membership meeting of the EPHPA was held on Saturday, March 13th at Mt.Wolf.The meeting was called to order by Pres. Dale
Estep at .Approximately 40 members were in attendance.
of the directors’ meeting were provided by Sec/Treas
Butch Young and approved as read.The
treasurer’s annual report was provided for review.A motion was made by Sherwood Frankhouser and seconded by Walter Burtner
to accept the report as presented.The
President:Dale thanked the membership for their help and support during his
tenure as president.He looked
back on the success of the WT and is eager to have tournaments once again
Dave Holliday recognized Dale for all his accomplishments as
president.He is looking forward
to his opportunity as president to continue good things for the
EPHPA.He reported that approval
has been given to budget the construction of horseshoe courts in Limerick
for 2011.He reported being
contacted by the NHPA to establish internet communications for each
charter.Dave would like to see
someone serve as promotional coordinator for EPHPA.
Vice-President:Denny Hall suggested as a way to
promote the game of horseshoes that we could invite people to “pitch for
Vice-President:position is vacant
Director:DarleEsh presented a plaque to Dick Scott in recognition
for his election to the PA Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame.
Webmaster:Lee Estep thanked all tournament directors for their speedy
reports last year.She announced
that July and August seem to be the busiest time for website hits.Lee encouraged all clubs to update their
club information.If street
addresses are available for courts she would like to post them to help
people who travel to tournaments via GPS devices.Lee would also like to compile an email
list of all members to help disseminate emergency information.
Statistician:Dick Scott thanked all volunteers and pitchers for making this
year’s Farm Show tournament/demonstration a success.He did inform the membership that
additional safety measures need to be addressed for next year’s
event.Dick feels the exposure
that the sport gets is the biggest benefit of the event.
was announced that the first Joe Rinehart Memorial Tournament is scheduled for
Saturday, September 25th.
The election of
was next held.Dave Holliday
presented the nominating committee’s report.He nominated Ron Baker for the position
of 2nd Vice-President.There were no other nominations.Ron was elected to the position.Dave nominated Rick Hawk for the position of 3rd
Vice-President.There were no
other nominations.Rick was
elected to the position.Dave
nominated Mike Berish for the office of
treasurer.There were no other
nominations, and Mike was elected.The floor was opened for nominations for the office of
secretary.There were no
volunteered.Jim Wech made a motion seconded by DarleEsh to appoint Dale as secretary.All voted yes.
Dale made a motion seconded by Walter Burtner that all
former presidents be invited to serve as directors at large .Dale commented that EPHPA can better
take advantage of the experience of former officers..The motion carried unanimously.
presented special awards
for pitching accomplishments during the previous pitching year.Receiving shirts were: DarleEsh, Jane Schrantz, Randy Zeiders,
and Dillian Brown.A motion was made by Jim Wech and seconded by Walter Burtner
that this be an annual presentation.The motion carried.
Dave Holliday reviewed
the recommendation from the Board of Directors concerning handicapping.It was recommended by the board that
all pitching classes in all Eastern PA tournaments(excluding state
singles and doubles) be handicapped at 80%.This would be a one year trial after
which time it would be reviewed and reconsidered.A motion was made by Dave and seconded
by Chris Woods.After considerable
discussion by the membership, the motion failed to pass by a
show-of-hands vote.The vote was
14 in favor and 18 opposed.All
directors will still have the option to handicap at their discretion.A motion was made by Jim Wech and seconded by Dave Holliday that item # 4 in
the Rules and Regulations for EPHPA now read as follows: …”Classes with a
ringer percentage spread of 15 points or more may be handicapped at 80%.”The motion carried.
next presented the idea of combining “A” class for elder men with “A” class for
women at state tournaments.This may help alleviate the problem of
wide pitching percentages that occurs every year because of the low
number of women pitchers.He agreed
to check with NHPA to see if it would be legal.No action was taken. [note: follow-up
with NHPA confirmed that mixed classes are not allowed for State
that starting this year a “Club Championship” will be held as a fun
event.He said about five clubs
will participate this year with Selinsgrove being the host.
Sherwood Frankhouser made
a motion seconded by Chris Woods that EPHPA should submit a bid to host another World
Some discussion followed about pitchers frequently approaching the scorekeeper chair for
their round robin card after each game.This becomes a safety issue as well as
a courtesy issue for games that are still in progress on adjoining
courts.A motion was made by Lee
Estep and seconded by Dale that tournament directors should announce that
players remain behind their court and wait for the card to be brought to
them by the scorekeeper.This
practice should be posted and announced at each tournament.
A motion was made by Lee and seconded by Darle that any
junior winning at a tournament should receive a prize in lieu of cash.The motion carried.