February 2003 Newsletter

Josh Lorings Essendon Adventure!

Submitted by Rich Mann, richmann@usfooty.com


Revolution and Lehigh Valley Crocodiles standout, Josh Loring, began training under the Essendon Bombers legendary coach, Kevin Sheedy on Jan 13th.  Josh will be at Essendon for 3 weeks and also plans to attend the AFL Coaches Conference.  For the full story and Joshs diary, click here.


AZAFL Metro Footy Tournament

Submitted by John Pops Meier, westvp@usfooty.com


The long awaited information for the AZAFL Metro Footy Tournament in Arizona is now available. It has been quite exciting to receive inquiries from all the teams interested in participating in the tourney. New clubs showing interest include Nashville, Florida, Canada, New York and a mess of clubs in Texas to name just a few.  Complete story.


USAFL Club Growth

Submitted by Andrea Caesar, officemanager@usfooty.com


The following chart is a listing of the current and active teams that make up the United States Australian Football League.  Its amazing to see how far the USAFL has come in just 5 years.  We are extremely proud that we have played well over 230 games played just this year.  The USAFL has 29 strong and stable clubs that supports nearly 1,500 players.  Australias favorite sport continues to grow in strength in the U.S.  Complete story.


USFooty Survey

Submitted by John Pops Meier, westvp@usfooty.com


We need to know what's on your mind.  That's right, USFooty needs to know a little bit about you and your club.  It's been three years since the last survey.  With the unprecedented and dramatic growth of Australian Football in the US, we need to re-evaluate the members, clubs, and leagues characteristics and tendencies.  This information will be useful in current and future marketing and sponsorship endeavors both for USFooty and the individual clubs.  We are often asked, "What can I do to promote Australian football in the US?"  First, take a few moments to complete the 2003 USAFL Membership Demographic Survey.  Your participation will not only help the league in terms of direction and focus, but your local clubs and league will be able to use the input for their own marketing purposes.  In addition, the club with the highest response rate will win a prize from USFooty.  So help us out.  Help your local club out.  Get involved.  It's YOUR game!  http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?TQKVG97L2P68NWNW699ME1R4


2002 Nationals Video

Submitted by Kirk Kirkpatrick, Kansas City Power


The production company says they are nearly done with the highlight film, and 90% done with the three Grand Finals.  They estimate mid to late Feb. for a completion date.  They are sorry it has taken this long.  These films will have the look and feel of what you see produced by the AFL in Australia to promote the game, and in fact part of the USAFL's intent is to use these films to promote our game in the United States and around the world.  More details.


Revolution Positions

Submitted by Mark Wheels Wheeler, president@usfooty.com


US Footy is seeking to fill two important management positions for the American Revolution: Team Manager and Head Coach.  The Revolution is the National team of the United States Australian Football League (USAFL).  The USAFL is focused on building the National team over the next three years with the aim of competing in the 2005 International Cup.  More details.


2003 USAFL Club Administrators Conference

Submitted by Andrea Caesar, officemanager@usfooty.com


The 2003 USAFL Club Administrators Conference will be held in San Diego, CA on the weekend March 28 30th.  This conference, hosted by the 2001 National Champion San Diego Lions, is a chance for the clubs to get together to discuss and vote on important aspects of USFooty.  There will be information sessions, small discussion sessions, a Key Note Address and the Special AGM.  Any ideas or suggestions on issues to discuss, please email Andrea Caesar.


USA vs. Canada in Pittsburgh, PA

Submitted by Andrea Caesar, officemanager@usfooty.com


Congratulations to Western PA for winning a very competitive bid process for the Can-Am game to be held over the first weekend of August.


Club Contact Information

Submitted by Andrea Caesar, officemanager@usfooty.com


New Club Execs, congratulations on your appointment.  Please make sure you send your contact information to Andrea Caesar.


Web Site Overhaul

Submitted by Matt Muller, webmaster@usfooty.com


In 2003 USFooty is planning a major overhaul of the website.  If you have suggestions, ideas, etc., please email Matt Muller (webmaster@usfooty.com) by February 5th.


New US Footy Promotional Partner

Submitted by Scott Hunt, publicrelations@usfooty.com


US Footy is pleased to announce a new promotional partnership with the Assetise Inc. The Assetise Real Estate Network of America (ARENA) program provides clubs with the opportunity to deliver additional value to club members and raise funds for the club at the same time.


ARENA provides referral, buying and selling services for real estate clients. The promotional partnership allows clubs to receive a $100-$200 donation for referred real estate transactions. ARENA guarantees referral to a top agent in your area. If youd like further information on how your club can become involved, please contact Bruce Durrell on 303-520-4341 or at bruce@assetise.com.


UNOFFICIAL Tour to Watch the Aussies Play Cricket against the West Indies

Submitted by Paul OKeeffe, paul@usfooty.com


The Australian Cricket Team is touring the West Indies in April and May of this year to play a series of Test Matches and One Day Internationals. This is an open invitation to all and sundry to make the trip to support the boys. We are organizing to watch the 3rd Test in Barbados between May 1st and 5th. We have booked beachside accommodation for the week.


The basic deal is $40 per night ($50 per couple) for accommodation (http://barbadosahoy.com/paradise/sunflower.htm). Split the cost of car hire and food. Pay your own way down and into the cricket. It will be first in first served. We do have first dibs on two additional rental properties if we get the numbers. A deposit will be required to confirm your spot.


For more details contact Plugger (paul@usfooty.com) or Greg Everett (juniorstrategy@usfooty.com).


Upcoming Events


AZAFL Metro Footy Tournament                Phoenix, Arizona       February 7 9, 2003

2003 Administrators Conference                San Diego, CA          March 28 30, 2003

Arafura Games                                         Darwin, Australia       May 12 28, 2003

Kansas City Spring Classic Tourny            Kansas City, MO       May 17 18, 2003

USA vs. Canada                                       Pittsburgh, PA           August 2 3, 2003

USAFL National Championships                TBD                            September/October 2003


Premier Footballs

Submitted by Andrea Caesar, officemanager@usfooty.com


Check out the new Burley Premier Footballs.  These footballs are made to exacting standards by professionals who have years of experience manufacturing balls for the AFL, VFL, WAFL and other leagues.



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