States & Clubs
INFORMATION FOR ALL PLAYERS ELIGIBLE
FOR THE 2002 PLAYOFFS
The rights and responsibilities of
players eligible to enter the Playoffs are set out together with the conditions
of contest. This document is not distributed by mail unless a specific request
is made in writing to the ABF Secretariat. The schedule of Playoff Qualifying
Points and awards to players are published separately. Eligible players who have
received 20 or more Open, 15 or more Womens or 15 or more Senior Playoff Qualifying
Points may nominate for the Playoff as a pair with an eligible partner who received
points in the same unit. The dates of entry and the Playoffs are staggered in
order that players unsuccessful in the Open & Womens Playoff may enter the Senior
- Entry fee to the 2002 Playoff is $140 per player
- the 2002 Open & Womens Playoffs are held in Sydney over 4 days, Thursday -
Sunday, March 7-10 at a location yet to be determined
- the 2002 Senior Playoff
is held in Sydney over 3 days, Friday - Sunday, 26-28 April at a location yet
to be determined
- players must declare their availability, subject to unforeseen
circumstances, for the Playoff and the Designated Event
- acceptance of a nomination
does not guarantee that the players successful in the Playoff will represent Australia.
The ABF, in its absolute discretion, reserves the right to refuse to ratify any
pair or player notwithstanding the results of the Playoff
- the format is a
16-board round robin in which the score of each pair is cross-IMPed against a
datum (Butler-style). The IMP available on each board is limited.
& Women: 16 pairs Senior:
- playoff participants are responsible for all their own expenses;
players, but not non-playing captains, who do not reside in Sydney will received
a cash subsidy equivalent to the minimum airfare (this may be an internet only
- The designated event is the PABF
scheduled for Bangkok from 13th to 23rd June 2002.
- Open entrants (the 2 pairs
finishing highest that are available) will represent Australia at a tournament
organised by the EBU in Manchester from 15th to 20th July
- Before ratification
to represent Australia, players are required to complete a further Declaration
relating to their times of arrival, demeanour and like matters for the designated
- The ABF appoints non-playing captains and may consult the ratified
team. Non-playing captains need not have captained any team in the Playoff.
subsidy for the Designated Event is equivalent to the cheapest airfare available
to the ABF plus an allowance towards the cost of accommodation.
Systems must be submitted on disc (Edwards CCE) and as a copy printed from
that disc. E-mail submission is not acceptable.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
FOR THE PLAYOFF AND AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATION
- Playoff Qualifying Points
are allocated to players who win or place in major ABF events. Players who are
eligible and achieve the minimum qualification may nominate as pairs for the Playoff.
The MINIMUM QUALIFICATION is:
Open Playoff - 20 qualifying points
or such lower number as is necessary to ensure that there are at least 48 players
Womens Playoff - 15 qualifying points or such lower number
as is necessary to ensure that there are at least 48 players qualified.
Playoff - 15 qualifying points or such lower number as is necessary to ensure
that there are at least 36 players qualified Notwithstanding the qualifications
above, a player must earn at least 8 PQP to be eligible for the Playoff.
for the Playoff. Progressive Playoff Qualifying Points are posted on the ABF Web
site. As soon as is practicable after the completion of the last qualifying event,
the information and nomination form for the Playoff are posted on the ABF Web
site. These documents are not distributed by mail unless a specific written request
is made to the ABF Secretariat.
- The Playoffs comprise 16 pairs (Open or Womens)
or 12 pairs (Senior) in rank order. Rankings are determined by the Playoff Points
of each pair:-
a) a pair must have received Playoff Qualifying
Points as part of the same unit (pair or team)
of each player's Playoff Points by addition of 100% of the qualifying points awarded
to that player for all qualifying events in which the designated pair was part
of one entry unit (while not necessarily playing together as a partnership) plus
50% of the qualifying points awarded to that player for all events in which the
nominated pair was not part of the same entry unit.
c) ties are
(i) recalculation of the Playoff
Points using the qualifying points earned in the NOT or SWPC for the Open Playoff
and NWT or NWT Swiss for the Womens Playoff only; then including the other qualifying
events, one by one in the order listed in Schedule 1, until the tie is broken
then, if still tied,
The team to represent Australia at the Designated Event, the 2002 PABF, is be
decided by application of the following sequence
the three pairs ranked highest are invited, through the persons listed as the
contacts, to represent Australia at all Designated Events to which the ABF decides
to send a team. For any Designated Event a pair accepts the invitation before
the closing date, normally within one week of the end of the Playoff, by submitting
the completed and signed "declaration of availability/acceptance of conditions"
for both players.
(b) In the event that any player
declines the invitation, all other pairs in rank order are offered the vacant
place(s) and accept as in 4(a).
(c) when an invitation
to represent Australia at a Designated Event is not accepted by the required number
of players the ABF selects the players to represent Australia in any manner that
it, in its absolute discretion, shall decide.