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let in recent years and merits the hearty and loyal support of every one of the nearly two million horseshoe pitchers in this country. Every individual player and horseshoe fan should either become a member of the National Association by paying $1.00 annual dues or belong to some local club or state association and see that such organization becomes affiliated with the National Association by paying its dues each calendar year. For clubs of less than 50 members the dues are $5.00 and for clubs of 50 or more members, the dues are $10.00 per year. Annual dues for State Associations are $25.00. All members affiliated with clubs and associations have voting power in National Conventions under the regulations of the Constitution and By-Laws printed elsewhere in this book.
     The Association is doing all it can to encourage the development of the sport among those who have never thought of it as an interesting, healthful pastime and recreation which develops both mind and body. No game requires more skill in reaching a high degree of perfection and still is so enticing to any one of ordinary ability. It does not require expensive equipment. All doctors recommend walking as an ideal exercise and walking in pitching horseshoes gives zest to the exercise. Fathers and sons enjoy the sport equally well, whether playing each other or persons of their own age. The thrill in being able to pitch ringers is ample compensation for the health-giving practice required.      There are more State Associations and Clubs now affiliated with the National Association than ever before since the writer has been connected with the national organization, but there is still room for more improvement in this line.      A number of states that have many clubs and horseshoe fans have not yet organized state associations although as far as the writer knows, where there is a state organization it is affiliated with the National. Canadian clubs and Provincial Associations may also join the National.      Where there is in any state an interested body of horseshoe pitchers, they should organize and apply to the National association for a state charter. After the state organization is perfected and becomes affiliated with the National, all inquiries about organizing clubs and other matters is referred to the state association. These associations in their state sanction tournaments at fairs, picnics etc. and award state, county and local championships which are recognized by the National Association.      Let every horseshoe pitcher look on the National Association as his Association and do everything in his power to boost its membership. Advertise the game in your community. Hold local tournaments. Get your county fair to put on a tournament for county championship. Get all publicity possible for the sport by giving the interesting details and records of these meets to your local papers. This is the only way horseshoe pitching can become one of the major sports.
D. D. COTTRELL, North Cohocton, N. Y.
Secretary of the National Horseshoe Pitchers' Association of America.

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     February 1, 1929.