Wednesday, October 17, 2012

All-Grade in West Chicago on October 27th

The site is the Benjamin School in West Chicago (the western suburb, not to be confused with the west side of the city).  Tournament info on the ICA website.

So how do kids from the city make it all the way to West Chicago? Jerry Neugarten writes:

Most of you know that the Illinois All Grade Championship is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 27th at the Benjamin School in West Chicago.  Because public transportation to the location is limited, ICA has allocated funds to run free buses from Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago's west loop  (221 S. Laflin, near the Eisenhower Expressway) to Benjamin that morning, returning in the afternoon.  Family members can travel with their kids. We are prepared to run up to four buses, accommodating close to 200 riders.

The flyer for the event is attached.  As you'll see, the fee for the tournament goes up on Oct. 12th.  USCF membership is separate.  If kids are not presently USCF members, the least expensive USCF memberships (for 3 months) run from $8 to $15 depending on age.    
The bus ride is approximately 45 minutes.  Buses will leave at 7 a.m., and return at staggered intervals during the afternoon as they fill.

Email me the names of anyone wishing seats, along with a contact email address (coach or parent).  Sign-ups will be on a first-come, first served basis

Procedure to minimize no-shows: In the past, when offerings have been free, we've experienced a large number of no shows.  As a result, if there is a waiting list for these bus seats, this is the procedure we'll follow:  On the Monday morning before the tournament (i.e. Monday Oct. 22), we'll compare the names of those who have requested seats against the names of those who have registered for the event in advance, which will appear at  Where "bus kids" do not appear on the registration list, their seats (and those for family members) will be given to those on the waiting list.  The exception is if I hear from unregistered kids no later than 9 am Monday, by email, that the child will still be registering by the tournament deadline (Friday Oct. 26th at 8 pm).

Let me know if you have any questions.

Jerry Neugarten
Chair, ICA Youth Committee

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