2017 Tournament Level Guide

750? 500? 250? 125?

Below is a step-by-step guide to determining the points level of a tournament. If you are organizing a tournament, you should aim to fulfill the highest number of requirements as possible. Failing requirements outside of your direct control (like how many jugglers want to take part) can be made up for by exceeding other requirements.

Generally:
Major tournaments take place at only the largest juggling conventions.
National tournaments take place at big conventions or national conventions.
Standard tournaments take place at small day conventions lasting 1 to 3 days.
Minor
tournaments take place at non-convention meetings or events.

Major Tournaments - 1250 and 750

Is your tournament at the EJC?

✔ Yes! - It is the EJC Tournament worth 1250 points.

Is it at the Nederlands Jongleer Festival, British Juggling Convention or Berlin Juggling Convention?

✔ Yes! - It is a Major Tournament worth 750 points.

National Tournaments - 500, 425 and 350

Is your tournament taking place at a national juggling convention, or a large convention that draws jugglers from across the country and/or attracts international guests?

✘ - scroll down to the Standard Tournaments section. ↓

✔ Yes! - Your tournament is provisionally a National Level tournament, worth 500 points.

National Level Requirements

Listed here are the requirements for a 500 point tournament. If you answer "no" to any of these questions, the number of points will likely be reduced to 425 or 350.

  • Is the tournament mentioned in convention publicity/promotional material (on the website, Facebook, flyers, etc), is it listed in the convention schedule/workshop schedule, and was it listed at least a few months in advance on the FNC website?
  • Are the qualifications open to everyone, and run in a round-robin one-on-one format?
  • Did 20 or more jugglers take part in qualifications?
  • Did the knockout stage feature at least 12 jugglers?
  • Were all knockout matches played to 5 points, and was there a third place match?
  • Did you keep track of all the results from the tournament, including the win/loss record from everyone in the qualifications, and all the scores from the knockout?
  • Did you take a group photo of everyone who took part in the qualifications or knockout, or have some good quality action photos from the knockout?
  • Did you submit the results of the tournament before the Tuesday following the tournament, along with a photo?

You answered "yes" to all the questions - It is a National Tournament worth 500 points.

Answered "no" just once → It is probably a National Tournament worth 425 points.

Answered "no" twice → It is probably a National Tournament worth 350 points.

Answered "no" three or more times → Standard Tournaments section. ↓

Probably?

It's possible for a tournament to remain at 500 points by exceeding the requirements in the following ways:

  • Did over 30 people take part in the tournament?
  • Did a number of highly ranked players enter the tournament?
  • Did you publish a video of the tournament? This could be a video of the final or other interesting match, a highlight video, or a live stream of the whole event.
  • Was there an interesting, entertaining or valuable trophy or prize for the winner?
  • Did you invite international jugglers to your convention, providing free entry or travel expenses, specifically for them to take part in the fight night?

Standard Tournaments - 300, 250 and 200

Is your tournament taking place at a normal non-national juggling convention, like one with a city in the name, or a convention that attracts local jugglers from a region of the country?

✘ - scroll down to the Minor Tournaments section. ↓

✔ Yes! - the tournament will most likely be a Standard Tournament, worth 300, 250 or 200 points.

Standard Level Requirements

Listed here are the requirements for a 250 point tournament. If you answer "no" to any of these questions, the number of points will likely be reduced to 200, or even 175.

  • Is the tournament listed in the convention program or workshop schedule, and was it listed more than a week in advance on the FNC website?
  • Were the qualifications open to everyone, run in a round-robin one-on-one format?
  • Did 12 or more jugglers take part in qualifications?
  • Did the knockout stage feature at least 8 jugglers?
  • Were all matches played to 5 points, and was there a third place match?
  • Did you keep track of all the results from the tournament, including the win/loss record from everyone in the qualifications, and all the scores from the knockout?
  • Did you take a group photo of everyone who took part in the qualifications or knockout, or have some good quality action photos from the knockout?
  • Did you submit the results of the tournament before the Tuesday following the tournament, along with a photo?

You answered "yes" to all the questions - it is Standard Tournament worth 250 points.

Answered "no" to any question - it is probably a Standard Tournament worth 200 points.

However, it is possible to remain a 250 point tournament by significantly exceeding the other requirements, or by a previous year's tournament fulfilling all the 250 requirements.

If you answered "no" two or more times - scroll down to the Minor Tournaments section. ↓

If the tournament met all the Standard 250 requirements, it's possible for the tournament to be a Prestige Tournament, worth 300 points, by meeting other criteria:

  • Does the tournament have a long history?
  • Was it a featured event at a competition-based convention?
  • Did many high ranking combat players take part?
  • Did over 18 jugglers take part?
  • Was it listed and promoted as a 500 point event but failed to meet the requirements to be a National 350 tournament?

Minor Tournaments - 175 and 125

Is your tournament taking place at an event other than a yearly juggling convention or festival, like a juggling club meeting, workshop, party, etc?

Or was the tournament organized on the spur of the moment?

Or did the tournament fail to meet the requirements of a Standard 250 or 200?

If so the tournament is a Minor Tournament worth 175 or 125 points.

If the tournament had over eight or more jugglers in the qualifications, but only four in the knockout, it will likely be a Minor 175 tournament.

If it had under eight jugglers take part in total, it will likely be a Minor 125 tournament.


Read longer explanations of the requirements and why they exist.

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