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46      HORSESHOE PITCHING ---- HOW TO PLAY THE GAME

own auspices in strict accord with rules herein stipulated and at a place agreeable to its membership.
     Sec. 7 The favored bidder or bidders for a National Tournament must pay to the National Association an amount equal to twelve and one-half per cent of the total cash and trophy prizes to be awarded sixty (60) days prior to the date of starting the tournament, unless the Executive Committee authorizes a later payment.
BY-LAWS Article I.
     Section 1. The Executive Committee shall be the judicial body and shall define and interpret the Constitution and By-Laws. Technical points may be submitted to it for decision and the ruling declared official unless delegates in convention assembled, by a two-thirds vote, rule otherwise.
     Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of all committees to serve willingly and in the best interests of the Association.
Article II.
     Section 1. A member may be suspended for:
     (a) Non-payment of dues or fees as per Article 4, Section 1; (b) Wilfully violating the Constitution, By-Laws or Rules; (c) By participating in a tournament under an assumed name or being found guilty of fraud, fixing games or other conduct unbecoming a member ; (d) For directly or indirectly betting on a contestant or self when an entry in the competition.
     Sec. 2. No member shall be suspended until after a trial before the Executive Committee.
     Sec. 3. Members suspended under clause (a) shall be reinstated upon payment of back dues. Under clause (b) after a period of six months, and under clauses (c) and (d) after a period of one year unless delegates in convention by a two-thirds majority vote contrary.
Article III.
     Section 1 To accommodate the largest number of contestants possible, and on the least number of courts, and to make satisfactory to officials, players and spectators, the deciding of the World's Championship, one of the following methods shall be pursued in determining same:
(a)      The rotation or round robin plan. When forty (40) or less entries are to compete, each entry shall play the other one game, the winner of the most games being declared the champion.
(b)      Double Rotation Plan. When the playing is stretched over a period of two weeks, this method shall be given preference. During the first week of play, the players shall compete as in paragraph (a) ; the ten, twelve, fourteen or sixteen players finishing highest in games won, qualifying for the second week's play. Prizes shall be awarded to at least 5 of those failing to qualify. During the second week of play those chosen as qualifying shall play each other at least three (3) and not more than five (5) games, preferably, each player playing the other once each day. The player winning the most games shall be declared the Champion of the World. All other players, qualifying for the second week of play, shall receive prizes graduated according to their order of finishing.
(c)      When there are over forty to compete, the group method of elimination shall be employed; that is: the players may be divided into groups of preferably six, eight or ten, each player in the group playing one game with every other in the same group. By selecting the two, three, four or five highest in each group, eliminations can be made to 12 to 16 players ; these to play according to paragraph (a) in deciding a championship.
(d)      A diversion from these systems may be granted by the Executive Committee.
     Sec. 2. The title of Champion Horseshoe Pitcher of the World can be contested for only in National Tournaments authorized by the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America.
     By vote of the convention at St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 27, 1928, the following was added to Article III, Section 2 of the By-Laws: "or in a series of games (not less than six wins in a scheduled 11-game match) same to be authorized by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, it being understood that the Board of Directors will give preference to those finishing among the first six in the last previous tournament. The board, however, may, at its discretion, select some other opponent for the championship if proof is positive that he or she will be a worthy opponent of the champion. Not more than three such contests may be