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04-25-2009, 06:17 PM #1
Bay Area Corporate Badminton Challenge (BACBC) 2009
What: Inter-company badminton tournament
When: May 31th, 9AM to 10PM
Where: GGBC at Menlo Park, CA
How: Max of 16 teams in 4 divisions of up to 4 teams each. Round Robin play to determine the top two from each division. Single elimination after that. Max of 15 team members per company, min 3 men and 3 women. 3MD, 1WD, 1XD.
Who: Organized by badminton enthusiasts from participating companies. Around 12 teams confirmed so far. Accepting a few more, 1st come 1st served.
* Sponsors welcomed *
For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
04-25-2009, 08:18 PM #2
Bay Area Corporate Badminton Challenge
By the way, confirmed participating companies reads like the who's who list from Silicon Valley... including Cisco, EBay, Google, Intel, Oracle, Yahoo... to name a few.
04-26-2009, 12:54 AM #3
..if each one of those companies donate say, about $10,000, then we'd have at least a $60,000 prize money tourney. That's more than the previous yrs' prize money for the U.S. Open GP tourney..
04-27-2009, 08:51 AM #4
Unfortunately, money is tight these days and we won't even have t-shirts made
04-27-2009, 10:03 AM #5
what the format like? is it 3 MD matches + 1 WD + 1 MX match?
how does one know which division one is in?
04-27-2009, 10:39 AM #6
That's right Kwun, 3MD+1XD+1WD. Grab a few guys and gals from your work and join in. Maybe BC can sponsor this annual event and make it BC-BACBC.
04-27-2009, 10:52 AM #7
we are looking into forming a team now. let's see if we manage to get enough players.
it was also confusing as the description says min 3 men + 3 women. that assumes the women also plays MD? i saw from the yahoo group list that says a player cannot play more than one event. that doesn't seem possible with just 3 men + 3 women.
i also wonder if allowing free ranking of the pairs will be ok. Thomas Cup do restrict ordering according to international ranking, btw.
as for BC sponsorship, what kind of $$ are we talking about?
04-27-2009, 11:02 AM #8
how does the division work?
04-27-2009, 11:46 AM #9
Hi Kwun, for "official" information please email email@example.com as the tournament is ran by a committee of member representatives. I can only give you unofficial answers that I know.
Since there are 5 doubles, one team needs to get 3 wins at the minimum, therefore min of 3 men (1MD + 1XD) and 3 women (1XD + 1WD) if you can win all the matches. Of course to play all 5 matches, you will need 7 men and 3 women minimum. Since this is an all day event, you will need backup players as well. Hope I did not confuse you more.
No pre-ranking of the MDs. This tournament is actually the reincarnation of last year's Bits And Chips tournament, top 4 teams from last year are spread across the 4 divisions, the rest are by drawing.
I hope you guys can join. It will be fun.
04-27-2009, 11:57 AM #10
thanks for the clarification. we have enough guys but so far no ladies are showing any interests.
i requested to join the yahoogroup. still waiting for approval.
04-27-2009, 12:32 PM #11
Hm... lack of lady players is a common theme. I guess if you can recruit just one lady, you can still play 4 out of the 5 matches.
04-27-2009, 04:46 PM #12
04-27-2009, 06:52 PM #13
04-29-2009, 08:21 PM #14
Going once, going twice...
13 participant confirmed, accepting 3 more...
> Lam Research
04-30-2009, 09:09 PM #15
3PAR also joined. now we have 14 companies competing for the Corporate Badminton Challenge Trophy.
04-30-2009, 11:17 PM #16
Not sure but I heard there are others trying to form a team at the moment. With one month to go I am confident that we can fill the two remaining slots fast, and maybe even form a waiting list. I think this annual tournament is going to be a truly premier event (which I believe it already is) for the bay area. Thinking ahead to next year, I suggest the organizers should establish some ground rules like who automatically qualify for next year's event (maybe the top 8 companies) and who could be replaced (last 4?) or has to play qualifying round etc, so that we can have some new blood, and raise the quality of the tournament...
05-01-2009, 04:11 AM #17
I was thinking..
..it would be pretty cool if each group of participants has the corporate logo on their shirt. It'll look quite uniformed and "distinctive" looking..
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