FSA Board Members >> Message From President Dave Kudro
The COVID-19 situation continues to change daily. My concern is if we see spikes of infections in Florida during any one of the three planned stages of opening up the economy. If there are increases we could be back to a previous stage. My guess is that come mid to late August we’d have a pretty good idea how this all is headed. September would be the decision month. The whole season probably wouldn’t be canceled. If there is still uncertainty, we’d probably cancel it a month to two months at a time. The 2020-21 schedule would stay the same and it would begin at whatever date we begin. Example…If it doesn’t start till after Thanksgiving, we’d start with P09 on Nov. 30 and finish a shortened season with P27. We all will have to take a serious look at the process for keeping our FSA members safe. We (FSA Board) will also have to address face masks, the challenge of disinfecting and sanitizing courts, benches, scoreboards, erasers, doors, faucets, drinking fountains to ANYTHING we touch. I have yet to see where you can buy Purell or other hand sanitizers. Everywhere I’ve looked it’s out of stock. If the six-foot restriction will still be in effect, how do we maintain that while shuffling? I have a thought we could possibly TEMPORARILY suspend the following two (2) FSA Rules:
Rule 6. Players may stand behind the baseline extension in the alley between the courts before or while shooting, but not on the adjoining court. (This would allow shufflers to stand on the adjoining court if it’s not being used to maintain the 6-foot requirement.)
Rule 8. Players must not leave the court during a game without permission, except to gather discs at the end of the half-round. (This would allow players when play is at the other end, (head-foot) to stand behind or off to the side of the court if possible.)
Again these are only my ideas and other board members may have differing opinions. What I do know is the FSA board will do everything possible and will get it right to whatever the new shuffleboard normal will be.
David P Kudro FSA President
STATE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR GLENN MONROE SPEAKS:
I have been considering much the same temporary rule changes. If we combine those changes with using only every other court, we should be able to maintain the 6’ separation. It would probably extend the length of the tournament, but at least they could be played.
I also agree that we need not make any definite changes until September. Glenn Monroe