2016 World Air Hockey Championship

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Schedule of Events

NOTE: To determine your Rating for entry fee purposes, visit the Full Ratings page and look for your name.  If you are new to competitive Air Hockey, you have a starting rating of 1000.

World Championship – Point Spot Tournament
Thur, Dec 1, 6 PM

Event will determine the World Champion of Point Spot Tournaments.

Regular registration (Oct 28 – Nov 18) – $25
Late registration (Nov 19 – Dec 1, 5 pm) – $35

Open to anyone

Handicaps determine how many points players must spot their opponents and are determined by Mitic ratings. Unrated players will have their handicap determined by the average score of two tournament officials using the Weissman Air Hockey Skills Assessment.

World Championship Open Doubles
Fri, Dec 2, 6 PM

Entry fees per player:
Regular Registration (Oct 28 – Nov 18)
$35 – Mitic Rating 1800+
$25 – Mitic Rating 1300 – 1799
$15 – Mitic Rating under 1300

Find your rating

Late registration (Nov 19 – Dec 2, 5 PM) – add $10 to above fee

Open to anyone

World Championship Open Singles
Sat, Dec 3, High Noon

Entry fees:
Regular Registration (Oct 28 – Nov 18)
$95 – Mitic Rating 1700+
$80 – Mitic Rating 1400 – 1699
$65 – Mitic Rating 1150 – 1399
$50 – Mitic Rating under 1150
$20 – Never been rated

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Late registration (Nov 19 – Dec 3, 10 AM) – add $25 to above fee
Beginners, unrated players and players rated under 1150 given regular registration pricing up to Dec 3.

Open to anyone

This event is a double elimination tournament.  Spinoff divisions will take place to determine final rankings.  The event will complete on Sunday, Dec 4 for the higher finishing competitors.

2016 World Championship Awards Ceremony
Faces off Sun, Dec 4 after the final match.

Prizes
Competitors that register during regular registration for the Open Singles event will receive a commemorative T-shirt (Late registration entrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt only if supplies last – Discounted/group rate entrants may purchase a commemorative T-shirt while supplies last).
Trophies will be awarded for the top finishers in all events.
Each event will have some cash prizes awarded.
Special awards will be handed out for Top Beginner, Most Improved, Top Finishing Woman, Best Sportsmanship, Top Junior, and the Bob Dubuisson Award.

Event Location and Contact Info
The University of Houston main campus is  located at 4800 Calhoun, Houston, TX. 77004.
Competition takes place inside the Wellness Center at 4500 University Dr., Houston, TX 77004
Contact number for University of Houston: 713-743-9500
Contact numbers for USAA are: 713 523-3511, 713-540-8670.
Email to reunion@sbcglobal.net or tweissm@entouch.net

Travel Info

Houston has two major airports: Bush International @ I-45 N and Hobby I-45 S.  Bush has more flights.  Hobby is closer.  Either airport is fine and has connections to UH area. Cabs, buses, vans, rentals.

A walking distance hotel is the UH Hilton on campus.  This location is very convenient to the tournament site.  It is suggested that if you stay at another hotel you look along Highway 59 near Kirby intersection.  Try hotels.com or expedia.com

Registration

Regular registration takes place between Oct 28 and Nov 18
Late registration is from Nov 19 until up noted times before each event begins (see above for each event).

Register online.

If you need to register by mail, email reunion@sbcglobal.net to make arrangements.  Postmark must meet the deadlines for discounts.

Houston Attractions

The Nasa Space Center is 30 miles south on I-45.  And the famous Moody Gardens is a bit further south on Galveston Island.  Houston is also known well for it’s museum district, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural Science Museum.  For shoppers, there is the world-famous Galleria Mall.  For history buffs, there is the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site where you can see the Battleship Texas and the location of the major victory of the Texan revolutionaries against Santa Ana.

Houston is also home to many historical Air Hockey locations. The number one attraction in Houston, TX is the UH Student Game Room where Air Hockey as a sport was born!  The same game room exists today and there is an Air Hockey table in the exact spot where it all began (great spot for a picture!).  This special area is the place where the very first known Air Hockey tournament was held for the UH championship.  Don Bearden and Phil Arnold were in the Finals and required to wear baseball catcher’s masks.  Other sites include the spots where Carnaby’s and Damian’s pubs once were, where players first met and organized a Houston players association and then a Texas association before becoming the USAA in 1975.  And the site of the very first National Air Hockey Tournament ran by players, for players, with players’ rules, at Fair Lanes Bowling Center at I-10 and Bunker Hill in 1978.