|QUOTE (Willy.Leparulo @ Jun 16 2006, 12:58 PM)|
|First to the OSU Team, thank you for putting in a bid for the 2007 NCTTA College Table Tennis Championships. I have seen your website/bid and it seems you all have put in a great deal of work, so thank you for this.|
>> We hope to have a chance to put even more work into it !
Second, as we continue with the bid process this is the time for questions to you all. One question that I know some people have asked me before we knew who was bidding and one question that I also wanted to know was:
"How different or similar would you all predict these championships to be from past championships like the ones at TWU".
>> We would like to take the best of what we saw at Texas Wesleyan, and improve where we can.
-One large difference would have to do with the setting here; we really want to leverage the fact that the event will take place in the main gym of such a large campus to get more spectators. Spectators will have free entrance, we will just have some ushers with donation boxes/jars near the entrance/exit.
-Also, besides just spectators, we will try to get them involved through games, 'play against the state champion', take a free USATT quiz to win a robot...type of things going on. We'll have ushers whose job is specifically to talk to people, explain them where the good players are currently playing, what the event is about etc...
-We'd like to do something about the opening ceremony...somehow early morning the effect only impacts the players since no-one else was there (cf this year). One idea was to have an official opening ceremony on the pre-evening (say Thursday 9pm), if it allows us to attract attention around us. These are only suggestions. Another way would be to have some local celebrity for the opening + have some raffle or think of something special for spectators.
-Championship-wise, we would like to make sure bracket rules, draws etc... are clearly explained and set in stone at hte minimum one week before the competition starts. We would also take into account the debriefing posted on the NCTTA forum after this year's championship. Sth. Needs to be done about teams forfeiting for example.
- We will have more people at registration the first morning, with 4 lines rather than two. We will have enough copies of all brochures for players also.
- We wil do our best to have the website and press releases rolling; I believe 2005 was better than 2006 in that regard.
- We've been thinking about other little things (and we're not always sure whether their feasible). For example, we could have short video presentation from a number of teams and display that along with actions shots broadcasted in statretgic Rec Center area.
Last, we are always open to outside input when it comes to improvements. Ed, our competition manager, has quite some experience when it comes to create not only a smooth, professionally run event, but also in creating fun and attraction for outsiders.
Also can you explain what your "board of advisors" does within the scope of the championship preparation?
>> Our board of advisers are mainly people that we can go to if we have some special request, or if there is some issue/trouble that is hard to resolve... While they won't be working day-to-day on the event (most of these people have higher-up responsibilies), they are aware of the event, and support us in making it succesfull. They might make a phonecall that will make our life easier on certain things for example.
Also on the volunteer side: will you be using or considering any volunteers from the past TWU championships?
>> Within budget, we will consider anyone with experience, enthusiasm and motivation. There will be some restriction on the total number of out-of-town people, but I think ten or 12 might work. Travel/lodging/food increses expenses, so our goal will be to find the right balance. Amongst funded external staff, priority will go to people who have the most to bring to the championship, based on fair criteria (such as input shown in prior nationals, speciifc college tournament experience)
Thank you once again for putting in a bid.
|QUOTE (Frank - OSU @ Jun 21 2006, 04:53 PM)|
| I have a question for NCTTA:|
- Is it required to have someone from the school (say Rec Sports) sign the sample contract? Or can it be our club?
- We are still in talks with them, but it seems to be against university policy...
Who signed the contract when it was in Fremont?
- Which specific parts of contracts does NCTTA wants to see signed by the school?
Note that we are working this out as we speak.