From the NFAA Representative:
The annual meeting was held on February 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. The meeting started with Bruce (President) letting us know that membership was up in the NFAA. Currently there are just under 13000 members, and in the last year there were 1000 new memberships. These memberships were across the board, youth, adult and seniors. The new ranges are complete in Yankton, and while there is some additional construction to be completed this spring, they are ready to host the National Field and the World Field this summer. There are also plans to open the museum, and there will be both an indoor museum and an outdoor museum. This year is the 75th anniversary of the NFAA, so they are pushing hard to have headquarters ready by the Saturday between the National and the World tournaments this summer. Bruce let us know that the annual meeting next year will be in Yankton, in April. He also was pleased to announce that all of the companies associated with the NFAA made money this past year, and as a side note, the Directors last order of business on Monday was to approve a balanced budget.
The National tournament locations that were announced are:
2014, 15 and 16 National Indoor – Louisville, KY
2014 National Outdoor – Yankton, SD
2015 National Outdoor – Mechanicsburg, PA
2014 World Outdoor – Yankton, SD
Brian Sheffler (VP) had an agenda item to add Certified, Advanced and National judges for National tournaments. He feels that this is the way to become more professional and uniform in our judging of tournaments. His initial agenda item had these judges’ at all State, Sectional and National tournaments. We deleted the State and Sectional requirements, but fully expect for them to be added next year. There will be an on-line course to become a Certified judge, you then need a National Judge to observe you to become an Advanced Judge, and the NFAA Council will appoint National Judges. As soon as more information becomes available, I will let you know. We will want to start getting our people certified, as they will soon become the Line Judges at our tournaments. The judges must purchase a uniform shirt from the NFAA, in addition to their supplies, magnifiers, whistle, lights etc.
On Sunday, the Council passed an item stating that there would be 8 bowls given out at National tournaments, one each for male and female, to the highest scores in the following categories: Pro, Adult, Senior and Youth for a total of 8 bowls. The other winners at the National level would be given a plaque or trophy. The last agenda item that the Board of Directors passed on Monday was: Awards for Indoor and Outdoor Nationals shall be silver bowls for Championships of all classes, styles and divisions, regardless of participation numbers. As our actions change the constitution, it will override the item that the Council passed. Until the Board of Directors changes this verbiage, silver bowls will be the awards.
In our Sectional meeting, CA asked if they could host the 2015 SW Outdoor Sectional. I traded years with them, so the outdoor next year will be in CA, and 2016 will be in Colorado.
I have updated the survey that I had posted on the website, with the results of the agenda items. If you have any questions, please give me a call.
Here are the agenda items that were of concern to the membership of the CSAA Click Here