The primary mission of the CASLA is to make it possible to hold the Canadian ASL Open (CASLO) each year. We have been doing that for twenty years.
There are several reasons to join CASLA. First, you think that an annual, reliable, well run Canadian ASL tournament, that you can plan to attend months ahead of time, is a good thing. Second, you would like that tournament to sometimes be in your city. Third, you would like to have a say in the format of the tournament and in which city the tournament will be held.
Our tournament is a sort of “plug ‘n play” tournament. We have a documented and well established tournament format that makes every round important and gives all participants a final ranking of their performance in relation to other participants.
When you pay the membership fee to join the CASLA, you are eligible to vote on where the next Canadian ASL Open will be held, and to propose changes to the tournament format. As well, you are eligible to submit a proposal to bring the CASLO to your Canadian city. Running the CASLO sometimes takes more money than we can obtain through tournament registration fees; the CASLA membership fees exist to have a cash reserve to pay for excess tournament expenses when the registration fees do not cover all the expenses. Being a paid member also entitles one to a five dollar discount on registration for the Canadian ASL Open. Foreign players may join the CASLA, but the tournament must be held in a Canadian city.
To submit a proposal to host the Canadian ASL Open, you need to be able to reserve a hotel meeting room of at least 800 square feet (more is better) on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The hotel should have a restaurant and bar, or be within easy walking distance of restaurants. Usually, the member submitting the successful proposal also becomes the tournament director that year, but that is not a requirement. The tournament director and his staff find the location, make the scenario selections and put together the scenario packages for participants, and a few other things.
To date, this tournament has been held in Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg. Winnipeg is the default location if no member makes a successful proposal to bring the tournament to their city.
The CASLA membership fee is ten dollars per fiscal year, which runs from July 1st to June 30th.
Our membership drive deadline is August 1. Immediately following the membership drive, we will hold our annual virtual meeting by email. People may join after August 1, but the meeting may be already in progress.