The Shuffler has arranged with FSA State Tournament Director Glenn Monroe to answer your questions relative to The Rules!! Thus the title: “What’s The Rule?”
To review questions and answers of April 26th, 2020: https://theshuffler.net/2020/04/26/whats-the-rule-by-fsa-state-td-glenn-monroe/ To review questions and answers of May 4th, 2020: https://theshuffler.net/2020/05/04/whats-the-rule-by-fsa-state-td-glenn-monroe-3/
We now move on and submit the next two questions to Glenn. We expect Glenn to respond on Monday, May 11th. We will post his reply on this page when we receive it. We suggest that You give some thought to the indicated response. Unless otherwise stated, the most recent rules and regulations of the Florida Shuffleboard Association shall be used to answer all questions.
1) The rules say I get 2 full rounds of practice before the game starts. Am I required to take them and do I have to shoot certain shots with them?
Glen: The rule (C.1.b) says that you are “allowed” two full rounds of practice. They do not require any player to take practice shots. However, it must be remembered that just because you choose not to take your practice shots, does not mean that others on the court must also forfeit their right to take practice shots. That is an individual decision that cannot be forced onto other players.
The choice of which practice shots to take is also an individual choice. Most players take a set series of practice shots, asking their partners to setup certain shots. Some players wish to take their practice shots with no setups at all. The choice of which, or how many, practice shots to take is up to each individual player
2) My opponent told me I stepped on the line and he/she took 10 points off my score. Can they do that?
Glen: No. Only assigned tournament officials (Referee, Area Referee, Assistant Tournament Director or Tournament Director) are empowered to assess a penalty. Any player who believes that an infraction has occurred has only three options:
a. Immediately notify a tournament official who will assess the situation and apply a penalty if warranted,
b. Advise the opponent of the perceived violation and play on, or
c. Disregard the violation and play on.