NTRODUCING THE 2022 SEASON
Earlier we introduced you to clubs & licences. Today we’re talking tournaments and rankings.
Having clubs sets us up to build out a lovely fat Tournament Calendar full of local, regional and national events across the UK. Every event in the tournament calendar counts will count towards the BFA championship rankings.
We anticipate that clubs are running competitive events on at least a monthly basis – whether a Monster DYP, a Beginner Doubles, an Open Singles, or whatever, it’s up to you.
We’ll keep the tournament calendar up to date on the BFA website and social media platforms and help clubs publicise events and bring in new players. Club captains, you can submit your tournaments to the BFA calendar at the link below.
The first national tournament of the year, the North East Open, is held in Middlesbrough over February 26-27th. It’s an ITSF Pro Tour event on Roberto Sport tables. Everything you need to know is on the Facebook event page including a link to the infopack. If you’re coming, please register if you haven’t done so already.
Manchester TFC has confirmed the dates for the Manchester Open as being 16-18th September. The event will be an ITSF Pro Tour, held on Tornado tables at the Man Bites Frog in Chorlton.
We hope to soon confirm an international Tornado tournament for 12-15th May, to take place at a venue just outside London. Pencil it in your calendars now.
And we have more planned, including a year-end UK Masters and the BFA Premier League competition. Any club willing to host national events should get in touch for a chat.
We have a brand new rankings system for 2022, the BFA Championship Rankings. The aim is to have an inclusive approach that allows everyone to feel part of the community, motivating players to enjoy competing in events and developing their games.
We now have rankings for each of Open Singles & Doubles, Women’s Singles & Doubles, Senior Singles & Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. Right now, they are derived from national and international competitions in the combined 2020-21 season. They’ll quickly start moving around as 2022 tournament results come in!
Tournament organisers wanting to run category events (Amateur, Semi-Pro, Pro, etc.) can see a player’s category in the BFA Ratings which are a continuation of the ‘old’ BFA rankings).
BFA Rankings Page
BFA Rankings Spreadsheet