For the very few readers who may not know, this wonderful FSA HOF Presentation has been created, put together, by an extremely talented woman, herself a shuffler!! THE FSA IS SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE COLLEEN AUSTIN CONTRIBUTING!! (Click on file to your left.)
FSA HALL OF FAME!! HISTORICAL!!
IT WAS A GALA AFFAIR! SOME HISTORY by BOB PEARSON.
In the early days, back in the last century, the point system was a product of the St. Petersburg Evening Independent. To find out where one stood on the points list, it was necessary to obtain a copy of Monday’s edition of the Evening Independent and locate the Shuffleboard column edited by Dorothy Farewell. That column, intensely popular to all competitive shufflers, contained the points list and a synopsis of the past weeks tournament and often times photos. I might mention that back in those days, the points list was small compared to today’s lengthy list.
Later, in the 1970s, the point system was taken over by the Florida Shuffleboard Association (FSA) and points became significant for three reasons:
1 HALL OF FAME: SPORTSMANSHIP AND POLITICS OFTEN ENTERED INTO THE VOTING PROCESS AND APPROVAL FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE HALL OF FAME WAS FAR FROM AUTOMATIC.
Points were the basic qualification to be nominated as a candidate for induction into the State HOF (Hall of Fame). A candidate had to have a total of 200 pro points, and have played at least 10 years. With these basic qualifications, an officer of the Association could nominate one candidate for consideration for membership into the HOF. Candidates so nominated were voted on at a regular meeting of the FSA. A maximum of two candidates could be approved for induction into the HOF. Some names were submitted several times before receiving enough votes to be entered. In recent years the schedules have been changed to permit split tournaments. This has created a situation whereby more players become eligible because there are more winners and more points were being distributed. With a limit of 2 players admitted per year, a back log built up, and changes to the rules were required. The time limit and the voting process were eliminated and the only requirement now is to accumulate 200 pro points. This is a difficult feat given to-day’s highly talented field of Pro players.
Posted by Stan McCormack. 2017 01 16