February 2011 -- You will need the following items for proper set-up of the shootout competition.
- A full cart of balls on wheels (The balls do not need to be new.)
- The official Cardio Tennis banner (Please try to secure a CT banner locally. All official CT sites have one, but if you cannot secure one locally we will ship one or the CT speaker will bring one.)
If a national Cardio Tennis speaker will be present to run the shootout, that person will have these items with the exception of the balls. If there is not a speakers team member, the division will be responsible for the proper equipment.
To be eligible to compete and win prizes you must be a current member of the USPTA and officially registered for your division convention. If you are not a current USPTA member or not registered, you can compete but you will not be eligible for any prizes.
- You need six helpers to effectively run a shootout, plus two to three people to help pick up balls.
- These helpers are as follows:
- Three counters, one for each of the three areas (left, center, right) and they only count the balls in their target area. The scorekeepers add all three scores together to get the final total score and give their total to the judge.
- One timekeeper who has a stopwatch. The timekeeper should shout out, "on your mark, get set, go" and then note the 45-second mark, 30-second mark, 15-second mark and count down from 10 for the last 10 seconds.
- An emcee/judge who makes sure everything is moving along, lets competitors know who is on deck, and announces the final score. This person is typically a member of the National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team and is also very familiar with the rules.
- The sixth helper is the designated ball collector, who makes sure the basket is topped off for each competitor.
- The judge and the timekeeper will keep an eye out for foot faults. The shooter's foot cannot cross the line during the competition.
- Feeders get six practice feeds before they start. Feeders must go in sequence from left to right (left target, center target, right target). If they miss they should move on to the next target area; they do not keep feeding to a target area until they hit it.
- The feeder shoots for one minute and tries to get as many feeds into the target areas as possible.
- If a ball hits any line marking the target area, it still counts.
- Feeders may not have any balls in their hands when the clock starts.
- Feeder position is anywhere behind the service line within the singles court. The feeder's feet cannot be on or go over the service line. The basket can be over the line.
- The winner will be the professional who records the highest number of feeds in the competition.
- If there is a tie, there will be a playoff with the same rules.
- First-place prize is $100, courtesy of the TIA. The division is welcome to add to the prize pot in the form of money, product, etc. The division can also offer second- and third-place prizes if they so choose. The first-place winner earns a spot in the final competition at the World Conference for a grand prize of $300, and second-place $100. If the first-place winner does not attend the World Conference the spot will then be offered to the second-place finisher, then third-place finisher. If none of those competitors can make it, then any division member who attends the World Conference and had not competed in the division shootout can participate in the qualifying event.