SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2016
ISSUE #2016-05
Horseshoe Pitching Newsline
Special Edition 
World Tournament Supplement
COMPLETE RECAP FROM MONTGOMERY
To bring you all the World Tournament details from Montgomery, Alabama, a separate special edition supplement has been created. Find the 2016 World Tournament Recap, both viewable and printable. Click here to download the PDF file.

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President's Message
Recapping the 2016 World Tournament
by Stu Sipma , NHPA President
Montgomery AL, host site of the 2016 World Horseshoe Tournament was held indoors at the Multiplex Center at the Cramton Bowl July 25th - August 6th, 2016. Nine hundred and thirty four (934) pitchers competed for cash and prizes worth over one hundred and sixty thousand dollars. The NHPA Council and staff would like to thank the City of Montgomery, the CVB staff and the Multiplex staff for bringing this event to their community. Special thanks to Kay McCreery and Tom Bush for their extreme dedication and long hours for working this event.
 
Congratulations to all the Division and World Champions. The NHPA Council would like to recognize and congratulate Alan Francis for winning his 21st Men's Title.  

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No Shortage of Media Coverage at 2016 World Tournament
by Tina Hawkins , 2nd VP, Publicity/Promotion Director
The 2016 World Tournament in Montgomery, AL, did not have a shortage of media attention!
 
Coverage began DAYS before the tournament started, on Thursday, July 21, with WSFA 12 News' live interview with Bethany Davis at 6:30 a.m. followed by Bethany's live Facebook feed on the courts. Later that same morning was the Thursday morning Mayor's press conference, which primarily featured the World Tournament. That media event was immediately followed by "media day" on the courts where several local and state newspapers, radio and television reporters gathered to shoot video, snap pictures and interview NHPA officials and pitchers.

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Playing Rules, Judging Clinics and Breaking Ties
by Dan Sanders , 1st Vice President, By-Laws, Rules and Grievance Director
You may recall that the recent NHPA Judging Clinics were first offered in Buffalo, NY - three years ago. They were also offered last year, and again this year in Montgomery. Each year there have been about 30 or so members who have attended these clinics from many states, and the feedback has been very favorable each year. 

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From  the 
NHPA National Office...
by David Sidles, Secretary-Treasurer/Insurance

As World Tournament Director, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on this year's event. While it may have seemed that things went very smoothly, which they did, a lot of work and effort go into this and a lot of people deserve to be recognized and thanked. 

In For Review
Your WT Feedback

Once again, the comment box reaped some good ideas and suggestions from NHPA members. All comments from the box will be reviewed and discussed by the Executive Council during its winter meeting. NO COMMENT goes unread or ignored! The World Tournament belongs to the NHPA members and your suggestions are always welcome - and you do not have to wait for the box to come out at the World Tournament. 
All Packed Up 
by Jerry LaBrosse , 4th Vice President
I'd like to give you an update on the condition of the equipment. As you know, the portable courts have been in service since the WT in York, PA in 2008. This equipment has serviced nine world tournaments.
Success in 2016, Looking to 2017
by Bill Marvin, 5th Vice President 
No matter how you slice it, the 2016 World Tournament was a tremendous success, thanks to the efforts of countless people.  The Montgomery Parks and Recreation folks bent over backwards in every way to provide the NHPA with a top-flight facility.  
NHPF in Montgomery
by Casey Sluys, NHPF President
Thank you to all of you who stopped by our booth at the WT.  Thank you everyone for participating in spreading the word about the foundation and the fund raising efforts at the WT.
World Records Set in 2016
by Mel Yockstick , NHPA World Statistician
Southern hospitality was at its highest at the 2016 World Tournament held in Montgomery, Alabama. 934 pitchers traveled many miles by air or car to compete for NHPA Class and World Titles. Missouri led with 79 pitchers, Ohio followed up with 63 and Alabama with 48. Missouri also claimed the most 1st, 2nd, 3rd place titles with 16. Ohio came in second with 15, Oklahoma ended up with 13, and Alabama finished with 11 titles. The 2016 World Prelims had 63 Classes along with 8 World Championship finals.

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Seeking Bidders for 2019
by Tina Hawkins , 2nd Vice President and Publicity/Promotion Director
The 2016 World Tournament is in the books...that means it's time to start seeking bidders for 2019!
 
Yes, it really does happen that far in advance. This time of year, representatives from the NHPA Executive Council begin attending sports conferences, promoting our World Tournament and seeking qualified bidders to host our event.

If you are one of the many pitchers who have said, "When are you going to bring World to MY state?" the answer is, WHEN YOU WIN THE BID FOR IT! And, of course, the first step toward winning the bid is MAKING the bid.

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Minutes: State Officer's and Regional Directors Meeting
by Phyl Quist
The meeting was held July 30, 2016, Montgomery, Alabama
 
NHPA President, Stu Sipma chaired the meeting.  21 states were represented at the meeting.  Stu opened the meeting welcoming all and thanking all for the support at the charter level.  He urged all to take the ideas and discussions back to their membership.

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Special Thank You to Our Donors
by Casey Sluys, President, National Horseshoe Pitchers Foundation
We express our sincere thanks to the following who have donated as reported in
the Sep/Oct 2016 issue of Newsline.

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