A reader of this column called to inquire about “hook shots”, requesting clarification, requesting a report, but only was able to record his area code before the recorder cut him off. I shall respond in this article because others may be thereby enlightened.
FL Rules C.16, 17, and 17a on page 125 of the current Florida PREVIEW defines these problems. Rule 16. NO HESITATION SHOT ALLOWED. Penalty: 10 OFF. (Any 10 offs) the offender had on the court that were displaced will be removed before further play and will be deducted from offenders score.
This column observes that most players know that a hesitation shot is one where a disc stops after touching the 7 line or further and then is restarted.
Rule 7. NO HOOK SHOT ALLOWED. The shot must be delivered in a straight line with continuous forward motions of cue and disc. PENALTY; 10 OFF, offender’s disc removed, and opponent credited with score of any of his/her discs displaced. All displaced discs shall be removed from the court immediately after scoring of opponent’s displaced discs. Any 10 –off the offender had on the court that was displaced will be removed before further play and also be deducted from offender’s score.
This column observes that a hook shot is one where the direction of the shot changes while the disc is in any way beyond the starting area.
Rule 17a. Regarding a hook shot, hesitation shot, shooting off from line, there will be no appeal, as there is only one person who can tell if you have shot off the line or made a hook or hesitation shot, and that is the referee. That is strictly a judgment call by the referee, and once he/she has made that call, it will stand. The only time a divisional should be called is if the referee isn’t sure of the penalty or gives the wrong penalty – then the player will make an appeal.
This column observes that several of our rules were written in a day when referees were usually on the courts, long ago. We civilized ladies and gentlemen who make up the present shuffleboard fraternity have to cope with the present situation as best we can. Fortunately, most players are good sports and we seldom see cheating and most people cooperate once they realize such rules exist.
Wise players invest one dollar per year to have the rules, sometimes updated, and be informed.
A tournament director can designate a referee or serve as a referee to ensure conformity, and players should make efforts to be fair and friendly. In fact the whole world would profit if all persons make similar efforts.
One further comment on this subject: If your opponent violates any rule you should call the tournament director immediately, if you need help. The director cannot act on such issues after the game or match is over. Happy Shuffling.
FL P-15B, Monday, Jan 9 at Lee County. Ladies Main: 1. Joyce Marquis, 3. Claudia Kellogg-Marilyn Everett. Consolation: 4. Judy Cross. Men Main: 3. Charlie Hearn-Nelson Kellogg, 4. Dave Minnich. Consolation: 1. Dave Kudro-Ed Leonard.
SWCD D-12 Thursday, Jan.12 at Golf Lakes, M/L Draw Doubles Restricted to State Ams and Pros. Ladies Main: 1. Nancy Sclafani-Heather Godson, 2. Marilyn Everett-Terri Smith, 3. Lois Wegner-Linda Wallingford, 4. Jill DeBruyne-Evelyn White. Consolation: 1. Siggy Gudzus-Pat Tomko, 2. Carolyn Bailey-Eleanor Bart, 3. Jane Schram-Margaret Hartzler, 4. Bonnie Walker-Adriana Cramton. Men Main: 1. Ben Coy-Lowell Williams, 2. Mike Marquis-Dave Kudro, 3. Dave Welsh-Steve Slaughterbeck, 4. Levi Miller-Dave Minnich. Consolation: 1. Ralph Lozano-Dwayne Cross, 2. Russell Spoto-John Mickle, 3. Richard McCowan-Paul Knepper, 4. Jim Clark-Hank Hoekstra.
SWCD A -9, Friday, Jan. 13 at Golf Lakes, Draw Doubles. Main: Larry Fowler-Jim Lessard, 2. Ken Mather-Sandra Kolasinski, 3. Bernie Broda-Marilyn Rotman, 4. Charles Stannard-Mary Fowler. Consolation: 1. John Koeksema-Cau Huynh, 2. Charlotte Broda-Frank Marderosian, 3. Bill Bierema-Gary Rotman, 4. Sam Furnari-Janice O’Sullivan.
January 19, SWCD D-13 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, M/L Draw Doubles, Restricted to St. Ams and Pros.
January 20, SWCD A-10 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, Draw Any Ams/Any Doubles, 16/75 pts.
January 23, FL P-17 at Trailer Estates, National M/L Doubles, 75 pts.
Also Jan. 23 FL A-15A at Riverwoods Plantation, A-15B at Zephyrhills Shuffle Club, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 pts.