FIR Racketlon World Championships: Teams & Singles 2024

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Sport(s): Racketlon
Federation: Federation of International Racketlon
Status: World Championships
Date: 31 Jul 24 - 4 Aug 24
Federation Delegate: Jack Bishop & Kresten Hougaard
Tournament Director: Duncan Stahl

Location: Tennis & Squash Centrum Victoria, Rotterdam


After the success of the 2023 edition, we are looking forward to welcoming the worldwide Racketlon community back to Victoria in Rotterdam once again for the 2024 FIR Racketlon World Championships: Teams & Singles.

We aim to build on the success of the 2023 World Championships (the results of the player’s survey showed it was one of the most popular World Championships ever held), but we are certainly still looking to keep improving a few different areas.

Victoria remains one of the very best Racketlon venues in the world and in particular, perfectly suited to host our world championships – in terms of both the quality and quantity of the courts, its location and general size of the centre for a tournament of this size.

Once more we will see seating for over 1000 spectators across the 4 Centre Courts Arenas as we crown our world champions for 2024!

This is the first phase of the 2024 webpage outlining some very important tournament schedule changes (compared to previous WC’s), to enable players to arrange their travel dates + also announcing various accommodation options open to players – as it is vital to book your accommodation early (as prices will increase and availability decrease if you book too late).

Much more information about this year’s FIR Racketlon World Championships will be added this webpage over time, so please keep checking back in

Venue Information

Victoria is one of the best known clubs in The Netherlands and boasts some incredible facilities:

– 7 outdoor clay tennis courts, with stand-alone centre court
– Indoor Tennis Hall with 8x hard courts
– 12 squash courts including 2x permanent glass show-courts
– Indoor Sports Hall w/ 6x badminton courts
– Very large bar & restaurant area (overlooking squash and tennis centre courts)
– Excellent spectator viewing at all sports for all 6 tournament courts
– Outdoor terrace overlooking tennis courts
– Outdoor Bar, BBQ and entertainment area
– Changing & shower facilities for large numbers
– On site camping (more details below)
– On site physiotherapy, taping and massage
– Superb location, very close to the centre of Rotterdam with excellent public transport links
– 3x Padel courts

Schedule

PLEASE NOTE THIS YEAR’S TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE – BASED ON PLAYER FEEDBACK, WE WILL BE IMPLEMENTING A VERY DIFFERENT SCHEDULE COMPARED TO PREVIOUS WORLD CHAMPS – all singles categories will be played first with the Teams played after the singles

All the below times represent the earliest possible start times for first rounds per category and the latest finishing times per category.

AM = 08.00 (earliest possible) PM = 16.00 Night: 22.00

SINGLES SCHEDULE:

Men’s A: Wednesday (PM) – Friday (Night)
Women’s A: Thurs (AM) – Friday (Night)
Men’s B: Wednesday (AM) – Friday (Night)
Women’s B: Wednesday (AM) – Friday (Night)
Men’s C: Wednesday (AM) – Friday (Night)
Women’s C: Wednesday (AM) – Friday (Night)
Men’s D: Wednesday (AM) – Friday (Night)
First Timers: Thurs (AM) – Friday (Night)

Juniors (Boys & Girls):
u12: Thurs(AM) – Friday (Night)
u14: Thurs(AM) – Friday (Night)
u16: Thurs(AM) – Friday (Night)
u18: Wed (AM) – Friday (Night)
u21: Wed (AM) – Friday (Night)

Seniors (Men):
+40: Wed (PM) – Friday (PM)
+45: Wed (PM) – Friday (PM)
+50: Wed (PM) – Friday (PM)
+55: Wed (PM) – Friday (PM)
+60: Wed (PM) – Friday (PM)
+65: Wed (PM) – Friday (PM)
+70: Thurs(AM) – Friday (PM)

Seniors (Women):
+40: Thurs (AM) – Friday (PM)
+45: Thurs (AM) – Friday (PM)
+50: Thurs (AM) – Friday (PM)
+55: Thurs (AM) – Friday (PM)

TEAMS’ SCHEDULE

FIR World Cup: Saturday (AM) – Sunday (PM)
FIR Nations Cup: Saturday (AM) – Sunday (PM))
FIR Challenge Cup: Saturday (AM) – Sunday (PM)

Junior Teams:
u12: Saturday (AM) – Sunday (PM)
u14: Saturday (AM) – Sunday (PM)
u16: Saturday (AM) – Sunday (PM)
u18: Saturday (AM) – Sunday (PM)
u21: Saturday (AM) – Sunday (PM)

Senior Teams:
+40: Friday (PM) – Saturday (Night)
+45: Friday (PM) – Saturday (Night)
+55: Friday (PM) – Saturday (Night)
+65: Friday (PM) – Saturday (Night)

Accommodation Details

Below are 5 different accommodation options.

For Options 1,3 & 5 you need to fill out one of the forms on this site below in order to make your reservation.

For Options 2 & 4 you contact the hotels directly to make your reservations using the Promotional Code we have provided below to get a discount

It is very important to book your accommodation early! Accommodation in major European cities in the middle of summer is in high demand and prices will get higher the later you leave it.

For general accommodation enquiries please send a mail to: accommodation@dwsevents.com

Accomodation Options

Option 1: Camping at Victoria Sports Complex

A large green field right next to the venue. Showers, toilets and lockers available in the sports centre from 6am til midnight. The venue will also provide an excellent breakfast for all campers every morning (EUR8.95)
Overnight toilets, electricity sockets, lighting, chairs, tables etc provided in the field.
You must bring your own tent and camping equipment.
Camper vans are also fine to bring to the tournament.
Please email us before May 9th 2024 to reserve your camping spot stating the size of your tent / camper and for how many people…
We have applied for a special permit from Rotterdam City to allow camping and so we will have a limited number of camping spaces and a limited number of people able to camp – PLEASE RESERVE YOUR SPACE EARLY!

EUR5 per person per night. Supplement of EUR10 per night for camper vans.

    Please fill out the above form before 29th May 2024 to reserve your camping spot

    Option 2: Stay OK Hostel

    The Stay OK Hostel is situated in Rotterdam’s iconic cube house buildings.
    It has an excellent location right by the harbour, with plenty of restaurants and entertainment nearby. Stay OK is next to Blaak station which has direct trains which take only 6 mins to Kralingse Zoom (the nearest stop for the sports centre).
    The rooms at the Hostel are basic, clean and well maintained and with private bathrooms – can choose to reserve a bed in a room with other guests or a group can book a private room with 3 to 8 beds).

    Please make your bookings direct with the hostel using the code provided – the earlier you book the better price you will get!
    There will also be limited availability.

    Prices will vary (approx: EUR40 to EUR50 per night per bed) – check link below + discount code for latest prices (the earlier you book, the better prices):
    Stay OK Rotterdam
    And use Promo Code: RACKETLONWC2024
    All prices include breakfast.

    Option 3: The Social Hub

    The Social Hub also has an excellent location next to the harbour, right in the heart of the city. It has a good bar, cafe and games room (pool, table football, darts etc). They offer single rooms or doubles (with one double bed),

    A nearby bus stop has regular public buses which are 1 stop (2 mins) from Kralingse Zoom (the nearest stop for the sports centre).
    All rooms must be reserved via the form on this site

    Double room (1x double bed) : EUR110 per room per night

    Single Room: EUR104 per room per night

    Option of breakfast at EUR10 per person when booked in advance on this form (EUR18.00 per person when purchased on the day at the hotel). All reservations and payment for The Social Hub will need to be completed by 22nd April 2024

      Please select your room type

      Do you want to pre-book breakfast at EUR10 per person (or EUR18.00 per person if bought at the hotel)?


      After making your reservation on the form above, you will be contacted for payment via bank transfer – all reservations and payment for The Social Hub must be completed before 22nd April 2024.
      Any further questions, please contact: accommodation@dwsevents.com

      Option 4: Novotel Brainpark

      Very nice 4 star hotel that is 16 mins walking distance from the Victoria Sports Complex.
      Single, Double / Twin and Triple rooms are available and all rates include the hotel’s excellent full breakfast buffet.

      Children u16 can stay for free.
      Booking should be done direct with the hotel using the reference: “WC Racketlon”
      and rooms will be held until 9th June 2024

      Double / Twin Rooms: EUR173.50 per room per night
      Single Room: EUR152.50 per night
      Triple Room: EUR224.50 per room per night
      *all rates above include full breakfast and are fully refundable up to 1 week before arrival

      Contact the hotel quoting reference: “WC Racketlon 2024”
      H1134-RE1@accor.com
      Tel. +31102532502
      Reservations must be made before 29th June 2024

      Option 5: Motel One Rotterdam

      A very nice, designer 3 star hotel in the central Rotterdam harbour area, close to restaurants, bars and many things to do.
      It is only a 5 mins walk to Blaak station, where there are direct trains to Kralingse Zoom station which take only 6 mins (the nearest stop for the sports centre)

      Nadine Rupp

      Double rooms (30.07 to 02.08): EUR119.00 per room per night.
      (02.08 to 04.08): EUR139.00 per room per night.
      (04.08 to 05.08): EUR119.00
      *all above rates do not include breakfast (option of buying breakfast at the hotel at EUR16.50)
      All reservations and payment for Motel One must be made by 12th June 2024

        Please select your room type


        After making your reservation on the form above, you will be contacted for payment via bank transfer – all reservations and payment for Motel One must be completed before 12th June 2024

        Food & Entertainment

        Food
        We have been working hard with the venue to improve on the food offerings throughout the tournament this year.

        This year there will be a selection of different pasta dishes available all day and night from 11.30am til late on every day of the tournament.

        As well as the pasta options there will also be an additional evening meal option available til late on every day of the tournament.

        The sandwich bar + small warm and cold snacks will be available from the bar on every day of the tournament.

        The Player’s Dinner will take place at Victoria on Friday night…and the Player’s party (karaoke, dancing and drinks) til 01.30 on Saturday evening.

        After many compliments from last year, the Victoria bar will still stock its impressively wide range of different beers!

        There will also be the option to eat breakfast at Victoria every morning (EUR8.95 per person): buns, croissants, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, Yoghurt, cereals and fruit

        Details about other planned events during the tournament will appear here soon.

        Tournament Entry

        Restrictions / Entry Rules:
        – Men’s Senior players (40+ to 60+ inclusive) can only play in one age group category (they are also able to enter an additional open category)
        – Women’s Senior players, Junior players and Men’s Senior 65+ and 70+ players can choose to play in 2 consecutive age group categories (eg u16 & u18 or o65 and o70), but NOT, for example u16 & u21 or o45 & o55)
        – Maximum 2 singles categories for all players.
        – Senior and Junior team players cannot play in both age group teams + their country’s 2nd, 3rd or 4th open teams – they can play in their country’s 1st teams.
        However we cannot guarantee that the schedule will always allow players in age group teams to also be able to play in their country’s first team matches (effected countries will be contacted separately to have this situation made clear).

        National Federations should register their teams by 26th June 2024…and must enter the players names for each team by 10th July 2024 (last minute changes to players in teams can also be made nearer the tournament if necessary).

        National Federations will be contacted directly with the necessary links and details to enter their teams.

        The “EUR10 late entry” surcharge will be added to all Singles Entries received after 12th June 2023 (1 month before entry deadline)

        If you know you are playing, please enter early! Early entries for such a big tournament are a huge help to the organisation.

        All online singles entries should be made at this link WC Singles Online Entry

        All players must have a valid 2024 FIR Player’s License before entering online. Go to this link in order to get FIR Player License

        Singles Entry Fees:
        EUR75: open & seniors’categories
        EUR65: o65 / o70
        EUR40: u21/u18 & First Timers
        EUR25: u16/u14/u12
        EUR15 discount for 2nd singles category

        Team Entry Fees:
        As per FIR regulations and will be communicated directly to National Federations.

        Prize Money:
        Total Prize money pool will be confirmed 1 month prior to the tournament and will be split 50:50 between the Men’s & Women’s elite singles top 3 placed players (with the split in accordance with FIR Tournament Regulations on prize money).

        Playing Conditions

        Table Tennis
        To be played on Butterfly 25 tables with Butterfly R40+ 3 star balls (the official ball used at the ITTF World Teams Table Tennis Championships 2024)

        Badminton
        Indoor Sports Hall on rubber flooring + also 3x tournament badminton mats, using Dunlop Aeroflite 1 Championships Shuttle (highest grade)

        Squash
        High quality glass backed, temperature controlled courts + 2x glass show courts using Dunlop Pro double yellow balls

        Tennis
        Outdoor clay courts (as used at ATP Challenger Tour Event). Indoor, Rebound Ace hard courts (but these will only be used as back up in case of rain), using Dunlop Fort All Court balls

        Warm up courts and tables will be available throughout the tournament to allow players the perfect preparation for their matches.

        Travel

        Rotterdam has excellent road and rail connections, making it very accessible by car or train from many countries: France, Belgium, Germany, GB, Switzerland etc. We have put together some extra information for players who would like more information about traveling to Rotterdam by train: FIR Sustainable Travel

        Schipol Airport (Amsterdam) is also one of Europe’s biggest hub airports with direct flights from all over the world. There are then regular, direct trains leaving Schipol airport going direct to Rotterdam Central station (Schipol to Rotterdam Central takes 25 mins).

        Rotterdam itself is a city designed around its excellent and reliable public transport system of trains, trams and buses which can take you everywhere. The nearest stop to the Victoria Sports Complex is Kralingse Zoom which is 10 mins walk away.

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