Sakura Cup Tournament Rules

Tournament Cost and Format

Entry deadline: July 31, 2018
Final rosters must be submitted by this date and no additions or changes can be made to the list of players.

Entry fee: $150/team
A maximum of 8 teams will be accepted in the 4.5 and 3.5-4.0 categories. A minimum of 3 teams and a maximum of 4 teams will be accepted in the 3.0 category. Each team will be assigned a letter based on the order in which they signed up (first team is A, second team is B, etc.). This letter will be used for the purposes of creating the round robin groups and the tournament schedule.

Each team must have a minimum of 2 men and 2 women. The maximum number of total players on one team is limited to 12.

Each team will play all the other teams in a round robin format.
Each team vs team match will have the following individual matches:

If play is tied after 4 matches, the result is a draw for both teams.

The winning team will be the one with the most wins at the end of all round robin play.
If multiple teams have the same number of wins, the team with the least losses will be the winner.

If two teams have an identical win-loss record, the head-to-head between those teams will determine the winner.
If the head-to-head result was a draw, the match differential will be used to determine the winner.
If the match differential is identical, the set differential will be used to determine the winner.
If the set differential is identical, the game differential will be used to determine the winner.

If more than two teams have the same win-draw-loss record, the match differential will be used to determine the winner.
If the match differential is identical, the set differential will be used to determine the winner.
If the set differential is identical, the game differential will be used to determine the winner.

Match Format

The round robin setup and match format is dependent on the number of entries.

If 5 or fewer teams sign up in a category, all teams will be placed in a single round robin group and play all other teams. Each match will be either 1 set or best of 3 sets with a regular tiebreak.

If more than 5 teams sign up in a category, the round robin will be split into two groups with an elimination round for the top 2 teams in each group.
In this case, each match may be reduced to either one set or one pro-set (to 8 games) and No-Ad Scoring may be applied.

Tournament Regulations

The following regulations apply to all categories: