What Is Am Epic Tournament? The “Classic” of Course!

   by Dean Grattidge  – District 7 Reporter
Bring 15 teams and 247 players together in Hemet and you have an exciting tournament, the “CSA Soboba Classic”.
The list of volunteers who put this event together is almost endless: The spectrum runs from Tournament Director to Rules Committee, taking in Suzanne Shapiro, District 7 President, Jeannie Gregory, George Hayes, Jay Davidson, Rocky Raver, Nelda Lichtwald, Tootie Chittenden, Glenda Epps, Steve Piccinonno, Lynda Goggin, Mike Garrett, Helen Bell and Dennis Iszler.
Hosted by District 7 of the Ca Shuffleboard Assn., an event of this scope could not have been completed without so many sponsors. They, being The Bank of Hemet, Miller Jones Mortuary and Crematory, Travelodge Hemet, Motel 6 Hemet, Dura Dress Shuffleboard Inc.. T Rol-A-Glide, Arco Tournament Discs, Roll-A-Court Rollouts, Banquet Afloral and
Super Wholesalers, Café D. J. Catering, Yankee Doodle Donut, Maxwell Medal & Awards, M & M Shuffleboard Equipment, Val Verde Graphics and Pip Printing.
We were proud to have these guests present from our Number 1 Sponsor, the Soboba Foundation: Geneva Mojado, Vice President and Patrick Plancencia, Treasurer.
Among the many dignitaries and shuffleboard office holders were:
NSA 1st VP, John Houser, NSA Western Rep and AZ Dist. 1 Pres, Sylvia Smith. State Presidents, Tom Wiehle, Minn.  Ruth Hugen, Iowa.  Az, Dale Monday.  Wa, Bill Rindone.  Ca, Jay Davidson. Az District 3 Pres, Juanita Nelson(outgoing) and (incoming) Shirley Houser. Also Sheila Monday, Az webmaster along with about 8 other jobs.
CSA President, Jay Davidson asked the many NSA, and State Hall of Fame members present to stand and welcome Ruth Schneider who received a standing ovation on her induction into The National Hall of Fame as NSA 1st VP John Houser presented her with the pin and plaque.IMG_2638
ATM’s at four venues kept the event running smoothly: Hemet Muni; Janet Langemeier and Dennis Iszler, Hemet West; Bobbi McLemore and Shirley Callahan. Sierra Dawn SE; Rita Deidrich and Mary Davis. GVP; Helen Bell and Ramona Hansen.
Jay Davidson, CSA President, was on duty constantly, supervising the event and, lastly,
handing out pins to all winners and the handsome traveling trophy to the championship team, the Yuma Rebels.
The lunch was excellent. It included sandwich choices of roast beef, tuna or turkey. This, together with soup, pasta, fruit and green salad. Browniess and cookies were served for dessert.
Canada and the U.S.A. sent players to this gathering.
Bobbi McLemore, Shirley Callahan and Norma Farmer handled the 50-50 ticket sales and drawing.
IMG_2663The sum of $205.00 was awarded to Valley Wide to help defray expenses.
I feel privileged to acknowledge the following winners:
Championship: The best team and arguably the most colorful, the Yuma Rebels,
directed by Captains Phyllis Willcox (r) and Patti Tyler.IMG_2659.jpg
Second place, A Hemet team,
the Armadillos, lead by Captains Mike Garrett and Jeannie Gregory,
third place, a composite of California and Arizona players, the Calzona Compadres.
The Calizona Compadres were lead by Dale Monday from Arizona and Steve Piccinonno from District 7
Fourth place, the Yuma Disc Eaters,
IMG_2646Captained by John Houser and
Linda Stone Burner.
The remaining players on these teams are to be found in your printed Classic program.
Big Thank You and congratulations to all players and participants, especially to our District 7 President, Suzanne Shapiro, for all the persistence and effort she put in, directing the Classic Tournament. To all of you, job well done!


Annual National Any Doubles Tournament, Two Venues Hosted This Event

 by Dean Gratttidge,   District 7 Reporter
They came from Districts 7,5 and 13 to showcase their skills. There were 54 teams for 108 total entries.
The following personnel created an exciting shuffleboard tournament:
ATM’s Helen Noeltner and Lynda Goggin, head refs, George Hayner and Scotty Lundy, Scorekeeper, Carol Anderson and board crews of Al Elias, George Hayner, Ken North, Paul Epps and Mitch Shepro.
This tournament was sponsored by The Bank of Hemet and the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. We thank them for their generous funding of this event. Fees from entrants also contributed to the cash awards and pins to the winners, and also the many door prize awards given out. Lynda Goggin presented the awards to the drawing recipients.
We especially commend Mike Walker, Sacramento’s D-13, for his company’s Duradress Court Dressing contributed for all games.
We were indeed fortunate to have Hemet West and SDSE hosting these games on their well-maintained courts!
All games were played under doubled-12 frame format.
Again, many thanks to Harlan Mathews who, with his trusty Cannon, supplied us with so many outstanding photos.
This narrative would not be complete without acknowledging the skills of all winners who surpassed the efforts of previous high-level competitors.
Thanks to all players and volunteers for making this such a special occasion. Way to “Spring into Spring”!
The cadre of sixteen players who prevailed were:
Consolation round:
back row l-r,  First place,  Bill Rideout and Bruce King (District 5, Indian Wells), second place, Jan and LeRoy Zerr (SDSE),
 front row l-r,  third place,  Ruth and Roland Schneider (SDSE), and fourth place,  Mickey Rose and Anita Alexander   (El Grande Estates)
back row l-r,  First place,   Jay Davidson (HW), Mike Walker (D-13),
second place, Shirley and Gene Eager, (District 5, Indian Wells),
front row l-r  third place,   John Hays and Harlan Mathews  (El Grande Estates),
fourth place,  Cheryl and Ron Dewberry (Hemet Muni).

11 Facts About Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, Opening Today in Chicago Everything to know about how Royal Palms started and its Bucktown spinoff

The Celebration Is Over! The Adventure Begins

Four years after becoming a viral sensation in Brooklyn and introducing shuffleboard to a new generation, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club opens its second location today in Chicago. Owners Jonathan Schnapp and Ashley Albert set it apart from other gaming bars and restaurants due to the uniqueness of shuffleboard, the genuine passion they have for the game, the come-as-you-vibe first in NYC and now Bucktown, and their reverence and aspiration to be like restaurant hospitality legends.
“[We’re inspired by] the idea that people can be as passionate about fun as about food or drinks,” Schnapp says.
To prime Chicagoans for their first shuffleboard club, here are 11 things to know about Royal Palms.

Royal Palms is inspired by a “magical” party Schnapp and Albert attended six years ago at a century-old shuffleboard club in St. Petersburg, Florida. They originally were “mostly kidding” about opening their own club in NYC and went…

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CSA 3rd VP Russel Smart called a meeting of the rules committee yesterday. Present from D5 we’re Russel, D5 Pres. Gene Eager and sec. Shirley Eager. Present from D7 were D7 treasurer, Harlan Matthews, D7 Head Ref. George Hayner, CSA sec. Rocky Raver and myself.

We met in the Canyon club house. The 2 hour meeting was very productive and will result in some changes and some clarifications. They will be coming soon to a court near you.

Following the meeting we played a game on the very nice Canyon boards. D5 whipped D7. Sniffle.



             Approximately 100 shufflers are qualified to play in the District 5 Tournament of Champions. To qualify for a 5-year invitation, the player must have placed in the Singles or Any Doubles Tournaments, either in the Championship or Consolation Divisions. The Champions of each Tournament of Champions division get a lifetime invitation to participate in the Tournament of Champions – this is on the bucket list of the majority of District 5 shufflers.


            At the March 5 – 7 Tournament of Champions hosted by Desert Crest Shuffleboard Club at Desert Hot Springs, 43 men and 25 women vied for the coveted Eagle trophies. Trophies are awarded first through fourth in both the Men’s Division and the Women’s Division. The Champion in each division also has their name engraved on the traveling trophies and receive a special TOC winner’s pin. All participants in the tournament receive a TOC participation pin with the year engraved. Many of the players have pins nearly surrounding the whole collar of their team shirts.


            John & Linda Nielsen, new to managing this tournament, did a fantastic job in organizing and making sure all the players were well informed of their play times. This bittersweet tournament…. Everyone looks forward to playing in it, but it signifies the end of District 5’s season so there are a lot of “goodbyes and we hope to see you next season”.


                        2018 Women’s Division Winners l-r: Champion – Val McDougall, Desert Crest; 2nd – Linda Nielsen, Desert Crest; 3rd – Claudine Gurney, Royal Palms; & 4th – Shirley Eager, Indian Wells.

TOC Ladies Division Winners (1) 

            2018 Men’s Division Winners: Champion – Clare DeBlonde, Royal Palms; 2nd – John Burnett, Ramon; 3rd – Allen Sliger, Safari; & 4th – Mike Bell, Ramon.

TOC Men's Division Winners (1)

District 5 Hi-10 League

The “snowbird” season for the CSA District 5 Hi-10 League has ended for the 2017 – 2018 season. At the CSA District 5 Hi-10 meeting held Saturday, March 3, plaques were awarded to the top 3 of the 11 teams that competed throughout the Coachella Valley/Palm Springs area.
Tramview Roadrunners – 1st place – 81 points.
Captain Bob Junk received the award from IWRV Resort Shuffleboard President, Gene Eager, in memory of deceased sponsor, Bev Rowley.
Tramview Roadrunners Receiving   1st.JPG
Royal Palms Happy Gang – 2nd place – 80 points
Captain Walt Gurney received the award presented by John Nielsen for plaque sponsors Chuck & Jan Maynard
Royal Palms Happy Gang Receiving   2nd.JPG
Indian Wells RV Resort – 3rd place – 76 points
l to r: Shirley Eager, Co-Captain and Louise Bryant, Co-Captain received the award presented by Dick Seburn in memory of his deceased wife, Carmen.
 Indian Wells Receiving 3rd.JPG

District 5 Elects New Officers for 2018 – 2019 & 2019 – 2020 Season

At the annual spring meeting of the California Shuffleboard Association’s District 5, new officer June Merasty, 2nd Vice President was elected and installed.DSCN8085.JPG Since the incoming president who had been serving as 1st Vice President had submitted a letter of resignation due to health reasons, current President Gene Eager agreed to remain in the office of President for the next 2 seasons. Officers for the next 2 seasons are, from left to right, Gene Eager, Indian Wells RV Resort, President; June Merasty, Royal Palms, 2nd Vice President (newly elected); Gary Adams, Palm Desert Greens, 1st Vice President; Shirley Eager, Indian Wells RV Resort, Secretary/Treasurer; and Russ Smart, The Canyon, Immediate Past President.DSCN8086.JPG

The Rookie Tournament: Ostensibly a “Global” Event

 by Dean Grattidge    District 7  Reporter
A total of 36 sign-ups stepped up to duke it out Saturday and Sunday, February 16-17, 2018.
Hosted by SDSE (and we thank them for their support), this event highlights the enthusiasm of new players. It was ATM Lynda Goggin, assisted by Helen Noeltner who kept the tournament running flawlessly, as well as charting and scheduling all games.
George Hayner provided his skills as head referee. Carol Anderson monitored the scorekeeping. Games were single elimination, under CSA rules and each game was 12 frames.
All four winners were awarded a commemorative pin for their successful venture.
It is a great privilege to acknowledge all winners who orchestrated their strategy and knowledge of the 100-year old game of shuffleboard who prevailed in the winning positions.
  Championship round only  –
First place, Mitch Herbert, originally from Hollywood, Maryland (SDSE club),
second place, Larry Pierce, who hails from Fayetteville, Arkansas (The Foothills of Hemet),
third place, Helga Moffett, overseas entry from Hof, Germany (playing out of El Grande Estates).
,and fourth place, Debra McCoffrey, from Harbor City, Cal., (playing out of CCC)
I would be remiss if I didn’t commend Harlan Mathews for his contribution over the past several years, for his
outstanding photography!
What a pleasure to salute all these winners and everyone who came together to make this an exciting event!


by Shirley Eager, D 5 Secretary
Seventy-four doubles entries competed in the C.S.A. District 5 Doubles Tournament held on the 10 boards at Royal Palms in Cathedral City. The shufflers represented 10 of the 11 District 5 shuffleboard clubs. With some scheduling changes, the tournament was held at one venue this year instead of using 2 venues as had been done in the past. With all the competitors at one venue, nearly all boards were in use from 8:30 until the final games started at 2:30. Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club President, June Merasty, had the tournament well organized and their kitchen did a booming business.
Gene Eager, District 5 President, presented awards to:
Championship Division plaque winners: Clare DeBlonde & Garnet Woodman, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club,
Clare DeBlonde & Garnet Woodman,   Champions of Championship Division.JPG
Cathedral City; 2nd: Lloyd Ross & Allen Sliger, Safari Shuffleboard Club, Palm Springs;
Allen Sliger & Lloyd Ross, 2nd   Championship Division.JPG
3rd: Elvin Unger & Bruce King, Indian Wells RV Resort Shuffleboard Club, Indio;
Elvin Unger & Bruce King,  3rd   Championship Division.JPG
& 4th: Dawn & Gene Carriere, Indian Wells RV Resort Shuffleboard Club, Indio.
Gene & Dawn Carriere, 4th   Championship Division.JPG
Consolation Division plaque winners: Gene & Shirley Eager, Indian Wells RV Resort Shuffleboard Club, Indio (award presented by Margaret Hendriks, Vice President, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club);
Gene & Shirley Eager, Champions of   Consolation Division.JPG
2nd: Dave Bolton & Louise Bryant, Indian Wells RV Resort Shuffleboard Club, Indio;
Louise Bryant & Dave Bolton, 2nd   Consolation.JPG
3rd: Dean DeLap & Ray Hall, Palm Desert Greens, Palm Desert;
Dean DeLap & Ray Hall, 3rd   Consolation Division.JPG
& 4th: Jean Anderson & Coley Aldrich, Tri Palms Shuffleboard Club, Thousand Palms.
Jean Anderson & Coley Aldrich, 4th   Consolation Division.JPG
In the final games, the Indian Wells shuffleboard players, referred to as the purple shirts, ended up playing each other for the Championship 3rd & 4th placings and the Consolation 1st & 2nd placings. Going into that final game they knew they were guaranteed a 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place plaque.