Eastern Pennsylvania Horseshoe Pitchers Association

EPHPA Directors Meeting

Selinsgrove Indoor Facility

November 10, 2018


Tom Reuther opened the meeting.


There were 10 present.


The minutes from the April Members meeting were approved as published on a motion from Dale Estep and seconded by Ron Baker.


Butch Young resigned

Tom Reuther reported Butch Young has resigned as tournament director.  Tom thanked Butch for his years of service and all of his personal time he devoted to EPHPA.  Tom Reuther stated he was thinking of running a tournament in Benton with help from Rick Hawk and Dale Estep.  Ron Baker will send Tom information for Benton tournaments. 


Treasurer report:  Denny Hall reported in Rob Dietzís absence.  Beginning balance of $20,543.37 and ending balance of $18, 051.37.  Tom Reuther suggested we put $10,000 in a short term (2-3 years) CD.  Motion was made by Dale Estep and seconded by Mike Taylor.  A question was raised regarding why the different number of dues received for adults and the number of disbursements.  Denny Hall will check with Rob Dietz regarding this matter. 


Presidents report:  Tom Reuther voiced concern about the low attendance at the tournaments this past year.  Denny Hall reported attendance at all of the 2018 tournaments was down.   A discussion followed concerning how we might be able to get more pitchers to come out for tournaments.  Some thoughts were:  state tournament run by vice presidents; make the tournaments more spectator friendly example have a pig roast.  Huntingdon has craft vendors during a tournament.  Tom emphasized for everyone to invite people to come out and try pitching.    Also suggested maybe hold double tournaments on Saturday. 


Web master:  Dale Estep reported for Lee Estep in her absence.  Lee would like to step down as web master.  Tom Reuther thanked Lee for doing this task as long as she has.  Mike Taylor and Justin Foster want to thank Lee for a fantastic job.  Tom suggested at our tournaments in 2019 we ask if anyone is interested in being the web master.  We need to get information regarding the Eastern Pennsylvania Horseshoe Association out on the social media. 


Vice Presidents:  none present;   Randy Zeiders volunteered to serve as 3rd vice president.


Regional Director

Denny Hall reported on 2018 rule changes.  Provisional and trial members.  Provisional membersí dues are $10 and are allowed to enter regular tournaments for 1 year only (paying entry fee for each tournament).  A provisional members statistic will be reported to the NHPA.  Trial members dues are waived, and the member is allowed to enter one regular tournament paying the entry fee for the tournament.  A trial members statistic will not be reported to the NHPA but they can win tournament prize money. 


Denny Hall reported this is another year for the courts to be sanctioned.  Denny will be measuring all courts this year. 



Old Business: 

       Medical exemptions:  Karen Connelly reported receiving two exemptions:  Joseph Gruff and Terry Haverstock.


       Points Championship Results:  Denny Hall reported we had a very close competition this year.  1st place:  Ray Yoder; 2nd place:  Ivan Header; 3rd place:  Ron Michaud


       State Tournament:  Tom Reuther stated the state tournament was run very well this year.  2019 will be held at New Hope (Western PA) donít have a date as of this meeting.  New changes are not going over well with members.  Must have pitched in 3 sanctioned tournaments to pitch in the indoor state tournament in DuBois.  Western members are asking to buy Eastern membership.  NHPA is aware of the problems but donít know if anything will be done about the problems.  State doubles will be held in Huntingdon in 2019.


       Hall of Fame:  no one present to report, no names nominated as of this date.


       Confirm date of January Indoor tournament:  January 12, 2019.


New Business:

       Farm Show:  Ron Baker reported the horseshoe pitching will be held on January 8, 2019 in the large arena starting at 6:00 p.m.  The prize money will be the same as last year.  Portable pits will be set up this year, we will need 7 boxes.  Steve Strausbaugh will be asked to get the boxes.  Parking passes will be available again this year.  Wrist bands will be available for spectators and hats will be given to the champions of each class.  Denny Hall asked Ron Baker to see if we could have the location changed to the equestrian arena because it is easier for spectators to find us.


       Summer Schedule: 

Team challenge will be held on April 28, 2019 at Carlisle


TENTATIVE:  Denny Hall would like to have confirmation by the end of December for the dates and tournament locations of the following

May 4, 2019 Benton

May 11, 2019 Carlisle (singles)

May 12, 2019 Carlisle (doubles)

May 18, 2019 Selinsgrove

May 25, 2019 New Holland

June 1, 2019 open

June 8, 2019 Carlisle (singles)

June 9, 2019 Carlisle (doubles)

June 15, 2019 Roxbury

June 22, 2019 Reedsville

June 29, 2019 Huntingdon (singles)

June 30, 2019 Huntingdon (doubles)

July 6, 2019 Dallas

July 13, 2019 Selinsgrove

July 20, 2019 open

July 27, 2019 Mackeyville

August 3, 2019 Dallas

August 9& 10, 2019 Reedsville (Friday depending on number of entries)

August 17, 2019 Huntingdon (singles)

August 18, 2019 Huntingdon (doubles)

August 24, 2019 open

September 14, 2019 State doubles tournament


Tom Reuther reported we lost a few members this year and to always remember to be supportive to each other.


Next membership meeting date:  April 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. followed by the Spring Team Challenge at 1:00 p.m. at Carlisle Courts.


A motion to adjourn the meeting by Mike Taylor and seconded by Martin Bubb.




Tom Reuther

Karen Connelly

Denny Hall

Mike Taylor

Dale Estep

Randy Zeiders

Ron Baker

Martin Bubb

Dave Holliday

Tom Decker