10% more teams at Windmill X!!!!!!
With the registration now closed the hard process of selecting the teams has started. Looking at the overwhelming amount of 162 registered teams it makes Herbie sad to reject so many teams. Therefore he asked all his elephant friends to take another close look at the playing schedule. After a lot of mingling in the schedule, they in the end managed to find place for an additional 8 teams! Herbie is thrilled to have all these extra people around to celebrate his 10th birthday.
The final amount of teams will now be 88. Divided in the following way:
Open: 40 teams
Mixed: 30 teams
Women: 18 teams
Although we are very happy with the extra teams, it is not completely without consequences as we only have limited field space. This means that in the Mixed and Women division, some teams will have “BYEs” (i.e. playing slots in which they do not play). For all teams with a BYE, there will be an extra swiss draw round to ensure they have had 5 matches before the top 8 teams move to the playoff brackets. In the second half of the tournament, some of the teams who did not make it into the top 8 will play 1 match less (so 7 instead of 8 total matches), because we simply don't have enough field space for all matches. But don't worry, our entertainment team will make sure you won't get bored for a second!