Not even Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena can walk into an AVP tournament, plop their gear down and start competing.
They have to earn their way just like everyone else.
Get to the Point…
The AVP tour operates on a point scale, in which team finishes directly relate to AVP points based on how high they finished and on the purse of the event. The higher the purse, the more points are up for grabs.
How do they accumulate and hold those points for seeding when the tournament entry dates come around? Points are based on each individual athlete’s best four finishes, from the most recent five events over a 365-day window.
Those points can also be accumulated from AVP America, AVPFirst, and AVPNext event but only to increase the ranking.
Luck of the Draw…
To enter a tournament in the Main Draw, luck is sometimes involved. In three of the events on the 2019 tour, the size of the venue will determine the amount of teams in the Main Draw. In Huntington Beach, this year’s opener, the draw was 24 but in Austin, Seattle, and New York, it will be limited to 16 due to venue. Earning that coveted automatic bid into the Main Draw means you and your partner’s AVP points must shake out within the top 16 teams who have signed up for that tournament (or top 24 or 32 teams for larger tournaments). Seeds within the Main Draw are determined, again, based on AVP points.
If your team is not in the Main Draw, they will be seeded into the Qualification Tournament, all based on AVP points. The Entry List for each tournament, showing which teams are in the Main Draw and which teams are in the Qualifiers, are released on AVP.com the Friday before a tournament. Final seedings for both the Qualifiers and the Main Draw are released the Wednesday prior each tournament.
However, the iconic Manhattan Beach Open is a whole other story. It will have 32-team Main Draws and as many as 128 entrants into the Qualification Tournament. However, the official policy holds that teams should be limited to no more than four matches per day.
Life doesn’t stop as an AVP athlete so what happens when someone has an injury or an athlete decides to start a family? A serious injury is defined by the AVP as one that prevents an athlete from competing in 80 percent of the events in a given season. In such circumstances, the player’s points will be frozen and the window for earning points can be extended by 365 days. This is also the course of action taken in the case of a pregnancy.
To request time off for an injury or pregnancy, athletes must notify AVP upon the determination that a player will miss 80 percent of the events. The AVP point freeze, not to be confused with the match point freeze during match play 😉, is initiated the moment an injured player notifies the AVP, or by the date of birth in pregnancy claims.
To return to the court after injury or pregnancy, players must submit their request 30 days prior to the resumption of their playing time. Once the athlete resumes their career, they must replace their four frozen finishes by the end the next full season.
At the moment, Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb are No. 1 in the AVP men’s rankings, with April Ross and Alix Klineman ahead on the women’s leaderboard. We’ll see if each team can hold onto that number 1 seed or if the another team can claim the top spot.