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THE NEW VCORE SV GIVEAWAY SWEEPSTAKES

YONEX USA’S “THE NEW VCORE SV GIVEAWAY” SWEEPSTAKES – OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY OR PAYMENT OR PROOF-OF-PURCHASE OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR PARTICIPATE IN THE SWEEPSTAKES.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.  THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED, OR ADMINISTERED BY, OR ASSOCIATED WITH, INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER.

1. ENTRY PERIOD:

The “New VCORE SV Giveaway Sweepstakes” (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on August 26, 2016 (“Start Date”) and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on September 12, 2016 (“End Date”) (“Entry Period”).  This Sweepstakes is sponsored by Yonex USA, 20140 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501 (the "Sponsor").

2. ELIGIBILITY:

This promotion is open to Instagram and Twitter users who are, as of the Start Date, (i) a legal resident of one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (the "Eligibility Area") and (ii) at least 18 years old.  VOID OUTSIDE OF THE ELIGIBILITY AREA AND WHERE OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY LAW (certain states may impose additional eligibility restrictions).

Employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, and representatives of Sponsor and their respective affiliates, licensors, and advertising and promotional agencies (the foregoing entities, the "Sweepstakes Entities") and the immediate family members and members of the same households of any such employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, and representatives, are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes or to win any prize. 

By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by all decisions of Sponsor, which decisions shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, such entrant is ineligible, unable, or unwilling to continue his or her participation in the Sweepstakes.

3. HOW IT WORKS:

Users may enter the Sweepstakes in 1 of two ways.  Multiple entries per person will not increase the chances of winning.

During the Entry Period, users must complete 1 of the following:

i. INSTAGRAM: Follow @Yonex_USA on Instagram and repost the promotional post labeled with the tags: #Yonex and #VCOREGiveaway.


a. Failure to follow the account will result in the submission to be automatically disqualified.
b. Failure to include all 2 tags will result to the submission to be automatically disqualified.
c. All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT on September 12, 2016.

If you enter the Sweepstakes by means of Instagram, (i) you must have a non-private Instagram account, and (ii) you must follow @Yonex_USA until at least thirty (30) days after the End Date (for potential notification purposes), in order to participate in the Sweepstakes and be eligible to win.

Use of Instagram will be subject to Instagram’s privacy policy and terms of use.  Entrants agree to release Instagram from any and all liability associated with this Sweepstakes.

ii. TWITTER: Follow @Yonex_Tennis on Twitter and retweet the promotional post labeled with the tags #Yonex and #VCOREGiveaway.


a. Failure to include all 2 tags will result to the submission to be automatically disqualified.
b. Failure to follow the account will result in the submission to be automatically disqualified.
c. All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT on September 12, 2016.

If you enter the Sweepstakes by means of Twitter, (i) you must have a non-private Twitter account, and (ii) you must follow @Yonex_Tennis until at least thirty (30) days after the End Date (for potential notification purposes), in order to participate in and enter this Sweepstakes. 

Use of Twitter will be subject to Twitter terms of service and Twitter privacy policy.

If an entrant participates from his or her wireless phone, the entrant’s wireless service provider may charge the entrant for each text message sent and received.  Entrants should consult their wireless service provider regarding its pricing plans. Message and data rates may apply.

4. SELECTION CRITERIA:

At the end of the Entry Period, 14 eligible entries will be randomly drawn by the Sponsor. Sponsor will notify the winning accounts through Instagram or Twitter. 

The potential winners will be required to provide the Sponsor with his/her e-mail address, first name, last name (no initials), complete street address (no PO Box), city, state, Zip Code, and birth date.  Each potential winner must complete this process within twenty-four (24) hours from the date of notification or the prize may be forfeited.  In addition, the potential winners will be required to execute a Declaration of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and (where imposing such condition is legal) a Publicity Release.  If any potential winner fails or refuses to sign and return all documents within seven (7) days of prize notification (or a shorter time if required by exigencies), the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. It is each entrant’s responsibility to timely set his/her Instagram or Twitter account settings to accept contacts by Sponsor and to timely check his/her account for such messages.  Upon verification of eligibility, each prize will be shipped to each winner at the mailing address provided when registering for the prize.  If a potential winner is found to be ineligible; is not in compliance with these Official Rules; declines to accept a prize; or if any potential winner fails to respond, the prize to be awarded to that entrant will be forfeited and, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, may or may not be awarded to an alternate winner selected at random from the remaining pool of eligible entrants   Prizes will only be awarded to verified winners.  Acceptance of a prize shall constitute and signify each winner's agreement and consent that Sponsor and its designees may use the winner's name, city, state, likeness, photo, and/or prize information in connection with Sweepstakes, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law.

5. THE PRIZES:

Winners will each receive (1) Yonex VCORE SV Tennis Racquet (approximate retail value is $200).  The total approximate retail value of all prizes is $2800.  Winners will be asked to choose among the following models:

  • VCORE SV 95 Racquet
  • VCORE SV 98 Racquet
  • VCORE SV 100 Racquet
  • VCORE SV 100S Racquet
  • VCORE SV 105 Racquet
  • VCORE SV Team Racquet

The odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received during the Entry Period. Prizes are non-transferable, non-assignable and no substitution, exchange or cash equivalent will be allowed, except by Sponsor at Sponsor’s sole discretion.  All applicable federal, state, and local taxes, and all other fees, costs, expenses and charges not specifically identified in these Official Rules as a prize element, are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.

To obtain a copy of the winners’ names, send your request in writing along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to (Vermont residents may omit return postage): Yonex USA Tennis “Giveaway”, Yonex USA, 20140 South Western Avenue Torrance, CA  90501, ATTN: Marketing. Requests must be received no later than one year from the start date of the Sweepstakes.

6. SUBMISSION CONTENT GUIDELINES:

  • Submissions may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that:
  • is sexually explicit or suggestive;
  • unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group;
  • is profane;
  • promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing);
  • promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous;
  • promotes any particular political agenda or message;
  • is obscene or offensive;
  • endorses any form of hate or hate group;
  • appears to duplicate any other submitted submission;
  • contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
  • contains copyrighted materials owned by others or any trademarks, names or logos owned by others;
  • communicates messages inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate;
  • and/or violates any law.

All submissions that do not comply with these Official Rules or that otherwise contain prohibited, or inappropriate content deemed unacceptable by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified and will not be published. The Sponsor reserves the right to modify the criteria, dates, and guidelines of the Sweepstakes at any time.

All submissions become the physical property of Sponsor and will not be returned. By submitting your submission, you grant the Sponsor full and unlimited usage right to your submission, in whole or in part, in any manner or medium and unlimited right to display, reproduce, record, exhibit, distribute, copy, edit, change, modify, add to, subtract from, and re-title.

7. GENERAL CONDITIONS/CONDUCT:

Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification.  If for any reason the promotion is not capable of running as planned due to causes that affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the promotion, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion to cancel, modify or terminate the promotion.  

Further, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the selection process or the operation of the promotion; (b) violating the Official Rules; (c) violating the terms of service, conditions of use and/or general rules or guidelines of any property or service, or (d) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

Any personally identifiable information collected during an entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes will be collected by Sponsor and used by Sponsor, its affiliates, designees, agents and marketers for purposes of the proper administration and fulfillment of the Sweepstakes as described in these Official Rules and in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy located at http://www.yonexusa.com/company/privacy-policy/ provided that in the event of any conflict between these Official Rules and such privacy policy, the terms and conditions of these Official Rules shall prevail.

8. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY:

Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect submission information, or for any failed electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of submissions at any point in the operation of this promotion; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure; or (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of the Internet or any the website or any combination thereof.

By participating in the Sweepstakes, you agree to release and hold harmless each of the Sweepstakes Entities and their respective agents, employees, officers, directors, successors and assigns, against any and all claims, injury or damage arising out of or relating to participation in this Sweepstakes and/or the use or misuse or redemption of a prize, and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, or any other intellectual property related cause of action.

9. ARBITRATION: 

THIS SECTION PROVIDES FOR RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES ARISING UNDER OR RELATING TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES OR THIS SWEEPSTAKES, THROUGH FINAL AND BINDING ARBITRATION BEFORE A NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR INSTEAD OF IN A COURT BY A JUDGE OR JURY. In the event of any dispute arising out of or in connection with these Official Rules or the Sweepstakes, such dispute shall be submitted to arbitration to be administered by the American Arbitration Association under its Commercial Arbitration Rules and Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes ("Supplementary Procedures"), as amended by these Official Rules. The Supplementary Procedures are currently available online at http://www.adr.org (click on the link labeled "Rules," and then click on the link labeled "Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes"). The arbitrator shall not have the power to impose punitive damages. To the extent that the arbitrator deems reasonable, the arbitrator shall conduct hearings, if any, by teleconference or videoconference, rather than by personal appearances. Any in-person appearances requested by the arbitrator shall be held in the County of Los Angeles in the State of California, United States of America. Arbitration proceedings shall be conducted in English and shall be conducted in a manner that preserves the confidentiality of Sponsor's trade secrets and other confidential information. Each entrant hereby waives any and all rights and benefits which it might otherwise have or be entitled to under federal law or the laws of California or any other state to litigate any such dispute in court, it being the intention of the parties to arbitrate, according to the provisions of these Official Rules, all such disputes. The arbitrator's decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of these Official Rules and any other agreements you may enter into with Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys' fees. EACH ENTRANT EXPRESSLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO A JURY. The award rendered by the arbitrator may be confirmed and enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. If any party to an arbitration shall fail to appear at a hearing on the date designated in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association, or shall otherwise fail to participate in the arbitration proceeding, the arbitrator is hereby empowered to proceed ex parte. In the event of any dispute concerning the Sweepstakes, your sole and exclusive remedy shall be to seek damages pursuant to an arbitration authorized by this Section. For any claim for equitable or injunctive relief, you agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of any state or federal court located in the County of Los Angeles in the State of California, and you waive any jurisdictional, venue or inconvenient forum objections to such courts. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE REQUIREMENTS (OR ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES), YOU CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN THE SWEEPSTAKES.

10. GOVERNING LAW:

This Sweepstakes and these Official Rules are governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the United States of America and the laws of the State of California, without regards to its principles of conflicts of law.   For any dispute not subject to arbitration according to Section 9 above, you irrevocably agree to personal jurisdiction by the federal and state courts located in the County of Los Angeles in the State of California, United States of America, and waive any jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such courts. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will you be permitted to obtain awards for, and you hereby irrevocably waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than your actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in the Sweepstakes). YOU AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO YOUR ENTRIES OR OTHERWISE RELATED TO THE SWEEPSTAKES MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION OCCURS, OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION SHALL BE PERMANENTLY BARRED.