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The Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. This maintains the purity and integrity of the driveway game. Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players – male and female from 7 years old to 50+ – and more than 23 million spectators.
Teams are computer-matched into male and female divisions within one of the following categories: Junior, Adult, or Top. The age, height and experience of all four (4) players are considered. Teams receive at least three (3) scheduled games each tournament. The Macker is a double elimination tournament with a consolation bracket: the “Toilet Bowl” for teams losing their first two games. A GusBuster maintains law and order on each court and calls all fouls and violations in the Junior Divisions.
In addition to the overall economic impact of bringing thousands of players & fans into the community, the charitable aspect of the Gus Macker Tournament is a very important part of each event. At each tournament site, the local organizing committee donates proceeds from their event to a local charity(s). At this years Grand Forks Tournament, proceeds will go to Spare Key, a nonprofit that provides assistance to families with a critically ill or seriously injured family member. No matter the illness, no matter the injury, no matter the income.