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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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     The 32 highest players, that is, the 32 men scoring the greatest number of points, would be eligible to enter the round-robin or second phase of the tournament. If, of course, the defending' champion is entered, only 31 men will advance along with him.
     In a state tournament where probably only ten or twelve courts are available, the number to go into the second phase will be smaller, of course.
     This system of qualifying, while new to most pitchers, is not just an idea, but is a tried and proven system. It has been tried in three Michigan state meets and each lime the pitchers finished in the finals exactly in the same order in which they qualified.
     The play in the Round-Robin needs no explaining, as this system has been used extensively. It is only the schedule used which will be a new departure in tournament play. Instead of the players merely drawing for numbers, they will be given numbers according to the place in which they qualified, with the defending champion being given number one. The actual play is then designed to sustain the interest of the spectators in this fashion. In the first round the 16 top ranking players each play their first game against the 16 other players. This play of the first 16 against the second 16 continues through the odd rounds. In the even rounds, the first eight even rounds are used in play-ing the highest eight against the second highest eight and the third highest eight against the fourth highest eight. The next four even rounds are used in playing the highest four against the second highest foul', etc., and the final three even rounds brings together the top ranking four players for their games with each other. In this manner, the interest of the crowd can be gradually worked up to a climax as the favorites, barring upsets, alt get off to a good start and continue to stay undefeated for several rounds. Elsewhere in this book will be found schedules for different numbers of players, all composed for play under this same idea. While the method of qualifying and the schedule for the round-robin is new to most, the really novel and interesting part of the whole tournament will be the finals. It is recommended that the eight men winning the most games in the round-robin shall participate in the finals which shall be played as follows:
     The players shall be ranked according to the place attained in the round-robin, and in the first round of play, the highest ranking player shall meet the lowest ranking player, the second ranking player shall meet the seventh player, etc. They will play three out of five games. The four winners move into the second round of the finals, and in this round, the highest ranking player again meets the lowest, etc. They will again play three


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