June 28, 2020
As the spread of the coronavirus is constantly decreasing in Italy, the lockdown is over across the entire country and most of the activities are returning to normal. Also, the borders are open and most of the public transport and accommodation facilities are fully operational and ready for the summer holiday season.
However, precautionary measures and restrictions are still active on specific activities. At this time, sporting events are allowed behind closed doors (without public or spectators) with a limited number of participants and very strict safety protocols: social distancing, temperature screening, sanitizing of equipment…
In consideration of this situation, we are working closely with the local and national health and sport authorities to reorganize the 2020 edition of the Italian Showdown so that it will meet all the safety regulations, in order to guarantee a safe event for athletes, spectators and for our staff.
At present, we are making preparations for every possible scenario: we hope for the best, but we prepare for the worst. And we want to share all our plans with you for maximum transparency.
NEW POTENTIAL DATES
We are still waiting for the green light from the government, but it seems most likely that the earliest possible date for the live event is September 25-27. Another option is October 30 – November 1.
It’s not clear yet which date will be confirmed by the authorities, but we have already booked the venue of the event for both dates and our partner hotels are ready too. As soon as we have a definitive answer, we will announce the final date well in advance to organize travel and accommodation and we will inform you about all the safety protocols.
We don’t know yet if it will be possible to have spectators, but one thing is clear: whatever the date, we won’t be allowed to host all the 1.500 registered competitors on site as originally planned.
For this reason it will be necessary to make some adjustments to the format of the competition.
The first elimination day – originally planned to take place live – will be be replaced by an on line qualification phase.
The new on line qualification phase will consist of 3 workouts in 2 weeks: all the workouts will be released at the same time, on July 17; all the scores and videos are due on July 31 with no exceptions.
The leaderboard of the qualification phase will be released no later than September 1: competitors passing the qualification phase will be invited to the final phase.
Invited athletes will have 72 hours to confirm: in case one or more athletes will not accept the invitation to the final phase, the empty slots will be backfilled.
On top of the invitation to the final phase, the winners of the qualification phase and the winners of each qualification workout will be rewarded.
All the registered competitors will have their athlete t-shirt delivered for free to the postal address specified in the registration form.
The final phase will take place live, ideally with 200 competitors (depending on the latest regulations). No additional registration fee will be required to access the final phase.
Money prizes will be paid to the winners of each division: Individual, Team and Age Groups.
In the unfortunate event of a second wave of Covid-19 outbreak, the final phase will take place on line. All the details about the qualification workouts and the new competition format will be soon posted on the official website along with a specific addendum to the rulebook.
CONSIDERATIONS ON REFUNDS
The mission of the Italian Showdown is and has always been to let everyone feel the experience of a live competition; for this reason, to sacrifice the live elimination phase is a big hit for all of us, but it’s the only option to run the 2020 edition.
We understand that this is far from ideal, but we are sincerely doing our best to deal with an unprecedented and exceptional situation. Many of you may legitimately ask why we don’t simply cancel the 2020 event and refund all the registered competitors. Simply, we can’t.
Behind the Italian Showdown there is a non-profit sporting organization, not a commercial company. We don’t pocket a single cent of what you pay, instead we invest all the incomes in the event itself: rent of the venue, setup of the arena, communication and promotion, money prize…
Most importantly, we are able to keep the registration fee as low as possible (only 59€ incl. taxes for the entire event – which is the lowest fee among all the Sanctionals worldwide), while delivering a professional-grade competition, which has grown to be one of the largest event in Europe.
It’s an incredibly huge effort to achieve this result by spending less than a fraction of the cost of other events! But we can do it for the good of our community, thanks to your continuous support: in fact, the registration fee is not an entry ticket, instead it’s a membership fee paid to support our organization.
For the above reasons, the registration fee is not refundable, as clearly stated in the rulebook that every competitor has expressly accepted in full during the sign up process. Neverthless, each registrant has the opportunity to pass his slot to another person, and get the money back from the new competitor.
However, Spectators have actually paid a ticket to attend the live event. So, if the live event will be cancelled, they will have the right to ask for a refund: in that case, they will get a voucher valid for the 2021 edition, as required by the Italian law (D.L. n.18/2020 art.88 co.3 – D.L. n.34/2020 art.183 co.11).
We sincerely feel the duty to give back a moment of fun to all the people that have suffered or are still suffering the lockdown. These are tough times for all of us, and we are making every effort possible to deliver the 2020 Italian Showdown. We are counting on the support of our community.