by Roy W. Smith published in 1946
Page 57

   Results recorded, and Ties broken as follows: P-Points. PP- Point percentage. R-Ringers. PR-Ringer percentage. DR-Double Ringers SL - Shoes Lost. PSL-Shoes Lost percentage. W - Won. L- Lost. SP-Shoes Pitched, in that order, as Tie games, and Ties in final tournament standing, are broken in that order, when tied in Points, and succeeding factors, which practically eliminates necessity for play offs.

   Summary of Score sheet consist of four (4) spaces for, Points, Ringers, Double Ringers, and Shoes Lost, in that order, leaving room for percentage figures at top and bottom in the same line for those factors for each player. Shoes Pitched are taken care of by Innings. Score sheet lined up as follows: "reading down" Player and address; Innings; Points by Innings; Points Tallied; "heavy line dividing players record here" Points Tallied; Points by Innings; Player and address; Scorer; Auditor and date.

   To find total Shoes Lost: Set down Points; Ringers; and Shoes Pitched figures from Summary and Innings. Multiply Ringers by 3 for ringer-points "in your head" and put under Points and subtract which gives other than ringer-points. Put this result under Ringers and add which gives total shoes in count. Put this result under Shoes Pitched and subtract which gives total Shoes Lost. This will become mechanically easy with practice.

   Scorer and Auditor should be provided with Percentage tables for One (1) game. One for Point percentage, and the other for Ringer and Shoes Lost percentage, for either fifty or eighty shoe pitched game used. We will be glad to furnish these tables to those desiring them, upon request. They save time and possible errors.

   Fifty (50) shoes pitched per game is used in all Ohio contests, except for the State title where the eighty (80) shoes game is used. 50 shoes are not quite long enough for a fair title contest. The number of shoes pitched was arrived at by averaging up the total shoes pitched for all National tournaments from the time the number of shoes has been recorded.

   This system of scoring games has been used by The Buckeye (Ohio) State Horseshoe Pitchers Association for several years and has been generally approved throughout the State. It has several distinct advantages over the cancellation or "ringer system" which has been in use since May 10, 1921, when the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association was first formed and incorporated under the laws of Ohio.

   1. Contrary to the opinions of some, this Total-count method