State Finals Venues - State Steinholding Championship Tournaments
We're looking for the best venue in each state to help us host a truly spectacular State Championship Tournament Finale! Pre-qualified Steinholders from across the state and their adoring fans will flock to the State Championship venue where the competitors will go head to head for the glory of being crowned State Champion. These events are going to be amazing displays of determination and athletic prowess, but we don't expect you to host one out of the goodness of your heart. Here are some of the benefits that you can expect as a State Championship Venue:
Huge cross-promotion for your venue- we'll be advertising for the State Finals all across your state, and so will all of the your state's qualifying venues
Steinholding is great programming and a sanctioned State Championship will draw massive crowds and keep people talking about your venue all year long
You don't have to host qualifying round competitions (unless you want to) but you will still be able to send a men's and women's competitor to represent you in the finals
We'll waive the Qualifying Venue program registration fee ($99) for you if you choose to host qualifying rounds
Your competitors will have home field advantage
We'll work out the logistics and on-site competition setup details with you in advance so you'll have our expert assistance, which means less work for you
We'll be there on the day of the State Finals with expert judges for the competition and help make sure everyone has an awesome time
We'll provide USSA merch packs and gift cards from all of the Qualifying Venues for the men's and women's State Champions to help add to the prize pool for the State finals
You can use our logo and name in your event advertising and we can collaborate on co-branded materials and merchandise
We're looking to establish long-term partnerships with the best venues, so if things go well, we'll prioritize your application in future years if you want to host the State Championship finals again
Don't worry if you've never hosted a Steinholding competition before- we'll work through the details with you. If you have a great venue and you can handle the following requirements, we can help you figure out the rest:
Host a festival or special event to coincide with date of State Championship, occurring on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, sometime between late September and mid-November
Your event space must be able to accommodate a minimum of a 30 competitors at a time and tables (folding or otherwise) to be placed in front of the competitors
Stage and/or outdoor space is preferred for the State Championship Finals competition, but an indoor or covered back-up space is also required in case of inclement weather- once we agree on a date and start advertising it, we're locked in, so there's no option for a rain date
Help us promote the qualifying rounds and Championship Finals event on site at your event, on your website/social media, etc.
Contribute the Championship prizes: a minimum of $1000 in cash prizes (two $500 cash prizes, one each for the men's and women's State Championship winners). If your venue or event has sponsors or partners, you may be able to get them to cover the cash prizes. But if not, alternate prizes (two of them with values of at least $500 each) can potentially be substituted with USSA's prior approval.
Provide 1L dimpled glass steins for the State Championship Finals- we require that USSA branded logo steins be used for the Championship Finals. We want the best Steinholders in your state to be competing in style and you'll get the steins at our lowest possible price ($8 per stein plus shipping- if we can find a mutually convenient day and time, we'll waive the shipping fee and deliver the steins to you directly ourselves)
For 2021, we're getting State Championship Tournaments set up in the states where we already have strong Steinholding contacts, listed below. But if you have a great venue for hosting a State Championship and you think we can find 15 venues in your state to get set up as qualifiers (15 qualifying venues is our minimum for setting up a state-wide event), let us know because we are open to expanding into more states if there is enough Steinholding interest. If you're part of a brewers' guild, restaurant group, or similar collective, you've got a huge head start so let us know and we can help you recruit.
If you're interested and meet the criteria above, contact the USSA Commissioner's office at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or to apply to become one of our inaugural State Championship host venues.
Don't want to host the State Championship but you want to get involved as a qualifying round host venue? We would love to have you! Check out this link for Qualifying Venue information.