Shuffleboard 6/1/2019

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SINGLE BOOMERS LEARN OUR GAME

By Joan Kline

Two different kinds of meatballs, cheese and crackers, deviled eggs and pizza were just part of the spread brought to the Berger by the Single Boomers (SB) before orienting to shuffleboard on the evening of May 14th. The club originally planned to play pickleball that night but switched to shuffleboard since the opening of the East Rec was delayed.

Jon Kline and Joe Pundyke were on hand to orient the club to the courts and review the game and strategies with them. Jon said, “For any group that meets at the Berger, Central or wherever, and they want to learn shuffleboard or have a social with shuffleboard, we encourage them to contact us and we’ll send members out there to teach them the game.”

Barb Powell, secretary of the SB and fill-in as event coordinator, joined about a dozen other club members on the courts. “It was super fun, and everybody I talked to thought it was fun. They loved the fact that the equipment was available so anyone could go out there without a key and play. I’ve already told my kids when they come to visit me next, that we’re going to go down there and play.”

The SB club members spanned a range of ages and physical abilities but everyone successfully played the game that night. Barb said, “Having the benches out there is wonderful—the benches, umbrellas, tables and chairs. It’s not like you’re committing to two hours; it’s however long you want to play.”

Barb said that having some guidance with strategy was very helpful. Jon said,

“The main two things for beginners is, try to get it on the board and then after that, try to recognize when your opponent is on the board and knock them off. When to do that or when you go for points depends on the game score.”

Maureen Pennal, SB Club and Oakmont Tennis Club member enjoyed orienting to the game and said, “I think shuffleboard is great for Oakmont.”

Club play starts at 9:45 for instruction and doubles play from 10-11:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a newly rebooted sport at Oakmont and the option for club play on days other than Tuesdays or Thursdays is open—just let us know and we’ll make it happen.

The shuffleboard cues and discs are stored in the Shuffleboard Locker at the back of the Berger Center; they are available every day from 8:00 AM to 8:00

PM. Be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat.

For more information about joining the dues-free shuffleboard club or about the courts at Oakmont call Jon at (650)-279-0001 or email alsonjonny@gmail.com.

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