The existing pitchers do need to step up there game. The level of play in Kentucky has been dropping for many years.
Here are the reasons for the drop.
*Horseshoe pitchers just do not practice like they used to. it Takes a lot of practice to reach Ben & Tyler's level.
*Many older players have moved up to the Elder's Division.
*Most of our graduating Juniors give up horseshoes at the transition from Junior to Adult.
*Many semi-active horseshoe pitchers in the 40ft. division have quit because really, what is the incentive to be that good? If we want to get them to come out, then they should be rewarded for putting in the extra practice time and effort.
*THE GAP: It is getting larger. Anyone that maintains 40-50%, and this is few, has either been at it a long time or practicing semi-regular to maintain that average. Many of the 20-35% Men are content to do what they do and have fun and comradery in that peer group. Nothing wrong with that but again...there must be incentive for them
to take it to a higher level.
From one our schedule books just 10 years ago. Players in the top 20.
Retired or unable to pitch with age.
Left the game/no incentive
Moved into the Elder's Division
We have many more capable 40ft. horseshoe pitchers
that float in the 40-50% range that have dabbled in the KHPA but have gone back to the couch.
Incentive and excitement.We need both!
P.S.- HEY DOW, you are a very good and capable
horseshoe pitcher, once reached up to about 55%!
KEEP COMING!! Glad YOU are pumped! It would be
great if you could reach Class A and give them a run!
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