Every year people ask us what the medals for Gold, Silver, Bronze will look like. We worked closely with 2Create Design2Create Design again on design ideas and concepts and they knocked out something amazing once again. We can’t thank them enough for the awesome designs they manage to produce for us every year for the medals, t-shirts and special prizes. And of course we want to thank Prom’Es for making the design reality. Now, without further ado…
Last year we decided to start with a new approach for escorting competitors to the competition area. In previous years we noticed that many people gathered around the squares, sometimes leading to confusing situations. This year we will take the same approach as last year. First of all, you are only allowed in the competition area if you are actively competing or actively coaching. If you are not competing or are not actively coaching, please stay behind the fences. This is to ensure the competitors have the space they need to compete at their fullest potential. Secondly, our announcers will call out every group which needs to get ready to compete. They will provide you the details of the holding area, but the concept is simple: Area A, B or C. From this holding area you will be escorted to the square you will be competing at.
Besides our announcers calling out where you need to be, we will also have a giant screen that shows the holding area and the current group that needs to gather in that area. Please make sure to go to the holding area as soon as you hear/see your group is called out. We will have a full day of competition, and we would prefer to avoid any delays. On the map below you can see where the holding area is, and it also shows where the weigh-in is on Saturday (A) and Friday (B). Please make sure to go to the weigh-in area, even if you don’t need to be weigh-in as we will need to confirm your attendance! For those who want to print a map, you can download a PDF here.
The registration of the Open-Dutch closed last night, we want to share some amazing stats with you. Although we set a limit of 700 registered competitors, we never imagined we would come close. Nevertheless, we ended up with great results and we feel we have an extremely strong competition once again this year.
- 695 registered competitors
- 1296 entries
- 99 teams/clubs
- 23 nations
- 200 coaches
- 70 referees
We can’t wait for the tournament to start, and we are looking forward to seeing all of you next week! We will have some more details to share in the upcoming week, so make sure to visit our website/facebook page regularly.
This is the last day to register for the Open Dutch. Note that we currently are at 666 registered competitors and that the registration will close at 700! If you haven’t registered your competitors just yet, we would urge you to get them in the system asap! Meanwhile, we will go full steam ahead with the preparations to ensure a smooth experience on the 25th. We will share the layout of the venue with you asap so you will know where the weigh inn is etc.
Over the past couple of years, we have given away these custom Open Dutch gloves for the gold medal winners at the tournament. This year we decided to do something different… We think it looks amazing and we hope you agree. These awesome Open Dutch winner hoodies will be given to everyone who wins first prize.
Oh, before I forget, Tuesday the 14th of January the online registration system will close, so make sure to start to register all participants before that date, you do not want to do this at the very last minute! We have passed the 600 registered, and we expect to get close to our limit of 700 competitors, so register now if you want to compete! Last but not least, we have t-shirts available as well… make sure to pre-order one for a discounted price. More details here.