Format and Schedule

Tournament Schedule

The Cactus Classic Invitational is a paperless event.  For a compete tournament schedule and updated results, the Cactus Classic is published online on Advanced Event Systems.  You can also use the AES X-press app to follow all the action on your handheld device.

Competition on Saturday and Sunday is pool play in a wave format.  The morning pools (wave) will begin at 8:00 AM and the afternoon pools (wave) will begin at 3:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Teams playing in the AM Wave on Saturday do NOT necessarily play in the AM Wave on Sunday; Sunday and Monday play time assignments depend on the team's pool finish on the previous day.  Depending on the number of teams in a division, there may be additional matches for some teams in the evening of either Saturday or Sunday (or both); further play depends on the team's pool finish.

Monday's competition will be modified double-elimination bracket play, depending on the team's standing at the end of Sunday's competition.  While the final matches on Monday will depend on format, the tournament attempts to schedule all final matches by 4:00 PM.  The hosting club (Club Cactus Juniors) will help all out-of-town teams with their last officiating assignments when available.

 

Please do not make travel arrangements to leave earlier than 6:00 PM. 

Tournament Format

The Cactus Classic Invitational will be three rounds of competition.  Saturday and Sunday's format will be Pool Play.  Monday will be Tournament Bracket Play.  At this point, all teams will have been sorted into divisions of similar competitive skills.  Teams should be expected to play at least 2 matches on Monday.

The Select Divisions will be two rounds of of competition - all teams will be seeded into two pools of 7 which will be played over two days on Saturday and Sunday.  The top 4 teams in each pool will advance to the Championship Bracket, while the others will advance to Divisional Brackets on Monday.

  • Two waves (AM & PM)

  • Guaranteed at least 8 matches in each division

  • R1 provided, work team provides R2

  • No tie breakers: ties determined by match %, set %, point % and then coin flip

  • Pool play day one and two, bracket play day three

 

Time Frame for Schedule Release

Specific start times for teams will be published the week of the tournament after seeding is completed and teams are assigned to pools for Saturday.  Please do not contact us (or have parents contact us) earlier than the time frames listed below...

  • December 15 ... Registration Deadline

  • January 1 ... Age Group Waves Announced

  • January 3 ... Team Seeding Input Survey emailed to Club Directors

  • January 12 ... Saturday Pool Assignments for Teams Released by Wednesday evening

  • January 14 ... Complete schedule uploaded into AES by Friday morning