The Calgary board wish to start a discussion on setting a North American tournament schedule for 2009 in place.
Considerations for setting a schedule include:
a) the distance clubs need to travel to play matches;
b) weather conditions for northern clubs preventing training early in the year; and
c) the USA tour of Australia in 2009.
As it stands, we would like to put forward two ideas for tournaments outside Nationals for 2009:
1) an Eastern and a Western Regionals tournament. Could be one or two legs, and rotate tournaments around clubs in each half of the continent. An example tournament for 2009 could be Arizona in February (first-leg) and Calgary in July (second) with Denver and Vancouver attending. The following year Denver and Vancouver would host the legs.
2) a national 9's carnival, somewhere central like Milwaukee in July. Encourage established clubs to send two teams, and new clubs to send one team. Can be split into two divisions, where new clubs play established clubs' seconds. Would encourage smaller groups of girls to field teams and would develop newer players at established clubs by allowing them greater opportunity in the seconds. Might be more feasible in years when the USA squad is travelling for those who don't make the squad.
Please add comments and criticisms. We're crying out for some competition up here!