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2018 ADO National Cricket/501 Championships
There have been a number of rumors flying around recently, regarding the 2018 ADO National 501 and National Cricket Championships. It is true that both will be held in conjunction with the Las Vegas Open, but there is a lot more to it than that. Here is the reality and the reasoning behind the decision.
In Las Vegas, general costs are reasonable. On its own, this benefits the players, but equally important is that, by combining the two Nationals, it reduces the vacation time needed by the Finalists. Instead of needing at least two days for Stamford, it requires just ONE day extra in Vegas. Again, that greatly benefits the players.
With many players traditionally qualifying for BOTH National Championships, fewer flights will be needed. What that means is the money that we could have been spending on a player’s second airfare can now be directed back into the National Championship purses, so it benefits the players.
Of course, we will be holding the 2017 All-Stars/National 501 Championship in Stamford (at the USA Classic) as planned. That doesn’t leave a great deal of time to qualify players for Vegas just five months later, but there really weren’t too many options. After the 2018 National Championships, it gives our ADO Regional Directors almost a full year to run National Qualifiers for these events, and what it means – even now – is that actually have a little more scope when running these NQ’s. They could run a full weekend of qualifiers (one for each event), or perhaps combine them. With planning, this could prove to be an added bonus as it could – certainly in the long-term – free up a weekend or two.
The one thing to stress is this: National Qualifiers for the 2018 National 501 Championship MUST be held AFTER the 2017 All-Stars/National 501 Championship in Stamford. This is to avoid any confusion, and the ADO Area Managers will be working closely with the Regional Directors to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
The schedule of events in Las Vegas will be:
Wednesday, January 17 : Players arrive
Thursday, January 18 : 2018 National Cricket Championship
Friday, January 19 : 2018 National 501 Championship
We are trying to make things better for the players, and increase participation in these national Championships, and here are the details of how players can qualify for the 2018 ADO National Championships, the costs, and what they will receive. Qualification via a National Qualifier remains the same, at a cost of $110.
Qualifying for ONE National Championship (501 or Cricket) via NQ
Players receives travel / $150 stipend OR travel / entry into the OTHER National Championship.
Qualifying for TWO National Championships (501 AND Cricket) via NQ
Players receive travel and $300 stipend.
A player ranked in the Top 16 of the ADO Rankings (male or female) that has not already Qualified for the 2018 National Championships (at the cutoff date) can buy into both National Championships for $300.
National Team Members
2017 National Team Members receive :
travel / $150 stipend, and entry into 2017 National 501 Championship.
travel / $150 stipend, and entry into 2018 National Cricket Championship OR travel and entry into the 2018 National 501 Championship.
Cutoff date for entries, National Qualifier Results, and ALL payments related to the 2018 National Championships in Las Vegas is Friday, December 1, 2017.
The 2018 National Team Members will receive travel, $300 stipend, and entry into both 2019 National Championships.