Preparing for a Tournament
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Before you go to a tournament, be sure to follow these guidelines:
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- Read the Rules of the Tournament.
Be sure you know how the tournament is being run. Know where exactly it is, and know what to do when your match starts. In a lot of tournaments, if the match is set for 10:00am and you arrive at 10:01, they can default you and you lose automatically, so know the rules.
Do you have to check in at the control desk?
Do they allow food and drink in the playing area?
- Arrive early.
Go to the tournament venue early, and arrive at your specific match early.
- Get plenty of sleep.
There's no point showing up at your tournament tired and not giving your best.
- Bring drinks and snacks.
You can definitely get hungry and may not have time to find a place to buy food, so pack some yourself.
- Don't switch your equipment soon before a tournament!
Don't experiment with a new type of rubber or a new blade close to a tournament. It takes time to adjust. Don't even use a fresh sheet of rubber. If you want to switch to a new sheet, make sure you have one or two playing sessions before the tournament so you can get adjusted, even if it's the same model of rubber.
- Bring a camcorder if possible.
Recording your matches is a great way to improve, especially at tournaments. Watching yourself under pressure can reveal some weaknesses that you don't notice when you play without any pressure at the club or for fun. If you do bring it, don't let it out of your sight as expensive items can still get stolen.
- Bring a Coach.
Having a proper coach (or even a fellow player) to watch your games and offer advice in between games is very helpful.
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