ISSUE #2016-06
Horseshoe Pitching Newsline
RESULTS: National Sanctioned League Championship Tournament
by Jerry Smith, 3rd Vice President, Sanction League Director
The National Sanctioned League Championship Tournament was held October 1-2 at the NHPF Hall of Fame Building in Wentzville, Missouri.  The 22 teams battled for over $3,500.00 in prize funds over the two days of pitching. 

President's Message
Upcoming Nomination Deadlines and "Connect" -ing with the World Tournament
by Stu Sipma , NHPA President
I hope everyone had a great season of horseshoe pitching. I know many Charters hosted their State Tournament Labor Day weekend. Congratulations to all State Champions and those participants who competed. 
Just a reminder, elections are open for 2nd VP, 4th VP and Secretary/Treasurer positions. Per the By-Laws, incumbents running for a NHPA office must announce their candidacy in writing to be received by the President and the Horseshoe Pitching E-Newsline Editor no later than February 1, 2017. NHPA members who want to run must announce their candidacy in writing to be received by the President and the Horseshoe Pitching E-Newsline Editor no later than April 1st, 2017. 

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RESULTS: State Tournaments
2016 State Tournament results for the Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Hawaii, California and Colorado as reported by a Chapter Representative. 

Share your state results in the next edition of Newsline, submit them for inclusion by December 15.

Proposed Bylaw Changes & 
Conditional Court Sanction Requirements
by Dan Sanders , 1st Vice President, By-Laws, Rules and Grievance Director
As you may know 2017 is the year that Proposed Bylaws Changes will be discussed and voted on by Delegates at the World Tournament Convention in St. George, Utah. The deadline for submitting these proposed changes to me is December 31st... 

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It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!
by Tina Hawkins , 2nd Vice President and Publicity/Promotion Director
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!
Okay... Not yet. But it will be soon. And it is time to start planning a horseshoe pitching float for your local holiday parade!
Decorate a trailer with streamers, balloons, ornaments, garland, Christmas wrap and, of course... HORSESHOES. 

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Charter to Officer Communications - Email Updates
by Jerry LaBrosse , 4th Vice President, Charter Communications Director
The Council members are always available to listen to questions, concerns, and ideas from the membership. If it is a matter that needs to be brought to the Council's attention at the winter meeting, it needs to get on the agenda. So contact the appropriate officer if you have something you feel needs to be discussed at this important meeting.

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2017 World Tournament
St. George, Utah

The 2017 World Tournament will be held July 17 - July 29. Entry Form and Prize Fund are now available. 

Junior Pitcher Profiles for Newsline Feature

If you know of a Junior or Cadet Pitcher who should be featured in the next Newsline, please send their name and contact information to Aleena Lepak, Jr. Promotions Director. All nominations and pictures of these young pitchers are welcome. 
Give the Gift 
of Horseshoe History

The Holiday Season is coming upon us and will be here soon. NHPA Historian, Bob Dunn, has written many books on the history of Horseshoe Pitching: 

1) The AAU National Amateur Horseshoe Pitching Championships

2) The Lee Rose Story
3) The World Champions of Horseshoe Pitching 1920-2010

 4) The SHOE, A Horseshoe Collectors Handbook 

All would make nice gifts for friends and family or even yourself. The books are affordable and can be ordered direct from Bob. Just email
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Pitching Horseshoes in Paradise
by John and Daisy Franko, NHPA Members
In July of this year, we flew from here in Ohio to the Big Island of Hawaii along with our friends, Dale and Elaine Chiles.
Before going, I went to the NHPA website to see if there were any horseshoe clubs there.  I emailed Carol Costa who is the 4th Vice President of the Hawaii State Horseshoe Pitchers Assn. to see if they were having any tournaments in which we could participate. 

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Give the Gift of NHPA Membership
by Bill Marvin, 5th Vice President and Regional Director and Court Sanctioning Director
Fall signifies the end of the 2016 outdoor pitching season for those of us in the North.  It also marks the start for 2017.  New cards are now available for purchase from your Charter Secretary.  One way to recruit new players is to get them a membership for Christmas.  The NHPA card will fit nicely inside a Season Greeting and is a nice surprise to someone who has been thinking about joining the NHPA and will bolster the membership numbers for your Charter.

Support Your NHPF - Fundraising Suggestions
by Ron Deckard, NHPF Board Member
The National Horseshoe Pitchers Foundation (NHPF) needs our charitable donations and support to keep up with the annual maintenance of the NHPA Hall of Fame building and museum in Wentzville, Missouri. The NHPF must maintain the HOF building to the contracted standards designated within the lease with the St. Charles County Parks Department. The Quail Ridge Horseshoe Club just happens to lease the facility and we are extremely fortunate to have them as the official caretaker of the facility. 

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2016 World Tournament Record Files Now Available
by Mel Yockstick , NHPA World Statistician
The Montgomery 2016 World tournament files are now updated and available on the NHPA website. The Montgomery W.T. recorded 934 pitchers. Included in that count was 175 first time world pitchers. I hope they continue to come back.
WT Participation file now has all players recorded for 2016. 

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History: Midwest National Tournament (Des Moines, IA)
by Bob Dunn , Historian
The Midwest National Tournament was established because at the time there were no World Tournaments being held by the NHPA and these events were about as close to a national championship as could be. There were no other tournaments as large and prominent being held at the time. 

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