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Old May 8th 04, 12:27 AM
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The National Junior High School Championship has virtually the same number
(1197) as they did last year. This confirms a net loss of approximately 500
players from the previous year.

Once more, USCF proves that it cannot add. They are advertising 1234 on their
website, but if you add all the sections, you get 1197. So why the difference?
USCF has not taken out the withdrawals.

Players from Arizona represent over 1/3rd of the total, so the little state
that could once more saves USCF's bacon. Besides New York and AZ, no other
state produced more than 70 players. AZ has 412, NY has 191, then Florida
falls to 70, Texas has 67, Minnesota has 66, Michigan 62.
Interesting is Illinois has just 11. Next door California has 48. Colorado
has 5, Nevada 6, Oklahoma 1, Missouri 1, Utah 15, Kansas 4, Nebraska 4.
What we have seen this spring is a huge drop in the out of state participation
nationwide. While the overall drop was about 12%, I suspect the out of area
participation drop was double that.
California, Texas, Arizona, and Illinois have put the breaks on traveling. One
reason might be that each has state events that rival nationals in size and
quality.
Washington, Oregon, and Utah (which also have large state programs) have also
seen a steep drop in their out of state participation. Anybody have any other
ideas on why the drop?

Rp
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"ASCACHESS" wrote in message
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The National Junior High School Championship has virtually the same number
(1197) as they did last year. This confirms a net loss of approximately

500
players from the previous year.

Once more, USCF proves that it cannot add. They are advertising 1234 on

their
website, but if you add all the sections, you get 1197. So why the

difference?
USCF has not taken out the withdrawals.

Players from Arizona represent over 1/3rd of the total, so the little

state
that could once more saves USCF's bacon. Besides New York and AZ, no

other
state produced more than 70 players. AZ has 412, NY has 191, then Florida
falls to 70, Texas has 67, Minnesota has 66, Michigan 62.
Interesting is Illinois has just 11. Next door California has 48.

Colorado
has 5, Nevada 6, Oklahoma 1, Missouri 1, Utah 15, Kansas 4, Nebraska 4.
What we have seen this spring is a huge drop in the out of state

participation
nationwide. While the overall drop was about 12%, I suspect the out of

area
participation drop was double that.
California, Texas, Arizona, and Illinois have put the breaks on traveling.

One
reason might be that each has state events that rival nationals in size

and
quality.
Washington, Oregon, and Utah (which also have large state programs) have

also
seen a steep drop in their out of state participation. Anybody have any

other
ideas on why the drop?

Rp


Budget problems.

States (and local governments that derive a share of their support from the
federal and state governments) are just now climbing out of the worst
financial situation since the Great Depression. In most states, a majority
of the support for K-12 education comes from the state, and that support is
often stagnant or even declining -- and in real terms (i.e., adjusting for
inflation), it looks even worse. As a result, schools are cutting out
activities right and left, and it wouldn't come as a surprise to me if
school support to travel to a tournament in another state is being
curtailed, if not eliminated.

Randy Bauer
I am a candidate for the USCF Executive Board


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Old May 8th 04, 02:27 PM
Kevin L. Bachler
 
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In article [email protected]_s54, Randy Bauer says...
In most states, a majority
of the support for K-12 education comes from the state, and that support is
often stagnant or even declining -- and in real terms (i.e., adjusting for
inflation), it looks even worse.


K-8 chess in Illinois does not work that way. In Illinois, K-8 chess is
primarily organized by parents. My sense is that most Illinois tournaments were
of roughly normal size this year, but the state championship was smaller by
100-150 than past/anticipated. This is a loss of 12%-15% or so.

9-12 chess in Illinois is run by the high schools and IHSA. They chose long ago
not to be involved in rated chess because the cost was too high and the ratings
too slow. They now run their own rating system. The state tournament was the
largest ever, by about 50 participants or so.

Kevin L. Bachler

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