Sunday, January 31, 2016

Alegi takes Lake Effect Trophy



On Saturday, January 30, the Lake Effect Trophy (ASA/WASPA) was played at the Woodland Sports indoor soccer complex. home of Grand Rapids Table Soccer Club. After two late withdrawals, five players faced off in a round-robin group, followed by semifinals and the final. Peter Alegi defeated Marcus Fila 3-2 in an exciting final (watch it here.) A crowd of spectators watched the games and several youngsters flicked for the first time on a demo table. The next ASA tournament in Grand Rapids will be Flicko de Mayo on May 7-8.


Lake Effect Trophy Results

Group Stage
Alegi-Sweetland 2-1
Fila-Galarza 3-0
Pate-Fila 0-1
Sweetland-Galarza 4-1
Fila-Alegi 1-4
Galarza-Pate 0-0
Alegi-Pate 2-0
Sweetland-Fila 1-2
Galarza-Alegi 0-5
Pate-Sweetland 1-0

Standings
Alegi 12 pts
Fila 9
Pate 4
Sweetland 3
Galarza 1

Semifinals
Alegi-Sweetland 5-0
Fila-Pate 3-2 (golden goal)

Final
Alegi-Fila 3-2

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Statement from the ASA President

Dear US Flickers,
I am thrilled to provide you with some exciting news regarding the work we are doing to reform the American Subbuteo Association, promote the sport and create more and more opportunities to play the game in our country.
First of all, I officially announce the creation of the ASA Executive Team, responsible for the implementation of the ASA Strategic Plan as approved by the Board of Directors. The Executive Team, nominated by the President and acting under the President supervision, will meet on a monthly basis to track progress against established deadlines.

These are the different roles and responsibilities and the individual I nominated for the respective positions:

Secretary – ALEX BATACCHI (FL)
• Works with the President to set meeting agendas and arrange meeting logistics
• Takes minutes of ET meetings and makes them accessible
• Maintains ASA rankings and update them on the association website monthly
• Responsible for the communication of and the compliance to official FISTF playing rules
• Maintains the ASA current and historical records, document organization on the website, and performs such other duties as the President and the ET may prescribe

Director of Events – DAN CRANSTON (MD)
• Approves local and national tournaments
• Monitor compliance to ASA and FISTF rules and regulations
• Provides organizing Clubs with scheduling, promotional, marketing and financial tools and guidance to facilitate successful events
• Responsible for gathering tournament statistics and sharing them with the Secretary and the Director of Marketing
• Collects tournament fees and manages ASA Tournaments budget
• Organizes and sponsors ASA events

Director of Marketing (vacant)
• Creates, articulates, and implements strategic and tactical marketing plans and budgets working with the ET
• Develops, and executes all marketing and communications tools of the ASA
• Assists in the development and implementation of membership benefits
• Is responsible for refining, enhancing and communicating the ASA brand and ensuring its proper and consistent use both internally and externally
• Seeks opportunities to promote the ASA through all forms of media
• Oversees the marketing budget
• Is the voice of ASA on social and digital media sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Four Square, Instagram, etc.
• Translates the ASA branding and marketing strategy into user-friendly and graphically compelling social media pages
• Monitors, listens, and responds to users on Twitter and Facebook
• Works with the ET and the Dir. of Marketing in particular to create and publish relevant content

Sports Director – PAUL EYES (MD)
• Actively promotes the further development of the game within the association
• Responsible for developing both playing and refereeing skills of US players through tips, articles, links, workshops, videos and any other relevant media
• Manages the ASA Table Soccer University, section of the association website dedicated to continuum education on the sport
• Acts as a subject matter expert on Subbuteo equipment, providing timely information on new vendors, technologies and materials available in the marketplace
• Helps define the ASA online shop assortment
• Works with the President, the Team USA Captain and the Board in selecting Team USA for international competitions

Director of Finance – VARANT KURKEYERIAN (CA)
• Keeps an account of all monies received and expended
• Is responsible to make deposit and payments as authorized by the President or other Members of the ET
• Consolidates budgeting proposals to produce annual budget for Board of Directors’ approval
• Provides a detailed financial report annually and a summary report quarterly to the President and the ET
• Is responsible for assuring compliance with tax and other regulatory requirements
• Works with an independent CPA to prepare and file annual federal and local tax returns
Director of Membership – ILIAS GIKAS (IL)
• Works with Club leaders on recruitment and retention of players
• Tracks and evaluates all ASA memberships and legitimacy of Clubs
• Works with the Dir. of Finance to ensure financial tracking of Club memberships
• Works with the Dir. of Marketing to develop marketing and promotional materials for member recruitment and retention
• Develops membership tools, including applications, onboarding, certificates, ID’s, and other collateral, in collaboration with the Dir. of Marketing
Additionally, I am glad to nominate Paul O’Donovan Rossa the new ASA Strategic Advisor.
Please join the ASA Board in welcoming these new officers and supporting them in the many ambitious projects they are tasked to complete for the benefits of all US players.

These are some of the top priorities we are currently working on and we will periodically report about:
- 2016 Budget
- New Membership Structure
- New Code of Conduct
- New ASA By-Laws, Policies and Procedures
- New Point System and Tournament Structure
- Revised ASA Website

As always, for any question or if you would like to apply for the open position of Director of Marketing, feel free to contact me at subbuteousa@gmail.com.

Dario Passadore
President, American Subbuteo Association
subbuteousa@gmail.com / www.americansubbuteo.com

Friday, January 8, 2016

Lenny Foster takes the Copa de le Rocha

The players
On January 2nd, 6 players participated in the '2016 Copa de la Rocha' hosted by BUSL95, in Boise, Idaho. Lenny Foster defeated Eric Garza 2-0 in the final. All players were from host club BUSL95. This was also the very first WASPA tournament in Idaho. Congratulations to all the players involved!

Final Lenny Foster 2:0 Eric Garza.

Semi-finals Foster 2:0 Jonathan Smith Garza 2:0 Eddy McLane

Consolation Mike Jakubowski 2:1 Armando de Leon