We Give You Bev Fowler!!!

Presenting Bev Fowler of Coldwater!

Bronze Medal ISA, 2012

The pic on the left of Leo and Bev Fowler was taken at Woodstock in 2007 when Leo and Bev placed 2nd in the Amateur Event in 2007. 

Bev’s enthusiasm, personality, and shuffling skills earned her a position on the Canadian Team in Germany in 2010.  I am sure you have not forgotten that the Canadian Women placed 1st in the 2010 ISA Team Event!!  Bev would agree that there is no “I” in team, but there is no doubt that her team spirit, her Joie de vie, contributed to Canada’s win! 

Bev did not shuffle at the Doubles event in Coldwater in 2012 but she did work; she did support the Club.  She contributed two carefully crafted Petite Point pictures for the Banquet Draw.  Lois was the lucky recipient and because her sister Joyce was unable to attend, Lois elected to give the two pieces of art to Joyce.  Lois, Bev and Joyce were all overjoyed!!

If anyone cannot remember Bev, she was the spirited young female who jumped up at the Membership Meeting and spoke in favour of a basis for SELECTION for Canadian Teams that included attributes in addition to the ABILITY to shuffle!!

Stan McCormack.  2012 05 26.     

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Winning Tips by Earl Ball, Article Article 22.

Sometimes when I see players having distance problems I notice they are lifting their hand as they follow through.  Go get your cue and try this; as you lift your hand the head of the cue slows down, the higher you lift it the slower it goes until it stops and then actually comes back toward you.  This whole movement is called deceleration and that’s one of the factors that cause speed problems.  Remember, keep you hand down and your speed will be much more consistent.

Earl Ball (Betmar, CTL)

If you put up a St Pete and your opponent puts up a Tampa, the hole between them is called a gauntlet.  Now if you can shoot for your normal hide from the outside position go ahead and do it, but if you have to move toward the center and are shooting into the hole you are dead meat.  All the opponent has to do is hit you and roll a little either way and he’s hidden, often he’ll put you in the kitchen just for good measure.  Don’t shoot into the gauntlet, I don’t know how many times I’ve told people that but they still try it and they still get burned!

Did you ever play organized sports?  If you did you probably had a coach somewhere along the line that was very harsh, you learn a lot from those guys, they don’t want to hear what you think or why you tried to do something.  I had the good fortune to have one of my early shuffleboard coaches like that, Dick Jenkins.  He’d tell me he didn’t want to hear what I thought or what I was trying to do.  “This is what you do, now do it”!  I learned a lot and really got off to a good start!  Dave Stott was a lot the same way; he’d watch you and he’d tell you what you should have done and he’d didn’t always do it in a nice way but if you could stand the chewing out you learned a lot, I learned a lot from Dave.  I’ve been tempted to take the same approach with some of my students and some of them will probably tell you I did, but I’m not doing it now, probably because I’m not as passionate about seeing anyone succeed as much right now or maybe my reputation has preceded me and not many players argue with me.

Ever sit down next to an opponent and all he did was carp about his partner.  It happens all too often.  Sometime when that happens, try this: the next time his partner misses a shot say “your partner really is having a bad day isn’t he” and the next time say “it just isn’t his day” by this time your opponent will be so mad at his partner he won’t be able to hit the broad side of a barn, but he’ll be convinced it’s his partners fault.  Just remember, at the end of the match get out of there fast, before the fireworks!  I remember Dick Whitmer, he isn’t around any more, he’d get so mad and I’d mentioned this situation to a buddy.  By the time he got done with Dick, he’d folded up his cue and went home before the match was over.  A couple of years ago I was playing against Joe Messier and my partner was playing against Bobby Z, he doesn’t play anymore either.  It was in Lake Worth and Joe was talking to me and Bobby was getting madder by the minute, he kept yelling at Joe not to talk to me because he felt it was unsetting Joe’s game, I kept quiet because I was afraid he was going to get physical with Joe; the more Bobby yelled the worse his game got.  At the end of the match he stormed off and left, forgetting to go back to the Motel and get his clothes, he never did get them back!

Earl Ball 2006 08 15. 

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We Tell You A Little About Betmar Shuffleboard Facility.

Betmar has 24 covered and enclosed courts and hosts many high profile Tournaments.  Betmar has been host to players from around the nation and around the world.  The club is very successful with membership in the high 200s yearly.  It’s also home to a number of the sport’s most successful players and the pipe line is refilling with a fine group of new, up and coming players.  The club is able to be responsible for all costs associated with the facility thanks to the income received from the outstanding lunches served at tournaments and their aluminum recycling program.

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Avon Park Shuffleboard Facility Has A History!!


written by Leoma B. Maxwell (1908-1997)

(Avon Park Senior Activities Center)

(Avon Park Shuffleboard Club)


Donaldson Park was named after Mr. Charles S. Donaldson, who was twice Mayor of Avon Park and one of the designers and builders of “The Mile Long Mall” which extends from Route 27 to Lake Verona.

In 1933, The Chamber of Commerce offered a $5.00 prize for the best suggestion of  what could be done to improve The City of Avon Park.  The Junior Women’s Club offered the idea of cleaning up Donaldson Park, which was then an area of only weeds and junk.  The project was undertaken and began the improvement of what today is a lovely playground for the children and a large beach area for swimming, also a boat ramp.

By 1935, many people were coming to spend the Winter in Avon Park and had no place to meet for recreation.  A group met at the Jacaranda Hotel in the Fall of 1935 with 43 present.  Edward Hammond was elected President of the group and Walter Betts as Secretary.  The group met at various places and requested the City and the Chamber of Commerce for a permanent place to meet.

It was decided to give this group a building that was then the old club house from Charles R. Head Field on Winthrop St.  The building had been used at that location by baseball teams training in Avon Park in the 1920’s.  Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were among those players.  At the time, the building was more or less abandoned.  Some reports state that the building began life somewhere East of the  downtown area as an armory built by the US Army Air Corps and was declared surplus and gifted to the City of Avon Park when Charles R. Head made baseball an important part of our heritage.

In 1937, the moving project was undertaken.  The total cost was well over $500; the City donated $150 and the members of The Club funded the balance and many members donated their labor to the cause.  The building was moved in two parts and erected upon its current site.  Additionally, the Membership added on a kitchen and a card room at their own expense.

In 1939, Marcus E. Covington was Mayor; he made arrangements for “The Tin Can Tourists of the World” to hold their annual convention in Avon Park.  180 trailers converged on Avon Park and received a royal welcome from Mayor Covington.  Perhaps some stayed or returned because, by 1940, the first trailer park was established behind the Club House.  They had to use the shower and toilet facilities in the Club House.  Since the Coin Operated Laundry business had not yet been established, it became a problem to get laundry done.  Most of the occupants did their own by boiling clothes in a big copper pot over a cook stove and hanging the clothes over a line stretched between two palm trees.

These were the years during WWII and living conditions in the City were crowded.  As many as 100 trailers were parked in Donaldson Park and the Club House was used as Headquarters for the USO and as a Recreation Center for the military personnel.

After the war it took a few years to clear Donaldson Park of the last of the trailers and return the building to its original purpose for the Club.  Shuffleboard Courts were built first in a section of The Mall opposite the building.  Later, courts were added between the street and the building.  A small log cabin on the property was used as the Cue House.  (No one seems to remember when the log house was built or when it was torn down.)

Dues for the Club were only $1.00 and all of the businesses were invited to join.  In 1956, the total membership was 601 and the dues were raised to $3.50.  Activities at the Club House included many card parties, dinners, square dances, ballroom dancing, cribbage, bingo, shuffleboard tournaments, Arts & Crafts classes and many exhibits.

The Club House was used by the congregation of the Resurrection Lutheran Church until they completed their own sanctuary, and again by the First Presbyterian Church until they completed their sanctuary.  The Old Settlers Association was organized in 1947 and they held their annual meetings at the Club House.

After the City was divided into Precincts, the Club House has been used as the voting place for all residents of the North side of the City.

The building was remodeled with a new kitchen area, painted and rest room facilities built outside.  The shuffleboard courts have been enlarged.

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Editors note: 

This club is now known as The Avon Park Senior Activities Club (APSAC) and now has 22 shuffleboard courts which are covered, lighted, ventilated and meticulously maintained tournament quality.  APSAC hosts County, District, State and National Tournaments.  Additionally, there are many Club Only Events.  Membership is open to all persons of good character and is currently $20 annually.

Please visit us at:  http://www.avonparkseniorcenter.com/

  • written by Leoma B. Maxwell (1908 – 1997)
  • edited 03/31/2017 by Tom Clayton, President, APSAC
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Wilbur Estes General 2006 05 “New Beginning”. #3

If you don’t try it, you won’t do it-#3

“If you don’t try it, you won’t do it”, is an easily understood statement, but what does it mean to you, — and your game?

A subtlety that most players are missing is the “Carom and Roll”. When you have a Reinforced Hide (a Hide consisting of two, or more, discs, which you may have reinforced in several ways); your opponent (being “Kitchen Oriented”) will very frequently “Go on the Board”, in preference to trying to “Clear the Hide”. He is your lawful prey. Most players simply clear straight ahead. Of course, clearing is required if you are ahead.

Your opponent goes on the board because this play “works” for him, or he thinks it does.

However, if are behind and have a Reinforced Hide, shoot on the most acute angle that you can get, take your opponent’s disc off, and try to “roll” into the hide. Most players are not trying this.

Where your opponent’s disc is placed determines the speed of your shot, and the “Aiming Point”. There are many possibilities.

Only experience will allow you recognize these ”possibilities”, and allow you to shoot with the precision that makes this shot “work”. However, you will often pick-up a needed score; and in addition, if you are successful, or nearly so, a “smart” opponent will abandon this tactic.

“Why do you want him to abandon the tactic?” you ask. Because it relieves you of the need to make difficult clearing shots. Everyone sticks, or misses. If you do not have to risk “Sticking on the Board”, or “Missing Bait”, you are under less pressure. If you stick, or miss a Tampa, or a St. Pete, it is potentially less damaging than “Sticking on the Board”.

This usually is a percentage play, only when you have a “Reinforced Hide”, — do not try it with a “Single Hide”. You are more likely to “Roll Open”.

In addition, it may help you get ahead, if you are behind. You should not try this in the First Round, or when you are ahead.

This requires great precision, and you will not succeed often when you first adopt this refinement, but …

If you don’t try it, you won’t do it”.

Wilbur, The Guy That Wrote The Book  Submitted 5/27/06

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Tournament Results

Tournament #19 September 14 – 16

 National Championship Singles

Men’s Division


  1. Jay Fitzpatrick
  2. Bob Jones, Jr.
  3. Dave Stoops
  4. Stan Quinn


  1. Dave Wenger
  2. Lyle Walker
  3. Tim Baker
  4. Philip Wade

Ladies Division


1. Lynda King

2. Gail Chase

3. Barbara Wade

4. Melody Blumenkemper


1. Katy Walker

2. Jan Barnhart

3. Deborah Stuart

4. Betty Loveland

Tournament Director: Sandi Quinn

Entries:  Men 24, Ladies 8

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We Give You Bert and Nicole Routhier.

Pic below is of Bert and Nicole in Australia in 2008. 


Bert as many readers of THE SHUFFLER will know, lives in St Albert, AB, and normally winters in AZ.   Bert represented Canada during the 24th ISA Meet in Brazil; the 27th, 2008, in Coolangatta, Australia; and the 31st, 2012, in Seattle WA.  He and Nicole also competed in the Canadian IP held in Dieppe in 2013.  Bert is the 2014-2015 President of District III, Yuma, of the AZ Shuffleboard Association.

Nicole speaks on 2015 10 02: “Well, this has been an eventful couple weeks. Bert went for a colostomy and they found a cancerous lump. He is going for more tests next week, and under the knife soon after. Hope to be back in Yuma in a couple months if things go well. Now we must find a warmer place to live. Motorhome just won’t cut it up here in the great north. We had the motorhome sold in two days and just got a call and they are having cold feet. Back to the drawing board. Anyone wants to buy it. It’s in great shape. we have been looking at condos, not Bert’s first choice, but it’s the best. We will be missing Yuma and all our friends soooooo terribly. No western, no team for a while, and most of all, No happy hour. It’s going to be real tough. Love you all. Nicole. 

Our thoughts are with Bert and Nicole and we hope they will be in Yuma soon.   Stan McCormack, 2015 10 05.  (I served with Bert in the RCAF)

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Wilbur Estes General, 2006 05 “WE NEW BEGINNING” #2.

If you don’t try it, you won’t do it-#2

“If you don’t try it, you won’t do it”, is an easily understood statement, but what does it mean to you, — and your game?

In today’s “Kitchen Oriented” game most opponents, having a disc in the Kitchen, and your 7 in front of , will try to “Transfer” (whether they need a “Transfer”, or not); and many “Transfer” well.

It should be obvious, but apparently, it is not, that they need to “get out of the Kitchen”; — and, they also need to get rid of their opponent’s 7 (or 8).

However, when you are “in the Kitchen”, and your opponent’s 7 is in front of your Kitchen, and are “AHEAD”; you know that you do not need a “Transfer”.

The “Winning Game” is the “Clearing Game”; therefore, you must “Shoot Hard” to carom your opponent’s “Good Disc” into “Your Kitchened Disc”.

However, to do this properly; you MUST “Shoot on the Angle”; NOT “Straight-Down”.

The reason that you shoot on the angle, is that your “Cue Disc’s” momentum is toward the edge of the court, which increases the likelihood that it will carom “off the Board”. Of course, if it is “off the Board”, it is not available for another “Kitchen”.

If you try a “Straight-Down Transfer”, and miss the “Transfer”, you are again, sitting “fat, dumb, and happy” in the 7, and vulnerable to the “Kitchen”. Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway), 20-OFF is damaging to your Shuffleboard Health. Clear hard to carom off the Board.

Even if you do not “Clear your Kitchen”, your opponent’s 7 is history, — and you are not available for another “Kitchen”.

Shooting this shot (on the angle) offers the same advantage, as does, shooting your Hammer from the “Outside Front Corner”, and across the Board, and the “drift” is nearly the same. Standardize where you “shoot from”, and where you “shoot to”. It will improve your game.

You may say (or think) it is hard enough just to hit the disc, how will I be able to shoot with this precision?

If you don’t try it, you won’t do it”.

Wilbur, The Guy That Wrote The Book  Submitted 5/27/06

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Wilbur Estes General, 2006 05 “WE NEW BEGINNING” >

If you don’t try it, you won’t do it-#1

Most currently active players want to “Play Kitchen” ” (the unfortunate result of “The Florida 12-Frame Game”); and many are very good “Kitcheners” (if there is such a word). For some reason (that I fail to understand) most players like to line up their Cue Disc, approximately the same distance from the edge of the court as the Target Disc and shoot straight down at the Target Disc, and they “Kitchen, Straight-Ahead”.

“So what?” you ask.

When they “Kitchen a 7”, they are sitting “fat, dumb, and happy”, directly in front of the “Kitchened Disc”.

Therefore, when you “Bait”, and your opponent tries to “Kitchen”, or sticks trying to clear your “Bait-7”, his disc is there (“fat, dumb, and happy”) in the 7.

What should you do? You “Baited”, hoping for this situation, now you should capitalize on your good fortune.

You MUST “Kitchen”, and you must use your knowledge and skill to do it properly. Which means, — you MUST “Kitchen on the Angle”. Shoot from where you have the “best angle”; hit the “Target Disc” on the side nearest the edge of the court, and “Kitchen” your opponent’s disc, while your “Cue Disc” rolls away, so that it is not directly “in front” of the “Kitchened Disc.”

In addition, this separation creates a problem for your opponent. He must make a decision.

  1. Should he “take-out his kitchen?”
    1. Should he “try to transfer?”
    2. Should he try to settle for 3-OFF, and a possible 10-OFF of you?
    3. Should he shoot hard to try to “get both?”

Whenever your opponent has options, he also has the option of making a mistake.

Always try to kitchen “on the angle”.

This requires great precision, and you will not succeed often when you first adopt this refinement, but …

If you don’t try it, you won’t do it”.

Wilbur, The Guy That Wrote The Book  Submitted 5/27/06

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