Earl Ball Speaks: I need to write this now because it is always a topic of conversation during the Masters but is easily forgotten afterwards, for another year.
The question: Is the Masters played at the right time of year?
It is played after the regular season and is therefore not well attended by players or spectators because so many go back up North. It’s usually very hot and after four grueling days everyone is exhausted. The talk is always should the Masters be played during the regular season and what form would it take? The discussion seems to be that the Masters points should be on a calendar year basis with the Masters being played along with the State Singles at the same site with the players getting some kind of points as they would if they competed in the Singles Tournament.
There is good and bad as there is with everything. It can be as cold in January as it is hot in April. Changes would have to be made to finish the Tournament in three days just as the walking singles is finished in three days. That may mean only the top six make the Masters or that only two games instead of three are played against each opponent. It’s pretty unanimous that something should change; there is even the thought that the top 16 should be invited and a doubles format of one kind or another should be used.
Earl Ball, 2017 04 07. If you do not wish to leave a public comment, may I suggest you send an e-mail to Earl firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to your District President. The e-mail of your District President may be found here: http://www.fsa-shuffleboard.org/fsaboard/fsa%20officers.pdf
Posted by Stan McCormack. 2017 04 07.