points last for one season after they are earned. All points earned in the 2022 season are worth 50% in 2023 season.
- Points are awarded to each player.
- Seeding takes the sum of top 3 individual points from 2022 season (50% original value) or 2023 season (100%).
- Teams snake seeded into pools based on points
- Two-game matches, cap at 25
- To be determined by Challenger hosts.
Based on the number of teams in the division, the top teams (as determined by the sum of player points) will be snake seeded into power pools
- 9 - 23 Teams = 1 power pool, 4 teams
- 24 - 43 Teams = 2 power pools, 4 teams each
- 44 - 63 Teams = 3 power pools, 4 teams each
- 64+ Teams = 4 power pools, 4 teams each
Teams within the power pool will earn the top seeds and are guaranteed a spot in the Premier A bracket.
- For example, if there are two power pools, those teams will earn seeds 1 - 8.
- Teams will be ranked by losses (low to high), head to head, point differential ration (high to low). This is standard seeding, not slotted.
The top two teams from each regular pool will qualify for Premier A bracket - seeded by pool play performance - losses (low to high), head to head, point differential ratio (high to low). This is standard seeding, not slotted.
- If more than 32 teams would qualify for A bracket then the the single top seed from each regular pool will advance and the rest of seeds (up to 32) are filled from across the pools
- If 2 or less pools, no bracket split
- Teams not qualifying for Premier A bracket will play out in Premier B bracket, seeded by pool play performance - losses (low to high), head to head, point differential ratio (high to low). This is standard seeding, not slotted.
- Bracket is single elimination, best of 3 matches, games to 21.
- One round of consolation counts for points.
To be determined by Challenger hosts.
Pool Play: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Round of 32: 1:30 PM
Round of 16: 2:45 PM
Round of 8: 4:00 PM
*times are estimated, listen to annoucements at each event
To be determined by Challenger hosts.
|< 8 Premier Teams||8 - 16 Premier Teams||17 -32 Premier Teams||33+ Teams|
*Some tournaments may not field the 8 Premier teams needed to hold the division. If so, teams will earn points of a lower value.
16-team division. The top 3 teams at each Major will receive an auto bid for the Pro Division. The rest of the spots are given to teams based on the sum of top 3 team points from the 2023 season.
12-team division. The top 2 teams at each Major will receive an auto bid for the Pro Division. The rest of the spots are given to teams based on the sum of top 3 team points from the 2023 season.