Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Black Tie Affair

Sunday, August 10, 1997, 6:00pm

Join the Footbag Historical Society at the premier of the Footbag Hall of Fame's black tie, silver anniversary celebration (don't worry, there will be a limited supply of black ties at the door), Sunday, August 10, 1997, 6:00 p.m., at the Columbia Red Lion (the name will change to the Double Tree soon) overlooking the Columbia River.

This special event will pay tribute to the "Pioneers of Footbag" and the first group of players will be inducted into the Footbag Hall of Fame. Everyone in attendance will be considered "Charter Members" of the Footbag Historical Society and will have the privilege of nominating and voting on Hall of Fame Inductees starting in 1999. A silent action for footbag memorabilia will be held to benefit the Oregon Special Olympics. Do you have any historical items you'd like to contribute?

Be the first to view the relics in the Museum of Footbag History while enjoying a gourmet dinner and dressed up footbag players. The cost per person is $50.00; ask about special arrangements for children 12 and under. Please specify fish, poultry or vegetarian.

Reservations must be made through Sole Purpose Footbag Club (Kendall KIC) by June 23, 1997.

Payment for the Hall of Fame must be made in full with your registration form or by mailing a check payable to Sole Purpose, 1805 S.E. Marion Street, Portland, OR 97202-7351, postmarked by July 12th for United States residents and by July 2nd for international competitors. Two-thirds of any advanced payment for the Hall of Fame Silver Black Tie Affair is refundable if requested by July 31, 1997.

For more information on the new Hall of Fame, click HERE.


Bringing It All Back Home - Internationally

To give far travelers incentive and have the largest international competitor attendance, Sole Purpose has come up with an incentive plan. The first four men and first four women from any country (except the U.S. and Canada) will receive a waiver of the tournament entry fee, lodging in a host home and transportation to and from the tournament. Confirmation of travel plans must be received by May 1st. As further incentive, contact Sole Purpose with your confirmation of travel and your club will receive one dozen adidas® footbags and the opportunity to purchase more footbags at a special promotional rate.

For more information on this program, click HERE.


Pioneers of Footbag Tournament - the Young and the Old

Taking Montreal's lead and running a little farther with it, Sole Purpose has set up two different downtown Portland parks as the practice sites for the weekend before worlds warm up. We are throwing in an old-timers-only tournament and a Foot-C Junior tournament.

The rules for the Pioneers of Footbag Tournament are as follows:

  1. You must have played in a tournament prior to the formation of the World Footbag Association in 1983 to be eligible to enter.

  2. You are not eligible to enter the Pioneers tournament if you are entering any open net events at the 1997 World Footbag Championships.

  3. Entry fee is the same as it was at the tournament now considered the first World Championship: $2.50 in advance, and $5.00 the day of the event.

The two categories are Open Doubles Net and Mixed Doubles Net. All proceeds will benefit the Oregon Special Olympics. Rules for net play will be the same as they were in 1980, with two modern-day exceptions: the court size and the deciding matches for the winner of the loser bracket will one game to 15.

A "Foot-C" Junior Net Tournament, for ages 13 and under ,will also be held with the help of Chris Ott. See the registration form for pre-registration information and site location.


Booster Club

The Booster Club entry fee is $150.00 and is good for two people. All Booster Club members will be recognized in the Worlds program, receive players packs with special Booster Club T-shirts, lunch tickets, and open invitation to all competitor events. Also included are two seats at the Footbag Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Black Tie Affair on August 10, 1997. RSVP by June 23rd, and entry fee due (postmarked no later than) July 25th to Sole Purpose Footbag Club, 1805 S.E. Marion St. Portland, OR 97202-7351.


The Bite

The finals will be held in the center of the 14th Annual Bite, A Taste of Portland, which monopolizes Waterfront Park August 15-17th. At the Bite you will find food and beverage pushing tasty local cuisine, two music stages, a comedy pavilion, kids' playland, karaoke and more. The Bite is the largest annual fund-raiser for the Oregon Special Olympics, draws over 150,000 people, and is a blast. The finals site will be a stadium in the middle of it all.


Freestyle Judging Clinic

All competitors are strenuously encouraged to pre-register, because information about judging and the tournament in general will go out in a package to all pre-registered competitors. Wednesday evening at the Skoolhouse will be a mandatory judging meeting. Dinner for freestyle competitors will be provided at the meeting. All judging assignments will be made before this meeting, so individuals will know exactly which categories they are judging in advance. At the meetings, players will report to focus groups to discuss only issues related to judging a particular category or card; players will be assigned as judges to their categories throughout the event. If you have a strong preference for a particular category, be sure to indicate it on the entry form.

For more information on the IFAB judging system, see the Official Rules of Footbag Sports freestyle rules for the .


Freestyle Venue

The gym at the Fred Meyer Memorial Boys and Girls Club at S.E. Milwaukie and S.E. Ogden will hold the preliminary rounds of freestyle, it is in the same part of town as Westmoreland Park and the Skoolhouse. Parking at the Boys and Girls Club is free.

The finals of freestyle will be held at the World Trade Center at Salmon and Front Streets. This venue is highly visible and across the street from the Bite and Waterfront Park. Parking will be a challenge; carpooling and early arrival are encouraged.


Footbag Players' Equipment Source

The special, spring-loaded Jimmy-C Net sets will be on sale Friday, August 15, 1997 at the tournament site for a special discounted price.

Sole Purpose also has a sweet deal for freestylers with shin splints: 5' x 8' rubber mats, 3/8-inch thick, will be on sale after the finals of freestyle for $25.00. These mats normally sell for $60.00 and are endorsed by Kenny Shults as "the kind" kicking surface.

Call Sole Purpose to reserve a net or mat in advance to guarantee availability.


Host Hotel

The Portland Silver Cloud Inn, 2426 N.W. Vaughn Street, is the host hotel. The "guests come first" philosophy will put you at ease as will free local phone calls, complimentary continental breakfast, spa/fitness center, free guest laundry, refrigerators in all rooms, roof-top patio for freestyle practice, and hide-a-bed couches available in some rooms. Call prior to July 1, and mention Sole Purpose to get the following discounted room rates:

  • King size bed, flat rate $65 per night;
  • Two queen beds, flat rate $75.00 per night.

The toll-free number is 1-800-205-6939
The local number is: (503) 242-2400; fax is (503) 242-1770.

Alternate Hotel
Rose Manor Motel
4546 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd. @ Holgate
Phone: 503-236-4175 or 1-800-252-8333

Ten rooms reserved for the World Footbag Championships from August 10-18th at the following rates: one bed, flat rate: $40; two beds, flat rate: $45.

This motel is very close to all the sites.


Daycare and Loose Ends

Daycare: Sole Purpose Footbag Club members love children... after all they are our future. We want to hear from all parents interested in on-site and/or walking-distance daycare by e-mail, telephone, or letter by July 1st, so we can have all the details ironed out before Worlds. Contact Sole Purpose or Tricia George by e-mail: <kicking@ix.netcom.com>.

Food: This year, with the help of volunteers and sponsors, we are offering to feed the competitors a hearty, healthy lunch at the preliminary sites (Monday through Friday) for $3.00 a day. Food will not be sold at the preliminary sites, so busy competitors who don't want to pack a lunch should mark the box on the registration form and chip in an extra $15 for lunch.

Transportation: Portland is known for its bicycle paths, but does not have Montreal's "go where you need it to" speedy train and bus system. Rental car reservations can be made through Oaks Travel. The only free parking during Worlds will be at Westmoreland Park and the Boys & Girls Club; elsewhere, it will cost between $2 and $4 a day.

Rental Cars: Budget Car & Truck Rental has given Sole Purpose Club the awesome Corporate Rate for Worlds 97. Here is what you get and how to get it.

The rates are:
Economy, Daily 30.99, Weekly 145.00 - good for 5 to 7 days
Compact, Daily 31.99, Weekly 149.00
Intermediate, Daily 33.99, Weekly 159.00
Full Size, Daily 38.99, Weekly 179.00
Luxury, Daily 54.99, Weekly 259.00
Minivans - rates are based on availability

All rates include free unlimited mileage. LDW and other optional coverage, refueling and taxes are not included in the rates. Vehicles may be picked up at the In-terminal service at Portland International Airport.

To receive the special discounted rates for Sole Purpose Footbag Club please call Budget's reservation center at 503-249-6500 or 1-800-304-7900 between 8am and 5:30pm PST identify yourself with Sole Purpose Footbag Club and the rate code: C96.

Portland in a Nutshell: Portland's nickname is the "City of Roses", as the Washington Park Rose Garden will prove. Portland's Forest Park is one of the largest city parks in the nation and the world, it stretches 7.5 miles long by 1.5 miles wide along the eastern slope of Portland's West Hills and has many great hiking and biking trails. Contact the Portland Oregon Visitor's Association for a ton of information on the web: <http://www.pova.com/>, or by phone: (503) 275-9750 or fax (503) 257-9774.

You can also find more information about Portland at the following web sites on the internet:

Pre-registered competitors will receive an information package with updated information about the schedule of event, an area map, and other good stuff.

Registration: Championships pre-registration forms and fees must be postmarked July 12 for United States residents and by July 2nd for international competitors. All late entrants must pay a $10 late fee. Event T-shirts will be provided only to entrants who pre-register by the deadlines. Those who do not pre-register may buy event shirts for $12 at the event or any time after player check-in.

Check-In: Player check-in and late registration will be open at the Skoolhouse (tournament headquarters and home of Tournament Director, Kendall KIC and Kenny Shults) for three days for your convenience. Sometime during Saturday, August 9 through Monday, August 10 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m every competitor must visit the Skoolhouse to register/check in at 1805 S.E. Marion Street, Portland. Check in early if you need a partner.

Freestyle Details:

All footbag freestyle players in the open and women's open categories may compete in singles and/or doubles and mixed doubles. In addition, intermediate players may compete in singles.

Event Format
Two preliminary rounds and the final round are scheduled for open and women's singles and doubles and mixed doubles. Intermediate singles competitors will have one preliminary round and one final round; routines will be limited to 90 seconds. Open singles routines will be limited to 2 minutes in each round and doubles routines will be limited to 3 minutes. Top intermediate freestyle competitors will be highlighted during the final round of open freestyle and during net finals at The Bite.