The European Amateur Open 2020 has been rescheduled to 21.-23.8.2020.

Check the latest registration updates about the European Amateur Open 2020 from the News page.

This page contains information about the registration process for the European Amateur Open. Players attending, or planning to attend, the event should also check the competitor information page.

For more general information about the event, check the European Amateur Open page.

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Contents and Quick Links:

Registration Info
Entry Fees
Divisions and Spot Allocations
Registration Phases and Schedule
Waiting List
Wild Cards
Withdrawals and Refunds
Common Questions & Answers

European Amateur Open 2020 Registration Info

In order to register for the event a PDGA membership is all you need but it doesn't have to be an active or current membership. An SFL membership isn't required at the time of registration either.

All players must have a current PDGA membership during the event and Finnish players must also be SFL members.

If a player has a European Open spot they are not allowed to compete in the European Amateur Open.

Registration takes place in Disc Golf Metrix and each player must have a Metrix account to register. Creating a Metrix account and using Metrix is free. Create an account here. (Players should make sure that their PDGA number is correct. Metrix checks the rating from the PDGA automatically when a player registers for an event.)

European Amateur Open 2020 event in Disc Golf Metrix.

Entry fee

Entry fee is 99€ (inc. 10% VAT) in all divisions. A mandatory 5€ handling fee (inc. 10% VAT) will be included in each entry fee.

Each player will receive a player pack, which is at least 45€ in value.

Entry fees must be paid to Spin18 online store by purchasing the "European Amateur Open 2020 Entry Fee" product. Check the payment deadlines from the registration phases & schedules below.

The payment status of each registrant is updated manually to Disc Golf Metrix. Entry fees are checked three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Players should not pay the entry fee unless they have a spot in the event. Every player must check their registration status once they have registered. Players should not pay the entry fee if they're on the waiting list. More info about the waiting list below.

Divisions and spot allocations

The maximum field for each event is 504 players.

Updated pools & divisions since March 4th:

Pool Division Am rating Pro rating Max Spots Wild cards Av. Spots
A MA1 900+ <970 146 13 133
A FA1 775+ <875 22 1 21
B MA3 <900 <900 168 14 154
C FA3 <775 <775 10 0 10
C MA40 <935 <935 140 0 140
C FA40 <825 <825 8 0 8
C MJ15 10 0 10
Total 504 28 476

Note that further changes to pools and divisions are still possible.

Pros playing Am applies. There are no maximum rating limitations for PDGA amateur status players in MA1 and FA1 divisions.

Rating limitations for PDGA pro status players by division are:

  • MA1, <970
  • MA3, <900
  • FA1, <875
  • FA3, <775
  • MA40, <935
  • FA40, <825
  • MJ15, no pro status players allowed.

The wild cards per division should be considered as placeholders. Wild card allocations for each division are tentative and subject to change.

Registration Phases and Schedule

Registration for the European Amateur Open starts with three (3) phases but more can be added if necessary. Registration isn’t complete until the registrant has paid the entry fee for the event. Registration within phases is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Phase 1
Registration is open for all players who meet the rating & division requirements in the division and spot allocation table above.

Foreign player quotas are in effect. These spots are reserved for non-Finnish players in order to accommodate for the circumstances in registration process.

All phase 1 registrants must pay the entry fee by the end of phase 1. All unpaid registrants of phase 1 are removed from the competition at the end of phase 1. All registrants are recommended to take care of the payment right away after they are certain that they have a spot in the event. The payment deadlines are quite short.

Schedule:

  • Registration starts: February 5, 2020, 16.00 UTC*.
  • Registration closes & payment deadline: February 11, 2020, 16.00 UTC.

*16.00 UTC at different time zones:

  • 8.00 PST
  • 11.00 EST
  • 17.00 CET
  • 18.00 EET (Finnish time)

Phase 2
Foreign quotas are removed.

Players who receive a cancellation spot in phase 2 must pay the entry fee by the end of phase 2. All unpaid phase 2 registrants are removed from the competition at the end of phase 2.

Schedule:

  • Registration starts: February 12, 2020, 16.00 UTC.
  • Registration closes & payment deadline: February 18, 2020, 16.00 UTC.

Phase 3

The division and pool specific registrant quantities are reviewed. Some divisions maybe switched to another pool in order to open up more spots for a more popular division.

E.g. if the C pool isn't full by the end of phase 2, and all FA3 participants fit in to C pool, FA3 division may be switched to pool C. The B pool spots originally allocated to FA3 division participants would then be issued to MA3 division.

Players who receive a cancellation spot in phase 3 must pay the entry fee by the end of phase 3. All unpaid registrants are removed from the competition at the end of phase 3.

Schedule:

  • Registration starts: February 19, 2020, 16.00 UTC.
  • Registration closes & payment deadline: February 25, 2020, 16.00 UTC.

Additional phase with its separate registration conditions, rating requirements, and entry fee deadlines can be opened later on.

Phase 4

The division and pool specific registrant quantities changed, check the table above for situation from March 4th onward.

FA3 divisions was transferred to pool C. The B pool spots originally allocated to FA3 division participants were issued to MA3 division. Division quotas were adjusted.

In phase 4 all players must pay the entry fee within one week of receiving a spot. All registrants who fail to do so will be removed from the event after the deadline expires.

Schedule:

  • Registration starts: March 4, 2020, 8.25 UTC.
  • Registration closes: April 1, 2020, 16.00 UTC.

Additional phase with its separate registration conditions, rating requirements, and entry fee deadlines can be opened later on.

Waiting list

When the event is full a waiting list is automatically created by Disc Golf Metrix. Spots will be automatically issued to players on the waiting list based on their queue number, which is issued at the time of registration.

Players should note that queue numbers don’t take division or pool quotas into account. This means that if all divisions are full and a spot becomes available in the MA1 division, the spot is issued to an MA1 division participant even if a player in the MA3 division has the smallest queue number.

Queue numbers are visible in the waiting list column of the registered players list in Disc Golf Metrix. If there is a number next to a player's name, they’re on the waiting list. Players on the waiting list should not pay the entry fee.

Wild cards

Wild cards have been on hold since the COVID-19 epidemic started. No wild cards will be issued before June.

Wild cards will be issued by the organizer. Wild card application instructions will be published once the registration starts and/or the event or some of the divisions are full. The wild cards can also be used to grant spots to waiting list players in registration order.

Many of the EAO wild cards have been issued to players who have been volunteer staff members of the past European Opens.

Applying for a wild card
All wild card applicants should also register for the event in Disc Golf Metrix. Even if the event is full and they're placed on the waiting list.

The first set of wild cards will be issued by the end of April. Some might be reserved to be used later in the spring and summer. Update to the wild card issuing schedule: Originally first wild cards were supposed to be issued in March. Due to COVID-19 the organizer has decided to postpone issuing the wild cards.

Wild card recipients will be contacted personally.

All wild card applications must be made through the wild card form. Fill the form here.

Withdrawals and Refunds

We follow the standard PDGA refund policy, as stated by the PDGA Competition Manual 1.03. There is no waitlist fee for the European Amateur Open 2020.

The handling fee of 5€ is not refunded. Only exception is if a player receives a European Open spot and has registered for the European Amateur Open, and has paid the EAO entry fee. In this case the player will be refunded in full. (But they shouldn't pay the EO entry fee before receiving further instructions from the event organizers.)

All withdrawals must be made by contacting the tournament director directly by email or phone:

Jukka Teräs
jukka.teras@spin18.com
+358 40 5387464

Common Questions & Answers

Q1: Can play in both events, the European Open and the European Amateur Open?

A1: No. Only exception are the MA1 and FA1 division participants of the EAO, who will be awarded a spot in the EO. And a very rare occasion that a player receives a cancellation spot to the EO during the Amateur Open.

Q2: What if I have a spot in the Amateur Open, but I also get a spot in the European Open?

A2: You will have to choose which event you participate in. If you decide to withdraw form the Amateur Open, you will receive a full refund of your Amateur Open entry fee.

Please don't pay the European Open entry fee before you've received instructions on how to proceed from us.

Q3: I'm trying to pay the entry fee but my payment won't go through. (For any reason.)

A3: Contact us by email as soon as you can: events@spin18.com. We'll sort out the payment. But it's best to take action immediately and leave more time to solve the problem.

Q4: I don't have a PDGA rating, what division should I register to? (E.g. you're a new PDGA member.)

A4: All new PDGA members can register for MA3 division. Female members can also register for FA3 division.

If you were born in1980 or earlier you're also eligible to register for MA40 or FA40 division. And if you were born in 2005 or later, you are allowed to compete in MJ15 division.

Q5: What if my rating changes and I must change divisions? (E.g. male player registered for MA3 but rating rises from 890 to 910.)

A5: Notify the TD about the change in your rating. You will be transferred from one division to another. (From MA3 to MA1 in the example.) This happens all the time, so it's not a problem. You will not lose your spot in the event.

A thing to note is that according to the PDGA rules it is player's responsibility to make sure that he/she plays in the correct division.

If you have registered for MA1/FA1 division and your rating decreases to MA3/FA3 level, you're still eligible to play in MA1/FA1 division.

The rule of thumb is to always register for the division applicable to your rating at the time of registration.

There's one especially unfortunate situation though. If you're a pro status player and your rating rises above 970 you won't be eligible to participate at all any more. You will receive a full refund of your entry fee in this case.

Q6: My rating will change after the registration. What division I should register to? (E.g. male player has a rating 897 but the rating will rise over 900 in the next update.)

A6: You must register to the division that your current rating allows, and forces, you to register. You can always be transferred to a different division later on, if there's need for that.

In the example the player wouldn't be able to register for MA1 division. Their rating is below 900 and Metrix won't allow them to register for MA1 division.