August 30, 2016
Dear Parents and Potential Chess Team Members,
I am excited to welcome you to the 2016-2017 Chess Team. This will be my first year in charge of the J.B. McNabb Middle School Chess Club. I have in the links a packet with information that needs to be returned to me as soon as possible for new members along with a schedule of dates. I am going to outline key information that you might need if this is your first time in the chess program or maybe you simply need a refresher.
- All chess players must have a valid membership with USCF. The form is attached for renewing or subscribing to USCF. The cost depends on your age. If you are under 16 and will be under 16 at the end of the school year, the membership is $22.00. If you are 16 years or older, the membership is $26.00.
- Each regular season tournament requires a $3.00 entry fee. These fees pay for USCF to score the games and helps to provide trophies at the end of the regular season.
- Students are expected to be at the high school building 2 entrance (guidance office) on the Saturday’s that there is a tournament by 6:45 a.m. The bus will leave at 7 a.m. and typically returns between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- We will stop for breakfast and lunch during tournaments, so please provide your student with money for these activities.
- Practices will be Tuesday afterschool in room 604 from 3:30 until 5:00 p.m and Thursday mornings 7:30-8:00.
- We are in need of parents who are willing to help with fundraising, if interested, please email Brandon.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parents are encouraged to print the last link of dates as it has the schedule of events for the season. At times, there may be optional events that occur throughout the year, and students will be made aware of those.
- A new assistant coach is currently in the works for the high school program.
- Our middle school program is being developed with the help of several teachers at McNabb. Myself and Ashlyn Richards are the contacts for the Middle School Team.
- The High School Team is run by Brandon Richards. Brandon has for the last 5 years been running the team and will be supervising all travel, coordinate events, and help the Middle School Team transition into the High School Team.
- Chess is meant to be a fun and competitive event for students and I expect them to carry themselves the way they do in school.