Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
NAHBPC 2014 regions and qualifying system
NAH has completed work on a proposal for a more equitable and competitive NAH Championship series qualification. The proposal presents two key changes to the qualifying system - the creation of new regions and a return to an open region qualifying system. Below is a brief synopsis of the proposed changes. Please be sure to visit http://www.nahardcourt.com/proposed-regional-structure-changes-2014/ for the complete proposal.
Similar to the 2012 qualifying system, registration for your regional qualifier will be exclusive to in-region teams for a period of time (two weeks) and then opened to out-of-region teams. The open region system will give players more flexibility as to where and when they attend a qualifier.
The regional restructuring includes the creation of three extra regions (Prairies/Great Plains, Upper & Lower Midwest, from the previous Midwest region, and Mexico), to bring the total regions to ten, and the moving of a number of states to different regions. This will make it easier for those teams from areas who previously found it difficult to travel to qualifiers, or where qualifiers were oversubscribed.
Clubs will be voting on the aspects of the proposal that directly affect it. Your club should begin discussing these proposed changes so that your club rep can cast their vote.
If you are a club rep, you should have already heard from your regional rep regarding an update to your club contact details. Please respond promptly to this email as this involves the upcoming vote on this issue as well.
John Hayes - Tournament Director
North American Hardcourt