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The 2014-2015 Finals will be at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota!
Wednesday, October 7 through Sunday, October 11, 2015
This year the Finals will be Sponsored by CR sports bar and they will be doing the catering for this event, which is great!
This is the finals for the 2014-2015 season and you will need to be sanctioned for Last season. Everyone that was sanctioned for the 2014-2015 season has had their sanctions extended to October 31, 2015. So you will not be able to sanction for the 2015-2016 until November 1, 2015.
Remember to be eligible for this tournament you need to play in a MPA Sanctioned league or have played 2 MPA (8 ball singles, we can not determine your rating from 9-ball or Team events) tournaments. If you have already played in one 8 ball singles event, you can play in the CR's tournament on September 19, 2015 and qualify. You will still need to be sanctioned for the 2014-2015 season which ends on October 31, 2015.
So we have another warmup on Saturday, October 3rd at Two Stooge's. This is your last chance to qualify, I hope we see everyone there.
MPA Sanctioned Teams can qualify for the ACS Nationals!
As many of you may know, we have been looking at doing a tournament in Vegas.
But instead of doing our own MPA event, we talked to John Lewis from the ACS and have worked out an arrangement that will allow all MPA League sanctioned players to play in the ACS Nationals at the Tropicana in May.
You must be sanctioned through your LEAGUE. Individual ($20 MPA Individual Sanctioned) members will not be included, as they must meet the criteria of playing a minimum of 8 weeks of league in order to be eligible for the ACS Nationals.
Our MPA players will now be able to play in all of the events out there (singles, doubles, 9-ball, 8-ball, team, etc), and the Tropicana is a great location for this event. I went out there last May and got my national referee certification at this event, and it's well run, organized, and reasonably priced for the pool player's budget. I hope that many of you will plan on participating in the 2015-16 ACS Nationals on May 7-14, 2016. Plan early - get your rooms and flights reserved, and I hope to see you out there!!!
Please feel free to field any questions to John Stich, as we are very proud of this relationship we've developed, and think it's a great thing for both the MPA and the ACS.
For more information on the ACS Nationals, go to their website - americancuesports.org Thank you.
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A word about credit cards.
I have had some complaints about the 5% service charge we put on credit card usage.
Credit cards are a lot of work! But they are also a convenience for the players, particularly the Canadian players.
I have attempted to put notices and even line items for the charge, so it is clear, before you click the button to charge the event on your card.
If you call me to do this on the phone I attempt to make that charge clear, however, if we get off on some conversation topic I may forget, and I am sorry if you were not aware of the service charge.
I don't like this service charge, but if we were to remove it we would have to raise the entry on all players, 2-5 dollars for singles and $15 for teams just to cover the overhead for accepting credit cards for some of the players.
So if the service charge is worth the 5%, please use it. If not, send us a check.Credit Card Policy
It seems like all I do is make comments about credit cards. They are a real convenience for a lot of players so we want to continue taking them.
For the most part I haven't had much trouble other than people forgetting that NorSoft Consulting does the credit cards and that is what shows up on the statement.
There has been several incidents where players have tried to get the charges reversed. Well this is a pain since I need to get receipts and send them to bank, not to mention the forms that accompany them.
The thing that these incidents all have in common is that they were using someone else's credit card. SO this year the name and billing address for the credit card being used will need to match the name and address we have on file for the player. The only way you will be able to get around this is to call us with the credit card information and explain why the names do not match.When you get a minute.
So if you are an individual or a league operator make sure you understand the sanctioning rules for the upcoming by reading the 2014-2015 League Operators Manual.
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