Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
North American Hardcourt organizing body - the first 4 months
Since holding elections earlier this year, the 21-member North American Hardcourt organizing body has had it's head down, working simultaneously to give this body some structure and also manage more pressing concerns, such as the allotment of spaces for the World's in Berlin.
First, we formed committees:
Tournaments – Jake Tompkins (Atlanta), chair. Agenda: scheduling, bids, structure, NAH tour 2011
Rules – Justin Gulickson (Calgary), chair. Agenda: standards and reffing for major/tour NAH tournaments
Tech – Kevin Walsh (Toronto/MAD), chair. Agenda: providing tech support for NAH business (LOBP, potential NAH site, etc.)
Secretariat – Ben Schultz (Chicago) chair. Agenda: managing the committees, researching legal status options, finance, insurance, elections, general admin.
Media – Lisa Moffat (East Vancouver), chair. Agenda: PR/Media, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
Local Development – Sven Mattson (Minneapolis), chair. Agenda: court tenure, court building, history, packet design, etc.
Sponsorship – “Tall” George Wall (Colorado Springs), chair. Agenda: finding sponsorship for 2011 tour, creating sponsor packet, maintaining sponsor relations.
Second, we established what matters were most pressing. Most by now have seen threads and discussions that have come from the following committees:
Tournaments – World's NA team allocations. This has been a huge concern for people. All future inquires should go to Jake who is the committee chair. Please contact him through the forum.
Rules – what we'll be adopting for next year's 2011 schedule but which may be applied to some 2010 tournaments, at the organizer's discretion.
Other committees have been making headway, though not yet ready to bring their work out of committee:
Media – creating a list of contacts.
Secretariat – have begun looking into membership-based 501(c3).
Sponsorship – develop a sponsor packet for 2011
Local Development – creating a process/ packet for clubs to work with local parks depts.
Lastly, in keeping with our commitment of transparency, everyone should know that a vote was taken on the system for allocating the spaces for World's. Our voter turnout was not up to our expectations, for a number of reasons. For example, yours truly has been without internet at home for almost two weeks. And quite frankly, we're busy folks like many of you. We're learning how to manage this entirely volunteer effort and still accomplish these brand new tasks in a timely fashion. Doing this through the internet can make it even more challenging. So, even though we know additional votes will most likely add to the same result (the vast majority voted in favor of the proposed plan) we want to set a standard for maximum participation. At any rate, once a more comprehensive vote has been taken, you will see each member posting a brief bit on how they voted and why. This should be completed by the beginning of next week, at which point we'll begin filling these slots and finishing up by the beginning of May.
Thanks for your patience and participation everyone. We're learning quite a bit and still rolling. Thoughtful suggestions are always appreciated.