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Reading List for 2017-2018
     For the first time in the history of OJABA, we are giving you a heads up concerning the source of some of the questions used in our tournaments of the current year.  Some tossups and some sixty-second sets--scattered throughout the year in all four divisions--will be based upon the books listed below, which are Newbery Medal winners from the past one hundred years--one from each decade beginning with the 1920's.  Most of our questions will come from other subject areas, just as in the past.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Regan Barnhill
A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park
Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman
The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox
The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare
Rifles for Watie, by Harold Keith
Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes
Invincible Louisa, by Cornelia Meigs
Smoky, the Cow Horse, by Will James 
     Membership enrollment concluded October 1; we have 211 member coaches this year.  About half of this year's members have paid their fees; to those who still owe your fees, remember the deadline for payment is December 1.
     Listed on the "Documents" page are links to the district and regional groupings by Class.  Check these groupings to see where you will be playing your district and regional tournaments and who is hosting each of your tournaments.  If you are a host, you should begin contacting the other teams assigned to each of your tournaments now; see the rules for time frames during which each of the tournaments should be played and for deadlines for setting tournament dates.  If you are not hosting and you do not hear from your host coaches in a timely manner about setting dates, get in touch with your host coaches and remind them about setting dates.  Later today, you received an email attached to which will be the "Member List" for your class, so that you will be able to communicate with one another.
     Good luck with your teams this year, and remember, compete well but be sure to have fun as well.
 POSTED JUNE 16, 2017:
     Invitations to join OJABA for the 2017-2018 school year will be going out by the end of July—by email to last year's 215 member coaches, and by USPS to over 300 other non-member schools who are eligible to join.
     As we have every year, we have tweaked the rules wherever needed to make them as effective, fair, and equitable as possible.  Rules changes and "tweaks" will be printed in red in the rules booklet. By the end of July, you may view the complete 2017-2018 OJABA Rules Booklet by clicking on the link on the "Documents" page.
     There will be no state meeting this year, but on the last page of the rules, you will find phone numbers and email addresses for all of your officers.  All of us are available almost all of the time to answer your questions or to counsel you.  Feel free to call us whenever you need to.