This is the results of the rules that were voted on.

PRC 1   Passed

PRC 2 Tabled

PRC 3 Passed

PRC 4 Passed

PRC 5 Did not pass

PRC 6 Did not pass

PRC 7 Passed

PRC 8 Did not pass

PRC 9 Passed

2018 Proposed Rule Changes
PRC 1 
 
The RGS Book 
revised January 1, 2016
Rule 12
II Requirements
Requirement 2

Section F – League Credit     Page 23
Reads as follows
All seasonal, sanctioned Club/League play must be four hundred (400) or more pitched shoes to qualify as an official event for NatStats purposes.
Proposed change
All seasonal, sanctioned Club/League play must be two hundred (200) or more pitched shoes to qualify as an official event for NatStats purposes.
Reason
Some leagues pitch 120 shoes a night and have substitutes. There are times when a person may play or sub in 3 league nights. and only pitch 360 shoes. By the rules that are currently in place, this person may not get credit for that league.
In comparison, tournament competition, Rule E, page 23 a contestant may pitch 100 shoes and get credit for NatStats.
 
Notes
  • During a league night in our club, a contestant will pitch 120 shoes ( 3 – 40 shoe games )
  • Some tournaments, a contestant may only pitch 100 – 200 shoes and receive NatStats credit.
  • There are times when several subs are available and not all are able to receive NatStat recognition. The change in this rule will help.
  • There are times when a player may be on a league team, but due to work or illness may not get to pitch 400 shoes.
  • This would also encourage more participation. Membership is down an as NHPA members, we should try to increase participation
 
PRC 2
Requirement 2, Section E, Numbers 1, 2 and 3.
 
Reads as follows
1. For singles and doubles events, a contestant must have pitched a minimum of 100 shoes to receive Natstats credit.
Exception: If all games of the round-robin schedule have been pitched in less than 100 shoes, these statistics may be submitted for Natstats credit.
2. In team tournament competitions, any team member who has pitched a minimum of one hundred (100) shoes during that event may receive Natstats credit.
3. For elimination tournaments, a contestant must pitch one hundred (100) or more shoes to receive Natstats credit for that event.
Proposed change
1. For singles, doubles, team, and elimination events, a contestant must have pitched a minimum of one hundred (100) shoes against another contestant to receive Natstats credit.
Exception: If all games of the round-robin schedule have been pitched in less than one hundred (100) shoes, these statistics may be submitted for Natstats credit. This exception applies to point games only.
Reason
Numbers 2 and 3 are redundant and need to be removed. Number 1 now includes all necessary wording.
PRC 3
Rule 2E
Reads as follows
 
Section E – Court Rotation
At the end of each game, contestants shall go promptly to their next assigned court. If the court is vacant, they may practice here at this time. After the games on adjacent courts are completed , both pits shall be prepared for play (see Section B above). When the scorekeeper is ready, the contestants have the option of pitching no more than four (4) additional warm-up shoes each, and then the next game must begin immediately.
Proposed Change
Section E – Court Rotation
At the end of each game contestants can practice on current court until their next assigned court is available. After the games on adjacent courts are completed, both pits shall be prepared for play (see Section B above). When the scorekeeper is ready, the contestants have the option of pitching no more than four (4) additional warm-up shoes each, and then the next game must begin immediately.
Reason
To prevent contestants from debating with Judges with the potential to avoid unsportsmanlike behavior and allow everyone the same privilege to practice eliminating the unwritten rule in the Championship level. At the World this year were several instances where contestants disagreed with the Judges and acted in unsportsmanlike conditions. I believe this may help solve a few issues.
PRC 4
 
RULE 11 – TOURNAMENT/LEAGUE PLAY
Reads as follows 
See proposed addition in red/italic type
 

Section B – Determining Class Winners, Breaking of Ties

The Tournament Officials shall decide how Class winners are to be determined and how ties are to be broken and shall announce these procedures before tournament play begins.

1.  Class Winners – At the end of round-robin play, win/loss records or ringer percentage shall determine Class winners. In addition, total points may be used if the scoring was done using the count-all method.

2.  Class Ties – If ties occur, they shall be broken by playoff games, overall ringer percentage, who-beat-whom in the regular round-robin, or highest above/closest to their entering ringer average. Total points may be used if the scoring was done using the count-all method.

In World, National, Regional and State Championships, all ties for first place in the Championship Class of a designated Division must be broken by a playoff game(s).
Current Wording
See proposed addition in red/italic type

Section F – Handicapping

Handicapping may be used in open tournaments and in league play. The Tournament/League Officials shall determine the amount of the handicap. Class winners will be determined by win/loss record or ,  for  count-all formats, by total points scored. An alternate-pitch format shall be used. For the breaking of Class ties, the options in Section B (above) may also apply, except that ringer percentage shall not be used. Game handicapping shall not be used in any World, National, or Regional Tournament or in the Championship Class of a designated Division of any State Championship Tournament.

Reasons
Some background information: Several RGS revisions ago, the use of total points as an option for the breaking of Class Ties was eliminated (see Section B-2 above) as it was determined that using this option as a tie-breaker in cancellation play penalized the higher percentage pitchers.in that Class. This was verified by the analysis of past tournament results, was agreed-to by members of the IT Committee, and was also approved by the Chairman of the Rules Committee and the NHPA Council. This also resulted in the same changes that were made to the HS Master Program, now widely used in Charter Tournaments. At least two articles were published in Newsline Magazine, which included reasons for the Rule change and examples of how the use of total points for the breaking of Class ties was unfair to the higher percentage pitchers.
The current wording of this Rule has lead to some mis-interpretations of the Rule by some Tournament Directors, especially as it applies to the breaking of ties in handicapped Classes. The proposed addition of the sentence in B-2 (a repeat of the information in B-1), and also the addition of the phrase ‘for count-all formats’ in Section F, does not change the original intent of the Rule and helps to distinguish between the use of total points as it may apply to cancellation formats and count-all formats in tournament play.
PRC 5
Definition of Sanctioned Tournament
Reads as follows
None
Proposed change
 
To be added under Requirement 2 as Section D-Tournament Size
Section D: Tournament Size: The minimum number of contestants in a sanctioned tournament shall be four (4) contestants.
 
Current Section D becomes E, Section E becomes F, etc.
Reasons: The number of two person tournaments being submitted to NatStats has been increasing. Some of these tournaments are not publicized as required by Section II, Requirement 1-A, of the RGS book. Having such tournaments that do not follow the current RGS guidelines adversely affects the integrity of NatStats. Some feel that many of these tournaments are staged at the last minute for the express purpose of getting qualifying events for entry into the World Tournament. Allowing such tournaments could adversely affect participation in regularly scheduled tournaments. Others feel that an average obtained after pitching two fifty (50) shoe games against a familiar opponent does not equate to the rigors of pitching in a competitive tournament.
PRC 6
Pitching Devisions
Reads as follows 
 
Section A – Juniors
(See REQUIREMENTS 6 for exceptions and additional information)
1. Junior Cadets (any pitcher twelve (12) years old or younger for the entire calendar year)
Junior cadets may pitch from any place on the extended or full-distance platforms and shall observe the twenty-foot (20′) foul line. Note: Junior cadets may choose to move into Junior Boys or Junior Girls prior to the age guidelines, but cannot return to the Junior Cadets once this declaration has been made.
2. Junior Boys (any male pitcher eighteen (18) years old or younger for the entire calendar year)

Junior Boys may pitch from any place on the extended or full-distance platforms. They shall observe the twenty-seven-foot (27′) foul lines. Note: Junior Boys may choose to move into the Open Men Division prior to the age guidelines, but cannot return to the Junior Boys once this declaration has been made.

3. Junior Girls (any female pitcher eighteen (18) years old or younger for the entire calendar year)
Junior Girls may pitch from any place on the extended or full-distance platforms. They shall observe the twenty-seven-foot (27′) foul lines. Note: Junior Girls may choose to move into the Open Women Division prior to the age guidelines, but cannot return to the Junior Girls once this declaration has been made.
Proposed Change 
Section A – Cadets 
(See REQUIREMENT 6, for exceptions and additional information)
1. Cadet Boys (any male pitcher twelve (12) years old or younger for the entire calendar year)
Cadet Boys may pitch from any place on the extended or full-distance platforms and shall observe the twenty-foot (20′) foul line. Note: Cadet Boys may choose to move into the Junior Boys prior to the age guidelines, but cannot return to the Cadet Boys once this declaration has been made. 
2. Cadet Girls (any female pitcher twelve (12) years old or younger for the entire calendar year)
Cadet Girls may pitch from any place on the extended or full-distance platforms and shall observe the twenty-foot (20′) foul line. Note: Cadet Girls may choose to move into the Junior Girls prior to the age guidelines, but cannot return to the Cadet Girls once this declaration has been made. 
Section B – Juniors
(See REQUIREMENT 6, for exceptions and additional information)
1. Junior Boys (any male pitcher eighteen (18) years old or younger for the entire calendar year)
Junior Boys may pitch from any place on the extended or full-distance platforms. They shall observe the twenty-seven-foot (27′) foul lines. Note: Junior Boys may choose to move into the Open Men Division prior to the age guidelines, but cannot return to the Junior Boys once this declaration has been made.
 
2. Junior Girls (any female pitcher eighteen (18) years old or younger for the entire calendar year)
 
Junior Girls may pitch from any place on the extended or full-distance platforms. They shall observe the twenty-seven-foot (27′) foul lines. Note: Junior Girls may choose to move into the Open Women Division prior to the age guidelines, but cannot return to the Junior Girls once this declaration has been made. 
 
 
Reason
 
Dividing the Cadets into Boys and Girls better adheres to the NHPA practice of separating divisions based on gender. With the last increase in age of Cadets, there has been significant growth in participants in this division; that growth is prone to continue into the future. Separating Cadets into Boys and Girls divisions will allow for increased recognition place on a greater number of the youngest of the NHPA participants. Most kids have picked their favorite sports and teams in elementary schools; with more value place on this age demographic we can support the development of more committed life-long NHPA members. Additionally, more individual focus placed on girls may lead to a greater number of females participating in the NHPA as youth and later as adults. Finally, a few NHPA charters are already treating Cadets in this manner at their state tournaments. This rule brings those charters into compliance and encourages the rest of the charters to place this added emphasis on their Cadet-age youth.
Note 1: Following all other current rules, Cadets could be “mixed” with each other or with other divisions if their numbers are not high enough at a given tournament for a division class. State and World Tournament should make every efforts to fill these divisions and award Cadet Boy and Cadet Girl Championships
Note 2: The Sections B-E of this rule will need to be re-numbered C-F.
 

PRC 7

Requirement 2 – All NHPA Tournaments/Leagues

Reads as follows

Section B – Eligibility

Tournament entry and league participation is restricted to contestants holding a current NHPA membership card (see Bylaws for additional information on membership). This includes pacers and substitutes. Other eligibility requirements may apply for State tournaments and for the World Tournament.

Proposed Change 

Section B – Eligibility
Contestants holding a current NHPA Full Member membership card (see Bylaws for additional information on membership) are given priority over other member levels for Tournament entry and league participation. This includes pacers and substitutes. Other eligibility requirements may apply for State tournaments and for the World Tournament.

Note: with this change, a required clarification of membership levels must be made to Bylaw 

Article III Section 3. The following is a recommendation:
 
SECTION 3.
Full Member – Dues for Full adult members are the National dues of twenty five dollars ($25.00) plus the amount set for State dues within their Charter. Three dollars ($3.00) of every adult membership will be set aside for the World Tournament prize fund, for the
next year. Only Full Members may enter State and World Tournaments.
Provisional Member – Dues for Provisional adult members are the National Provisional dues of ten dollars ($10.00). Provisional Members are allowed entry to regular tournaments/leagues (upon paying their full entry fee) for the period beginning at their first entry to the end of the current calendar year. At which time they must become Full members in order to continue participating in NHPA tournaments/leagues. During their provisional time, a member can upgrade to Full member at any time by paying the remainder of their National Dues ($15) and their state charter dues. Provisional Member tournament/league statistics are reported to the NHPA and the member is provided an NHPA membership card number with a “P” at the beginning of their charter-assigned membership number (e.g., P095001) for tracking purposes. Provisional members cannot vote and do not count toward the awarding of charter delegates, but are reported on charter membership reports to the NHPA.
Trial Member – All dues for Trial members are waived and the member is allowed entry to one regular tournament/league (upon paying their full entry fee). Trial Member tournament/league statistics are not reported to the NHPA. Trial members cannot vote and do not count toward the awarding of carter delegates, but are reported on charter
membership reports to the NHPA. 
Reason
The rule change will allow other levels of NHPA members to participate in NHPA tournaments, but prioritizes entry and participation of Full NHPA members.
This change requires that the membership bylaws to be altered to identify the other levels of membership. The suggestion given includes two additional NHPA membership levels for adults, “Provisional,” and “Trial.” Both are designed to entice new membership recruitment and growth by removing the upfront barrier of NHPA dues price tag, especially now that it has increased by a record amount. The Provisional membership level only will last for the year the participant starts and thereafter they must upgrade to full membership if they wish to continue with the NHPA. The
Trial membership lasts for one event and thereafter they must upgrade to Trial or Full membership if they wish to continue with the NHPA. A Trial and Provisional membership may only be used one time by a new member.
The creation of other NHPA membership levels is a key step in opening the door to attracting new membership to the NHPA from among, foremost, non-sanctioned organized horseshoe pitching groups, but also to small community/neighborhood groups who represent the 110 Million other horseshoe pitchers in the USA. The NHPA should be making it easier for horseshoe enthusiasts of all walks of life to affiliate with the NHPA, not harder. This rule removes a significant barrier to joining the NHPA and participating NHPA horseshoes. As the NHPA starts bringing in new members those new members will become exposed to the NHPA world. They will learn about top caliber horseshoes. Top quality facilities. Challenging state and world championships. Pro style
equipment. NHPA marketing/promotion/communication. etc, etc… In time, as many such members are incorporated, they will help fortify the NHPA with growth and vitality.
PRC 8
Specifications for Court Layout 
Current Wording
(the full wording of unchanged clauses is omitted for brevity)
SECTION A – Sanctioning of Courts
Court conditions inconsistent with the NHPA specifications listed below are discouraged, primarily because of the need to standardize the conditions and results of play for all pitchers. All NHPA
sanctioned events must be contested on fully or conditionally sanctioned courts. These courts must be re- sanctioned by the Charter RD (or designates) every four (4) years, beginning in 2007.
1. Full Court Sanction – Permanent…
2. Conditional Court Sanction – The NHPA recognizes…
3. Portable Raised Pits – Portable raised pits…
4. Court Complexes – Since only one…
5. Court Sanction Waivers – Waivers for some…
a.   Temporary CS Waiver – 
b.   Permanent CS Waiver – 
c.   A Special Waiver – ….
d.   Other Court Sanction Requirements  
Proposed Change
(the full wording of unchanged clauses is again omitted for brevity)
SECTION A – Sanctioning of Courts
Court conditions inconsistent with the NHPA specifications listed below are discouraged, primarily because of the need to standardize the conditions and results of play for all pitchers. It is strongly recommended that all NHPA sanctioned events must be contested on fully or conditionally sanctioned courts. These sanctioned courts must be re-sanctioned by the Charter RD (or designates) every four (4) years, beginning in 2007.
1. Full Court Sanction –  Permanent…
2. Conditional Court Sanction – The NHPA recognizes…
 
3. Portable Raised Pits – Portable raised pits…
 
4. Court Complexes – Since only one…
 
5. Court Sanction Waivers – Waivers for some…
 
               a.   Temporary CS Waiver –
               b.   Permanent CS Waiver –
               c.   A Special Waiver – ….
               d.   Other Court Sanction Requirements
 
6. Non-Sanctioned Courts – Courts that do not meet one or more identified criteria in the Sections B-D of Specification II. Tournaments/Leagues played on non-sanctioned courts may be given a secondary NHPA sanction number identifying that the tournament was played on non- sanctioned courts in the NHPA statistical database (e.g.: 09-18-N01). Non-sanctioned courts cannot be used for NHPA state or world championship play.
Reason
Although desirable that all tournaments be played on high quality courts that would meet the full NHPA sanction for courts, this rule has created a significant divide between the NHPA and the American horseshoe pitching public (over110 Million). In essence the NHPA has said to that
public “if you don’t play horseshoes on our courts, you are not playing horseshoes, as we (NHPA) are the nationally recognized organizing body of the sport and we do not recognize your courts.” No wonder NHPA has a hard time attracting non-NHPA horseshoe pitching enthusiasts and community groups. Furthermore, the NHPA has lost some of its membership over the years as the sanction court rules have become more and more strict, due to old complexes falling out of compliance. This membership loss may be further exacerbated in 2019 with the imposition of short distance platform requirements.
Because non-sanctioned courts have the potential to be significantly out of any given specification, a secondary NHPA Sanction number should be applied to tournaments/leagues pitched on any such courts to allow the NHPA and participants to identify these events
separately from those on sanctioned courts. A simple option is including the letter “N” in the first
digit of the tournament/league number for a charter for a given year (e.g., 09-18-N01 = Utah-
2018-Tournament #1 played on non-sanctioned courts).
Allowing non-sanctioned courts to be used for NHPA play is a key step in opening the door to attracting new membership to the NHPA from among, foremost, non-sanctioned organized horseshoe pitching groups, but also to small community/neighborhood groups. The NHPA should be making it easier for horseshoe enthusiasts of all walks of life to affiliate with the NHPA, not harder. This rule removes a significant barrier to joining the NHPA and participating NHPA horseshoes. As the NHPA starts bringing in new members those new members will become exposed to the NHPA world. They will learn about top caliber horseshoes. Top quality facilities. Challenging state and world championships. Pro style equipment. NHPA
marketing/promotion/communication. etc, etc… In time, as many such groups are incorporated,
they will strive to develop fully sanctioned facilities and will help fortify the NHPA with growth and vitality.

PRC 9

Requirement 6 – Cadet and Junior Pitchers – Additional Information

(See also Playing Rule 1, Section A)

Section C – Awards

All Junior play (mixed class or otherwise) will be conducted on an amateur basis. Awards presented to this Division by the Tournament/League Officials should have no immediate monetary value. The awarding of trophies, medals, or ribbons is recommended. Any award with monetary value, including trust funds from the Charter, State, World Tournament or the Junior Scholar Pitcher Awards Program, shall not be issued before the successful completion of  high school.
Section D – Responsibility
It shall be the responsibility of all Junior pitchers (or their parents/guardians) to make sure that their amateur standing is not jeopardized by any violation of the above information.
Proposed Change
Section C – Awards
 
Awards presented to a Junior or Cadet by the Tournament/League Officials may have
immediate or deferred monetary value.
  
Section D – Amateur Status Responsibility
 
Collegiate: Prizes or cash awards for horseshoe pitching achievements do not impact amateur status in any NCAA sports (Horseshoe Pitching is not a NCAA sport).
Scholastic (High School): It is the responsibility of the youth participant and their parents/guardians to check state scholastic sport association regulations/restrictions when determining whether to accept an award with any monetary value.
The host charter and/or the NHPA assumes no responsibility for any adverse effects which Horseshoe pitching awards may have on the amateur status of any youth
participant.
Reason
The issuing of Junior awards has been a topic of discussion for decades in the NHPA. During that time there has been little if any change to the ruling that youth should not receive money, or anything with immediate monetary value, in order to preserve their “amateur status.” The long hoped for day when horseshoe pitching would become a mainstream collegiate (amateur) sport has become a present impossibility with the ongoing chronic low numbers of youth participating in organized horseshoe pitching. The same holds true for state high school (amateur) athletic associations. There simply is not enough interest among youth for either level to sanction horseshoe pitching.
It has been said that this rule has “served the NHPA well,” so there is no need to change it. However, to the contrary, in a day of less restrictive amateurism rules, and ever growing diversions that compete for the time of our youth, this rule has become quite harmful to supporting our current youth and also to increasing membership among our youth divisions. If we don’t do something to make horseshoes more appealing to kids, like awards with immediate monetary value, the junior numbers will likely keep falling.
In spite of the NHPA rules disallowing such, some charters that have either historically
or more recently offered “prizes” to youth participants have produced vibrant and sizable youth memberships. When asked what most pleased them about pitching horseshoes, prizes were usually the primary reply or a close second. Amateurs have been traditionally classified as participants who play a sport for the pure love of the game. However, if our game does not love the youth back, we will continue to lose them and it will prove more and more difficult to attract new youth.