I and I’m sure many of you, appreciate our leaders having the courage and the confidence in us to go ahead and start the season.

It was a good decision and we probably owe it to the fact that Ohio and North Carolina had successful seasons following reasonable guidelines and practicing good safety habits. Now each of us has to prove our leaders right. I’m going to do my very best to follow the rules and keep in mind that all it takes is one person to get sick and it’s probably all gone.

Earl Helps Joan With HER Green Jacket!!

I admit I’m trying to keep up with everything that is going on and I’ve forgotten a couple of things. I told my partner, Dave Stoops, we would leave at 6:00. It takes two hours and twenty minutes to get to Lee County (Ft Myers). Dave thought that was a little tight for an 8:30 start; I’d forgotten about the early start, now that I’ve reminded you, you won’t be late.

I believe we are going to have a great season and a lot of good times; I’ll see you on the courts.

Earl 9-28-2020

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We Give You Bob Havilland!!!

Do any of you enjoy watching a match, almost as much as playing in one yourself, especially when the players who are participating are your friends, or maybe even,  just that friendly casual acquaintance? I know I do. It doesn`t matter if the match is for the State Finals, or a match in my park, just for bragging rights. This is what makes our sport so great. The comradery… OK, what are they going to do now, who got the hammer, what frame are they in, can they come back being down 35?

Bob Havilland

The fact that it`s a thinking man or woman`s game is what makes it so interesting. Now… do they block the board and play defense, or do they try to sneak in a partially hidden seven?

Yea we all know the scoreboard tells us everything, but sometimes we just want to pull that rabbit out of our proverbial hats. Yea, we may kick ourselves later, and your partner is probably thinking, “what the hell are you doin”, but at the time it seemed somewhat reasonable.  Is it maybe temporary insanity?…. Yea maybe… but don`t tell me you never did it. Ha!

I really love watching well played games. When the strategy is good defense, they don`t get greedy, and they know their opponent’s capabilities. Drives me crazy here in the park, they don`t do any of these. it`s all offense. They take their last block and BANG, go for a seven, or BANG, how about a ten, no cover, no nothing, and then they`re shocked you put them in the kitchen. Must be dirty pool, huh?

But really, I don`t have to play to enjoy myself. Sometimes I just wanna hang out with friends and take in their every shot.

Bob Havilland.

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We Give You The Harringtons > Bob and Maryann.

While I (Stan) do NOT have a great deal on file re the Harringtons, Earl Ball tells their story.


The Harringtons

Earl Ball Speaks:  I thought I would tell you a story that few of you would be aware of.

Bob Harrington, one of the shuffleboard players from the Zephyrhills Shuffleboard Club has related a couple of events to me over the last couple of weeks. PIC is of Bob and wife Maryann.

It’s been about three weeks ago now that Bob and a buddy were in Dade City one morning and noticed two young kids eating out of a garbage can. Bob gathered them up, took them into the restaurant, wasted them up and each kid downed two orders of bacon and eggs. One was about six years old and said that was the most food he’s ever had to eat. The people who ran the restraint weren’t too happy with Bob for bringing them into the restaurant, but they didn’t dare challenge Bob; oh, by the way did I mention the kids were black!

Last week at the district tournament held at the Zephyrhills Club he was telling me about a woman and her two kids living in a tent out by the old flea market, do you remember how cold it was. Well he went on to tell me that for the last two days he had bought hamburgers and French fries and taken them to the family.

Late last week he was telling me that he and some of the other shufflers that don’t have family here are going to feed 200 homeless people at Zephyr Park on Christmas day. Today he was telling me about all the donated food he had in his Van for the event.

Ya know what I’m going to do tomorrow; I’m going to go find a way to help. Yes I have commitments, but I’ll find a way!

Some people practice Christmas all the time, some really are heroes; thanks Bob.

Earl Ball Speaking: 2017 12 16.

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Arlene Guerrini Introduces a Shuffleboard News Video!!

All in Fun! Bob and I were interviewed in 2017 at Pinellas Park Shuffleboard Courts. The video was shown on Bay News 9!

Things said are not quite accurate, but that’s the way it turned out. All in Fun, a little too complimentary for sure.
Pinellas Park Senior Center is a wonderful facility to play shuffleboard. The courts and disc are well maintained Linda Keen, program coordinator, with the crew that organize our play 3 days a week are the best
Thought maybe some of our fellow shufflers would enjoy a Real Funny Video about their retired shuffler friends. .
We all need something to smile about in our troubled times.

The Guerrinis, Bob and Arlene

When the link opens, carefully delete the news aspect. https://link.zixcentral.com/u/027445a7/oj7cTwP56hG1G9kih3soMg?u=https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/hall-of-fame-wife-earns-shuffleboard-bragging-rights/67-395456709 Let’s give Arlene a BIG THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS WITH US!!

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We Give You Bob and Linda Marshman.

BOB MARSHMAN …Induction to CD HOF      13 March 2015

Bob and Linda Marshman

Good day everyone. It is my pleasure to present Bob Marshman to you for induction into the Central District HOF in the Past President category.

Bob has been the CD President for the past two years and a very good one I would suggest. He has kept the District operating smoothly all the while that we have implemented several significant changes to our tournaments. Bob has worked diligently to maintain harmony in the District.

Bob has managed to provide some wise counsel to other Districts who are just now starting to realize that change is necessary. They hear what you already know…that in the past two years we started to group byes into the top of the chart to reduce waiting, distributed hundreds of amateur information packets to improve participation, introduced the modified doubles tournaments, replaced lagging for the third game thereby moving the match along faster, and encouraged several clubs, with the support of the 100yr anniversary committee,  to introduce new no-point tournaments  to get new players introduced to tournament play. The other Districts can’t ignore the buzz that each of us put forward as we travel throughout the State.

Bob has been a strong proponent for the Central District at the FSA meetings, both formal and informal. He keeps informing them that he represents a strong District and that we are strong because we accept change. We will push the envelope as far as we can to get new players involved and to keep them involved. This has not always thrilled the FSA  Board but Bob has kept going forward anyway.

So folks, this being said, I now present Bob Marshman for induction to our Hall of Fame.

David D Earle

President, Zephyrhills Shuffleboard Club

Tribute to LINDA MARSHMAN… (Supporting remarks by Glenna Earle > INTO FSA HOF)

It is not difficult to think of lots of wonderful things to say about my good friend and partner, Linda Marshman. As you would know if who have partnered with her she is a very gracious partner and keeps her thoughts to herself about how your game is going! Both of us being teachers, we have opinions about what to do and when,  but I always liked to hear Linda’s idea about certain situations. She being the Phys Ed teacher,  had plenty to teach this non-atheletic music teacher! But being the kind sweet person she is, she only gave pointers when asked and always phrased her thoughts in a pleasant way.

Such as, “ Well I thought if you had done this, or maybe you could have done that”!!! Very helpful.

When we started learning to shuffle we lived in the same park and were lucky to take advantage of  excellent instruction from one of the best teachers around. Marshall Leigh was a Pro but a very low-key kind of guy who would watch us and suggest things we could do to improve our game. From our shooting stance to how to hold our cue more effectively, not to mention the strategy about where and when to make certain shots, he would offer comments or suggestions which were a huge help.

From Winter’s Park, Marshall encouraged us to start getting out to play some of the local tournaments in the city of Zephyrhills which we eventually did. Once in awhile we got lucky and managed a win. That was the start that set us off on the tournament trail. We both joined the Zephyrhills Shuffle Club where we were fortunate to have some of the best players in Fl playing alongside us in the same club. It was their suggestion that we should learn to NOT  “play like a girl”, as they said!  Also,  it was there we met and began to play with our good friend and comrade, Nancy Sclafani. The 3 of us sort of climbed the ladder of success together. We became the 3 musketeers, or Charlie’s Angels or Triple trouble, whatever suits. Nancy moved from our area soon after becoming a Pro but we still teamed up for a Tournament or 2 each year.

Linda and I partnered for a lot of the State T’s and since our “guys” were also shuffling, we began sharing the driving. We became travelling buddies which we still do even now.  It became a weekly adventure to tour off to a State T somewhere and sometimes an overnight stay. We always had a great deal of fun which encouraged us to continue playing and hoping to win against some of the best players in Fl. At first we did not win very often but after awhile we would manage to “place”, and then we placed more often.  Suddenly we had the “bug”!!!!

Linda was always steadfast in her pursuit of the win and always the one to keep us on track. She would say, oh well maybe we can get the next game, or match, or if we got bumped out of the Main event she would say, well we can  win in Cons. When I might get frustrated with my poor shooting,  she  kept her cool and reminded me that “we can do this”!! What a great partner to always have an upbeat attitude and never get annoyed even when her partner was not doing her job!! Once in awhile we would come home a bit discouraged when we got beat out but we did not dwell on what went wrong. We just got in the car and said to the guys. “Well where are we going for dinner?” They were equally easy-going and frustration with a bad day was quickly left behind as we carried on with more important things in life, such as FOOD!

And that brings me to our many delightful experiences as we chose our best place to stop for dinner. Bob always loves seafood so if there is lobster, crab or oysters on the menu he is happy. We always managed to find restaurants to suit our fancy and therefore ate well. There was never a question about whether or not we would head home before dinner. Dinner out,  was a “given” and no one complained. Might be 10 PM before we got home but that was fine. We learned about some favouite places which we always liked to frequent whenever in certain areas, The Catfish House in St Cloud, Panera if there was one on our route, Five Guys, occasionally!

Linda became a Pro in 2008/09 year and started playing more State T’s. Since then as you can see from the enormous amount of work done on collecting statistics  by Colleen, Linda’s record speaks for itself. She has won and placed in many tournaments and achieved the required and coveted 200 pts, even if she did “play like a girl” sometimes.

 It gives me distinct pleasure and pride to present my dear friend, Linda Marshman for induction into the Florida State Shuffleboard Hall of Fame.

Glenna Earle.

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Wilbur Estes >> “What Number Was That”????? 05 11 16 Series.

(Although usually the discs are already distinctly marked, I have retained this examination to emphasize the important details that are associated with the Discs.) W.L.E.

What number was that?

Wilbur Estes, The Guy Who Wrote The Book!!

Use your markings to select the correct disc for your purpose, and so you will know, positively, which disc you are shooting. If a disc does not go as far as, or goes further, than you intended, you will not need to ask, “What number was that?”

Many players ask this question, which may be a legitimate request for information, or a subterfuge to alert their partner to a problem disc. Whatever their intent, it alerts their partner — and their opponent. Alerting Your Opponent not what you want to do..

Know which disc you are shooting, so you do not have to ask. If you do not alert Your Opponent, he may not detect a Problem Disc until it causes a costly error. Make him learn as you did — by Missing a Shot.

Often you will not detect a fast (or slow) disc, but Your Partner will. Watch the sequence he uses. You may learn the possible cause of your Missed Hammer, or some other Missed Shot).

Although most players may not realize it, they have a good feel for the Court.

When a disc goes farther than they intended, or not as far, many players think they Shot Poorly. This thought is the residual effect of their early Play, when a Shot rarely went the intended distance.

When you review any of the many instances when your disc went farther than you intended, or not as far, you will remember that often you felt the failure. You knew, immediately after release, and before the disc came to rest, that your Shot had failed.

It is difficult to shoot a good running disc accurately, but it is even more difficult to shoot a poorly running disc accurately.

Many players believe they can adjust their stroke to compensate for any differences they detect. Perhaps some exceptional players can, but the majority who refuse to get rid of a bad disc, are fooling themselves — and losing Games they could Win.

If your Shot feels right, even though it fails to do as you intended, your execution is probably quite precise. It is not always your execution that fails. Therefore, the Speed of the disc is suspect.

If you do not feel the failure, do not try to correct your execution. If you are not certain of the disc’s Speed — try it again. If it runs the same way, or if it is still questionable, use it first — “Get rid of it.”

Your Partner should watch your first disc closely to see which you are getting rid of. You should watch his First Disc closely, to see which disc he is getting rid of. The success of your partnership depends upon the quick detection of problem discs. If you think Your Partner is having a problem with a disc (even though you are not) use that disc first, to try to alert him.

Of course, if you are having no problem and Your Partner is successful with a different sequence, do not change your sequence to conform to his.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Change only when you are certain you have a Problem Disc.

Shuffleboard requires concentration. Deliberately forcing yourself to concentrate on the adjustment for the Speed of the different discs, adds an unnecessary burden to an already burdensome task, and diverts your attention from other procedures.

Refusing to use a bad disc first is simply not smart.

Learn the Speed of each disc and group them together by Speed.

If three discs are slow, use the fast one first. This will permit you to adjust your stroke with those remaining, so you will have better control of your Last Disc.

If two discs are slow, use them first. Save your better running discs for setting up, and executing, your Play. The faster discs usually run more smoothly and Drift less. You will have better control.

If all discs run at different Speeds use them in a progressive rotation from slowest to fastest, or vice versa. Learn what works and stay with that sequence.

When you do not “get rid of” the fast (or slow) discs by setting Blocks, or by clearing, you are constantly adjusting your stroke (of course, there will be circumstances when you will want to keep a problem disc for strategic use. More about this later).

For example, if you do not know #3 is slow you will shoot harder with number #4.

This often causes Missed Hammers (and frequently a Kitchen).

Trying to adjust your stroke, to accommodate the differences, destroys your confidence. The discs do not go where you want them to — and you cannot set up a Play. You become frustrated as you make greater and greater adjustments, none of which corrects the situation.

Of course, when you change Color for the second Game, you must learn the Speeds of the discs on the new Color.

Discreet observation of Your Opponent’s Play in the first Game will help you determine which of these discs is questionable. If you have reached a tentative conclusion about which discs are suspect, use your practice Shots to confirm your suspicion.

You must also mark these discs before you practice (if they are not already clearly marked). Do not make a big deal of the marking — it might cause Your Opponent to think. A thinking Opponent is a dangerous opponent.

If you change the markings be sure to tell Your Partner of the change. Tell him that Two is now #1, and One is now #3, if that is the case. You must alert your partner to the changes you made, because he may have carefully watched his opponent’s Play and has already reached tentative conclusions about how the individual discs run.

Of course, you will have to watch Your Opponent, and note what changes (if any) he has made to the markings of the first Game. If you Play that Color in the third Game you will need to alter your recorded rotation to conform to what you know about the Speeds of these discs and the new markings.

(This is only one reason why I think it will be a mistake to reduce the “Two Rounds of Practice. “It will take a little skill out of the Game”).

W.L.E. (The Guy Who Wrote The Book.)

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Wilbur Estes 05 11 16 Series What Causes Poor Playing??

Poor playing may result from a lack of knowledge, a poor assessment of the situation, or over-confidence. Over Confidence has a partner — Lack of Discipline. This subversive twosome conspires to destroy your game.

The Modular System’s Game Plan shows how to control Over-Confidence. It provides rules to guide you to the safest, easiest, most predictable way to accomplish whatever you need to do.

Lack of Discipline, however, is a different problem.

Lack of discipline reveals itself when you know what you need to do, but deliberately, with conscious thought, do something else.

Lack of Discipline gestures seductively, pointing to a more challenging and more attractive alternative. Lack of Discipline paints a vivid picture of the glowing benefits awaiting you upon the successful execution of an attractively difficult shot. These benefits obliterate the fear of failure. You proceed gleefully without questioning your need to make the shot.

By following the recommendations of The Game Plan, you will not become a victim of Over-Confidence or Lack of Discipline, but will strengthen your Discipline, increase your knowledge — and your wins.

The Game Plan consists of relatively uncomplicated Plays that allow you to maintain your position (if you are Ahead) or “catch up” (if you are behind). These Plays limit your vulnerability to a potentially disastrous loss. They also restrict Your Opponent’s potential for a Big Score (a Big Score is two discs or more).

The most successful Plays meet specific criteria and have undergone many years of observation and testing before being accepted for inclusion in The Game Plan.

The Game Plan recognizes the possibility of catastrophic failure and makes specific recommendations to help you maintain Discipline. Strict adherence to the rule that covers the specific situation automatically eliminates Over-confidence and helps prevent a breach of Discipline.

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We Give You Bill and Rhea Visser



Bill Visser of Niagara Falls, ON, winter resident of Arizona, placed first in the Championship Event of the Men’s Singles event!!  This was a significant tournament, prize money for 1st was just over $1,000. US, and with 212 competitors, the competition was keen!

Bill and Rhea Visser

The SHUFFLER spoke with Bill immediately following his win: The SHUFFLER: Bill, how does it feel to take 1st in this event? Bill; “I feel like I am the luckiest man alive, I had a great deal of good luck!  There is also the element of skill and trying to block your opponent but I think my opponent was a bit heavy and put himself in the kitchen when it really hurt him.”  THE SHUFFLER:  How important was your familiarity with the courts to the win? Bill: “Don and I talked about that; where Don is used to shooting on courts that are 5 to 6 seconds, we in Arizona are accustomed to 13 to 14 second courts.  We put up a hide before we put up our second shot and then hide behind.  In Florida it is more like a straight take out shot and stick, and try to put your opponent in the kitchen.  I believe our game has a little more finesse to it.”  THE SHUFFLER: Have you ever shuffled in Florida Bill?  Bill: “Never, I have shuffled in Texas and in Yuma ~~ but I have shuffled in Ontario.  THE SHUFFLER salutes Bill Visser of ON for his win and for these observations.  I am sure his observations will spark some intense debate between and among shufflers of the “east and west”. However; the common theme will be the respect for Bill for this significant win. 

Stanistheman 2004-03-21

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We Give You Bill and Marie Kinnear!!


Bill, Glenn, and Marie

Bill and Marie Kinnear are shown receiving Silver Medals in recognition of their performance during the Polk County Senior Games held in Lakeland, Florida on August 26th, 2014. 

Bill and Marie now winter in Lakeland, FL at Georgetown Mobile Home Park where they are actively involved in Shuffleboard both within the Park and also in Inter-park competition.   It is apparent that this daily activity served them in good stead, that is, got them well prepared for their competition in the Polk County Senior Games.

The enjoyment they experience is evident not only when they medal; Bill and Marie set the standard for happiness as they “take on their opponents” game after game.  The Kinnears are living proof that keeping active, coupled with social interaction, both achieved by participating in shuffleboard, will increase your odds of staying healthy!!  Both are members of the Coldwater Shuffleboard Club where they shuffle during the summer.  I am told that Bill and Marie supplement their shuffleboard life by frequently taking advantage of excellent bicycle paths in the area of their home.  We salute Bill and Marie Kinnear.  

Picture and story by Stan McCormack.  2014 02 28.       

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Winning Tips by Earl Ball, Article 23.


1st Place; US NSA Men’s Doubles; Bill Hoyer and Earl Ball.

If you’re at the head and the other team is in the 60’s or you’re at the foot, need two blocks and the other team will get the next two hammers and most certainly win.  You need to get two blocks. Most players just try to play kitchen and don’t make it and just lose.  Here’s how you play for two blocks.  If the opponent puts up a St Pete you put up a St Pete.  If he puts up a Tampa you put up a Tampa.  Let him hide one; then you must have the discipline not to chase him but take your own hide.  About that time he’ll wake up and realize what is happening and chase you, just recover your block and score the hammer, trading two for one.  If he doesn’t chase you and tries to hide another one he probably won’t be successful because it’s really hard to hide two, take him off and score the hammer.  A few years ago Dave Wenger and I were playing the quarters in the Southern National Singles.  He had 68 and I had 63 and I had the hammer, he put up a St Pete and so did I, he hid and so did I. In the end he tried to hide another but was open, I was able to take him off, hold the score and won the match.  Dave was terribly upset and still talks about it because he had it won but didn’t recognize the trap, will you??

Earl Ball 2006 08 17

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