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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So there's going to be a delegates conference soon in the ITHF. The nations will be asked to vote on a new World Tour system. The main change is creating a new top category for the biggest events.

(I had some concerns about rushing into this.)

I've cut and pasted the letter from Bjarne, the ITHF president, and the two word files he included so that everyone has the information. Feedback welcome. Will try to answer questions the best I can. Best, Eric


Dear member federations


The Executive Committee of ITHF is calling for an Extraordinary Delegates Conference.

The topic: ITHF World Table Hockey Tour (WTHT)

When:
From Saturday the 15th of February 2014 to Friday the 21st of February 2014 at 23:59:59 CET

The voting will be about keeping the present WTHT or elect a new system (see attached file).



The last 3-4 seasons I have travelled a lot and participated in both big and small tournaments in many different countries.
The ITHF World Table Hockey Tour has been a part of this travel activity.

It is my clear impression that among many of the best players and organizers there is an opinion that the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour needs to be updated.

Right now we see for example a big and prestigious tournament in St. Petersburg being on the same WTHT-level and WR-level as small tournaments in Las Vegas and Bronderslev which is not fair.

My recommendation to you is to support a change of the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour.

Attached is a proposal to change Tournament Rule 2.4 and a description of the new WTHT-system.



Some facts:

The proposal contains 3 levels: WTHT Super Series, WTHT Majors and WTHT.
The new system will provide more tournaments in W.R.-level 2
If demands to Super Series (highest level) are too big an organizer can apply for level 2 (Majors)
Small federations can still have a smaller World Tour in level 3 (WTHT)
The number of top tournaments is not locked at 6 tournaments.
Every season the tournaments are selected by the Executive Committee of ITHF.
ITHF will obtain information and evaluation from players before selecting the tournaments.
An official application schedule will be sent to possible WTHT-organizers (all 3 levels).


I see this as the best change to upgrade our ITHF World Table Hockey Tour cause we all know the situation the last years has not been perfect.

Feel free to ask me questions at bjarne@9700.dk

Some of you know what languages I speak so feel free to use your own language if I speak this.





Best regards
Bjarne Axelsen

President
ITHF
Executive Committee

Web: www.ithf.info


ITHF World Table Hockey Tour

Important abbreviations in this document:
• ITHF W.R. = ITHF World Ranking
• ITHF E.C. = ITHF Executive Committee
• WTHT SS = ITHF World Table Hockey Tour Super Series
• WTHT Majors = ITHF World Table Hockey Tour Majors
• WTHT = ITHF World Table Hockey Tour

Status:
The present ITHT WTHT is consisting of ITHF WTHT B6 + ITHF WTHT.
The ITHF WTHT B6 is mostly based on traditions from 2005 where ITHF was born.
The tournaments belonging to ITHF WTHT are very different from each other and here we both see a very small tournament with 13 participants and a huge tournament as St. Petersburg Open that is even bigger than some ITHF WTHT B6.
We also see big and prestigious tournaments outside the present ITHF WTHT and if we want ITHF WTHT to consist of both the best tournaments + giving each member federation the chance to organize a World Tour we need to change our set-up.

What to do?:
I have discussed the ITHF WTHT with many people and received many inputs.
My proposal to the world is based on all these inputs and my own view.
The wish behind this suggestion is both to give ambitious organizers a chance to apply for a tournament on the highest W.R.-level + keep the possibility that also small member federations can still organize a tournament belonging to ITHF WTHT.

ITHF WTHT (WTHT):
• Approximately 12 tournaments selected by ITHF E.C. in March/April.
• These tournaments are level 3 in ITHF W.R.
• These tournaments will provide 120 World Tour-points to the winner.
• The tournament should have a minimum of 20 participants the year before.
General demands to all tournaments belonging to ITHF WTHT (all 3 levels):
• An application schedule should be sent to ITHF from the national federation.
• Selection of tournaments belonging to ITHF WTHT (all 3 levels) is done by the Executive Committee of the ITHF.
• ITHF will obtain information from players before making the selection.
• Information about tournament system, time schedule, venue etc. in a webpage 6 weeks before the tournament.
• Live update during play off in webpage or Facebook.
• Final standings should be published at least 2 hours after the tournament.
• Tournament system prepared for every number of participants.
• Organizers should try the results program thoroughly before the tournament.
• Posters with information should be visible both inside and outside the arena.
• A possibility for eating lunch in a walking distance from the playing venue.



ITHF WTHT Majors (WTHT Majors):
• These tournaments are the same level as WTHT SS in ITHF W.R. (W.R. level 2)
• Approximately 4-5-6 tournaments.
• These tournaments will provide a smaller number of World Tour-points than WTHT SS but a bigger number of points than WTHT.
(160 points to the winner)


Special demands (ITHF WTHT Majors):
• Free water supply
• Live update from the entire part of the tournament.
• In play off it should be possible to watch the preferred match for spectators.
• A minimum of 50 participants the year before.
• Demands to ITHF WTHT are also demands to ITHF WTHT Majors.


ITHF WTHT Super Series (WTHT SS):
• These tournaments belong to ITHF W.R. level 2
• These tournaments will provide the biggest number of World Tour-points.
(200 points to the winner)
• Number of tournaments depends on ability to meet the demands (probably 3-5)

Special demands (ITHF WTHT Super Series):
• Impossible to register after registration deadline.
• The organizer must seek national TV/newspaper coverage by sending out press releases etc.
• Press releases etc. are also sent to ITHF E.C.
• The organizer must organize a Fan Zone where drinks and snacks could be bought.
• Broadcast through internet is recommended - not demanded.
• Demands to ITHF WTHT Majors and to ITHF WTHT are also demands to ITHF WTHT Super Series






Bjarne Axelsen


2.4 ITHF World Table Hockey Tour

The ITHF World Table Hockey Tour (ITHF WTHT) is an individual open series of tournaments that runs over

one season. Tournaments belonging to the ITHF WTHT are divided in three classes. The biggest and most

prestigious are designated the ITHF WTHT Super Series. The others are called ITHF WTHT Majors and

ITHF WTHT.

Selection of tournaments belonging to ITHF WTHT Super Series and ITHF WTHT Majors is done by the

Executive Committee of the ITHF.

Participants of each ITHF WTHT tournament get points according to their final rank.

The best three results for each player from all ITHF WTHT tournaments are counted,

When multiple players have the same number of ranking points the following tiebreakers are used:

1. comparing the players' highest points,

2. comparing the players' points in tournaments that they all have attended,

3. comparing the numbers of participants in tournaments where the players got their highest points,

4. comparing the results of all matches between the players during the whole season,

5. comparing the score from all WT tournaments,

6. ITHF World Ranking – version valid after the last WT tournament of the season.

In the table below points for certain placements are described:

Super Majors WTH

1 200 160 120

2 190 150 110

3 185 145 105

4 180 140 100

5 178 138 98

6 176 136 96

7 174 134 94

8 172 132 92

9 170 130 90

10 169 129 89

11 168 128 88

12 167 127 87

From placements 9 tournaments points will descend by one in all three systems.

In ITHF WTHT Super Series there will be points to the first 178 players in the final standings.

In ITHF WTHT Majors there will be points to the first 138 players in the final standings.

In ITHF WTHT there will be points to the first 98 players in the final standings.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:57 pm    Post subject: World Club Championships Reply with quote

From Stanislav Kraus...any TH leagues in North America have a rich uncle>


Hello,

let me invite your table hockey federation to the World Club Championship 2014 which will be held on 12th April in Letovice, Czech Republic. We would love to meet also clubs from your country in Letovice trying to become the best club of the season 2013/2014. Moreover players will have a chance to participate also at individual tournament - Czech Open 2014 will be held on 13th April at the same place.

Your TH federation has the right to send one team to the tournament
according to the ITHF rules. The best club from previous World Club
Championship - BJC Laimite (LAT) and the best 3 clubs of the ITHF World Club Ranking valid on 11th February (not counting BJC Laimite, which is current number 1) - Bagira (RUS), Legion (RUS), Spjalerance (FIN) - are qualified directly together with 3 more Czech
clubs selected by the organizers. The others participants will be selected
according to the ITHF rules mentioned above
- http://www.ithf.info/stiga/ithf/docs/wcc_rules.htm - particular
federations will have a chance to register more clubs to the competition in
order of the World National Ranking valid on 11th February.

Capacity of the tournament is 32 teams. If this number will not be reached by clubs representing countries which are members of the ITHF, we will give a right to participate also to clubs from another countries - again in order of the World National Ranking valid on 11th February!

All information either about World Club Championship or Czech Open are
available at http://www.stigaletovice2014.cz/en/. If you have any
questions, or need some help do not hesitate to ask the organizing club THC Stiga Svitavy (stigaletovice2014@seznam.cz) or me!

I would like to ask you to send this information to representatives of all
clubs from your country or to send me contact mails where should I send it by myself.

Please let me know even if you already know that there is no club from your country which will be interested in playing at the World Club Championship - we will offer place reserved in tournament for your federation to another club which will be interested in participation.

Welcome to Letovice to another great Stiga event! We hope that with your help we will organize the biggest team tournament ever!

Best regards,

Stanislav Kraus
member of the board of the Czech Table Hockey Association
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A missive from the ITHF prez...

Dear tablehockey people


In Facebook the page ITHF Debate has been created:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ITHFWTHT/?fref=ts

The purpose is to create a place where all tablehockey fans, players, leaders etc. can bring up suggestions, exchange ideas, discuss tournament systems, how to prepare the best games etc. etc. etc.

You are very welcome to spread this message to as many people as possible.
Also therefore will the page ITHF World Table Hockey Tour in future only be about...... the ITHF World Table Hockey Tour (informations before, during and after tournaments).

I will ask you to try to focus on bringing forward what you think would be the best ideas and solutions instead of critisizing solutions from other people.
Tell what you have done in your league, club, federation in order to make the best possible tournaments and feel free to make this a place that can help us all to make ITHF and tablehockey even better and perhaps more popular which is needed.

Every topic is welcome but unproper behaviour through words has a chance being deleted.

Things written in this page from me or other members of the Executive Committee of ITHF is not necessarily the official opinion of ITHF.
However; it has been my opinion for a long time that just because Eric Krol, Bernard Skrlep, Martin Arenlind, Espen Moe and Bjarne Axelsen are elected to make decisions as a body of ITHF we should also have a personal chance to tell a little about what we feel about certain topics.

With the page ITHF Debate everyone in tablehockey have this chance.

Go ahead and use it.



Remember that proposals to ITHF should still be sent officially through mail to ITHF if you expect the Executive Committee of ITHF should discuss the matter.
The official mail to the Executive Committee is executive.committee@ithf.info
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin Arenlind of Sweden left the ITHF Executive Committee so there's a vacancy. If you're into a ton of emails and European TH political battles you don't quite fully grasp, you may want to apply. Smile


Dear member federations



In May 2014 the member federations are going to elect the 5th member to the Executive Committee of ITHF.

The deadline for suggesting candidates is set to the 25th of April 2014.

Therefore we ask you to propose candidates.



What is the job in the Executive Committee about?

It is about making a lot of different decisions about tablehockey.

The way the Executive Committee is working is debating things, bringing forward our opinions and making decisions.

It is always a majority of at least 3 people that makes the decisions.

There will be times where we succeed with our proposals but also the opposite.



What specific jobs does the Director of International Championships have?

•Communicating with organizers before and after they organize their tournament (International Championships).

•Giving inputs to tournament systems, organization etc. of international Championships.

•Collecting evaluation of international tournaments among players and main organizers.

•Checking that organizers understand tournament rules for international tournaments.

•Communicating with WTHT organizers before and after the tournament.



Please bring forward your candidates not later than the 25th of April 2014.





Best regards
Bjarne Axelsen
President
The Executive Committee of ITHF
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new ITHF World Tour calendar is out. They added levels this year. Super Series are the biggest, Majors are the second biggest, then there's the regular tournaments.

19/07 2014 US Open 2014 (Lemont, Illinois, USA) WTHT

30/08 2014 Norway Open 2014 (Bergen, Norway) Major

13/09 2014 Centennial Challenge 2014 (Edmonton, Canada) WTHT

20/09 2014 Latvia Open 2014 (Incukalns, Latvia) WTHT

27/09 2014 Azov Masters 2014 (Mariupol, Ukraine) WTHT

18/10 2014 Helsinki Open 2014 (Helsinki, Finland) Major

25/10 2014 Swiss Open 2014 (Bern, Switzerland) WTHT

01/11 2014 Canada Cup 2014 (Toronto, Canada) WTHT

08/11 2014 Slovenia Open 2014 (Kranj or Sevnica, Slovenia) WTHT

15/11 2014 St. Petersburg Open 2014 (St. Petersburg, Russia) Major

(perhaps also 16/11 2014)

06/12 2014 Riga Cup 2014 (Riga, Latvia) Super Series

07/12 2014 Riga Cup 2014 (Riga, Latvia)

10/01 2015 Kursk Open 2015 (Kursk, Russia) WTHT

07/02 2015 Swedish Masters 2015 (Malmö, Sweden) Super Series

14/03 2015 Moscow Open 2015 (Moscow, Russia) Super Series

15/03 2015 Moscow Open 2015 (Moscow, Russia)

28/03 2015 SNAC 2015 (Detroit, Michigan, USA) WTHT

25/04 2015 Czech Open 2015 (Prague or Letovice, Czech Republic) Super Series

02/05 2015 Ukraine Cup 2015 (Kiev, Ukraine) WTHT

09/05 2015 Berlin Open 2015 (Berlin, Germany) WTHT

30/05 2015 Canadian Masters 2015 (Montreal, Canada) WTHT

12/06 2015 World Championships 2015 (St. Petersburg, Russia)

13/06 2015 World Championships 2015 (St. Petersburg, Russia)

14/06 2015 World Championships 2015 (St. Petersburg, Russia)
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The European Championships were held this weekend in Latvia.

I've posted some fresh video of the finals on the ustha.com home page. Looks like it's the whole series between Maxim Borisov of Russia and Ahti Lampi of Finland.

http://www.ustha.com
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some local US league results added to the World Ranking page...Eastern Iowa, Madison, CAGA Detroit, Northwest Chicago...scroll scroll scroll


http://stiga.trefik.cz/ithf/ranking/index.aspx
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow,
Eric I just went through the individual rankings and I'm blown away by the fact that I don't make the field and yet I've attended many events over the last 5 -6 yrs and my name is nowhere to be found.
How Ironic....
I guess I have something to prove this time in Chicago...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok Ok I did some searching and found my ranking....


I'm impressed with myself but I still have a long ways to go...

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super Dave, you've proven everything there is to prove on the Coleco game. You certainly earned your nickname there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have read the ITHF document on tournament selection posted here and now have reviewed the list of tournaments for the WTHT 2014-215. I wonder if anyone else has ever wondered (or cared) about what statistical criteria is used to determine tournament level or is it just a random choice based on EC members whims. It seems to me that NA organizers have put much time and effort into putting together events year after year and not one has been rewarded with a major status.

While I may not be very active in tournaments lately, I am still interested in the goings on and seeing organizers in NA rewarded for their efforts.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last year, Martin Arenlind of Sweden worked very hard as a volunteer and updated the ITHF World Ranking system. Believe most North American players saw their rankings go up when the new system went into effect.

For the 2014-15 ITHF World Tour year, tournament organizers filled out a form and could apply to be a Super Series, a Major or just part of the regular World Tour (same as in years past). To get the Super Series or Major status, there was a a series of tougher guidelines that had to be met, more demands for TV/media coverage, venue.

My recollection is that each of the North American tournaments that applied made a request to be a regular World Tour event. Those requests were granted.

Not all of the European events that applied for a Super Series or Major got what they wanted.

There was debate within the Executive Committee, with more emails than I can count and numerous suggestions about how to proceed. As I recall, the number of players who had traditionally played in the event was a factor. The compromise that emerged forms the 2014-15 World Tour.

In general, the discussion focused on whether the World Tour was going to become too Russia-centric. The Russians are on the rise, with a lot of national government sporting agency money being spent to send teams and develop younger players. This seems to be true for Latvia as well. (The nations are close geographically.) They tend to hold most of the biggest tournaments in terms of number of players and strength of field.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EricK wrote:
The European Championships were held this weekend in Latvia.

I've posted some fresh video of the finals on the ustha.com home page. Looks like it's the whole series between Maxim Borisov of Russia and Ahti Lampi of Finland.

http://www.ustha.com


Do you have any videos of Darta Ozolina? She's my favorite Latvian player.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin Arenlind of Sweden has put together a web page with links to results of (nearly) all the World Championship tournaments and European Championship tournaments. Thank you, Martin.

Check it out here: http://www.arenlind.com/Stats/TableHockey/WorldEuropeanChampionships/
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have any videos of Darta Ozolina? She's my favorite Latvian player.[/quote]

Dude, Back off... I put dibs in on her first, I'm trying to get her to come to the Canada Cup Challenge in November....

If she attends then you need to come to Canada to meet her otherwise she just sits in our dreams....

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this Kent Richter finishing 7th at the Swiss Open? (Or a typo?)

http://stiga.trefik.cz/ithf/ranking/tournament.aspx?ID=19398
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, you read right, Eric. And he'll be in Toronto this weekend.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ITHF President Bjarne Axelsen has posted his 2014 year-in-review speech. For your viewing pleasure:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QR33DDL9Ks
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got an email from Yanis Galuzo (a top Russian player) with some details on the 2015 World Championships in St. Petersburg. Posting it here for North American players who are considering the trip in June 2015...

Hello dear colleagues!

Saint-Petersburg Table Hockey Federation continue the preparations for the upcoming World Championship that will held in Saint-Petersburg from 12 to 14 of June 2015.

At the moment we have decided a venue of the event. The positive experience of previous biggest events (WCh-03 in Zurich and WCh-13 in Stavanger) helped to make a choice in favor of the venue of the hotel “AZIMUT”, which is currently one of the biggest and well-known hotel of Saint-Petersburg situated in the historical center of the city. You can find more details about the venue on the official page of the World Championship: http://wch2015.hockeystiga.com/en/venue/

Since the World Championship will held right at the high season, we have to know the approximate number of players in advance to book the rooms for the lower prices. So we are kindly asking you to send us a preliminary list of participants from your country including all categories. Such list would also help us to imagine the level of the tournament and consider all details in our preparations.

The price for 1 person in the hotel “AZIMUT” for today is:
45 euro for 1 person room
30 euro for 2 person room
25 euro for 3 person room
● The breakfast in included in this price;
● The price can be changed according the currency rate

At the upcoming World Championships the Saint-Petersburg Table Hockey Federation will continue the traditional non-official categories which were started at the European Championship 2014 in Riga. Considering the quota limit of those unofficial tournaments we are opening the obligatory pre-registration for the Seniors category 50+ (date of birth 1965 and older) and for the Kids category 13- (date of birth 2002 and younger). The pre-registration form and the information about those unofficial categories are below:

● Seniors 50+ (1965 year of birth of older).
Date: 14 of June.

The maximal number of players: 25 including 5 Russians. In case if there will be less than 20 foreign players, some Russian players can be added.
Approximate formula of the tournament: 1 round robin and play-off (best of 5) for the best 12 players.

Please send your pre-registration form for the Seniors category to: gavrila@yandex.ru (Mark Gorodnitsky) or yanis.galuzo@gmail.com (Yanis Galuzo).

In this form you must note: Surname, Name, Country, Date of birth.
The pre-registration dead-line is 15.03.2015. If you will send your request after the 15th of March, you will have to pay the registration fee which is 10 euro. If a player hasn’t sent the request before 30.04.2015 the Organizing committee may not accept his request. If the number of requests will be more than 25, the Organizing committee can give a priority to players who sent their requests earlier.

● Kids 13- (2002 year of birth and earlier).
Date: 14 of June.

The maximal number of players: 25 including 5 Russians. In case if there will be more
requests, the Organizing committee will consider the possibility to
separate the
tournament on 2: 13- and 10-. Such separation if only possible in case if there will be
enough requests before 15.03.2015.
Approximate formula of the tournament: 1 round robin and play-off (best of 5) for the
Best 12 players.

Please send your pre-registration form for the Kids category to: gavrila@yandex.ru (Mark Gorodnitsky) or yanis.galuzo@gmail.com (Yanis Galuzo).

In this form you must note: Surname, Name, Country, Date of birth.
The pre-registration dead-line is 15.03.2015. If a player hasn’t sent the request before 15.03.2015 the Organizing committee may not accept his request. There is no entry fee for the Kids category. The final decision about the formula of the Kids category will be made after the pre-registration dead-line (15.03.2015).

Best regards,
Saint-Petersburg Table Hockey Federation
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The International Table Hockey Federation elections are coming up this spring. Looks like Bjarne doesn't plan to run for ITHF president (though I believe he has said that before). Sounds like Simon Thomas of the UK (who lives in Germany) plans to run. I plan to seek another two-year term on the ITHF Executive Committee, if the nations will vote for me. Figure as we put together a bid to host the 2017 World Championship in NYC, it would be good to stay involved. Also try to provide calm, logical, reasonable feedback on the numerous proposals that surface, and help with the organization's news postings and social media accounts.

Here is Bjarne's letter to the national federations announcing the election:


Elections to ITHF 2015

In the Delegates Conference of ITHF 2015 there will be elections to the bodies of ITHF.

Two years ago – in spring 2013 – we had an interesting and intense debate about what the different member federations expected from ITHF in the years 2013 to 2015.

Many people were active in this debate which was great to see because an active debate is important if the future leaders of ITHF should have a chance to make the right decisions for table hockey.

Since then the debate has been reduced to a few active people.

Perhaps it is because of the fact that most of the national member federations of table hockey do not really have the time to
participate in debates since they are voluntary people just playing and organizing table hockey for fun in their spare time.

This is very natural and the realistic scenario I have tried to introduce every time we have had debates about Olympic Games and other unrealistic dreams.

We must continue dreaming but in order to avoid frustrations the dreams must be just a little bit realistic.

Somewhere in the table hockey world we see great improvements concerning the organization of tournaments, the professionalism and the way to prepare and run a tournament.

I am very sure that a tournament like Kursk Open is one of the best organized tournaments in the world.

This tournament should be a Major tournament.

I cannot see why one country could not have two Majors.

I will invite future leaders of ITHF to consider this.

The table hockey world is changing all the time – like in every other sport – and it should be the job of ITHF to be aware of what is going on and be ready to award people doing an effort to improve the professionalism of our sport with the right level in the World Table Hockey Tour.

We now have a world tour in three levels with the right graduation for Moscow Open as well as Norway Open and Swiss Open.

These tournaments are some of the tournaments I love mostly but it is tournaments in three different levels concerning the set-up, number of participants, arenas etc.

Therefore they should be sanctioned in the right level and they were before the season 2014/15.

The job of ITHF is about being ready to make necessary changes – and sometimes the decisions will not be popular everywhere.

Not everything should be changed.

We have built a good federation with respect for each other and more fairness in the tournaments the last few years.

I see table hockey developing in new countries – such as
Kazakhstan, Lithuania and Belarus.

I hope the Federation of Kazakhstan will join ITHF this spring and I therefore recommend the member federations to vote yes to the application from Kazakhstan and welcome them in our family.

ITHF will need new leaders.

I will ask people who have an eye for the entire table hockey world and who are ready to fight for diversity to candidate to the seats of
the Executive Committee of ITHF.

ITHF is an umbrella federation for the national federations and
must work on behalf of both big and small national federations.

I have been in ITHF since 2005 and am still ready to help but 7 years as president in a voluntary job should be enough.

ITHF will need at least two new leaders – among this a new president and a new secretary general.

Remember to announce your candidacy to ITHF before the 1st March 2015.



The best regards,

Bjarne Axelsen

President, ITHF 2008-2015.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all. The US and Canada will be among the nations taking some votes this month and next month on several International Table Hockey Federation questions.

A small committee from the US and Canada had considered putting in a bid for the 2017 World Championships, but after some research and deliberation we decided not to move forward at this time.


Here is the agenda:


Agenda

April 2015 Delegate Conference

Overview:

1st – 7th of April 2015: Round 1

1. Host of 2016 European Championships

2. Edited Tournament Rules

3. ITHF membership for Kazakhstan

8th – 14th of April 2015: Round 2

1. Host of 2017 World Championships

2. Executive Committee election

3. Legal Committee election

4. Rule change for team competitions at WCh and ECh

Round 1

1st – 7th of April 2015

1) Host of 2016 European Championships

A host must be chosen for the 2016 European Championships.

There is only one candidate: Estonia

Delegates have already received the application letter from Estonia. It can be sent again if

requested.

Delegates can vote ESTONIA or NO.

2) Edited Tournament Rules

Due to complaints about the difficulty of reading the Tournament Rules, they have been

edited to improve legibility:

• The English has been improved for easier understanding and greater consistency.

• Paragraph numbers have been introduced for easier referencing.

• All rules that apply only to team competitions have been highlighted in green so they

can be found more easily.

• Some minor terminology changes have been made (e.g. removal of reference to "Big

Six", replacement of "ladies" with "women").

On this regard, two documents shall be sent with this letter:

- The edited tournament rules with each individual change marked in red so that you

can see what has been changed.

- The "clean" version of the same document, without the red markings.

No clause has been deleted. Any clause that appears to have been deleted (e.g. "If a game

is faulty...") has simply been moved to a more logical location elsewhere in the document.

The ITHF Executive Committee has reviewed this edited version and is satisfied that these

changes do not affect the content of the rules.

Shall the existing version of the Tournament Rules be replaced with this edited version?

Delegates can vote YES or NO.

3) ITHF membership for Kazakhstan

The Kazakhstan table hockey federation has applied for active ITHF membership. The ITHF

Executive Committee has reviewed Kazakhstan's application and is satisfied that Kazakhstan

meets all the requirements for active membership as per Article 6 of the ITHF Constitution.

The following documents have been provided by the Kazakhstan federation and shall be sent

to the delegates along with this letter:

- The official application letter to the ITHF.

- The registration papers as evidence of compliance with the requirements.

- An English translation of these registration papers.

Delegates must now decide whether Kazakhstan shall be granted active membership,

observer status, or no membership.

Delegates can vote ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP, OBSERVER STATUS or NO.

Round 2

8th – 14th of April 2015

1) Host of 2017 World Championships

A host must be chosen for the 2017 World Championships.

The candidates are: Estonia and the Czech Republic

Delegates have already received the application letters from these two countries. They can

be sent again if requested.

Delegates can vote ESTONIA, CZECH REPUBLIC or NO.

2) Executive Committee election

Five ITHF Executive Committee members must be elected for the seasons 2015/16 and

2016/17.

This encompasses five separate votes (2a-2e):

2a) President

Candidate: Simon Thomas (Great Britain)

Delegates can vote THOMAS or NO.

2b) Secretary General

Candidate: Mikhaylo Shalomayev (Ukraine)

Delegates can vote SHALOMAYEV or NO.

2c) Director of International Championships

Candidate: Martin Arenlind (Sweden)

Delegates can vote ARENLIND or NO.

2d) Supervisor of Rules and Regulations

Candidates: Espen Moe, Edgars Caics

Delegates can vote MOE, CAICS or NO.

2e) Continental Manager, North America

Candidate: Eric Krol (USA)

Delegates can vote KROL or NO.

3) Legal Committee election

Three ITHF Legal Committee members must be elected for the seasons 2015/16 and

2016/17.

Candidates: Rolf Locher (Switzerland), Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark), Intars Zubeckis (Latvia)

This encompasses three separate votes (1a-1c):

1a) Should Rolf Locher be a member of the Legal Committee?

Delegates can vote LOCHER or NO.

1b) Should Bjarne Axelsen be a member of the Legal Committee?

Delegates can vote AXELSEN or NO.

1c) Should Intars Zubeckis be a member of the Legal Committee?

Delegates can vote ZUBECKIS or NO.

4) Rule change for team competitions at World Championships and European

Championships

It has been proposed that the rules for team competitions be adapted for the World and

European Championships. The current rule says the home team will not change games

during the whole team match. The proposal is that instead each player in both the home

team and the away team moves between games (one step to the right).

Shall this rule change be implemented for World and European Championships?

Delegates can vote YES or NO.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Czech table hockey association interviews incoming ITHF President Simon Thomas. He's from the UK and lives in Germany.

http://stigacasag.blogspot.cz/2015/04/ithf-interviews-who-is-simon-thomas.html
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And an interview on the Czech blog with outgoing ITHF President Bjarne Axelsen.

http://stigacasag.blogspot.cz/2015/06/ithf-interviews-bjarne-axelsen-on.html
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Livestream of ITHF WC: http://77.221.150.179/live/ibro/ma0518.html

Edgars Caics of Latvia, who some of you might remember from the USOpen a few years ago, is playing in the semis against Maxim Borisov of Russia. Skill level off the charts, as you would expect.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello everyone. There is ITHF voting by the member nations at the end of the month. I am posting the background information that was put together by new ITHF President Simon Thomas.

The gist of all this is that Russia wants more/better premier tournaments on the World Tour because they tend to draw the highest numbers of players and most skilled fields.

There's been an internal debate at the ITHF for a while on whether to give Russia more of the high-profile events. For many years, the idea has been to spread out the major nations so that you had to travel to achieve a high ranking. For years, Sweden was the best but they still had only one of the major tournaments.

I tend to come down on the side of geographic balance, otherwise we might as well just call it the Russian Table Hockey Tour instead of the World Tour. I have mapped out the distance between some of the Russian and Latvian events and you could easily just play those events and achieve a high ranking. They're just so much closer together than in the U.S. and Canada, which are large countries geographically, obviously.

Feedback welcome.


Extraordinary Delegates Conference

25th to 31st of August 2015

Introduction:

This Extraordinary Delegates Conference is about the points we give to tournaments. The table hockey community must decide whether we should always give maximum world ranking points to the tournaments with the best organisers, or whether we should have limits to ensure no country gets too many more high-ranked tournaments than other countries.

The Executive Committee wants to encourage good organisers, while also keeping the world ranking system fair and accurate.

Background:

Last season, the World Tour changed from the Big 6 system to a new system with Super Series, Majors and normal World Tour tournaments.

Under the Big 6 system, six countries each had one "level 2" tournament on the World Tour, so players at these tournaments earned more world ranking points than at the other World Tour tournaments, which were level 3.

Under the new system, all Super Series and Major tournaments are level 2. There are currently seven such tournaments: each of the former Big 6 countries has one, except Russia, which has two.

As Russia recently applied for a third level-2 tournament, the Executive Committee has decided that we need to vote on whether there should be a limit on the number of level-2 tournaments per country.

The world ranking list is not just a competition, it is also a carefully balanced system, designed to compare players' abilities, helping to ensure fair groups when seeding players for tournaments. If one country has more level-2 tournaments than the others, this can skew the world ranking in favour of that country's players and make the world ranking inaccurate. On the other hand, organisers who do a lot of work to provide a great tournament are very valuable members of our community and can feel let down by the ITHF if their tournament does not get included in the Super Series or Majors.

This Extraordinary Delegates Conference includes six questions. Hopefully the first two questions need no explanation. Explanations of the other four questions are provided below.

Questions

1) Should there be a limit on the number of level-2 World Tour tournaments per country?

(Options: yes / no).

2) If there is a limit on the number of level-2 World Tour tournaments per country, what should that limit be?

(Options: 1/2)

3) If there is a limit on the number of level-2 World Tour tournaments per country, should the proposed "Extra" Super Series / Majors tournaments be allowed, with full World Tour points, but level-3 world ranking points?

(Options: yes / no)

4) Should the World Tour points system be changed to the proposed 200/180/160 system?

(Options: yes / no)

5) Should only one World Tour tournament in each country count towards a player's World Tour points total?

(Options: yes / no)

6) Should the host of the World Club Championships (which is to be held at most once every two years) always be allowed to host a Super Series tournament on the same weekend as the World Club Championships?

(Options: yes / no)

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Explanation of Question 3:

The idea behind this question is to enable countries to host a large number of tournaments with a high status on the World Tour, without skewing the world ranking too much.

If we have a limit on the number of level-2 tournaments per country, countries could be allowed to go beyond that limit, hosting so-called "Extra" tournaments, which would get full World Tour points, but only level-3 world ranking points.

We would then have the following types of tournament on the World Tour:

World Tour points* World ranking level

Super Series 200 2

Super Series Extra 200 3

Majors 160 2

Majors Extra 160 3

Normal World Tour 120 3

The "Extra" tournaments could then play an important role in the competition for the top 10 places on the World Tour, but would affect the world ranking less than the other Super Series / Majors.

* World Tour points shown in the table are based on the current system. If the proposal in question 4 is accepted, these will change accordingly.

Explanation of Question 4:

The Executive Committee has been asked to adjust the World Tour points system because the present system makes smaller World Tour tournaments meaningless to players chasing the top 10 places. Currently, the World Tour points for the winners in Supers/Majors/WT are 200/160/120. The Executive Committee suggests changing it to the following 200/180/160 system:

Placing Super Majors Normal World Tour

1 200 180 160

2 190 170 150

3 185 165 145

4 180 160 140

5 178 158 138

6 176 156 136

7 174 154 134

8 172 152 132

9 170 150 130

10 169 149 129

11 168 148 128

12 167 147 127

All other World Tour points specifications in Tournament Rule 2.4 v would remain unchanged.

Explanation of Question 5:

If it is possible for one country to host multiple Super Series and Majors, it could become possible for a player to win the World Tour by playing in just one country. In order to prevent this and to encourage the top players to travel to other countries, the Executive Committee suggests that only one World Tour tournament in each country should count towards a player's World Tour points total. A player would then probably have to play in at least three countries to win the World Tour. World ranking points would not be affected by this rule.

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Explanation of Question 6:

Whenever the World Club Championships are held, the organiser often holds a separate World Tour tournament on the same weekend, making it a combined 2-day event. As many of the world's top players are likely to attend, it is suggested that this tournament could always be allowed to have Super Series status.

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