This makes the seventh year that Wamego High School Cross Country coach Rick Patton has brought his Physical Education class to the horseshoe courts at the Wamego City Park where they have taken part in an introduction to the sport of horseshoe pitching. This year’s group has been the smallest consisting of 16 students.
With only four courts available we have to pitch doubles competition during the four to six one hour sessions that we have available each year so we can maximize the playing time for everyone. The ideal situation would be if we had eight courts where we could have singles competition with scorekeepers. That would allow us to do a round robin format with 20 or 30 shoe games and keep track of win/loss records, ringer percentages and give out awards. Under the present conditions we have to go with the doubles play with 11 point games where the winning team stays on the high courts and the losing team moves to the low courts and work their way back to the high court by virtue of a win.
It is amazing how much each of these young men and women improve in the short time they spend at the courts each year. There have been many in this program over the last seven years that have displayed very promising talent but we have been unable to recruit any to pitch in any sanction events so far. I think if we could ever get them into some singles competition where we are keeping track of individual wins and losses as well as ringer averages that we might see much more willingness of a few to follow through and pitch in a few tournaments.
This years group has experienced some great weather conditions over some of the groups in the past who usually come down to the courts during the 8 AM to 9 AM time frame. This always takes place in the Fall of the year as the leaves are falling off the trees so it can be pretty chilly a lot of times that early in the day. This years group has been coming down at Noon which is much warmer than the early time periods of the past.
While we have a few photos sprinkled into this article you can see more photo’s by clicking this link Wamego HS PE Class At the Pit’s
and checking out the whole album. You might also notice that I didn’t have much luck selling the short distance foul line to any of them–not even the young ladies!!!!!
Wichita will be starting their indoor pitching season when they host the Thanksgiving Open
Saturday Nov 16 at the Wichita – Indoors
location at 922 N Santa Fe. Steve is in New Mexico right now and may not reply to your telephone messages or e-mails to get signed up for this tournament immediately due to poor cell phone and internet coverage where he is located. Leave a telephone message at 316-323-3890
or email him at email@example.com
. Keep in mind that due to limited court space this is a first come first serve basis so make your entry request ASAP and Steve will get back with you by Wednesday Nov 13 or Thursday Nov 14 and give you your pitching time.
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2013 KHPA Tournament Schedule
Just a couple of quick reminders. If you want to get your tournaments on the tentative 2013 KHPA tournament schedule please send them to Melvin Jeardoe ASAP once that stage has been completed we will send the tentative schedule back to the Directors only so adjustments can be made to eliminate overlap of events as much as possible before publishing the final draft by the end of November.
Ottawa Tournament – Nov 2
Ottawa took a shot at having a nice day on Nov 2nd and it looks like they are going to have a pretty nice day this coming Saturday to finish off the outdoor tournaments that were scheduled for the Kansas charter in 2013. This will be a single session NHPA sanctioned tournament starting at 1:00 PM. New members can apply for their 2014 NHPA-KHPA card at check in and pitch in this event. To pre-register contact Barney Bell (H) 785-835-6635 or (C) 785-418-8240.
Barney Bell had scheduled a make up tournament for one of the Ottawa tournaments that go cancelled earlier in the year on Nov 9th but he told me to pass the word along to everyone that they were going to have to cancel it because of Veterans Day festivities that are going to be going on in the park on that day.
I sent out a file for a one Page flyer advertising the 2015 WT several weeks ago. I was later ask why we had missed a certain location on the contact list so I ask Terry to send me the master file for the one page flyer and made some changes on the contacts. I talked to some of you about this over the phone before adding your name and number to the list and I removed some of the duplicates from the same locations that were on the original so we are not crowding the information we are trying to get out. Some locations such as Burden, Dodge City are trying to create leagues so by adding contact info for those area’s I feel it may help those efforts out as well. Any of you who are Bowlers please post a copy of this flyer at your bowling Alley’s. I know many horseshoe pitchers that bowl through the winter and pitch shoes during the summer so I feel these Bowling alleys around the state would be prime locations for these flyer’s. Help us post the attached flyers around your communities.