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HORSESHOE PITCHING ---- HOW TO PLAY THE GAME      53

Schedule of Play for 16 Men
Courts
Groups
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Games
11-162-153-144-135-126-117-108- 98
21- 23-104-155-146-137-128-119-1016
32- 31- 45-166-157-148-139-1210-1124
43- 42- 51- 67-168-159-1410-1311-1232
54- 53- 02- 71- 89-1610-1511-1412-1340
65- 64- 7 3- 8 2- 9 1-1011-1612-1513-1448
76- 75- 84- 93-102-111-1213-1614-1556
87- 86- 95-104-113-122-131-1415-1664
91- 32- 45- 76- 89-1110-1212-1514-1672
1016- 41- 72- 85-116-129-1510-1413- 378
113- 716- 81-112-125-156-149-1310- 485
124- 83-1116-121-152-145-136-109- 792
137-114-123-1516-141-132-105- 96- 899
148-127-154-143-1316-101- 92- 65-11106
1511-158-147-134-103- 916- 61- 52-12113
1612-1411-138-107- 94- 63- 516- 21-15120

     In this schedule it will be noted that the last half of the last column is set in black-face type. These games should be omitted in playing as they are a duplicate of the game" in the last half of the column under Court 4. With schedule of 16 men, two men will have to wait each time while the groups 9 to 16 inclusive are playing. This is one of the disadvantages of this kind of schedule.
     If only 11 men are playing the 12-man schedule can be used by omitting all games in which number 12 is to play, and the 16-man schedule can be used for 15 men by omitting all games that number 16 is to play. If there are less courts than one-half the number of players, call enough games to fill the courts and then call the next game in the schedule as soon as a court is empty, and so continue through the schedule.
     From these schedules it is not difficult to list the games for each player in the order he is to play each game. This frequently saves the time of the tournament manager in answering questions of the player asking with whom they play next.
     The score sheet used in the last National Tournament was the one published by The Horseshoe World, which I arranged in 1923, and which was first used in the National Tournament held in St. Petersburg, Fla., in February, 1923.
     This was the first such tournament ever held in which a record was made of the shoes pitched so a percentage of ringers could be figured. When I first became interested in the game of horseshoes I soon found out that the secret of winning was to pitch ringers. It naturally followed that as a ringer was a perfect score, the number of ringers made, compared with the number of shoes pitched, was how near perfect the player's skill was. 1 then planned out a score card that would record the result of each pittch or inning, and twice the number of innings of course, would be; the number of shoes pitched.
     Mr. B. G. Leighton, Hibbing, Minn., who was then secretary of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association, in an article published in The Horseshoe World for November, 1924, on the establishment of official records said: "What is more important in the development of the game is the originating of a 'scientific' score card in 1923 by D. D. Cottrell, of North Cohocton, New York. Through the use of this score card an accurate record is kept of each player's throw by innings. It shows the points scored, the ringers made, number of shoes thrown, and the percentage of ringers made. By the use of this score card not only is it possible to show when a record has been broken, but more important, each player can accurately measure the improvement being made in his playing. Also the players tan be easily classified according to their ringer ability, and in the case of team competition, the use of a handicap system, as in bowling, can be easily instituted."
     Before the games begin, the name and number of each player, according to the schedule is written on a score card for the game and the score cards kept in the order the games are to be played. If all the score cards are numbered consecutively in the order the games are to be placed from one through to the last number, it is an added check against the loss of any score sheet, and the chance that some game is not played when it should be, and also against getting the score sheets mixed up.
     The tournament manager, beginning with the first game, calls the names of the players from the score card and assigns them to the court they are to play