Posted on: September 20th, 2015
Livingston Pinnock, Chairman, The International Council of Domino (ICD)
Annual “Domino Tournament and Workshop” on Saturday, June 20, 2015
Caribbean & American Entertainment Center, 1640 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn
Ladies and gentlemen, let me express my sincere appreciation and thanks for you to take time out of your busy schedule to join us today at our first Annual “Domino Tournament and Workshop”Special thanks to our guest speaker Assemblyman Honorable Nick Perry, members of the International Council of Domino (ICD) executive body, club leaders and our distinguish domino players. As a governing and regulatory body for Domino, ICD is a non-profit organization registered in the United States since 2006 and this Tournament and Workshop seek to educate our adults and youths by introducing new playing techniques and other strategies to enhance the playing of the game.
We are engaging, especially the youth, in a way that can help them to be better achievers and keep them off the streets.
Our aim is to take Dominoes at the professional level, similar to poker and other games. As long as we continue to target the youth and the next generation of players, Dominoes are heading for the right direction – after all the future of the games are in good hands.
However, ladies and gentlemen, players, we have our hands full—and we will need your co-operation and support.
In keeping with our strategic development plans –the International Council of Domino is on a drive to:
- Significantly increase the number of clubs and players in Jamaica and the USA
- To stage national and international tournaments
- To increase the number of countries to join the our Council
Friends, classic games such as dominoes have many benefits. Just because the technology is smarter now and computer games are becoming increasingly clever, better defined and with increased interactivity, it doesn’t mean that they can equal all of the advantages and benefits that can come from traditional pastimes such as dominoes.
Let me remind you about the social contact of this game especially with the family–When you play dominoes, you have to participate communally. Rules have to be discussed and agreed upon and you will inevitably have discourse with the kids and other family members as well as friends during the game.
You also have to learn some simple courtesies such as taking turns and learning to be a gracious winner as well as loser. —this is good to keep the family together.
Dominoes can also be played in teams, so it will help you to better understand how to work effectively with other people.
When you play dominoes with your kids, it gives you a chance to spend quality time with them. It will also help them to develop their speaking and listening as well as thinking skills, worked on their fine and gross motor development.
I am sharing some of these ideas with you as a reminder for us to appreciate the strength of the game and to support your local Dominoes organizations.
In closing, I must say that I am very optimistic about the International Council of Domino and the support of our executive body, club leaders and of course the domino players.
I am sure this first annual “Domino Tournament and Workshop” will be of benefit to all participants today. I am therefore urging you all to take full advantage of the training opportunities.