The tryouts and Team selection for the 2008 Ladies USA Rink Hockey Team will be held in Bremerton, Washington on April 5th and 6th at Bremerton Skateland, located at 1740 N.E. Fusion Road. We would like to have a preliminary meeting with all the Ladies on Friday, April 4th at 5:30pm at Bremerton Skateland. The training and selection sessions are 6:00am-10:00am and 5:00pm-7:00pm on Saturday, April 5th and 6:00am- 12:00 noon on Sunday, April 6th. We hope to announce the World Team before everyone leaves on Sunday. We will have the World Team forms from USA Roller Sports on hand for all members to take home with them, complete and send back to the National office. We also have tentatively set up a mini camp in Utica, New York just before the start of our National Championships. We are waiting for confirmation from Bill Schmelcher for July 5th from 7:00am - 12:00 noon. Also remember that All Ladies selected for the 2008 World Team MUST compete in the 2008 National Championships. We had to complete the selection progress six months in advance for the following reasons: 1. Players from past World Teams have stated that more time between the selection of the Team and the Championships makes it better for everyone selected to have their travel plans and finances completed. 2. We had to cancel the May training camp because it conflicted with at least 2 Regionals Tournaments. 3. Japan's Organizing Committee has requested to have the names of all World Team Rosters by April 1st so they can purchase the inter-Japan tickets for everyone between the Tokyo Airport and Akita. The Japanese Organizing Committee will be paying for this portion of your travel. 4. A lot of times we can usually get a better price on air fare six months in advanced rather than two months or less. Travel arrangements can be made through Dotty of Gateway Travel. Her phone number is (800) 368-6875. You can also make your own arrangements if you prefer. Please be sure to let us know so we can schedule pick up times at the airport. My cell number is (907) 244-4018 and Coach Frankie Lee's number at the rink is (360) 917-0110. Frankie is exploring our options for"housing"during the camp. Financial arrangements for the Ladies World Championships in Yuri-Honjo (Akita), Japan can be worked out with Peggy Young at the USA Roller Sports Office. What she has done in the past for other World Team members is prepare a chart of estimated expenses for housing and airfare. She selects three payment dates so the expenses can be paid in three installments. This has worked very well for other sports over the years. If a player wishes to handle all of their financial arrangements, they are welcome to do so. If you have a problem and need to withdraw from the Team, the necessary finance charges will be made accordingly. As of now, the Foundation is unable to contribute their usual $5000 toward the Ladies Team's expenses as it has done in the past. The recently established Promotions Committee has set March 1st as it's deadline to have a Promotion packet ready for distribution to our members. This information will be posted on our two hockey sites, www.usarollersports.org and www.hardballrollerhockey.com . With the Ladies World Championships scheduled in Japan, October 5th - October 11th and the Men's"B"World Championships scheduled in South Africa, October 25th- November 1st, it is very important for everyone to get the Promotion information and start getting sponsorship money and/or fund raising opportunities. Please send me (Tom Hughes, Manager) your e-mail address if you are interested in attending so we can keep in touch. My address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call me at (907) 244-4018 or (907) 338-7968.