2014 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS & NPC'S APPROVED
The USBF Board has now approved the 5 teams that qualified for the 2014 World Junior Championships, as well as the players whe were added to the four 4-person teams and the NPCs for the teams. The teams & their NPCs are:
Under 26 Division (Patiño Cup) - USA1
The U26 USA1 team played in the Junior USBC 6-handed so did not need to add players. Their NPC will be Michael Rosenberg
Under 26 Division (Patiño Cup) - USA2
The USA2 team played 4-handed in the Junior USBC. They have added Greg Herman & Alex Hudson & their NPC will be Curtis Cheek
Under 21 Division (Damiani Cup) - USA1
USA1 in the U-21 Division has added Nolan Chang and Cole Spencer. Their NPC will be Barry Goren.
Under 21 Division (Damiani Cup) - USA2
USA2 in the U-21 Division has added Hakan Berk and David Soukup. Their NPC will be Tom Carmichael.
Rona Division (Women Under 26)
Phyllis Cheek will serve as team coordinator for all 5 teams, making sure that travel problems get solved and that the players file all necessary documents with WBF and get to Turkey ready to play their best.
2016 USBF Election - Mea Culpa & Nominating Committee Slate
When I (Jan) listed the USBF Board members on the website at the beginning of 2016, I erroneously listed Bob Katz' term as expiring 12/31/2016, although he had just been reelected to the Board for a 3 year term ending in 2018. Unfortunately, no one noticed the error and therefore when the time came for this year's election, we thought there were 3 vacancies on the Board for the 3 year term commencing 1/1/2017, although there were in fact only 2.
The Nominating Committee met, interviewed candidates for the Board and nominated three of them.
When the error was discovered, one of the three nominees graciously withdrew his name so there would be no need for a contested election unless a candidate filed a petition to be on the ballot.
The two Nominating Committee candidates for the USBF Board of Directors' terms commencing on 1/1/2017 are Dave Caprera & Marty Fleisher.
|Dave Caprera||Marty Fleisher (Currently on Board)|
Brief Statements from the Candidates:
I am a semi-retired tax lawyer living in Denver Colorado. I have14,000+ masterpoints, serve as the District 17 disciplinary chair, previously served on the National Appeals Committee (when they had such a thing), and write a monthly column for the ACBL Western Conference Newsletter entitled "Sleeping on the Couch." Two years ago in Istanbul and this summer in Salsomagiorre, I was a coach for the US Junior under 21 team, and am actively involved with the junior program. If elected, my principal interests are the junior program (else, "the game will die when we do") and (given my tax law background) the laws and their revision.
I've been an attorney for more than 30 years and a bridge player (much) longer than that. I've also been active in the investment/financial world for about 10 years , which is about the same amount of time I've been playing very seriously I am just completing my first 3-year term on the board and am looking forward to my second.
In accordance with the USBF Bylaws as clarified in the Election Procedures, additional candidates, who should review the Board Member Expectations document, may be added to the slate by petition, as follows:
- 4. Petition Candidates
Active Members in good standing may be added to ballots by petition. A valid petition application form requires twenty-five (25) Active Member signatures. Petitions must be received at USBF headquarters no later than twenty (20) days prior to the ballot mailing date.
The ballot mailing date is November 24th so the last day to submit a nomination Petition is November 4th.
If there are no petition candidates, the two candidates nominated by the Nominating Committee will be elected without need for voting.
FISU University Games
USA Wins Silver Medal in 3rd World University Games
The United States team, John Barth-Joel Wooldridge and Jason Feldman-Ari Greenberg, with NPC Ron Smith have finished in second place in the FISU World Games in Tianjin, China. The host China A team from Tianjin Normal University won Gold, leading from wire to wire and playing extremely well. The USA team also played well throughout and finished well ahead of third place Poland B, whom they defeated in the final match of the tournament.
Barth and Greenberg are both graduates of Stanford University, Barth in 2005, Greenberg this year. Feldman attends the University of San Diego Law School, Wooldridge Buffalo State University. To compete in the FISU event, each player must be between the ages of 17 and 28 and either currently enrolled in a University or have graduated last year.