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IHSWCA Team State at Fort Wayne Complaints/Suggestions

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 Has the marketing committee contacted any businesses/organizations to see if they will donate/support the event?  If we are going to enlist random volunteers to solicit donations, it would be nice to know who has and has not been contacted.

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This is a panorama of how the D2/D3 NCAA Duals were set up at the same facility this past January ... it's State of the Art.  Plenty of great seating on both sides and you can see everything.  I hope the link works. 

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I cannot believe we are headed toward our 4th annual Classed Team State Duals event.  It seems like it was just yesterday that a group of people were kicking around the concept for this event.  For what it is worth, I am pleased with the growth that this event has gone through.  Most worthy ventures have experienced growing pains of some sort, and this event is no different.  Although there is an official IHSWCA board of directors roster, there are roughly 5 people who have done the lion's share of the "behind the scenes" planning and work for this event.  I do not say this to lay blame or capture a pat on the back;  it's just the reality of the situation.

 

Areas of Growth that have Occurred

*  24 to 36 teams (over a 3 year period)

*  Westfield HS to Ball State to FW Coliseum

          - It should be noted that Coach O'Neill and Westfield were integral in pulling this off in the first 2 yrs

*  1100 fans -- 1200 fans -- 1800 fans (yes, we added teams in year 3 but the event has shown growth in spectatorship)

 

With respect to the "Areas of Growth" and my comments above, the IHSWCA will have important decisions to make surrounding this event for the 2016-17 (5th annual) event.  We have been very fortunate to have the support of the ISWA and our top wrestling officials in pulling together on the actual day of the event each season.  We do appreciate the work done by many people during the weeks leading into the actual event, but I am not kidding though when I say that a small hand full of people work the other 11 months of the year in planning the event.  There is no doubt in my mind, as the planning committee chairman, that this event can grow by leaps and bounds over the next few years; BUT the IHSWCA will have to be careful that this event doesn't become too big of a creature to manage.

 

The IHSWCA does not host this event to make money.  It has been nice that we have had some monies left over each year after the bills are paid, but again, we have never made a decision for this event with the intent to profit from it.  With that being said, to take this event to a bigger venue and the "next level", there will no doubt need to be sponsorships secured.  We just haven't had to do that so far, so an emphasis (and a person) hasn't really been placed on garnering sponsorships (but that may need to change after next season).

 

Areas of consideration for future growth and/or solidifying the event

* Might be nice in the future for the participating teams to not have to pay an entry fee (currently, all of this money pays for the referees)

          - no participating team in the first 3 years has complained about this fee.  All of these coaches have been very supportive.

* There has been ample discussion on utilizing a larger facility.

          - We realize that Ft. Wayne will create a farther drive for the Evansville area schools.  With that said, the FW Coliseum simply fell into

               place for us for next season.

          - I agree with the post made that most all championship events we hold are in central Indiana.  It will be a positive to hold 1 of these

               events in a different part of the state.  Although a little inconvenient for a few teams, it should be an overall positive.

* Adding more teams?

          - This gets into the overall scope and objective of the event.  (i.e. - just trying to crown the best team OR offer top notch competition to

               more than 36 teams?)

          - The size of the venue; # of mats; length of the event (# of days); selection process... would all be impacted by adding additional teams.

 

I appreciate the dialogue and ideas being tossed around for this event.  I just wanted to share some pertinent points and possible limiting factors that have to be considered as the IHSWCA moves forward with this event.

 

Coach McCormick

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Well, I am just hoping someone shows me up by getting a bunch of donors for the ihswca, that would sure prove me wrong. 

 

No one is trying to show anyone up.  I merely offered suggestions.   Having 4 members of a marketing and promotions committee each call 5 businesses does not seem like an insurmountable obstacle.

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Took this picture yesterday of the Coliseum from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn across the street.  Just happened to be there and thought it was relevant.  If your team was good enough to qualify make a night of it and stay and not worry getting back at 3AM.  Before you say cost.  Do a chicken fundraiser.  I will buy one.  I love chicken.

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Took this picture yesterday of the Coliseum from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn across the street.  Just happened to be there and thought it was relevant.  If your team was good enough to qualify make a night of it and stay and not worry getting back at 3AM.  Before you say cost.  Do a chicken fundraiser.  I will buy one.  I love chicken.

 

Hell, stay the night before......If Holiday can make people into Doctors, Major Business Owners and several other successful people, just think what it will do with a group of wrestlers.  Last time I stayed at one my son grew 3 inches and won JV state.I'm afraid to stay there again, he may turn into a basketball player.

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Its the next big Pay-Per-View....unless you count Survivor Series (I don't)....I mean team Cena vs Team Authority was very blah.......glad this thread has moved on to something meaningful.....

 

 

DONT SELL OUT.................BUY IN 

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Its the next big Pay-Per-View....unless you count Survivor Series (I don't)....I mean team Cena vs Team Authority was very blah.......glad this thread has moved on to something meaningful.....

 

 

DONT SELL OUT.................BUY IN 

Possible sponsors for team state?

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Its the next big Pay-Per-View....unless you count Survivor Series (I don't)....I mean team Cena vs Team Authority was very blah.......glad this thread has moved on to something meaningful.....

 

 

DONT SELL OUT.................BUY IN 

 

I have always been partial to the Royale Rumble.  They only still go big on Survivor Series because it was the first "other" big PPV.  Has been lame for a long time.

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Took this picture yesterday of the Coliseum from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn across the street.  Just happened to be there and thought it was relevant.  If your team was good enough to qualify make a night of it and stay and not worry getting back at 3AM.  Before you say cost.  Do a chicken fundraiser.  I will buy one.  I love chicken.

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The IHSAA does not allow travel on a Sunday. (I know, 3 AM WOULD be Sunday) But the rule would not allow us to stay overnight into Sunday. 

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The IHSAA does not allow travel on a Sunday. (I know, 3 AM WOULD be Sunday) But the rule would not allow us to stay overnight into Sunday. 

Well, do it like we do at individual state........release them back to their parents.  Or call ISWA for a waver......sorry couldn't help my self.

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Yo, WWE SummerSlam will be at the Ft Wayne Col on June 21. I think we can all agree, if it's good enough for Vince McMann, then it's good enough for team state.

 

It's what's best for business. (WWE reference) 

 

#DigIt

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Ok any school in 2-A that cannot make the trip the boys at Hamilton Heights would gladly run there. I mean its a mile or 2 farther than I like them to run but hey its the State Championships. We were 20-2 and Conference Champions and we return every starter but one. The AD promises also to run along side the boys as well.lol

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