Stu Cassell Speaks: Since most of us qualified for the 2019 National Senior Games when we competed at the Indiana State Games, just 8 members of the St. Louis Shuffleboard Club made the two hour drive to Columbia, Missouri for the 2018 Missouri State Senior Games on June 9th. Despite their small numbers our players won 14 Gold, 6 Silver, and 1 Bronze medal in singles and doubles shuffleboard.
Recently, you may have read about new outdoor courts in Forest Park at the Steinberg Ice Skating Rink in St. Louis. Glen VanMatre, our club president, visited the courts and spoke with their manager. Apparently, she also manages the outdoor ice skating rink during the winter months. According to Glen, while the courts are regulation length, the left and right borders of the courts are wider than usual because there are no border lines.
Glen noted three things. First, they just cut their hourly rate from $40 an hour in half to $20 an hour. Second, the day he visited there were no players. They’re trying to start a league, but it may be a tough sell. While we are used to hot humid summers here in St. Louis, most people choose to do their outdoor sports early in the morning before it gets oppressively hot. The last thing Glen found out was that the manager did not buy the courts from Allen Shuffleboard. In Glen’s opinion, “She didn’t do her due diligence and grossly overpaid for the courts.”
This was her first experience with shuffleboard and when Glen offered to help her set up the league (he’s like that, he always willing to help promote the game of shuffleboard in any way he can), she told him, “I don’t need any help, I’ve run volleyball leagues before.” To me that’s like saying, “I don’t need driving lessons, I’ve been on a bike before.” Apples and oranges. Gentleman first and last, Glen left her with an open offer for any help she might need that our club could provide.
Stu Cassell. 2018 06 14.