Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dan Cranston does it again

Daniel Cranston Holiday Silver champion
Dan Cranston of Maryland Subbuteo Club made it three Holiday Silver victories in a row on Dec.5 2015 at Patapsco Middle School in Ellicott City, MD. Dan navigated his way through a top quality field of 26 players in the Open Category. His first major hurdle was in a tight quarter final match with fellow club member Patrick Sheridan. Cranston would level the score at 1-1 in the last minute to take the match to overtime, where he would score a golden goal to move to the semi finals. Michael Tillman - a tough match up for Cranston - would be swept aside 4-2 as Cranston followed a typical pattern of building momentum as he progressed in the event. The final saw a match against Zach Walker of Colorado. Thirty minutes of regulation play did not produce a goal. In overtime, Cranston, who had been under siege, broke away to score a brilliant counter attacking goal to win the title.

In the veterans category, a nine player field came down to a final between Paul Eyes (Maryland) and Alex Batacchi (Tampa, FL). The match ended 0-0 after extra time. Eyes would win the shoot out 3-1.

In a non ASA/WASPA event 15 junior players played for the Patapsco Cup. Avery Klein defeated Vikas Reddy in the final.
Players on Sunday in the Shrine
On the Sunday play switched to The Shrine - Maryland Subbuteo Club’s home venue – with another Open event (field of 12 players) seeing Zach Walker exact some revenge over Cranston 3-0 in the final to win the Knockout Cup. During morning play, a two man team challenge event took place. Midwest Squared (Zach Walker and Peter Alegi) defeated Florida (Dario Passadore and Alex Batacchi) on shots after the match score ended 1-1. 41 players over the weekend, we look forward to seeing everyone next year for the 23rd playing of the event. (Report by Paul Eyes)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Open letter from Dario Passadore, new ASA President

Dear ASA Members,
First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the many texts, emails and Facebook notes received the past couple of days. I am truly humbled by the support received and you can count on my full commitment to do my very best to revive the association and grow our beloved sport in the US.
Secondly, in light of my relatively short tenure with ASA and, consequently, the fact that many of you may be wondering who I am, I deem it appropriate to introduce myself and share a brief summary of the unforgettable journey that eventually led me to join and become the President of this wonderful organization.
Born and raised in Milan, Italy, during the era of the game’s greatest popularity, I received my first Subbuteo kit at the age of 7. Like most kids my age, for a few years I would play stretching the wrinkled pitch on the floor, using basic rules and trying to master the quite challenging art of hitting the ball with rolling miniatures. The Subbuteo life back then was really hard, but I loved every second of it and every match was the perfect simulation of what I might had witnessed at the stadium the previous Sunday.
Everything changed one Sunday afternoon, when, at the age of 15, my best buddy and I decided to attend our first official tournament. I will never forget the shock upon entering a room filled with more than 20 pitches installed on wooden boards and mounted on workhorses perfectly lined up, packed with more than one hundred players of all ages busy dealing with “stuff” at that time we had no clue what it meant. Why would they all show up with small (mostly custom-made) briefcases, instead than the traditional green Subbuteo package we were so proudly carrying in our hand…? Why did they have a cleaning cloth in it?? Why did their teams look so different from ours? What the heck was a furniture cleaning spray doing in that case anyway?? Wait…what…WHAT??? The miniatures could slide from side to side without rolling?!?! LOL
The rules were also quite different from what we were used to. Long story short, as you can easily guess, we both lost all the three games in the group stage by an average of 10 goals to nothing and that was the end of our first competitive adventure.
While my friend went home right after the humiliating defeat, disgruntled and discouraged, I stayed till the end of the event, asking a million questions and learning as much as I could, certain I had found my true passion.
After a year of solitary practice to catch up to a new exciting world of Subbuteo I was previously unaware of, at the age of 16 I finally resolved to contact the Italian Federation (AICIMS at that time) to become a member and got assigned to a local club, the mythical G.S. Bossico, led by my friend and mentor Massimiliano Turati.
One year later, when Max left for the mandatory military service, I was chosen to become the President of the Club, which ended up winning the Serie B. The following year, at the age of 17, I was asked to run the entire Lombardy region, after its longtime leader resigned. That marked the beginning of an incredible experience from a leadership, organizational, human, and competitive standpoint. I was organizing monthly regional and national tournaments, managing finances and memberships, dealing with distributors, filtering daily inquiries from current and prospective players, forming alliances, publishing newsletters, marketing the association and, most of all, grooming new talents.
I had the pleasure of playing Subbuteo nonstop for more than 20 years till my departure to the US in 1999, when I had to leave everything behind. It was only a couple of years ago, thanks to social media, that I was able to reconnect with old friends and realized the sport I thought had been killed by videogames and multimedia was, indeed, more alive than ever. I looked at my two young boys and thought: “there you go! I now have the perfect excuse to drop a few hundred bucks on Subbuteo…:)”
The rest it’s history. But I definitely want to thank two individuals in particular: Alex Batacchi and Zach Walker, for their warm welcome to ASA, their contagious enthusiasm, and their fantastic support during my first US tournament where my ego got tested quite severely…lol
Last but not least, now that you got a glimpse of how passionate I am about this phenomenal sport, I would like to quickly outline the next steps, promising to dedicate my next communication to a more in-depth explanation around the plan for a revised ASA:
December 5 – First informal meeting with the Board and key ASA members on Saturday, December 5, during the Holiday Silver
Mid-December – First official meeting with the Board in December before the Holidays to present Executive Team and finalize list of priorities/assign tasks and deadlines
January 2016 – Approval of 2016 Budget
January 2016 – Communication to all ASA Members about plan, budget and deliverables
I look forward to working with each and every one to grow Subbuteo in the US and to keep strengthening our relationship with WASPA and FISTSF for mutually beneficial purposes.
I encourage you to email me questions, feedback, ideas at any time at the following email address:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dario Passadore is our new ASA President

"I am very pleased to announce that Dario Passadore is our new ASA President! After the two week nominating period, Dario was the only nominee for the position. Dario's passion for the game is unmatched and his desire to grow the game in the States is unequaled. Thank you, Dario, for taking up this mantle of leadership."

Andrew Zunino, Vice-President of the American Subbuteo Association