I want to thank you for taking the time to submit your thoughts, and I have to admit that many have merit and I will tell you that I will submit your HR changes as you have submitted them. With the 44/400 ball back in for play in 2018, I am sure the HR topic will be one of the top issues to be discussed at convention. You only gave thoughts to the Bronze and Silver, so I am to assume you want to leave Gold and Elite as they are.
Hagy and I hope to know soon if Buffalo Wild Wings will return as our State Sponsor in 2018 for our 8th year of the partnership. We are hoping to have the funds for the BWW Series to extend it to Gold, Silver, and Bronze. It is vital that teams move to Gold. We have several Silver teams that should and will be in Gold in 2018. That is necessary to provide room in Silver for the Bronze teams that will be moved up. We MUST provide balance in all classes. Every year there will be teams that excel in Silver and Bronze and they must be moved up. How do we expect new teams to desire to play tourney ball, when they can not compete. We need new teams to continue to grow the game we love. The main reason NSA does not have a Gold program is because when those teams/players get moved up, they play elsewhere. There are many teams and players that could and should be playing Gold, but instead they are playing another Association in “D” and “E”.
Mike and I will offer several combo events in 2018 Gold/Silver and Silver/Bronze, but they will NOT be the big payout weekends. We have a plan that will address your concern about the money. You indicate teams will not move up until the money follows them. It was not that long ago that winning a tourney resulted in a set of t-shirts or hoodies.
Your concern about the Super World location is well noted and that too will be addressed. Keep in mind that the Super World when held in Columbus had 140+ teams and your suggestion about Warsaw or Kokomo simply is not doable. Not enough fields and certainly not enough hotels in either location. I can say that the 2018 Super World will be a great event. We are already working on the details and the locations and dates will be announced soon.
I will end with this thought. NSA is under new ownership and Bill and Kathie Horton listen to teams who are the customers of NSA. Teams ask to go to Florida for Supers and we are there. It has not worked out, but they listened. Teams wanted to 44/400 ball back, and that was one of the top priorities from the Hortons. Bill will listen and if your comment has merit, he will act on it.
I will finish this by asking Coach to call me. I want to submit the HR rules you suggested and would like to give you credit for this.
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