In shuffleboard, there is no player rating system. Instead, you can achieve various statuses and awards by earning points in official association tournaments. In Florida, players earn three types of points – Florida Shuffleboard Association (FSA) Amateur Move-Up Points, FSA Roll of Champions Points and FSA District Masters Points.
Moving Up from Amateur to Pro
FSA Amateur Move-Up (M-U) Points are awarded to those Amateur players who place in any FSA Amateur or Pro tournament which is designated as a District tournament (designated “D##” on the tournament list, about four per year in a District); and to those Amateur players who place in any FSA State Amateur or State Open tournament (designated A## or P## on the tournament list respectively). One M-U Point is awarded for placing first, second, third or fourth in the Main bracket; a half M-U Point is awarded for placing first, second or third in the Consolation bracket.
FSA M-U Points earned determine your player status: District Amateur, State Amateur or Pro.
All tournament players start as a District Amateur. To advance from District Amateur to State Amateur, you must earn at least five M-U Points within a three-year period. Once achieved, your status changes to State Amateur starting the next September. Any M-U Points earned as a District Amateur, even those over the five required to move up, are zeroed out when your status changes to State Amateur.
To advance from State Amateur to Pro, you must earn at least five more M-U Points within a three-year period. Once achieved, your status changes to Pro starting the next September.
District Amateurs and State Amateurs may play in any FSA Amateur tournament and in any FSA Pro tournament except the annual Florida Masters, the Pro Tournament of Champions (see below) or a District Pro tournament that has a concurrent Amateur tournament at the same location. Pro players may only play in FSA tournaments that are designated for Pros, not in any Amateur tournaments.
You can opt to have your Pro status knocked down to State Amateur, or your State Amateur status knocked down to District Amateur. To do so, you need to play in at least two of the FSA State Open tournaments during one season and not place in any of the four top spots in the Main bracket, and then make application to your District stating your reasons (usually medical). The change in status will not take effect until the following September. Playing any District tournament after changing from Pro down will automatically revert your status to Pro.
Pro players earn FSA Roll of Champions (ROC) Points by placing in FSA State Open tournaments: 5-4-3-2 for the top four spots in the Main bracket of each division; 2-1-1 for the top three spots in the Consolation bracket. The FSA “Red Line” State Opens (appear in red ink on the printed schedule, usually two a year) award more ROC Points than the other tournaments to those who place: 8-6-5-3 in the Main (but reverts to 5-4-3-2 if there are less than 16 entrants); 2-1-1 in Consolation.
The eight Pro Men and the eight Pro Women who are the top ROC Points earners in their division during one season qualify to play in the annual FSA Masters tournament. The Pro players in ninth place in their division are Alternates for the FSA Masters tournament. The FSA Masters tournament awards cash prizes: 1st Place: $120.00; 2nd Place: $105.00; 3rd Place: $90.00; 4th Place: $85.00; 5th Place: $75.00; 6th Place: $70.00; 7th Place: $65.00; 8th Place: $55.00; Alternate $35.00.
Earning 200 FSA ROC Points as a Pro during your lifetime qualifies you for the FSA Hall of Fame. Pro players that reach 1,000 ROC Points are awarded a special jacket to mark this milestone.
Tournament of Champions
Placing in any FSA State tournament qualifies a player for the annual Tournament of Champions (TOC). Amateur players who place first in the Main bracket of any FSA Amateur or Open tournament are qualified for the next three Amateur TOC; Pro players who place first in the Main bracket of any FSA Open are qualified for the Pro TOC for life. The other Amateur and Pro winners qualify for their respective TOC as follows: 2nd through 4th in Main qualify for the next two TOC; 1st through 4th in Consolation qualify for the next TOC. The first-place winners of the TOC in each division get their name added to their respective division trophy.
Every year there is also a race for the most FSA District Masters (DM) Points. Each FSA District (Northern, West Coast, Central, Central East Coast, Southwest Coast, Southern, and Southeast Coast) has special awards for their top DM Points earners, and some Districts run a playoff tournament for the top earners each year.
In the West Coast District (which includes Clearwater), DM Points are awarded to players who place in any Area tournament (designated “AR##” on the tournament list) and any District tournament: 5-4-3-2 for the top four spots in the Main bracket; 2-1-1-1/2 for the top four spots in the Consolation bracket. The eight top DM Points earners during one season in each of four divisions (District Amateurs, State Amateurs, Pro Men and Pro Women) are awarded a Masters pin, given out at the final Area tournament of the season – a special triangular one for first; a round one for the other spots. Earning 200 DM Points as a Pro during your lifetime qualifies you for the West Coast District Hall of Fame, along with a special DM jacket. Pro players that reach 1,000 DM Points are awarded a special DM shirt patch to mark this milestone.
National & International Awards
The USA National Shuffleboard Association (NSA) holds a number of National Amateur and National Open tournaments each year, which award National Points and cash prizes. The National Points accumulate lifetime, for bragging rights and record of accomplishments. Showing championship national results and/or contributions to the sport over a ten-year period can result in a nomination to the NSA Hall of Fame. Top national tournament players may be invited to represent the USA at the annual International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) World Championship tournament. The annual World Championship tournament alternates year-to-year between a singles event and a team event. The winner of the World Singles Championship is awarded a special golden cue stick. Showing international championship results and/or significant contributions to the sport may earn you a nomination to the ISA Hall of Fame.