ABA Geographic Subdivisions MERGER 2023

The ABA is a new entity resulting from recent mergers that took effect in May 2023. As a result of these mergers, the ABA now consists of four sections instead of seven. These sections are the New Eastern (merging Eastern and Mid-Atlantic), Northern (merging Great Lakes and Midwest), New Southern (merging Southern and Southwest), and New Western (merging Northwestern and Western).

Each section serves as a geographic and administrative subdivision of the Association, encompassing all the individual clubs and units within a specific area of the country. The section is led by a Vice President, who is supported by a Secretary/Treasurer and a Section Committee. The Section Committee consists of delegates from clubs and units within the section. These Section Officers and the Section Committee are responsible for governing the section between annual meetings.

The SECTION oversees the business of Units and Independent Clubs within its jurisdiction. The Section Vice-President serves as the chairperson of the Section Committee and is also a member of the Executive Board of the ABA. All applications for clubs and unit charters are subject to review by the Section Vice-President, who must approve any sanctioned game within the section.

The section also facilitates necessary meetings, conventions, tournaments, and membership activities. It acts as a clearinghouse for tournament schedules within the section to avoid conflicts. Additionally, it ensures the collection, processing, and maintenance of sanctions, fees, schedules, and other relevant data.

Furthermore, the section is responsible for implementing and communicating procedures, policies, and decisions that affect the interests of clubs, units, and individuals within its jurisdiction. The Western Section, for example, conducts two tournaments (Spring and Fall) each year, during which the Bi-Annual Open Meetings are held. The section Vice-President is elected at the Spring Sectional every other year, specifically in odd years.




Eastern and Mid-Atlantic Merged    EASTERN

Great Lakes and Midwest Merger  NORTHERN
Southern and Southwest Merger Update  SOUTHERN
Northwestern and Western      WESTERN