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Discussion: Why no Women's Director at the East Nationals?

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Aug. 10, 2011
Eviltweety88
Women's 40
10 posts
Why no Women's Director at the East Nationals?
I don't understand why we wouldn't have our National director at a National Tourney!? I know you guys don't believe this, but it's disrespectful to the women who were at that tourney and the director... Shouldn't we have the National Women's Director at all NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS?? That seems logical doesn't it?
Aug. 10, 2011
Coach Colleen
2 posts
This has been happening a lot lately...Last year in Phoenix only saw Women's director at the meeting never at the field....I believe she was at a men's field on FRIDay Hello don't the Women count>>>>>>
Aug. 10, 2011
Eviltweety88
Women's 40
10 posts
With the rain delay/weather situation, it would have been so nice to have our info + it seems that for some reason, they won't have her come east at all (I don't think she was at the TOC either). That makes no sense at all. Especially when the women's division will be growing by 30-40% in the next 5yrs? If my coaching friends are right, we're going to have a huge 40+ showing in Phoenix!
Aug. 10, 2011
SSUSA Staff
1213 posts
Joanie ... The SSUSA's National Executive Director (Fran Dowell, a woman) was in-charge at the Eastern National Championships ALL six days of the event (and the two days before and one day after), including the last two days when the Women's Division Championships were contested. She is also the person who directed all aspects of the tourney 'recovery' process and procedures that saved the Saturday 50-game schedule in its entirety after 4.3 inches of rain fell on the complex overnight Friday/Saturday. I'm sure you must have seen her, since she also was the one who occasionally drove your players back and forth in one of the courtesy shuttle carts to and from the parking lots when she had a few moments of free time from otherwise much more significant responsibilities. With the SSUSA Executive Director, two National Directors and a Regional Director on-site, there was no economically supportable reason to fly the Women's Director to Raleigh and house her for only two days. (She also did not attend the Western Nationals for the same reason.)

Colleen ... You played Women's 40-Masters last year in Phoenix. The SSUSA's Women's Director was a full-time Field Director with the Senior Women's Divisions (50+ and older) at Rose Mofford Park, where only women competed. Your assertion that she was at a men's field on Friday is factually inaccurate (at best).

Aug. 12, 2011
Eviltweety88
Women's 40
10 posts
Ok..SSUSA I understand the economics of the situation...but also know that Fran was slammed with everything going on. Having a director that was women's division specific (not just a women...sigh) would have helped imho. I don't think that statement is an exaggeration? Everyone did a great job getting all the games in with the weather. I'm not belittling that at all..just saying at the 2 Nationals, World and TOC that representation would be logical.
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