The 52nd St. Joseph Valley Open will be held in the IUSB Student Activities Center on March 12th & 13th using 32 Butterfly and Donic tables and an uncounted number of Butterfly G40+ balls. SBTTC will be offering 27 events over the 2 days and we look forward to seeing all of you during that time. As you have been reminded several times this is a volunteer effort and is the lifeline for our Juniors Program.
The SJVO remains one of the longest running tourneys in the COUNTRY, has been computerized / time scheduled since restarting in 1993 and is played at the IUSB SAC. The facility boasts wood flooring, 35' high ceilings and great lighting.
We have just finalized an agreement to play in the Beacon Resource Center, 4210 Lincoln Way West, South Bend, IN 46628 and it is real close to the airport. We will be having our league play on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays now and the new start time is from 7:30-10:30PM. The days we will be open are Tue, Thur, Sat and Sun. The hours for Thur are still being discussed but looks like 3 times a month we will start at 5 and the other at 7:30PM. This will be cleared up shortly and the Saturday and Sunday hours are 1-5PM unless the church has some big activity going on and needs the space. They will work with us on this and hopefully it doesn't happen very often. Our BOD and Dan think this is a good opportunity for the club and the best choice we can make at this time. One other item for the players is we all should bring our own water.
Our board met last night and the results are in:
President - Steve Betts
Treasurer - Todd Loughman (he is the gentleman who has been providing our new and improved tournament brochures)
Secretary - Andre Stoner (yes that would be the world famous Marty Stoner's dad)
Bob Tolen - BOD returning
Barry Chan - BOD returning
Pam Hazinski - BOD returning ( we thank her for her service as secretary these last two years)
Arnold Smith - BOD returning (yes the one and only still inputting our league results without a raise lately and we deeply appreciate him)
Margie Davis - New BOD member (if you see Dion or Dionte she is not far behind)
Phil Schmucker - BOD (a previous past president who has been a loyal member for years and a personal friend)
P.S. Don't call me with questions yet until we see how things go this coming Tuesday PLEASE !
On two beautiful fall days in Highland Indiana 234 Table Tennis players traveled to the Lincoln Center Fieldhouse to participate in our 12th Annual South Shore Sports / Butterfly TT Championships. This was the largest turnout SBTTC had seen in a while but with a good time schedule and Coach Seemiller literally taking several events out on the floor to hand direct the players we managed to stay on schedule.
This tourney also encompasses the Nate Wasserman Junior Championships and 44 players nationwide came to compete for over $5000 in those 6 events. SBTTC thanks them for their sponsorship and we love hosting both these Juniors and all the other players who participate in our tourney. As always the revenue from this as well as the St. Joe Valley Open is used to fund our Junior Program.
Speaking of which several of you probably ran into Marty Stoner (winner of U1875 & U1750), Dominique Clark (winner of U1000 & U800), Ronnie Coleman (2nd in U800) and brothers Dion & Dionta Payne-Miller.
The current and future success of these and other of our Junior players rest on the proceeds from SBTTC's 2 major tournaments and the donations from our many individuals and sponsors!! And of course ... none of this happens without the loyal support of our volunteers ... there is no amount of thanks that can reward them for their efforts (so we do provide them with pizza throughout the weekend:).