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    Post 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 bayarea_badminton_league@yahoogroups.com

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    Default 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.

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    Default ^^Not bad..^^

    ..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..

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    Unfortunately, money is tight these days and we won't even have t-shirts made

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    what the format like? is it 3 MD matches + 1 WD + 1 MX match?

    how does one know which division one is in?

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    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.

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    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?

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    how does the division work?

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    Hi Kwun, for "official" information please email bayarea_badminton_league@yahoogroups.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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Default Just need a lady..

    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by badpp View Post
    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.
    ..can a spouse tag along eventhough she is not part of a certain company??..say, kwun's missus??..

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    Default Just need a lady..

    Quote Originally Posted by ctjcad View Post
    ..can a spouse tag along eventhough she is not part of a certain company??..say, kwun's missus??..
    The subject of including wife (and daughters) of an employee had been brought up and rejected by the committee.

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    Default Going once, going twice...

    13 participant confirmed, accepting 3 more...

    > Advantech
    > Cisco
    > EBay
    > Genentech
    > Google
    > Intel
    > Lam Research
    > NVidia
    > Oracle
    > Roche
    > UCB
    > VMware
    > Yahoo

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    3PAR also joined. now we have 14 companies competing for the Corporate Badminton Challenge Trophy.

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    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...

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    Default 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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