2012 Southern Open

A USATT-SANCTIONED FOUR STAR EVENT!

ABOUT THE SOUTHERN OPEN
Houston, we have a USATT sanctioned 4-star tournament! JOOLA brings NATT’s North American Tour back to Texas for the first time in eleven years! As the fourth largest city in the US, Houston offers excellent restaurants, museums, and shopping. Most notably, NASA is just a short drive south and a little further is the historic island city of Galveston.

This event will be held in conjunction with AAU’s Junior Olympics at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, so our usual slate of junior events has been eliminated to encourage kids to enter the Junior Olympics, which start on Monday immediately after our tournament.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this event! Players and spectators, beginners and pros – all are welcome! The popularity of NATT’s 4-star tournaments has increased every year, so we hope to bring the same competitive spirit to the Lone Star State as we have to our East and West Coast events.

Referee:
Scott Ryan
Event Staff:
Richard Lee, Greg Cox, Mary Palmar, John Miller, Tom Nguyen
Proof of Membership:
All participants must be able to show proof of current membership with USATT or an ITTF recognized body. Membership can be renewed or purchased at the event.

Venue: 
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX  77010
Concrete floors and good lighting
Parking Info:
The George R. Brown features a 1,600-space parking garage located at the corner of Polk Street and Avenida de las Americas. Conveniently connected to the GRB and the Hilton by Level 2 skywalks, parking couldn’t be easier.
Official Tournament Equipment:
JOOLA Tables, Nets, Barriers and Orange 40mm 3 star balls.
Entry Deadline:
Entries must be postmarked by FRIDAY, July 6, 2012
Registration:
All Participants are REQUIRED to register at least one hour before the start time of their first scheduled event.
The Southern Open is being held in conjunction with the AAU Junior Olympics, so players will need to sign in with AAU and receive credentials before they are permitted to enter the venue.  Please allow adequate time for registration.  If possible, players with Saturday morning events should pick up their credentials on Friday afternoon.
Also, spectators will need to purchase tickets from AAU to enter the venue.  Coaches can register along with players provided that their information was included along with the players; entry forms.
Check-in: 
Starts at 8AM on July 28, 2012
Refunds:
After the entry deadline, no refunds.
Ratings:
Ratings from the May/June issue of the USATT Magazine will be used for qualifications. Seedings based on most current ratings.
Policies:
Players may not enter two events with identical start times.  Events can be cancelled or combined at the discretion of the tournament committee. Events with insufficient entries may be cancelled and refunds issued. No prizes will be awarded for splits, dumps, default losses or no-shows. Play will be conducted under ITTF rules and NATT policies. USATT dress code will be enforced. All decisions of the referee are final. All U.S. prize money winners are required to provide Social Security numbers. All International prize money winners are required to provide Passport/ VISA. We are required by U.S. Department of Treasury to withhold 30% tax on all prize money recipients from countries that do not have a treaty with the U.S.
Entries Received:
For entry confirmation, go here.
Transportation:
Airports:
George Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
William P. Hobby (HOU)
Ellington Field (EFD) 
Discounted air travel is available on United Air Lines for this tournament using the following avenues:
 
1.Call the Olympic Help Desk at 1 – 800 841 0460 reference Table Tennis Event Code of 563 EH
2.Email to unitedolympichelpdesk@usoc.org and reference Table Tennis Event Code 563EH
3.Go on-line to united.com/usoc and through reservations at bottom of page under promotion, enter the Table Tennis Event Code of 563EH 
For taxi and METRO information go here.
Recommended Tournament Hotel:
Discounted rooms can be booked through the AAU’s Junior Olympics website.  
Places to Eat:
There are plenty of restaurants in Houston. Visit the 
Visit Houston website for a complete list and to review all your options.