It has already become a long tradition: the New Year’s Eve doubles tournament is held annually at the end of the year. The Shot New Year’s Double Tournament is intended for members, former members, and anyone who wants to play table tennis. And because they play with a kind of handicap, everyone has a chance of winning. That is what makes it so special.
For former members and others
The New Year’s Eve Double Tournament was first organized in 1985 when Shot celebrated its 25th anniversary. That was a good opportunity to invite former members to come to Shot again to hit a ball. It turned out to be a great success and it was decided to make it an annual event. In the meantime we have been a few years further and of course many former members have been added. But the tournament now also attracts table tennis players from a wider area.
Every year we hope to sign up from former members from all Shot periods, from members of the first hour as well as from members who were members not so long ago.
The organization of the New Year’s Eve Double Tournament has been in the hands of Kees Moers all these years. The first years with Erik Oostenbrink, later also with Guus Krabbenborg. But already for a longer time together with Joop van Raaij. Traditionally, the tournament takes place on the last available Friday of December.
Playing method and point counting
As the name suggests, the New Year’s Eve doubles tournament is played with doubles. You sign up as a double with a partner. You can also indicate that you want to participate but do not yet have a double partner. In that case, the organization forms a double for you. A double usually consists of players who differ in playing strength. That is why you are asked what your playing strength is upon registration. The organization then determines which license is assigned to the duplicate as a whole. Subsequently, the pre-gift is played if both doubles differ in license. The pre-grant is greater the greater the license difference. Two games are played up to 21 points (old point count, but no 2 points difference, at 21-20 end of game). If both games are won then you get 4 points and the loser 0 points, unless the loser together has 35 or more points. Then the winner gets 3 points and the loser 1 point. If both doubles win a game, the points are divided: 2-2. The tournament starts with groups of 5-8 doubles (depending on the number of registrations). Whether or not there will be played in groups afterwards or directly via a waste system is determined by the organization.