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?”
If You have a question you would like answered, send it to Glenn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Unless otherwise stated, the most recent rules and regulations of the Florida Shuffleboard Association shall be used to answer all questions.
- My opponent was taking way too much time to play his shots. Isn’t that a penalty?
Maybe. Unlike many other sports, the F.S.A. rule governing that slow play is very vague: C.14 – “For intentional delay or stalling, PENALTY: 5-Off.” Deciding on whether the rule was violated has always been a judgment call. When the rule was written, there was a referee on every court who could closely monitor the progress of a game and more easily determine when a player was beginning to delay a game. Now, enforcement of the rule requires a judgement from the tournament director who usually does not have the opportunity to observe the pace of play over time.
So why does a player want to slow down a game? It is usually done to delay a match past the 4:00 p.m. cut-off so they will not have to play another match that day or as a strategy to annoy an opponent to the extent that they begin to make mistakes. If a T.D. determines that slow play is caused by either of those factors, a penalty would be appropriate.
- How can I qualify for the Amateur Tournament of Champions? I can’t find it in the Preview.
The rule for the Amateur Tournament of Champions has not been printed in the Preview because it is a provisional event, meaning that it is being held on a trial basis until the F.S.A. Board has determined that it should be a permanent event.
To qualify an amateur must place in a statewide tournament, either an amateur or open event. As long as the player remains an amateur, eligibility is granted on the following basis:
- 1st Place = 3-year eligibility.
- 2nd through 4th in the Main = 2-year eligibility.
1st through 4th in Consolation = 1-year eligibility.