The 2012 Shirley's Coffee Shop Singles/Doubles Badminton Tournament will kick off next Sunday at the TSL Sports Complex in Gualo Rai.
This year's Shirley's tournament will run until Sept. 3 with games to be played during weekends. Friday and Saturday's matches will be held from 6pm to 10pm, while Sunday's games is set from 5pm to 10pm and the Aug. 25 opening ceremony will start at 5pm.
Players will be competing in the men's and women's Class A, B, and C singles and the men's and women's doubles in all three classifications. Organizers will only accept the first 10 players to register in the men's and women's A and C singles and 12 in the B division. For the doubles, 8 pairs are allowed in the men's A and C and 10 in the B, while in the women's doubles, the maximum entries are 8 for A, 10 for B, and 6 for C.
Tournament committee members are in charge of the players' classification and individuals who want to play outside their group will be allowed only if the allotted slots are left unfilled. Registration is ongoing and will run only until Aug. 22. Entrance fee is $25 and $5 for additional category.
Format for the elimination round will be determined once all registration forms are turned in, but for the playoffs, only the Top 4 teams will advance. In the doubles category, players teaming up should come from the same club.
Last year, Shirley's hosted a mixed doubles competition with Saipan Badminton Club sweeping four categories. Kim Boranah and Joel Ortega ruled the mixed doubles C, Dick Guintu and Hannai Choi won the A division, Gary Bandoja and Choi topped the AB class, and Heo In Sook and Bandoja reigned in the B category.
This year's Shirley's tournament is sanctioned by Northern Marianas Badminton Association and is the latter's third event for the 2012 season. NMBA kicked off the year with the staging of the 2012 Tan Holdings Doubles Badminton Competition in February and the 2012 IT&E Singles & Mixed Doubles Badminton Tournament was held next in June.