Happy 2016 everyone! What a weird and wonderful year with
the weather so far. As many of you know the 2016 World Tournament
will be held in Montgomery, Alabama - so if you need qualifying
events, any early spring tournament will be a great way to achieve
this. Check the VaHPA website for the current schedule. Don?t
forget to check our neighboring states also. North Carolina
? Raleigh area ? even though it?s January and February, are
already holding some tournaments!. .
Just a reminder: even though the new horseshoe pitching season has already started, if you haven't gotten your membership card yet for 2016, you will need to do this BEFORE you will be eligible to play in any tournaments.
League Directors, the annual reminder of the importance of getting your membership lists sent in, before your league starts up. Even though we are just in February, it is not too early to think about your spring meetings and getting your players sanctioned.
The following State offices will be up for election/re-election in 2016. 1st VP- currently held by Chuck Duymich, and Secretary/Treasurer ? currently held by Pat Snelgrove. Anyone interested in either of these positions should notify the Executive Council by the end of July.
A reminder that the Spring KickOff meeting for the State Council will be held in the middle of March. All Clubs should make sure that April Campbell, Committee Chair, has a list of your committee reps. Stay safe in the snow, and I?ll see you at a tournament soon!
Danny passed away February 17, 2016. The Stuarts Draft Horseshoe Club, Grottoes and Churchville Horseshoe Clubs will all miss his involvement. Danny loved the comaraderie and the competition that fair-play sport can bring. He loved pitching horseshoes and playing cornhole. He was well known throughout the community for supporting many sports – having children involved in baseball also, he never stopped. Our buddy, horseshoe pitching will miss you. Pat Snelgrove, President, Stuarts Draft HS Club
Aaah! Pitching horseshoes outdoors in the middle of winter... gotta be nuts right? Our shoes are rusty, so are our arms. But some of us just do it because we love the sport and there’s nothing else going on until spring time. So, (continued on the next page)
Good news for
STATE SINGLES QUALIFICATIONS, at the business meeting on October
17, 2015, the State Committee voted to approve changing the
qualification requirement for the State Singles. (Article XII,
Section 2, C – 1) Pitchers will still need 3 qualifiers, but "the
change is" only ONE of those must be a VIRGINIA sanctioned
event!! Although this change will need a ratification vote at
full membership meeting in August, it will be effective for
the Singles 2016.
Purpose: Remove requirement of three VIRGINIA events. Change the requirement to say that pitchers must have 1 sanctioned event in Virginia – the other two qualifying events can be out-of-state events. .
Reason: Pitchers that reside on the borders of VA have issues just getting to VA events due to travel distance, so they pitch out-of-state events more often. They are still active members supporting the organization, but travel distance to VA events is prohibitive.
George Hopson, a longtime
VaHPA member from Chesterfield, passed away in October 2015.
Barbara, his wife, called the other day to let us know. Always
cheerful and upbeat, he had struggled with cancer for the last
several years she said. And that’s how we will remember George.
Always with a smile, good natured and ready to “just have fun”.
As a member of the VaHPA for 25 years, we will miss his sense
of humor and easy going personality.
Pat Snelgrove, Secretary
As a new officer for the VaHPA this year, I’m looking forward
to working with the Executive Council and all the clubs and
members. As part of my new duties, I am also taking on the responsibility
of Regional Director for VaHPA.
As you know, Kevin resigned last year, after holding the position for over 17 years. He did an outstanding job of keeping up with everything and representing NHPA for our members. This position will be a learning curve for me, but I thank Kevin for his many years of dedication, and continued willingness to assist as needed.
Gary Martin, 3rd VP, VaHPA
Our friend and fellow horseshoe pitcher Thomas Banks (“Pops” ), from Richmond HS Club, passed away December 17th. His health had been declining for the past several months, and he had recently been released from the hospital to spend his last days at home. .
Services for Thomas Banks
will be held: 12/23/2015 (Wednesday) 1pm at the Wilson Funeral
Home, 5008 9 Mile Road, Richmond, va 23223 (phone number
of funeral home: 804-222-1720) (The location is immediately
beside the intersection of S.Laburnham Rd and 9 Mile Rd)
Thomas’s wife, Diane Banks, has called as many people as she had numbers for. She knows that Thomas loved his horseshoe pitching family, and I’m trying to reach anyone that might not have otherwise been notified.
Condolences can be sent to the funeral home (address above) or to Diane Banks + family 10821 Shady Lane Charles City, VA 23030 Our thoughts and prayers for the family and friends, in this difficult time.
Due to heavy rains yesterday 9/26 today,
tonight and tomorrow, tournaments in Dublin and Sleepy Hole
are both rescheduling.
Dublins new date is October 10
Portsmouth’s new date is October 24.
Just a reminder.
The annual State Business Meeting is Saturday, October 17. Starts at 1pm. At Martin’s Market/ Grocery store in Henrico, 4591 S Laburnum Ave, Henrico.
All members are encouraged to attend.
Hope to see you there !! Pat
The State Singles will be on the weekend
BEFORE Labor Day
August 29-30, in Stuarts Draft.
Sign up NOW – CUT OFF is Saturday, August 8!!
See you all in Stuarts Draft later on! Pat
The Virginia Horseshoe Pitching
Association (VaHPA) is offering a 6 week physical education
horseshoe pitching program for home schooled students. Our first
course will be in Stuarts Draft,Va at the Schnieder Park horseshoe
pits. April 23 - May 15, 9:00-12:00 AM (Thursday mornings, once-a-week,
for six weeks) . The course is limited to 24 students. Students
are encouraged to sign up by April 16. Parents can sign up on
April 23 if spaces are open. Cost to students is zero, parents
may participate for a 50% discounted membership into our association
Kevin Snelgrove, Regional Director for the National Horseshoe Pitchers Assn, will instruct the course assisted by several members of the Stuarts Draft Horseshoe Club. (continued on the next page)
Our pitching schedule has changed. The Winchester Club had to move one of their events and swapped places with Stuarts Draft. The current version is Revision 2
As the 2014 pitching season comes to an end, I hope everyone had a great season of horseshoe pitching. This past year has been a very trying year for many of us, not only for horseshoe pitching, but also due to the affects the economy has had on our personal lives. I hope that 2015 will be a better year for all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you affected.
During this past year, the VaHPA had 47 events on the schedule, both sanctioned and non-sanctioned. This doesn’t count any of the out-of state or World events our members may have attended. Congratulations to the State Champions and Class winners at the State Singles. We crowned a new State Champion in every division this year – they all have their work cut out for them next year. Heartfelt thanks to the Executive Council Staff and everybody else that helped make this event a success.
The Executive Council is looking for a Ringer Review Editor immediately. This position is very important to the VaHPA, publishing information to our membership. The Editor does not need to be a card-holding member. This is a volunteer position and might benefit you as community service hours. It’s also a good add-on for your resume when applying for a job. If you are interested, or know someone else that might be, please contact me or any officers on the Executive Council for more information.
Looking forward to 2015, I challenge all of our members, whether pitching with a club, casually at local park, with a group of friends in your back yard- invite a new person to try it out in this organized fashion. Introduce new pitchers to our organization and the sport as we know it. Good competition and camaraderie. I encourage all members to “get out there” and support the local clubs that depend on your attendance.
I wish everyone a Happy, Safe and Blessed Holiday.
See you on the courts in 2015.
Let ‘Um Ring
Sherwood Brown, President, VaHPA
Congratulations to all of the pitchers that qualified to compete in the Championships. You all worked hard to make it, and you deserve a big pat-on-the-back for having accomplished that, whether you won a State Title or not. Congratulations all.
VIRGINIA IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE OUR 2014 STATE SINGLES DIVISION CHAMPIONS!!
Open Men Ronald Walker 51.88% 7-0
Women April Campbell 48.56% 5-1
Elder Glenn Barlow 61.88% 4-0
Sr. Men Ted Pilcher 40.98% 5-0
Sr. Women Veronica Jackson 21.15% 2-0
Jr. Boy Andrew Dudley 44.33% 4-1
Granville Weakly from Madison makes it three class champions taking Elders Mens G-1. with 12-1. Congradulations
Bobby Evans from Portsmouth takes Mens G-1. After a playoff against Willaim Wittmeyer from NY, with a 14 -3 record. Thats two wins for VA! Way to go Bobby and Donnie!
Follow the rest of the Virginia pitchers on line, call them if see the on the web cams and wish them good luck! Currently Betty, Chuck, Elvis and Leola are still pitching, check the times below. Pat and I are out of here in the morning, more we we get back.
Donnie Carver from Winchester scores big in Buffalo winning the Mens N-2 class 14 wins 1 loss . Our next closest contendor is Bobby Evans. As of yesterday he is in first place in the Mens G-1 class with an 8-2 record. Bobby will be pitching tonight at 7:00. Follow Bobby, Larry and Gary this evening live on the webcams.