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Buffalo’s “Professional Division” Registration Page

November 22 @ 05:00 - November 24 @ 19:00

$5 – $69.99

“PROFESSIONAL DIVISION” REGISTRATION PAGE

Click here, if you want the “AMATEUR DIVISION’S” Registration Page

The Differences Between the Professional and Amateur Divisions

There are two (2) DIVISIONS of Table Hockey Tournaments: PROFESSIONAL and AMATEUR. You are currently on the Professional Division’s Registration page.

If you registered on or before Monday, October 14, you are registered in the Professional Division.

After October 14, you have the option to register in either the PROFESSIONAL or AMATEUR Division. You may register in one category, but not both, because the tournaments in those two categories will run at the same time.

Both the PROFESSIONAL and AMATEUR DIVISIONS will feature four table hockey games; three manufacturer’s table hockey games, plus one manufacturer who is providing two different models of table hockey games. Therefore, we can and will operate four tournaments within each category to promote the manufacturer’s providing support.

    1. Stiga
    2. SoHo Pro
    3. SoHo “S”
    4. SuperChexx

Pricing – (1) The one price you pay to register in either the PROFESSIONAL or AMATEUR category will give you admission to any and all tournaments within that division / category. (2) The price we charge you or your family to play in the Amateur Division is less than the price to play in the Professional Division.

AMATEUR and PROFESSIONAL DIVISION SUMMARIES

AMATEUR Division Summary

The Amateur Division will, as the name implies, be for those who have never played table hockey, or played a little bit, are young players, walk-ins on the day of the tournament, and others.

Basically, they just want to have some fun and we want to open the event up to introduce new people to the sport.

The Amateur Division will have a player limit of 128 players. (Unlike, the PRO category which will be limited to 64 players).

Amateur Playoffs – The playoffs for the AMATEUR Division will be on Saturday, November 23. While prize money will not be awarded there will, however, be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners with medals or trophies, all players will earn international ranking.

Professional Division – Summary

The Professional Division is open anyone. But, the Professional Division caters to the serious table hockey competitor, those who regularly compete or want to compete in table hockey tournaments, who have or seek international / worldwide ranking, who seek a sanctioned event, and who want to test their skills against other players from around the world. The PRO category will award prize money.

The Professional Division will be limited to 64 players for each of the four tournaments: Stiga, SoHo Pro, SoHo 5380, and SuperChexx. Whereas, the Amateur Division is limit is much higher at 128 players.

Professional Division – Details

When you pay to play in the Professional Division, you are paying one price that grants you admission to play in all four (4) Professional Division Tournaments.

Each Professional Tournament features a single manufacturer’s table hockey game and each tournament will be played in sequential order. 

Each tournament will be sanctioned by that Table Hockey game’s sanctioning body. That means, for example, the STIGA tournament has received official sanctioning through the US Table Hockey Association (USTHA), 10/14/2019.

Whether or not a sanctioning body exists, the WTHA is preparing all games to be of tournament level in quality, will sanction and rank players from this event going forward into the future.

Your registration into the Professional Tournaments provides you with four (4) opportunities to:

  1. High level competition on four different table hockey games against players from around the USA, Canada and possibly Europe, 
  2. Earn official ranking points with each game’s sanctioning body**, 
  3. Earn a medal or trophy, if you finish in the top three of any of the four tournaments, and
  4. Win prize money, if you finish in the top three of any of the four tournaments.
  5. As our way to thank you for your travel and support we are working to provide added value (details TBD).

Playoffs – The top eight (8) players from each of the four tournaments on Saturday will qualify for the playoffs, medals/trophies, and prize money on Sunday. Sunday’s playoffs will all be Best of Five (3/5) format.

Bonus: Among the players finishing in the top three of any of the four manufacturer’s tournaments, four players will earn a position in the Multi-Board Championship. —A fifth tournament, also with prize money. The Multi-Board Championship will be a Best of Three (2/3) format.

Registration for the PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

The four table hockey games featured in the Professional Tournaments include:

    1. Stiga
    2. SoHo Pro
    3. SoHo 5380
    4. SuperChexx

You must select one, two, three, or all four tournaments to participate when you register.

We STRONGLY encourage you to play in all four (4) tournaments! To be clear, the tournaments will run in sequence, so you can play in all of them and not miss a tournament.

By doing so, you get in a ton of competition, an opportunity to make new friends, learn something new, and increase your chances of winning prize money!

But, if you absolutely do not want to play on a particular table hockey game we need to know that in advance for our planning and scheduling purposes!

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Friday Night Charity Event, $20 Ticket

This section will change as we learn more from those supporting this event. So, Friday Night’s Charity Event Schedule is subject to change. Also, the cost could go up so we suggest you register now!

Doors Open at 5 PM, Friday, November 22, 2019.

For Businesses Owners, this is an opportunity to treat employees or work colleagues to a good clean fun event, compete in a festive atmosphere against other businesses (maybe your competitors!), and network with others while supporting charitable causes!  You might want to obtain a hockey jersey in your business’ brand colors with your logo as your crest to position your business to gain greater publicity and promote your brand to the regional and WTHA’s worldwide audience!  Contact us for details at info@WTHA.com

For the Public, this is an opportunity do something wholesome and fun with your family and friends in a festive atmosphere, network, meet industry and area leaders, create lifelong memories, and in the process support charitable causes!

What is in it for You, Your Family, or Business?

Opportunities:

  • Businesses can compete against other businesses for Friday’s Night Trophy (suggest wearing a hockey jersey with your business colors and business’ logo for publicity)
  • Businesses can “buy goals for charity” in competition with other businesses
  • Have fun playing table hockey with your business colleagues, friends and family, with a portion of proceeds going to charity
  • Network with business leaders
  • Gain publicity
  • Meet and talk with competitive table hockey players to learn more about the community
  • Meet, talk and play table hockey specifically to learn tips and tricks from top table hockey players (good idea for those competing on Saturday)
  • See short movies or videos about tournament level table hockey competitions across the USA, Canada European Union, and Eastern Europe (non-EU)
  • See, touch, and play on various table hockey games
  • Enter raffles or silent auctions for table hockey games
  • Enter raffles or silent auctions for NHL autographed items
  • Purchase table hockey games at a discount
  • Photo opportunities
  • Food and drink available from RiverWorks
  • All of the above while raising money for charity and more opportunities
  • Festive atmosphere
  • No promises, but there are a handful of other experiences that become possible if NHL, Sabres alumni, or other hockey related celebrities attend, including a chance to get an autograph and photo playing table hockey!

Friday Night’s Niche Experience Schedule

5 PM, Doors Open

  • Food and Drink available

5-10 PM, Discounted TH Games And Other Items for Sale

  • TH games offered during this evening and all weekend at discount.
  • Opportunity for TH manufacturers to provide an event code or other means for people to follow up after the weekend event.

5-10 PM, Raffle TH Games and Other Items

  • $10 per ticket
  • Winners announced periodically throughout evening
  • TH games offered at raffle during this evening and all weekend

5-10 PM, Silent Auction TH Games and Other Items

  • Ends at 10 PM Friday with winners announced at Award Ceremony.

6-11 PM, Have a Photo of You and Yours with an Event Branded Photo Backdrop

  • Photo Op. for public with the charity event’s branded backdrop and a TH game of your choice, $5 per photo

6:30 PM, Welcome and Introductions

  • Guest Speaker(s) – TBD

7-10 PM, Play a Table Hockey Master

  • This is an opportunity to experience tournament level competition.

— SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE FOR THIS SEGMENT —

  • Benefits: Raises $ money for a charity. Audience can see skills. TH company gets a top player to photograph, market and demonstrate their product before an audience and possible use in future publicity. Contact info@WTHA.com for details.
  • Public to pay $10 to play the top TH player for five (5) minutes.
  • If challenger scores a goal gets a goodie bag worth more than his playing fee.

7-10 PM, “Tips and Tricks,” Q&A with a Table Hockey Master

  • $20 for 10 minutes alone with a TH Master to get discuss invaluable tips and tricks in preparation for tournament competition.

7:30-10 PM, Charity Night Tournament Experience, 7:15-10:15 PM

  1. The niche events (previous section) complement an open floor experience for the general audience playing table hockey games.
  2. How we schedule the niche booth events and this open experience is TBD. Likely niche to open the event, then general play. Or, a stoppage at a certain hour for key niche events, e.g. NHL player events (if any).
  3. Corporate / Business / Sponsors – come to play TH
    1. Tournament with winner
    2. Business teams must be members of the company or family member.
    3. “Buy a Goal” – businesses can buy goals at $50 a goal in advance of games (start a game with the # of goals pre-purchased and added to final score) against other businesses; except in the championship series.
  4. 9:15 PM, Playoffs, Top Eight Teams Qualify, Best of Three
  5. 10:45 PM, Championships, Best of Three Series

10:00/11:00 PM, Award Ceremonies

  • Award(s) ceremonies
  • Announcement of Silent Auction Winners
  • Thank You’s

 

Saturday’s Events

General Admission – Watch the Table Hockey Tournament, Tour Vendor Exhibit Areas, Win Prizes, Raffles, Silent Auctions, and More!

Registered Players – Table Hockey Tournament

1. General Admission

To Watch the Table Hockey Tournaments and Tour Exhibits

General Admission Fee Applies

  • Have fun watching or coaching your friends and family play table hockey
  • Random prizes for attendees (keep your entrance ticket with number)
  • See, touch, play and learn about table hockey games over in the Exhibition area (not tournament area) from different manufacturers, “SuperChexx,” made by Innovative Concepts in Entertainment (ICE), “Stiga Playoff,” made by Stiga AB, and “SoHo Tournament Table Hockey” made by SoHo LLC, and possibly more companies
  • Meet and learn about table hockey games with representatives from a variety of manufacturers each making their own style of table hockey games for different audiences and market segments (find and buy a game that meets your desires)
  • Learn about tournament level table hockey competitions across the USA, Canada, European Union, and Eastern Europe (non-EU)
  • Purchase table hockey games at a discount
  • Your attendance and participation raises money for charity
  • Enter raffles for table hockey games
  • Enter raffles or silent auctions for NHL autographed items
  • Purchase table hockey games at a discount
  • and more…

General Admission Fees

General Admission to the tournament for spectators each day to view the tournament $5 per adult (age 18+), $1 per child (ages 10-17) and children under age 10 may enter at no additional cost, i.e. free.

Payable in advance online or at the door. We suggest that you pay online in advance to avoid waiting in line at the door.

2. Saturday – Professional Division’s Tournaments

Playoffs: SoHo’s “Pro” model playoffs are Saturday evening. All of the other three playoffs are on Sunday.

Register now! There is a 64 player limit.

All games are five minutes.

  • Free gift bag for players participating in Saturday’s tournament
  • Have fun playing table hockey with your friends and family
  • All registered players automatically become members of the WTHA, published at WTHA.com, earn points and ranking based by finish
  • The top eight (8) players per manufacturer’s game at the end of Saturday’s round-robin tournaments qualify for the playoffs (at no additional registration cost)
  • Players who win a championship (1st place) on any manufacturer’s game automatically qualify for the Multi-Board Playoffs (MBP). It is possible that a second place player could also qualify for the MBP.
  • Purchase table hockey games at a discount
  • Enter raffles for table hockey games
  • Enter raffles or silent auctions for NHL autographed items
  • Your participation raises money for charity
  • and more…

3. Saturday – PROFESSIONAL DIVISION’S SCHEDULE

When you register and pay your fee online you must tell us by checking the boxes next to each table hockey game you want to play, so we can plan and do our computer scheduling. The format will and must be simple.

Saturday’s Schedule** support’s intense competition featuring each sponsoring manufacturer’s table hockey game.

It is in your interest to support the table hockey, support our sponsoring manufacturer’s that made this event possible, so we can have more events like this or any other kind. So, we STRONGLY encourage you to register for all four tournaments!

Time / Tournament

09:00-09:30 Arrival Time Period. You must arrive to RiverWorks between 9 and 9:30 AM to confirm registration and more.

09:30-10:00 Welcome, Introduction and Rules Discussed

NOTE: To efficiently use time and to highlight that you should remain near, if one tournament finishes earlier than scheduled, we will start the next tournament earlier than its scheduled time.

10:00-12:00 Stiga Tournament

12:00-13:00 (12-1 PM) SoHo “S” Tournament

13:00-14:00 (1-2 PM) LUNCH

14:00-15:00 (2-3 PM) Resume SoHo “S” Tournament

15:00-17:00 (3-5 PM) SoHo “Pro” Tournament

17:00-19:00 (5-7 PM) SuperChexx Tournament

19:00——–(7 PM) Dinner & Social Time

Playoffs

19:30-20:30 (7:30-8:30 PM) SoHo “Pro” Playoffs among its top 8 players.

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Notes

* Our use of “Table” hockey also means “Bubble” hockey, or any hockey game with six manual rods to control hockey figures on a surface whether or not that surface is completely covered or domed with plexiglass, also known as a “bubble.”

** More than 2 hours per block of games may be needed on Saturday’s four (4) different blocks depending on tournament turnout.

*** If there are only 64 total people who register for the Pro and Amateur CATEGORIES, everyone will be in the PRO Category.

Caution / Recommendations

Once the PRO CATEGORY reaches 64 players the PRO category will close!

What can you do? You can email us to see if we can find a spot for you.

Wait List

For the Pro Category of Tournaments – You must email us at info@WTHA.com on or before midnight Tuesday, November 19 to be put on our waiting list for a Professional Division.

Wait List Strategy – If we sell out all PRO tournaments, you should consider registering for the Amateur Division. In the Amateur Division, you will have competition, earn ranking points, and have an opportunity to win awards (medals/trophies). However, it might also be a good strategy to get into the PRO Category of tournaments, should a PRO player, e.g. player #64, not attend. In that case, we will go down our Wait List to call out names to fill that open spot.

Sunday’s Events

1. General Admission

To Watch the Professional Division’s Playoffs, Tour Vendor Exhibit Areas, Win Prizes, Raffles, Silent Auctions, and More!

General Admission Fee is reduced on Sunday to $1 per person

  • Have fun watching your friends and family in very competitive table hockey
  • Random prizes for attendees (keep your entrance ticket with number)
  • See, touch, play and learn about table hockey games over in the Exhibition area (not tournament area) from different manufacturers, “SuperChexx,” made by Innovative Concepts in Entertainment (ICE), “Stiga Playoff,” made by Stiga AB, and “SoHo Tournament Table Hockey” made by SoHo LLC, and possibly more companies
  • Meet and learn about table hockey games with representatives from a variety of manufacturers each making their own style of table hockey games for different audiences and market segments (find and buy a game that meets your desires)
  • Learn about tournament level table hockey competitions across the USA, Canada, European Union, and Eastern Europe (non-EU)
  • Purchase table hockey games at a discount
  • Your attendance raises money for charity
  • Enter raffles for table hockey games
  • Enter raffles or silent auctions for NHL autographed items
  • Purchase table hockey games at a discount
  • and more…

2. Professional Division’s Playoffs

Manufacturer’s Playoffs

The top eight (8) players per manufacturer’s game from Saturday’s tournament qualify for Sunday’s playoffs (no additional fees).

Manufacturer’s Playoff Format

The playoff format for Stiga, SoHo, and SuperChexx are all best of five (3/5), i.e. first player to achieve three (3) wins in five (5) possible games.

Multi-Board Championships

The top two players from each manufacturer’s playoffs (1st and 2nd place) automatically qualify for the Multi-Board Championships. The last event of the day. A fifth opportunity to win an event and prize money.

If the same person finishes in the top 2 of two or more manufacturer’s playoffs, then we will select one of the 3rd place finishers to join the Multi-Board Championships.

Multi-Board Playoff Format

The playoff format for the WTHA’s Multi-Board Championship will be best of three (2/3), i.e. first player to achieve two (2) wins in three (3) possible games.

In this playoff, the higher seeded player selects the manufacturer’s game of choice to play on first. In game two, the lower seeded player selects the manufacturer’s game of choice to play.

If a deciding game is required, a manufacturer’s game not selected previously by either player will be used to determine the champion.

Multiple Awards

Can you earn multiple awards? Yes, the more tournaments you register to play in the manufacturer’s tournaments the more opportunities you afford yourself to win multiple awards and cash prizes. Plus, if you finish in the top two (2) of any manufacturer’s playoffs, you automatically qualify for the Multi-Board Championship, a fifth opportunity to win.

Time / Playoff

Arrive by 09:00 and no later than 09:20 AM

09:30-11:30 STIGA Playoffs

11:30-12:30 SoHo “S” Playoffs

13:30-14:3o (1:30-2:30 PM) LUNCH

14:30-16:30 (2:30-4:30 PM) SuperChexx Playoffs

16:30-18:00 (4:30-6 PM) Multi-Board Playoffs

Our goal is to end by 6 PM or earlier on Sunday.

Prize Money (US dollars)

Prize money will be awarded for each manufacturer’s game model playoff; STIGA, SoHo “Pro,” SoHo “S,” and SuperChexx. Also, there is a fifth playoff for the Multi-Board Championship.

So, by registering for all four of the Professional Division’s tournament you get five opportunities to win prize money!

  1. First place, $200
  2. Second place, $100
  3. Third place, $50

REGISTRATION FEE SCHEDULE – Professional Division

Pricing – (1) The one price you pay to register to either the PROFESSIONAL or AMATEUR Division will give you admission to any and all tournaments within that division. (2) The price we charge you or your family to play in the Amateur Division is less than the price to play in this, the Professional Division.

The following is the pricing schedule for the PROFESSIONAL Division.

Early Bird Registration Fees, Tournament Players

Expires Monday, October 7 at midnight. Register Now!

    • Early Bird Registration Discount, Adult Player Registration Fee, (age 21+) only $24.99 !!!
    • One child between the ages of 10-20 may be registered by a parent or guardian for FREE!!! (limit one), when the adult pays for their own Adult Player Registration Fee.
    • Children and teens ages 10-20 the registration fee is only $15 !!!

Early Registration Fees, Tournament Players

Starts Tuesday, October 8 through Saturday, October 26 (ending at midnight). Fees are as follows:

    • Adult (21+) Player Registration Fee: $35.99
    • One child between the ages of 10-20 may be registered by a parent or guardian for FREE (limit one) when the adult pays for their own Adult Player Registration Fee.
    • Children and teens ages 10-20 the registration fee is $20.

Regular Registration Fees, Tournament Players

Starts Sunday, October 27 through Tuesday, November 12 (ending at midnight). Fees are as follows:

    • Adult (21+) Player Registration Fee: $49.99
    • One child between the ages of 10-20 may be registered by a parent or guardian for FREE (limit one) when the adult pays for their own Adult Player Registration Fee.
    • Children and teens ages 10-20 the registration fee is $25.

Late Registration Fees, Tournament Players

Starts Wednesday, November 13 through Monday, November 18 (ending at midnight). Fees are as follows:

    • Adult (21+) Player Registration Fee: $54.99
    • One child between the ages of 10-20 may be registered by a parent or guardian for FREE (limit one) when the adult pays for their own Adult Player Registration Fee.
    • Children and teens ages 10-20 the registration fee is $29.

Last Minute Registration Fees, Tournament Players

Starts Tuesday, November 19 through Saturday morning, November 23. Fees are as follows:

    • Adult (21+) Player Registration Fee: $69.99
    • One child between the ages of 10-20 may be registered by a parent or guardian for FREE (limit one) when the adult pays for their own Adult Player Registration Fee.
    • Children and teens ages 10-20 the registration fee is $35.

Rebate Offers

Hotels – We offer a rebate for our out of town guests staying at a hotel within the city of Buffalo, Erie or Niagra Counties, or Fort Erie, Ontario.

  • Receive a $10 rebate on your Tournament Registration Fee (players only) by providing your hotel receipt with your name from a hotel, date, and location within the city of Buffalo, Erie or Niagra Counties, or Fort Erie, Ontario.
  • Must be confirmed by WTHA with hotel.
  • Expect 14-day processing.

Organizers

World Table Hockey Association
Buffalo RiverWorks
Niagara-Buffalo Sports Commission

Venue

Buffalo RiverWorks
359 Ganson St, Buffalo, NY
Buffalo, NY 14203 United States
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Phone:
844-749-2267
Website:
https://buffaloriverworks.com/

Tickets

Unlimited available
Charity Event Ticket$20.00Entry for the Charity Event on Friday Night - Separate from the Tournament Admission
Unlimited available
General Admission - Spectator$5.00General Admission Ticket for Spectators
40 available
Player - Early Registration 21+$35.99Early Registration Fees, Tournament Players 21+, 1 Child Ticket Age 10-20 is Free with Paid Parent
40 available
Player - Early Registration Ages 10-20 without Parent$20.00Early Registration Fees, Tournament Players, 2nd or more child of paid parent, or child age 16-20 registering on their own.
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