The 2006 USHA summer board meeting was held June 25 in Fountain
Steele called the meeting to order at 8:09 a.m.
Steele, Executive Director Vern Roberts, Vice President LeaAnn
Martin, Vice President Tom Sove, Secretary Joe Hagen, Treasurer Mike
Driscoll, Past President Bob Hickman and board members Dick Barry,
Gary Cruz, Sove Disidore, Stan Dunlavy, Rodney Fink, Steve Grow, Tom
Kienlen, Ray Leidich, Carl Porter and Chris Tico. Absent were Bill
Cantwell and Paul Williams.
Kienlen made the
motion to approve the minutes of the January 2006 meeting as they
were reported on the USHA website, and it was seconded by Martin.
The motion passed unanimously.
that there were five people running for the two at-large positions
up for election at this meeting. Candidates included Bob Dyke,
Howie Eisenberg, Steve Johnson, Rod Watterson and incumbent Paul
Williams. Eisenberg and Johnson were planning to visit the meeting
to make live presentations and answer any questions.
The Board and
Executive Committee Decisions since the Jan. ‘06 Board Meeting were
committee recommendations (Cantwell and Tico to Budget, Tico to Game
and Barry to Services/Revenue).
Awarded the 2006
National One-Wall Masters Singles/Doubles Invitational to Michael
Watson and MAHA.
Voted to cancel
the 2006 National One-Wall Masters Singles/Doubles Invitational due
to lack of entries.
one night's hotel charges as Board Travel for Hickman to attend Ken
Davidoff's induction in
Mike Steele’s travel to
Tucson to become
better acquainted with the workings of the headquarters. Steele
piggybacked this trip with Semper Fi tournament. Steele encouraged
board members to ask board for support of travel plans – president
doesn’t need to be the only one who travels.
An update on the
Technology Task Force Steele had formed in January was presented
with Grow serving as a consultant. The Board discussed backup
protocol for financial data, video productions and website updates.
For a more in-depth look, the task force will now function under
Services and Revenue.
more info on how the nationals would be webcast and the
sponsorship. SimpleGreen provided $5000 in funds, the USHA provided
additional funds and the rights of the event and the WPHL was also
providing funding and manpower.
that an initial grant search had narrowed a list of over 400 to a
group of 20 that could be interested in the USHA’s efforts. He also
noted that he saw a huge need to archive USHA historical info during
this visit to the office in May and proposed writing a grant to
accomplish that. Then, he discussed hiring a company to value the
USHA’s sponsorship potential.
turned to collegiate efforts as a result of the recent event that
saw a big increase in participation. The first suggestion to
alleviate problems at the event was to move seeding responsibility
from the coaches’ committee to the USHA (Tucson).
science project was discussed and
University has told Steele that he can ask students to do projects.
Martin suggested that heart-rate monitors and pedometers are used
often for projects today as 16% of children in the US are obese –
this is an opportunity for handball. Doctoral students could be paid
minimally to do a study. Martin offered to contact Steele regarding
some of these points. This project will be assigned to Development.
A discussion on
outdoor handball followed, centered mostly on New York, where there
are huge numbers of players.
Driscoll gave a
treasurer’s report that included highlights of the audit for 2005
and the association’s numbers through the first quarter of 2006.
The success of the Player Development Campaign has grown the
association’s budget but has also put a dent in the fundraising for
the Development Fund. Both are crucial to growing the game and it
will be important to let members know that both are still essential
to the good work being done at the grassroots. In addition to the
Development Fund, other areas of concern include membership numbers
running below budget and the high ball inventory. The board had
directed staff to have a year’s worth of handballs on hand should
there be a problem with distribution.
It was noted
that a replacement would be needed soon for Heath Copps and Grow
offered to help find that replacement. It was also noted that the
budget line item for salaries may need to be increased due to having
someone come on board to work with Heath prior to his departure to
offered seven suggested rules changes that were mostly
“housekeeping,” and improving the wording. Barry moved and Dunlavy
seconded that the changes be incorporated. The motion passed and
the rules will take effect on
Aug. 15, 2006.
It was also suggested to post a rule revision record at the front of
the rulebook on the website, so that members could see the changes
since the last printing of the rulebook in one place.
Sove updated the
board on several infractions, including the fact that two players
were no longer on probation. Two new infractions (since the Jan.
meeting) were discussed. The Collegiate Committee would be asked to
form an infractions committee prior to the collegiate event in case
something needs to be dealt with in a timely fashion. Kienlen moved
that Collegiate committee will also have jurisdiction at the
collegiate tournament, but final jurisdiction rests with the
infractions committee. Driscoll seconded and it passed.
As a result of
action taken, a coach is being put on probation and the schedule for
his becoming a commissioner is being re-started. The commissioners
are also being asked to better publicize the code of conduct and
mentor new coaches to the program.
As a result of a
separate incident brought to the committee’s attention, a player was
put on life-time probation for physical behavior during a match.
This player appealed that decision but no new or additional
information was brought to the committee, so the appeal was denied.
infractions committee reviewed its own authority. The infractions
committee has the support of the Board to make its own decisions
without case-by-case consultation. However, suspension and anything
more severe, should go to the board for its consideration, which is
how the by-laws read. A motion is made by Porter, and seconded by
Barry that Paragraph 33 of the by-laws will say suspension and
revocation in title; in body, leave the verbiage (denied, suspended
or revoked)). The motion passed.
that the Board should be made aware of infractions, and decisions
that are made. Roberts will put a notice on the site, near the code
of conduct, explaining the role, jurisdiction and process of the
re-organization task force was chaired by Leidich and he reviewed
the history and purpose of this subcommittee. It was agreed that
adding more members to board would be counterproductive or
inefficient. Regarding state chairs and regional commissioners,
there is still a need and they will need to dovetail with player
development. A lot of fundraising will be done at local and regional
levels. We need to make sure that we have strong regional
commissioners and state chairs. Also, a new facilities committee was
to be created to explore the possibilities for a move and/or
expansion of the headquarters. The following people were suggested
to be invited to work on this committee: Joe McDonald, Ron Emberg.
Steele, Disidore, Porter, Fink and Hickman will serve as well.
Hickman moved that the financing of a new headquarters should not
impact the goals of the Player Development Campaign. Martin
seconded and it passed.
discussion centered on the calendar for the upcoming season. The
one-wall and three-wall sites for the summer had already been
approved, so the discussion turned to the fall. The series will
first weekend in November and another site would be sought prior to
the end of the year. The four-wall juniors would be held in Kansas
City, Dec. 27-30. The Masters singles would be in Dallas in
mid-Feb. and the collegiates in Southern California at the end of
Feb. The Masters doubles would also be in Kansas City in March.
The end of March will see the series and women’s classic go to
The four-wall nationals are scheduled for April 30-May 6 in Minn.,
Minn. Tico moved and Fink seconded that the schedule be approved,
along with the goal to host a total of four indoor series events
(two more need to be scheduled). The motion passed.
up a proposed change to the four-wall juniors that would provide for
more matches and an eventual competitive level of play for most
players, similar to the collegiate tournament. Hickman moved for a
format with multiple drop-down divisions and a guarantee of three
matches per player to be developed for the four-wall juniors.
Dunlavy seconded and it passed.
followed on how the USHA would select players to compete in the
World Championships. It was decided that the highest
finisher from the national events be given first consideration
through the final and semifinal rounds.
sponsorships were discussed and then a fee for listing events that
would not or could not be sanctioned by the USHA on the USHA
website. Kienlen moved that non-sanctioned events could be listed
on the site for a fee similar to the $500 being charged for printing
entries in the magazine. Tico seconded and it passed.
Steele noted the
agenda for conference calls and that a direction has been
established for a five-year plan. Steele noted the most recent
collegiate event drew over 300 players, including 100 women, which
were the most women to ever play in a handball tournament.
At this time
Larry Aguiar made a presentation that focused on acknowledging the
collegiate coaches and a new association for the coaches. The board
agreed that a coaches’ award should be created with nominations
taken and the board and/or hall of fame committee helping decide on
the winner(s). The award could be presented wherever the recipient
chose. Roberts and Steele were charged with detailing the process.
reports for grants awarded by the USHA were gathered by Matt Krueger
and all appeared on target. In addition, Roberts was asked to get
the details on how the USHA could hire/contract grantwriters to
apply for new grants on the association’s behalf.
distributed a list of the major grantmakers and corporate donors in
each board member’s state and asked the members to see if they knew
someone at any of them.
Cruz reported on
the five-year plan being developed by the task force. After the
five-year plan is approved, the goals would be broken into one-year
increments. Many items have put on the table and the list is being
prioritized for the board to see prior to the next meeting.
members also agreed to help collect any non-paid pledges from
players in their respective areas.
that was asked to be acted upon at this time was the extension of
the age for the lower membership and tournament fees. Porter moved
to extend the $10 junior membership rate and reduced entry fee for
juniors to the 23-and-under age level. Kienlen seconded and it
Fink reported on
the recent success of the Endowed Legacy Fund, the planned giving
program for the USHA and Player Development Campaign. As of Jan.
2006, the pledges were in the $100,000 range and the current level
of pledges has surpassed $550,000. The goal for the fund is to have
$2.5 million, which can be used to perpetuate the good work of the
At this time,
the board met with individually with the two at-large candidates who
made the trip to
for this purpose. Both Howie Eisenberg and Steve Johnson told how
much handball meant to them and what they could bring to the board
before opening up the floor to questions.
The board went
back to its agenda and Steele proposed language to align the USHA
with the 40 Developmental Assets identified by the Research
Institute. The final proposal read:
The Board of
Directors of the United States Handball Association hereby adopts
and affirms its belief that the game of handball, when taught
appropriately to youth, involves and models more than half of the
internal and external 40 Developmental Assets that the Search
Institute has identified as building blocks for the healthy
development of young people to grow up as healthy, caring and
Board encourages all handball coaches, teachers and players to
acquaint themselves with the 40 Assets in order to activate those as
much as possible when working with youth, youth programs, and in
tournament play with Juniors. Porter moved and Cruz seconded that
the board adopt the proposal and it passed.
The board then
moved back to unfinished discussions of the Promotions Committee.
The board had received two proposals from Michael Watson concerning
one-wall events. The board reiterated its desire to have event
requests filled out from all who would like to host a USHA event.
The board discussed ways to keep the high school players in the game
after graduation. Hickman moved to expand the One-Wall Juniors by
adding 21-and-under and 23-under events. Barry seconded and it
turned to the Big Blue competitions and Cruz moved that the USHA
solicit event requests for a 2007 junior one-wall big blue
nationals. Hickman seconded and it passed.
An update on
USHA Personnel was presented by Roberts. Turnover in staff has
meant that Krueger was handling the contributors’ software.
Unfortunately for the USHA, Copps and his family will be moving to
for his wife’s work in Sept. and Roberts will start a search ASAP.
Copps had added a lot to the original job description, including the
weekly Court Shorts and website maintenance.
the next item on the agenda and nominating chairs were assigned for
the upcoming regional elections. Leidich will serve as the
nominating chair for the
California position held by Sove. Dunlavy will serve as the
nominating chair for the Northwest position held by Leidich.
Driscoll will serve as the nominating chair for the Southeast
position held by Kienlen.
The election for
the two at-large positions was conducted with each board member
voting for two candidates. Votes were submitted to Driscoll, and
counted by both Driscoll and Sove. Howie Eisenberg and Rod Watterson
won a majority on the first ballot and will start their three-year
terms on Jan. 1 and attend the Jan. 19-21 meeting in
the floor to committee recommendations and assignments, starting
with the new Marketing sub-committee that will report to Planning.
Kienlen will chair this group and Barry, Grow, Steele and Sove
committed to serve while Steve Johnson and Dave Vincent will also be
turned to the President’s role on committee and Hickman moved that
the President can be on any committee he/she chooses. Porter
seconded and it passed.
The meeting was
adjourned at 5:12 p.m. Steele thanked everyone for attending and
keeping on task. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 19-21 in
Joe Hagen, Secretary
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