High River AB Hosts the 37th ISA beginning just 10 Days From To-day!!

Look Back to the 37th ISA in Calgary Alberta!!! AND, you can treat yourself to a pic of Roy Roger and Dale Evans!!! Stan

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Remember, High River AB, the location of the 37th ISA is situated right in the Wild West!! Some of you may have attended the Calgary Stampede, the epitome of Wild West Behaviour; if you have, I need say no more. The organizers of the ISA Event tell me that the “37th” will have some of the Western Spirit, some of the Western Adventure!! We, at “The Shuffler” will endeavour to capture some of that spirit, some of that adventure.

I well remember the first time I attended the Stampede, circa 55 years ago. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans led the parade! Click on pic of them to bring back memories you may have.  Apparently I was keen at taking pix, even then. I insert the next two family pix to prove to you that we too, were young once. That is me with two of our sons, and next pic…

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The Thames Horizon Mingles/Singles Tournament Results by Hubert Van Eerd.

It is always REFRESHING to look back to the Thames Horizon Club > and the actions of Hubert Van Eerd!! See what you think.!! Stan

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The Thames Horizon Mingles/Singles Tournament Results
For a Very Hot July 5/2018

15 Amateurs

1 Leo Clement
2 Elliot Arnold
3 Davis Bryans
4 Carol Brosseau
5 Roger Kellam
6 Moe Campeau

14 Pro’s

1 Gary Sorko
2 Evan Engell
3 Katie Starzacher
4 Frank Reynen
5 Glen Peltier
6 Bill Van Eerd

Director Mary Button
Sent in by Hubert Van Eerd

Stan Speaks: Thank You to Mary Button. Thank You to Hubert!! Very few people do as much for Shuffleboard as Hubert Van Eerd!!  I believe Hubert has been recognized for his contribution!!  HOWEVER; I cannot find the official announcement. It is not currently in the OSA HOF site. https://shuffleondotorg.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/osa-hof-list.pdf

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We Look Back to Lithuania, to TAFISA of 2012. Read About Our “Challenging” Adventure!!


 Eight Years Ago we were on our way to Lithuania!  To the TAFISA event to be more precise!!  Not surprisingly, I reported from Lithuania on a daily basis.  If you would like to review, or read for the first time, such reports, look for the Category  TAFISA Lithuania, and click on it. There are 24 Reports, 

Just in case you miss the Category “TAFISA Lithuania” (lower right) here is the link: https://theshuffler.net/category/tafisa-Lithuania/  RE the pic above; missing from the pic are Lois McCormack and Gus Bondi, and yours truly.  I took the pic; Lois and Gus did not walk as it was HOT, and I mean HOT!!

From left to right, in the pic: Dieter Hussmann; Marius Runge, with both hands in air; Camille Caldas; Jim Bailey; Bernard Borges and Michael Zellner carrying our ISA Flag.

Stan McCormack.  2014 07 02.

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“What’s The Rule”? by State TD Glenn Monroe. 2020 07 05

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: gamonroe@gmail.com

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

  1. When playing on beaded courts, it is ok after the frame has started and at least one of my disks has been shot, for my opponent to swirl a disk outside of his starting area (“kitchen”)  in order to pick up more beads onto his disk and/or to change the placement of the beads. 

    The answer to your question involves two separate rules and a judgement call.

Rule C.4 says, “It is common practice with players to jockey or slide the playing disc backward and forward to see if there is sand which might interfere with the disc sliding evenly.  No penalty is to be called on this practice if the lines are touched or crossed while jockeying.”

Article 11.a states, “Once a match begins, no changes in the court shall be made except as authorized by the Tournament Director…”.

So, a judgment would be required to determine whether the jockeying of the disc into the 7 area was to locate an impediment on the court or was to redistribute the beads on the court. If the reason were to locate a foreign object on the court, it is permissible and there is no penalty.  If the reason were to redistribute the beads, it would be a violation of Article 11.a and a 10-Off penalty should be imposed.

  1. During a game, my partner shot a disc that came up short of where he intended. He asked me what the number of that disc was, but my opponent said I couldn’t tell him. Why not?

    Had that been in practice, there would have been no problem. However, once the game begins, it becomes coaching under Rule C.12, “Any remark or motion to their partner which indicates coaching their play is prohibited.” The reason it is considered coaching is that the question alerts the player’s opponent that the speed of the disc in question is different than the others. In this case, he is telling you that the disc is slower than the rest of the set.
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GREAT STORY BY EARL BALL!! (Why Not Share Your Story With Us??

SPEAKING OF “ECONNOMIC IMPACT” Will This Be the “New Normal??”

Last evening as Cindy, sipping a glass of wine, and I, sipping a Cold Yuengling and munching a few animal crackers, sat in our waterfront; we have a pool, air-conditioned Florida Room. We watched the local neighborhood put on their, annual, “fireworks” display.  WOW! They really do it up right. The beautiful bursting lights, the bangs, even the smoke was right there, up close; over our extended back yard. We are so, very, fortunate to live on a golf course that is beautiful and more importantly given tender love and care by our outstanding maintenance crew.

My mind couldn’t help but wander back to the 4th of July last year. We drove over to St Pete, a gorges ride across the water, and joined about 20 friends at the fabled St Pete Shuffleboard Club for a 3-game draw, great fun, great friends and a wonderful start to the holiday.

We followed that with a gathering at one of the fine local pubs for lunch and a cold drink. Cindy and I decided to go to the Dali Museum from there and wow, was that interesting! Dali was weird, so I can identify with him, and Cindy is interested in all of the arts, so she really had a good time.

A Few hours and a few souvenirs later and we were off to register at our Hotel, the 5-star Vinoy, on the waterfront overlooking the “fireworks” site. We reserved a room where we could watch the “fireworks” in airconditioned comfort, something like this year. Dinner was next in the Hotels, up level, dining room, this year was T.V. dinners. Such a wonderful experience followed by a stroll in the waterfront park with the swelling crowd of people and pets; Cindy even got to pet a Police Horse and have her picture taken too.  We wandered back to the hotel, put on our night cloths, like this year, and got ready to enjoy the show: it was great, bright colors, loud bangs and we were even close enough to see the smoke. Up and around the next morning, it was time for a little “room service”, coffee, juice, a few crumpets; very similar to this year. It was now time to head to the Pinellas Park Shuffleboard Club, a wonderful layout of 16 covered courts, with big fans. We were invited to play in their 3-game draw and we had a great time, with great friends. Cindy finished play with a 3-kitchen final frame against Bob, Simploleski, so, needless to say she was on cloud 9 for the ride home.

WOW! What a wonderful couple of days to celebrate the 4th of July!

Now for the sobering part! Can you imagine the, economic impact, the  difference between what we did this year versus last year? Think of all the people with similar experiences; the businesses devastated, budgets that can’t be funded, people whose experiences this year will keep them from ever going back to what was! I always go back to my parent’s generation and the freedom they had to do as they wished. Maybe, just maybe, my generation had it “made” too, we just didn’t realize or appreciate it; we will now!

Earl Ball July 5, 2020

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“Run Up” to the 36th ISA in Brazil: Article 3. History + Hope You Enjoy!!

LOOK BACK!! Great Story About Michael Zellner!! Have a Read!!!

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2005 ISA in Niteroi, Brazil. All Shufflers. Michael and Joe in front.

Michael Zellner was exposed to the game of shuffleboard by his grandfather as a teenager while spending some time in the city.  When he retired from the US Military after 21 years of service, Michael headed for Brazil. Before beginning his adventure, he dropped into Allen R. Shuffleboard Company in Seminole, Florida, just to get some information.   After a 2-hour conversation with the Sam Allen himself, Michael left with 4 cues, a set of discs, a book titled “Those Capricious Discs”, a scoreboard, the FSA rules, a bag of plastic beads and a set of blueprints for building a cement court.

Brazil’s (Michael’s) first two Courts!!

Michael never saw it coming! He was in deep and didn’t realize it! Michael had been bitten by the bug and exposed to the disease. Immediately upon settling in Brazil, he constructed 2 courts on a…

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Hendersonville North Carolina Shuffleboard Club: 2017 07 03 and 04 

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Club Championship Doubles M/L July 3 & 4, 2017

Men’s Division:  The Texas boys of summer did it again; Warren King and Stan Quinn won their third in a row doubles club championship.

1st Men; Warren King and Stan Quinn.

1.  Warren King – Stan Quinn
2.  Ray Lawson – Ed O’Neal
3.  Asa Lett – Dave Wenger
4.  Larry Lumsden – Wally Thyssen

1st Cons. Men Jay and Tom

1.  Tom Eastman – Jay Fitzpatrick
2.  John Klinger – Ed Parker
3.  Norm Willems – Jeff Luneau
4.  John Knapp – Charlie Gleason
Ladies Division

1st Ladies: Pat Knapp and Betty Loveland.

1.  Pat Knapp – Betty Loveland
2.  Linda King – Carol Lumsden
3.  Dorie Baker – Jeanne Wenger
4.  Gail Chase – Cathy Lawson

1st Cons. Joyce Radcliffe and Jan Thyssen

1.  Jan Thyssen – Joyce Radcliffe

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We Tell You More about our 2012 Adventure to Lithuania!! L1

It was an exciting/interesting/eventful time!! Stan

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We fly to Riga Latvia, and bus from there to Siauliai, Lithuania.

Being a reasonable person you may ask WHERE? WHY? WHO?

WHERE? first: Lithuania is on the Baltic Sea, about the same line of latitude as Moscow and Copenhagen. One often hears it mentioned in the same sentence as neighbours Latvia and Estonia. See the map at the top of the page. I should tell you that those flying from North and South America will in fact fly to Riga, Latvia. The event itself takes place in Siauliai, Lithuania. You can see it on the map > south and a little west of Riga.
WHY? We, our group, is going there to introduce ShuffleBoard to the world!! That is not really much of an exaggeration! In fact we have been invited to Siauliai Lithuania to demonstrate ShuffleBoard; AND, they are so vitally interested that the only cost we will…

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Happy “4th of July” to Each American!!!

Stay Safe; Stay Healthy; Do Enjoy Your Day!!

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Winning Tips by Earl Ball; Article 11 of the Series.


Some players try to steal a block every time they get a chance, even if it means the opponent gets two blocks.  Now I believe in stealing blocks, but if it will only get you into the 50’s and two blocks will get your opponent to 45 then I think that’s too much risk because if your partner at the foot makes a mistake and gives up two you’re in trouble.  I try to pay attention to the score, but differently than Wilbur does.  One point does make a difference!  I want to hold an opponent to 44 instead of 45; I’ll go into the seven to keep him off of 45.  I don’t want the opponent at 61 from the head, or 68 if I can make him chase a seven and only get to 67.  If you think about it there are a lot of places where one point does make a difference and that one point may be gained at 29 instead of 30.

Think of how often one missed hammer makes a big difference.  Pay attention to the order your opponent is shooting the blocks, also your partner.  A couple of years ago I was playing a non-walking tournament at Winter Haven and I was playing Jerry Pointer, clearly the class of the field on his home courts.  I discovered the #4 block was slow, so after he beat me up the first game and we changed colors I tested Jerry out by going on the open board with my last shot when he had the hammer and sure enough he would leave me on the board as he shot me for the kitchen; he never did catch on and I won and won the lag and he never caught on in the third game either.  The blocks are marked for a reason; don’t let the other guy be the only one that knows what is going on!  I don’t know if Jerry has a computer, but if he does we should hear from him now!

The last story reminds me of another point.  Home court players should always have a decided advantage.  Winter Haven used to have blocks they only used for tournaments; some other clubs do that too. However; if there’s a bad block they don’t know it until it’s too late and they lose their advantage.  It’s the same for rough court clubs; some of them wash the courts just before a tournament and that changes the speed of the courts negating the home-court advantage.  For the life of me, I don’t understand why a club would take the home-court advantage away from their own players!  Earl Ball 2006 07 24

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