fellow shuffleboard enthusiasts.
We have received
many phone calls in the last few days from people wanting to know if the tragic
events of last week are having an impact on the tournament. While some people
have decided to drive instead of fly and there are certainly people who are
nervous about flying, entries continue to come in at a strong pace. On the
positive side, although it will take much longer to get through airport
security, flying is likely to be safer now than it has ever been.
As sad as the tragedies of last week are, it nearly as
sad that some people are attempting to fraudulently profit from those events by
running phony fund raising schemes. We recommend that anyone who desires to
help contact either the American Red
Cross at 1-800-435-7669 for monetary donations and 1-800-448-3543 to donate
blood, or the Salvation Army at
Out of consideration for those who have asked for some
additional time to make their plans because of last weeks events, we have
decided to extend the early entry deadline ten days. The deadline for
registering without incurring any late fees will therefore be September 27.
That means your entry must be postmarked by that date to avoid any late fees.
If you need a registration form, you can print one off of our web site by
NASC Registration Form.
Just a reminder, you can get information, print
Registration Forms and find other tournament related in formation and
merchandise on the tournament web site by clicking
This year starting time for the Pro/Am Draft was moved up to
11:00 a.m. That was done because we have had a hard time getting that event
finished at a decent hour on Monday night. We did not know however when we made
that decision, that the Sands Regency does not accept Saturday arrivals. We
have since found out that this is standard policy at virtually every
hotel/casino in Nevada. The scheduled starting time of 11:00 a.m. has in effect
forced people who want to play in that event to arrive on Friday night. That
has caused a great deal of negative feedback. We are therefore going to change
the time of the draft back to the original 1:00 p.m. This will give our
participants the option of flying in on Sunday morning. Please note that while
the time has been been changed, it is mandatory that anyone who
is playing in that event check in personally by 12:30 p.m.. on Sunday
afternoon. Anyone who does not check in by that time will be dropped.
Due to many requests
for more round robins, we will be running them every day, beginning on
Saturday, October 27. For those who are coming to the tournament early,
there will be boards open for play on Friday night. Regarding the boards, we
want to re-emphasize that we think everyone is going to be very impressed with
how well they play. We are confident that everyone who attends will agree with
us that this is the best group of boards ever assembled for a major
If you have not yet made your
airline reservations, you will be happy to know that we are seeing the lowest
airfares in several years. There is a great new web site for air travel
called Orbitz.com. This web site is owned
jointly by hundreds of airlines worldwide. We have used this web site to buy
most of the tickets for our staff. Examples of current fares for round trip
airfare are $218.00 from Indianapolis, Indiana, $225.00 from Houston, Texas and
$225.00 from Omaha, Nebraska.
We are asking that anyone who intends to order one of
NASC Embroidered Jackets or
Shirts prior to the tournament to please do so by October 10 to ensure you
will have it at the tournament. Although both of those items will be
available for purchase at the tournament, we sometimes have stronger than
expected sales of a particular size and run out before the end of the
tournament. Pre-ordering will guarantee that we have your Co-Sponsor shirt
and/or NASC embroidered jacket for you in the size that you prefer. To
order either item for pickup at the tournament, you can call us at
1-800-380-3033 or order on-line by clicking
NASC Co-Sponsor Shirt or
mentioned in the last issue of BoardBits.com, we are looking to hire a couple
of people to work the tournament. Their primary duties will be waxing boards
during tournament play and helping to prep the boards in the mornings. Anyone
who is interested or knows someone who may be, is asked to please call us at 1-
800-380-3033. We wish to congratulate Jake Dunham, of Austin, Texas. Jake was a
great addition to the tournament staff last year but will miss the tournament
this year to to the impending arrival of a new baby. We look forward to having
Jake back with us next year.
Regarding the Sol Lipkin
Award, the presentation to Jim Foran will be made on Friday night (October
2). The tentative time is between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.. The Sol Lipkin Award is
The Shuffleboard Federation's highest honor and is awarded to those who have
made "extraordinary contributions to the advancement of table shuffleboard."
Previous winners of the prestigious award are George & Donna Wilber, Don
Valk, Bill Melton, Hal Perry and Ron & Debbie Bowers. For more information
on Sol and the history of the award, click
Announcing: Pro Series 10's will be available in
Reno at the 2001 NASC. It was five years ago, at the 1996 NASC,
that our Pro Series Weights made their debut. This year marks both the
fifth anniversary and the 10th series. Anyone who would like to pick up a set
at the tournament should call us at 1-800-380-3033.
There will also be
at least one prototype set of a new addition to the Pro Series family.
Due to popular demand, we will be introducing a new line of weights to
compliment the current line. The goal for these new weights is for them to be
approximately 18" slower than the current models. Anyone who is interested in
trying them out should see us at the tournament. You can also pre-order a set
by calling us at 1-800-380-3033.