NCSRA Board Meeting

Thursday, June 15, SCLA, 6:57-9:35 PM


In attendance:  Ghirma Meres, Pres.; Hunt Richardson, VP-Tournaments; Kemp Prugh, VP-Leagues; Kevin Haggerty, Treasurer; Bill Fenton, Sec.; Rod Barnes, Web Editor & Div. 1 Coordinator; Patrick Holley, Div. 2 Coordinator; Wendy Lawrence, Results; Dan Shostak, Arlington Y Sport & Health; Marc Connolly, Worldgate; Chris Zimmermann, Pentagon


Old Business


1.  Approved minutes of May 10th meeting. 


2.  Tournament Report.  Hunt reviewed the next few events on the calendar, noting that each of them will include some social activities.  Next up is the Mosquito Open in July, and current plans call for a post-tournament dinner party.  The Capital Open WISPA event will be the fourth weekend in August, and organizers are hoping to generate some income for the D.C. Squash Academy.  The event is already listed on the WISPA calendar, with prize money of $15k.  The Lucky Nick will be at the end of September, and Hunt hopes to have a benefit dinner for Squash Empower. 


3.  Rod reported on the U.S. national team qualifying event at Worldgate.  The organizers met the USSRA fund-raising obligation and cleared an extra $3k for Squash Empower.  Julian Illingworth won the event and became the final selection for the national team.  Some of the local players competing in the opening round had some good games against the pros, including Peter Sopher pushing his opening-round opponent to 10-9 in their first game. 

Rod was asked to update the Board on discussions at Sport & Health Clubs regarding participation in NCSRA-sponsored city leagues.  He indicated that no final decision had been made, but that owner Jon Adler was inclined to restrict the league squash competition on S&H Club courts to teams sponsored by Sport & Health Clubs.  Ghirma asked if Rod could help arrange a meeting with Mr. Adler and some Board members, but Rod suggested it would be best to meet with Connie first. 


4.  Leagues report.  Ghirma conveyed a report from V-P for Women Debbie Boehm-Davis.  The women are meeting for weekend box league competition twice a month.  Wendy said she is hoping to motivate more junior girls to participate.  Kemp said the open leagues for all but Div. 1 are ready to go, including a combined Division 5-6 that has already started.  Rod said he is still hoping to get Div. 1 going, including some combined teams from Regency-Worldgate and Potomac-Bethesda.  Bill, Rod and Kemp were all surprised to learn that they had not been copied on some league schedules that were already posted on the Rommark web pages where



league results are posted.   Ghirma reminded all coordinators that Bill and Kemp and the SquashWars editor must all be copied on league material. 


5.  Web report.  Rod announced that he is stepping down as SquashWars editor.  His work on the web over the past two years was applauded by everyone, and several board members expressed their personal thanks. 


6.  Juniors report.  Wendy said Brian O'Hora is moving ahead with development of a master list with ratings for all area juniors.  He hopes to arrange some small events for local players, with reduced pricing for NCSRA members.  The season-ending national rankings have been announced and are to be finalized before the end of June.  It has been one of the best seasons for local players since the early 1980s, in terms of national rankings.  In addition, David Canner will be traveling to New Zealand for the world team championships, and Joe Powden will be competing in the American-Canadian challenge.  Looking forward, Sidwell Friends school is considering building courts, and Maret School will field a team using courts at Results. 


7.  Treasurer's report.  Kevin circulated current balances for NCSRA accounts and suggested that funds currently in the Suntrust account should be in a money market account.  Kevin and Patrick are working on a budget for the coming fiscal year.  The board also discussed options for dealing with the upcoming dues increase announced by the USSRA. 


New Business


1.  A motion tabled by Dan Shostak at the May meeting to prohibit scheduling of NCSRA league, tournament or social activities on the official holidays of more than a dozen religions was discussed at length and defeated by a vote of 9-1 with one abstention. 


2.  Another lengthy discussion focused on whether to retain the Order of Merit system to regulate the order of play in league matches.  A motion tabled by Bill Fenton at the May meeting to eliminate the OOM was amended to suspend the OOM and passed by a vote of 7-3 with one abstention.  


Next meeting:  Wednesday, July 12th, SCLA, 6:45 PM (NCSRA members welcome).