2020-2021 Schedule Update

There is a new 2020-2021 new schedule – Coronado/Mainland will host the Masters for the 2020-21 season. Hawthorne will host the TOC, for the 2020-21 season. There was a issue with Hawthorne being able to obtain the hall and kitchen on the scheduled dates for the Masters. Awarding the 2021 Masters to C/M will give them the opportunity they missed out on (due to the cancellation on March 14th, of the rest of this season’s events).

As always the current official schedule is posted on the Schedule page of this website

Summer Rotational Series Cancellation

Background:
The Summer Rotational Series (SRS) is a long running weekly ‘tournament’ that rotates between Hawthorne, Leesburg, and Mid-Florida Lakes. While it is not part of the Northern District, it draws many shufflers each week from throughout the Northern District (including some from the other side of the river). To communicate and quickly spread the word to those shufflers who play in the SRS, George Fisher asked via Steve Smith that we post this announcement on the ND Website., which we do for our fellow shufflers.

Announcement:
“Based on the uncertainty of the continuing impact of the Corona Virus in our area, and the actions taken by local communities, the Northern District, and the FSA, the organizers of the Summer Rotational Series (SRS) – rotating weekly between Hawthorne, Leesburg, and Mid-Florida Lakes – have made the decision to cancel the SRS for the upcoming summer season It is their hope to return next summer.

“In the meantime, as we are in the high risk demographic, trust and heed the advice of those with the knowledge, stay safe, avoid crowds, and wash your hands. The organizers look forward to seeing all of you in October.”

FSA Votes to Suspend Balance of Shufleboard Season

The following has been issued by the FLorida Shuffleboard Association – Friday, March 13, 2020, 5:05:53 PM

FSA NEWSBEAK

Due to the seriousness of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) The FSA Board voted to immediately suspend the rest of the FSA 2019-2020 Shuffleboard Season.

Effective Immediately all FSA State and District Tournaments will be suspended until October 01, 2020.

This was a difficult decision but in the best interests for all the FSA Members, their health and well being is more important than finishing out the last three (3) tournaments.

I want to encourage all of our members to take the Corona Virus Disease very serious and take every precaution to not only protect yourself but your whole family.

To those who will be traveling home soon, I wish you all a safe return and a healthy summer and look forward to your return and seeing and you next season.

Thank you for your understanding

David P Kudro FSA President

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Attachment provides background on how their decision came about – > attachment

Corona virus – shuffleboard action

The following is a letter from FSA president Dave Kudro about our sport in the face of the Corona virus, and saying there will be a meeting on Saturday to decide if it is best to halt all shuffleboard activities for the rest of this season. We will be posting any further information on the Northern District website.

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Florida Shuffleboard Association (FSA) March 12, 2020

To: FSA Executive Board, District and Club Presidents and all FSA members

I am sure by now everyone has seen on the news that the CDC has declared the Corona-virus Disease 2019 (COVID -19) a pandemic health alert. Now is time to not panic, however, I feel we (FSA) need to be proactive to do our part to provide our shuffleboard members with as much information on the Corona virus and how it relates to shuffleboard. Below are suggestions on what needs to be done whether its hosting a State or District FSA tournament, or day to day club play. Every shuffleboard player also should do their part to protect themselves as well as other shuffleboard players

  1. If you are not feeling well, or have serious chronic medical conditions such as Heart Disease,Diabetes, Asthma, Lung Disease as well as a chronic cough, sneezing, and shortness of breath, for your safety,please DO NOT shuffle during this pandemic.

  2. If you are planning on attending a tournament or just daily club play, please do not rub your face, nose and eyes with your hands and recommend no handshaking. When close to other shufflers please for their safety and yours, honor their inner space as it also can be transmitted by breathing on someone. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If you do have to cough or sneeze use a handkerchief or your inner elbow area to keep it at bay.

  3. Host Clubs where FSA shuffleboard players will gather and play shuffleboard should also do what they can to help. Clean and disinfect you shuffleboard facility to remove germs. A daily routine of cleaning frequently touched surfaces ( for example: door knobs, light switches, handles, handrails, sinks, faucets, tables, desks, chairs, erasers, scoreboards and any other areas you think where shufflers have to touch. If possible have hand sanitizers available that contains at least 60%alcohol. If you have courts in an enclosed area make sure it is well ventilated. The risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 increases in crowded, closed-in-settings with little circulation if there are people in the facility who might be sick.

As most FSA shufflers are in the high risk (elderly) the full board will be meeting on Saturday March 14, 2020 at Sebring Florida and I will discuss this serious issue as to where we go from here forward. Being that we are dealing with high risk shuffleboard players and possible gatherings of large groups of 100 individuals the FSA board will have to make a conscientious decision whether to proceed on with the remaining tournaments, or curtail tournament play the rest of the 2019-2020 season. As the events unfold I ask each FSA board member to contact all the club presidents in your district and share this letter and to check the FSA website Bulletin Board for updated information the rest of the season.

David P Kudro