Besides the WorldCup events and the World Championship the WSFed Opens mean a lot for athletes and media. Here too the prize money and plenty of worldranking points attract the world elite of slackliners. Each year, at most 20 licenses for these are granted by WSFed.
The contests run in 1 against 1 contest mode. At least 8 athletes must compete. The best eight in world ranking are seeded. All others are positioned at random in the list between the seeded athletes. If a qualified athlete cannot take part, the next in the rankings takes his place. Note that here the organizer need not send invitations to athletes, nor pay their expenses.
There are two options concerning the contest mode for Opens. The organizer has to choose between “KO” and “double elimination” mode at the moment he is applying for the license:
“The winner goes on to the next round, while the loser drops out of the contest.”
If there are more starters as the bracket allows, the organizer may choose to accept the first inscriptions (to fill the bracket) or to organize a qualification tournament. They get random positions in the start list (not seeded).
Double elimination mode
“The winner goes on to the next round. The loser gets another chance to show his skills in the loser bracket. If he loses a second time, he is out of the contest”. At least 8, up to 12 athletes can compete in a double elimination contest. If there are more athletes applying to join the contest, a qualification need to take place in advance.
The organizer must ensure that, as well as the athletes, a DJ, a moderator, and three judges (at least one with WSFed B-license) attend the contest. The organizer must pay their fees, costs for travel, accommodation and food, and must supply the equipment that they need.
With this category of contest too, the interests of the press must be considered. Enough room and time must be planned for them. Before and after the contest, enough time must be planned for interviews with the contestants. These must be agreed in advance, between the press, the organizer and the athletes. A special area, with a sponsor display as background should be made available.
The athletes must have the chance to warm up and get ready for at least an hour before the contest starts. For warming up, they should have access to the contest slackline or to an identical slackline nearby. There must be a screened-off region for the athletes, with seats, drinks and snacks, where they can put spare clothing, etc.
The judges must be situated so that they have a perfect view of the contest.
Each athlete has 2 minutes per battle, to convince judges and public of his skills. His remaining time should be visible to him and spectators during the battle, e.g. on a monitor, If this is not possible, the moderator must constantly announce the remaining time.
The DJ must react to the contestants and the public, so the DJ console must be sited to give a good view of the spectators and the contest arena. The moderators must be equipped with wireless microphones or headsets.
A prominent raised site is needed for the prize giving. Cups should be presented for the first three places, together with the prize money.
Open: Seeding KO mode
Open: Seeding Double elimination mode
Costs and facts to compare the contest categories