EXERCISEºRECREATIONºSPORT


SCIENCE AT THE STAKE

by Roy W. Smith published in 1946
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A BIT OF "HORSE SENSE"

   Horseshoe Pitching is one of the most inexpensive and self- supporting games played today; yet, for some reason or other, it has not been accorded enough financial support to place it on a level with its contemporaries, golf, tennis, bowling and baseball. While millions of people play the game, only a fraction of these are organized. One of the first things a fan should do is to join or organize a Horseshoe Club in his locality. This club should be connected with its state organization which, in turn, should be affiliated with The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association, Without the guiding influence of a coordinated state and national organization, the sport cannot grow and progress.

   Many fans do more than their share in promoting the game but others, who have played for years, are content to pitch in their respective back yards and claim that organization means nothing to them. They overlook the fact that all new equipment, improved rules and everything pertaining to the game has come out of organization; instead of doing their part, they spend a lot of time in criticizing those who are earnestly striving to better the sport. They want to exploit and squeeze everything out of it and put nothing back in return. Unless a player does his share of promoting and supporting the game, he is not playing it as he should regardless of how many ringers he can throw. It is tragic, to say the least, that some of our present day champions are guilty in this respect.

   Interesting and teaching the young people in the art of throwing ringers will not only help them to become better citizens, but will instill new life into the game. By all means one should get behind the movement for the organization of amateurs and do everything possible to aid the nation-wide publicity program to enlarge and improve the sport.

   A national magazine is essential to promote the interests of the sport. All successful sports have their publications. These are supported by large lists of subscribers throughout the country and supply their readers with valuable information on how to play the game, club activities, tournament scores and descriptions of all the latest and best in playing equipment.

   Lack of publicity will greatly retard the progress of any sport. This is the fault of the players because they fail to cooperate with their newspapers and magazines which are usually more than willing to devote some space to publicizing the game. City officials, school and park executives, various clubs and civic organizations can be induced to cooperate in the installation of community playgrounds.

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