Up Coming Rule and By-Law Changes 2019

Rules and Bylaws Proposals
submitted by the Rules Committee
PITCHING DIVISIONS PROPOSAL 1: CURRENT WORDING
 
Rule 1 – Pitching Divisions
Section A – Juniors (See REQUIREMENT 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 the Junior Boys or Junior Girls prior to the age guidelines, but cannot return to the Junior Cadets, once this declaration has been made.
PROPOSED CHANGE OF WORDING: (see italic/bold print for changes)
Rule 1 – Pitching Divisions
Section A – Juniors (See REQUIREMENT 6, for exceptions and additional information)
  1. Junior Cadets (any pitcher ten (10) 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 the Junior Boys or Junior Girls prior to the age guidelines, but cannot return to the Junior Cadets, once this declaration has been made.
REASONS FOR PROPOSED CHANGE:
  • Ninety-nine (99) percent of 10-year-old children can pitch from the 27′ foul line. I don’t believe that we should be catering to the very few individuals this current rule applies to.
  • We have 12-year-old kids standing at 20 ft. averaging 80%. The age needs to go back. When this change first came up, it was said it was because some of the little 10-year-old girls couldn’t reach the stake. Today, we have much lighter shoes available for those little girls (or boys).
  • The age for Cadets was originally 10 years of age and should never have been changed to 12 years of age in the first place. There are very few physical differences between boys and girls of the same age, up to about age 11, and many girls are even larger than boys of their same age. But, based on normal physical adolescent changes of growth and development that DO occur during those two additional years (ages 11 and 12), this current age for Cadets should be changed back to age 10. Twelve is too old! And most would agree that the earlier change from age 10 to age 12 has caused far more problems than it ever solved.
PITCHING DIVISIONS PROPOSAL 2 (see italic/bold print for changes)
Rule 1 – Pitching Divisions
Section E
1 – Elder Men
2 – Physically Challenged Men
3 – Elder Women division for age 80 and over stating Elder Women become eligible to pitch in the Elder Women’s division upon purchase of an NHPA card dated for the calendar year that they become eighty (80) years old.
Rule 1 – Elder Women may pitch from any place on either the extended or full distance platforms and shall observe the twenty-foot (20′) foul line. Elder Women must notify their Charter secretary, in advance, of the date that they intend to begin pitching from this shorter distance. Once a member declares herself a short distance pitcher, she must remain in that Division until the next year’s membership card is purchased. At that time, she may switch back to the Open Women’s Division, but must remain in that Division until the next year’s card is purchased, etc. NOTE: See Rule 11, Section D.1 for additional information about re-qualifying.
4 – Physically Challenged Men/ Women
Physically challenged, men pitchers less than seventy (70) and women pitchers less than eighty (80) years old may be given permission, by their governing Charter, to move onto the extended platforms in the Physically Challenged Divisions with physically challenged men observing the twenty-seven-foot (27′) foul line and the physically challenged women observing the twenty-foot (20′) foul line. The prior completion and approval of a Medical Exemption Application Form (available from Charter Secretaries and on some Charter Websites) is required. At the World Tournament and at State Championship Tournaments, they shall compete in the appropriate Elders Divisions.
RATIONALE
Just as with the Cadet proposal, the intent of this rule is to provide for equal consideration of both genders. Adding a Women’s division to Elders better adheres to the NHPA practice of providing equality of divisions and eliminates the disparity among the NHPA’s most seasoned participants. Just as accommodation has been made to allow men seventy (70) and older to continue playing Horseshoes into their most-senior years, it behooves the NHPA to do the same for its Women at age eighty (80). Men may move from the 37′ to the 27′ foul line, a 10-foot accommodation that allows many men to stay highly competitive in horseshoes when their bodies have become somewhat weakened by the effects of age, inhibiting their ability to find success, and enjoyment, in this sport without the accommodation. Moving the foul line for Elder Women age eighty (80) from 27′ to 20′ (7 feet) will accomplish the same noble intent behind the Elder Men Division. Many women who have quit the game will again be able to join their friends in competitive horseshoes. Younger NHPA Women will see the commitment and value the NHPA places on them and, like men, may continue to pitch with the NHPA the rest of their life, a definite NHPA membership-strengthening outcome. The 20′ foul line is now an accepted part of the NHPA rules with its use to accommodate our youngest pitchers who may lack strength or stamina to compete at longer distances. Allowing Elder Women, age 80 and over, and Physically Challenged Women the option to move to this distance affords them the same accommodation, for the same reasons, with the exception that it is effects of older age, not extreme youth. Accepting this proposal will demonstrate to the NHPA’s female membership that they are of great and indeed equal value to NHPA’s men.
BYLAWS PROPOSAL 1
ARTICLE IX: Convention
SECTION 10.  A city or organization desiring to hold a World Tournament shall place its bid in the hands of the NHPA Secretary-Treasurer by the March 15th, two years in advance. The NHPA President shall designate one or more members of the Executive Council to open bids after he/she has determined that these members shall have no conflict   of interest in the matter. No bids will be considered unless all of the following conditions are met and approved by the ExecutiveCouncil.
PROPOSED CHANGE
SECTION 10.  A city or organization desiring to hold a World Tournament shall place its bid in the hands of the NHPA Secretary-Treasurer by the 1st of January , two years in advance. The NHPA President shall designate one or more members of the Executive Council to open bids after he/she has determined that these members shall have no conflict of interest in the matter. No bids will be considered unless all of the following conditions are met and approved by the ExecutiveCouncil.
REASON FOR CHANGE
The recent bylaw change authorizing the Executive Council the power and responsibility to select World Tournament (WT) sites has made the “March 15th” deadline date an unacceptable date as it relates to the timing of the normally scheduled “Annual Winter Meeting”. This meeting is the only time the Council meets face to face outside of the WT and has traditionally been scheduled in late January or early February. This change allows the Council time to study WT bid proposals, hold discussions, and make the selection during these winter meetings.

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