Happy New Year!

Welcome to January 2016 monthly tournament hosted at LRTTC.  This is our first tournament of the new year and our 24th monthly tournament.  It will be handicap format (see handicap point differential chart below).

The Activity Room in the Dailey Center was  abuzz today with what everyone agreed was the most enthusiastic monthly tournament ever, at least of 2016.  The handicap format with three games to 21 ensured that every player was invested in each point of each game, and upset the traditional finish order (Mike did not win).

Eight players comprised two groups of four.  Mohan dominated group 1 over Charlie, Mark and Mike, who was seen weeping openly on several occasions.  Mohan was cited for unsportsmanlike conduct after his victory over Mike.  Players are reminded that spiking and gloating are not allowed.

Ammar, a graceful unrated player from Russellville with a wide repertoire of serves, who was assigned a rating of 950 based on his play in the FOI tournament, won group 2 which included Jeff and Shelby, though Suresh gave him a tough match.

In the final Mohan outlasted Ammar 22-20 in the third.

The tournament raised $45 for the club, which we intend to use to purchase poly balls in anticipation of the tournament season.  Thanks to Mark for running the tournament, though there was some confusion over the 10:00 start time.  It is anticipated that future tournaments will use some type of handicap format, by popular demand, though games to 11 and 31 may be explored.

Check out the Photo Album of this tournament.


Final Player Entries:

   Player Name Entry Fee USATT Rating
1.  Charlie Brooks  $5.00  1358
2.  Ammar A.  $10.00  est. 950
3.  Mike Lauro  $5.00  2015
4.  Shelby Barone  $5.00  1606
5.  Jeff Pratt  $5.00  1647
6.  Mark Taylor  $5.00  911
7.  Suresh Kannan  $5.00  1090
8.  Mohan Reddy  $5.00  1150
  Total Entry Fees  $45.00   


What:  New Year 2016 LRTTC Monthly Tournament - Handicap.  (24th monthly tournament since June 2013)

Where:  LRTTC playing facility at the Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center, 300 South Monroe St., Little Rock, AR 72204. 

When:  Saturday, January 9, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Format:  Handicap matches, with format to be determined based on entries.

Tournament web page:  

DEADLINE TO ENTER:  Deadline to register is Friday at 7:00pm (evening before tournament).  No guarantees for entries received after this time. However we will try to accommodate all entry requests. 

HOW TO ENTER: send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you are reading this in an email from LRTTC, you may reply to this email with your entry request.  Alternatively, to enter the tournament you may contact any of the LRTTC Tournament Committee:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entry fee must be paid prior to or on the day of tournament prior to play.  Only cash or check will be accepted.  No debit/credit cards.  

Player eligibility:  Limit of 9 players.  Arkansas residents only.

Entry Fee:  Entry fee is $5 for LRTTC current subscribers and juniors under 18 years of age, $10 for everyone else.

Schedule:  Registration, set-up, and warm-up starts at or before 10:00 a.m.

Prizes:  To be determined.

Official Tournament Balls:  Orange Nittaku 3-star Premium 40mm celluloid balls.

Clothing:  Please wear shirts where the main color is not the color of the ball being used in a match. White shirts, orange shirts, and shirts with distracting designs are discouraged.

League/Club Ratings:  USATT ratings will be used for seedings and handicap determinations.

Games: Matches will be best 2 of 3 game, with games to 21.

Rules:  All USATT rules apply.

Code of Conduct:  Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center conduct code posted at the center applies to everyone using the facility. Please be familiar with these rules before playing.  Unsportsmanlike conduct and profanity is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.

Certified Club Umpires:  Mike Lauro, Jeff Pratt

Tournament Director: Mark Taylor

Tournament Software:  None will be used this time.

LRTTC RatingsCentral.com Tournament History:  Events Sponsored by LRTTC.

Post-Tournament Report:  Tournament report with results and photos, if available, will be posted online after the tournament.

USATT Handicap Chart 21-Point Game

0 - 12 Handicap 0

13 - 31 Handicap 1

32 - 56 Handicap 2

57 - 87 Handicap 3

88 - 124 Handicap 4

125 - 161 Handicap 5

162 - 198 Handicap 6

199 - 249 Handicap 7

250 - 300 Handicap 8

301 - 351 Handicap 9

352 - 412 Handicap 10

413 - 524 Handicap 11

525 - 624 Handicap 12

625 - 724 Handicap 13

725 - 824 Handicap 14

825 - 924 Handicap 15

925 - 999 Handicap 16

1000 up Handicap 17