We received an article from Paul Hawkins yesterday proposing several ways we could play several different types of games; great thought went into his article but it was longer and more complicated than most of us would want to try to understand. We decided to pass the article before Glenn Monroe; we know he has vast experience with games played around the World. The following is his response. Thank goodness for Glenn, for his Memory and his ability to explain.
Glenn Speaks: “I am willing to assist in the development and/or administration of an alternate shuffleboard format so long as it does not interfere with my duties or responsibilities as an FSA officer.” Glenn Monroe
Glenn Speaks: Paul (Hawkins), Some of what you propose is similar to what was done in the World Shuffleboard League a few years ago. It only lasted one or two seasons as most players found they would rather play the more familiar shuffleboard formats. The league format was as follows:
1. A team consisted of 4 players
2. Each player would individually shoot one practice disc followed by 7 counting discs. This would constitute 1 round. Four rounds would constitute a match.
3. A disc in the 10-Off area was scored as a +10.
4. Discs in all other areas counted as usual.
5. All discs were shot consecutively.
6. An individual player’s total score for 4 rounds constituted his match total. The total score for all 4 players constituted the team total.
7. A win was awarded 1 point, a tie was 0.5 points, a loss was 0 points.
7. A team’s total match score determined their final position at the end of the season.
8. The top 4 teams would have a playoff at the end of the season.
This system could be easily adapted to accommodate social distancing for either singles or doubles play.
The German Shuffleboard Association uses a similar format for what they refer to as “SpeedShuffleboard” tournaments, the main difference being that it is a timed event wherein everyone must shoot at the same time. National ranking points are awarded to individuals based on their final position. They award 14 points to the winner, 0.5 points to last place, and apportion the remained players something between 0.5 and 14, depending on the number of players and each individual’s final place. Their tournaments are much smaller than we would expect so, if adopted for our use, the top number of points could be adjusted to any level, as long as it was consistent. Once established, such a ranking system could be used to seed players into groups for tournament play. What I like about this system is that you have to play in order to earn points.
The Texas Shuffleboard Association hosts large two-day tournaments spread out over multiple venues. Under normal circumstances, all players would meet at the host club on the opening morning of a tournament. A draw would be held for partners, courts and venues. Those drawing a venue other than the host club, would then travel to the assigned venue to play. All venues would be within a short drive. On the second day, the top players from all venues go to the host club to play-off for final positions. That system could be adapted for social distancing by requiring preregistration via email where players would be assigned to different playing venues according to available courts and rank.
I believe that, should circumstances not allow for normal play this fall, we could develop a shuffleboard league by melding your ideas with what has been done in other locations.