COMPETITOR INFORMATION PAGE
Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Black Tie AffairSunday, 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.
Bringing It All Back Home - InternationallyTo 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:
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 ClubThe 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 BiteThe 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.
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 SourceThe 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.
Purpose to reserve a net or mat in advance to guarantee availability.
Daycare and Loose EndsDaycare: 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: <email@example.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.
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.
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.
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