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HORSESHOE PITCHING ---- HOW TO PLAY THE GAME      55

     Women's Horseshoe Pitching Tournament Finals-Results of First Day
Mrs. Geo. Brouillette, Minneapolis, Minn30150891915679.571
Mrs. Mayme Francisco, Columbus, O.21136341818289.462
Mrs. Doris M. Cole, Grand Rapids, Mich.121188019178132.449
Mrs. J. W. Hough, Willard, O.0346365140150.257
          Totals6645028961656450.440
     Under the opponents' names, in the line of totals, write first the place of the player at the end of the day's play, and second the percentage of ringers averaged. Then next day the games are recorded the same way under the totals of the first day and the record of the games added to the first day's totals for the results through the second day. The records are so continued each day until the tournament closes and the grand total of all the days is the complete record of each player, as published in The Horseshoe world in the tabular statement of the National Tournament finished in February, 1927.
     In National tournaments the rules require that a $5.00 forfeiture fee be deposited at the time of entry. This money is returned to the player after he completes all the games he is scheduled to play If he doesn't play all his games, the $5.00 is forfeited and the record of all games he has played is taken out of the records of each opponent with whom he played.
     Enough number 12 Manila envelopes, so that each player has one for his games, are used to file the score cards of the games he wins. These have the name and number of the player on the outside, and are kept in order. After all records of each game have been made, the score card is filed for future reference, if needed, in the envelope of the winner. This makes it easy to find the score sheet of any game quickly, even though there may be a number of hundred games during the tournament. However, before filing the score cards away they are all checked back with the book record to see that no error has been made. The total of games won and lost will always be the same, and the total of points and opponents' points will also be the same if no error has been made.
     If a tournament is to continue more than one day, and the partial record is to be published, try, if possible, to have the same number of games played by each player before stopping the day's play. In preparing the totals of the play for any period of an incompleted tournament for publication, arrange them according to the percentage of ringers, placing the player with the highest percentage first. The reason for this is that if arranged according to games won and lost, some players, who have happened, so far in the tournament to play less proficient contestants than themselves, might be placed ahead of others who have lost more games because of coming up against better players.
     The percentage of ringers to shoes pitched in a series of games shows the proficiency of the player and is really his "batting average," which we hear so much about in baseball. A player in one or two games may show great skill in pitching ringers, but the average ringer percentage he shows in a series of games is his horseshoe pitching proficiency. He cannot increase his average much in a tournament, but only by weeks and months of consistent practice.      It is interesting to watch the number of each contestant each day in the order of his percentage of ringers and to compare the contestant's percentage of ringers for different days as the tournament continues. It will be found that rarely does the percentage vary more than one to three per cent on different days. Most players find it difficult to increase the percentage they start in with the first day of the tournament.
     The games won and lost, and percentage of ringers of each player were wired throughout the United States and Canada by the Associated Press and other news agencies every night during the National Tournament at St. Petersburg, Fla.
     Get all the publicity you can for the horseshoe game by getting your local daily and weekly papers to print the results with the story of the interesting details of all the tournaments held in your vicinity, and also of all the state and National tournaments if possible.
     This article is written out of my experience in conducting tournaments and planning and compiling records when I have found it necessary to think out what to do to get the best results as different conditions have confronted me. There may be other and better ways but to date I have not found them. Conducting a tournament means unlimited time and unselfish work almost day and night until it is completed if it is to be a satisfactory success. Suggestive and constructive criticism will always be thankfully received. The aim of us all should be to advertise and popularize the horseshoe game which is doing so much for the health and pleasure of hundreds of thousands of men and women throughout the United States, Canada and other countries of the world.