Bayshore Shuffleboard League ends season – NorthFortMyersNeighbor.com, news, sports, Florida info, North Fort Myers Neighbor

Every year in late March, the teams from the Bayshore Shuffleboard League get Shirley Bryan, of Lazy Days, who teamed with Gary Wyant to win the main event at last week’s tournament at the Lee County Shuffleboard Club in North Fort Myers, isn’t sure what’s behind the unbroken streak.
“I don’t know how. We lost some players due to illness and brought in new players, but we manage,” Bryan said. “Shuffleboard has an element of luck, but we also have some good players and new players and we’d like to get some more because our team is shrinking.”
The league has been hit with competition from many different activities in recent years. Shuffleboard has had to compete with pickleball, bocce and other sports, as well as numerous other activities and, as a result, has seen its participation drop.
The league had gone many years with eight teams and as many as 10, but in recent years it has dropped to six teams, with a couple of those teams rather small. Longjohn has tried to get more involvement, to no avail.
“I’ve contacted other parks about joining our league and even teams in the league before said they can’t get people to play,” Longjohn said. “Pickleball is taking off all over the country.”
Since the Bayshore Shuffleboard League started in 1974, 19 communities have been part of it. Of the eight founding teams, none of them are still in the league.
What has remained a constant has been Ellsworth Heating & Cooling being a title sponsor, and this year it celebrated its 30th year, making it one of the longest partnerships between company and league in the area.
“It’ a great organization with great people and it’s good for the community. They give to us and we have to give back, and that’s very important,” said William Barnes, president of Ellsworth Heating & Cooling.together to play one final tournament, celebrate the season they had with an awards luncheon, after which many of them head back “up north.”
They did that again Wednesday, as the six teams gathered at Cypress Woods in Fort Myers to receive their awards and proclaim the league champion which, for the 14th year in a row, was Lazy Days.
“The league was exciting this year. Lazy Days won it again and will probably win it next year, too,” said Pete Longjohn. “They come from Canada and take their shuffling seriously down there. We need more Canadians to beat the Canadians.” Shirley Bryan, of Lazy Days, who teamed with Gary Wyant to win the main event at last week’s tournament at the Lee County Shuffleboard Club in North Fort Myers, isn’t sure what’s behind the unbroken streak.
“I don’t know how. We lost some players due to illness and brought in new players, but we manage,” Bryan said. “Shuffleboard has an element of luck, but we also have some good players and new players and we’d like to get some more because our team is shrinking.”
The league has been hit with competition from many different activities in recent years. Shuffleboard has had to compete with pickleball, bocce and other sports, as well as numerous other activities and, as a result, has seen its participation drop.
The league had gone many years with eight teams and as many as 10, but in recent years it has dropped to six teams, with a couple of those teams rather small. Longjohn has tried to get more involvement, to no avail.
“I’ve contacted other parks about joining our league and even teams in the league before said they can’t get people to play,” Longjohn said. “Pickleball is taking off all over the country.”
Since the Bayshore Shuffleboard League started in 1974, 19 communities have been part of it. Of the eight founding teams, none of them are still in the league.
What has remained a constant has been Ellsworth Heating & Cooling being a title sponsor, and this year it celebrated its 30th year, making it one of the longest partnerships between company and league in the area.
“It’ a great organization with great people and it’s good for the community. They give to us and we have to give back, and that’s very important,” said William Barnes, president of Ellsworth Heating & Cooling.

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