Singapore Open update

From the tournament director:

FIELDS

Apologies for the delay in updating. The attention of the Sports Council had been totally focused upon the recent Asian Youth Games, which Singapore hosted.

1. Farrer Park Sports Field
We are working with the Sports Council to try to get the fields ready.

2. Alternative fields
Discussions are underway with the authorities for a possible alternative venue, about 30-45 mins from the city by public transport. The site may be able to accommodate more playing fields.than Farrer Park.

FORMAT & GENDER RATIO

The majority of teams are bidding for the Mixed Division. We shall consider the Open Division if there are at least 5-6 teams participating and subject to the field capacity.

1. Mixed Division
A gentle reminder that the Mixed Division default ratio is 4 men & 3 women. For the well-being of the ladies, we recommend all Mixed teams have at least 5-6 women on your rosters.
If you do not have enough women, please consider the Open Division.

2. Open Division
Gender ratio does not apply. Teams may field any combination of men and/or women.

3. Format
At this point, we envisage ‘normal’ spread pools for the Sat round-robin phase.

BIDS & TEAMS

1. Cap on number of teams
As mentioned before, subject to the field capacity, we may have to cap the number of teams to possibly 20 teams total. We will know as soon as the field situation is confirmed.

2. Team bids & seeding
In order to help us determine the bids & likely seeding as well as for logistics, please submit your roster and any information you think may affect your possible seeding. Please reply to this email or <keekhoon.neo@gmail.com>.

Please visit our website for a list of the bids & interested teams

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

As announced previously, fees are SGD100 per player

In order to register your bid formally, please:
(i) submit your roster; and
(ii) pay a deposit of at least SGD$500 per team (equivalent to the fees for 5 players)
by next Friday, 24 Jul 2009 (Singapore time).

* The deposit is refundable (less any applicable transfer charges) if your team bid is unsuccessful.
* Teams may chose to pay the full team total at this time, OR pay the balance (i.e. team total less the SGD$500 deposit) by the registration party.
* Deposit is forfeit if the team withdraws from the tournament after Friday, 24 July 2009 (Singapore time)

I will send the registration & payment form to team reps in a separate email.

PICKUPS

Does any team besides Cambodia and India need players?
Are there any pickups looking for a team?
Please let me know and we’ll see how we may help match players and teams.

We may have several pickups from Australia, Singapore and elsewhere itching to play.

HOTELS / HOSTELS

No designated tourney hotel this year. However, for easier access to the fields, we suggest staying in the Little India area and near the MRT-North East Line (aka the “Purple Line”), a route on Singapore’s subway network.

Please check out the information provided below, courtesy of Steinar Cramer:

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There are tons of backpacker places around the Little India area. They probably don’t take group bookings, but the prices are low enough that you won’t need a group rate. Other option is some of the hotels in the area. Easiest thing is to check www.asiarooms.com. You could try Aspinals, Broadway or Fortuna. There’s also Hotel81 Bencoolen, and the Bencoolen. They’re not particularly fancy places, but that’s what you get in the budget category. Nicer hotels not too far from the fields include Hotel Rendezvous, the Carlton Hotel … but definitely more expensive. Best bet is to go onto Asiarooms and just look through the map of the area, read the reviews, etc.
For the hostels, I can suggest a few places … all are located max. 15-min walk from fields (or 3-min. taxi ride):
The Hive (http://www.thehivebackpackers.com/) … one of the owners is somehow connected to Sing Ulti, and they may take group bookings?
Prince of Wales (http://pow.com.sg/)
Hangout @ Mount Emily (http://www.hangouthotels.com/) … this place is a bit more expensive (S$60 per night) but definitely a step up from most backpacker places … might actually be nicer than some of the 3-star hotels in terms of room quality? Pretty popular, though, so would have to book early.

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I’ll update again when additional details are available. If you have any questions, please contact me.

keeks
Singapore Ultimate

kkneo5@yahoo.com.sg
keekhoon.neo@gmail.com

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