Compass Formats

The Compass competition format has been presented by James Newman (Great Britain).

What is a Compass Draw?

Compass Draws are the same as the classic knockout, except when players are knocked out they go into another draw. Whether players win or lose, they are guaranteed the same number of matches as all other players.

TIME PLAYERS / COURTS SINGLES / DOUBLES
1 day - 1 week 16-128 players Singles or Doubles
AGES TEAM / INDIVIDUAL OBJECTIVE
9-years-and-older Individual Competitive

Structure of a Compass Draw competition

The following are some key tips for organisers:

COURTS AND PLAYERS

Works best with 16-64 players but can have larger numbers. Byes can be given if not enough players show up. Aim to have enough courts to complete all first round matches in 1 day (or in 2 hours if running a 1 day event).

SCORING

Choose a scoring format to suit time and courts available. Eg tiebreak to 7, best of 3 short tiebreak sets (44tb) or best of three tiebreak sets (66tb).

SCORESHEETS

Players report scores to a desk after their match. Organisers fill in the drawsheet (see next page). In the first round all winners go to the right of the draw and losers go left. Then follow the codes to see where to place winning and losing players.


Activity

ORDER OF PLAY

Conduct the draw; if seeding players, keep them separate in the draw for the 1st round (see next page). Once the draw is complete give players a reporting time to sign-in, half your draw could turn up at 1000 hours and the other half at 1200 hours.

AT THE END

Main winner is the player who lost no matches, other winners can be found across the mini draws shown on the drawsheet.

Adapting the Format

Many formats can easily be adapted to suit players e.g. aged 10-and-under, mixed ages, teams and to be a more or less competitive event. To understand more about how to adapt competition to suit to the needs and lifestyles of the player, click here.

Applying Themes

Many competitions are more fun and easier to promote if they have a theme such as Davis Cup, Olympics or Family Day attached. To understand more about how to apply themes to competitions, click here.

EXAMPLE Compass Competition

Click below under 'Related Links' for an example Compass Competition format, including a sample to use.

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