Our first OSA tournament for the 2023 season is fast approaching. Woohoo!!!
For those of you who have not played on real courts, you are in for a real treat. There are eight courts that can compete with any around the world. This venue sits on the edge of the Thames River on a private farm. And before I forget, if you do attend this tournament, please drive slowly and carefully down the driveway. The owner of the farm graciously lets the local club play on his property, even though he is not a shuffler. They have small children. We do not want to put any of them in danger … nor stir up a lot of dust as it’s near his home.
Because of the court count, we’ll be running this tournament a bit differently than others. For starters, amateur teams will play a singles/mingles format on Monday (May 22). Teams will play all day, albeit shorter games. Registration will be 8:00am to 8:30am and we’ll start playing at 9:00am. We will finish before 4:30pm. There will be a common lunch break and you must bring your lunches. There is nothing nearby.
The top eight teams will come back on Tuesday (May 23) for a traditional finals day to determine 1st thru 4th in Main and 1st thru 4th in Consolation.
Experts will follow the same format starting on Wednesday (May 24) with the finalist playing on Thursday (May 25). Because of the court count, amateur teams cannot play in the expert tournament. If you are an amateur, and you play with an expert, we’ll let you enter into the expert tournament. Under no circumstances can you play in both tournaments … this time. I don’t have the courts to do this.
Depending on the number of teams that register, you could play between 4 and 6 games on the first day of your respective tournament. Byes will be evenly distributed throughout the day. On the first day of each tournament, we are only playing one game matches … not the best of three. I’ll be bringing every chart combination with me so that we can maximize the amount of play on the first day of each tournament without over doing it.
OSA memberships can be purchased at the venue prior to registering for the tournament.
The address for this venue is 9622 Longwoods Road in Chatham.
I hope to see you there. 🙂
How much does it cost to register for the tournament?
Great question. To play in OSA tournaments, you must be a member of the OSA. The cost for an OSA membership is $5 per player per year. You can get your membership at the registration desk at each tournament. The tournaments are $20 per team per tournament.
Thank you for your response Evan, also is there a host hotel to stay at for players coming from out of town?
Hi Gerry. Ann and I are staying at the Comfort Inn and I see it’s 10 kms from the venue. There are many closer than that. There is not a “host” hotel per se. Perhaps others can post where they are staying. 🙂
Thanks for the info Evan!
This would be the first ever tournament that my wife and I would be playing in, do we need to bring our own cues? Will there be a display there of the different cue types and would we be able to buy some there?
I suspect Chatham has house cues but I’d bring my own, if I were you. As you are playing in amateur, and Ann and I are playing in expert, you can always borrow ours. Glen Peltier may be there during the course of the tournament and he usually has some for sale.
Thanks Evan for the information, we have our own cues to bring but we are interested in trying/buying telescopic or 2 piece cues to travel with.