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The Soloway was purposely designed to be the extended team game that DID NOT bracket only according to seeding points. This was to put more importance on the qualifying and allow a team that did well to be placed higher in the bracket, regardless of their seeding points. Therefore, I would expect there to be more ‘upsets’ than when seeded in the traditional method.
Dec. 2
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Only pays 1st place. No other awards.
Nov. 28
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RESULT: The BOD has decided to leave these events as legal for the time being. However, the awards have been reduced. With 5-6 teams, it will pay 2 overall places. 3rd and 4th will receive match awards. As a compromise, 3rd place match awards will pay 1/3 GOLD since the team survived two rounds of qualifying and won the 3/4 playoff.

In addition, 4 team KOs are now legal and will play 2 sessions for a 1st place award.
Nov. 28
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For information, the removal of the 3 year extension passed the board 17-7 before the vote on the reconstruction. Whether this helped or hindered the motion to pass is unclear.

On the other question posted, the Masterpoint Committee presented to motions to the BOD and one was passed and the other will be reworded and presented in Columbus.

On Saturday, the committee will meet and continue work on the SOF concern. The committee has been requested to present a proposal in Columbus. Once SOF is implemented, it is expected that all multipliers and concurrent table calculations will end.

As for the overall transition of items off of the BOD, the BOD just passed the creation of the TTF (Transition Task Force). This committee will be composed of BOD members, BOG members, and members of management. They will present a plan to the BOD in Columbus for a plan to transition non-core topics off of the BOD.

Hope this was informative!
Nov. 28
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One motion proposed by the Masterpoint Committee is to still allow small brackets, but to reduce the depth of Gold awards. The other motion reduces the number of brackets smaller than 7 to only 2 for any event that has a total of more than 22 teams. You could still have all 7's or place the smaller brackets wherever is best for the players.

The masterpoint committee will also be discussing at SF the possibility of still allowing the current format but simply reducing the awards for the smaller brackets (or reducing the pigmentation percentages).

A motion is also in place to allow 4 person KOs in a 2-session event in the future.

As far as D25, they DID NOT bend the rules any more than when the IRS leaves a loophole and everyone takes advantage of it until the hole is closed. They simply were creative in the same manner some of us are with our tax filings!!!!!
Nov. 23
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@Mike - An outside audit is conducted each year by Watkins Uiberall & Co. in Memphis.
Nov. 10
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Chris,
The committee was David Lodge, Jay Whipple, AJ Stephani, Margo Hennings, and Joann Glasson.
Nov. 10
Russell Jones edited this comment Nov. 11
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Let me start by saying the ACBL deeply regrets the confusion surrounding the D22 GNT finals. The league wants what is good and fair for our members in this event. However, years ago, the league decided to let each district decide how they wished to conduct their contest and placed the District Director, or their designee, as the final authority in the matter of a question not covered by the CoC. The D22 CoC, while not standard, are legal and were approved by Special Events at HQ. Perhaps this incident is an argument for a more centralized CoC for this event.
June 18
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Congrats to all the winners and good luck in the Bermuda Bowl. Bring home the gold!
May 24
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I believe the incentive is still there to hold a team game as one of the two CA games because the team game still pays 5% Gold, while the pair game does not. This rule actually allows two team CA games with both paying partial Gold. My club is planning on having both CA games as team games.

On the other issue of incentives, the only reason it was voted down is because management is already implementing a new cash incentive program for teachers sometime this year and already has the incentives in the 2019 budget. We agree it is a great idea and are moving forward with it.
March 30
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Uber cheaper than taxi, but both are available. About a fifteen minute ride
March 18
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I think Blues City Cafe has great ribs and tamales. They are available by trolley at Beale Street. Low costs and very fast service. Open late at night every night.
March 18
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I know this is ‘last minute’, but I just wanted to remind people that West Memphis, Arkansas is right across the bridge from the playing site and all hotels in that town are between 5-8 minutes from the playing site, if you have transportation. In West Memphis, they have everything from Motel 8, Day's Inn, Sleep Cheap (lol) to Best Western, Holiday Inn, Hilton, etc. Prices will be about 50% of those in Memphis and it's only 5 minutes. Also, the playing site is directly under the Arkansas bridge so Memphis traffic would not be a problem.
March 10
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With a little more than a week left before the deadline, I would like to encourage those interested in either the 3 NABF board positions or the 1 WBF EC position, to please email Kelley Trejo at ACBL HQ (elections@acbl.org) with your intent and resume as soon as possible. If you have questions about the position, please read the response from Jan Martel or you can email me at district10director@acbl.org.

Thank You!
March 6
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Thanks to everyone for their various contributions to the ACBL and your general interest in the welfare of the league. I hope this forum has proved helpful. If anyone has future concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me at ACBL_Pres on Facebook, @ACBL_pres on twitter, or at district10director@acbl.org.
Feb. 20
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You are welcome. It is part of the job!!
Feb. 20
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Brad,

Thanks for the well wishes! Take care and I look forward to visiting with you at the tournaments.
Feb. 20
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Arkansas State is located in Jonesboro and has an enrollment of about 14,000 students. It is a R2 - research school with about 10 doctoral programs on campus. The city is about 70k.
Feb. 20
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I enjoy working with Howard and appreciate all his committee has done in the past. The Anti-Cheating Commission is still a management committee and still works with management on developing procedures to stop cheating. As you stated, several of there ideas were enacted in the past.
Feb. 20
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Happy to do it, Steve. Let me know if there is more I can do.
Feb. 20
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