“What’s The Rule”? by State TD Glenn Monroe. 2020 06 28.

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?”

Unless otherwise stated, the most recent rules and regulations of the Florida Shuffleboard Association shall be used to answer all questions.

  1. The constant announcing of the score and announcing which discs are good or no good bothers me. Sometimes I think they are doing it just to annoy me. Is there a rule against that?

    Sorry, but under most circumstances, there is no rule against it. In fact, Rule E.5 requires the court referee to call discs as to good or no good. If there is no referee on the court that responsibility falls to the players on the receiving end of the court. The exception would be when stating the score or stating which discs are “good” would constitute coaching. For example, if a player were to remind his/her partner of the score or the location of good discs just before he/she was to shoot, it would constitute coaching and be a prohibited act if there had been no such request from the shooter.

  2. I know there is a rule against a player playing a court more than once on the same day, but I can’t find it. Where is it written?

    This is another example of a rule everybody knows that does not exist. It is a common practice among tournament directors to, as much as possible, avoid assigning the same court to the same player twice in the same day, but it is not a rule. The purpose of the practice is to avoid giving a player an undue advantage over an opponent.
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15 Responses to “What’s The Rule”? by State TD Glenn Monroe. 2020 06 28.

  1. seliseq1 says:

    Thank you, Glenn! You are an invaluable asset to the shuffleboard community here in the States & around the world. What would we do without you?! Hopefully, we won’t find that out for many years to come. You are very much appreciated!! Sandi


  2. Earl Ball says:

    Believe it or not, this is our most viewed series and yet these are the first viewer asked questions. Maybe we can all remember growing up and being told the only dumb question is the one not asked. Glenn is not going to belittle you or reveal who you are so ask away. He may not give you the answer you want but he will give you a well reasoned answer. He is a Professional, please utilize his knowledge.


  3. debsturat says:

    Thank you! And how do I forward a question to Glen???


  4. Dale Overzet says:

    I personally would like that no coaching rule should be no longer. Reason: We are losing players because we have rules that keep new players from learning how to be better players…..


    • Earl A Ball says:

      Dale I agree!
      If you’ve been watching cornhole they coach full out. Top players are often criticized for playing with other top players but the last thing you want to do is meet the outstanding teams in the quarters on and have a partner that doesn’t know what to do. if you could talk the situation over a bit then you could take a chance with a player that is a little rough around the edges.


      • Glenn Monroe says:

        We may be missing the point of the original question. The constant conversation from the other end of the court disturbed the player. Now imagine what the noise would be like if everyone was coaching. I have been involved in international shuffleboard events where coaching was allowed. The sound volume soon became so loud that players had to shout in order to be heard by their partners, which then caused the volume to increase to extreme levels. Eventually, coach was outlawed because of the complaints of players about the noise. Remember, there are always at least two sides to every situation. We also need to consider how many people we would lose if we allowed coaching.
        On the other hand, we could reduce the noise by allowing players to meet at center court to coach but that would extend the time it takes to complete a match and time is another factor that causes people to leave shuffleboard.
        I’m not opposed to well considered rule changes, but we must always consider the consequences of those changes less they create other problems.


      • Earl A Ball says:

        I told you you might not like Glenn’s answer but it will always be well reasoned!


  5. Dale overzet says:

    Also another good reason that no coaching rule should no longer be is if you really think about it there, to my knowledge, is no other sport that has a no coaching rule. Some even have paid coaches. Also when you go into competition you should go in as a team and not 2 individuals…….


  6. Eileen Gallagher says:

    Just a thought, if coaching were allowed would It be limited to a certain number of “coachings” per game?
    These articles are great. We can see how much thought must be given to all sides of an issue before resolution. I look forward to each one.


    • Earl A Ball says:

      Hi Eileen,
      We used to allow coaching in Area Pro/Am Tournaments in Zephyrhills similar to what Glenn talked about. You and your partner could meet at center court either once a game or once a match, I can’t remember which. It worked well but our intent was to keep the Pro from becoming angary with the Amateur. Sometimes it worked the other way around because we were loaded with sandbaggers at that time.


  7. Eileen Gallagher says:

    Shuffleboard history is so interesting. Thanks very much Earl.


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