EVEN THOUGH THIS IS ALL ABOUT SEX, CAN WE PLEASE HAVE A PURLEY RATIONAL DISCUSSION!!!
Betmar’s “Any Doubles” US National Tournament has brought up (again) an interesting question, and I’m curious to know the answer. (Tournament ended June 2nd, 2009)
“Are men better shufflers than women”? I say “again” as from what I have learned, this has periodically been the subject of conversations regarding our sport for quite a long period of time. Having lost many a game to a woman, I find it difficult to understand those who say men are better players than women.
Recently I have received several e-mails from women who have stated their view that our early June tournament should be a M/L tournament just like most of the FL State Tournaments. A couple of ladies who expressed that view said they did not play this year because of the “Any Doubles” format, and some other ladies said they might not come back next year if we keep that format. Here is my reply to those e-mails. (NOTE: Specifically, in the tournament in question, any two players are an acceptable Entry, two women; two men; or 1 man and 1 woman.)
All I can say is that this was our second time to host this event. The first time we drew 52 teams and this time we drew 43 teams.. both are not bad numbers for June in Florida ….. Most of our Central District tournaments are men and women draws and women win a good share of those, so to say they can’t compete with men is not true. As far as women playing a different game, I guess it’s possible, but they beat me a lot and in this event they did beat out a fair number of good players who happen to be men before they themselves got beat … I can only say that the “Any Doubles” drew men, women, Amateurs, and Pro’s ….. For a summer event, if we start splitting it up into all these different divisions – one for men, one for women, and one for amateurs, we may only get a small number of players for each. My suggestion would be for some other club to host a split, like you suggest, at some other time in the summer and see how it works out … The Any Doubles is a bit different than most and keeps the game from being the same all the time. If we always have men and women playing in separate divisions, well, if I were a woman I would feel like I was being told I wasn’t good enough…. I don’t think that’s true – We’re getting women drivers in NASCAR and other pro sports who compete with men at the same level.. They can if they will… Terry
O.K. – having said that, I’m still perplexed as to what the answer is. Some strong opinions from males since I’ve been asking around – “Women play a different game” – “All they want to do is clear and score” – “They feel they can win more with fewer opponents”. Well, I’m hearing some of the same stuff from women too. If women feel they can’t compete with men, I guess this whole century long women’s movement regarding equality, equal pay for equal work, etc. that has been going on all of my lifetime doesn’t apply here? Is the separation of sexes actually being promoted by the men to keep women out of the “Men’s” club? Or, are the women actually of the belief that they can’t win against a man?
I have seen a lot of matches where the men have been obliterated by their female opponents – you have too. At the Any Doubles in Betmar, I watched some very close games that could have gone either way, a men’s team matched against a women’s team. A little luck; one good shot; one bad shot; any one of which would have turned the whole tournament results around to a winning woman’s team.
What exactly is the science regarding this query? Is it physical or emotional? Do “all” women believe men are better shufflers? Do “all” the men believe that?
Let’s be real careful how we reply as I don’t mean to start a new round of a battle between the sexes, but I’m curious to know.
Submitted by Terry Rainwater,
Betmar Club President, FL 2009 06 11.
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PROMOTING SHUFFLEBOARD BY TERRY RAINWATER.
YOU MUST READ THIS ARTICLE!!!
We are off for about three weeks visiting friends and family in Kentucky,
Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. While in Ft. Wayne, Indiana where we lived
for 16 years before I retired in 2004, I visited the Shuffleboard Indoor Fun
Spot, Inc. This wonderful facility was opened for business in January of
this year. Our son had told us about it so I had to check it out while we
were there. Shuffleboard Indoor Fun Spot, Inc. has 14 courts and is open
daily Monday – Thursday 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M., Fridays 10:00 A.M. –
10:00 P.M., Saturday noon – 10:00 P.M. and Sundays 1:00 P.M. – 6:00
P.M. (See pictures)
Marketing Manager Sharon Denny was so kind to show me around and
answered everything I had to ask her about the facility. Sharon is
responsible for promoting the business and has visited some of the area
retirement communities to encourage folks to join them in the many
scheduled events. Sharon tells me that the majority of the players so far
are from the younger set – teens and even younger. Several days on their
July calendar are devoted to Teen Shuffle from 1:00 to 4:00 in the
afternoon for $2.00 per person. They also host Family Fun Day, Senior
Day, and Lucky Court Nights (win a free shuffle). Sharon also has a sign
up sheet for those interested in playing in their Fall League. I saw a couple
dozen names already on the sheet. She is also looking for new fun ideas
to try out, so I told her about Hoss Collar and explained the game as we
play it at Betmar in Zephyrhills, FL. She hadn’t heard of it before but said
it sounded like a lot of fun.
They are setting up a court this summer during Ft. Wayne’s week long
Three Rivers Festival, and again at a festival in Huntertown, Indiana. I
can’t think of a better way to promote Shuffleboard to the public. Let’s
support these folks any way we can!
I didn’t meet the owner, Debbie Stillwell, but was told that Debbie and her
husband visited Florida about three years ago and enjoyed the game so
much that she decided to start the business in Ft. Wayne where she knew
there was nothing like it around the area. She’s right and I give her a lot of
credit for getting this started and wish her the very best. They have a great
facility that as it’s discovered will be a huge boost to our sport.
I’ve included some pictures of the facility and you can see that the place is
set up in a first rate fashion. I especially liked the small tables at the head
and foot of each court for their refreshments, etc. They also have a large
refreshment counter with plenty of goodies for sale as well as shuffle stick
sales and T-Shirts.
Apparently I’m not the first to discover this first class facility. NSA president
Walt Wedel was quoted in an article hanging on the wall that was published
in the February 21, 2007 issue of Ft. Wayne’s newspaper The Journal
Gazette. We couldn’t get a copy of the article, but Walt was definitely
promoting the sport.
I wish we could experience this type of luxury in Florida! Think of it –
indoor air conditioned courts with plenty of leisure space and
refreshments!!!! Maybe we can pool our resources and get one going in
Zephyrhills?????? Just a thought.
If you are ever in Ft. Wayne or passing through, stop by and play a few
They are located at Georgetown Square , 6406 E. State Blvd. , Ft. Wayne,
IN 46815 PH:260-493-4000 e-mail: shufflewithus@AOL.com
Article by Terry Rainwater 2007 07 08.