TOURNAMENT

Mizuno Beach Volley Marathon® is the most famous and participated in open tournament at a worldwide level of this discipline. It is able to gather every year more than 20 thousand of participants in Bibione (Venice - Italy). The sportive offer of this unique event is enriched by amazing evening parties on the beach, funny nights in the best clubs and specially agreed prices: it’s a pure entertainment celebration!

PARTICIPATION

Participation is open to teams of athletes with no age limit and at any level of play, divided into categories: 2x2 Male, 2x2 Female, 3x3 Male, 3x3 Female and 4x4 Mixed (two men and two women on the court). The 2x2 M/F may have a reserve each; the 3x3 M/F and the 4x4 Mixed may have two reserves per team. Athletes who are part of one team cannot be part of other teams in the same category. Participation in the tournament involves the acceptance of the "General Regulation".

2X2 M/F

The 2x2 M/F matches will take place on Friday and Saturday. On Friday there will be the qualifications following the double elimination format between 32 teams: after the first defeat the team will pass to the losing scoreboard; after two defeats the team is disqualified.

Only the 32 best teams of the qualifications of Friday will pass to the final section of the tournament  on Saturday.  The matches will be played as a single set to 21 points, with a maximum of 23 points; the final matches (1st -2nd and 3rd -4th places) will be played using the two out of three format, set to 21 points, with a maximum of 23 points and any third set will be played to 15 points with a difference of two points, no point limit.

3x3 M/F and 4x4 Mixed

The match of 3x3 M/F and 4x4 Mixed categories will compete on Saturday and Sunday. The match format includes a qualification stage (on Saturday), consisting of round robin tournaments with more teams. At the end of the qualification stage a provisional table will be drawn up for each category on the basis of the point ratio gained until that moment by each team (with an equal point ratio the best positions are assigned on the basis of the day of the registration). The final stage (on Sunday) will take place based on the above-mentioned ranking with direct elimination matches until the final. For the 4x4 Mixed category, 768 teams will access to the final stage from the qualification round on the basis of the best point ratio, split in four different draws:

Platinum draw (1st – 192nd); Golden draw (193rd - 384th ); Silver draw (385th – 576th); Bronze draw (477th – 768th). For the 3x3M and 3x3F categories, 576 teams will access to the final stage on the basis of the best point ratio won during qualification round, divided in three different draws: Golden draw (1st – 192nd); Silver draw (193rd - 384th); Bronze draw (385th– 576th). In case of a final draw presents a number of teams of less than 32, these teams will be included in the draw that precedes it (ex: Bronze draw with 30 teams enrolled, the teams will be included in the Silver Draw). All the matches are played in one set to the best of 21 points with a 23 points limit; the final matches (1st -2nd and 3rd-4th place) will be best out of in one set to the best of 21 points with a lead of two points with no point limit.

Refereeing

Refereeing will be performed in rotation by the same athletes according to the competition program downloaded here and available in the BeachVolleyMarathon App. The final matches will be supervised by federal referees.

All matches must be played in accordance with the fair play values, athletes must accept the referee’s decisions and be respectful of all the other participants; otherwise the organizers can decide, at their own discretion, to exclude the participant from the tournament without being obligated to offer refunds.

Filling of the court reports

All the participants refereeing the matches, have to fill courts reports they will find on the same courts before the match starts. The final score must be clear, legible and must be signed by both teams for acceptance.

Check of the qualifying round results

During the qualifying round, teams must verify the accuracy of the final results of their matches displayed on the scoreboard and also in the section of the BeachVolleyMarathon App. Results of the morning matches (8.30 am - 1.00 pm) have to be checked before 2.00 pm; results of afternoon matches (1.30 pm - 6.00 pm) before 7.00 pm. Once the qualifying round have been completed, it will not be possible to request any corrections of results. Note: Those results that are not clare, legible or fake, will not be taken into consideration for the final classification, because their identification will not be clear.

Matches won and lost by default

In the qualifying round, as result of the matches won or lost by default for the categories 3x3 M/F and 4x4 Mixed will be assigned a score of 21-0 to the losing team. The score will determine the quotient points of the provisional ranking. However no points will be assigned and counted to teams winning the match by default.

Management of delay and concurrences

Teams that arrive on the courts with a delay of more than 20 minutes from the scheduled time assigned or that are missing one or more athletes will be declared defeated by default with a score of 0-21.

The referee will take the final decision and declare a team defeated by default after being informed of the lateness from the opposing team and/or the Tournament Director.

For teams with one or more athletes playing in different categories, making an exception to what stated above, will be allowed a 40 minutes delay. Beyond this time, the team will be asked by the Director of the Tournament to choose which match they will play and, therefore, which match they will lose by default.

Program and refereeing of the final phase

The rankings at the end of the qualifying phase will be available in the appropriate section of the BeachVolleyMarathon App and on the "classifications" page. For the 3x3 M/F and 4x4 Mixed categories, a text message sent to all team managers will communicate the ranking position of their team at the end of the qualifying phase.

The BeachVolleyMarathon App will allow you to deduce the matches time and the refereeing scheduled for the final phase. The scheduled timetable for the final phase can also be found on the page "Matchplay draw - Final Matches - Sunday."

Official tournament T-shirt

During the finals (1st -2nd and 3rd-4th places) and for all the matches played on the central main court athletes must wear the official tournament T-shirt. If one or more players of a team do not respect this rule, the all team will lose the match by default.

Unfavourable weather conditions and other external events

The Mizuno Beach Volley Marathon® will take place despite of any weather condition. Obviously, in certain adverse weather conditions (or other external events) the organizers can decide at their discretion, to suspend provisionally or permanently the matches and the evening parties without any obligation of refund. In this case, it will be resumed the score set at the time of suspension. For 2x2 M/F categories, in case of permanent suspension of the qualification matches that does not allow to define a final classification, the 32 final teams of these categories will be decided referring to the enrollment date. For 3x3 M/F and 4x4 Mixed categories, when the Tournament Director chooses for the permanent suspension during the qualifying round, the provisional rankings will be drawn up on the basis of the results achieved by each team at the time of suspension; to those teams that have not played any match will be assigned by default a point ratio equal to the average of the points calculated on the matches played in the original category; in case of equal point ratio, the ranking position will be determined by the date of enrollment.
In case of permanent suspension of qualifying round, the prize money will be distributed equally between play draw, and assigned to different ranking positions in the percentages already applied. In case of permanent suspension of the the final round, for each matchplay draw that is still in the running, the prize money, with the exception of the one already awarded, will be equally divided between the teams that were still playing at the time of the suspension. It will be assigned only if the amount per team is not equal or less than 50,00 euro.

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