I have tried to be positive when comparing the old with the new.
There is one thing that I feel has gone downhill year after year. That one thing is disc calling. Many years ago Willie Wolf had a tournament director school every year. He told us over and over to look straight down the side of the disc and do not look over the disc until you have seen the green. He said once you have seen the green, even if you came back and look straight down, you always remember seeing the green and call it good.
Today everyone seems to look over the disc. I think 90% of callers get it wrong. The third callers, all call it good. They figure one called it good and one bad so they look over the disc and call it good. Jim Allen seasoned discs and beveled the bottom a few years ago, so the disc would ride on the beads, and it worked. But it did show more of the bottom when making a call. Then when the new discs came out five years ago, the mold made the disc flat on the bottom with beveled edges. Thus making it easier to see under the disc. Now it seems that everyone looks over the disc as the green is so easy to see. Glenn Monroe is one of the few tournament directors who gets right down, but never looks over the disc. I would like Glenn to comment on this issue as I see so many calls so totally wrong. A game to seventy five can get two calls wrong and makes a difference whether you win or not. No one comments on this issue. Years ago we had three callers who wore red vests making calls and they had to be certified block callers. We don’t have the volunteers anymore. Maybe a diagram in the PREVIEW might work.
In baseball we have the pitch tracker that shows how many times the umpire is wrong but the call stands. I believe we can teach people how to call blocks. I think the game of shuffleboard is important enough to us to write a paragraph in the Preview about block calling.
Wishing everyone a great 2017. Glen Peltier. 2016 12 28
You may wish to go here: https://theshuffler.net/2016/11/19/my-first-encounter-with-shuffleboard-by-willie-e-wolf-how-is-your-history-2016-11-19/ Stan McC.