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I’ve been back playing the last few days at the Zephyrhills Shuffleboard Club in a draw round-robin and each day I’ve had players that needed a little help and wanted help. So, as we played, I helped all three other players on the court. It might be should I just score or I don’t know what to do. Things that aren’t so easy to decide for someone still trying to find their way.

Today I played on a court with two up and coming players, a man and a woman. Our 4th was George Darwin who is playing his 40th season. George is a terrific player. So, I asked him if he minded that I try and help the other players as we went along? His answer, no I don’t mind, I want to see them be good players. He said you know you get two things out of helping them. They become better players and when they represent Zephyrhills in a tournament, they enhance our reputation. I helped them, George helped them and me, they asked questions. They did well and we all had a good time. As George and I sat there we tried to understand why any Club or player wouldn’t want to help others learn the game. John Houghtaling was on the next court, three down for social distancing but we could hear each other.

We tried to make excuses as to why you wouldn’t want to help. We came up with “fear of getting beat, the player that wanted help didn’t ask or, as happens, the player wouldn’t accept help, being a new player and possibly being too intimidated to ask".

In the end we decided we were just to darn proud of Zephyrhills Shuffleboard and the fact that we are willing to help a newer player and not  let anyone down that would like some instruction!

Maybe some of you can shed more light on the situation.

Earl 4-30-2020

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I really appreciate being a member of Zephyrhills Shuffleboard Club. In my opinion there is no better place to learn the game of shuffleboard. The professional help is available to anyone who is willing to accept constructive criticism and work hard. Hall of Fame players like Earl Ball, Henry Strong, George Darwin, Chuck Moulton, John Houghtaling, Gus Bondi and many more professional players have given endless hours of their time to help us newer players become good players. I want to thank Gabby Gabbard for taking a personal interest and giving me many hours of personal instruction. These players will take you to tournaments as their partner for you to get the experience. I highly recommend ZSC to anyone interested in the game!

I can't express my gratitude very eloquently, so I'll just say THANK YOU.

Dave Stoops