Eastern Pennsylvania Horseshoe Pitchers Association:
Directors' Meeting: 2008 Season
November 11, 2007
The annual directors’ meeting of the
Eastern Pennsylvania Horseshoe Pitchers’ Association was held on
Sunday, November 11, 2007 at the home of the Rhectors. Attending
the meeting were: Darle Esh, Lee Estep, Denny and Dorothy Hall, Dale
Estep, Tom Baker, Bob Sheriff, Jim Eldred, Jim Wech, Jack Swyers, Dick
Scott, Matt Berrier, Dave Holliday, Ray McConnell, Allan Gipe, JoAn
Douglas, Walter Burtner, Mark Clippinger, Den Battrim, and Butch Young.
The meeting was called to order by
Pres. Mark Clippinger. The minutes of the 2007 membership meeting
were provided by Butch Young. It was brought to the board’s
attention that Item # 7 of the Rules and Regulations should state that
current points standings should be posted at each tournament by the
tournament director. A motion was made by Dale Estep and seconded
by Jim Wech to make the change in Item # 7. All voted in
favor. The 2007 financial report was provided by Butch Young for
review. Dale Estep made a motion seconded by Walter Burtner to
accept the treasurer’s report as submitted.
Clippinger reported that he had received word that Mike Creek would
like to resign from his position as 1st Vice Pres. Darle Esh made
a motion seconded by Bob Sheriff that both the 2nd and 3rd vice
presidents should move up one position. The 3rd vice president’s
position will then be filled at the membership meeting in February.
Estep called to everyone’s attention that two new pages have been added
to the Eastern PA website. She encouraged everyone to check out
Burtner reported that numerous motions came before the delegates but
none received a 2/3 majority of support to be enacted.
Dave Holliday reminded everyone that
any suggestions for rules changes must be submitted by December 31
prior to the world tournament in order to be placed on the delegates’
Scott reported a positive and excited attitude about the upcoming World
Tournament coming to York this July. Others shared similar
excitement from pitchers in nearby states. Dale Estep happily
reported that a large majority of eastern PA pitchers have already
qualified for the world tournament.
It was reported that any junior
pitcher that is now required to move back to the full distance foul
line need only pitch in one sanctioned tournament at the forty-foot
distance in order t qualify for the world tournament. Lee Estep
agreed to research if this same qualification applies for seniors who
are just now moving from full distance to less than forty.
Jim Wech commended Dale and Lee for
their great work on the World Tournament website.
Mark Clippinger reported the Senior
Games were very successful and thanked everyone involved in this
effort. He also reported receiving an email from Bob Mathys
showing appreciation for all the help from eastern PA given at the
State Farm Show: Dick Scott
reported once again that the State Farm Show exhibition will take place
again in 2008. He was considering different format options for
this Jan. 9th event. He is looking forward to the same help he
received as last year reminding us that we are all ambassadors of the
Butch Young reported that several pitchers from western PA have
requested membership transfers to eastern PA. After contacting
NHPA Sec/Treas. Dick Hansen, Butch was informed that we cannot issue
memberships to individuals who do not live within the established
geographic boundaries of our charter. Jim Wech made a motion
seconded by Darle Esh that Lee post the map indicating the established
geographic boundaries separating east from west.
Courts: Ken Battrim was introduced to the group. He
provided a description of the new courts just built at East Snyder Park
near Selinsgrove. A motion was made by Jim Eldred and seconded by
Jim Wech to include ESP in our 2008 schedule with Ray Haskins as
tournament director. All voted yes.
New Idea: With the additions
of new clubs to Eastern PA’s tournament schedule there may someday be a
shortage of weekends. Walter Burtner suggested that it might be
time to explore the idea of having two one-day tournaments on the same
weekend; having one tournament on Saturday and the other on
Sunday. No action was taken.
Singles Championship Class In the pursuit of fairness,
Darle Esh suggested that the state singles tournament should consider a
new format for A class. The sixteen pitchers with the highest
ringer percentages should compete to qualify for the championship
class. The top eight pitchers from this qualification would
compete in the championship class on another day. The eight who
do not qualify for the championship class would then be able to compete
in their own tournament class. This format would bring fairness
to the lower seeded pitchers whose pitching percentages are
considerably less than the higher seeds. Lee made a motion
seconded by Dale to approve this format. All voted yes.
Regulations: The following rules and regulations for
Eastern PA were reviewed and recommended for adoption at our membership
1. A $15.00 fee will be
required for all Eastern PA tournaments in 2008. The state
tournaments may be different. $2.00 from each entry fee at all
tournaments (except a state tournament) are to be given to the
sec/treas for use in future PA state tournaments.
The NHPA card will cost: Adults $15.00 (NHPA dues & ins.
$12.00 + Eastern PA dues $3.00 = $15.00) Juniors $8.00
(NHPA dues & ins. $5.00 + Eastern PA dues $3.00 = $8.00)
The NHPA dress code will be strictly enforced. (One warning only will
All tournament directors will have at their discretion the option of
whether or not to have separate 30ft. and separate 40ft. classes.
Classes with a ringer percentage spread of 15pts. or more may be
handicapped at 90%. Handicapped classes will be 50 shoe limit
games. Some classes in tournaments could be mixed. (Men and Women)
Allow pitchers 70 yrs. old and over to pitch “less than
40ft”. Approval to pitch less than 40 ft. must be announced
to the class before the class starts to pitch.
Use NatStats three highest tournament percentages. Percentages
are determined from the last 12 months or the last 10
tournaments. Percentages will be taken from the internet prior to
each tournament. The total ringers will be divided by the total
number of shoes pitched for those three tournaments.
The Eastern PA Points Championship will award points for each position
finished in every class at all Eastern PA completed tournaments.
(except the Eastern PA doubles and state tournaments) Weekly
standings will be posted at each tournament by the tournament director.
1st place………………………$100.00 + plate
2nd place……………………… $75.00 + plate
3rd place……………………….$50.00 + plate
All pitchers must pay $1.00 per game to scorekeepers in all Eastern PA
Pitchers are not allowed to practice at a tournament until the time is
announced by the tournament director. Directors will allow a
minimum of twenty minutes for “warm-ups” prior to the start of each
Dale provided a summary of World
Tournament plans. He reminded the group that the dates are July
7-19. He reported that approximately $3,500 is in the WT
account. The NHPA officials who toured the York Convention Center
were more than pleased with the facilities. He also reported that
rubber mats have been purchased by NHPA, and they are also requesting
that we build ten additional portable courts. Suggestions were
made that shirts be made and sold to all PA pitchers giving our state
pitchers a recognizable identity during the WT. Jim Wech made a
motion seconded by Jim Eldred that we pursue a contract from a vendor
in Oklahoma to make the official WT shirts. All voted yes.
of Fall Dedication:
Walter Burtner reported on his
attendance at the hall of fame dedication. He was impressed with
the facility and he reported seeing the brick that was purchased by our
association. He also made available a program of the dedication
The tentative 2008 tournament
schedule was set up. The schedule will be adopted at the
February 9th has been set for our
annual membership meeting to be held at Mt. Wolf.
The meeting adjourned at 3:45.
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