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- I don't believe the World Class sits around all day eating cake, counting their 40 performers and 35 year old members.
- I do believe that the conversation in Vegas this past weekend was professional and heartfelt. I've heard enough and know enough people to believe no one went into Vegas hoping to screw the A Class over.
- Speaking of cake, I do believe that all the classes want their proverbial cake and to eat it as well. No one wants to travel. Everyone wants to be in the arena. No one wants to be tired. However, someone must travel and someone must be tired. Travel youth ball teams are pressed to a high degree of human exhaustion on tournament weekends two, three, and even four games in a very short amount of time. In the hot sun. They manage.
- I don't hate the Nutter Center. I hate that A Class Finals goes on back to back to Open Finals and I hate that the kids never get to see the arena except to cheer on the World Class. It was my pic of A Finals that went viral after Dayton and it was not taken by accident. I took it and posted it, because a picture can speak volumes and that one did. If someone really wants to know what it was like to be in A finals that day, then someone should have picked up the phone to call the person who took the picture, because that's how you break through barriers and create dialog.
- The A Class needs to do more than bitch on Facebook. If you believe that change needs to occur, then you need to sacrifice and that sacrifice very well could be giving up going to Dayton for one year or taking your guard to semi-finals as opposed to World finals. It's called hard core advocacy and that involves sacrifice.
- The Advisory Board needs to stop using the phrase, "Well you should go to the meeting if you want to have a voice." Just stop with that one. The meeting is in Las Vegas and most people can't afford it. How about this one? Live stream the meeting so we can see the conversation first hand. Perception folks.
- The A Class needs to understand that they can't have more in finals, plus sleep in on Saturday, plus the arena, plus not travel. You must give up something. Which one do you want?
- The World Class needs to give something up. Period. You either need to give up semi finals or the arena for semi finals. Stop with your arena hoarding. Travel to Cincinnati for once. It's actually a pretty good arena.
- People need to stop thinking that those who don't go to the meeting or don't have a vote are ill informed or simpletons who only react based on emotion. Most of us who stay around long enough serve on the Advisory Board at some point in time and most of us have walked the world class floor in our history. Many of us helped create the rules we follow today and many of us set the standards for the direction the activity have gone creatively. So stop with the, "You weren't there you don't understand." Yes we do understand and besides people were texting from the meeting, so yeah, the conversation was fairly public.
- People need to understand a little better how nonprofits are supposed to work. There is an Executive Director (ED). The ED is to present the board with hard data that represents the story of the organization. The ED then takes that data to the Board of Directors (BOD) where, the ED ensures that the BOD has all the information to make informed decisions that benefits the entire organization. It is the ED's job to avoid mission creep, to stay objective, and to encourage the BOD's to make decisions that is the most fiscally responsible for the organization. An advisory board is just that. They advise. That's all. Any decision can get over turned by the BOD.
- People need to know and/or remember history. I taught Overton High School in 1993, when the A class finalists went on at some unGodly hour in the arena on Saturday morning. I think our call time was 4:00 am in the lobby of the hotel and we performed to an audience of something like 8. We were tired. We had no audience. The kids still have a video in the arena. We all survived to tell the story.
- It very well could be time to shake up the organization. Change the bylaws and change the makeup of the board. Part of the perception problem stems from the idea of conflict of interest and if we are being honest, that is a huge problem in our activity at both the national and local levels.
- We need redefine the experience for the A Class. If we are to stay in Nutter, then let's do it differently. If they activity must change, then let's change it. Let's have finals and then do the finale' with a different flair. Create a different environment. Make it a completely different experience than before.
- We need to redefine the A Class rep position and create a new position that serves as an ambassador and advocate. If we are going to redefine, then let's do just that. Let's respin the wheel and create something totally new.
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