USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE THE GAME OF THE FUTURE!
I really don’t want to agree with Henry but I do!**
If there is no vaccine, I can’t believe many in our age group will compete. This is a tragedy for our sport but, also maybe a great opportunity to recreate our game. What type of game will bring players and potential players back to the sport as tournament players? Don’t get me wrong, I am a 75-point game player period, but maybe I am wrong, maybe what I like isn’t best for Shuffleboard anymore; hard to believe isn’t it! I hope our leaders are taking this time to reassess the game as are other sports. Maybe we need a total overhaul!
We all know we have lost the largest number of shufflers to “waiting”. Maybe as Doug Schmitt suggested sometime back, Major Championships could remain as is. Maybe the other tournaments need to have some kind of clock built-in. Maybe that means frames. Maybe that means a clock. Maybe we need set times like out west for matches to start or like Texas plays; that being one game is a match.
I do know this, after playing a State Tournament for two or two and a half days I’m ready for something where time is a little more predictable The Central District plays 16 frames or 75 points, whichever comes first, games. It’s nice to have the byes on the top of the chart and if you draw one it’s nice to have the tournament director say you can go home in the middle of the afternoon or if you didn’t get a bye you will still finish around 4:00. The Central District also plays draw tournaments and I don’t care for that part, even though I’ve been very successful with that format, but once again, maybe I’m wrong for the future good of the game. This is just one format that I happen to be familiar with, but there must be others or maybe a new one can be invented.
Maybe a clean-sheet start over needs to be looked at, even consider a new name for the organization, throw out the records and start over; what would the game look like?
We have very good and smart people on our State Board, I’m sure they must be using the time we all have to take a good look at what the future will require for the game to flourish!
I can’t believe I’ve said this! Earl 5-12-2020 Why Not Leave A Comment????
**Re Earl’s Opening Sentence: Go Here: https://theshuffler.net/2020/05/12/henry-strong-comments-from-his-home-base-in-ontario/