Comments From First
Vice President & Regional Director
the NHPA convention meeting this year Knoxville,
TN was awarded the 2012 World
Tournament. This is great news for the Florida
players since it is only a 1 day drive to get there. All of the horseshoe
courts will be in the same Convention Center building with A/C, including the
practice courts. The rule change to allow Elder Men to purchase a card to pitch
at a distance less than 40 feet, when the new cards come out in October was
voted on and made permanent by the convention delegates.
Florida was well
represented at the World Tournament in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa this
year with a few 1st place finishes and several top 6 finishes.
Congratulations to all of you. It was great to visit with horseshoe pitching
friends to pitch, watch, and talk horseshoes for a week. I hope Florida will have several more attendees the next two
years when the World Tournament is held in Monroe,
LA and Knoxville,
TN. I thought the clay at the W.
T. this year was ok but not as good as last year. It became very tacky if over
watered. The setup in the main hockey arena was great with really good
spectator seating and plenty of A/C. The other adjoining pitching arena was
comfortable but did not have A/C, and had minimal spectator seating on one side
only. You can check out all of the W. T. class results and the W. T.
Championship Divisions game by game results on the NHPA website under World
This was the 1st year the HSMaster program was
used to run the World Tournament and it worked very well. Thanks to Lois
Chipperfield from the Bradenton
club for volunteering to do the data entry 3 days for the 7:00 a.m. shift. She
was able to do all the data entry by herself for 48 courts during that shift. Please
remember to download the latest version of the HSMaster program from the NHPA
website to keep up with the latest enhancements to the program. It can be used
to run your league play and sanctioned tournaments. You should always backup
your copy of the hsmaster.mdb file to some external storage like a flash drive
or CD before installing a new version. I would also recommend that you keep a
backup copy of your current HSMaster installable file. This way you can always
re-install the previous version if the new version fails.
The Horseshoe Pitching Newsline is a great newsletter
published every 2 months by the NHPA with all kinds of important information
about horseshoe pitching around the country. Subscription dues are only $12 per
year or $30 for 3 years. Support the NHPA by renewing your subscription now.
You can find a subscription form on the NHPA website under Publicity/Promotion.
I am looking forward to the new tournament season. Good
Luck and Good Pitching.
First Vice President