IPA Tour 2021

Welcome to the home page for the 2021 IPA Tour, which, after a curtailed 2020 season due to Covid 19, is back, bigger and better than ever. With increased prize monies, and BBC Sport coverage, it promises to be one not to miss. So if you want to test yourself against the very best, here are all the details you need to know.

Entry fees for the main Tour:

Professionals – £980
Amateurs – £500
Ladies/Juniors – £350

Payment structure:

Deposit*2nd Installment 3rd Installment 4th InstallmentTotal
Paid by(30/05/21)Tour 1Tour 2Tour 3
Juniors (U18)/Lady£150£100£100£350

* Non refundable
Entry is for all 5 Tours. Places are not exchangeable.

Notes for 2020/2021 players
If you have paid fees for 2020, and are returning in 2021 to the Tour, you will only have to pay for the additional 1 Tour event which is £100(assuming you were at Bournemouth) plus what fees were remaining from 2020. (£196 for Pro players)

All additional payments should be made by the 31st May 2021

So for example,
Player A paid all the Tour fees – £500, and is playing in all the Tours this year, would only need to pay an extra £100.
Player B paid £300 towards Tour fees in 2020 and is returning to the Tour in 2021, would pay the extra £100, plus the £200 remaining from 2020.
If in any doubts, please contact IPA Secretary at secretary@ipapool.com

Players who have received refunds from the 2020 season

Players who have received a refund from the 2020 season, are eligible to participate in the 2021 Tour season. The original ruling has now been relaxed that prevented them from taking part. The deposit paid for the 2020 season can be rolled forward for the 2021 season.

Hotel Booking

Players have to stay at the venue hotel.

Is on a first come first served basis. An overflow venue may be used if venue hotel does not have capacity. Bookings should be made through the IPA shop no later than 3 weeks before the start of the event.
Players are not allowed to book the venue Hotel without going through the IPA shop. Any players who contravene this or who allow players to share their rooms without booking through the proper channels will be immediately dismissed from the Tour and all future IPA events.
Bookings cannot be changed once paid for nor refunded unless in exceptional circumstances.

Room rates for 2021:
Single – £75pp (inc breakfast)
Twin/Double – £49pp (inc breakfast)
Triple rooms are sometimes available depending on the venue – please contact IPA Tournament Official Bronnie Ward at hotels@ipapool.com for information on this and all hotel related matters.

The draws and schedules are usually available online around 10 days before the event. If you have an issue with your match times you should contact the Tournament Director as soon as possible at td@ipapool.com Where possible we will try to accommodate a later start time in exceptional circumstances but cannot be guaranteed.
IPA Tours are 3 full days of action – you should be prepared for early starts on Fridays.
IPA Tour events generally start on Friday at 11am, and finish on the Sunday around 7pm. Matches will commence earlier than advertised where possible. Listen out for announcements at the events.

Prize funds
We generally aim to pay out within 5-7 days on the completion of the event. All payments are by Bank transfer so it is down to you to ensure we have your details in order to pay you.

TOURS 1-3OpenProAmateurLadies
Runner Up£1,400£1,100£600250
Semi Finalist£650£500£300125
Quarter Finalist£300£250£15075
Last 16£150£100£50
Last 32£50

TOUR 4OpenProAmateurLadies
Runner Up£1,400£2,000£700350
Semi Finalist£650£1000£300175
Quarter Finalist£300£400£150100
Last 16£150£200£100
Last 32£75£50

TOUR 5OpenProAmateurLadies
Runner Up£2,500£1,300£900300
Semi Finalist£1,200£600£400175
Quarter Finalist£500£300£150100
Last 16£150£100£50
Last 32£75

Polo Tops
These will not be provided unlike previous years. Official playing tops can be ordered through the official provider Onboard Sportswear www.onboardsportswear.com and orders must be placed before the 31st January 2021 in order to receive your top at the 1st Tour. Any player not wearing an IPA logo on their polo top will have to forfeit their match.
If players are wearing their own tops, the IPA logo must be displayed on either breast side.
Personal sponsor logos are allowed up to a maximum of 4 logos. However personal logos that are in conflict with IPA sponsors/partners, will not be permitted to be worn on the live stream table/interviews etc.

Tablet Scoring
The IPA uses a system of live scoring via tablets, which are located adjacent to each table. It is imperative that these are updated immediately after a frame has finished. Deliberate failure to do so will result in possible disciplinary action.

Standards of behaviour
The IPA is the premier place for pool, and our events are held in the highest regard. We expect all players to conduct themselves appropriately at all times, especially during matches. Bad behaviour will be severely dealt with, through either a fine, or suspension from the Tour.
Players are also asked to make note of the rules regarding betting which can be found on the IPA website at http://ipapool.com/player-betting-rules/

IPA Championship tables are available after each Tour weekend for purchase, as well as Pro Cup balls, and Strachan 861 cloth. Speak to one of the IPA Team for more details or email us at kevinbarton@ipapool.com

Social Media
We do ask players to share all posts that we put out on the IPA Facebook page. It only takes a second and can provide huge benefits to the IPA in terms of increased awareness, higher profile etc, which makes us more attractive to potential sponsors.

Got a question….? Ask our Players Representative – Dan Davy at playersrep@ipapool.com

Our aim is make your IPA weekend one to remember. If you think we can improve it, please let us know.