Article from the Orlando Sentinel: Outdoor shuffleboard seems like it’s a pretty simple game to execute, but it takes skill and strategy to be successful. If you’re not familiar with the game, it’s played by pushing weighted disks with a long-handed cue or stick over a smooth, marked surface.
Shuffleboard became popular on cruise ships in the early 1900’s. Recently, the Tavares shufflers celebrated the 100th anniversary of the game played in Florida and competitors even wore period-appropriate clothing.
“It began at Daytona Beach in 1913 in front of the Lyndhurst Hotel. The hotel painted it on the sidewalks to entertain their guests,” said Lorriane Layton, president of the Tavares Shuffleboard Club.
I visited the Tavares Shuffleboard Club during friendly competition with the Leesburg Shuffleboard Club where I found that socialability of the sport is a commone thread that connects the shufflers. There is competition, but also a sense of encouragement between each and every one of the shufflers For more information about the club, contact Lorraine Layton 352-508-5659.
Get a personal point-of-view by going for a ride on a shuffleboard puck as it slides down a slick shuffleboard court. Video available here: video.orlandosentinel.com?freewheel=90022&sitesection=dash&VID=25656241
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