Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Subbuteo Across America 2011

Subbuteo Across America

The second Subbuteo Across America will be held on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1, 2011.

This year's event will raise money for the American Cancer Society.

We would like to invite all the Subbuteo players and clubs in North America (Canada, Mexico, USA) to take part in this worthwhile event.

Last year 54 players took part, playing 93 games, and raised $204.91.  Let's see if we can beat those numbers this year.

For more information and to become part of this historic event go to the Subbuteo Across America web page at SoCalSubbuteo.com/SubbuteoAcrossAmerica or SubbuteoAcrossAmerica.tk.

All participating players will be included in the Subbuteo Across America Roll of Honor.

Note:  Twin clubs of the Southern California Subbuteo Club may also take part.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

IX ASA Connecticut Cup

The 9th annual Connecticut Cup became the occasion to welcome old and new friends at the Wallingford club house. Andrea Gasparini returned just a month after the ASA Open to him dedicated; and the Turkish gentleman from New York, Yusuf Yazici came accompanied by his long time friend Burak Tansag of New Jersey. Yusuf claimed his first title as he won the consolation trophy, the Nutmeg Cup; while Burak played six quality games and left with renewed enthusiasm for the game he enjoyed as a child. The Turkish duo is already planning the formation of a NY/NJ club: watch this space for their web site's announcement. The tournament was won by Massimo Conturso (in the photo with the other finalist, Gasparini) after a thrilling final. [photos & scores]

Monday, January 10, 2011

Painting Tips from Tim Tuminaro

Hi, I’m Tim Tuminaro and I started painting Subbuteo teams after arriving home from a trip to the 1982 Subbuteo World Cup in Barcelona, Spain where I and Jon Schultz formed Team USA. Many countries had teams painted in their colors and many carried along club teams for the many practice games that were held. I got a crash course in using polish and saw some awesome teams hand painted. I loved them. I have been playing this game since 1981 when I bought my first game set and have painted many teams since then. The number one rule however is do not be afraid to attempt it. With practice you learn a few tricks to making it easier and the challenge to improve with each new team seems to come along with the “job”.

Today with the computer and an assortment of unpainted figures available you can create your own personalized team. Testors makes a waterslide decal sheet which is very easy to use, when you follow directions. I use them and another available through an art store but those cost more . After practice and ending with happy results you can always move to upgrade your tools and materials. I have an inkjet printer but a laser printer makes more tiny details very simple. Currently, I use the most basic Windows Paint program (this allows cutting and pasting and image reducing very easily)for most of my work, along with window’s Word processor for names and numbers. Reducing it to very smallest output size like 25% before printing. However the Professionals use the Corel Draw and other graphic Art programs with much better decals being produced. But Your Artistic impression goes much further in the end than a computer program. Most figures are seen from three feet away and rarely closer while actually playing.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Online Scoreboard

Subbuteo players can now access a free intuitive online scoreboard. Check it out here:

Online Subbuteo Scoreboard

A few years ago, ASA member Scott Brister from Oklahoma created a superb downloadable program. You can see Scott's work and download the program from this link:

Scoreboard Program

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Hobby

This movie by Clifford Borgs-Marks about the game of subbuteo was made in 2004. It captures some of the magical nostalgia of this great game. The film is now available online for your viewing pleasure. Use the following link to view:

The Hobby

Sunday, January 2, 2011

ASA Board Elections

ASA Elections Process.

It is time to elect a new Board to the ASA Board of Directors. The ASA has four director (VP) positions, one for each region. You can check which region you are located in Here.

Specifically the roles of the VP from the ASA bylaws are:
A Vice President needs to be at least 18 years of age and may not be from the same club as the ASA President. Each region shall elect a leader, called an ASA Vice President (VP) who will serve a two-year term. Each Vice President will serve a two-year term beginning on the first day of the season of the even numbered year. The function for the ASA VP from each region is as follows:

Vice Presidents are responsible for voting on all major issues involving the ASA
Vice Presidents are responsible for communicating with their regional members on key issues.
Vice Presidents solicit and nominate to the President all other ASA Chairpersons.

The current VP incumbents and status updates (as of 1/1/11) for the elections are:
Massimo Conturso, vice president East region – Massimo is a declared candidate for another term
Mitch Morice, vice president Mid-west region – Mitch has served his full term and is stepping down. Candidates needed for this position.
Tom Shirley, vice president South region. Candidates needed.
Wayne Smith, vice president West region. Wayne is stepping down and Simon Hutchinson is a declared candidate.

Our current Secretary is Jeremy Stroop. Jeremy is the primary contact for declaring candidature and voting in the elections. Jeremy can be contacted at:


If you wish to run for a VP position (and meet the outlined criteria) you have until Jan 15th to declare that you wish to run. ASA members will then be updated with the status in each region before we proceed to the voting stage.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

So Cal plays last game of 2010 & first of 2011

Simon and Dominic Hutchinson

With less than half an hour left in 2010 Southern California Subbuteo Club members Dominic and Simon Hutchinson decided to become the last people to play Subbuteo in 2010 and the first to play in 2011.

Their Indoor Edition game kicked off shortly before 11:50 PM, on December 31, 2010.  The first and second quarters of the game were completed before midnight.

After a few moments to toast the New Year the game resumed, with the third and fourth quarters played on January 1, 2011.

Dominic also becomes the first player to win in 2011, as he defeated his father 4-2.

For more details see here»