A Letter from the President

Hello Fellow Pool Players,

We hope you are well and are looking forward to returning to the league when we start up again. The Board is planning our return to play and have a lot of information to share with you, so please read this email completely.

With the projected opening date for California being June 15th, we are hoping to start the fall season on August 17th. We will let you know additional dates as they are finalized.

The Board has decided that we will not be charging dues this coming season for players or sponsor bars given the challenging year we have all had. (Donations are welcome and are 100% tax deductible.) We have also decided to shorten our fall season to 10 weeks given the uncertainty the pandemic continues to create.

We have developed a list of safety protocols for when we do return to play. The document is attached. Most notably, wearing a mask covering your nose and mouth will be required at the table at all times and failure to comply will result in a loss of game.

We are holding elections for President, Secretary, Co-Head-Referee (Stern’s position) and Member-at-Large (Troy’s position.) If you would like to run for any of these positions, contact president.sfpapool@gmail.com within the next week. We will also be asking you all to weigh in on whether you plan to return to play in the fall. The ballot will come from secretary.sfpapool@gmail.com and the format is in SurveyMonkey.

We are in the process of enrolling in Amazon Smile which will give SFPA a percentage of all purchases made at Amazon. This is a painless and easy way to raise funds for the league.

The West Coast Challenge will not be played in 2021. LA Pool League was scheduled to host the tournament, but that was derailed due to Covid. We are planning on WCC in August, 2022 in San Francisco.

If you are planning on playing in the BCA Nationals in Las Vegas in September, we were told that they are being very flexible in terms of eligibility to play.

Please feel free to reach out to me and let me know your thoughts, questions, and whether you plan on playing in the fall. Looking forward to seeing you all in person.

Warmest regards,
Joan Pettijohn
SFPA League President

SFPA Board Elections

We will be having an election soon for:

President
Secretary
Co-Head Referee (Stern’s current position)
Member-at-Large (Troy’s current position)

If you want to run for office for one of these Board positions, please contact president.sfpapool@gmail.com in the next week. Expect a SurveyMonkey email after that.

BCA Nationals

Happy 2021!

We hope all of you are well and safe. We are committed to playing whenever it is safe to do so.
The BCA Nationals in Las Vegas have been rescheduled to September 1 – 11.

The link for information and to register is here.

Election Results

Voting for Board officers is closed.
The turnout was not as large as our national election but many of you did vote.
All incumbents ran unopposed and were reelected.
Thank you for voting.

Elections

Hi all,
We have sent a ballot out to everyone for the elections. Please vote before Friday, November 13th. The ballot is coming from our Secretary Jerry Irving: secretary.sfpapool@gmail.com
The following people are running for these positions.

Vice-President-currently held by Thayer McDougle
Treasurer-currently held by Crystal Kelem
Co-Head Referee-currently held by Anthony Hydron
Co-Member at Large-currently held by Nick Lansdown

Thank you all.

Be safe and be well!!

Elections and an Update From our President

Hello everyone,

We hope you all are well and have gotten some time on a pool table somewhere. The Board has been meeting regularly and we are committed to playing a spring season if at all possible. Many people indicated on the Covid survey that they would play in the spring. If it is safe, we hope to return to some league play with lots of flexibility about timing.

Our bylaws require elections being held every season. Although we are not playing now, the Board has been meeting regularly so we will be conducting an election this season. The positions that are available are:

Vice-President-currently held by Thayer McDougle
Treasurer-currently held by Crystal Kelem
Co-Head Referee-currently held by Anthony Hydron
Co-Member at Large-currently held by Nick Lansdown

If any of you want to run for election for any of these positions, please let me know by next week, Friday, October 23. The ballot will be sent shortly after that. via Survey Monkey. The officers currently in these positions are running for reelection.

Also, CSI/BCA changed their calendar year so we have needed to update our member status. That has been done and will be finalized shortly. At this point they do plan to play in March. Due to the shutdowns they will only require 16 games to be eligible.

If you all haven’t heard, the Great Entertainer in San Mateo is open for play. They require masks and are using precautions as I heard through the grapevine.

Please reach out and let us know how you all are doing.

Stay safe and be well,
Joan for the SFPA Board of Directors

Joan Pettijohn
SFPA League President

Fall Season Update

Good day pool lovers,
I hope you all are well and staying safe and not too bored while sheltering.
Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey regarding Covid and league play. If you have not seen the results, they are available on Facebook and on the website. Clearly we are all concerned about the virus and are also all missing the league and pool.

The Board has been meeting regularly to determine the feasibility of playing in the fall and the spring. Given the uncertainty of the re-openings of the bars, we have decided to cancel the fall season. There is no estimate of when the bars will open at this time. The safety of our members and staff at our sponsor bars is paramount to our decision. Other pool leagues in the area have made the same decision.

If the bars open later in the fall, we are hoping to sponsor some tournaments and other safe and fun events.

We are in contact with CSI in Vegas regarding eligibility for the tournament in March and will let you know what eligibility requirements they will have.

Also, based on the decisions of our sister leagues and the vote of our members, the West Coast Challenge will be held annually.

We are sorry to bring this unfortunate, yet not unsurprising news. Again, we will keep you informed as things occur.

Many warm regards,
Joan
SFPA League Persident

Most Recent Update-sent today to all members

Hello again,
Again, I hope you all are staying safe, are not too bored and are not missing pool too much, although I suspect many of you are longing to play.

The Board met last week and we were able to make some decisions although many things could not be decided due to the uncertainty about reopening our city and state. What we could decide:

1. We have officially ended the regular season at this point. All stats are final.
2. We will offer a half-season credit for next season for those of you who want
it. Please let us know and we will apply the credit in the amount of $35. If you do not
want the credit or don’t need it, please consider donating it to the league.
3. If the bars reopen and we can sponsor playoff games we will do so for teams
that want and can play. We cannot give much more information about how
that will be configured as we don’t know the number of teams that will play
and we cannot say the timing of these playoffs.
4. We will sponsor WCC qualifiers IF there is a WCC in late August in LA and IF we have open
venues to play them in. The governor has stated that large gatherings this summer should be
cancelled so that is hard to predict.

We are very unclear about many other aspects of our future. We do not know at this point when bars will reopen nor do we know if all of our sponsor bars will be able to reopen. Several of our sponsor bars have Go Fund Me accounts to raise money for staff. Here is a link if you would like to see the list or donate.
(https://sfist.com/2020/03/29/these-sf-bars-and-restaurants-have-gofundme-fundraisers-to-help-staff/

Additionally, we are not sure when next season will start due to the delay this spring nor can we know if we will have to shorten next season due to a late start.

What we can tell you is that we will be meeting again soon and will make decisions as we are able and we promise to maintain regular communication. Please let me know how you all are doing and stay well.

Warmly,
Joan

Joan Pettijohn
SFPA League President

Update-this was sent to all members

Hello Pool Lovers,
I wanted to update you all as much as is possible and wanted to send you my sincerest wishes for your health and safety right now. Sheltering in place and not playing pool is difficult but we as a community are helping to contain this virus.

As you all probably know, the shelter-in-place order for San Francisco is effective until May 3rd and the order for the state of California is in place until further notice. Play will definitely be suspended until both state and city governments give us the go ahead and the bars reopen. So the 8-ball tournament scheduled for April 19th is cancelled.

Our 14th and final match would have fallen on April 28th so the season as we know it would have ended then, followed by playoffs. Clearly that is not going to happen. I know that some of you would return to play as soon as the bars open and I also know that for numerous reasons, many players will not return at this time. Many members of our league are elderly or have underlying health issues making it imperative that they shelter in place as much as possible for as long as possible.

The Board has met this month and we have another emergency meeting next week. We don’t know what will happen in our future, but are trying to find solutions that work for all of us. The West Coast Challenge is postponed until late August but that might change as well. I wish we could give definitive answers but they are not there to share. I can promise you that we will continue to communicate and share information.

Please feel free to contact me and let me know how you all are doing and again, please stay safe.

Warmly,

Joan Pettijohn
SFPA League President